On Monday we were fortunate enough to have a Wood Sandpiper stop here at the reserve. This is a first for Belfast Harbour, causing great excitement amongst staff, volunteers and visitors. Unfortunately, the bird had moved onwards by the start of Tuesday. A number of Curlew Sandpipers have been spotted this week, with as many as 4 being seen at the one time, there have also been regular sightings of Ruff and Little Stint throughout the week, while a Knot was recorded on Tuesday. Other waders have been seen in abundance, with 249 Curlew, 386 Oystercatcher, 50 Bar-tailed Godwit 48 Black-tailed Godwit, 39 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 16 Lapwin and 3 Snipe. Wildfowl numbers remain similar to last week with 108 Teal, 19 Wigeon, 9 Tufted Duck, 20 Mallard, 2 Shelduck, 5 Shoveler. Sunday provided us with an amazing event to end the week with. A Peregrine Falcon was seen successfully hunting on the reserve, stooping from a great height to catch one of the many waders who were attempting to escape it's grasp. What a way to end the week!!
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