Clare Bird Sightings

April 2011

April 2011
New Home for troublesome Great Tits
The new nest box has been put in place next to the Post Box at Ballycalla for the Great Tit to nest in next season © John N Murphy.
Saturday 30th April 2011
There was one male and two female Crossbills at Letteragh Wood, Lisseycasey along side one male Hen Harrier.
Friday 29th April 2011
There was a pair of Tree Sparrows at Liscannor Graveyard and 50 Whimbrel along the shore.
Another 30 Whimbrel were at Clahane Beach along with six White Wagtails.
A Kingfisher was on the River Fergus close to Ennis town centre this morning.
One Whooper Swan was staying late and on his own at Kilfenora.
White Wagtail at Clahane © Jeff Copner
Tree Sparrow at Liscannor © Jeff Copner

Thursday 28th April 2011
One Marsh Harrier flew over the motorway this evening near the Quin Road flyover at Ennis (John N Murphy).
A Jay was at the back of Cusack Park along the River Fergus., while a Kingfisher was a little further upstream.
Wednesday 27th April 2011
There were 63 Whimbrel at the Flaggy Shore this afternoon.
A Yellowhammer was seen just north of Ruan.
Tuesday 26th April 2011
One Ruff and four Whimbrel were at Lough Graney.
Sunday 24th April 2011
One second year Glaucous Gull was at Finvarra Point.
Glaucous Gull second year bird at Finvarra Point © Dave McNamara
Friday  22nd April 2011
A male Velvet Scoter was at Lahinch (Dave McNamara).
There were three Grasshopper Warblers and a Whitethroat at Roxton, Corofin.

Wednesday 20th April 2011
Two Swifts were seen flying over Glor, in Ennis, these are the first this year for Clare.
Eight Blackcaps were singing in Lees Road Wood this afternoon.
A Kingfisher was on the River Fergus.
The controversial post box at Ballycalla, near the Honk that has been put out of service due to the fact that a pair of Great Tits have taken up squatters right here for the past three summers.
Tuesday 19th April 2011
A WHITE-TAILED EAGLE was seen over Mountshannon, Lough Derg (Angus Levie).
One Velvet Scoter and 19 Common Scoters were at Lahinch.
Two Bonxies were at the Bridges of Ross.
Three White Wagtails were at Kilbaha.
Monday 18th April 2011
There were eight Blackcaps singing in Dromore Nature Reserve this afternoon.
Sunday 17th April 2011
One Buzzard was seen flying Southwest over Mount Callan.
There were seven Grasshopper Warblers, four Sedge Warblers and two Cuckoos at Lickeen Lake.
Three Yellowhammers and five Blackcaps were in the Mullaghmore area in the Burren.
Three Kingfishers were at a river near Quin.
Three Blackcaps were singing at Applewood, Ballycar.
Two Cuckoos were at Miltown Malbay.
Two Blackcaps were singing at Dromoland Castle.
Three Blackcaps were at Inagh with another bird at Ennistymon.
Grasshopper Warblers were heard reeling at Milltown Malbay, near Ennistymon and a few more near Inagh.
Grasshopper Warbler © Dave McNamara

Saturday 16th April 2011
The drake and hen Surf Scoter were at Liscannor Bay today (Frank O’Duffy) along with
the female Velvet Scoter.
There were 14 Black-throated Divers and 77 Red-breasted Mergansers at Finvarra Point.
Two Blackcaps and a Whitethroat were at Fanore.
Two Blackcaps were at Applewood, Ballycar.
Another Blackcap was singing at Oak Park Ennis.
One Kingfisher was on the River Fergus in Ennis.
Kingfisher in Ennis Town © John N Murphy
Friday 15th April 2011
The male Surf Scoter was at Liscannor (John N Murphy)
The  second-year Glaucous Gull was at Seafield, Quilty, along with one Whimbrel and 30 White Wagtails.
One first-year Glaucous Gull was at Clahane with three White Wagtails, nine Purple Sandpipers
and a large flock of mixed Gulls.
Ten White Wagtails were at Liscannor.
At Lough Gash, Newmarket-on-Fergus this morning there were three pairs of Gadwall,
32 Tufted Ducks, three pairs of Great Crested Grebe and two singing Blackcaps.
One drake Pochard, two Shelduck , five Greylag Geese and three Blackcaps were at Fin Lough, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
Glaucous Gull at Sealfield © John N Murphy
Thursday 14th April 2011
One second-year Glaucous Gull, 45 Brent Geese , six Great Northern Divers and 20 White Wagtails were at Seafield, Quilty.
Four Blackcaps and three Grasshopper Warblers were at Rath Lake, Corofin.
One Cuckoo was heard calling at Sixmilebridge.
A pair of Kingfishers were on the River Fergus at Ruan.
Two Blackcaps were singing in the Crag between Oak Park and Pine Grove Ennis.
White Wagtail migrating through Seafield © Dave McNamara
Wednesday 13th April 2011
Four Blackcaps were singing in Lees Road Wood and another at Ballyallia.
At least eight male Blackcaps were singing between Ballycar and Fenloe Lake.
At Fenloe Lake there were 20 Cormorant nest, two Shelduck, four Lapwing, 12 Greylag Geese and eight Teal.
Over 150 Swallows were hawking for insects over Ballyallia Lake. 

Tuesday 12th April 2011
There were two Sedge Warblers singing at the Shannon Airport lagoon this afternoon and 2,000
Black-tailed Godwits were roosting on the lagoon itself along with eight Little Egrets, 12 Teal and
four Water Rails calling from the reedbeds.
Monday 11th April 2011
A Cuckoo was heard in Kilmaley and Darragh today.
Seven Blackcaps were singing in Lees Road Wood this evening.
Another Blackcaps was singing at Ballyallia amidst a big hatch of insects.

Sunday 10th April 2011
The WATER PIPIT was seen at Clahane again.
A female Smew was at Lough Bunny (Dave McNamara).
A Velvet Scoter, Red -throated Diver, 30 Great Northern Diver and 30 Common Scoter were at Lahinch.
A Grasshopper Warbler was at Doolough.
A group of 17 Sandwich Terns were on Cregg Beach near Moy House, Lahinch.


Saturday 9th April 2011
The WATER PIPIT was still at Clahane (Dave McNamara).
The drake and hen Surf Scoter were still at Lahinch alongf with the female Surf Scoter (Dave McNamara).
A female Smew was at the south-east end of  Finn, Lough, Newmarket-on-Fergus (Paul Troake).


Thursday 7th April 2011
One adult summer WATER PIPIT was at Clahane (Jeff Copner), alongside 15 Brent Geese.
There were eight Sandwich Terns and 120 Brent Geese at Liscannor.
Three Blackcap were singing in Lees Road Wood.
Wednesday 6th April 2011
Four Greylag Geese and two Blackcaps were at Applewood, Ballycar.
Four Blackcaps were heard singing around Ennis.
Two pairs of Siskin were nesting at Moanreel.
Tuesday 5th April 2011
Five Black-throated Divers were off Aughinish.
Five Blackcaps were singing at Gort Coirce, Corofin.
There were four male Blackcaps singing at Applewood, Ballycar.
Three Goldeneye were still at Lough Bunny.
Monday 4th April 2011
Over 200 Sand Martins were at Ballyallia Lake and among them were two Swallows.
Three Blackcap were singing at Lees Road Wood and another at Ballyallia.
Two Kingfishers were one the River Fergus in the middle of Ennis.
Saturday 2nd April 2011
There is a drake and one female Surf Scoter at Lahinch (Howard Williams).  This is probably the pair from Doonbeg.
Friday 1st April 2011
One Little Gull was at Liscannor along with 50 Brent Geese and a large mixed flock of gulls.

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