Clare Bird Sightings

May 2009

Monday 31st May 2009
There were three singing male Blackcaps at Grannaghanbeg, Fenloe, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
One male Blackcap was singing at Aplewood, Ballycar. 
Saturday 30th May 2009
One male Blackcap was at Applewood, Ballycar.
One Yellowhammer was at Parknabinnia, the Burren.
One male and one female Blackcap were at Roxton, Corofin.
Two Spotted Flycatchers were at Darragh.
Friday 29th May 2009
One Little Egret was on the River Fergus near Clare Abbey between Ennis and Clarecastle.
One male Blackcap was at Gort Coirce, Dysert.
Two male Blackcaps were at Ballyea, Inagh.
Thursday 28th May 2009
One singing male Blackcap was at Dysert O Dea Castle.
Two more Blackcap were singing in Lees Road Wood.
A Jay was seen in Lees Road Wood.

Tuesday 27th May 2009
There is a report of one Corncrake calling in a field near the football pitch at Miltown Malbay.
One Blackcap was at Applewood, Ballycar.
One Peregrine was at Newmarket-on-Fergus. 
Monday 25th May 2009
One Yellowhammer was near Boston in the east Burren.
Two Yelowhammers and one male Blackcap was at Mullaghmore, the Burren.
One Blackcap was at Applewood, Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
Sunday 24th May 2009
One first-winter Iceland Gull and six Whimbrel were at Clahane.
There were  nine Storm Petrels and 100 Manx Shearwaters off the Bridges of Ross.
One male Blackcap was at Applewood, Ballycar.
Four Blackcap were singing in Lees Road Wood.
A Jay was also seen there.

Saturday 23rd May 2009
Two Yellowhammers were at Mullaghmore. the Burren.
One Yellowhammer was near Lough Bunny.
One male Blackcap was at Applewood, Ballycar.
Friday 22nd May 2009
There was one male Blackcap singing at Applewood, Ballycar.
A flock of 50 Sanderling were at Seafield, Quulty.
One Blackcap was at Ballyea, Inagh.
One Peregrine was at Lough Atedaun, Corofin.
Five Whimbrel were on the Flaggy Shore.
Wednesday 20th June 2009
One Little Egret and one Water Rail were at the Shannon Airport Lagoon this morning.
Four Blackcaps were singing in Lees Road Wood this afternoon.
One male Blackcap was at Ballyea, Inagh.
Also one male Blackcap singing at Ballyallia Lake late in the evening.

Tuesday 19th May 2009
One male Blackcap was singing at the Lees Road Wood this afternoon.
Another was singing in Ballygriffey Wood later in the evening.
One male Blackcap was also at Clifden Hill, Corofin.

Monday 18th May 2009
One male Blackcap was singing at Applewood, Ballycar.
Sunday 17th of May 2009
A Snowy Owl was seen flying between Lahinch and Doolin (15.00) Keith Neary. 
The bird was seen at 15.30 by Gerry Wheeler as it flew south over Doonagore Bog.
This bird has been in an undisclosed site here in Clare since early in the month.
It is the third Clare record, the last two previous sightings were one at Scarriff on 10th December 1901,
and another bird shot near Ennis in on 1st November 1909.
One Arctic Skua was seen hunting along the beach at Lahinch.
Also one Storm Petrel, seven Great Northern Divers and one Chough were off Hags Head.
One first-winter Iceland Gull, five Great Northern Divers and one Red-throated Diverwere at Liscannor.
At the Dawn Chorus outing this morning to Mullaghmore in the Burren,  six male and 
two female Yellowhammer were seen. Six Cuckoos were heard and one obliging male 
gave good views by singing from the same ash tree for almost thirty minutes.
Three pairs of Common Sandpiper, eight Whitethroat and a singing male Blackcap were also in the area.
One Little Egret was at Shannon Airport Lagoon.
One Male Blackcap was at Applewood, Ballycar.
One male Blackcap was at Clifden Hill, Corofin.
Saturday 16th May 2009
There were two Choughs, four Ravens and a flock of 40 Hooded Crows at Loop Head.
Over 350 Dunlin, 30 Purple Sandpipers, 18 Sanderling, nine Turnstones,
one Peregrine and five Great Northern Divers were at Seafield, Quilty.
Two Great Northern Divers and three Bar-tailed Godwits were at Doonbeg.
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Dunlin in summer plumage getting ready to head north John N Murphy
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Turnstone changing into its summer coat at Seafield Dave McNamara
Friday 15th May 2009
There was one Arctic Skua, 325 Dunlin, 25 Sanderling, 20 Turnstones and
two Great Northern Divers at Seafield Quilty.
One male Hen Harrier and two Ravens were at Lough Muckanagh.
Wednesday 13th May 2009
There was a male Hen Harrier seen hunting between Moy and Barrtra.
One Dipper was at the Annaghgeragh River.
A flock of 220 Dunlin and two Great Northern Divers were at Seafield, Quiuty.
Three Great Northern Divers were on the sea off Lough Donnell.
Two Blackcap were singing in Lees Road Wood.
A Jay was in the Wood also.
Tuesday 12th May 2009
One Blackcap was singing at Ballyblood Bog, Kilkishen.
At Cullaunysheeda Lake near Kilkishen there was one Turnstone in with the colony 
of breeding Black-headed Gulls, this is an odd inland record for this species.
Also at Cullaunysheeda Lake were 87 Mute Swans and four Common Terns.
Monday 11th May 2009
One Short-eared Owl was hunting the west bank of the Shannon Airport Lagoon late this evening.
Also at the lagoon there was five Little Egrets and ten Whimbrel.
The first-winter Iceland Gull was still at Liscannor along with a second-year bird.
One male Blackcap and two Greylag Geese were at Applewood, Ballycar this afternoon.
Two male Blackcap were singing at Ballyallia Lake this evening.
A Jay was spotted in Lees Road Wood, Ennis.
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Iceland Gull at Liscannor Dave McNamara
Sunday 10th May 2009
Two male Blackcaps and 10 Whimbrel were at Applewood, Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
Three male Blackcaps were at Dromore Nature Reserve, Ruan and three more were singing in Lees Road Wood.
Saturday 9th May 2009
The Scandinavian Rock Pipit was still at Clahane.
One-first-winter Iceland Gull was at Liscannor.
Three singing male Blackcaps were at Moghaun Wood, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
One male Blackcap was singing at Applewood, Ballycar, where 10 Whooper Swans also 
were seen flying low in an easterly direction and 14 Whimbrel flew North Westwards.
Friday 8th May 2009
One Scandinavian Rock Pipit was still at Clahane.
There were two Arctic Skuas, 90 Arctic Terns, one fisrt-winter Iceland Gull and
five Great Northern Divers at Liscannor.
One male Blackcap was at Roxton, Corofin.
There were two Blackcaps at Attishanny Reserve, near Tubber.
One male Blackcap was at Applewood, Ballycar along with two Swifts.
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Male Blackcap Jeff Copner
Thursday 7th May 2009
The Scandinavian Rock Pipit (littoralis) was still at Clahane, along with three White Wagtails,
five Whimbrel and on summer plumaged Great Northern Diver.
Strong winds were still blowing Gannets close to shore at Liscannor, also at Liscannor was
one first winter Iceland Gull and one summer plumaged Great Northern Diver.
Three Blackcap were singing in Lees Road Wood Ennis.
One male Blackcap was singing at Applewood, Ballycar.
One Greylag Goose was at the Claureen River attenuation pond.
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Scandinavian Rock Pipit at Clahane John N Murphy
Wednesday 6th May 2009
There were two Swift in Ennis Town this morning, the first recorded in Clare this year.
The Scandinavian Rock Pipit was still at Clahane along with two White Wagtails.
One first-wintrer Iceland Gull was at Liscaonnor.
One male Blackcap was still singing at Applewood Ballycar.
A flock of 14 Whimbrel were at Latoon Bridge.
There were 5 Gannets diving close to shore at Seafield, Quilty with another six just 
off the pier at Liscannor.
A flock of 20 Whimbrel, 36 Purple Sandpipers, seven Great Northern Divers and
one White Wagtail were also at Seafield.
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Gannet fishing off the Pier at Seafield, Quilty John N Murphy
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Purple Sandpiper at Seafield John N Murphy
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Great Northern Diver turning into summer plumage John N Murphy
Tuesday 5th May 2009
One Scandinavian Rock Pipit (littoralis) , two White Wagtails and 15 Whimbrel were at Clahane.
There were two male Blackcaps, six Whitethroats, two Grasshopper Warblers, two
Cuckoos and 18 Whimbrel at Roxton, Corofin.
A flock of 16 Whimbrel and four Great Northern Divers were at Seafield, Quilty.
There was one singing male Blackcap at Applewood, Ballycar.
Three more Blackcap were singing in Lees Road Wood Ennis.
One Peregrine was at Coore, near Mullagh, Quilty.
One Greylag Goose was at the Claureen River attenuation pond, in Ennis.
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Whimbrel at Seafield, Quilty John N Murphy
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Whitethroat Dave McNamara
Monday 4th May 2009
One male Blackcap, six Whimbrel and four Greylag Geese were at Applewood, Ballycar.
Sunday 3rd May 2009
There were two Little Egrets, two Common Terns, one drake Pintail and 12 Whimbrel
at the Shannon Airport Lagoon.
Two male Blackcaps were at Applewood, Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
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Common Tern John N Murphy
Saturday 2nd May 2009
One male Blackcap was at Applewood, Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus, 
along with four Greylag Geese.
At Loop Head there were 400 Manx Shearwaters at sea, while on land
there were six Ravens, eight Chough and one Peregrine.
There were 16 Whimbrel in Kilbaha Harbour.
One male and one female Hen Harriers were at Slieve Callan.
Eight Whimbrel were at Doughmore, Doonbeg.
Young Raven on cliffs John N Murphy
Wheatear at Ross Bay, Loop Head John  N Murphy
Friday 1st May 2009
There were five singing male Blackcaps at the Lees Road Wood.
One singing male Blackcap was at Applewood, Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.

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