Category Archives: Limerick Sightings

Thursday 18th January 2018

Thursday 18th January 2018

2nd winter Iceland Gull ©Tom Tarpey

Two Iceland Gulls, a 2nd winter and a new 1st winter bird, and an adult Ring-billed Gull were at O’Callaghan’s Strand (TT).
A UK ringed Black-headed Gull, Yellow 2RNR, was at Harvey’s Quay. The bird was ringed as a nestling in the Lee Valley Park, Fishers Green, Essex (on the northern outskirts of London) on 8/6/16 and was last seen at nearby Waltham Abbey on 28/5/17 (TT).


Wednesday 17th January 2018

Eleven Hawfinches, five Brambling and a Hen Harrier were at Curraghchase (per Irishbirding).


Monday 15th January 2018

A Long-eared Owl was seen at Lansdowne Park. Limerick City (Maura Turner et al.)


Sunday 14th January 2018

Sunday 14th January 2018

Yellow-legged Gulls at O’Callaghan’s Strand ©Geoff Hunt

Two 2nd winter Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Ring-billed Gull were at O’Callaghan’s Strand (Geoff Hunt).
A 1st winter Iceland Gull was on the Shannon between Steamnoat Quay and O’Callaghan’s Strand. This was the dark toned bird, a probable Kumlien’s Iceland Gull, that was first seen at Thomond Weir two weeks ago (TT).
A Buzzard was at Glenwilliam (Andrew Holmes).
26 Whooper Swans, inc. ten juveniles, four Wigeon, two Mallard and 57 Lapwing were on the flood plain on King’s Island (TT).
56 Tufted Duck, 16 Pochard, two Shoveler, two Wigeon, 93 Coot, four Moorhens, two Water Rails, six Mute Swans, six Little Grebes, nine Snipe and a Heron were at Coonagh (GH).


Saturday 13th January 2018

Saturday 13th January 2018

Yellow-legged Gull ©Tom Tarpey

An adult Yellow-legged Gull and a 1st winter Ring-billed Gull were on the Shannon at Mill Road, Corbally. The Yellow-legged Gull is the tenth record for the County. A Goosander flew down river from the Clare side of St.Thomas’s Island (TT).
A Danish ringed Black-headed Gull, White 6EM, was at Thomond Weir. The bird was ringed as a 3y+ adult male in eastern Copenhagen on 2/4/13 and was last seen in a central Copenhagen park on 30/3/16. This is the second Black-headed Gull from the same ringing site in Copenhagen in the past two years.(TT).
27 Shoveler, three Mallard, two Tufted Duck and a Snipe were at Healy’s Field (TT).
A Little Egret was at the Dublin Road bridge in the Groody Valley (TT).
20 Hawfinches and a Brambling were at Curraghchase (per Irishbirding).
Eight Whooper Swans were at Herbertstown (Andrew Holmes).
A Great Northern Diver, 156 Wigeon, 78 Shelduck, 42 Teal, eight Cormorants, 2,500 Golden Plover, 600 Dunlin, 500 Lapwing, 120 Curlew, 50 Black-tailed Godwits, 16 Bar-tailed Godwits, 18 Redshanks, five Greenshanks, six Ringed Plover, three Snipe and a Jack Snipe were at Morgans, Aughinish (Geoff Hunt).


Monday 8th January 2018

Monday 8th January 2018

Hawfinch ©James Hayes

Eleven Hawfinches were at Curraghchase (James Hayes).
Two Buzzards were seen between Clarina and the Ferrybridge and two more were seen at Ballysimon (JH).
98 Oystercatchers were at Kings Island (TT).


Sunday 7th January 2018

Sunday 7th January 2018

2nd winter Ring-billed Gull ©Tom Tarpey

Two Ring-billed Gulls, an adult and a 2nd winter, were at O’Callaghan’s Strand (TT).
A Buzzard was at Glenwilliam (Andrew Holmes).
18 Hawfinches were at Curraghchase (James Hayes & Mike Sheehy).
27 Gadwall and 100 Teal were at Lough Gur (Tony Mee).


Saturday 6th January 2018

Saturday 6th January 2018

2nd winter Yellow-legged Gull ©Tom Tarpey

A 2nd winter Yellow-legged Gull and a 2nd winter Ring-billed Gull were at O’Callaghan’s Strand. The Yellow-legged Gull is a new bird with more juvenile wing coverts showing than the bird found at Thomond Weir last week. This is the ninth record for the County (TT).
346 Tufted Duck, 230 Wigeon, 61 Teal, 21 Mallard, 26 Mute Swans, 39 Greylag Geese, 27 Cormorants, 15 Curlew, six Little Grebes and three Grey Herons were at Lough Gur (TT).
A juvenile White-tailed Eagle flew over Kilcornan (Geoff Hunt).
13 Hawfinches were at Curraghchase (GH).
An adult Mediterranean Gull was at Tarbert Bay and Grey Plover was at Glin(GH).


Friday 5th January 2018

Friday 5th January 2018

Hawfinch at Curraghchase John N Murphy

There were 17 Hawfinches at the Curraghchase this afternoon (John N Murphy), along with two Brambling and one Buzzard.
One Buzzard was near the Ferrybridge. (JNM)
Buzzards were seen at Adare Manor(Dan McAuliffe) and at Ballingarry.(Paddy Dunworth)


Tuesday 2nd January 2018

Up to 20 Hawfinches were at Curraghchase (David O’Connor).


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