Clare Bird Sightings

Shannon Airport lagoon

The best time of year to visit the lagoon is from May to October.  In early summer Sedge and Willow Warbler songs echo throughout the reeds and sallies.  Common breeders at the lagoon include, Redpoll, Reed Bunting, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, all the tit family, Coot, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Little Grebe, Water Rail and Snipe.  Duck such as Gadwall, Wigeon and Shoveler have all over summered and it is suspected that some of these duck species have bred in the Lagoon.
 
Rareties at the lagoon have included; Spoonbills, Greater Flamingo, Ruddy Shelduck, Goosander, Ruddy Duck, American Wigeon, Hobby, Marsh Harrier, Avocet, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpipers, Semi-palmated Sandpipers, Baird’s Sandpipers, White-rumped Sandpipers, Least Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitchers, Wilson’s Phalaropes, Red-necked Phalarope, Long-tailed Skua, Bonxies, Laughing Gull, White-winged Black Tern, Savi’s Warbler, Citrine Wagtail, Bluethroat, Crossbills and Snow Buntings.


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