Clare Bird Sightings

August 2008

Sunday 31st August 2008
Today at the Bridges of Ross there were 8000 plus Manx Shearwaters,
40 Sooty Shearwaters, three Pomarine Skuas, 13 Arctic Skuas and three Bonxies.
One moulting adult Black Tern was on the rocks in Kilbaha along with three 
Arctic Skuas chasing birds in the bay.
One juvenile Hen Harrier was at Tullagher Bog this afternoon. 
Two Water Rails were at Ballycar Lake, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
Saturday 30th August 2008
At the Bridges of Ross today there were 80 Sooty Shearwaters,
seven Bonxies, 22 Arctic Skuas, one adult and one juvenile Pomarine Skua,
three Leaches Petrels, 30 Storm Petrels, 71 Sandwich Terns, five Common
Scoter, four Puffin and 13 Whimbrel. 
Two Water Rails were at Kilbaha pond.   
Friday 29th August 2008
The BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was still at Loop Head Lighthouse (Phil Brennan). 
At the Bridges of Ross today there was one adult Long-tailed Skua (Noel & Niall Keogh),
along with one Balearic Shearwater, 25 Sooty Shearwaters, two Pomarine Skuas,
five Bonxies, two Arctic Skuas, 40 Storm Petrels and one Grey Phalarope.
The Red-legged Partridge was seen again in Kilmihil today.

Thursday 28th August 2008
The BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was still in the same area at Loop Head 

and allowing good close up viewing this morning (Tom & Nuala Lynch).
At the Bridges of Ross today there were 66 Sooty Shearwaters, one Great Shearwater,
three Baleacric Shearwaters, five Bonxies, 6 Arctic Skuas, one Pomarine Skua, 12 Storm Petrels,
eight Puffin and seven Common Scoter. 
One Water Rail was at the pond in kilbaha, one Grasshopper Warbler was seen in the Lighthouse Garden,
eight Chough were feeding on the headland.
This afternoon eleven Little Egret and a Green Sandpiper were seen at Moyasta.
Four Chough were at Fanore.
A flock of 40 Little Grebes were at Lough Gash.
Wednesday 27th of August 2008
A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER  was found near the tip of Loop Head this afternoon
(John N Murphy & Stan Nugent).
There were 10 Little Egrets and one Green Sandpiper at Moyasta, Poulnasherry.
Two Grey Phalaropes were off the Bridges of Ross.
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Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Loop Head today John N Murphy
Tuesday 26th August 2008
There were two Pomarine Skuas at the Bridges of Ross today.
Four Little Egrets were at the Shannon Airport Lagoon, along
with 1600 Dunlin, 40 Knot and 80 Black-tailed Godwits.
Two Stock Doves were at Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
A Black-headed Gull wearing a Yellow colour Ring (Z77L),
was at the large pond near the Claureen River in Ennis.
Monday 25th August 2008
At the Bridges of Ross this morning there was a good movement
of Manx Shearwaters 20,000 in all, with them there were 20 Sooty Shearwaters,  four
Great Skuas and one Sabines Gull.
One Green Sandpiper and one Common Sandpiper were at the ponds near the 
Claureen River in Ennis.
Five Common Sandpipers were at Clarecastle Dock.
One Red-legged Partridge was at Applewood, Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
Sunday  24th August 2008
At the Bridges of Ross today migration was slow.
One Little Shearwater was observed just before midday (Justin Taylor et al), 
along with 20 Sooty Shearwaters, three Balearic Shearwaters,
12 Arctic Skuas, six Bonxies, one Pomarine Skua, 70 Storm Petrels,
one Grey Phalarope, one Sabines Gull, two Roseate Terns and
three Common Scoter. 
Three Arctic Skuas, one Bonxie and 80 Sandwich Terns were in Kilbaha Bay.
Six Green Sandpipers were at Moyasta Creek, Poulnasherry Bay.
Saturday 23rd August 2008
At the Bridges of Ross today there was one Great Shearwater, two Balearic Shearwaters
and two Grey Phalaropes.
There were five Ruff and one adult winter Little Gull in flooded fields west
of the Skehanagh Roundabout just outside Clarecastle.  With them there were
150 Black-tailed Godwits and 300 Black Headed Gulls.
A second year Iceland Gull was at Liscannor. 
Over 1,000 Dunlin, 50 Ringed Plover, two Bar-tailed Godwits and three Little
Egrets were at the Shannon Airport Lagoon.
 A flock of 50 Black-tailed Godwits were at Clenagh Lake, Newmarket-on-Fergus. 
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Iceland Gull at Liscannor Richard Bonser 
Friday 22nd August 2008
Today at the Bridges of Ross there were two Sabines Gulls, 20 Sooty Shearwaters,
three Balearic Shearwaters, 11 Arctic Skuas, five Great Skuas and five Storm Petrels. 
There were three Ruff, 50 Black-tailed Godwits and 200 Black-headed Gulls
in a flooded field near the Skehanagh Roundabout, Clarecastle this evening.
One Swift was at Ballyallia Lake this afternoon.
Thursday 21st August 2008
At the Bridges of Ross today there were two Balearic Shearwaters, 40 Sooty Shearwaters,
three Arctic Skuas, eight Bonxies, one Long-tailed Skua, one Pomarine Skua, one Storm Petrel, 
25 Puffin, one Blue Fulmar and one juvenile Mediterannean Gull.
Three Little Stints were at Seafield, Quilty.
Six White Wagtails were at Lough Donnell.
One Ruff was at Kilbaha.
Two Green Sandpipers were at Moyasta.
One Jay was at Darragh.
One Red-legged Partridge was at Kilmihil.
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Red-legged Partridge at Kilmihil John N Murphy
Wednesday 20th August 2008
Eleven Balearic Shearwaters, 46 Sooty Shearwaters and
one Grey Phalarope were at the Bridges of Ross.
There were three Ruff at Lough Donnell.
One juvenile Ruff was at Kilbaha, Loop Head.
One second year Iceland Gull was at Liscannor.
Large flocks of Manx Shearwaters were seen off Black Head this evening.
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Ruff at Kilbaha John N Murphy
Tuesday 19th August 2008
At the Bridges of Ross there was one Fea’s Petrel (Chris Heard),
also one Great Shearwater,  52 Sooty Shearwaters,
two Balearic Shearwaters, 20 Great Skuas,  3 Arctic Skuas, one Pomarine Skua,
adult Sabines Gull, 12 Common Scoter, one Blue Fulmar and two Storm Petrels.
Two Long-tailed Skuas flew over the Anvil Farm B&B , Loop Head (Dave McAdams).
One dark phased Arctic Skua was in Kilbaha harbour.
A flock of 4,000 Manx Shearwaters were feeding this evening off Seafield, Quilty,
with them there were three Sooty Shearwaters, two Balearic Shearwaters, one
Bonxie, one Black Tern , one adult Little Gull and one adult Sabines Gull.
One juvenile Mediterranean Gull was at Quilty.
At Lough Donnell there was one Little Egret and one juvenile Peregrine.
Four Little Egrets were at Poulnasherry Bay.
One Green Sandpiper and a Kingfisher were at Moyasta Creek.
One Peregrine was seen just outside Kilkee. 
A Red-legged Partridge was present again today at Kilmihil where
it  has been seen over the past month.
Monday 18th August 2008
At the Bridges of Ross there were three Sooty Shearwaters, 10 Bonxies,
eight Arctic Skuas and two Roseate Terns.
There was a juvenile Black Tern at Lough Donnell today,
along with one juvenile Mediterrannean Gull.
One Arctic Tern was off Green Island, Miltown Malbay.
One second year Iceland Gull was at Liscannor. 
Three Common Sandpipers were at Clahane.
One Green Sandpiper was at the attenuation pond near the Claureen river in Ennis.
One Yellowhammer was at Mullaghmore, the Burren.
One Little Egret was at Ballyvaughan.
One Hen Harrier was report from Scattery Island where it has been seen on and
off over the last week.
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Adult winter Black Tern at Lough Donnell Dave McNamara
Sunday 17th August 2008
Things were quiet this morning at the Bridges of Ross with highlights being
two Sooty Shearwaters, three Balearic Shearwaters, six Bonxies , three Arctic Skuas,
57 Storm Petrels, seven Arctic Terns, 10 Common Sc oter and three Puffins. 
Saturday 16th August 2008
There was one Wilson’s Petrel at the Bridges of Ross this evening (John N Murphy).
Also at the Bridges of Ross today were one Balearic Shearwater, 10 Sooty Shearwaters,
one dark phased Long-tailed Skua, one Pomarine Skua, 25 Arctic  Skuas, 18 Bonxies,
one adult Sabines Gull, one juvenile Little Gull, 16 Arctic Terns, 20 Storm Petrels,
two Puffins and eight Common Scoter.
Two Arctic Skuas were in Kilbaha Bay, Loop Head.
One adult Green Sandpiper and two Common Sandpipers were at the Attenuation Pond
near the Claureen River in Ennis.
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Great Skuas off the Bridges of Ross John N Murphy
Friday 15th August 2008
There was one Wilson’s Petrel off the Bridges of Ross today (Mark Carmody).
Also at the Bridges were one adult Sabines Gull, three Arctic Skuas, one Bonxie
and 150 Storm Petrels. 
Two Little Egrets were at Querrin.
Wednesday 13th August 2008
A FEA’S PETREL  was seen off the Bridges of Ross at 11.35 (Brian Porter) 
within a bunch of Manx Shearwaters .
This morning at the Bridges of Ross there were seven Sabine’s Gulls, (five adults & two juveniles),
along side hundreds of Manx Shearwaters (200 per hour), one Great Shearwater, one Balearic,
nine Sooty Shearwaters,six Arctic Skuas, five Bonxies, two Pomarine Skuas, one Little Gull 
and 100 Storm Petrels.
One Little Egret was at Querrin this evening.
Tuesday 12th August 2008
There were two Little Egrets, 160 Black-tailed Godwits, 800 Dunlin,
40 Knot and 50 Ringed Plover at the Shannon Airport Lagoon.
Sparrowhawk John Rattigan
Monday 11th August 2008
There was one Green Sandpiper and 40 Swifts at the attenuation
pond near the Claureen River in Ennis today.
Sunday 10th August 2008
One Bonxie and three Arctic Skuas were off the Bridges of Ross.
Saturday 9th August 2008
There were four Bonxies, four Sooty Shearwaters, three Storm Petrels,
one Common Scoter and 19 Whimbrel off the Bridges of Ross today. 
Thursday 7th August 2008
There were four Little Egrets at Poulnasherry Bay.
Wednesday 6th August 2008
A sighting of a possible White-tailed Eagle was reported today south of Black Head overlooking Fanore

Monday 4th August 2008
There was one Glaucous Gull opposite Hog Island near Cappa Pier, Kilrush.
There were five Common Sandpipers at Clarecastle.
Six Common Sandpipers and one Little Egret were at Islandavanna, Clarecastle.
One Dipper was on the Claureen River.
Sunday 3rd August 2008
There was one male Blackcap at Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus. 

Saturday 2nd August 2008
There were three Bonxies, one Arctic Skua and one Balearic Shearwater

off the Bridges of Ross today.
One Green Sandpiper was at Lahinch Marsh.
Five Little Egrets were at Poulnasherry Bay.
Friday 1st August 2008
There were three Common Sandpipers and one juvenile Hen Harrier with
green wing-tags on both wings at the Shannon Airport Lagoon.


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