The 2nd winter Caspian Gull, the 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull and three 1st winter Iceland Gulls were seen on the Shannon in Limerick City at the Branch Outing this morning (Maura Turner, Clodagh Glasgow, Tom Tarpey el al.). A flock of over 100 Siskins, 20 Chaffinches and five Redwings was also seen at Westfields during the outing along with 12 Pochard, 25 Tufted Duck, four Shoveler, ten Teal and 15 Mallard.
The 2nd winter Caspian Gull and two 1st winter Iceland Gulls were at Honan’s Quay inLimerick City today (Maura Turner).
Three Little Egrets were seen with cattle in a field on the eastern side of Foynes. A Red Admiral butterfly was also seen at Foynes today (TT).
A Blackcap was in song at Curraghchase, presumably a wintering bird enticed by the very mild weather, as breeding males normally don’t arrive on their territories until the first week of April. A Buzzard was also seen there(TT).
A Great Spotted Woodpecker was heard calling at Curraghchase this afternoon (TT).
The three Goosanders were seen on the river between Corbally Weir and St.Thomas’s Island this evening (Maura Turner).
The Waxwing flock was seen again today at Oakview Drive, Ballinacurra (Geoff Hunt)
Buzzards were seen at Glenwilliam, Ballinruane and Adare (Andrew Holmes).
Two first winter Iceland Gulls were at the quays in Limerick City (Maura Turner and Tom Tarpey).
A Blackcap was in a garden at Westfields (Una Hogan).
A Barn Owl was at Ballyphilip, Croom (TT).
Waxwing ©Tom Tarpey
The Waxwing flock was seen at Ballinacurra again today (TT).
1st winter Yellow-legged Gull ©Geoff Hunt
24 Waxwings were feeding on a cotoneaster bush on the boundary wall between Childers Road and Oakview Drive in Ballinacurra this afternoon (Maura Turner & Tom Tarpey).
The 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull was seen again for the first time in two weeks at Harvey’s Quay. Three 1st winter Iceland Gulls were also seen in the City(Geoff Hunt).
Black-headed Gull Yellow 208P, originally ringed as a nestling at Lough Mask in June 2007 and now in its eleventh year, was also seen at Harvey’s Quay.
A flock of 24 Waxwings was seen on the trees at the HSE car park at the rear of the Raheen Industrial Estate today. The birds have been seen there in increasing numbers over the past three weeks (Joe Collins).
Flocks of eleven anf 20 Whooper Swans were at Athlacca and Pallaskenry today (Liz Fahy).
Three Goosanders were at Shannon Banks close to St. Thomas’s Island on the Limerick/Clare border.(Paidi Cullinan and Louise Moyles)
A first winter Ring-billed Gull was at Corbally.(PC & LM)