Category Archives: Scarce & Rare Bird Sightings

Thursday 1st October 2015

Three Lapland Bunting, a female Hen Harrier, a Merlin, a Kestrel, five Wheatear and 25 Chough were at Loop Head.( Nuala and Tom Lynch)

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Wednesday 30th September 2015

Three Peregrine, a Merlin, a Sparrowhawk, 30 Golden Plover, 14 Wheatear, 20 Chough, seven Rock Dove and a Snipe were at Loop Head ( Nuala and Tom Lynch, John Touhy et al)

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Monday 28th September 2015

Monday 28th September 2015

Hen Harrier at Loop Head ©Tom Tarpey

Two Wheatears, a White Wagtail, three Skylarks, two Ravens and two Snipe were seen near the lighthouse at Loop Head this morning. A female Hen Harrier, a Peregrine, a Kestrel, 48 Golden Plover, five Skylarks and 12 Chough were at Fodry. Two Goldcrests, six Swallows, two Sand Martins and a Chaffinch were at Kilbaha. A Greenshank, five Redshank, seven Curlew and seven Teal were at the lough. (Tom Tarpey).

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Sunday 27th September 2015

Sunday 27th September 2015

Buzzard John N Murphy

A Buzzard and one singing Chiffchaff were at Applewood, Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus this morning. (John N Murphy)

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Saturday 26th September 2015

There were two Carrion Crows, six Raven 44 Golden Plover, 26 Chough, 14 Snipe 14 Redpoll, three Wheatears and one Peregrine around Loop Head Lighthouse this morning. One Little Egret, two Willow Warblers, two Black-tailed Godwits and 20 Collared Doves were at Kilbaha village. (John N Murphy)
One Little Egret was at Kilcredaun Marsh. (John N Murphy)
There were 60 Ringed Plover and 16 Black-tailed Godwits at Doonbeg Bay. (John N Murphy)
Two Spotted Redshank, one juvenile Little Stint, 20 Dunlin and 25 Ringed Plovers were at Lough Donnell. (John N Murphy)
Two Barn Owls were seen near Cree. (Sean Keane)

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Friday 25th September 2015

There was one juvenile Little Stint, two Spotted Redshank, nine Knot and two White Wagtails at Lough Donnell. (Noel Keogh & Brian Porter)
One Kingfisher was at the mouth of the Skivileen River, Doonbeg. (Noel Keogh & Brian Porter)
A Buzzard was seen flying over the N18 just north of Bunratty this evening. (Tom Tarpey)

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Thursday 24th September 2015

The Dotterel was still at Loop Head today. (Noel Keogh & Brian Porter)
At the Bridges of Ross there were two juvenile Sabine’s Gulls, 13 Leaches Petrels, two Balearic Shearwaters, 86 Sooty Shearwaters, 17 Manx Shearwaters, three Pomarine Skuas, 13 Bonxies, nine Arctic Skuas, 13 Puffin, one Black-throated Diver, nine Red-throated Divers, one Grey Phalarope, ten Common Scoter, 18 Sandwich Terns, nine Arctic Terns and one Black Guillemot. (Noel Keogh & Brian Porter)
There was one first-winter Little Tern, five Sooty Shearwaters and ten Sandwich Terns at Doolin. (John N Murphy)

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Wednesday 23rd September 2015

Wednesday 23rd September 2015

Dotterel at the Fodry Loop Head John N Murphy

A juvenile Dotterel, one American Golden Plover, two Lapland Bunting, a Snow Bunting and one Merlin were at Loop Head. (John N. Murphy & Geoff Pearson)
Sea watching throughout the day between the Fodry and the Bridges of Ross produced seven Red-throated Divers, 28 Brent Geese, one Balearic Shearwater, 32 Sooty Shearwaters, five Leach’s Petrels, 21 Common Scoters, ten Boxies, one Pomarine Skua, 11 Arctic Skuas, two Black Terns, two Grey Phalaropes and 18 Sandwich Terns (John N Murphy, Geoff Pearson, Noel Keogh & Brian Porter).

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Monday 21st September 2015

There were three Sabine’s Gulls, two Grey Phalaropes and 40-50 Red-throated Divers at the Bridges of Ross today. (Ciaran Cronin)

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Saturday 19th September 2015

Saturday 19th September 2015

American Golden Plover ©Tom Tarpey

Two American Golden Plovers were seen flying around the headland of Loop Head along with one Golden Plover this morning. (John N Murphy)
The adult American Golden Plover was still present at Fodry today along with 30 Golden Plover. Nearby a female Sparrowhawk was seen near the lighthouse(Tom Tarpey).
Around the grounds of Loop Head Lighthouse were one Whitethroat, two Chiffchaff, eight Wheatears, 500 Meadow pipits, 44 Skylarks, a flock of 120 Linnets with one albino bird among the flock, one Peregrine and one male Merlin. (John N Murphy)
A Hen Harrier (ringtail), two Greenshank and 12 Redshank were at Douaghmore.
A Little Egret, 60 Curlew, six Redshank, four Knot, 60 Curlew and three Wheatears were at Lough Donnell.
There were 70 Dunlin, 30 Sanderling and 12 Bar-tailed Godwits were at Seafield/Quilty (Tom Tarpey).
One Kingfisher was at Moyasta Creek. (John N Murphy)

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