Category Archives: Scarce & Rare Bird Sightings

Sunday 25th September 2016

One Pied Flycatcher was near Gibson’s Garden in Kilbaha. (Noel Keogh & Brian Porter)
An adult Whinchat, nine Lapland Buntings, six Wheatears, a Peregrine and 36 Golden Plover were at Loop Head this afternoon (Tom Tarpey).
At the Bridges of Ross there were 511 Sooty Shearwaters, one Balearic Sjearwater, 2200 Manx Shearwaters, eight Leach’s Petrels, 61 Storm Petrels, 167 Bonxies, 30 Pomarine Skuas, 36 Arctic Skuas, 14 Long-tailed Skuas (1 adult, 1 sub-adult & 12 juveniles), ten Sabine’s Gulls (4 adults & 6 juveniles), 211 ArcticTerns, 41 Sandwich Terns, one juvenile Black Tern, 30 Grey Phalaropes, 15 Puffins, 20 Red-throated Divers and six Common Scoter. (Niall Keogh, Noel Keogh, Des Higgins, Brian Porter & Geoff Pearson)

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Saturday 24th September 2016

Saturday 24th September 2016

Lapland Bunting at Loop Head Lighthouse John N Murphy

There were 17 Lapland Buntings, one female Hen Harrier, six Wheatear, 32 Golden Plover, 70 Linnet, one Chiffchaff and one first-winter Mediterranean Gull at Loop Head this afternoon. (John N Murphy, Niall Keogh and Des Higgins)
One Spotted Redshank was at Moyasta Creek. (Niall Keogh & Des Higgins)

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Friday 23rd September 2016

There were 25 Lapland Buntings at Loop Head and two White Wagtails in Kilbaha Harbour. (Aidan G Kelly)

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Thursday 22nd September 2016

Thursday 22nd September 2016

Curlew Sandpiper at Seafield, Quilty John N Murphy

The adult summer Bonaparte’s Gull was back briefly at Seafield beach this morning. (Hugh Wright) Also at Seafield were four Curlew Sandpipers, two Little Stint, one Purple Sandpiper, one Whimbrel, 33 Bar-tailed Godwits and on the sea were several Sooty Shearwaters within the Manx Shearwaters feeding north of Mutton Island. (Hugh Wright & John N Murphy)
There were two Lapland Buntings, seven Wheatear, 19 Golden Plover and 15 Chough at the Fodry. (Jeff Copner)
At the Bridges of Ross there were two Arctic Skuas, one Bonxie, one Sooty Shearwater, one Grey Phalarope and three summer plumaged Red-throated Divers. (Geoff Pearson)

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Wednesday 21st September 2016

There were three Curlew Sandpipers and one Little Stint at Seafield, Quilty. (Chris Booth et al)
Four Sooty Shearwater, two Bonxie and a Common Scoter were at the Bridges of Ross.(Hugh Wright)
Six Lapland Bunting, five Golden Plover and 17 Chough were at the Fodry.(Hugh Wright)

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Tuesday 20th September 2016

Tuesday 20th September 2016

Juvenile Little Stint at Seafield Barry Howell

An adult summer BONAPARTE’S GULL was at Seafield, Quilty around 9a.m. The bird flew off north over the sea when flushed by dogs. (Ian Jones and Geoff Pearson) This is only the 5th county record of this rare North American gull.
Also at Seafield Quilty were two Arctic Skuas, one immature Hen Harrier flew in off the sea, four Common Scoter, three Little Stints and three Curlew Sandpiper. (John N Murphy et al)
One first-winter Mediterranean Gull was on the sand banks at Lahinch Marsh. (John N Murphy)
Three Green Sandpiper were at Lough Gash.(John N. Murphy)

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Monday 19th September 2016

Monday 19th September 2016

Lapland Bunting at Loop Head John N Murphy

There were five Little Stint, three Curlew Sandpipers and one Peregrine at Seafield, Quilty. (Nuala & Tom Lynch and John N Murphy)
There were eight Lapland Bunting, one male Hen Harrier, 60 Skylark, 19 Golden Plover, one Wheatear and 20 Chough at Loop Head. (John N Murphy, Tom & Nuala Lynch & Des Finnamore)
One Spotted Redshank and 150 Wigeon were at Moyasta Creek. (Des Finnamore et al)

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Sunday 18th September 2016

Sunday 18th September 2016

Juvenile Baird’s Sandpiper at Seafield Hugh Wright

The juvenile Baird’s Sandpiper was back at Seafield, Quilty again this afternoon. (Hugh Wright)
There were three Little Stints and four Curlew Sandpipers at Seafield this morning with no sign of the Baird’s Sandpiper. (Jeff Copner)
One Spotted Redshank was at Moyasta Creek. (Tom Tarpey)
One female Hen Harrier was at Lahinch Marsh. (Dave McNamara)

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Saturday 17th September 2016

One juvenile BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was at Sefield, Quilty this evening (Hugh Wright), along with two Little Stints and four Curlew Sandpipers.
There were 35 Lapland Buntings were at the Fodry, Loop Head this afternoon.(John N. Murphy & Dixie Collins)
Also at Loop Head were one adult male Hen Harrier, two Peregrines, 28 Colden Plover, 16 Snipe, 54 Rock Dove, six Wheatear and a flock of 300 Herring Gulls at Ross Bay. (John N Murphy)
One Lapland Bunting and one adult Mediterranean Gull were at the Rine, Ballyvaughan. (Paul Troake)
A juvenile Ruff was at Blackweir Bridge, Poulnasherry Bay.(John N. Murphy)
A Spotted Redshank and 140 Wigeon were at Moyasta Creek.(John N. Murphy)
Twenty eight Gadwall, eight Little Egret, four Golden Plover, two Water Rail and a Grey Plover were at Shannon Airport Lagoon this morning.(Nuala and Tom Lynch, Bernard Crowley et al)
Seventeen Golden Plover were seen later close to Loughbeg Point.(Nuala and Tom Lynch)
One male Hen Harrier was at Lisheen this evening. (Dixie Collins)
One Fin Whale was seen blowing of the Fodry, Loop Head. (John N Murphy)

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Friday 16th September 2016

One Buzzard was at Ardclooney. (John N Murphy & Muiread Kelly)
One Green Sandpiper was at Lough Gash this evening. (John N Murphy)

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