Last week saw relatively high numbers of birds on the reserve, due to tides in Belfast Lough itself being high, and the strong winds that we all experienced. There were high numbers of Oystercatchers, with a top count of 580, as well as 34 Golden Plover, 72 Lapwing, 35 Curlew, 4 Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Snipe. Wildfowl numbers were also high, with 302 Shelduck, 113 Wigeon, 111Teal, 56 Mallard and 39 Shoveler, as well as 2 Mute Swans, 127 Greylag Geese, 22 Moorhen, and 4 Coot. Finally, gull numbers were very high, including 1926 Black-headed Gull, 76 Common Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 77 Herring Gull and 7 Greater Black-backed Gull. Keep checking back here for the latest sightings from RSPB Belfast Harbour Reserve!!

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