N. IRE­LAND

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HIGH­LIGHTS: A Red-flanked Blue­tail at St. John’s Point, Co Down (8th) was a first for North­ern Ire­land and the sixth for the whole of Ire­land. A Great White Egret at Low­ery Bay, Co Fer­managh (20th) was a first for the county. Another was at Lough Beg (15th). A Crane was at Lough Mac­nean (9th). A Spoon­bill was at Bal­lykelly (7th). A Glossy Ibis was at Strand Lough (14th). A Goosander was on the River La­gan, Belfast (21st). Two Vel­vet Scot­ers were on Belfast Lough (31st). Three Whim­brels were at Bal­lykin­lar (10th). A Lit­tle Stint was at Belfast Har­bour RSPB (from 23rd). Marsh Har­ri­ers were at Lough Mac­nean (9th), Port­more (11th), Quoile Pondage (13th) and Lough Beg (30th). A Golden Ea­gle was on Rath­lin Is­land (25th). A White-tailed Ea­gle was in Co Fer­managh through­out. A Long-tailed Skua and Sabine’s Gull passed Ramore Head (18th), with a Sabine’s past Kil­lough (16th). A White-winged Black Tern was at Port­more Lough (15th). The first eight Waxwings were at White­head (23rd). Yel­low-browed War­blers were at Kear­ney (8th), Copeland Is­land (10th & 29th) and Ramore Head (29th). A Red-breasted Fly­catcher was at Kear­ney (8th). A La­p­land Bunt­ing was Bal­ly­wal­ter (4th). Ian Gra­ham – please report any sight­ings to Nibirds@live.co.uk.

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