Category Archives: Scarce & Rare Bird Sightings

Wednesday 20th August 2014

Wednesday 20th August 2014

A Blue Fulmar off the Loop Head pelagic earlier this morning John N Murphy

A pelagic trip 9 miles off Loop Head this morning from 6.30 to 12.30 produced: one Sooty Shearwater, 35 Storm Petrels, one Blue Fulmar, two Bonxies, one dark phased Arctic Skua and one immature Arctic Tern.  One Common Sandpiper was in the small pool at Kilbaha.

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Tuesday 19th August 2014

At the Bridges of Ross today there were two Balearic Shearwaters, five Sooty Shearwaters, five Bonxies and four Arctic Skuas.

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Monday 18th August 2014

Today at the Bridges of Ross there were two Sooty Shearwaters, five Bonxies, one Arctic Skua, three Common Scoter and five Storm Petrels.

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Sunday 17th August 2014

At the Bridges of Ross this afternoon there was one Balearic Shearwater, six Arctic Skuas, six Bonxies, six Sooty Shearwater, a Great Shearwater and a Storm Petrel.

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Saturday 16th August 2014

A Fea’s type Petrel was seen for about five minutes at 11.15 at the Bridges of Ross this morning (Eanna O Flynn & John N Murphy). Also at the Bridges were 14 Storm Petrels, one Balearic Shearwater, 16 Sooty Shearwaters, one Arctic Skua, one Pomarine Skua, , 14 Bonxies, one Great Northern Diver, one adult winter Little Gull, one Peregrine, three Choughs and one Greenshank. Two Swift were at Ballyallia Lake.

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Friday 15th August 2014

Twelve Golden Plover were close to Loop Head Lighthouse. Sixteen Chough were at the Fodry Loop Head and six more were along the coast road south of Kilkee.

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Tuesday 12th August 2014

Tuesday 12th August 2014

Bonxie at the Bridges of Ross John N Murphy

A Wilson’s Storm Petrel (Eanna O Flynn), 4 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Cory’s Shearwater, 2 Great Shearwater, one Storm Petrel, two Pomarine Skuas, 10 Arctic Skua, 5 Great Skua,  7 Common Scoter, five Arctic Terns and an adult Sabine’s Gull were at the Bridges of Ross. Two Raven were at Ballyallia Wood.

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Monday 11th August 2014

Monday 11th August 2014

Arctic Skua off the Bridges of Ross this afternoon John N Murphy

Three adult Sabine’s Gulls, 52 Sooty Shearwaters, 2 Balearic Shearwaters, 9 Great Shearwaters, 11 Cory’s Shearwaters , 11 Storm Petrels, 8 Puffin, 7 Great Skuas, 7 Arctic Skuas, one Pomarine Skua, 123 Arctic Terns and one Grey Phalarope were seen from the Bridges of Ross.

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Saturday 9th August 2014

At the Bridges of Ross today there was on Great Shearwater, two Sooty Shearwaters, 500 Manxies (ph), five Storm Petrels, five Common Scoter, 30 Black-tailed Godwits, one Sanderling and one Ringed Plover.  One Common Sandpiper and one Whimbrel were in Ross Bay.  At Poulnasherry Bay there were 80 Curlew, 42 Shelduck and seven Little Egrets.

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Friday 8th August 2014

A group of visiting Dutch birders had one Wilson’s Petrel, and numbers of Greats, Cory’s and Sooty Shearwaters off the Bridges of Ross and Loop Head today (no precise details). A juvenile Reed Warbler was ringed at Shannon Airport Lagoon.

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