Category Archives: Limerick Sightings

Thursday 28th February 2020

Thursday 28th February 2020

Crossbill Tom Tarpey

At least 20 Crossbills were seen in the Lough Gay area today (TT et al.). There was no sign of the Two Barred Crossbill.
21 Whooper Swans were at Athlacca (Geoff Hunt).
17 Little Egrets were at Grange Bridge (GH).
A pair of Buzzards were at Mortlestown (Andrew Holmes).

Wednesday 26th February 2020

A Two Barred Crossbill was found at Lough Gay (Allan Mee). This record, if accepted, will be the sixth for Ireland and the first for Limerick. 20 Crossbills were also present in the area.

Monday 24th February 2020

24 Whooper Swans, including two 1st winter birds, and two Mute Swans were in a flooded field at Kiltemplan, Patrickswell (TT).

Sunday 23rd February 2020

Two Hawfinches, four Bramblings and over 400 Chaffinches were at Curraghchase (Brian Carruthers et al.).

Tuesday 18th February 2020

A pair of Buzzards were at Ballinruane (Andrew Holmes).
A Buzzard was at Moig South, Askeaton (TT).

Sunday 16th February 2020

Sunday 16th February 2020

Hawfinch ©Paul Kelly

At least five and possibly up to eight Hawfinches were at Curraghchase (Paul & Andrea Kelly).
A Swallow, an adult Ring-billed Gull and a Common Sandpiper were at O’Callaghan Strand (P & AK).
A Buzzard was at Patrickswell (Fergus Flood).

Saturday 15th February 2020

13 Little Egrets were at Grange Bridge (Andrew Holmes).
Two Blackcaps were at Monaleen (TT).

Thursday 13th February 2020

A male Black Redstart was at the Deel Boat Club, Askeaton (Geoff Oliver).
Two Buzzards were also in the area (GO).
A Barn Owl was seen on a number of evenings recently at Griston, Ballylanders (Adrian Insley).
A Barn Owl was seen in Adare (Pat Fitzgerald).

Tuesday 11th February 2020

A 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull was at Arthur’s Quay (TT)
A adult Ring-billed Gull was at O’Callaghan Strand. A Polish ringed Black-headed Gull, Yellow T2PW, was also present. The bird was ringed as an adult at a breeding site in Koronowo, in north central Poland, on 2/6/2017. It was subsequently seen in Dunlettle, Cork in January 2018, Glanmire, Cork in December 2018, Woolston Eyes Nature Reserve, Cheshire in February 2019, Bydgoszcz-Okole, Poland in April 2019 and back in Cork (Blackrock Castle) in August 2019. This extraordinary series of records suggests that the bird migrates each year from breeding sites in Poland to winter in Ireland. We have previously seen evidence of similar long distance migration movements from a Swedish Black-headed Gull that wintered at the Mill Road, Corbally from 2007 to 2015. This is the second Polish ringed Black-headed Gull to be recorded in the City this winter. Yellow TLW5 has been recorded wintering in Corbally (Mill Road area) since December 2019 (TT).

Friday 7th February 2020

An adult Ring-billed Gull was O’Callaghan’s Strand (TT).

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