Category Archives: Limerick Sightings

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).

Monday 3rd February 2020

An adult Ring-billed Gull was at O’Callaghan’s Strand (Geoff Hunt).
A Blackcap was at Monaleen (TT).

Wednesday 29th January 2020

A Brambling was at Curraghchase (Paudie Cullinane).
Two Goosanders were on the Shannon at Coonagh. Also present at Coonagh were eleven Gadwall, four Shoveler, eleven Pochard and 26 Tufted Duck (TT).
Eight Mallard and eight Tufted Duck were at Westfields (TT),

Saturday 25th January 2020

A Buzzard was at Ballycummin, Raheen (Fergus Flood).

Wednesday 22nd January 2020

A Long-eared Owl was at the UL grounds, Castletroy(TT).

Monday 20th January 2020

An adult Ring-billed Gull was at O’Callaghan’s Strand (TT).
A Buzzard was at Ballysimon (TT).
A male Blackcap was at Monaleen (TT).

Saturday 18th January 2020

Two Crossbills were seen in the Ballyhoura Mts. (Tony Mee).
Two Blackcaps (male & female) were at Monaleen (TT).

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