Category Archives: Scarce & Rare Bird Sightings

Monday 29th September 2014

One immature Blue-winged Teal was at the Shannon Airport Lagoon this evening (John N Murphy)(17.30). Also at the Lagoon were three Little Egrets, three Water Rails, six Gadwall, 14 Wigeon, 15 Shoveler and 36 Teal.  Six Green Sandpipers were at Lough Gash, Newmarket-on-Fergus this morning.

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Saturday 27th September 2014

Saturday 27th September 2014

Red-eyed Vireo at Loop Head John N Murphy More images at www.murfswildlife.blogspot.com

A Red-eyed Vireo was found at Loop Head this morning in a field  along the road to the Lighthouse. (John N. Murphy & Finbarr MacGabhann)(9.50). The bird remained in the same area up to 15.30 but was not seen after this time.  This is a fifth county record of this rare North American vagrant.  Also at Loop Head were one Turtle Dove, one Yellow Wagtail, one Chiffchaff, 80 Skylark, 50 Golden Plover and two Whimbrel.  One Bonxie and one Arctic Skua were off the tip of Loop Head this morning.

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Wednesday 24th September 2014

There were five Green Sandpipers at Lough Gash, Newmarket-on-Fergus this morning.  One male Chiffchaff was singing at Applewood, Ballycar.

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Monday 22nd September 2014

A Nightingale landed on board at 17:50 approx. 40 nautical miles West of Loop Head. Present for c.10 minutes before flying off. R.V. Celtic Explorer. (Niall T Keogh). This is a second county record, the first was on 10th October 2010 at Loop Head. There was also one Blackcap, one Swallow and a Merlin off the boat.

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Sunday 21st September 2014

The Garganey was still at the Shannon Airport Lagoon this evening (John N Murphy), along with 44 Wigeon, 38 Teal, six Gadwall, ten Shoveler,  four Little Egrets, one Water Rail, 500 Black-tailed Godwits were on the mudflats with 80 plus Knot mixed in with the flock, 22 Curlew and 16 Oystercatchers.  There were 40 Migrant Hawker Dragonflies along the track to the south of the lagoon.

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Saturday 20th September 2014

Saturday 20th September 2014

Spotted Flycatcher at Kilbaha John N Murphy

At Loop Head today there was one Spotted Flycatcher, one Chiffchaff, two Redpolls, 26 Skylarks, 43 Wheatears, 44 Golden Plover, six Snipe, 200 Meadow Pipit, three Sparrowhawks, one Tree Sparrow, ten Chaffinches, 16 Chough and two Whimbrel.  At Cloghaun Lough there was one Ruff, one Water Rail, one Bar-tailed Godwit, two Greenshank, 25 Curlew and ten Teal.  There were two Green Sandpipers at Lough Gash, Newmarket-on-Fergus.  Five Little Egrets were at Querrin.  At the Shannon Airport Lagoon outing this morning there were 700 Black-tailed Godwits, 20 Lapwing, 15 Curlew 12 Shoveler, eight Wigeon, one Little Egret, two Wheatears and two Clouded Yellow Butterflies.  There were 46 Snipe and two Wheatear at Kilcredaun Marsh.One Chiffchaff was at Spanish Point.

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Thursday 18th September 2014

One Tree Pipit was at Loop Head (Gordon McAdam). One Curlew Sandpiper was at Doonbeg.

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Wednesday 17th September 2014

The Turtle Dove and two Spotted Flycatchers were still in Kilbaha this morning.  There were four Curlew Sandpipere and a Little Stint at Seafield, Quilty.

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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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