Clare Bird Sightings

Sunday 18th September 2011

Sunday 18th September 2011

First-winter Common Rosefinch at Kilbaha © Richard Bonser

A first-winter Common Rosefinch has turned up this morning at Walshe’s haggard, Loop Head (Niall T Keogh, Richard Bonser et al).
Two Lapland Buntings were at Loop Head Lighthouse along with nine Buff-breasted Sandpipers.
At the Bridges of Ross there were two Wilson’s Storm Petrels @ 09:05 (Eanna O’Flynn, Mark Stewart & Conor Foley) & @ 11:20 (Tom Tarpey). Also at the bridges were 16 Long-tailed Skuas, 170 Sabine’s Gulls, five Sooty Shearwaters one Leach’s Petrel, eight Storm Petrels, 19 Grey Phalaropes, 54 Great Skuas (Bonxie), two Pomarine Skuas, 37 Arctic, two juvenile Little Gulls, 12 Sandwich Terns, 500 Arctic Terns, 11 Puffins, two Common Scoters, seven Red-throated Divers and one Great Northern Diver. There were also six Bottlenose Dolphins and
one Sunfish.
A juvenile Blue-winged Teal was at the Shannon Airport Lagoon (Owen Foley & Richard Bonser).
At Kilcredaun Bay, there were 5 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers.
At Liscannot, there was a 1st-winter Mediterranean Gull and 4 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers.
Six Crossbills were at Gortcoirce, Dysert.
Two Ruff, 164 Curlew, ten Wigeon and ten Black-tailed Godwits were at Lough Atedaun.


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