Category Archives: Scarce & Rare Bird Sightings

Sunday 19th April 2015

One Grasshopper Warbler (the first this year), one Whitethroat and three Blackcaps were at Gortcoirce, Dysart. (Dave McNamara)
Two Whooper Swans, two Greylag Geese, one Little Egret and a Cuckoo were at Lough Atedaun. (Dave McNamara)
One Common Sandpiper was at Lickeen Lake. (Dave McNamara)
One female Hen Harrier was at Willbrook, Corofin. (Dave McNamara)
Eight Shellduck flew over Applewood, Ballycar this morning. (John N Murphy)

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Saturday 18th April 2015

At Loop Head today there were two second-year Iceland Gulls, one second-year Glaucous Gull, 126 Golden Plover, three Whimbrel, one Merlin, 15 Wheatear, 14 Chough, six Raven, one Willow Warbler and 15 Wheatears.(John N Murphy)
There were three Little Egrets and four House Martins at Kilcredaun Marsh. (John N Murphy)
Up to 30 Cormorants were nesting at Illaunonearaun and one male Merlin was on the cliffs along this coastline. (John N Murphy)
There were two Dipper and one male Blackcap at Clonagad Bridge, Ballynacally. (John N Murphy)
Two Blackcaps were singing at Applewood, Ballycar. (John N Murphy)
Whitethroats were singing at Abbeyhill, the Burren. (Gerry Butler)
There were six Whooper Swans at Ballygireen, Newmarket-on-Fergus. (Richard Collins)

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Friday 17th April 2015

Two WHITE-TAILED EAGLES were at Mount Shannon this evening. (Jon Kearney)
One Buzzard was observed flying high over Shannon Town again today. (Dermot Harney)
There were four Sedge Warblers in the Shannon Airport Lagoon early this morning, along with 310 Black-tailed Godwits on the mudflats to the west and one male Blackcap singing near the Golf Club. (John N Murphy)
One male Blackcap was singing at Lough Gash and ten Gadwall were on the lake. (John N Murphy)
Two male Yellowhammers were at Mullaghmore, the Burren. (Finbarr MacGabhann)

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Thursday 16th April 2015

Thursday 16th April 2015

Snowy Owl in North Clare John N Murphy

The SNOWY OWL was at Cappanawalla Hill Ballyvaughan this morning along with 60 Golden Plover.( Jeff Copner, John N Murphy & Dave McNamara)
Two Sedge Warblers and a Water Rail were at the Quin Road Business Park, Ennis. (Finbarr MacGabhann)
There were 22 Black-throated Divers, 30 Great Northern Divers and 20 Common Scoter off Gleninagh. (Dave McNamara)
A flock of 150 Sanderling were at Liscannor. (Dave McNamara)

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Wednesday 15th April 2015

There were 28 Black-throated Divers off Gleninagh with 28 Black Guillemots off Black Head. (Dave McNamara)
One adult and one second winter Iceland Gulls were at Liscannor along with two White Wagtails and 24 Brent Geese. (Dave McNamara)
There were 60 Golden Plover, seven Wheatears and four Ravens on Gleninagh Hill. (Dave McNamara)
A Raven was at Drehednagower Bridge Ennis.(Nuala and Tom Lynch)

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Tuesday 14th April 2015

A Whitethroat, two Blackcap and 27 Willow Warbler were singing in the South Commons, Poundtown and Gortlecka Cross area of the Burren. Four pair of Stonechat were in the same area. Eleven Common Gull were at Loch Gealán.(Nuala and Tom Lynch)
One first-winter Iceland Gull and four Sandwich Terns were at Clahane, Liscannor. (Dave McNamara)
Five Crossbills, and three Blackcaps were at Gortcoirce, Dysart. (Dave McNamara)
One Crossbill was at Lickeen Lake. (Dave McNamara)
Two Blackcap were singing at Ballyallia this evening.(Nuala and Tom Lynch)
Two Yellowhammers were at Kilkeedy, the Burren. (John N Murphy & Caoimhin O’Neill)

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Monday 13th April 2015

Five Blackcap were singing in Lees Road Wood. Two Jay were also seen there.(Nuala and Tom Lynch)

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Sunday 12th April 2015

A HOOPOE was at Pilot Hill, Loop Head this morning. (Gerard Tevlan)
The first Cuckoo of the year was heard calling all day today at Tulla.

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Saturday 11th April 2015

The SNOWY OWL was seen again by another group of walkers in the Gleninagh Mountain area.
At the Branch outing today to Fanore there was one adult Little Gull off the beach along with 16 Black Guillemots and up to 500 Manx Shearwaters out at sea.  Up the Caher Valley there were four Grey Wagtails, one Blackcap, one Swallow,two Willow Warblers, three Wheatears, two Raven and a pair of Dippers. (John N Murphy, Susan O’Donoghue, Geoff Pearson et al)
At Gleninagh, Black Head there were two Black-throated Divers, 40 Great Northern Divers, 14 Common Scoter, 18 Sandwich Terns and hundreds of Manx Shearwaters streaming out of Galway Bay.(John N Murphy)
Six Yellowhammers were near Kilkeedy, the Burren. (John N Murphy)
Blackcaps were very vocal today with two near Mullaghmore, one near Carron, one near Ruan and one at Clarecastle Quay. (John N Murphy)

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Friday 10th April 2015

One Buzzard was seen soaring over Shannon Town. (Dermot Harney)
There were six Yellowhammers near Kilkeedy, the Burren this evening. (John N Murphy & Austin Cooney)
Seven Jay were at Lees Road Wood(Nuala and Tom Lynch)

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