Clare Bird Sightings

Limerick Sightings

Contributors

John Archer, Dermot Breen, Richard Bonser, Jim Bowman, Bruce Carrick, Tom Chadwick, Austin Cooney, Jeff Copner, John Coveney, Sean Cronin, Chris Cullen, Peter J Doyle, Davy Farrar, Brian Finnegan, John Fox, Clodagh Glasgow, Ger Griffin, Jane Griffin, James Hayes, Andrew Holmes, Barry Howell, Geoff Hunt, Gearoid Jackson, Irene Kelly, Dave McNamara, Finbarr MacGabhann, Coilin MacLochlainn, Ronan McLaughlin, Tony Mee, Pat Meehan, John N Murphy, Joe Noonan, Brian Porter, Mike Sheehy, Willi Stani, Carole Stapleton, Oliver Stapleton,Ian Stevenson, Tom Tarpey, Paul Troake, Carol Tyler, Patrick Veale and Howard Williams.

Thursday 30th December 2010

Five Brambling were at Athea.
Wednesday 29th December 2010
There was one Woodcock and four Jays at Creeves, Shanagolden.

Monday 27th December 2010
A adult Ring-billed Gull was seen at Westfields during the annual Christmas Outing.  A Water Rail also gave good views near the viewing platform.


Saturday 25th December 2010
Twelve Crossbills, including one singing male, were seen in the Ballyhoura Mts, near the fitness trail.
One Brambling and two Blackcaps were in a garden at Raheen.   

Friday 24th December 2010
Two Waxwings were seen in a garden in Cappamore.
A male Brambling was seen in a garden in Newcastle West.
Two Blackcaps, a male and a female, were reported froam a rural garden near Ballingarry.

Thursday 23rd December 2010.
A Brambling was seen in Croom.
A male Blackcap was seen in Monaleen, Castletroy.
A Buzzard was seen at Garryarthur, Glenroe.

Wednesday 22nd December 2010
Two Hawfinches and four Brambling were at Curraghchase (Andrew Holmes)

Monday 20th December 2010
The adult Ring-billed Gull was at Harvey’s Quay and 13 Redshank, ten Dunlin and seven Grey Herons were at Clancy’s Strand.  An otter was also seen feeding on an eel on a rock in the river at the strand.

Sunday 19th December 2010
Two Hawfinches and two Brambling were at Curraghchase (John N  Murphy).
A Brambling, a male Merlin, a Kestrel, a Sparrowhawk, 220 Chaffinches, 150 Reed Buntings, 55 Skylarks, three Lapwing, two Water Rails and a Golden Plover were at Coonagh.

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Goldcrest © Tom Tarpey

Saturday 18th December 2010
Six Hawfinches and 12 Bramblings were at the Curraghchase (James Hayes & Clodagh Glasgow). 
A Buzzard was at Patrickswell.

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Hawfinch at Curraghchase © James Hayes

Friday 17th December 2010

There were four Hawfinches and seven Brambling at Curraghchase today (James Hayes).
A colour ringed Black-headed Gull (White 2P45) was at Westfields. The bird was ringed as a chick at Cleveland Farm, Wiltshire on 29/6/09 and was observed at Cerney Wick, Gloucestershire on 17/9/09. This is the third coloure ringed bird from the Cotswold Water Park ringing project in England to be recorded in Limerick.
Wednesday 15th December 2010
The WHITE-TAILED EAGLE was seen briefly again near Ringmoylan (Ian Stevenson, Jim Bowman, Patrick Veale).
Five Hawfinches were at the Curraghchase this morning along with two Bramblings and seven Jays (James Hayes, Ian Stevenson, Jim Bowman, Patrick Veale).
The female Ring-necked Duck was at Lough Gur (James Hayes).
Tuesday 14th December 2010
The WHITE-TAILED EAGLE was at Ringmoylan again this morning (John N Murphy, Howard Williams & James Hayes)(10.30), along with 80 Whooper Swans. The eagle was seen catching and eating a fish at 10.45 (Jane & Ger Griffin).
One Hawfinch was at the Curragh Chase (James Hayes, John N Murphy, Howard Williams & Chris Cullen).
Two more Hawfinches were found later in the day at the Curraghchase (Coilin MacLochlainn).
Also at the Curragh Chase was one Brambling and four Jays.
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White-tailed Eagle near Ringmoylan © John N Murphy
Monday 13th December 2010
The WHITE-TAILED EAGLE was at Ringmoylan this morning (James Hayes).
A Brambling and seven Jays were at Curraghchase.
A female Ring-necked Duck (James Hayes), two Pintail, 28 Teal, 130 Tufted Duck, 200 Wigeon and a Raven were at Lough Gur.

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White-tailed Eagle at Ringmoylan © James Hayes

Sunday 12th December 2010
The WHITE-TAILED EAGLE was still near Ringmoylan Pier (John N Murphy, Clodagh Glasgow & James Hayes), along with four Little Egrets, 18 Grey Herons,
38 Whooper Swans and 600 Dunlin.
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White-tailed Eagle being harrased by other birds near Ringmoylan © John N Murphy 

Saturday 11th December 2010
A White-tailed Eagle was seen on the estuary near Ringmoylan Pier today (Tom Tarpey).  This is the second year male satelite tagged bird (Star) that has been frequenting the area for much of the past two weeks.
A flock of at least 70 Whooper Swans was also seen nearby.
There were 210 Whooper Swans again today at Clarina.
Two Goldeneye were at Cooperhill Lake, Mungret.

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Distant view of White-tailed Eagle attended by Hooded Crow near Ringmoylan (Tom Tarpey)

Friday 10th December 2010
There were 210 Whooper Swans in two seperate flocks at Newtown, Clarina.

Thursday 9th December 2010
A flock of 80 Whooper Swans were seen near Pallaskenry.

Wednesday 8th December 2010

A male Blackcap was at Gouldavoher.

Tuesday 7th December 2010
A male Blackcap was seen in a private garden in Raheen.
The adult Ring-billed Gull was at O’Callaghan’s Strand.

Monday 6th December 2010
There were nine Bramblings and six Jays at the Currachase Forrest Park today.
The adult Ring-billed Gull was back at O’Callaghan’s Strand, Limerick City.
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Brambling on snowy branch © Mike Sheehy

Thurdsay 2nd December 2010
Five Hawfinches, ten Brambling and ten Jays were at Curraghchase Forest Park  (John N Murphy & James Hayes)

Wednesday 1st December 2010
A lone Waxwing was seen at the Monaleen Road, Castletroy this evening. This is the first appearance of this eruptive  species in Limerick since February 2005.
Two male Blackcaps were also seen in the Monaleen area.
The adult Ring-billed Gull was at O’Callaghan’s Strand again this morning.

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Waxwing at Castletroy © Tom Tarpey

Tuesday 30th November 2010

Seven Hawfinches were at the Curraghchase (Bruce Carrick).

One adult Mediterannean Gull was at Loghill late this evening with hundreds of Black-headed Gulls.
A partially albino Chaffinch was in a garden just outside Loghill.
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Albino Chaffinch at a garden near Loghill © James Hayes

Monday 29th October 2010
Five Hawfinches and four Bramblings were seen in Currachase Forest Park this morning (James Hayes)

Sunday 28th November 2010
A satelite tagged White-tailed Eagle was reported near Beagh Castle on the Shannon Estuary. This bird was also present in the same area on November 26th and was also seen that day near Ennis, Co. Clare.
A Cattle Egret was reported at Morgans North, Askeaton this afternoon by a farmer feeding his cattle (per Frank King).  The bird was also reported to have been seen at the same location on November 17th approx. Confirmation of identity is awaited.
At least nine  Hawfinches were at Curraghchase  (Peter J Doyle).

One male Blackcap was in a garden at Raheen.
A Kingfisher was found near Foynes.
Saturday 27th November 2010
The adult Ring-billed Gull was still at O’ Callaghan’s Strand today.
A yellow colour ringed Black-headed Gull was also at O’ Callaghan’s Strand 213G (see photo below).
One Blackcap and 20 Siskin were at Westfield’s Marsh.
Three Goldeneye and 800 Lapwing were at Bunlicky.
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Ring-billed Gull at the slipway near O Callaghan’s Strand © John N Murphy
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Colour-ringed Black-headed Gull at O’ Callaghan’s Strand slipway © John N Murphy
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Blackcap at Westfield’s Marsh © John N Murphy
Male Siskin at Westfield’s Marsh © John N Murphy 

Friday 26th November 2010

A Hawfinch, ten Brambling and 30 Jays were reported from Curraghchase (Bruce Carrick).
The female Ring-necked Duck was reported again at Lough Gur,
The adult Ring-billed Gull was at O’Callaghan’s Strand again today.
300 Lapwing, 18 Dunlin, ten Redshank, four Golden Plover, four Shoveler, 30 Teal and 14 Wigeon were at Coonagh.
Two colour ringed Black-headed Gulls (Yellow 252M & Yellow 208P) were at Harvey’s Quay today. Both birds were ringed as chicks in Lough Mask, Mayo in June 2007 and were recorded in Limerick City last winter as well.
Thursday 25th November 2010
Five Hawfinches and six Brambling were seen at Curraghchase this morning (Tom Tarpey).

Wednesday 24th November 2010
Six Hawfinches were still at the Curraghchase this morning (Dave McNamara, Jeff Copner & James Hayes).
The Eastern Jackdaw was seen again at Raheen.
A female Ring-necked Duck was reported at Lough Gur.

Tuesday 23rd November 2010
There were six Hawfinches and four Bramblings at the Curragh Chase this morning (Brian Finnegan, James Hayes & Austin Cooney).
An adult Ring-billed Gull was at O’Callaghan’s Strand.
 
Monday 22nd November 2010
There were seven Brambling within a flock of 200 Chaffinches, 17 Jay and two Raven at  the Curraghchase today.
The eastern Jackdaw and one Carrion Crow were at a garden in Raheen.
Sunday 21st November 2010
Two Hawfinches, nine Bramblings and six Jays were at the Curraghchase (Geoff Hunt & Ronan McLaughlin).
A pair of  Pintail along with 185 Tufted Duck, 150 Wigeon, 15, Teal, 12 Gadwall, eight Mallard and three Shoveler were at Lough Gur.
Friday 19th November 2010
There were five Hawfinches and 15 Bramblings at the Curraghchase today (Sean Cronin).
A Barn Owl was seen at Banogue near Croom.
Thursday 18th November 2010
There were 14 Hawfinches at the Curraghchase this morning (Howard Williams), along with 16 Bramblings and 20 Jays.
Four Bramblings were with a flock of 250 Chaffinches at Glenstal Abbey, Murroe and a large count of 23 Goldcrests was reported from the Clare Glens.
Hawfinch at the Curraghchase © Howard Williams
Wednesday 17th November 2010
There were tree Hawfinches (John N Murphy & James Hayes), 12 Brambling and ten Jays at the Currachase Forest Park this morning.
Hawfinch at the Curragh Chase © John N Murphy

Monday 15th November 2010
Ten Brambling were seen at Currachase Forest Park today.
The Eastern Jackdaw was seen again at Raheen.

Sunday 14th November 2010
There was at least ten Bramblings with the large Chaffinch flock at Currachase Forest Park today.
One Buzzard, a Merlin, 25 Greylag Geese, 75 Whooper Swans and a colour-ringed Little Egret (yellow 9 right, black J left) were seen at Ringmoylan.

Saturday 13th November 2010
Seven Hawfinches (James Hayes & Clodagh Glasgow) and five Brambling were seen at Currachase Forest Park today.  Hawfinches have been seen here on a number of occasions since a major influx of over 100 birds occurred in November 1988. The Hornbeam trees near the main carpark is one of the favoured areas used by these birds.
There were 300 Teal, ten Shoveler, 12 Whooper Swans, 55 Mute Swans, 290 Lapwing, 85 Golden Plover, eight Redshank, two Dunlin, a Snipe and one Little Egret were at the Coonagh Settlement Ponds today.


Hawfinch and Brambling at Curraghchase © James Hayes

Wednesday 10th November 2010
There were three Bramblings, 40 Jays, 200+ Chaffinchs and 60 Siskin at Currachase today.
An Eastern Jackdaw was seen at Croagh.


Jay and  Brambling at  Curraghchase © James Hayes

Sunday 7th November 2010
The Eastern Jackdaw was back at a garden in Raheen.
A Merlin was seen at Carrigkerry.

Saturday 6th November 2010
There was 100 Tufted Duck, 32 Teal and eleven Gadwall at Lough Gur today.

Tuesday 2nd November 2010
The Eastern Jackdaw was seen in Raheen today.

Saturday 30th October 2010
A juvenile Snow Bunting was found near the summit of Knockfierna today.

Friday 29th October 2010
There was 150 Tufted Duck, 28 Teal, a Scaup and 12 Little Grebe at  Lough Gur today.

Thursday 28th October 2010
The continental race Jackdaw was seen in a private garden at Raheen again today.


Recently arrived Whooper Swans at Coonagh © Tom Tarpey

Sunday 24th October 2010
Thirteen Whooper Swans (including four juveniles), 34 Mute Swans, 250 Teal, nine Shoveler, six Snipe, three Black-tailed Godwits and a Sparrowhawk were at the Coonagh Settlement Ponds this evening.

Thursday 21st October 2010
The 20 Jays were still at the Curraghchase along with one Peregrine and one Raven.
A pair of Shovelers were at Westfield’s Marsh.
Wednesday 20th October 2010
There were 20 Jays, three Treecreepers and six Siskins at the Curraghchase.
Jay gathering acorns at the Curraghchase © James Hayes

Sunday 17th October 2010
Six Whooper Swans were early arrivals at Lough Gur today.


Saturday 16th October 2010
There were three Jays and five Redwing near Glenstal Abbey this afternoon.

Thursday 14th October 2010
One adult Mediterranean Gull was on the Shannon River next to the Coonagh settlement Ponds, while 
one Swallow was hawking over the main pond.  
Mediterranean Gull and Black Headed Gull on the Shannon near Coonagh © John N Murphy

Wednesday 13th October 2010
A adult Mediteranean Gull was seen at Robertstown today.

Saturday 9th October 2010
One Blue-winged Teal (Tom Tarpey), 40 Teal, 12 Shoveler, three Mallard, six Knot, seven Golden Plover, a female Hen Harrier, one female Sparrowhawk and a Whinchat were at Coonagh today.


Whinchat at Coonagh © Tom Tarpey

Friday 8th October 2010
A Buzzard was seen near Croagh today.

Wednesday 6th October 2010
The eastern race Jackdaw was on show on a public green in Raheen today.


Eastern race Jackdaw at Raheen © James Hayes

Monday 4th October 2010
Today there were eight Snipe, four Water Rails, two Little Egrets, 40 Teal, five Mute Swans, a Peregrine Falcon and two Kestrels at the Coonagh Settlement Ponds.

Sunday 3rd October 2010
An eastern race Jackdaw (C. m. monedula or soemmerringii) was seen in a garden in Raheen today (James Hayes).

Friday 1st October 2010
There was a Jack Snipe, a Spotted Redshank, five Snipe, 70 Teal, 15 Shoveler, three Mute Swans and a Wheatear at the Coonagh Ponds this evening.
Sparrowhawk Limerick City © James Hayes

Monday 27th September 2010
A Buzzard was seen at the M20/M7/N18 interchange at Rossbrien this morning.

Saturday 25th September 2010

A Wheatear, 43 Teal, two Tufted Duck, seven  Snipe, a Greenshank, a Water Rail, a female Sparrowhawk and a Kestrel were at the Coonagh Ponds.

Friday 24th September 2010
Black Swans have been reported from a number of localities in Limerick recently.  A pair were on the Shannon at Howley’s Quay today.


Black Swans at Howley’s Quay © James Hayes

Tuesday 21st September 2010
The Pectoral Sandpiper was at the east end of the Coonagh Ponds again this morning.  Two Wheatear, a Little Egret two Water Rails and 20 Shoveler were also at the site.
A Black Swan of unknown origin was associating with the Mute Swans at O’Callaghan’s Strand today.

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Juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper at Coonagh © James Hayes

Monday 20th September 2010
There were six Little Egrets roosting on St. Gearoid’s Island at Lough Gur this evening.

Sunday 19th September 2010
There was a Whimbrel and five Little Egrets at Tarbert today.

Friday 17th September 2010
There was a juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper at the Coonagh Ponds this evening. This is the third record of this transatlantic vagrant for the County. There was also 45 Teal, nine Black-tailed Godwits, two Tufted Duck,  two Little Egrets, three Swift, a Water Rail and a Kestrel at the site.

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Juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper at Coonagh © Tom Tarpey

Wednesday 15th September 2010
The Black tern was still at the Settlement Ponds at Coonagh along with one Water Rail and one late Sedge Warbler.

Tuesday 14th September 2010

The Citrine Wagtail was still present at the Coonagh Settlement Ponds today(Tom Tarpey). Also present was the Yellow Wagtail, the Black Tern, three Swift and a Reed Warbler.    

Monday 13th September 2010
At the Coonagh Settlement ponds today the Citrine Wagtail was still present (John N Murphy, James Hayes, Joe Adamson, Davey Farr et al).
Also at the settlement ponds were one Yellow Wagtail, one juvenile Black tern, 11 swifts and two Little Egrets.
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Citrine Wagtail at Coonagh Ponds © John N Murphy
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Juvenile Yellow Wagtail at Coonagh Ponds © John N Murphy
Sunday 12th September 2010
A juvenile CITRINE WAGTAIL was  found this afternoon at the Coonagh settlement Ponds (Tom Tarpey), along with one juvenile Black Tern, two Wheatear, five Swift, one Wood Sandpiper, four Little Egrets,15 Little Grebes, 40 Mallard and a female type Hen Harrier.  The Citrine Wagtail is the first county record of this rare Northern European vagrant.
Two Common Sandpipers, 150 Black-tailed Godwits, ten Greenshank, three Little Egrets, 50 Teal and a Peregrine were at Loghill.
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Citrine Wagtail at Coonagh © Tom Tarpey
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Black Tern at Coonagh © Tom Tarpey


Wednesday 8th September 2010
Today at the Settlement Ponds at Coonagh there were seven Little Egrets, one Peregrine, one Ringed Plover, 28 Lapwings, seven Little Grebes, 50 Reed Buntings, 100 Linnets, five Skylark, one Kestrel and four Wheatears.

Tuesday 7th September 2010
There was one Curlew Sandpiper, two Ruff, 19 Greylag Geese, three Little Egrets, one Whimbrel, a single Dunlin, small numbers of Black-tailed Godwits and Redshank and 15 Swift at the Coonagh Settlement Ponds.  One Painted Lady Butterfly was also noted.


Monday 6th September 2010
At the Settlement ponds in Coonagh today there was one Juvenile Red-necked Phalarope (John N Murphy, Brian Finnegan & James Hayes).
Also at the ponds there was one Wood Sandpiper, 11 Ruff, five Curlew Sandpipers, one Little Stint, 40 Black-tailed Godwits, 50 Lapwing, two Ringed Plovers, three Little Egrets, one female Hen Harrier, 28 Teal and six Wheatears.
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Red-necked Phalarope at Coonagh Settlement Ponds © John N Murphy
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Wheatear on the outer fence post of the Coonagh Settlement Ponds © John N Murphy

Sunday 5th September 2010
There was a Green Sandpiper, a juvenile Wood Sandpiper and three juvenile Spotted Redshank at the Coonagh Settlement Ponds this morning. A pair of Swifts were also seen in the area.

Saturday 4th September 2010

The juvenile RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen at the Coonagh Settlement Ponds again today (Barry Howell).

Friday 3rd September 2010
A juvenile RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was at the Coonagh Settlement Ponds this afternoon (Tom Tarpey).  This is the first record of the species in Limerick.  Nine Ruff, three Little Egrets, nine Little Grebes, a Greenshank, 40 Lapwing and smaller numbers of Black-talied Godwits, Teal and Mallard were also present.
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Juvenile Red-necked Phalarope at Coonagh © Tom Tarpey


Tuesday 31st August 2010
At the Coonagh Settlement Ponds there were 11 Ruff, two Curlew Sandpipers, one Spotted Redshank, two Golden Plover, 40 Black-tailed Godwits, 36 Teal, ten Snipe, eight Lapwing, two Little Egrets, two Ringed Plover, 12 Swift and a Kestrel.

Thursday 26th August 2010
The high tide count at the Coonagh Settlement Ponds this evening included ten Ruff, a Wood Sandpiper, 25 Snipe, 80 Redshank, 11 Greenshank, 28 Lapwing, 175 Black-tailed Godwits, two Little Egrets, six Shoveler, 20 Teal, five Mallard and four Little Grebe.

Friday 20th August 2010
Buzzard near the N69 at Askeaton. 

Two Common Sandpipers were at Loghill. 
Also at Loghill were six Greenshank, 50 Black-tailed Godwits and 60 Curlew.
There were two more Common Sandpipers at Robertstown Creek along
with eight Greenshank and a Little Egret.
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Common Sandpiper in flight at Roberstown Creek © James Hayes

Friday 6th August 2010
Adult Long-eared Owl with three chicks at Ballintubrid, Newcastle West.

Saturday 31st July 2010
Two Hen Harriers (female & juvenile), four Jays and a high count of 55 Mistle Thrushes were recorded

at Carker Mountain in the Ballyhoura Mountains today.
Sunday 18th July 2010
There were four Common Sandpipers, 16 Greenshank, 22 Shellduck, two Raven
and two Little Egrets at Aughinish, Askeaton.

Wednesday 14th July 2010

There was a Whimbrel near the Shannon  at Rhebogue.

Monday 12th July 2010
A second summer Mediterranean Gull and six Common Sandpipers were at Loghill. 
Monday 5th July 2010
One Red Grouse and a flock of 60 Redpolls were in the west Limerick Hills.
There were eight Greenshank and one Common Tern at Aughinish pools.
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Red Grouse © James Hayes
Sunday 4th July 2010
There were four Common Sandpipers at Loghill, west Limerick today.
Tuesday 29th June 2010
There were two Hen Harriers and at least three Red Grouse in the west Limerick Hills today.
Saturday 19th June 2010
One Little Egret was on the Maigue River near Croom.
Friday 18th June 2010
The Black-headed Gull wearing the yellow darvic leg band with the letters 208P
was still at Sarsfields Bridge in the City Centre.  This bird was first ringed at Lough Mask in Galway by
Eoin McGreal on 16th June 2007 and has spent 2009 and the earlier part of this year in Limerick City.
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Black-headed Gull © Willi Stani
Thursday 17th  June 2010
There were two Spotted Flycatchers and two Blackcaps near Plassey this afternoon.
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Spotted Flycatcher © James Hayes

Sunday 13th June 2010
There were four Blackcaps singing in one CBS tetrad at Currachase this morning. A Spotted Flycatcher was also seen.

Monday 24th May 2010
At Plassey this evening there were four Blackcaps a Kingfisher and a juvenile Dipper.

Sunday 23rd May 2010
There were four Blackcaps singing at the eastern end of Plassey Walk, Castletroy.

Saturday 22nd May 2010
Cuckoo at Gooig Bog.

Monday 17th May 2010
Single Cuckoos were seen at Scotland Bog, Carrigkerry and New Quay, Askeaton today.

One Cuckoo, one Raven, two Bar-tailed Godwits and two Whitethroats were at New Quay, Limerick.

Saturday 8th May 2010
Five Whimbrel were at Askeaton

Friday 7th May 2010
A Cuckoo was at Gortadroma, Ballyhahill.

Tuesday 4th May 2010
There was a Cuckoo at Ashfort, Patrickswell today.


Monday 3rd May 2010
A male and female Hen Harrier were at Carrigkerry.
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Whitethroat at Gooig Bog © Tom Tarpey

Saturday 1st May 2010
There were four Blackcaps in song in a one kilometre CBS square in Currachase.  A Sedge Warbler was also head in the area.
A Whitethroat was singing at Gooig Bog.

Thursday 29th April 2010
The first Swifts of the year were reported today from Bruff and the Castle Demense, Newcastle West.

Tuesday 27th April 2010

There was a Turtle Dove at Rathbane Golf Course today.
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Red Grouse © James Hayes

Monday 26th April 2010
Two Cuckoos, two Grasshopper Warblers, a male Hen Harrier and a Red Grouse were seen in the West Limerick Hills today.

Sunday 25th April 2010
Four Hen Harriers (three females and a male), four Grasshopper Warblers and two Cuckoos were in the West Limerick Hills today.

Tuesday 20th April 2010
There was Cuckoo, a female Hen Harrier and two Grasshopper Warblers at Griston Bog, Ballylanders today.
A Cuckoo and two Wheatear were seen at Gooig Bog.
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Willow Warbler at Gooig Bog © Tom Tarpey

Friday 16th April 2010
There was a Little Egret, seven Willow Warblers and five Chiffchaffs at Adare.

Wednesday 14th April 2010
There was a Blackcap in song and a Buzzard at Newtown, Castletroy.

Tuesday 13th April 2010
1st year Ring-billed Gull on the Shannon at Howley’s Quay, Limerick City.
Three Buzzards were seen circling overhead near Raheen, Limerick in the evening.
There was a Blackcap in song at Plassey, Castletroy.

Sunday 11th April 2010
The female Ring-necked Duck was at Lough Gur (Paul Troake), along with one
Common Sandpiper, five Little Egrets and one drake Scaup.

Monday 5th April 2010
Two Ring-billed Gulls (Adult and 1st Year) at Howleys Quay.

Sunday 4th April 2010
Second year Ring-billed Gull at Howleys Quay, Limerick City.
Eight Sand Martins at Westfields.
Saturday 3rd April 2010
One second year Ring-billed Gull was at the Salmon Weir, near St. John’s Island.

Friday 2nd April 2010

Green-winged Teal at Tarbert (Geoff Hunt).
Chiffcahffs at Ballingarry and Adare.

Wednesday 31st March 2010
The PIED-BILLED GREBE was still at Lough Gur (Josh Jones).

Tuesday 30th March 2010
Four Swallows at Bleach Lough, Kildimo.

Monday 29th March 2010

Adult Ring-billed Gull at Tarbert.

Sunday 28th March 2010
Two drake Scaup were at Lough Gur.  Three Chiffchaffs and a Willow Warbler were also head singing in the area.
A Blackcap was in song at Monaleen, Castletroy.


Friday 26th March 2010

One Chiffchaff at Adare.
Six Sand Martins and two Swallows at Abbeyfeale.

Thursday 25th March 2010

A number of Sand Martins were seen over the Maigue in Croom.


Wednesday 24th March 2010
One adult Ring-billed Gull was at O’ Callaghan’s Strand and three Sand Martins were at Westfields.
Two male Scaup were at Lough Gur.
A flock of three Little Egrets flew over Milltown, Ballysimon.
Monday 22nd March 2010
Two adult Ring-billed Gulls and a second-winter Mediterranean Gull were at Arthur’s Quay, Limerick City today.

Sunday 21th March 2010
There was a female Brambling in a garden at Monaleen, Castletroy today.

Thursday 18th March 2010
A Short-eared Owl was seen at Ringmoylan, Pallaskenry this evening.
There were four Little Egrets and a male Blackcap at Castleconnell

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Buzzard near Ardagh © Andrew Holmes

Monday 15th March 2010
There was a Buzzard just north of Ardagh by the side of the Shanagolden Road today

Sunday 14th March 2010
There were two Ring-billed Gulls, an adult and 1st winter bird, on the Shannon in Limerick City today.

Thursday 11th March 2010
One sinensis Cormorant was at Lough Gur today but there was no sign of the Grebe nor the Ring-necked Duck.
Tuesday 9th March 2010
The PIED-BILLED GREBE was still at Lough Gur today (Ronan McLaughlin).
There were two Spotted Redshanks, one second-winter Mediterannean Gull,
a Little Egret, 22 Ringed Plover and three Greenshank at Loghill, west Limerick.
One Common Sandpiper was at Foynes.
One Little Egret was at Adare.
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Common Sandpiper at Foynes Harbour © John N Murphy
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Spotted Redshank © John N Murphy
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Little Egret at Loghill © John N Murphy

Monday 8th March 2010
Two drake Scaup were at Lough Gur today.  Two Jay were also seen near the lake.
A flock of 54 Whooper Swans and a Little Egret were at Athlacca.

Sunday 7th March 2010
The female Ring-necked Duck was at Lough Gur today.
There was a male Blcakcap at Monaleen, Castletroy.

Saturday 6th March 2010

The PIED-BILLED GREBE was at Lough Gur along with the sinensis Cormorant,
the female Ring-necked Duck, the male Scaup and a male Garganey.

Thursday 4th March 2010
The PIED-BILLED GREBE was at Lough Gur (John Fox, John N Murphy, James Hayes et al).
Also at Lough Gur were the female Ring-necked Duck, one Little Egret, one Peregrine, ten 
Cormorants, 160 Tufted Ducks, nine Pochard, one drake Scaup and one Water Rail.
There was a Rock Pipit at the Charleville Lagoons an unusual inland record, along with
one Little Egret, eight Gadwall, 60 Wigeon, 18 Shoveler, 20 Tufted Ducks and two Dunlin.
Four Ravens were seen flying over Raheen.
There were at least three Common Redpolls at a garden in Raheen within a flock of
50 Lesser Redpolls and one female Blackcap. 
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Rock Pipit at the Charleville Lagoons © John N Murphy
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A pair of Gadwall flying over Charleville Lagoons © John N Murphy

Wednesday 3rd March 2010
The PIED-BILLED GREBE and the female Ring-necked Duck were seen at Lough Gur today.
Ring-necked Duck © James Hayes


Tuesday 2nd March 2010
The PIED-BILLED GREBE and the female Ring-necked Duck were seen at Lough Gur today. 
A female Brambling was also found in the area.
There were three Blackcaps (two male and a female) in a garden at Castleconnell.

Monday 1st March 2010
The PIED-BILLED GREBE was still at Lough Gur. 
The continental Cormorant and a Raven were also present today.

Continental Cormorant © James Hayes

Sunday 28th February 2010
The PIED-BILLED GREBE was still at Lough Gur, along with the female
Ring-necked Duck, the drake Green-winged Teal, the continental Cormorant
and 11 Little Egrets going to roost.
There was two male Blackcaps at Castleconnell.

Saturday 27th February 2010

The PIED-BILLED GREBE was showing well all day today at Lough Gur. 

A male Green-winged Teal was also seen (Sean Cronin et al). 
The female Ring-necked Duck (Tom Tarpey) was present there again today. 
Other birds of note at Lough Gur included a continental race (sinensis) Cormorant (Tom Tarpey),
a male Scaup, a Whooper Swan and a flock of 20 Golden Plover flying overhead.

Friday 26th February 2010

There was a female Ring-necked Duck at Lough Gur today (Tom Chadwick).

Thursday 25th February 2010

A PIED-BILLED GREBE was reported at Lough Gur this morning (Davy Farrar).

This is the first record of this American species for the county. 
The bird was found on February 19th last and identification was confirmed today.
Monday 22nd February 2010
There were three adult Ring-billed Gulls in Limerick City today.
Westfields had a count of 20 Pochard.
A male Blackcap was at Castletroy and a female was at Raheen.

Saturday 20th February 2010

A female Garganey was at the Charleville Lagoons. 

Thursday 18th February 2010
A Chiffchaff was seen at Deerpark, Adare.

Tuesday 16th February 2010 
Two adult Ring-billed Gulls were in Limerick City.
Sunday 14th February 2010
One female Hen Harrier was at Sugar Hill, County Limerick.
There was a male Blackcap at Monaleen, Castletroy.
Friday 12th February 2010
One adult Ring-billed Gull was still at O’Callaghan’s Strand.
One male Blackcap at Castleconnell.
Thursday 11th February 2010
One adult Ring-billed Gull was at the slipway near O’Callaghan’s Strand.

Sunday 7th February 2010

A female Ring-necked Duck was at Lough Gur earlier today (Paul Troake).

Friday 5th February 2010

A Ring-billed Gull and 25 Pochard were at Westfields today. 
A large flock of Siskins and Goldfinches were also seen feeding on the Alders lining the pondside pathway.

Wednesday 3rd February 2010

There was a Ring-billed Gull was at O’Callaghan’s Strand.
A Raven was seen at Aughinish Island and a Little Egret at nearby Robertstown Creek.

Tuesday 2nd February 2010

There were two Ring-billed Gulls and three Turnstone on the Shannon in Limerick City today.
Two Mediterranean Gulls, an adult and a second year, and an adult Ring-billed Gull were on 
the Shannon at Limerick City today.
There was a Scaup, two Whooper Swans and two Gadwall at Lough Gur.
A flock of 30 Oystercatchers was seen feeding on the green on King John’s Island in Limerick City today.
Black-headed Gull Yellow 286B was also seen at Arthur’s Quay today.
This bird was ringed as a chick at Aghinish, Lough Mask, Co. Mayo in 2008.

Whooper Swan at Mill Road, Corbally © John N Murphy

Thursday 27th January 2010

A Whooper Swan is still present at the Mill Road, Corbally.

Tuesday 26th January 2010

Ten Twite were seen at Aughinish, Askeaton.
There was a flock of 120 Whooper Swans at Newtown, Clarina.
Two Blackcaps (male and female) were in a garden at Raheen and a male was in Castletroy.


Sunday 24th January 2010

A Buzzard and a Hen Harrier were seen near Ballingarry.
A Black Redstart was at the Potato Market, Merchants Quay, Limerick.

Redshank at O’Callaghan’s Strand © Tom Tarpey

Ring-billed Gull at O’Callaghan’s Strand © James Hayes

Tuesday 19th January 2010

Two Ring-billed Gulls at O’Callaghan’s Strand and a third near the City centre.

Friday 15th January 2010

Eight Whooper Swans were seen near Rathkeale.
A Ring-billed Gull and a Little Egret were at Westfields.

Thursday 14th January 2010

The Hoopoe was seen again today in Castletroy.

Wednesday 13th January 2010
A Hoopoe turned up in a private garden in Castletroy today.

This first Spring migrant of the year is known for its tendency to arrive early and overshoot its normal breeding range. 
The species has not previously been recorded in Limerick post 1900.

Sunday 10th January 2010

A Ring-billed Gull was seen at Bishop’s Quay in Limerick City.
Three Blackcaps, a male and two females, were in a garden in Raheen.

Saturday 9th January 2010
There was a report of a Firecrest in Lisnagry today on a UK birding website. 

No further details have come to light yet, however if confirmed it would be
a first record of the species for Co. Limerick.
Thursday 7th January 2010
Two Blackcaps, a male and female, were in a garden in Raheen today.

Black-headed Gull White 2H59 © James Hayes
  
Wednesday 6th January 2010

A  Ring-billed Gull was  present in Westfields.
A pair of Gadwall and a Water Rail were also noted there along with
a colour ringed Black-headed Gull (White 2H59). 
This bird was ringed as a chick at Cerney Wick in Gloucestershire, England 
on 22/5/07 and was also seen in Limerick previously on 1/3/08.


Blackcaps in Castletroy © Tom Tarpey

Tuesday 5th January 2010
Two male Blackcaps were in a garden in Monaleen, Castletroy  today.

Saturday 2nd January 2010

A Twite was found in a mixed finch flock near the boatyard at Newquay, Askeaton today.

Two Ravens were also seen in the area.
An adult Ring-billed Gull was seen at Tarbert Bay.
Further afield Ballylongford Pier, Co. Kerry had two Kingfishers an a Common Sandpiper.

Redpoll © Tom Tarpey

Friday 1st January 2010

A Buzzard was seen at Killeline, Newcastle West this evening.

2009 Ringing Recoveries
A Black-headed Gull with a yellow colour ring no. 208P seen at O’Callaghan’s Strand on 24/12/09 and previously in the city on 20/12/09, was ringed as a chick on Lough Mask, Co. Mayo on 15/6/07. A second colour-ringed Black-headed Gull (Yellow 258E) was also seen around the City recently ,including the Branch outing to Westfields on 27/12/09, was also ringed in the same location on14/6/06.

A Swedish-ringed Black-headed Gull (ring no. 6208172), first seen at the Mill Road in Corbally on 27/01/07, was seen again at the same location on 28/11/09 and on 24/12/09. It was ringed as a chick at Dalsland in southwestern Sweden on 24/05/04.

Colour-ringed Black-tailed Godwits also featured during the year. Two birds seen at Ringmoylan Pier on 23/08/09 were ringed in northern Iceland. One was ringed as an adult bird at Siglufjord in northern Iceland on 11/07/09. This bird was subsequently seen at Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour, Dorset on 28/8/09 and again on 29/9/09.
The other bird, which was ringed at Eyjafjord in northern Iceland on 13/07/08 as a chick, was previously seen at Shannon Airport Lagoon on 07/10/08 and again on 02/08/09. See a photo of this bird after the colour rings were fitted in Iceland on the Colour Ringing section of the Clarebirdwatching site.

2009 Sightings

List of Contributors: Clodagh Glasgow, Jane & Ger Griffin, James Hayes, Geoff Hunt, JJ Jones, David Knight, Tony Mee, John N Murphy, Sean O’Sullivan, David Rees, Mike Sheehy, Tom Tarpey & Paul Troake.

Thursday 31st December 2009
A Merlin was seen today at Newquay, Askeaton.
There was a male and a female Blackcap in a garden at Raheen and a single male at Castletroy.

Wednesday 30th December 2009
Two adult winter Ring-billed Gulls and three Turnstones were at O’ Callaghan’s Strand this afternoon. One adult Ring-billed Gull was at Healy’s Field Pond near Corbally. 
One first-winter Ring-billed Gull was at the Salmon Weir across from St. Johns Island. 
One Whooper Swan was at the Mill Road, Corbally


Adult Ring-billed Gull on slipway at O’ Callaghan’s Strand © John N Murphy


Second adult Ring-billed at slipway © John N Murphy


Turnstones are unusual visitors to Limerick City © John N Murphy


Dark-headed Common Gull at Healy’s Field Pond  © John N Murphy

Sunday 27th December 2009
Adult winter Ring-billed Gull still at O’Callaghan’s Strand.
There were 150 Whooper Swans and 18 Greylag Geese at Cooperhill, Mungret.
A flock of 100 Teal, 30 Tufted Duck, 22 Mallard, two Redshank and a Greenshank were the best at Bunlickey Lagoons.


Saturday 26th December 2009

Two male Blackcaps today in a garden at Monaleen, Castletroy.


Drake Shovelers are showing well at Westfields © John N Murphy


Thursday 24th December 2009

Adult Ring-billed Gull at O’Callagnan’s Strand.
A notable flock of 41 Shoveler was present on the ice at Westfields.


Tuesday 22nd December 2009

A flock of 14 Shoveler, three Tufted Duck and two Little Grebe at Westfields.


Fieldfares (top) and Redwings (bottom) have moved into Limerick City with this cold snap © John N Murphy


Sunday 20th December 2009

Adult Ring-billed Gull at Arthur’s Quay, Limerick City.

Saturday 19th December 2009
There were 100 Teal, 100 Wigeon, 50 Tufted Duck, 30 Shoveler and 13 Gadwall at Lough Gur.


Lapwings have moved in to the county in large numbers from the east © John N Murphy

Thursday 17th December 2009
Female Ring-necked Duck at Lough Gur (Paul Troake)

Sunday 13th December 2009
One Jack Snipe, five Snipe, five Greenshank, 14 Redshank, 160 Greylag Geese (feral), nine Tufted Duck, one Great-crested Grebe and a Kingfisher at Bunlickey Lagoons.
An Otter was also seen hunting in the eastern lagoon.

Thursday 10th December 2009
Ten Whooper Swans (five adults & five juveniles) at Lough Gur.

Wednesday 25th November 2009
Eight Whooper Swans in field near the Shannon at Mungret. Hen Harrier (female/juvenile) also seen nearby.

Tuesday 24th November 2009
One Buzzard near Pallasgreen.

Monday 23rd November 2009
Cattle Egret in field on north side of N21 two miles west of Newcastle West (Sean O’Sullivan).

Saturday 21st November 2009
One male Blackcap at Monaleen, Castletroy.

Wednesday 11th November 2009
Female Ring-necked Duck at Lough Gur (Paul Troake).

Sunday 25th October 2009
Female Black Redstart seen in garden in Galbally.

Thursday 15th October 2009
Buzzard seen just west of Rathkeale flying south.

Tuesday 13th October 2009
Two Redwings were seen flying over Castletroy.

Monday 12th October 2009
One adult female Hen Harrier was seen at Cratloe East, Athea this afternoon.

Saturday 10th October 2009
Green Sandpiper at Cooper’s Hill Marsh near Mungret.

Saturday 3rd October 2009
There was a Whimbrel, four Knot, 27 Greenshank, 50 Redshank, 300 Golden Plover and a Little Egret at Roberstown Creek.
One Common Sandpiper, a Kingfisher and two Little Egrets were at the Maigue Estuary, Askeaton.

Tuesday 29th September 2009
One Whimbrel at Robertstown Creek.

Saturday 26th September 2009
One Green Sandpiper at Charleville Lagoons.

Friday 25th September 2009
An American Golden Plover was found at Robertstown Creek near Foynes today (Geoff Hunt).

Thursday 17th September 2009
A Terek Sandpiper was seen from the graveyard at Robertstown Creek near Foynes this morning.(Geoff Hunt)

Sunday 23rd August 2009
There was a flock of 220 Black-tailed Godwits at Ringmoylan Pier, two of these birds were colour ringed.  Also at Ringmoylan there were 29 Greenshanks, 25 Redshank, one Dunlin and two Little Egrets.

Friday 8th May 2009
There were four Whimbrel at Patrickswell.

Tuesday 5th May 2009
There were four Swifts at Newcastlewest, these are the first for Limerick this year.

Sunday 3rd May 2009
There were four singing Blackcaps at Plassey Technological Park, Annacotty.   Also seen were a number of Whimbrel and a Cuckoo.


Tuesday 28th April 2009

One male Blackcap was singing near the Iron Bridge, Plassey.

Sunday 26th April 2009
There was one Cuckoo at Bleach Lough, Kildimo this morning.

Saturday 25th April 2009
One Grasshopper Warbler was at Clonmacken, one House Martin was at Westfields Marsh.

Thursday 23rd April 2009
One Hen Harrier and one Cuckoo were at Carrigkerry, west Limerick.

Tuesday 21st April 2009
One Whitethroat and one Grasshopper Warbler were at Abbeyfeale

Monday 20th April 2009
There were three Grasshopper Warblers between Athea and Carrigkerry in west Limerick this evening

Sunday 19th April 2009
One Grasshopper Warbler was at Gooig Bog, the first Limerick record this year.

Saturday 18th April 2009
One Whitethroat was at Gooig Bog, the first for Limerick this Spring.

Monday 13th April 2009
There was one male Blackcap, one Willow Warbler and one Chiffchaff all in
song near Ringmoylan Pier, Pallaskenry.


Friday 10th April 2009

One Swallow was near Rourke’s Cross, Bruree.

Thursday 9th April 2009
There were four Swallows and 50 Sandmartins at Westfield’s Marsh.

Tuesday 2nd April 2009
One Willow Warbler was singing at Athea.
One male and one female Hen Harrier were at Scotland Bog, Carrigkerry.


Willow Warbler © John N Murphy

Tuesday 31st March 2009
There was one male Hen Harrier and two Jays at Rooska, Newcastlewest.

Monday 30th March 2009
There were three Chiffchaffs and two Swallows at Lough Gur.

Sunday 29th March 2009
A wing-tagged Red Kite was found dead outside Patrickswell.
One Chiffchaff and 43 Sandmartins were at Westfields.
There were 200 Sandmartins on the River Shannon at Corbally.
One adult Ring-billed Gull was at Bishop’s Quay, Limerick City.
A flock of 11 Whimbrel flew over Limerick City, the first birds of the yearfor the county.

Thursday 19th March 2009
There were five Sand Martins at Grove Island, Corbally, Limerick City.

Sunday 29th March 2009
One Ring-billed Gull was at Harvey’s Quay, Limerick City.

Sunday 8th March 2009
One second-winter Ring-billed Gull was at Bishop’s Quay, Limerick City.

Saturday 28th February 2009
One Ring-billed Gull was in Limerick City.

Sunday 15th February 2009
There was a Common Redpoll (Mealy Redpoll) within a flock of Lesser Redpolls
visiting a garden feeder in Castletroy, Limerick City (Tom Tarpey).


Redpoll © John N Murphy

Tuesday 10th February 2009
A colour ringed Black-headed Gull was on the railings outside Clohessey’s Pub,Limerick City this afternoon. The birds was wearing a yellow darvic band on its left leg with black digits and letter 252M. The bird was ringed on 10th June 2007on Lough Corrib, Galway and this was the first sighting since it was ringed.


Colour Ringed Black-headed Gull © John N Murphy

Saturday 7th February 2009
One drake Green-winged Teal was at Lough Gur (?).
One adult Ring-billed Gull was at Limerick City.
One Black Redstart was on the Railway Line at Foynes.

Thursday 5th February 2009
There were four Little Egrets off the Tipperary Road (Opposite Wickes) near Ballysimon.

Friday 30th January 2009
Two Little Egrets were on the river at Adare.

Thursday 22nd January 2009
One Little Egret was in fields near Patrickswell while another two were on the River Maigue at Adare.

Friday 16th January 2009
A flock of ca. 150 Chaffinches were at the amenity Car Park area at Ashroe, Clare Glens, Murroe.

Friday 9th January 2009
One Buzzard was seen near Kilmeedy.

Thursday 8th January 2009
There were four Water Rails heard calling at Lough Gur.

Saturday 3rd January 2009
One Ring-billed Gull was in Limerick City.

Limerick Sightings 2008

List of Contributors: Seamus Enright, Pat Fitzgerald, Jane & Ger Griffin, Geoff Hunt, John N
Murphy, Fergal O’ Cuinneagain, Tom Tarpey, Paul Troake and Hilary White.

Wednesday 31st December 2008
One second-winter Ring-billed Gull was at Limerick City.

Monday 29th December 2008
One adult Ring-billed Gull was at Limerick City.

Tuesday 9th December 2008
One male Black Redstart was at a private residence at Askeaton.

Sunday 6th December 2008
One Black Redstart was at a private residence at Askeaton.

Friday 21st November 2008
A Yellow-legged Herring Gull was at Clancy Strand, Limerick City (John N Murphy).

Thursday 6th November 2008
A ‘Ring-tailed’ Harrier was at Coolanoran, Newcastle West.

Friday 26th September 2008
The Black-necked Grebe was still at Lough Gur (Tom Tarpey).

Friday 19th September 2008
A Black-necked Grebe was at Lough Gur (Geoff Hunt).

Wednesday 10th September 2008
One Spotted Redshank was at Robertstown, Foynes.
One Curlew Sandpiper, one Ruff and a flock of Black-tailed Godwits were in a flooded field, near Askeaton.
Three Little Egrets were at Ringmoylan Pier, Pallaskenry.  

Sunday 6th September 2008
A flock of 24 Greenshank were at Robertstown, Foynes.

Tuesday 13th May 2008
A Cuckoo, one male Blackcap, a Whitethroat and a Willow Warbler were all in song near Ashfort, Patrickswell.

 Saturday 26th April 2008
There was a Black Tern at Westfields Marsh, Limerick City.

Thursday 24th April 2008
There was a singing male Grasshopper Warbler at Monaleen, Castletroy.

Sunday 6th April 2008
One Swallow was at the Charleville Lagoons on the Limerick/Cork border.

Sunday 9th March 2008
A Cattle Egret was at Mount Trenchard, Foynes (Seamus Enright)

Sunday 2nd March 2008
One male Hen Harrier was at the  Red Bog, Lough Gur.

Saturday 1st March 2008
One second winter Ring-billed Gull was at the Slipway near St. Michaels Rowing Club.  One first-winter Iceland Gull was also near the slipway.


Ring-billed Gull  © John N Murphy


Iceland Gull © John N Murphy


Black-headed Gull wearing darvic ring © John N Murphy

Saturday 16th February 2008
One first-winter Ring-billed Gull was at Limerick City.

Sunday 3rd February 2008
Two Little Egrets were at Lough Gur.

Wednesday 31st January 2008
Two Cattle Egrets were still at Loughill, Foynes (Jane & Ger Griffin).


Cattle Egrets at Loughill © Jane Griffin

Sunday 13th January
Two Cattle Egrets were in a field beside the church at Loughill, Foynes (Geoff Hunt).  These are the first records of the species in County Limerick.
One Brambling was at the Curraghchase Wood, Kilcornan.

Friday 11th January 2008
One drake Ring-necked Duck was still at Lough Gur (Geoff Hunt).


2007 Sightings

List of Contributors: Geoff Hunt, John N Murphy, Tom Tarpey.


Mediterranean Gull © John N Murphy


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