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Bird News Thursday 4th July

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The Long-billed Dowitcher is at Portmore. (Gerry JUdge / David McCreedy / Mike McLaughlin). The bird was still present early evening and to 9pm (Daniel Newton / Nigel Moore)

3 Common Sandpiper were at Lady Bay (Ian Young)

RSPB WoW had a Common Sandpiper (Dot Blakely). The adult Med Gull pair and fledgling are also present (Bob Watts)

RSPB NI kindly asks for anyone visiting Lough Beg:
We appreciate that there have been a few interesting sightings of birds visiting the shores of Lough Beg, however, there are also a number of nationally important populations of breeding waders, including  Lapwing, Redshank and Snipe who are currently nesting in the area. Ground-nesting birds are incredibly susceptible to disturbances at this time and as they perceive humans as predators, they will respond accordingly, including disrupted behaviours, leaving nests and avoiding areas of valuable resources. 
As part of our commitment to safeguarding these species, RSPB NI asks that visitors to Lough Beg use only the designated path at Long Point Wood for views of the Lough, and refrain from accessing the shore via other routes as there is no public access to wet grassland or shore.
Long-billed Dowitcher, Gerry Judge: