Clare Bird Sightings

Saturday 28th January 2012

Saturday 28th January 2012

Crane near Athlacca ©Mike Sheehy

A adult Crane was found with the Whooper Swan flock (26 birds) on the Morning Star basin near Athlacca (Mike Sheehy, Mike Flanagan, Geoff Hunt & Maura Turner). The is the second record for Limerick in modern times, the first being at the Charleville Lagoons in 2000. Prior to that the bird was known to be present in the county only from archaeological records from Lough Gur.
A Scaup and two Greylag Geese were seen at Lough Gur.
86 Pochard, 75 Tufted Duck, 11 Wigeon, nine Mallard, nine Teal, 350 Lapwing, three Snipe, 197 Coot, three Little Grebes and two Mute Swans were at Coonagh.

Adult Crane and Whooper Swans at Athlacca ©Mike Sheehy

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