Clare Bird Sightings

February 2011

Monday 28th February 2011
The Forster’s Tern was off Doorus (Dave McNamara).
Off Finvarra Point there was one Eider Duck, two Long-tailed Ducks and an adult Mediterranean Gull.
There were 21 Black-throated Divers off the Flaggy Shore.
One Yellowhammer was on the New Line.
A flock of 36 White-fronted Geese were at Lough Muchanagh.
Saturday 26th February 2011
The WATER PIPIT was at Clahane (John N Murphy & Brian Finnegan).
The male and female Surf Scoter were still at Doughmore Bay (John N Murphy & Brian Finnegan).
A Jay was at Lees Road Wood this morning.
Friday 25th February 2011
One Barn Owl was at Rath, Corofin.
Two Dippers were making a nest at the Rine River near Quin.
Thirty two Whooper Swans were at Drumcliffe.
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A Dipper with nesting material on the Rine River © John N Murphy
Thursday 24th February 2011
The WATER PIPIT was still at Clahane (Brian Finnegan).
The drake and hen Surf Scoter were at Doughmore (Dave McNamara).
One Long-eared Owl was at Glendree, east Clare.
There was a flock of 20 Scaup on the Fergus Estuary.
One ring-tail Hen Harrier was at Doonbeg Village.
One ring-tail Hen Harrier was at Lough Atedaun.
There were ten Gadwall at an Riasc, Ruan

Wednesday 23rd February 2011
One female Surf Scoter was at Gleninagh Castle North Clare today (John N Murphy & Andy Smith).
The drake Green-winged Teal was at Bell Harbour along with one adult Ring-billed Gull (Andy Smith & John N Murphy).
Between Black Head and Doorus on the North Clare coast there were 18 Black-throated Divers, six Red-throated Divers, 100 Great Northern Divers, six Long-tailed Ducks, 80 Common Scoter, one Sandwich Tern, nine Whooper Swans, one Little Egret, one Merlin, 80 Bar-tailed Godwits, 50 Turnstone, 30 Red-breasted Mergansers and 60 Brent Geese.
There were 30 Goldeneye, six Scaup, one Brambling and a Dipper near Ardclooney.
Tuesday 22nd February 2011
One female Surf Scoter was off Ballyvaughan Bay (Norwegian birders).
Monday 21st February 2011
One male and female Surf Scoter were at Doughmore Bay, Doonbeg (Paul Troake),
along with a female Velvet Scoter.
One Little Egret and three Water Rails were at the Shannon Airport Lagoon.
A flock of 24 Whooper Swans were at Drumcliff, Ballyallia Lake, Ennis.

Sunday 20th February 2011

Two immature/female Goosanders were on the Shannon River near Shannon Banks on the Clare/Limerick border (Paul Troake).
Two Black-throated Divers and 60 Common Scoter were near Gleninagh Castle.
A flock of 37 White-fronted Geese were at Lough Muchanagh.

Saturday 19th February 2011
The  Water Pipit was still at Clahane (Dave McNamara).
One 2nd cal Surf Scoter was near Black Head (Wilton Farrelly).
One Green Sandpiper was at Ballycorick Bridge with one Little Egrert at Ballycorick Creek., along with one Merlin and one Peregrine.
At Liscannor Bay today there were 46 Brent Geese, ten Common Scoter, four Red-throated Divers, 125 Dunlin, 14 Knot and the colour ringed Redshank.
One Brambling was at Mount Vernon, North Clare.
Five Sandwich Terns were at the Flaggy Shore.
One ring-tailed Hen Harrier was at Doonagore Bog.
Three Yellowhammer were at Mullaghmore.
Four Whooper Swan were on Lake Inchiquin.
Eleven Goldeneye were seen at Lough Muckanagh.

Friday 18th February 2011
There were nine Whooper Swans at Ballycar Lough today, at nearby Applewood there was a flock of 160 Fieldfares.

Thursday 17th February 2011
A GOLDEN EAGLE was spotted at Kilbane, Broadford (David Lyons).  This bird was colour tagged and originated from Donegal.
One adult Ring-billed Gull was at Creg Beach, Liscannor.
A female Hen Harrier was at Lough Muchanagh.
A male Blackcap was New Road Ennis and a female at Oak Park.
Wednesday 16th February 2011
An Eastern Jackdaw was at Doonbeg Golf Course.
One Little Egret was at Ballymacahill, Ennis.
One Woodcock was at Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus this evening.
Tuesday 15th February 2011
A Common Sandpiper was at Liscannor harbour.
Monday 14th February 2011
The immature/2nd cal year male Surf Scoter was between Finvarra Point and Black Head again today (Niall T Keogh, Stephen King, John N Murphy & James Hayes).
Also between Finvarra and Black Head were 26 Black-throated Divers, one Red-throated  Diver, 70 Great Northern Divers, 90 Common Scoter, five Long-tailed Ducks, two Sandwich Terns, 140 Razorbills, 50 Black Guillemots, three Gannets, one Little Egret and a Peregrine.
One first-winter Glaucous Gull was at Quilty.
One Merlin was at Lough Atedaun.
There were two female Hen Harriers and 44 White-fronted Geese at Lough Muchanagh.
Sunday 13th February 2011
The PACIFIC DIVER was still off Finvarra Point this morning (Dave McNamara).
One male Surf Scoter was also off Finvarra Point (Michael Davis).
The six immature/female Goosanders were still at Roo Lough.
One albino Great Northern Diver was at Black Head.
Two Kingfishers were on the River Fergus near Willow Park, Ennis.
Saturday 12th February 2011
The PACIFIC DIVER was off Finvarra Point this morning (John Power & Denis O Sullivan).
Six immature Goosanders were at Roo Lough north of Tubber.
Also off Finvarra point were 12 Black-throated Divers, ten Long-tailed Ducks and one first-winter Common Eider.
Between Doorus and Black Head there were 90 Great Northern Divers, 100 Razorbills, five Sandwich Terns, 40 Black Guillemots, 40 Red-breasted Mergansers and 80 Brent Geese. 
One dark-bellied Brent Goose was at Fanore along with 45 Pale-bellied Brent Geese.
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Black-throated Diver North Clare © John N Murphy
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Cormorant in North Clare showing characteristics of the sinensis race © John N Murphy
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Distant shot of Dark-bellied Brent Goose  with pale-bellied birds at Fanore © John N Murphy

Friday 11th February 2011
The PACIFIC DIVER and seven Black-throated Divers were at Finvarra Point (Neal Warnock).
The first-winter drake Ring-necked Duck was at Lough Gash (John N Murphy) along with 84 Tufted Ducks and 19 Gadwall.
Six immature/female Goosanders were at Roo Lough north of Tubber.
At Ballyallia Lake today the three White-fronted Geese were still present along with 28 Whooper Swans, 450 Wigeon, 100 Tufted Ducks, 200 Teal, two Pintail, six Shoveler, 35 Little Grebes and 20 Curlew.
One Little Egret was at the Shannon Airport Lagoon.
Two Dippers were at Gillogue.
Thursday 10th February 2011
A male Blackcap was in a garden at New Road Ennis.
A Jay was at Lees Road Wood.
Wednesday 9th February 2011
One Water Pipit was at Clahane (Dave McNamara), along with one Peregrine and the colour ringed Redshank.
Ten Woodcock were at Rath, Corofin.
A flock of 90 Barnacle Geese were at Illaunonearaun.
One Peregrine was at the Cliff Walk Kilkee, while a small flock of 25 Whooper Swans were near Kilkee Reservoir.
One Peregrine and ten Goldeneye were at Lough Muchanagh.
There were 11 Greylag Geese and one Water Rail at Ballycar Lough, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
Tuesday 8th February 2011
There were four Crossbills and three Ravens at Kilnacreagh, Sixmilebridge.
One female Hen Harrier was near Lough Muchanagh.
Four Yellowhammers were between Lough Muchanagh and Lough Bunny.
A female Blackcap was at Oak Park Ennis and a male was at New Road
Monday 7th February 2011
One Little Egret was near Drumcliff, Ballyallia.
Two Jays were at Dromore Nature Reserve.
Sunday 6th February 2011
One Water Pipit was still near Seafield (John N Murphy).
One Water Pipit was at Clahane (James Hayes, John N Murphy & Clodagh Glasgow).
One Eastern Jackdaw was near Seafield (John N Murphy).
An adult Ring-billed Gull was at Quilty Beach.
One Black-throated Diver, 86 Great Northern Divers, 30 Long-tailed Ducks, 200 Brent Geese and two Sandwich Terns were at Aughinish Island.
There were lots of waders at Seafield that included 600 Dunlin, 400 Sanderling, 80 Purple Sandpipers, 280 Turnstones, 40 Knot and one Merlin.
Nine Red-throated Divers were at Liscannor Bay along with 25 Common Scoter, over 200 Golden Plover were near the Pitch & Put course at Liscannor.
A small flock of 50 Barnacle Geese were at Moveen.
Thirteen Whooper Swans were at Kilkee Reservoir.
One Little Egret was on the River Fergus near Clareabbey.
There were 14 Goldeneye at Lough Bunny with another  ten Goldeneye at Lough Muchanagh.
One Jay was at Kileen, Corofin.
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Jay at Corofin © Jim Nolan
Saturday 5th February 2011
One Water pipit was at Clahane and the second Water Pipit was still near Seafield (Dave McNamara).
There was also on Merlin and three Chough at Clahane.
A flock of 100 Golden Plover were near O’Brien’s Bridge, Lahinch. 
Friday 4th January 2011
A flock of 28 Greylag Geese came to roost at Ballycar Lough, Newmarket-on-Fergus late this evening.
Thursday 3rd February 2011
The Water Pipit was still at Clahane today (John N Murphy), along with two Chough and 11 Brent Geese.
One adult Ring-billed Gull  and a Merlin were at Cregg Beach, Lahinch.
Wednesday 2nd February 2011
A Water pipit was found on the shore between Lough Donnell and Seafield (Dave McNamara).
The first-winter drake Ring-necked Duck was still at Lough Gash (John N Murphy).
The first-winter Iceland and Glaucous Gulls were at Clahane along with nine Brent Geese.
One adult Iceland Gull was at Lough Donnell, along with 183 Curlew, 14 Grey Plover, one Merlin and one Peregrine. 
Two immature/female Goosanders were still on the Shannon River near Shannon Banks on the Clare/Limerick border (see photos in the Limerick section).
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Water Pipit near Seafield © Dave McNamara
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Iceland Gull at Clahane © Jeff Copner
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Glaucous Gull at Clahane © Jeff Copner
Tuesday 1st February 2011
The Water pipit was still at Clahane again today (John N Murphy & Howard Williams).
One first-winter Iceland Gull and on first winter Glaucous Gull were at Liscannor.  They were later seen at high tide roost at Clahane.
There were 15 Brambling in a private garden at Lemenagh Mor, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
One Merlin and three Chough were also at Clahane.
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Iceland Gull with adult Herring Gull at Liscannor © John N Murphy
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Glaucous Gull on beach at Liscannor © John N Murphy
Iceland (foreground) & Glaucous Gull together at Clahane late in the evening © Dave McNamara

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