Category Archives: Scarce & Rare Bird Sightings

Wednesday 5th October 2011

On the dropping tide at the Shannon Airport Lagoon this afternoon there were 12 Curlew Sandpipers, 500 Dunlin, 20 Knot, 300 plus Golden Plover, 22 Grey Plover, 1,000 Black-tailed Godwits and 180 Redshank.

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Tuesday 4th October 2011

Tuesday 4th October 2011

Curlew Sandpiper © John N Murphy

At the Shannon Airport Lagoon this afternoon there were five Curlew Sandpipers on the mudflats along with 200 Dunlin, 235 Golden Plover, 350 Redshank, while in the lagoon itself there were five Water Rails, 16 Shoveler, 22 Wigeon, four Gadwall, eight Little Egrets and 50 Teal.
Three juv/female Wheatears were on the approach road wall and four Migrant Hawker Dragonflies and one Brown Hawker were on the boundary track at the west embankment.
One Curlew Sandpiper was at Liscannor.

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Monday 3rd October 2011

One Snow Bunting was at Loop Head today along with 34 Chough.
At the Shannon Airport Lagoon this afternoon there was one female Hen Harrier, 14 Shoveler, two Wigeon, six Gadwall, 70 Teal, four Little Egrets and 1200 Black-tailed Godwits were on the mudflats.
Five Curlew Sandpipers were at Seafield, Quilty.
There were 25 Crossbills at Gortcoirce, Dysart.
One Ruff was at Lough Atedaun.

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Sunday 2nd October 2011

One Spotted Flycatcher and female Blackcap were at Loop Head Lighthous along with 25 Wheatears, 26 Chough and a Merlin throughout the headland.
One Great Northern Diver in summer plumage flew in towards Fanore just north of Doolin.

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Saturday 1st October 2011

Saturday 1st October 2011

Ruff at Kilcredaun © Barry Howell

Today at Loop Head there was one Garden Warbler, four Lapland Buntings, six Chiffchaff, one Willow Warbler, 16 Chough, one Merlin and one dark-phased Arctic Skua in Kilbaha Bay.
Two Ruff were at Kilcredaun Marsh.

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Thursday 29th September 2011

Thursday 29th September 2011

Reed Warbler on the buildings at loop Head Lighthouse © Dave McNamara

One immature Blue-winged Teal was at Kilcredaun Marsh today (Dave McNamara), along with nine Ruff and two Curlew Sandpiper on the beach at Rinneville.
One Reed Warbler was at Loop Head Lighthouse.
Another Ruff was at Doonbeg Lough.
One Peregrine was at the Fodry, Loop Head.

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Wednesday 28th September 2011

Wednesday 28th September 2011

Five of the seven Ruff at Rineville Bay © John N Murphy

Two Lapland Buntings, one Tree Sparrow, a flock of 30 Golden Plovers and a Peregrine were the highlights at Loop Head today.
There was a small flock of seven Ruff on flooded fields and on the beach at Rineville Bay near Kilcredaun Marsh. Also on the beach at Rineville were four juvenile Curlew Sandpipers.
Up to ten Curlew Sandpipers, a flock of 300 Dunlin, 45 Wigeon, 80 Teal, a Peregrine and eight Little Egrets were at Poulnasherry Bay.
One adult Mediterranean Gull was on the beach at Kilkee.
Two Little Egrets were at Querrin.


Ruff at Rineville Bay © John N Murphy

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Tuesday 27th September 2011

One Ortolan Bunting was in the same field as the Pectoral Sandpiper just outside Quilty this morning (Paul Troake).
Four Curlew Sandpipers were at Seafield, Quilty.

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Monday 26th September 2011

Monday 26th September 2011

Grey Phalarope at Liscannor © Jeff Copner

The Pectoral Sandpiper was at Quilty again today (Dave McNamara & Barry Howell).
One Grey Phalarope,two Curlew Sandpipers, one Ruff and 30 Common Scoter were at Liscannor Harbour.
Two first-winter Mediterranean Gulls were at cregg Beach, Lahinch.
One first-winter Mediterranean Gull, one Kingfisher and one Peregrine were at Seafield, Quilty.
One adult Mediterranran Gull and six Red-throated Divers were at Doughmore.
One Kingfisher was at the Lough Doonbeg.
One Kingfisher was at O’Briens Bridge, Lahinch.


Curlew Sandpiper at Liscannor © Jeff Copner, Mediterranean Gulls, Cregg Beach © John N Murphy

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Sunday 25th September 2011

The juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper was still outside Quilty village this morning (Pat Brennan).
There were 12 Crossbills at Darragh.

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