Category Archives: Scarce & Rare Bird Sightings

Saturday 23rd May 2015

At Loop Head Lighthouse there was one Black Redstart and a Chiffchaff. Also on the Loop Head peninsula there was one second year Glaucous Gull, one Whitethroat, one Wheatear, one Willow Warbler, four Chough and 20 Skylarks. (John N Murphy & Finbarr MacGabhann)
One second year Iceland Gull was near Kilkee Reservoir. (John N Murphy & Finbarr MacGabhann)
There were five Tree Sparrows at Doonbeg. (John N Murphy & Finbarr MacGabhann)
One Crossbill was near Kilmaley. (John N Murphy)
A male Yellowhammer, three pairs of Lapwing, a pair of Little Egret, 56 Cormorant, 36 Greylag Geese, 50 Common Gull, two male Blackcap, three Cuckoo, four Whitethroat and a pair of Great-crested Grebe were at Lough Muckanagh.(Nuala and Tom Lynch)

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Wednesday 20th May

There was one adult summer plumaged Black-throated Diver off Gleninagh along with ten Great Northern Divers, 100 Manx Shearwaters and ten Sandwich Terns. (Dave McNamara)
There were two Crossbills at Slieve Elva. (Dave McNamara)

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Monday 18th May 2015

One Long-eared Owl was at a site east of Ennis. (Howard Williams & John N Murphy)
One adult summer Little Gull was at Corronroo Bay. (Paul Troake)

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Sunday 17th May 2015

At the Clare Branch Dawn Chorus outing to the National Park area of the Burren this morning, five male Cuckoo and one female Cuckoo were heard. Four Common Sandpiper, a pair of Yellowhammer, ten Whitethroat, three Blackcap and a Kestrel were spotted also. Most of the other common birds of the Burren were seen and heard during a leisurely stroll on a dry cloudy morning.(Susan O Donohue, Nuala and Tom Lynch et al)
Two Spotted Flycatcher were at the back of Our Lady’s Hospital Ennis. (Nuala and Tom Lynch)

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Saturday 16th May 2015

There was on Spotted Flycatcher at Our Lady’s Hospital on the Gort Road Ennis, the first of this summer along with two Swifts. (Finbarr MacGabhann & John N Murphy)
A Spotted Flycatcher was also at Deerpark, Doora. (Howard Williams)
Six Great Northern Divers, 16 Sandwich Terns and 20 Manx Shearwaters were off Black Head. (John N Murphy & Finbarr MacGabhann)
There was one Whooper Swan, 74 Mute Swans and two Swifts at Lough Atedaun. (John N Murphy & Finbarr MacGabhann)
One Whitethroat was at Nouval Church near Kilfenora. (Finbarr MacGabhann & John N Murphy)
One Cuckoo was up the Caher Valley along with one Dipper along the river. (Finbarr MacGabhann & John N Murphy)
There was one Yellowhammer near Leaminagh Castle and three Blackcaps were at Mullaghmore with another four Blackcaps near Carron. (Finbarr MacGabhann & John N Murphy)

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Friday 15th May 2015

There was one Buzzard and a Grasshopper Warbler at Slieve Barnagh. (Paul Troake)

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Wednesday 13th May 2015

One HOOPOE was seen and photographed on a wall west of the Ailwee Caves in the Burren. (Pam Lukeman)
Two Buzzards were seen soaring over Darragh this morning. (Aoife McCann)
Fifteen Whitethroat, six Cuckoo and a Blackcap were in the Caherconnell, Eantymore, Ballymihil area of the Burren this afternoon.(Nuala and Tom Lynch)
Two Cuckoo were heard at Mullaghmore and another at Knockanes.(Olivia Nolan)
Two Little Egret and 26 Lesser Black-backed Gull were at Ballyallia Lake.(Nuala and Tom Lynch)

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Tuesday 12th May 2015

Two Pomarine Skuas and eight Black-throated Divers were off Black Head. (Paul Troake)

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Monday 11th May 2014

A Turtle Dove was at Clare Abbey (Howard Williams)
Five Swift were at Ballyallia this evening.(Tom Lynch)
One Kingfisher and two Whimbrel were at Islandavanna. (Finbarr MacGabhann)
Forty Whimbrel were seen flying North-west over Ballycorick Bridge, Ballyhea. (Tom Slattery)
There were 18 Whimbrel at Clarecastle Quay. (John N Murphy)
A small flock of 22 Whimbrel, eight Arctic Terns and five Great Northern Divers were at Liscannor. (John N Murphy)
A large build up of hirundines were at Lough Gash, Newmarket-on-Fergus with over 90 House Martins and 60 Swallows. (John N Murphy)

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Saturday 9th May 2015

Two Swift and four pairs of Great-crested Grebe were at Ballyallia this morning.(Nuala and Tom Lynch)
Two Yellowhammer, a pair of Little Egret, a Common Sandpiper, a pair of Wheatear, seven Whitethroat, four Blackcap and four Cuckoo were at Mullaghmore. Two Cuckoo and two Whitethroat were at nearby Rinroe. Another Cuckoo and three Whitethroat were at South Commons.(Nuala and Tom Lynch)
Five Whitethroat, two pair of Wheatear and a Cuckoo were at Coolorta.(Nuala and Tom Lynch)

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