Category Archives: Limerick Sightings

Tuesday 3rd January 2012

Tuesday 3rd January 2012

Whooper Swans at Shannongrove ©Tom Tarpey

There was 53 Whooper Swans, 22 Greylag Geese, 470 Lapwing and ten Dunlin at Shannongrove, Pallaskenry.

Like many wildfowl species this migratory Greylag Goose flock has dwindled in size over the past century. It was thought to have 500 to 1000 birds in the late nineteenth century. Numbers had reduced to 110 birds by 1986. The current flock size is not certain as the birds frequent a number of sites on both sides of the estuary. The situation is complicated further by the possibility of additions from the large feral flock resident in the Limerick City wetlands.

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Monday 2nd January 2012

An adult Ring-billed Gull was at O’Callaghan’s Strand.
There were three Goldeneye and one Otter at Bunlickey.
One Jay was at the Curraghchase.
A male Blackcap was seen at Monaleen.

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Saturday 31st December 2011

One Little Egret and 68 Greylag Geese were at Bunlickey.

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Thursday 29th December 2011

A male Blackcap was in a garden at Raheen.

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Wednesday 28th December 2011

A Long-eared Owl was seen in the early morning near Kilfinane.

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Tuesday 27th December 2011

Tuesday 27th December 2011

Teal ©Tom Tarpey

15 Pochard, five Shoveler as well as good numbers Tufted Duck, Mallard and a single Teal were seen at the annual Christmas Outing to Westfields. A flock of Siskins was also present on the alders.

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Friday 23rd December 2011

There were 24 Whooper Swans and 60 Greylag Geese on flooded fields near the Mill Road Grid Ref (557940,659001).

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Wednesday 21st December 2011

An adult male Green-winged Teal was found at Lough Gur (Tom Tarpey). The bird was associating with the main Teal flock at the southern end of the lake. Other birds of note there were 381 Teal, 320 Wigeon, 87 Tufted Duck, 43 Mallard, eight Shoveler, two Gadwall, 65 Curlew, 100 Lapwing and a Peregrine Falcon.

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Monday 19th December 2011

A Barn Owl was seen crossing the N21 near Castlematrix, Rathkeale this morning.

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Sunday 18th December 2011

A Chiffchaff showing characteristics of the Siberian race tristis was seen at Coonagh today(Geoff Hunt). Also seen there were 114 Teal, 32 Tufted Duck, 22 Pochard, 15 Shoveler, 12 Gadwall, six Wigeon, 250 Coot, 22 Greylag Geese, 12 Mute Swans, three Little Grebes, 42 Black-tailed Godwits, 18 Lapwing, two Snipe, a Little Egret and Grey Heron.

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