Category Archives: Scarce & Rare Bird Sightings

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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Saturday 30th August 2014

Saturday 30th August 2014

Juvenile Little Gull off the Fodry, Loop Head John N Murphy

There was one Wilson’s Storm Petrel at the Bridges of Ross this morning (9.20)(Lee Gregory, John N Murphy, Jim F Dowdall et al). Also at the Bridges were one Great Shearwater, 50+ Sooty Shearwaters, one Balearic Shearwater, two Storm Petrels, 15 Leaches Petrels, 20 Great Skuas, five Arctic Skuas, 14 Common Scoter, one Red-throated Diver, five Sabines Gulls (one adult and four juveniles), two juvenile/first-winter Little Gulls, 75 Arctic Terns, 51 Sandwich Terns,four Whimbrel and a Peregrine Falcon.  Off the Fodry, LoopHead there were three Bonxies, one dark-phased Arctic Skua, one second winter and one first-winter Little Gull, two Whimbrel and 22 Arctic Terns. Five Wheatears and 16 Chough were on the Fodry. One Little Gull was at Clahane, Liscannor. There were ten Little Egrets, 50 Teal, 150 Mallard, 25 Redshank, eight Greenshank, three Lapwing, 50 Curlew, six Ringed Plover, one Turnstone and a Peregrine at Moyasta Creek, Poulnasherry.

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Friday 29th August 2014

Seawatching has been good so far today at the Bridges of Ross where up to 40 Sabine’s Gulls flew past along with three Great Shearwaters, one Cory’s Shearwater, 20 Great Skuas, 12 Arctic Skuas, two Pomarine Skuas and lots more. (Finally tallies with be put up later this evening).

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Thursday 28th August 2014

At the Bridges of Ross there were three Balearic Shearwaters, 21 Sooty Shearwaters, one Blue Fulmar, three Storm Petrels, four Bonxies, one juvenile Black Tern, 23 Arctic Terns one immature Puffin and  37 Whimbrels.  A juvenile Green Sandpiper was at Lough Gash, Newmarket-on-Fergus this evening.

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Wednesday 27th August 2014

One Mediterranean Gull was in Kilbaha Harbour this afternoon.

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Monday 25th August 2014

A Swinhoe’s Petrel was seen off the Bridges of Ross late this afternoon (Stephen Hack, Jim F Dowdall et al). This is the third record of such a rare seabird for this site.  One juvenile Ruff was at Doonbeg.

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Saturday 23rd August 2014

One Black-winged Stilt was at the mouth of the Skivileen River Doonbeg this afternoon (Gavin Fennessy). This is only the second county record of this species.  The first was at Ennistymon in 1987.  At the Bridges of Ross there were two Balearic Shearwaters, six Sooty Shearwaters, six Arctic Skuas, one Sandwich Tern and 29 Arctic Terns.

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Friday 22nd August 2014

At the Bridges of Ross today all was quiet with one Balearic Shearwater, four Sooty Shearwaters, 1100 Manx Shearwaters, three Arctic Skuas, three Bonxies and three Arctic Terns.

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Thursday 21st August 2014

There was one blue Fulmar, one adult Sabine’s Gull, one juvenile Long-tailed Skua, 11 Bonxies, one Arctic Skua, six Storm Petrels, one Grey Phalarope and 21 Sooty Shearwaters,  four Sandwich Terns, 14 Arctic Terns and seven Common Scoter at the Bridges of Ross.

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