Category Archives: Scarce & Rare Bird Sightings

Saturday 21st April 2018

Saturday 21st April 2018

Chiffchaff at the West Bank, Loop Head John N Murphy

One adult Iceland Gull was at Kilbaha with one 2CY Glaucous Gull at Ross Bay. (John N Murphy)
Throughout the rest of Loop Head there was one female Blackcap, three Sedge Warblers, ten Collared Doves, 38 Golden Plover, eight Wheatear, 2,600 Manx Shearwater between Loop Head Lighthouse and the Bridges of Ross. (JNM)
There were 200 Manx Shearwaters feeding off the rocks at Rineville Bay with 12 Arctic Terns and 14 Common Terns feeding beside them and two Red-throated Divers and three Great Northern Divers in the bay. (JNM)
Fifteen Whimbrel were at Lough Donnell.(Nuala and Tom Lynch)


Friday 20th April 2018

A GREAT WHITE EGRET was at Lake Atedaun. (Jeff Copner)
One Buzzards at Bunratty. (PC)
Two Grasshopper Warblers,a Sedge Warbler and one Warer Rail were singing at Clonmoney South opposite Saints Island on the Shannon Estuary.(Páidí Cullinan)
There was one Greenland White-fronted Goose and eight Sedge Warblers at the Shannon Airport Lagoon along with 23 Gadwall, 20 Whimbrel, 178 Black-tailed Godwits, 57 Golden Plover, four Water Rails and three Little Egrets. (PC)
Three Whimbrel and six Blackcap were at Lough Giorroga this evening. (John N Murphy)


Thursday 19th April 2018

Thursday 19th April 2018

Ring-necked Duck at Lough Girroga Páidí Cullinan

One adult drake Ringed-necked Duck was at Lough Girroga, Ennis.(Páidí Cullinan)
Two Buzzards were at Kilbane. (David Lyons)
One Cuckoo was heard calling at Glenmore. (Elaine Keegan)
One Cuckoo was heard calling at School Hill, Dysart. (Mary Gilmore)
A Cuckoo was calling in the Burren National Park.(Nuala Kennedy)
There was one Grasshopper Warbler and four Blackcaps at Kilshanny. (Dave McNamara)


Wednesday 18th April 2018

Cuckoos were heard in Kildysart and Ballynacally.


Tuesday 17th April 2018

Tuesday 17th April 2018

The Brent Goose showing dark belly at Bishops Quarter (Jeff Copner) this bird has been in north Clare since April 2009 and it is unclear as to which subspecies family it falls into (per JNM)

A drake Ringed-necked Duck was at Ballyallia Lake.(Páidí Cullinan, Tom Lynch & Myles Carey)
The Brent Goose with a dark belly was at Bishop’s Quarter. (Jeff Copner)


Sunday 15th April 2018

The dark-bellied type Brent/Black Brant Goose was on the Rine, Ballyvaughan today along with one White Wagtail. (Padie Cullinan & Niall T Keogh)


Saturday 14th April 2017

One adult Iceland Gull, one male Blackcap, one Chiffchaff, three Wheatears and 14 Golden Plover were at Loop Head. (John N Murphy)
Over 1,000 Manx Shearwaters were feeding off the tip of Loop Head and up the mouth of the Shannon Estuary. (JNM)


Friday 13th April 2018

The drake Surf Scoter, six Red-throated Diver and 22 Black-throated Diver were at Coolshiva Pier.(NTK, DH, RH & TK) One 2CY Iceland Gull was at Kilkee. (Niall T. Keogh, Des Higgins, Rachel Hynes and Tom Kavanagh)
Two Long-tailed Duck and a dark-bellied Brent Goose were at Bishops Quarter.(NTK, DH, RH & TK)
There were 100 Manx Shearwaters off Black Head.(NTK, DH, RH & Tk)
A count of 268 Great Northern Diver were between Black Head and Fanore.(NTK, DH, RH & TK)
One 2CY Iceland Gull was off the Flaggy Shore.(NTK, DH, RH & TK)


Sunday 8th April 2018

The American Herring Gull and Long-tailed Duck were still at Kilkee today. (Eanna O Flynn)
Four Black-throated Diver between Black Head and Coolshiva with one Merlin still at Black Head.(Jeff Copner)


Saturday 7th April 2018

Saturday 7th April 2018

The was a large arrival of summer migrants into the county today, especially Swallows. This male was at Kilbaha Harbour at around 9.00am John N Murphy

The American Herring Gull and Long-tailed Duck were at Kilkee this morning. (John N Murphy)
One Swallow was at Kilbaha early this morning with another three at Loop Head Lighthouse, one in Kilkee, one near Darragh and one near Edenvale, Ennis.(JNM)
There were four Willow Warblers, four Chiffchaff and six Wheatears at Loop Head. (JNM)
Swallows were also reported from Seafield, Quilty this afternoon.(Anne O Connell)
One Swallow was at Drehednagower Bridge.(Richard Collins)
Two Willow Warbler were singing at Ballyallia and a male Blackcap was present also.(Páidí Cullinan, Nuala and Tom Lynch)


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