Clare Bird Sightings

February 2008

Friday 29th February 2008
A second-winter Ring-billed Gull was at Clahane, Liscannor.
The Iceland Gull is still at the Post Office Field, Enins.
A flock of 115 Black-tailed Godwits and 18 Pintail were at Ballyallia Lake, Ennis.
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Ring-billed Gull at Clahane Dave McNamara

Thursday 28th February 2008
The first-winter Iceland Gull was at the Post Office Field, Ennis.

Wednesday 27th February 2008
The Iceland Gull was at the Post Office Field in Ennis.
Two Little Egrets were at Shannon Town earlier today.
Two Jays were on the Lees Wood Road in Ennis.

Tuesday 26th February 2008
The drake Green-winged Teal was at Bell Harbour (John N Murphy)
There were large seabird flocks from Black Head to inner Galway Bay today.
Counts from Black Head to Aughinish Island were:
Gannet 26, Razorbill 1,200, Guillemot 800 plus, Black Guillemot 83, Great Northern Diver 76,
Black-throated Diver six, Red-throated Diver five, Long-tailed Duck seven, Brent Geese 134,
Red-breasted Merganser 48, Common Gull 600, one Little Egret near Corronroo and one 
Merlin near Aughinish.
There was also one second-winter and one adult Iceland Gull off Aughinish Island.
The first-winter Iceland Gull was back in the Post Office Field, Ennis.
Two Hen Harriers were at Islandavanna.
One first-winter Glaucous Gull was at Liscannor.
A flock of 112 Whooper Swans were at Lough Atedaun, Corofin.
A group of 60 Brent Geese were at Goleen, Barrtra, Lahinch.
One Little Egret was in a channel near Ashford House, Shannon Industrial Estate.
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Glaucous Gull at Liscannor Dave McNamara

Monday 25th February 2008
Six Greylag Geese and 36 Whooper Swans were at Ballycar Lough,
Newmarket-on-Fergus.
One Merlin was at the back of Willow Park, Ennis today. 

Sunday 24th February 2008
Over 80 Barnacle Geese were at Illaunonearaun, Kilkee.
Two Little Egrets were along the shore near Querrin.
One Water Rail was at Ballycar Lough, Newmarket-on-Fergus.

Saturday 23rd February 2008
One Woodcock was seen near Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
One male Blackcap was at Carroweragh Kilshanny again today.

Friday 22nd February 2008
The drake Green-winged Teal was at Bell Harbour (Barry Howell).
A count of 37 Black-throated Divers were off Gleninagh Castle, North Clare
alongside 14 Great Northern Divers and three Raven in nearby fields.
Three Little Egrets and 30 Brent Geese were at Ballyvaughan. 
One male Blackcap is still frequenting a bird table at Carroweragh, Kilshanny.
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Green-winged Teal (top left of picture) Bell Harbour Barry Howell

Thursday 21st February 2008
The first-winter Iceland Gull was at the Post Office Field in Ennis.
One male Blackcap was at Carroweragh, Kilshanny. 

Wednesday 20th February 2008
The first-winter Iceland Gull was at the Post Office Field in Ennis 
There were 48 Whooper Swans at Ballygireen.
One male Blackcap was at Carroweragh, Kilshanny
A flock of 38 Whooper Swans were at Ballycar Lough, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
One Jay and one Raven were at the Lees Road Wood.

Tuesday 19th February 2008
The water levels had dropped and the one of the only few
birds at the Post Office Field in Ennis was the first-winter Iceland Gull.

Tuesday 18th February 2008
The Iceland Gull was at the Post Office Field.

Monday 17th February 2008
The Iceland Gull was at the Post Office Field in Ennis.
One male Blackcap was on the Gort Road in Ennis.

Sunday 16th February 2008
There were two Kingfishers on the River Fergus at Willow Park, Ennis.

Saturday 15th February 2008
The Green-winged Teal was at Bell Harbour (Finbarr MacGabhann).
The female Velvet Scoter was off Aughinish Island.
Over 30 Black throated Divers were seen between Aughinish Island and
Finvarra Point.
The Iceland Gull was still at the Post Office Field in Ennis.

Friday 14th February 2008
The first-winter Iceland Gull was at the Post Office Field in Ennis again today.
Two male and two female Blackcaps were at Ballymacahill, Ennis. 
The Barn Owl that was taken into care last week is still making a good recovery.
There were three Greylag Geese at Lough Bridget near Broadford.

Wednesday 13th February 2008
A WATER PIPIT was back at Lough Muree today (Paul Troake).
There was also on Little Egret at Lough Murree and off shore
over 59 Great Northern Divers.
One Velvet Scoter was at Aughinish Island.
A hybrid Glaucous x Herring Gull was at Quilty (see picture below).
The first-winter Iceland Gull was at the Post Office Field in Ennis.
One male Blackcap was at Applewood, Ballycar.
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Hybrid Gull at Quilty Dave McNamara.

Tuesday 12th February 2008
The Black Redstart was back at Cahercalla Beg, the Rocky Road, Ennis.
There were 12 Yellowhammers in a garden at Derry, Barefield.
Four Greylag Geese were at Fenloe (Fin) Lough, Newmarket-on-Fergus.

Monday 11th February 2008
A drake Ring-necked Duck was at Ballyallia Lake, Ennis (Finbarr MacGabhann).
One Black Redstart was back at Cahercalla Beg, the Rocky Road, Ennis.
The first-winter Iceland Gull was at the Post Office Field in Ennis.

Sunday 10th February 2008
The darke Green-winged Teal was at Bell Harbour (Dermot Breen).
One Velvet Scoter was off Aughinish Island along with
12 Black-throated Divers, five Long-tailed Duck
and one Snow Bunting.
One Little Egret was seen along the River Fergus at the back
of Willow Park, Ennis.
There were 22 White-fronted Geese and one Pink-footed Goose
at Tullagher Bog.
One Tree Sparrow and a Merlin were at Killard.
Ten Great Northern Divers were at Quilty.
A flock of 90 Barnacle Geese were on Mutton Island.
A group of 500 Golden Plover and 300 Lapwing were at Lough Donnell.

Saturday 9th February 2008
A Fosters Tern, probably the Galway bird was seen along the north Clare
coast flying back and forth between the Clare/Galway border near
Doorus (Finbarr MacGabhann).
The first-winter Iceland Gull was at the Post Office Field in Ennis
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Iceland Gull at the Post Office Field John N Murphy

Friday 8th February 2008
A Green Sandpiper was at one of the attenuation ponds on the new main road
near Latoon Bridge, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
The first-winter Iceland Gull was still at the Post Office Field, Ennis.
An injured Barn Owl was picked up at Cooraclare and is now in care.
Two males and one female Blackcaps were near the Abbey Street Car
Park along the banks of the River Fergus.  One male was in full song.
One male Blackcap was on the Lifford Road in Ennis.

Thursday 7th February 2008
The first-winter Iceland Gull was at the Post Office Field, Ennis.
A flock of 45 Gadwall and 60 Shovelor were at Ballymacrogan
Turlough, Ruan along with one female Blackcap.
The 20 Greylag Geese were still at Fenloe (Fin) Lough, Newmarket-on-Fergus.

Wednesday 6th February 2008
A flock of 22 White-fronted Geese and one Raven were near Lough
Muckanagh.
One Iceland Gull flew over the Kilrush Raod, Ennis this afternoon.
One female Hen Harrier was near Kilfenora.
Two male and one female Hen Harriers were near Tubber.
Two Merlins were at Seafield, Quilty.
There were eight Yellowhammers at Ballycarroll, Barefield. 
One Little Egret was at Knock, Clonderlaw Bay.
One Little Egret was at Kilimer.
Three Little Egrets were at Moyasta.
One Little Egret was at Querrin.
One Little Egret was at Kilcredaun.
One Iceland Gull was at Moneypoint.

Tuesday 5th February 2008
Two Common Sandpipers were at the Quay at Clarecastle.
A flock of 45 Whooper Swans, one Merlin and 20 Reed Buntings
were at Ballyallia Lake today.
One female Hen Harrier was near Cross village, Loop Head.
A group of 20 Greylag Geese were at Fenloe (Fin) Lough, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
A small party of 12 Whooper Swans were at Ballycar Lough, Newmarket-on-Fergus.

Monday 4th February 2008
The first-winter Black Redstart was at Cahercall Beg, Ennis.
One first-winter Iceland Gull was at the Post Office Field, Ennis.
Six Greylag Geese were at Ballycar Lough, Newmarket-on-Fergus.

Sunday 3rd February 2008
There was a flock of 26 Whooper Swans at Ballycar Lough, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
One Little Egret was in fields near Carrigerry House, Clenagh, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
There were over 200 Sanderling at Seafield, Quilty.
A flock of 60 Whooper Swans were at Lough Cullaun, the Burren.
One Merlin was at Cliften, Corofin.
Five Ravens were at Doonagore Bog. 

Saturday 2nd February 2008
One Common Sandpiper was at the Quay in Clarecastle.
The male Black Redstart was at Clahane, Liscannor.
One first-winter Common Eider was far out off the Pier at Liscannor.
Over 100 Barnacle Geese were on Mutton Island.
One Little Gull was seen of the North Clare coast.
A flock of 92 Purple Sandpipers were on the beach at Seafield, while a
small group of 20 Skylarks fed in nearby fields at Quilty.
The flock of 20 White-fronted Geese and one Pink-footed Goose was at Tullagher.
Two Little Egrets were in a field with horses on the road to Brewer’s Bridge, Poulnasherry.
One Peregrine and two Ravens were at Cappa, Kilrush.
Four Raven were on the coast road south of Kilkee.

Black Redstart at Clahane Beach © John N Murphy.

Purple Sandpiper Barry Howell

Friday 1st February 2008
One Black Redstart was at Cahercalla Beg, Ennis.

There was also one Black Redstart at Clahane, Liscannor.
The fisrt-winter Eider was still off Liscannor Pier.
Four Male and three female Hen Harriers were seen near Tubber.
Two Woodcock were near Corofin.

 


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