The numbers of waders using the reserve as a high tide roost are still going strong this past week, with top counts of 531 Oystercatcher, 80 Lapwing, 38 Dunlin, 105 Black-tailed Godwit and 227 Curlew. The Oystercatchers especially are proving a daily challenge for volunteers to count! There have also been sightings of 3 Golden Plover, 1 Knot, 4 Snipe, 3 Jack Snipe, 6 Redshank, 4 Ruff and 2 Curlew Sandpipers. Wildlfowl numbers seem to be slowly increasing, with 14 Wigeon, 298 Teal, 10 Mallard and 5 Shoveler. However, summer is not completely over as we have also seen 1 Wheatear, 1 Common Sandpiper and 4 Swallows around the reserve over the week. Everything also has to be on the watch for predators, as there have been regular sightings of a Buzzard, a Sparrowhawk, a Peregrine and a Stoat all looking for their next meal. Keep checking back for the latest sightings from RSPB Belfast Harbour Reserve!
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