Swainson’s Trush at Loop Head Jeff Copner
A Swainson’s Thrush was seen along the Lighthouse Road this evening just freshly in off the sea (Jeff Copner) (19.00). This is a first county record of this rare North American Thrush and a sixth for Ireland. Also at Loop Head today was one Dotterel (Tony Mee, Tom Tarpey, Gerry Butler et al). There was also one Snow Bunting at the tip of the headland, a flock of 50 Golden Plover, two Whimbrels, 40 Chough, 38 Rock Doves, four Swallows, two Wheatears, four Chiffchaff in the gardens, one Common Sandpiper in the Harbour and one Greenshank. At the Bridges of Ross there were 2,00 Sooty Shearwaters, 50 Pomarine Skuas, one Arctic Skua, 12 Bonxies, two Leaches Petrels, 12 Arctic Terns and one Grey Phalarope.