Clare Bird Sightings

March 2008

Monday 31st March 2008
One male and one female Blackcap were at Oak Park, Ennis.
There was one female Blackcap at Ballymacahill, Ennis.
One Little Egret was at Islandavanna, Clarecastle. 
A flock of 90 Brent Geese were at Gooleen, Barrtra, Lahinch.
One bird was wearing the following colour combination;
Right Leg Green 4.  Left Leg Yellow 2.

Sunday 30th March 2008
The two Yellow-legged Herring Gulls were at Lough Donnell today with a flock of 100
Lesser Black-backed Gulls.  There was also one second-winter Ring-billed Gull in the flock.
The hybrid Herring  x Glaucous Gull was at Quilty.
A male Blackcap was at Ballycar this morning. 

Saturday 29th March 2008
A first-winter American Herring Gull was in a field near Cloghaun Lough, Loop
Head (John N Murphy & Finbarr MacGabhann). This is a first Clare Record.
One Green Sandpiper was at Brewer’s Bridge, Poulnasherry Bay.
One Chiffchaff was at Dysart.
Five Little Egrets were at Moyasta.
Seven Great Northern Divers were at Carrigaholt.
A small flock of 29 Brent Geese were at Querrin.
Two Little Egrets were at Kilcredaun Marsh.
There were two Tree Sparrows at Kilbaha.
One first winter Iceland Gull and one Manx Shearwater were seen off Kilbaha.
One first-winter Iceland Gull was within a flock of 100 Herring Gulls at Ross Bay, Loop Head.
One first-winter and one second-winter Iceland Gulls were at Illaunonearaun, Kilkee.
One Carrion Crow was on the Strand Line Kilkee.
Three Common Gulls wearing leg bands were on the beach at Kilkee:
Left Leg Yellow Band 269V  This bird was ringed as a juvenile in Lough Mask in June 2007
Left Leg Yellow Band 286V  This bird was also ringed as a juvenile on Lough Mask in June 2007
Left Leg Yellow Band 246Z  This bird was ringed as a juvenile on Lough Mask in June 2006
Two Yellow-legged Herring Gulls and a Herring Gull with yellowish legs were amongst a
flock of 160 Herring Gulls at Lough Donnell.
The albino Diver was back off Black Head along with 35 Great Northern Divers.
Three Black-throated Divers, 55 Great Northerns and three Long-tailed Ducks were at 
Aughinish Island.   
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Smithsonianus Herring Gull at Loop Head John N Murphy
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In the left of the picture one of two Yellow-legged Herring Gulls at Lough Donnell John N Murphy
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Carrion Crow at Kilkee John N Murphy
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Albino Diver off Black Head possibly a Red-throated Diver Dave McNamara
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First year Iceland Gull Kilbaha John N Murphy

Friday 28th March 2008
There was one male Blackcap at Oak Park Ennis and another at Ballycar
Newmarket-on-Fergus.

Thursday 27th March 2008
One male Blackcap was singing at Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
Another male Blackcap was at Oak Park. Ennis.

Wednesday 26th March 2008
One male Blackcap was at Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.

Tuesday 25th March 2008
One Peregrine and a singing male Blackcap were at Applewood, Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
A flock of 120 Brent Geese and ten Great Northern Divers were at Liscannor Bay.

Monday 24th March 2008
A Blackcap was at Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
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Skylark Dave McNamara

Sunday 23rd March 2008
A Chiffchaff was heard singing this morning between
Darragh and Inch. This is the first of the Spring.
Three Greylag Geese were at Fenloe Lake, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
A male Blackcap was still singing at Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus. 

Saturday 22nd March 2008
There were six Little Egrets and one Green Sandpiper at
Moyasta, Poulnasherry Bay.
Two Manx Shearwaters were at Loop Head.
There was also two Little Egrets and one dark-bellied Brent
Goose at Querrin.
Two Iceland Gulls went past Castle Point, near Kilkee.
One first-winter Glaucous Gull was at Quilty.
A Peregrine, one second-winter Ring-billed Gull and the
Common Gull wearing the Yellow leg Band (232V) were at 
Seafield, Quilty.
One male Blackcap was singing at Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus. 

Friday 21st March 2008
One adult and one first-winter Iceland Gull were feeding with a flock
of 500 Kittiwakes at Clahane, Liscannor Bay.
One Jay was at Clifden Hill Corofin.
A flock of 60 Sandmartins were at Fenloe Lake, Newmarket-on-Fergus.

Thursday 20th March 2008
One male Blackcap was singing at Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
A flock of 200 Kittiwakes were at Liscannor Bay.

Wednesday 19th March 2008
There was one Green Sandpiper at the atenuation pond near Latoon Bridge.
A flock of 20 Sandmartins were at Ballyallia Lake.
One male Blackcap was singing at Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus. 

Tuesday 18th March 2008
Two Common Sandpipers and a Kingfisher were at the Quay
 in Clarecastle this evening.
One Merlin, two Wheatears and 1,000 Golden Plover and a
Raven were at Lough Donnell.
One Long-eared Owl and two Woodcock were at Clifden Hill, Corofin.
One first-winter Iceland Gull was at Clahane.
A flock of 20 Common Scoter, ten Red-throated, four Black-throated and
five Great Northern Divers were at Liscannor Bay.
One Peregrine was at Tullagher.
A flock of 13 Chough, three male Wheatears and four Ravens were at Loop Head.  
One male Blackcap at Ballycar.

Monday 17th March 2008
Six Sandmartins were at Seafield, Quilty todat the first for the year.
Two male Wheatears were on the Cliff walk at Kilkee.
One male Blackcap was still singing at Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
A flock of 13 Chough were at Castle Point, Kilkee.
There was a flock of 106 Brent Geese at Barrtra, Lahinch with a number of colour
banded birds amongst them with the combinations as follows:
Bird 1. Right Leg Yellow 7, Left Leg Yellow V.
Bird 2. Right Leg Green 3, Left Leg Yellow 9.
Bird 3. Right Leg Green T, Left Leg Yellow H.
Bird 4. Right Leg Green 4, Left Leg Yellow 2.

Sunday 16th March 2008
Two male Wheatears were at Loop Head today, the first for the spring.
There were also two Peregrines, five Chough, three Raven and 46 Golden
Plover on the headland.
Two Tree Sparrows were at Kilbaha.
The 20 White-fronted Geese and one Pink-footed Goose were at Tullagher Bog.
A flock of 26 Whooper Swans were at Tullabrack.
On Illaunonnearaun there were 64 Barnacle Geese and 16 Cormorants nesting.
One Little Egret was at Kilcredaun Marsh.
One Little Egret was at Querrin.
One male Blackcap was singing this morning at Applewood, Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
One Jay was seen this evening at Dromoland.

Saturday 15th March 2008
There were 200 plus Brent Geese, three Little Egrets, one Great Northern Diver
and one Red-throated Diver in Poulnasherry Bay.
One male Blackcap was singing at Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
Two Raven were at Booltiagh Bog, Ben Dash.

Friday 14th March 2008
One Dipper was seen making a nest on the Claureen River near Kilmaley.
A small group of 10 Whooper Swans were at Rabbit Island, Dromore Lake.

Thursday 13th March 2008
A male Velvet Scoter and six Black-throated Divers were seen
near Doorus on the Clare/Galway border.
A count of 70 Great Northern Divers and 20 Black-throated Divers
was had at Aughinish Island.
A flock of 23 Whooper Swans were at Carron Turlough.
There were two male Blackcaps at Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
Two Jays were at the Lees Road Wood in Ennis.

Wednesday 12th March 2008
There were two Ravens and one Peregrine at Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.

Tuesday 11th March 2008
One adult Kumlien’s Iceland Gull was at Lough Donnell.
Three Snow Buntings were at Seafield Quilty, along with
110 Purple Sandpipers and over 200 Turnstone.
The male Blackcap was still singing this morning at
Applewood, Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
There were 11 Brent Geese near Quilty one wearing a set of colour
 bands as can be seen from the photo below.
This bird was ringed on 14th May 2006 at K.Kot, Alfanes South West Iceland.

Colour- ringed Brent Goose Dave McNamara

Monday 10th March 2008
One male Blackcap was singing this morning at Ballycar,
Newmarket-on-Fergus.

Sunday 9th March 2008
One Black-throated Diver, one second-winter Mediterranean Gull,
two Long-tailed Duck and 342 Brent Geese were at Aughinish Island.
A flock of 74 Brent Geese were at Lahinch.
There were a flock of 200 Knot and 45 Shellduck at the Shannon Airport Lagoon.
A small flock of eight Greylag Geese were at Fin Lough, Newmarket-on-Fergus.

Saturday 8th March 2008
The Foster,s Tern was back near Doorus on the Clare/Galway border (Finbarr MacGabhann),
between 2.30 and 3.00pm along side two Sandwich Terns.
A Water Pipit was at the Flaggy Shore (Finbarr MacGabhann & Tom Lynch).
The drake Green-winged Teal was at Bell Harbour (Finbarr McGabhann et al).
A  count of 10 Black-throated Divers were off the Flaggy Shore.
One Sandwich Tern was at New Quay.
One Little Egret was at Ballyvaughan.

Friday 7th March 2007
Fourty Whooper Swans were at Ballygireen, Newmarket-on-Fergus.

Thursday 6th March 2007
An all white albino Great Northern Diver was seen off Black Head.
There were 15 Black-throated Divers between Black Head and Aughinish Island.
One Little Egret was at Blackweir, Poulnasherry Bay.
One Peregrine was near Donegal Point, Farrihy. 
One second-winter Glaucous Gull and 150 Brent Geese were at Auhinish Island.
One Merlin, one Peregrine, one Long-tailed Duck and one Little Egret were near Dooras
on the Clare/Galway border.  

Wednesday 5th March 2008
A flock of 32 Whooper Swans and a Peregrine were at Tullagher Bog.
A first-winter Iceland Gull and 10 Great Northern Divers were at Quilty.
A flock of 110 Barnacle Geese were on Mutton Island.

Tuesday 4th March 2008
The Iceland Gull was at the Post Office Field in Ennis.

Monday 3rd March 2008
A firts-winter Glaucous Gull  was at Liscannor along with one
first-winter and one second winter Ring-billed Gulls.
A Merlin was at Lahinch Marsh.

Sunday 2nd March 2008
The Black Redstart is still at Cahercalla Beg, near the Rocky Road, Ennis.
The Iceland Gull was at the Post Office Field in Ennis.

Saturday 1st March 2008
One female Black Redstart was at the Ball Allies near the beach in Kilkee.
A flock of 80 Barnacle Geese were on Illaunonearaun, Kilkee.
There were 60 Whooper Swans at Ballygireen, Newmarket-on-Fergus.

This yellow banded Common Gull was at Clahane Dave McNamara
This bird was ringed as a chick on the nest at Lough Mask in June 2007.


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