Clare Bird Sightings

July 2010

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Saturday 31st July 2010
There were four Balearic Shearwaters, 12 Sooties, 6,000 Manx Shearwaters,
one Red-throated Diver, 14 Storm Petrels, three Bonxies, two Blue Fulmars,
14 Arctic Terns , 26 Puffins and one Peregrine  at the Bridges of Ross.
One second year Glaucous Gull flew east over the Bridges of Ross.
Friday 30th July 2010
Today at the Bridges of Ross there were 11 Sooty Shearwaters, one Balearic
Shearwater, two Bonxies and 100 Puffins.
One Ruff was at Seafield, Quilty.
Thursday 29th July 2010
There were 3,000 Manx Shearwaters at the Bridges of Ross along with 
10 Sooty Shearwaters,  three Balearic Shearwaters and six Common Scoters.
At the Shannon Airport Lagoon there were 16 Little Egrets, two Water Rails
and 250 Black-tailed Godwits.
Wednesday 28th July 2010
There were 23 Little Egrets at the Shannon Airport Lagoon alongside
300 plus Black-tailed Godwits, 200 Redshank and 200 Dunlin.
Tuesday 27th July 2010
At the Bridges of Ross today there were; 14,000 Manx Shearwaters, two Balearic Shearwaters,
seven Sooty Shearwaters, three Great Skuas, one Arctic Skua, four Storm Petrels , four Whimbrel,
one Black Guillemot and 12 Puffins.
At Loop Head there were 22 Chough and 12 Raven.
One male Hen Harrier was seen hunting near Cross.
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Bonxie off the Bridges of Ross © John N Murphy
Saturday 24th July 2010
One adult Mediterranean gull and three Little Egrets were at Killimer.
A Grasshopper Warbler was seen at Lissycasey.
Thursday 22nd July 2010
There were two Little Egrets, one Tufted Duck and a Wheatear
at Clenagh Lake, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
At the Shannon Airport Lagoon Black-tailed Godwit numbers had built up 
to over 300 birds and along with 16 Little Egrets, two Shoveler and three
Sanderling.
Tuesday 20th July 2010
One adult Mediterranean Gull, one Whimbrel and 30 Sanderling were at
Seafield Beach, Quilty.
There were 10,000 Manx Shearwaters off Loop Head along with
one Common Scoter, two Puffin, two Ravens, two Peregrine Falcons
and 32 Chough.
Six Common Sandpipers were at Doonbeg.
A flock of 60 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were at Lough Atedaun.
Three Spotted Flycatchers were at Clifden House, Corofin.
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Manx Shearwater gliding over the waves © John N Murphy
Monday 19th July 2010
One Great Skua was off the Bridges of Ross.
Sunday 18th July 2010
At the Shannon Airport lagoon today were eight Little Egrets, 200 Black-tailed
Godwits and one Water Rail.
Friday 16th July 2010
There were two Sooty Shearwaters, one Arctic Skua, one Bonxie, seven Storm Petrels
and 18 Puffins off the Bridges of Ross.
Wednesday 14th July 2010
One Great Northern Diver and one Little Egret were off Finvarra Point.
One Common Sandpiper, two Greenshank, 60 Dunlin and 40 Swifts
were at Lough Atedaun.
Two Spotted Flycatchers were at the Falls in Ennistymon.
Tuesday 13th July 2010
The Spotted Redshank , 40 Dunlin, 250 Black-tailed Godwits, 50 Curlew and
16 Little Egrets were at Shannon Airport Lagoon, this morning.
A Jay was showing well along the walking trail at Lees Road Wood this morning.
Monday 12th July 2010
The SPOONBILL was back at the Shannon Airport Lagoon this evening (Clodagh Glasgow & James Hayes).
Also at the Lagoon were 200 Black-tailed Godwits and 20 Little Egrets.
One Buzzard was at the Lees Road Wood today along with one Blackcap.
One male Blackcap was singing at Applewood, Ballycar.
Sunday 11th July 2010
A hundred Manx Shearwater were seen off the Bridges of Ross along with a Storm Petrel.
Three Chough, three Raven and a flock of 8 Rock Doves were also at Loop Head Peninsula.
A Jay was at Lees Road Wood
Thursday 8th July 2010
One Blackcap was at Applewood, Ballycar.
Wednesday 7th July 2010
The Spotted Redshank, two Greenshank, 260 Black-tailed Godwits, two Water Rails
and 23 Little Egrets were at the Shannon Airport Lagoon this afternoon.
Tuesday 6th July 2010
The SPOONBILL was still at the Shannon Airport Lagoon this afternoon (John N Murphy & James Hayes), 
but flew off west towards the Fergus Estuary but returned to the lagoon later in the evening (Clodagh Glasgow) .
Also at the Shannon Airport Lagoon were 34 Little Egrets, one Spotted Redshank, one Greenshank,
one Water Rail, the drake Tufted Duck and one Stock Dove.
There were five Little Egrets and 28 Little Grebes at Lough Gash, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
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Spoonbill at the Lagoon © John N Murphy
Monday 5th July 2010
The SPOONBILL was the Shannon Airport Lagoon this afternoon (Dave McNamara), along side
30 Little Egrets and the summer plumaged Spotted Redshank.
There were seven Spotted Flycatchers, 15 Treecreepers and four Blackcap at Clifden House
Gardens near Lough Inchiquin.
Four Siskins were at Moanreel.
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A young Siskin at Moanreel © Jeff Copner
Sunday 4th July 2010
At the Shannon Airport Lagoon this morning there was one Spotted Redshank,
two Greenshank, 80 Black-tailed Godwits, 20 Little Egrets and one Stock Dove.
A Raven and two male Blackcap were at Lees Road Wood.
Saturday 3rd July 2010
One SPOONBILL flew west over Rineanna Point, Shannon this morning (Jeff Copner).
This is only the third county record of this species the last was in 1998.
At the Shannon Airport Lagoon there were 22 Little Egrets, 200 Black-tailed Godwits,
one drake Tufted Duck and the adult summer plumaged Spotted Redshank.
Two Storm Petrels were off Black Head.
One Common Sandpiper and a Ringed Plover were at Lough Atedaun.
One Jay was in the Caher Valley.
At least 12 Spotted Flycatchers were at the north and south sides of Lough Inchiquin.
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Spoonbill flying west over Shannon Estuary © Jeff Copner
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Spotted Flycatchers outside Corofin © John N Murphy
Thursday 1st July 2010
At the Shannon Airport Lagoon this afternoon there were: one summer plumaged 
Spotted Redshank, one adult Greenshank, one male Tufted Duck, 22 Little Egrets,
120 Black-tailed Godwits and two Water Rails.
There was a family party of six Blackcaps at Applewood, Ballycar.
Two Blackcap were singing in Lees Road Wood.
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Little Egrets were very active in the lagoon this afternoon © John N Murphy
Reed Bunting families were numberous throughout the reedbeds at the lagoon © John N Murphy
A young Blackcap © Dave McNamara

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