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Tuesday 16th September 2014

Tuesday 16th September 2014

Turtle Dove in Gibson’s Garden Kilbaha John N Murphy

One Turtle Dove was at Kilbaha today along with one Spotted Flycatcher, one Willow Warbler and one Chiffchaff.  There were two Bonxies, one Arctic Skua and 12 Sooty Shearwaters off the Bridges of Ross.  One first-winter Mediterranean Gull was at Ross Bay along with one White Wagtail. One first-winter Mediterranean Gull was off the tip of Loop Head and one Common Scoter.  In the lighthouse garden this morning there were 100′s of Meadow Pipits and six Reed Buntings. A flock of 40 Wheatears were on the head along with 36 Chough and a Peregrine.  One Water Rail, two Greenshank and a Whimbrel were at Cloghaun Lough.  Three White Wagtails were Kilcredaun Marsh.  One adult and one first-winter Mediterranean Gulls were at Poulnasherry Bay.

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Monday 15th September 2014

A very large flock of about 500 Swallows and at least one House Martin gathered around the lighthouse at Loop Head today. Also present in the area were 20 Skylarks, 11 Wheatears, 60 Linnets, a Dunlin, a Snipe and two Golden Plover. Large numbers of Red Admirals and a Clouded Yellow were also present. Two Spotted Flycatchers were in the gardens at Kilbaha and two Ruff remained at Cloghaun Lough.

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Sunday 14th September 2014

Sunday 14th September 2014

Distant shot of the immature Garganey at the Shannon Airport Lagoon John N Murphy

One Wryneck was at Loop Head Lighthouse this evening at 19.30 (Noel Keogh).  Also at Loop Head were two Swifts and the four Ruff were still at Cloghaun Lough.  One immature Garganey was at the Shannon Airport Lagoon along with seven Wigeon, nine Shoveler, six Gadwall and two Wheatears.  There were two Little Stints and one Curlew Sandpiper at Rinnville beach. One male Chiffchaff was singing at Applewood, Ballycar.  There was a flock of 22 Mistle Thrushes on the outskirts of Shannon Town.

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Saturday 13th September 2014

Saturday 13th September 2014

Wheatears were very plentiful at Loop Head today John N Murphy

Off the tip of Loop Head this morning there were over 500 Sooty Shearwaters, one adult and one juvenile Sabine’s Gull, two Bonxies, one first-winter Mediterranean Gull and a Blue-finned Tuna. Around the headland in front of the lighthouse there was one immature Pied Flycatcher, one Reed Warbler, one Whinchat, 12 Golden Plover and over 70 Wheatear and hundreds of Meadow Pipits, all over the head.  In the gardens in Kilbaha there were two Spotted Flycatchers, two Sedge Warblers, one Chiffchaff and three Redpoll. On the rocky beach off Cloghaun Lough there were four Ruff, five Whimbrel, five Turnstone and six White Wagtails, just off shore in the estuary there were hundreds of gulls feeding with five Arctic Terns, one first winter Mediterranean Gull and a dark phased Arctic Skua.  There were five juvenile Curlew Sandpipers and one Little Stint at Seafield, Quilty.

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Wednesday 10th September 2014

There were three Curlew Sandpiper and one Ruff at Seafield, Quilty this morning.  At Loop Head today there was one Spotted Flycatcher, two Wheatear, one Kingfisher, 11 Golden Plover and nine Chough.

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Tuesday 9th September 2014

There were two Curlew Sandpipers at Seafield, Quilty.

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Monday 8th September 2014

One first-winter Citrine Wagtail was at Lough Gash, Newmarket-on-Fergus this morning (John N Murphy)(9.30). This is only a second county record and seven other observers saw the bird with the last sighting at 18.30 this evening. There were also three White Wagtails and about 50 Pied Wagtails at Lough Gash.  There were also two Green Sandpipers at Lough Gash later in the afternoon.

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Saturday 6th September 2014

One juvenile Buzzard and 40 Wheatears were at Loop Head.

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Monday 1st September 2014

There was one Balearic Shearwater and 19 Sooty Shearwaters off the Bridges of Ross.

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Sunday 31st August 2014

One adult and the juvenile White-tailed Eagle were at Mount Shannon this afternoon.  One Blue Fulmar and an Arctic Skua were off the Bridges of Ross this morning.  At Doonbeg there were three Knot, 50 Ringed Plover, six Sanderling, two Turnstones and five Whimbrel.  There were 12 Whimbrel and 18 Chough at Loop Head.

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