Clare Bird Sightings

April 2008

Wednesday 30th April 2008
One Common Sandpiper was at Clahane.
Grasshopper Warbler Dave McNamara

Tuesday 29th April 2008
There were two male Blackcaps and a Whitethroat singing
in the middle of Lisdoonvarna Town.
A flock of 28 Whimbrel were at Islandavanna, Clarecastle.

Monday 28th April 2008
Three White Wagtails and 22 Whimbrel were at the Shannon Airport Lagoon.
A male Blackcap was singing at the Lees Road Wood.
Over 300 Whimbrel were on the Fergus Estuary this evening.
Two Ravens were at Clenagh Castle.
Three Greylag Geese were seen in a field near Kilkishen.

Sunday 27th April 2008
The drake Green-winged Teal was at the Shannon Airport Lagoon,
along with 70 Whimbrel (John N Murphy).
One male Blackcap was at Gort Coirce, Dysert.
One male Blackcap was at Cliffden Hill, Corofin.
There were eight White Wagtails and 40 Whimbrel at Clahane.
Ten White Wagtails and 55 Whimbrel were at Seafield, Quilty.
Drake Green-winged Teal a distant shot in the rain John N Murphy

Saturday 26th April 2008
There were five male and thre female Yellowhammers at Mullaghmore,
the Burren along side one singing male Blackcap.

Friday 25th April 2008
One male Blackcap was singing at O’Sheas Shop Kilmaley.
Another male Blackcap was singing at Darragh.
One female Hen Harrier was seen near Kilmaley.
A flock of 14 Whimbrel flew over the River Fergus near Clarecastle.
Another couple of Whimbrel flocks totalling 68 birds flew North-westwards
over Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.

Thursday 24th April 2008
There was one male Hen Harrier near Ben Dash this morning.
A Barn Owl was seen in the early hours of this morning west of Inagh.
A flock of 28 Whimbrel flew North-westwards past Ballycar, Newmaket-on-Fergus.

Wednesday 23rd April 2008
One male and one female Hen Harrier were seen near Ben Dash.
The Spotted Redshank and one Little Egret were at the Shannon
Airport Lagoon this evening.
One male Blackcap was heard singing outside O’Sheas Shop, Kilmaley.
One male Blackcap and two Jays were at Gort Coirce, Dysert.
There were 250 Herring Gulls and 200 Kittiwakes at Clahane.
A small flock of 33 Whimbrel flew past Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
Another flock of 120 Whimbrel were seen at Cammogue Point, Poulnasherry Bay.

Tuesday 22nd April 2008
A first-winter Ring-billed Gull was at Lough Donnell today along with
48 Whimbrel, two White Wagtails and 240 Golden Plover.
There were 120 Whimbrel, 35 Purple Sandpipers and one Merlin 
at Doughmore Bay.
Another 60 Whimbrel were near Seafield Quilty, where there
were also four White Wagtails.
There were 35 Whimbrel and three White Wagtails at White Strand, Spanish Point.
While at Liscannor Bay there were 60 Whimbrel, three White
Wagtails and one Merlin.
Two Dipper were on the Claureen River near Darragh.
Great Northern Diver in summer plumage at Doughmore John N Murphy
Whimbrel are moving through the county in large numbers John N Murphy

Monday 21st April 2008
The Long-billed Dowitcher, the Green-winged Teal, the Spotted Redshank,
Sedge Warblers and 14 Whimbrel were at the Shannon Airport Lagoon
this morning (Finbarr MacGabhann).
One male Blackcap was at Ballyallia Lake.
One Common Sandpiper, two Tree Sparrows and 100 plus Whimbrel were at Liscannor.
One Common Sandpiper was at Lough Gealain, Mullaghmore the Burren.
There were 120 Whimbrel and one Merlin at Doughmore Bay.
A flock of 55 Purple Sandpipers were at Spanish Point.
One male Blackcap was seen building a nest near Gort Coirce, Dysert.
One Whooper Swan was at Lough Donnell.
Male Blackcap at Dysert Dave McNamara

Sunday 20th April 2008
The summer plumaged Long-billed Dowitcher, the drake Green-winged Teal,
one Spotted Redshank, four Sedge Warblers, one Grasshopper Warbler,
two Water Rail, two Little Egrets and 15 Whimbrel were at the Shannon Airport
Lagoon this morning (John N Murphy & Brian Finnegan).
There were 46 Whimbrel at Ballycar Newmarket-on-Fergus.
One male Hen Harrier was at Woodcock Hill.
Two Red-throated Divers, 50 Whimbrel, 35 Brent Geese and seven 
White Wagtails were at Liscannor Bay.
One Dipper was on the Annaghgeragh River.
There were 20 Whimbrel and three Whooper Swans at Islandavanna, Clarecastle.
A flock of 15 Whimbrel were at Doughmore Beach.
There was a large movement of 150 Whimbrel over Kilkee this evening.
Summer plumaged Red-throated Diver at Liscannor Dave McNamara 

Saturday 19th April 2008
An  adult summer plumaged Long-billed Dowitcher was at the Shannon
Airport Lagoon this evening with one drake Green-winged Teal, a summer
plumaged Spotted Redshank and two Sedge Warblers (John N Murphy & Stan Nugent). 
Also at the  Lagoon were five Little Egrets, one Water Rail, 250 Redshank
and 350 Black-tailed Godwits.
There was one first-winter Ring-billed Gull at Kilbaha, Loop Head, while in fields on
the way to Loop Head Lighthouse a first-winter Iceland Gull was spotted.
A female Hen Harrier, 35 Brent Geese and 15 Whimbrel were at Liscannor.
A flock of 16 Whimbrel were at Cappagh, Kilrush.
Another 12 Whimbrel were at Lough Donnell.
Seven Little Egrets were at Moyasta.
One Little Egret was at Kilcredaun Marsh.
Twenty White Wagtails were at Lurga Point with another six at Quilty.
One Crossbill, a Jay and 20 Siskins were seen at Maghera Mountain.
A small flock of 14 Whimbrel were at Clenagh Bay. 
The Cuckoo was still at Darragh this morning.

Friday 18th April 2008
There were over 20 White Wagtails between Liscannor and Clahane today.
A small flock of 14 Whimbrel were at Clahane along side 80 Golden Plover
and one coloured ringed Common Gull wearing a Yellow Band on its left
leg 246Z.  This bird was at Kilkee on 29th March 2008 and had been ringed
at Lough Mask in June 2006.
There were 35 Brent Geese at Liscannor.
A flock of 130 Golden Plover were at Doonbeg.
Two Dippers were at the Falls Ennistymon.
A flock of 23 Brent Geese were at Fanore.
One Jay was at the Lees Road Wood. 
A Cuckoo was heard calling at Darragh.
White Wagtail at Clahane John N Murphy
Golden Plover in summer plumage at Clahane John N Murphy
Colour Ringed Common Gull at Clahane Dave McNamara
Dipper at the Falls Ennistymon John N Murphy

Thursday 17th April 2008
A Swift was at Doughmore Bay, Doonbeg this morning.
Also at Doughmore Bay were 34 Whimbrel and one Merlin.
One Grasshopper Warbler was at Lough Donnell along with
260 Golden Plover and eight Whimbrel.
There were 20 White Wagtails, 15 Whimbrel, 200 Herring Gulls
and the hybrid Herring x Glaucous Gull, and one Merlin, all at Seafield, Quilty.
Seven Tree Sparrows were at Carrowmore Point.
Two Tree Sparrows were at Liscannor.
One second-winter Iceland Gull, 200 Herring Gulls and 35 Brent Geese were
 Liscannor Bay.
Whimbrel John N Murphy
Iceland Gull at Clahane Dave McNamara

Wednesday 16th April 2008
There were four Crossbills at Glencarragh Wood, Woodcock Hill this evening.
Another seven Crossbills were at the top of Knockaunnamouglhilly, east
of Sixmilebridge.
One female Blackcap was near Bindon Street Bridge in Ennis.
One second summer Mediterranean Gull was at Seafield along side
five White Wagtails, 29 Great Norther Divers and 11 Red-throated Divers.
A flock of 23 Whimbrel were at Liscannor.
A Cuckoo was reported from Fanore.
Second summer Med Gull at Seafield Dave McNamara
White Wagtail at Seafield Dave McNamara

Tuesday 15th April 2008
One Common Sandpiper was at Clarecastle.

Monday 14th April 2008
Two House Martins were seen at Kilkee this morning,
the first reported this year for the county.
One Dipper was on the Claureen River. 

Sunday 13th April 2008
Male Blackcaps were singing at Grannaghan Castle, Fin Lough
and at Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
One Greylag Goose was at Ballycar Lough.

Saturday 12th April 2008
One male Blackcap was heard singing at Dromoland Castle.
There was a large arrival of Swallows in the county today. 

Friday 11th April 2008
One Green Sandpiper was at the atenuation pond off the new main road
at Manusmore, outside Clarecastle.

Thursday 10th April 2008
A flock of 200 Golden Plover were seen in fields near Ballyvonnavaun,
near Clarecastle.
One male Hen Harrier was near Ballard Bridge, the Burren.
Male Hen Harrier in the Burren John N Murphy

Male Wheatear at Fanore John N Murphy

Wednesday 9th April 2008
A male Blackcap was at Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
A flock of 200 Golden Plover were seen near Ballyvonnavaun, Clarecastle.

Tuesday 8th April 2008
One adult Yellow-legged Gull was at Lough Donnell.
One first-winter Glaucous Gull and seven Great Northern Divers
were at Seafield, Quilty.
One Merlin, four Sandwich Terns, five Red-throated and eight
Great Northern Divers were at Doughmore Bay, Doonbeg.
A large count of 100 Great Northern Divers were off Aughinish Island.
One coulour ringed Brent Goose was at New Quay:
Right Leg Green L, Left Leg Yellow K.

Monday 7th April 2008
There were three Swallows in Ennis, two at Shanbally Road and
another along the Fergus River in the centre of Town.

Sunday 6th April 2008
One Willow Warbler was singing at Darragh.
One male Blackcap was at Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.

Saturday 5th April 2008
There were three Ruff at Lough Donnell.

A group of 12 Little Egrets were on Dernish Island, near the Shannon Airport Lagoon.

Ruff at Lough Donnell Dave McNamara

Friday 4th April 2008
The first Swallow of the year was seen at a farm near Spanish Point this morning.

One Willow Warbler was singing at Applewood, Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus
as a Peregrine hunted overhead.

Thursday 3rd April 2008
Two Sandwich Terns an Peregrine and a flock of 124 Brent Geese were off Liscannor Pier.
Chiff chaffs were heard sining at the Auburn Lodge and the Lees Wood Road in Ennis,
and also at Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
There were six Little Egrets at Moyasta, two at Blackwier Bridge and
one at Querrin.
Six Common Terns were seen at Ferry Point, Poulnasherry Bay.
One male Hen Harrier was seen near Booltiagh near Ben Dash.

Wednesday 2nd April 2008
One male Blackcap was at Applewood, Ballycar today.
A small party of 11 Whooper Swans flew past Commoge Point, Poulnasherry.
Also at Poulnasherry late in the evening huge numbers of Brent Geese flew
over Poulnasherry Bay heading northwards. 

Tuesday 1st April 2008
There were 100 Brent Geese at Cammoge Point, Poulnasherry Bay.


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