Clare Bird Sightings

May 2010

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Monday 31st May 2010
The COMMON CRANE was seen flying high in a North-west direction this afternoon near
Hogans Cross, between Doora and Gurteen (Finbarr McGabhainn).
A Black Swan was at Lough Derg.
Two Jay and two male Blackcap were at Lees Road Wood.
Two Blackcaps were at Applewood, Ballycar.
One Blackcap was near Knockaneen.
Sunday 30th May 2010
There were four Little Egrets at Lough Muchanagh in the Burren.
Six Yellowhammers were at the Burren Perfumery.
One Spotted Flycatcher and three Blackcaps were at Inchiquin Bridge.
One Common Sandpiper was at Lough Bunny.
Saturday 29th May 2010
A Kingfisher was seen at Club Bridge Ennis.
One male Blackcap was at Applewood, Ballycar.
Thursday 27th May 2010
A Jay and two male Blackcap were at Lees Road Wood.
One male Blackcap was at Applewood, Ballycar.
The Kingfisher was still in the middle of Ennis today on the River Fergus.
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Cuckoo at Monreal © Jeff Copner
Wednesday 26th May 2010
One female MARSH HARRIER was at the Shannon Airport Lagoon this afternoon.
One Kingfisher was on the River Fergus in Ennis Town.
One male Blackcap was at Applewood, Ballycar.
Tuesday 25th May 2010
One Kingfisher and two male Blackcaps were at Blackweir Bridge, the Rine River near Dromoland.
One male Blackcap was at Lakyle National School, Whitegate.
One Blackcap was at Mooghaun Lough, Newmarket-on-Fergus. 
One Kingfisher was on the River Fergus in Ennis Town.
One Dipper was on the Owenogarney River at Sixmilebridge.
A Jay and two male Blackcap were in Lees Road Wood.
Monday 24th May 2010
A Common Crane was seen this evening soaring high in the sky on the east side of Ennis (Stan Nugent).
There were 40 Great Northern Divers and one Black-throated Diver off Finvarra Point.
A pair of Tree Sparrows are nesting in the old castle on Doonbeg Pier.
A pair of Chough and one Peregrine were at Hags Head.
Two Chough were at Donegal Point, Doonbeg.
One female Blackcap and two Spotted Flycatchers were at Inchiquin Bridge.
Sunday 23rd May 2010
The PACIFIC DIVER was off Finvarra Point today (Mark Carmody & John N Murphy).
Also at Finvarra Point was one Black-throated Diver and  60 Great Northern Divers.
One adult Mediterranean Gull was on the North Clare coast.
There were four Little Egrets at Mullaghmore along with six Blackcaps, six Yellowhammers
and two Peregrines.
Four more Little Egrets were at Lough Muckaghnagh.
Two Spotted Flycatchers, two Blackcaps and a Jay were at Inchiquin Bridge.
Two Common Sandpipers were at Lough Bunny.
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Adult Mediterranean Gull near New Quay © John N Murphy
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Little Egrets at nests in the Burren ,the first time recorded nesting in Clare © Dave McNamara
Thursday 20th April 2010
Four male Blackcap were at Lees Road Wood this afternoon.
Wednesday 19th May 2010
Four Yellowhammer and two male Blackcap were in the Mulloughmore area.
Two more Blackcap were singing in Ballygriffey Wood.
Monday 17th May 2010
Five Blackcap were singing at Lees Road Wood with two more at Ballyallia.
Two Great Northern Diver were seen at Lahinch
A Merlin was seen near Alliwee Cave.
Sunday 16th May 2010
At the dawn chorus outing this morning in Mullaghmore there were 
eight  Blackcaps, four Yellowhammers, four Little Egrets and two
Common Sandpipers.
One male Blackcap was singing at Grannaghan Castle, Fenloe Lake.
Two male Blackcaps were singing at Applewood, Ballycar.
Saturday 15th May 2010
The PACIFIC DIVER,  four Black-throated Divers and a Long-tailed Skua 
were off the Flaggy Shore (Owen Foley).
One male Blackcap was at Applewood, Ballycar.
Friday 14th May 2010
There were three Blackcaps singing at Mullaghmore the Burren along
with seven Yellowhammers.
Two Blackcaps were at the Claureen River Attenuation Pond in Ennis.
One Blackcap was at Applewood Ballycar along with 16 Whimbrel.
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Yellowhammer at Mullaghmore © Dave McNamara
Thursday 13th May 2010
A Jay was at Lees Road Wood along with two singing Blackcap.
Wednesday 12th May 2010
The PACIFIC DIVER was still off Finvarra Point (Jeff Copner).
Tuesday 11th May 2010
There was one Spotted Flycatcher and one Blackcap at Inchiquin Bridge.
Six Yellowhammers were at Mullaghmore.
Two Blackcaps was at Roxton, Corofin. 
Two male Blackcaps were at Doo Lough.
A pair of Yellowhammers were seen with nesting material near Mount Callan.
A Jay was at Lees Road Wood along with three male Blackcap.
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Spotted Flycatcher at Inchiquin Bridge © Dave McNamara
Monday 10th May 2010
A pair of Gadwall were at Ballyallia along with two male Blackcap.
A flock of 308 Dunlin were seen at Islandavanna.
Four male Blackcap were at Lees Road Wood this afternoon.
Sunday 9th May 2010
The PACIFIC DIVER was seen off Finvarra Point this afternoon (Dermot O’Mahony).
There were five Little Egrets and 136 Dunlin at Shannon Airport Lagoon.
Two Blackcap were singing in Dromore Wood.
One Blackcap was at Applewood, Ballycar along with 40 Whimbrel.
Saturday 8th May 2010
The PACIFIC DIVER was off Finvarra Point again today (Tim Griffin & Kieran Fahy), along with
24 Great Northern Divers.
One Whooper Swan and two Wigeon were at Lough Atedaun.
One Yellowhammer was near Corifin Village.
One Jay was near Lough Bunny.
Two male Blackcaps were at Gort Coirce.
Two Blackcap were singing in Lees Road Wood.
Friday 7th May 2010
One Jay was on the Rocky Road Ennis.
There were 40 Whimbrel , two White Wagtails, 50 Dunlin, two Bar-tailed Godwits
and two Great Northern Divers at Seafield, Quilty.
One male Blackcap was at Applewood, Ballycar.
Thursday 6th May 2010
There were two male Blackcaps and 32 Whimbrel at Applewood, Ballycar.
Wednesday 5th May 2010
One Spotted Flycatcher and one Dipper were at the Falls near Kilmaley.
Forty Whimbrel were at Seafield along with three Great Northern Diver.
Three male Blackcap were in Lees Road Wood.
There were 14 Whimbrel and two Blackcaps at Applewood, Ballycar.
Tuesday 4th May 2010
An adult Ring-billed Gull was at Clahane along with 200 Whimbrel between
Clahane and Hags Head. 
There were also three Chough and two Ravens at Hags Head.
There were 50 Great Northern Divers, two Red-throated Divers, four Long-tailed Ducks
and 40 Whimbrel off Finvarra Point.
There were 36 Whimbrel and one male Blackcap at Applewood, Ballycar.
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Ring-billed Gull on Clahane beach © Jeff Copner
Monday 3rd May 2010
A White-tailed Sea Eagle was reported over Lough Derg today (David Lyons)?.
There were ten Black-throated Divers off Finvarra Point.
One Greylag Goose was at Cloghaun Lough Loop Head, while on the headland
there were three Ravens, two Chough, one Peregrine and on the sea were 700
Manx Shearwaters. 
One Blackcap and 20 Whimbrel were at Applewood, Ballycar.
Three Blackcap were singing in Lees Road Wood Ennis.

Sunday 2nd May 2010
The PACIFIC DIVER re-appeared off Finvarra Point this afternoon (John N Murphy).
One adult Ring-billed Gull was at Muckinish Bay near Bell Harbour.
Also between Finvarra and New Quay there were 80 Whimbrel and 40 Great Northern Divers.
One male Blackcap was at Applewood, Ballycar.
Saturday 1st May 2010
One second year Glaucous Gull was at Lough Donnell.
Between Lough Donnell and Quilty  there were 160 Whimbrel.
A flock of 500 Manx Shearwaters were off the Bridges of Ross.
Ten White Wagtails were at Seafield, Quilty along with four Great Northern Divers.
At Loop Head there were two Sedge Warblers, eight Chough and four Ravens.
There were 25 Whimbrel at Rineville Bay, Carrigaholt.
Glaucous Gull with Common Gull flying past at Lough Donnell © John N Murphy
Grasshopper Warblers were abundant throughout the county today © John N Murphy

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