Category Archives: Scarce & Rare Bird Sightings

December 2010

List of Contributors:
John Archer, Penny Bartlett, Garry Baron, Roy Beddard, Keith Bennet, Sinead Biggane, Richard Bonser, Dermot Breen, Phil Brennan, John Joe Cahill, Victor Cashera, Padraic Callinan, Bruce Carrick, Florence & Kevin Carey, Dixie Collins, Austin Cooney, Jeff Copner, Dermot Cosgrove, Gerry Coughlan, Andrew Dale, Matthew Deans, Kris De Rouck, PJ Donnelly, Joe Doolan, Jim Dowdall, Jamie Durrant, Shane Farrell, Davey Farr, Peter Farbridge, Liam Feeney, Brian Finnegan, Mike Flannagan, Donal Foley, Owen Foley, Kieran Grace, Mark Gibson, Paul Gaughran, Sean Geraghty, Raymond Griffin, Adrian Glasgow, Clodagh Glasgow, Chris Harbard, Niall Hatch, James Hayes, Margaret Hanrahan, Mark Helmore, Barry Howell, Geoff Hunt, Josh Jones, Aidan Kelly, Aileen Lynch, Nuala and Tom Lynch, Steve Millar, Stephen McEvoy, Frank & Darragh McDermott, Finbarr McGabhann, Joy & Martin McKeown, Dave McNamara, Pat Lonergan, David Lyons, Frank O’ Duffy, Kathy & David O Gorman, Mick O’Neill, Elaine O’Malley, Tony Mee, Maeve Meehan, Christy Meehan, Dominic Mitchell, Killian Mullarney, Edel Murphy, John N Murphy, Jim Nolan, Chris Pappiet, Colin Perkins, Brian Porter, Chris Power, John Power, Pat Pykett, Bill Ryan, Pearse Ryan, Brendan Ross, Tom Shevlin, Will Soar, Christian Staunton, Tom Tarpey, Paul Troake, Darrach Turley, Robert Vaughan, Stephen Ward, Howard Williams & Mark Wilson.
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© John N Murphy
Friday 31st December 2010
One Long-tailed Duck, 119 Coot, 86 Little Grebe, 29 Gadwall, and 11 Whooper Swans were at Lough Inchiquin.
A female Blackcap was in a garden at Oak Park Ennis.
Thursday 30th December 2010
One Long-tailed Duck was at Lough Inchiquin., along with 14 Goldeneye.
A flock of 50 Whooper Swans were at Tullagher Bog.
There were 140 Whooper Swans at Ballygireen, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
Two Jay were in Lees Road Wood.
Wednesday 29th December 2010
One Buzzard was between Manusmore and the Killow Roundabout at Clarecastle.
At Lough Murree there was one Little Egret, the Black Swan, 178 Brent Geese, eight Whooper Swans, eight Red-breasted Mergansers and 240 Wigeon.
At Doorus there was one Long-tailed Duck, one Little Egret, 72 Brent Geese, 150 Wigeon, five Greenshank and 20 Bar-tailed Godwits.
Two Long-tailed Ducks wee at Liscannor Bay.
There were eight Whooper Swans and 12 Shoveler at Burrin Lake, New Quay.
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Shoveler at Burrin Lake © John N Murphy
Tuesday 28th December 2010
One drake Green-winged Teal was at Bell Harbour (John N Murphy, Brian Finnegan & Austin Cooney), along side 250 Wigeon, 200 Teal, 34 Shelduck and 20 Little Grebes.
At Lough Inchiquin there were two Goosanders (Howard Williams), also at Inchiquin was one Long-tailed Duck..
One Brambling was at the Spa, Lisdoonvarna.
One drake adult Common Eider was off the Flaggy Shore, New Quay.
At Lough Murree there was one Little Egret, the Black Swan, 140 Brent Geese and 240 Wigeon.
Along the Flaggy Shore there were 28 Bar-tailed Godwits and 50 Dunlin.
A flock of 160 Whooper Swans were at Ballygireen, Newmarket-on-Fergus this Morning.
Another nine Whooper Swans were at Burrin Lake, New Quay.
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The drake Geen-winged Teal is still showing well at Bell Harbour © John N Murphy
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Little Egret on the Flaggy Shore, birds were very scarce during the harsh weather © John N Muphy
Monday 27th December 2010
A female/redhead Smew was at Lough Inchiquin (Dave McNamara, Howard Willliams et al).
Also at Lough Inchiquin were 25 Goldeneye and 40 Pochard.
The drake Ring-necked Duck was at Ballyallia Lake (Dave McNamara & Howard Williams).
At Liscannor Bay today there were four Long-tailed Ducks. 
One Merlin was at Rath Lough. 
Saturday 25th December 2010
One Black-throated Diver and one Woodcock were at Black Head.
One Woodcock, one male Blackcap, two Water Rails and three Ravens were at Applewood, Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
One male Blackcap was in the garden of Mount Vernon, New Quay.
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Woodcock at Black Head © Jeff Copner
Friday 24th December 2010
There were two Woodcock,  one Jay and three Water Rails at Dromore Nature Reserve this morning.
Two more Woodcock were in a garden at Barefield.
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One of the two Woodcocks in a garden at Barefield © Dave McNamara
Thursday 23rd December 2010
Three Goosanders were still at Dromore Nature Reserve earlier today (Jeff Copner), along with five Whooper Swans, ten Goldeneye and 60 Tufted Ducks.
One Brambling was at the Shannon Industrial Estate while one female Blackcap was in Shannon Town.
One Woodcock was at Barefield, while another was near Fountain cross, Ennis.
A female Hen Harrier was at Gort Coirce, Dysert.
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Snipe are foraging throughout many town gardens © John N Murphy
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This female Blackcap was eating remaining apples on a tree in Shannon © John N Murphy
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Redwings are really struggling to survive this cold winter © John N Murphy
Wednesday 22nd December 2010
There were five immature/female Goosanders at Dromore (John N Murphy), along with two Water Rails, one Jay and 45 Tufted Ducks.
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Goosanders at Dromore Nature Reserve © John N Murphy
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Water Rail on the Fergus River at Dromore Nature Reserve © John N Murphy
Tuesday 21st December 2010
Three immature/female Goosanders were seen early this morning on the river Fergus near Dromore Nature Reserve (David Lyons).
Also at Dromore was one Water Rail and one Jay.
At Ballyallia Lake there were 200 Tufted Ducks, 100 Gadwall. 100 Wigeon, 20 Shoveler and two Pintail.
Monday 20th December 2010
There were two White-fronted Geese and 14 Pintail at Ballyallia Lake.
A flock of 140 Gadwall were at Lough Inchiquin.
Three Woodcock were at Rath Lake, Corofin.
Sunday 19th December 2010
Six Goosanders were seen near Dromore Nature Reserve (per David Lyons).
There were 177 Whooper Swans at Ballygireen, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
Saturday 18th December 2010
One Slavonian Grebe and one Velvet Scoter were at Liscannor (John N Murphy & Howard Williams).
Also at Lisscannor were  30 Common Scoter, 16 Red-throated Divers and seven Great Northerns.
One returning drake Green-winged Teal was at the Shannon Airport Lagoon along with two Water Rails (James Hayes & Clodagh Glasgow).
One Brambling was at St.Flannans College, Ennis.
Over 140 Whooper Swans were at Ballygireen, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
A small flock of ten Whooper Swans were near Ennistymon.
Thursday 16th December 2010
At Seafield, Quilty this evening there was on first-winter Iceland Gull, 280 Dunlin, 36 Purple Sandpipers, 50 Sanderling, 80 Turnstone and a flock of 100 Barnacle Geese were on nearby Mutton Island.
One Great Northern Diver and eight Goldeneye were at Lough Atedaun.
One Peregrine was at Clahane.
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Iceland Gull at Seafield © John N Murphy
Wednesday 15th December 2010
Four Black-throated Divers were at Aughinish Island.
One Eastern Jackdaw was at Rossbracken, Shannon Town this morning (John N Murphy).
One female Hen Harrier and a Merlin were at Lough Cullaun, the Burren.
Six Yellowhammers were at Mullaghmore.
Three Turnstones and two Little Egrets were near Inishcullen Hill, Shannon.
Tuesday 14th December 2010
There was a Water Pipit at Doonaha earlier today (Paul Troake).
At Lahinch there was one Slavonian Grebe, one Velvet Scoter, 60 Common Scoter, 13 Great Northern Divers, 11 Red-throated Divers and ten Brent Geese. 
One male Blackcap was at Bunratty.
A flock of 29 Greylag Geese were at Applewood, Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
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Blackcap at Bunratty © John N Murphy
Monday 13th December 2010
The three Goosanders were back at Lahinch this morning (Jeff Copner).
The drake Ring-necked Duck was at Ballyalli Lake (Finbarr MacGabhann).
Over 140 Whooper Swans were at Ballygireen, Newmarket-on-Fergus today.
There were 34 Greylag Geese at Applewood, Ballycar.
Sunday 12th December 2010
One Slavonian Grebe was at Liscannor (Frank O’Duffy).
One Common Buzzard was opposite Saints Island, the Shannon Estuary between Bunratty and Shannon.
One Snow Bunting was on the Green Road at Abbeyhill, the Burren.
One Little Egret was at Oilean na Managh, Shannon.
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Common Buzzard near Saints Island © John N Murphy
Saturday 11th December 2010
A WHITE-TAILED SEA EAGLE (STAR) was seen flying from Limerick towards Bunratty at approximately 15.00 today (Tom Tarpey et al). 
The drake Green-winged Teal was still at Bell Harbour (John N Murphy & Brian Finnegan).
A Buzzard was seen on the main Ennis Galway road near Killow/Clarecastle this morning.
One Waxwing flew North-east over Rehy near Kilcredaun today along with one Merlin.
There were 15 Black-throated Divers, two immature Common Eiders, ten Long-tailed Duck, 64 Great Northern Divers, 50 Black Guillemots , 48 Red-breasted Mergansers, 30 Common Scoter, three Little Egrets and 150 Brent Geese between Aughinish and Ballyvaughan.
There were 133 Whooper Swans at  Ballygireen, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
One Black Swan was still at Lough Murree, along with 94 Mute Swans and 160 Wigeon.
At Lough Inchiquin today there were 25 Goldeneye, 120 Little Grebe, 140 Gadwall, 350 Tufted Duck and 15 Pochards.
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Buzzard near Clarecastle © John N Murphy
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Black-throated Diver off North Clare coast © John N Murphy
Friday 10th December 2010
The drake Ring-necked Duck was still at Ballyallia Lake today (Howard Williams).
One Brambling was at the Shannon Industrial Estate.
One adult Mediterranean Gull was at Cloghaun Lough, Loop Head, while on the headland there were three Tree  Sparrows, one ring-tailed Hen Harrier, one Merlin, two Peregrine and 200 Snipe. 
Three Water Rails, 3,000 Dunlin, 800 Knot, 400 Golden Plover and 50 Teal were at Shannon Airport Lagoon.
Two Woodcock were at Applewood,  Ballycar.
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Redpoll at the Shannon Airport Lagoon © John N Murphy
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Many Snipe have turned up in gardens during this cold snap © John N Murphy
Thursday 9th December 2010
Three famale Goosanders were at Clegg Beach, Lahinch this morning along with ten Red-throated Divers and 60 Common Scoter (Howard Williams, Dave McNamara & Jeff Copner).
One immature drake Ring-necked Duck was at Ballyallia Lake (John N Murphy & Howard Williams), along with one imamature Scaup, 260 Tufted Ducks, 20 Pochard, 34 Gadwall and over 300 Coot.
There were two male Hen Harriers, one Merlin and two Woodcock at Doo Lough. 
At Ardclooney earlier today there were 22 Whooper Swans, 14 Goldeneye, 200 plus Tufted Ducks, ten Pochard, three Scaup, 100 Cormorants and two Jays.
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Goosanders at Lahinch © Dave McNamara
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Immature male Ring-necked Duck at Ballyallia with female Tufted Ducks © John N Murphy
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Male Goldeneye Ardclooney © James Hayes
Wednesday 8th December 2010
The drake Ring-necked Duck was at Ballyallia again today (Nuala and Tom Lynch) along with 54 Gadwall 15 Pintail and 37 Shoveler.
The Long-tailed Duck was still at Lough Inchiquin.
One Peregrine, one female Hen Harrier and 11 Goldeneye were at Lough Atedaun.
Tuesday 7th December 2010
The drake Ring-necked Duck was still at Ballyallia Lake (Howard Williams), along with two White-fronted Geese, 19 Pintail, 26 Gadwall, and over 200 Coots.
A flock of 49 Common Scoter and two Red-throated Divers were at Lahinch.
One male Blackcap was in a garden on the Lahinch Road Ennis.
Monday 6th December 2010
The first-winter drake Ring-necked Duck was at Ballyallia Lake (Dave McNamara & John N Murphy).
The male and one female Goosander Ardclooney (James Hayes & Paul Troake), along with 250 Tufted Ducks, 15 Goldeneye and three Scaup.
The first-winter male Velvet Scoter is still at Lahinch this morning (Jeff Copner).
Two Brambling were at St Flannan’s College, Ennis.
One male Blackcap was at a garden on the Lahinch Road, Ennis.
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Red-throated Diver at Lahinch © Jeff Copner
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Drake Shovelers and Wigeon flying over Ballyallia Lake © John N Murphy
Sunday  5th December 2010
A drake Ring-necked Duck was at Ballyallia Lake (Dave McNamara), along with two White-fronted Geese and nine Greylag Geese.
One Green Sandpiper was at the attenuation pond near the Killow West Roundabout, Doora.
One Long-eared Owl was at Rath.
Five Bramblings were at St.Flannan’s College.
Six Crossbills flew over Inagh.
One Long-tailed Duck was at Lough Inchiquin.
One Hen Harrier was at Lough Muchanagh.
Six Woodcock were at Clifden Hill, Corofin.
A flock of 176 Whooper Swans were at Kells Lake.
A male Blackcap was in a garden at Oak Park Ennis.
There were 41 Whooper Swans at Shragh.
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Green Sandpiper near Killow West, Doora © John N Murphy
Bramblings are still at St. Flannan’s College © John N Murphy
Saturday 4th December 2010
One Black-throted Diver, 12 Red-throated Diver and 60 Common Scoter were at Liscannor Bay.
One Brambling was caught and Ringed at the Shannon Industrial Estate.
Three Jays were at the Lees Road Wood.
At the branch outing 58 Gadwall 40 Black-tailed Godwit and over 300 Coot were seen at Ballyallia Lake.
Thirteen Whooper Swan were also present on the partially frozen lake.
Friday 3rd December 2010
One "tristis" Chiffchaff and one Ruff were at Ardclooney, both good winter records.
One Short-eared Owl and seven Woodcock were at the Burren Perfumery in Carron.
The Long-tailed Duck was still at Lough Inchiquin along with 300 Tufted Ducks, 109 Little Grebes, 130 Gadwal and ten Goldeneye.
There were 100 Whooper Swans at Kells Lake with another 30 just on the approach road to Corofin village from Ennis.
There were 17 Goldeneye at Lough Muchanagh.
A flock of 25 Whooper Swans, two Woodcock  and ten Fieldfare’s were near Barry’s Orchard, Moanreel.
Thursday 2nd December 2010
There were three Jack Snipe, one Woodcock, two Merlins and a Peregrine at Loop Head.
One Woodcock was at Ballyea, Inagh.
One Long-tailed Duck, 230 Tufted Duck,  127 Gadwal and two Jays were at Lough Inchiquin.
A flock of 60 Common Scoter were at Lahinch.
Woodcock in Snow © Dave McNamara
Wednesday 1st December 2010
A herd of 60 Whooper Swans were at Ballygireen, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
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November 2010

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Tuesday 30th November 2010
A WHITE-TAILED SEA EAGLE that was released at Killarney National Park in 2009 roosted overnight at Cahercon, Kildysert before heading south the next day towards County Limerick.
One Hen Harrier and five Little Egrets were near the Falls, Ennistymon.
Monday 29th November 2010
A small flock of 40 Whooper Swans were at Ballygireen, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
A flock of 60 Collared Doves were under the beach trees at St. Flannan’s College, Ennis.
Sunday 28th November 2010
Three Bramblings were at St.Flannan’s College, Ennis.
A flock of 17 Greylag Geese flew over Applewood, Ballycar this afternoon, while
three Water Rails were calling at Ballycar Lough.
Saturday 27th November 2010
One male Velvet Scoter was at Lahinch today (Geoff Pearson).
One Black Redstart and one Peregrine were at Cregg Beach, Lahinch.
One Green Sandpiper was in a flooded Field near Toonagh.
Also at Lahinch were 18 Common Scoter, four Red-throated Divers and five Great Northern Divers.
A flock of 60 Gadwall were at Lough Inchiquin.
There were 35 Greylag Geese and three Water Rails at Ballycar Lake, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
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Black Redstart at Clegg Beach © Dave McNamara
Friday 26th November 2010
A WHITE-TAILED SEA EAGLE was seen flying high over Doora, Ennis (Garry Baron).
One immature/female Garganey was at Killimer.
At Ardclooney today there were 240 Tufted Ducks, 30 Pochard and nine Whooper Swans.
Thursday 25th November 2010
Two Crossbills were at Cragganowen.
Four Snow Buntings were at Tralagaun, North Clare.
Wednesday 24th November 2010
Four Greylag Geese and two Water Rails were at Ballycar Lake, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
A flock of 30 Whooper Swans were between Mount Shannon and Scarriff.
Tuesday 23rd November 2010
One Green Sandpiper, 85 Teal and two Ravens were on a Flooded field near Toonagh.
Three Jays were at Ballygriffey Wood.
A flock of 60 Whooper Swans were at Lough Cullaun, the Burren.
There were 45 Gadwall at Lough Inchiquin.
Monday 22nd November 2010
One Dipper and one Chiffchaff were at the Falls, Ennistymon.
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Over wintering Chiffchaff at Ennistymon © John N Murphy
Sunday 21st November 2010
A WHITE-TAILED SEA EAGLE was seen being harrased by four Hooded Crows near Moy, Lahinch (PJ Donnelly).
Two Snow Buntings were at Baltard Bay, Doonbeg.
One Green Sandpiper and a flock of 95 Teal were in a flash flooded field near Toonagh Quarry on the Corofin Road. 
A flock of 25 White-fronted Geese were at Lough Muchanagh.
One very late Swallow and a Jack Snipe were at Boolyneaska east Clare.
One Hen Harrier was seen on the road between Doolin and the Cliffs of Moher.
Five Woodcock were on the East Clare Way at Lough Graney.
Two Jays were at Ballygriffey Wood.
Nine Whooper Swans were at Doo Lough.
Twenty six Whooper Swans were at Ballyallia Lake along with 62 Black-tailed Godwit.
Six Gadwall were at the back end of the lake.
Five Jay and a Raven were in the wood nearby.
Sixteen Brambling were at St. Flannan’s College Ennis.
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Redpoll showing a lot of white feathering in the wing © Jim Nolan
Saturday 20th November 2010
The drake Green-winged Teal was at Bell Harbour (Jeff Copner), along with one Ring-billed Gull, 200 Teal and 18 Shellduck.
Between the Flaggy Shore and New Quay there were eight Black-throated Divers, 50 Great Northern Divers, two Long-tailed Ducks 16 Brent Geese and one Peregrine.
One adult Ring-billed Gull was at Lahinch Marsh with over 300 Golden Plover, 200 Lapwing and 60 Dunlin.
One Merlin was at Seafield Quilty, along with 200 Dunlin, 25 Purple Sandpipers, 120 Turnstone, four Great Northern Divers and one Red-throated Diver.
Six Brambling were at St. Flannans College, Ennis.
One Jay was near Inch.
Friday 19th November 2010
One Black-throated Diver, 35 Great Northern Divers and five Long-tailed Ducks were at Finvarra Point.
There were 12 Long-tailed Ducks and 30 Great Northern Divers off the Flaggy Shore.
Thursday 18th November 2010
One Grey Phalarope was off Lisscannor Pier.
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Grey Phalarope at Liscannor © Dave McNamara
Wednesday 17th November 2010
Ten Bramblings were at St. Flannans College, Ennis. 
One Peregrine, 500 Lapwings, ten Black-tailed Godwits, nine Whooper Swans and 11 Dunlin were at Lough Atedaun.
There were 59 Whooper Swans, 200 Lapwing and 30 Curlew at Lough O’Grady.
Tuesday 16th November 2010
A flock of 100 Whooper Swans were at Kells Lough, the Burren.
One Merlin and six Goldeneye were at Lough Cullaun.
Four Woodcock were at Clifden Hill, Corofin.
Monday 15th November 2010
Five Bramblings were under the beech trees on the grounds of St.Flannans College, Ennis with a flock of 200 Chaffinches and 30 Collared Doves.
One Long-tailed Duck was at Liscannor.
One Merlin and one Whooper Swan were at Clahane.
There were five Jays and 11 Gadwall at Lough Inchiquin.
At Ballyallia Lake there were 70 Tufted Duck, 300 Wigeon, 200 Teal, one Water Rail and one Jay.
A flock of 75 Greylag Geese were at Doon Lough, Broadford.
Over 300 Coots were at Lough Cullaunyheeda, near Kilkishen.
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Bramblings at St.Flannans College, Ennis © John N Murphy
Sunday 14th November 2010
There were five Snow Buntings near Ballinalacken Castle.
Over 2,500 Dunlin, 80 Knot, 800 Golden Plover, 20 Shelduck, three Water Rail and a Little Egret at Shannon Airport Lagoon at lunchtime.
One male Blackcap was at Willow Park, Ennis.
The flock of 22 Whooper Swans were still at Lough Gash, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
Saturday 13th November 2010
Nine Black-throated Divers and one Snow Bunting were at Finvarra Point.
There was one female Hen Harrier, one Manx Shearwater and a Jack Snipe at Loop Head.
Five Scaup and one Little Egret were at Carrigaholt.
One Kingfisher was one the River Fergus at Willow Park, Ennis.
Friday 12th November 2010
One first-winer Mediterranean Gull was at Quilty today along with 120  Dunlin, 40 Sanderling, 60 Turnstone, 30 Purple Sandpiper and ten Great Northern Divers.
At Lough Gash, Newmarket-on-Fergus there were 22 Whooper Swans, 12 Gadwall and 40 Tufted Ducks.
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First-winter Mediterranean Gull at Seafield © Dave McNamara
Wednesday 10th September 2010
There were 30 Purple Sandpipers, over 100 Dunlin, 50 Sanderling plus the Great Northern Divers at Seafield, Quilty.
One Little Egret was at Lahinch Marsh.
A Jay was at Lees Road Wood this afternoon.
Tuesday 9th November 2010
At Loop Head and Kilbaha today there was one Snow Bunting, one Lapland Bunting, three Bramblings, one Turtle Dove, one female Blackcap, one Chiffchaff, two Tree Sparrows, one Merlin, one Long-tailed Duck, two Great Northern Divers, one Red-throated Diver, one Purple Sandpiper and one Eastern Jackdaw.
A flock of 24 Greenland White-fronted Geese were at Tullagher Bog this evening.
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Adult winter Brambling at Kilbaha one of three birds there today © John N Murphy
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Snow Bunting near the tip of Loop Head Lighthouse © John N Murphy
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Purple Sandpiper on cliffs near Fodry, Loop Head © John N Murphy
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One Turtle Dove was still at Gibson’s Garden, Kilbaha © John N Murphy
Great Crested Grebe juvenile in Kilbaha Harbour © John N Murphy
Great Northern Diver in Kilbaha Harbour © John N Murphy
Monday 8th November 2020
There was a flock of 48 Whooper Swans and 23 Greylag Geese on flooded field near Scarriff Bay.
Sunday 7th November 2010
A male Hen Harrier was in fields near the Bridges of Ross.
One Kingfisher was seen near Doora.
Five Whooper Swans were at the Drumcliff end of Ballyallia Lake.
Saturday 6th November 2010
There were two Storm Petrels and three Great Northern Divers off the Bridges of Ross.
A flock of 14 Greylag Geese were at Applewood, Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
There were 11 Brent Geese and two Little Egrets at Querrin.
One Little Egret was at Latoon Bridge.
There were two Jays at Willow Park, Ennis.
Friday 5th November 2010
One Carrion Crow was near Shannon Airport.
One Little Egret was at Bishop’s Quarter, Ballyvaughan.
Thursday 4th November 2010
One Long-eared Owl was seen hunting near Applewood, Ballycar.
Wednesday 3rd November 2010
One Swallow was seen near Mount Vernon, New Quay.
Monday 1st November 2010
There were 16 Greenland White-fronted Geese at Lough Muckanagh, the Burren.
A flock of 120 Chaffinches were at Querrin.
A small group of 18 Whooper Swans were at Ballygireen, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
A Jay was at Lees Road Wood in Ennis.
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Sunday 31st October 2010
There was an Eastern Jackdaw and two Turtle Doves at Gibson’s garden Loop Head today along with
one male and one female Blackcap, four Chiffchaffs, two Merlin. two Peregrines, 
three Kestrels, 40 Chaffinches, six Snipe and one Robin at the Lighthouse compond.
At the Bridges of Ross there were three Bonxies and two Grey Phalaropes.
A flock of 29 Whooper Swans and 25 Black-tailed Godwits were at Lough Gash.
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Two Turtle Doves at Kilbaha © James Hayes
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Eastern Jackdaw at Loop Head © Tom Tarpey
Saturday 30th October 2010
Five Greenland White-fronted Geese were seen flying North over Lisdeen Church, Kilkee.
The Turtle Dove was still at Loop Head, along with one Brambling, one female Blackcap, one Water Rail, one Jack Snipe, three Chiffchaffs, four Tree Sparrows, five Siskins, one male Hen Harrier, one Peregrine, one Great Northern Diver and two Merlins.
One Green Sandpiper was in a flooded field east of Doonbeg.
There were over 100 Snipe and one Water Rail at Kilcredaun Marsh.
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Turtle Dove on a shed roof at Kilbaha © John N Murphy
Friday 29th October 2010
Today on flooded Turloughs between Tubber and Beagh there were 120 Little Grebes, 140 Tufted Ducks, 80 Shoveler, 22 Pochard, 70 Lapwings and seven Whooper Swans.
Thursday 28th October 2010
The Turtle Dove and three Tree Sparrows were at Kilbaha today.
Two Green Sandpipers, one Kingfisher and two Little Egrets were at Ballycorrick Bridge, Ballynacally.
One Green Sandpiper was at the Claureen River Attenuation Pond in Ennis.
One Wheatear and one Jack Snipe were at Seafield.
One female Hen Harrier was at Lough Donnell.
One male Hen Harrier was at Lough Muckanagh.
One Merlin was at Doonagore Bog.
One female Scaup and one Greylag Goose and the two Black Swans were at Lough Murree.
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A colour ringed Black-tailed Godwit at Ballycorick Bridge © John N Murphy
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Ringed Whooper Swans at Lough Murree © Dave McNamara
Wednesday 27th October 2010
The Black Redstart and Turtle Dove were still at Kilbaha today, along with three Chiffchaffs, four Tree Sparrows, one Hen Harrier and  two Merlin at Loop Head Lighthouse.
At the Bridges of Ross this evening there were six Pomarine Skuas, two Bonxies, one Arctic Skua, three Leach’s Petrels, six Manx Shearwaters, four Grey Phalaropes, three Red-throated Divers, one Great Northern Diver, two Brent Geese, one Common Scoter and hundreds of Razorbills, Guillemots and Kittiwakes.
There were 42 Greylag Geese at Applewood, Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
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Black Redstart near Keatings Pub, Kilbaha © John N Murphy
Monday 25th October 2010
The WATER PIPIT was at Seafield (Dave McNamara), along with one Wheatear, one Merlin and three Great Northern Divers.
There were 66 Whooper Swans at Lough Atedaun.
Three Jays and 55 Gadwall were at Lough Inchiquin.
Twenty eight Whooper Swan including four juveniles were at Lough an Lionáin on the road to Carron.
One Little Egret was at Lahinch Marsh.
One Woodcock was at Gort Coirce, Corofin.
Two Raven were at Eagle’s Rock.
Sunday 24th October 2010
The drake Green-winged Teal was at Bell Harbour (Tom & Nuala Lynch),  along with one Little Egret.
Four Chough were at Alliwee Cave.
There were four Whooper Swan at Lough Muree.
Saturday 23th October 2010
The drake Green-winged Teal has returned to Bell Harbour for the winter (Gerry Butler).
At Loop Head today there was one Turtle Dove, one Black Redstart, one Brambling, one male Blackcap, four Tree Sparrows, one Fieldfare, six Chiffchaff, one Willow Warbler, two Short-eared Owls, two Merlin, one Hen Harrier while 60 Magpies and 200 Jackdaws flew out over the sea at Loop Head.
One Green Sandpiper and one Kingfisher were at Moyasta.
Four Whooper Swans flew over Applewood, Ballycar this evening.
One Little Egret was at Kilcredaun Marsh.
Twelve Gadwall were at Ballyallia and also a Raven.
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A Turtle Dove at Kilbaha wearing a green metal wire band on its right leg © John N Murphy
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One of the two Short-eared Owls being mobbed by crows at Loop Head Lighthouse © John N Murphy
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A Green Sandpiper at Moyasta © John N Murphy
Friday 22nd October 2010
One immature male Ring-necked Duck was at Ardclooney (Paul Troake), along side
two Scaup and nine Goldeneye.
There were one Green Sandpiper at Doonbeg.
Thursday 21st October 2010
A small group of Whooper Swans flew over Dromoland  Castle Estate while in the woods there were three Jays.
Wednesday 20th October 2010
Three Green Sandpipers were at the Claureen River Attenuation Pond.
A flock of 16 Black-throated Diver were seen near Black Head.
There were 38 Whooper Swans, one Scaup and 18 Little Grebe at Ballyallia Lake. 
There were two Whooper Swans at Lough Murree today.
Three Jays were at Dromoland Estate.
The two Black Swans were still at Lough Murree.
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The first Whooper Swans in the county this Autumn were seen today with Mutes at lough Murree © Jim Nolan
Tuesday 19th October 2010
One Grey Phalarope was off the Bridges of Ross along with thousands of Kittiwakes, one Red-throated Diver, a flock of Wigeon and
a mixed passage of waders.
One Hen Harrier was near Cross Vilage.
One Merlin was at Doonbeg.
There was one Merlin and two Chough at Clahane.
One female Scaup, 20 Gadwall and three Jays were at Lough Inchiquin.
Monday 18th October 2010
Three Little Stints, one Curlew Sandpiper and a Peregrine were at Seafield, Quilty.
One second-winter Mediterranean Gull was at Doonbeg Lough.
Three Jay and 16 Gadwall were at Lough Inchiquin.
Seven Little Egrets were at Blackweir Bridge.
One Little Egret was at Manusmore, Clarecastle.
One male Blackcap was in a garden in Ennis today.
There were 44 Greylag Geese at Appewood, Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus this morning.
Saturday 16th October 2010
The Blue-winged Teal was at Shannon Airport Lagoon this afternoon (James Hayes, Clodagh Glasgow, Geoff Hunt et al).
Also at the Shannon Airport Lagoon there was the immature Garganey and two Hen Harriers.
One Slavonian Grebe was at Clahane, Liscannor.
One Wheatear was on the cliff walk  Kilkee.
A flock of 22 Greylag Geese were at Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
Another small flock of Greylag Geese were at Darragh.
A male and female Blackcap were in a garden at Oak Park Ennis.
Friday 15th October 2010
The Blue-winged Teal was at the Shannon Airport lagoon this morning (Finbarr McGabhainn), along with the immature Garganey, one Barn Owl, one Peregrine and ten little Egrets.
Thursday 14th October 2010
There were two Little Stints and three Curlew Sandpipers at Seafield, Quilty.
Seven Jays were at Clifden Hill, Corofin.
Ten Gadwall and 55 Little Grebes were at Lough Inchiquin.
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Little Stint with Dunlin at Seafield © Dave McNamara
Wednesday 13th October 2010
At Loop Head today were two Lapland Buntings, one Blackcap, one Tree Sparrow, two Willow Warblers, one Merlin, one Hen Harrier, 22 Chough, over 100 Golden Plover, five Redwing and a flock of 51 Magpies at the Lighthouse.
At Kilcredaun the Pink-footed Goose was still present along with two Snow Buntings at the Lighthouse and one Willow Warbler near the O’ Curry Irish speaking college.
One Ruff and a Little Stint were at Lough Donnell.
Four Curlew Sandpipers were at Seafield, Quilty.
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Hen Harrier at Loop Head © John N Murphy
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Pink-footed Goose at Kilcredaun © John N Murphy
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Willow Warbler at Kilcredaun © John N Murphy
Tuesday 12th October 2010
One Garganey, seven Water Rails and 27 Little Egrets were at the Shannon Airport Lagoon.
At Loop Head today there were 12 Lapland Bunting, one Buzzard, one Short-eared Owl, four Willow Warblers, three Chiffchaff, two Twite, three Merlin, one Peregrine, a Pied Flycatcher, one Blackcap, a Redwing and one Fieldfare.
Twenty Chough and 125 Golden Plover were at the Fodry.
One Barn Owl was near Doonbeg.
Another Barn Owl was near Mount Callan.
At Moyasta there were 470 Golden Plover.
Monday 11th October 2010
The Paddyfield Warbler was still at Loop Head Lighthouse compound today (Brian Haslam, Dermot O Mahony, Sean Farrell et al).
A Red-throated Pipit was found near Loop Head lighthouse (Brian Haslam). This is a first county record of this rare eastern European vagrant.
The Nightingale was also still at the lighthouse (Sean Farrell et al), along with one Redstart, three Pied Flycatchers, one Lesser Whitethroat, three Whinchat, one Blackcap, one Spotted Flycatcher, four Chiffchaff, one Short-eared Owl, one Hen Harrier and one Lapland Bunting.
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Lesser Whitethroat at Loop Head Lighthouse © Jeff Copner
Sunday 10th October 2010
At Loop Head Lighthouse today there was one Paddyfield Warbler (John N Murphy, Finbarr McGabhann, Tony Mee et al), one Nightingale was also in the lighthouse garden (John N Murphy, Finbarr McGabhann, Tony Mee, Frank O’ Duffy et al).  Both these are new species and first time records for the county.  There have only been 5 previous records of Paddyfield Warbler in the country.
Other migrants at Loop Head Lighthouse were; one Pectoral Sandpiper, one Redstart, four Pied Flycatcher, two Lesser Whitethroats, two Whinchat, two Spotted Flycatchers, one Ringed Ouzel, one Garden Warbler, four Blackcap, one Willow Warbler, one Hobby, one Short-eared Owl, two Merlin, four Redwing, one Tree Sparrow, three Lapland Buntings and one Snow Bunting.
The two Black Swans were still at Lough Murree.
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Paddyfield Warbler at Loop Head Lighthouse © John N Murphy
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Nightingale at Loop Lighthouse ©  John N Murphy
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Redstart in Loop Head Lighthouse © John N Murphy
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A very pale looking Pied Flycatcher in the compound of Loop Lighthouse © John N Murphy
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Pied Flycatcher at Loop Head © John N Murphy
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Whinchat at Loop Head © John N Murphy
Saturday 9th October 2010
One immature Blue-winged Teal was at the Shannon Airport Lagoon (John N Murphy), along
with one immature Garganey and three Little Egrets.
Two Pied Flycatchers,one  Lesser Whitethroat, two Wheatears and a Merlin were at  Loop Head.
The two Black Swans were still at lough Murree.
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Blue-winged Teal bottom right with Teal at Shannon Airport Lagoon © John N Murphy
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Blue-winged Teal at Shannon Airport Lagoon © John N Murphy
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Garganey at Shannon Airport Lagoon © John N Murphy
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Pied Flycatcher Loop Head Lighthouse © James Hayes
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Pied Flycatcher Loop Head ©  Barry Howell
Friday 8th October 2010
There was one juvenile Arctic Tern, a Purple Sandpiper and four White Wagtails at Clahane.

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Juvenile Arctic Tern at Clahane © Jeff Copner

Wednesday 6th October 2010
One Lesser Whitethroat was seen at the Lighthouse at Loop Head.
A first-winter Turtle Dove was at Gibson’s garden in Kilbaha.
Also seen in the Loop Head area today were two Great Skuas, a Willow Warbler, one Wheatear, seven Golden Plovers and nine Snipe.
Two Jay were at Lees Road Wood.

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Turtle Dove at Kilbaha © Tom Tarpey

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Lesser Whitethroat near Loop Head Lighthouse © Tom Tarpey

Sunday 3rd October 2010
There were five Curlew Sandpiper, 250 Dunlin, 16 Knot, 120 Golden Plover, 700 Black-tailed Godwits and 200 redshank on the mudflats at at the Shannon Airport this afternoon. 
A pair of Black Swans were at lough Murree today, probably the pair that have been frequenting Limerick City over the past few weeks.
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Black Swans Lough Murree © Christian Staunton
Saturday 2nd October 2010
The Pink-footed Goose was at Kilcredaun earlier today.
At Loop Head today there were 12 Lapland Buntings, three Snow Buntings, one Twite, ten Redpolls, one Willow Warbler, one Merlin, one Peregrine and four Chough.
One Curlew Sandpiper was at the Bridges of Ross.
One Green Sandpiper was at Moyasta along side two Little Egrets.
One colour wing tagged Hen Harrier was at Querrin.
Snow Bunting on the road near Loop Head Lighthouse © John N Murphy
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September 2010

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Thursday 30th September 2010
There were 50 Bar-tailed Godwits at Seafield, Quilty.
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Bar-tailed Godwit © John N Murphy
Wednesday 29th September 2010
One Jay was just south of Corofin.
A flock of 250 Wigeon were at Lough Murree.
Tuesday 28th September 2010
The Black Tern was back at Lough Atedaun along with one female Hen Harrier.
A flock of 106 Black-tailed Godwit were at Ballyallia.
Monday 27th September 2010
A flock of 50 Snipe were at Lough George this morning.
A small group of 16 Black-tailed Godwits were at Lough Gash along with one Peregrine.
Another flock of 52 Black-tailed Godwit were at Ballyallia.
Sunday 26th September 2010
One Pink-footed Goose was near Kilcredaun Marsh.
A Snow Bunting and two Lapland Buntings were at the Bridges of Ross.
One Willow Warbler was at Kilbaha.
One Spotted Redshank, nine Little Egrets and 300 Teal were at Moyasta.
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Pink-footed Goose near Kilcredaun © John N Murphy
Saturday 25th September 2010
The Blue-winged Teal was still at the Shannon Airport Lagoon (John N Murphy), along with 25 Shoveler, six Gadwall, 140 Teal, 1,200 Black-tailed Godwits, 120 Golden Plover, four Little Egrets and five Water Rails.
One Pectoral Sandpiper was at lough Atedaun. 
There were 32 Bar-tailed Godwits and four White Wagtails at Quilty Beach.
There were three Little Egrets at Moyasta.
One Little Egret was at Doonbeg.
Two Chough were at Lough Donnell.
Friday 24th September 2010
One Green Sandpiper was a near Querrin Point with two Little Egrets were at Querrin Creek.
Thursday 23rd September 2010
The Black Tern was back at Lough Atedaun.
At the Bridges of Ross there was one immature Sabine’s Gull, six Arctic Skuas and four Grey Phalaropes.
One Pink-footed Goose was near Kilcredaun Marsh.
On Loop Head there were three Wheatears, five Chough, one Merlin, one Peregrine and 18 Rock Doves.
There was one Green Sandpiper and one Common Sandpiper at Clarecastle Quay.
Wednesday 22nd September 2010
There was a drake Eider off Aughinish Island this afternoon along with 40 Black Guillemots and three Sandwich Terns.
Along the shore near Aughinish were two Wheatears and ten Little Egrets. 
There was a flock of 18 Chough at Baltard Bay, Doonbeg.
Two Little Egrets were at Querrin.
Tuesday 21st September 2010
The juvenile Black Tern was still at Lough Atedaun.
One Green Sandpiper and a Kingfisher were at Moyasta.
Sunday 19th September 2010
Six Lapland Buntings were in Kilbaha village.
Saturday 18th September 2010
The Buff-breasted Sandpiper was at Loop Head again today (Finbarr MacGabhann).
Also on the Loop Head peninsula were nine Lapland Buntings and one Snow Bunting.
Off the Bridges of Ross there were six Bonxies, three Arctic Skuas, five Common Scoter and a Whimbrel.
A single Roseate Tern was on the beach at Kilkee.
Two Curlew Sandpipers and a Kingfisher were at Blackweir Bridge.
There were seven Little Egrets were at Poulnasherry Bay.
Friday 17th September 2010
One immature Blue-winged Teal was at the Shannon Airport Lagoon this afternoon (John N Murphy) and two Garganey, 12 Little Egrets, eight Gadwall, seven Water Rails and one Peregrine.
Ten Lapland Buntings and five Snow Buntings were on Loop Head. 
One Black Tern was Lough Atedaun.
One Arctic Skua, one Curlew Sandpiper and eight Chough were at Doonbeg.
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Snow Bunting at Loop Head © James Hayes
Thursday 16th September 2010
The Buff-breasted Sandpiper was back on Loop Head with 12 Golden Plover (Howard Williams).
Three Sabine’s Gulls and a Black Tern were at the Bridges of Ross.
Four Pink-footed Geese flew over Kilbaha, while eight Lapland Buntings were found up the headland.
Two Lapland Buntings were at Poulnadsherry Bay.
One Lapland Bunting and five Wheatears were at Lough Donnell.
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Buff-breasted Sandpiper with Golden Plover at Loop Head © Howard Williams
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Lapland Bunting at Lough Donnlell © Dave McNamara
Wednesday 15th September 2010
At the Bridges of Ross today there was one Balearic Shearwater, 20 Sooty Shearwaters, 1,000 Manx Shearwaters, 13 Leach’s Petrels, four Storm Petrels, five Pomarine Skuas, 46 Arctic Skuas, 36 Bonxies, five Sabine’s Gulls, 134 Arctic Terns, one Common Tern, 19 Sandwich Terns, 45 Grey Phalaropes, 27 Common Scoter, 10 Red-throated Divers, one Great Northern Diver, one Puffin, five Wigeon, three Teal and 17 Brent Geese.
Off the Blue Pools near Kilkee there were four Bonxies, one Pomarine Skua, one Arctic Skua, one Leach’s Petrel, two juvenile Sabine’s Gulls, ten Arctic Terns, one Red-throated Diver and 31 Grey Phalaropes.
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Knot landing on rocks at the Bridges of Ross © John N Murphy
Tuesday 14th September 2010
At the Bridges of Ross today there was one Wilson’s Storm Petrel (John N Murphy et al), 180 plus Leach’s Petrels, 24 Storm Petrels, 130 plus Sooty Shearwaters, one Balearic Shearwater, 1,500 Manx Shearwaters, one adult Long-tailed Skua (Niall T Keogh), 44 Arctic Skuas, 11 Pomarine Skuas, 93 Bonxies, 37 Sabine’s Gulls, 420 Arctic Terns, one Common Tern, one juvenile Black Tern, 34 Sandwich Terns, one juvenile Little Gull, 40 Grey Phalaropes, eight Common Scoter, 14 Red-throated Divers, two Puffins, 13 Whimbrel and one Sunfish.
There were 14 Lapland Buntings at the Fodry, Loop Head.
Off the Blue Pools, Kilkee today there were ten juvenile Sabine’s Gulls, three Arctic Skuas, one Bonxie, one Red-throated Diver, one Grey Phalarope and 20 Arctic Terns.
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Arctic Skuas off the Bridges of Ross © John N Murphy
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Distant shots of Leach’s Petrels off the Bridges of Ross © John N Murphy 
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Bonxie with Arctic Terns passing the Bridges of Ross © John N Murphy
Monday 13th September 2010
At the Bridges of Ross today there were 27 Bonxies, one Balearic Shearwater, 86 Sooty Shearwaters, 152 Manx Shearwaters, two Pomarine Skuas, four Arctic Skuas, four Leach’s Petrels, 39 Storm Petrels, four Common Scoter, and one Merlin.  There was a Sabine’s Gull and one Fin Whale off Loop Head.
There were three Curlew Sandpipers, two Ruff, a female Hen Harrier and ten Little Egrets at the Shannon Airport Lagoon.
Sunday 12th September 2010
There was a juvenile Blue-winged Teal at the Shannon Airport Lagoon (Owen Foley).
At the Bridges of Ross today there were three Sabine’s Gulls, 45 Bonxies, nine Arctic Skuas, 13 Leach’s Petrels, 3 Storm Petrels, 36 Sooty Shearwaters, 84 Manx Shearwaters, 16 Arctic Terns, 188 Sandwich Terns and six Red-throated Divers.
Saturday 11th September 2010
A Buff-breasted Sandpiper was at the tip of Loop Head (Owen Foley).
At the Bridges of Ross there were two Wilson’s Petrels (Owen Foley), one Pectoral Sandpiper, 170 Leach’s Petrels, six Storm Petrels, one Great Shearwater, 80 Sooty Shearwaters, 80 Bonxies, 45 Arctic Skuas, four Pomarine Skuas, six Sabine’s Gulls, one Little Gull, 20 Black terns, sic Arctic Terns, 35 Grey Phalaropes, two Red-throated Divers and eight Lapland Buntings.
Three Lapland Buntings were near Kilcredaun Marsh.
There were 16 Curlew Sandpipers and one Peregrine at the Shannon Airport Lagoon.
Three Curlew Sandpipers were at Seafield, Quilty.
One Kingfisher was at Lough Inchiquin.
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Bonxie at Bridges of Ross © John N Murphy
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Black Tern far out at sea off the Bridges of Ross © John N Murphy
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Red-throated Divers flying past the Bridges of Ross © John N Murphy
Friday 10th September 2010
There were 15 Curlew Sandpipers at the Shannon Airport Lagoon along with 20 Ruff, 50 Knot, 1,000 Black-tailed Godwits, 300 Dunlin, nine Grey Plover, five Little Egrets, three Water Rails and one female Hen Harrier.
Wednesday 8th September 2010
A juvenile Black Tern was at Lough Atedaun.
One Spotted Redshank and a Little Egret were at Clenagh Bay, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
One Common Sandpiper was at Clahane.
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Black Tern on the southern shore of Lough Atedaun © Dave McNamara
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Common Sandpiper on the rocky beach at Clahane © Dave McNamara
Tuesday 7th September 2010
There were three Grey Phalaropes, seven Arctic Skuas, four Bonxies, four Common Scoters, eight Arctic Terns and three Sandwich Terns off the Bridges of Ross.
Five Lapland Buntings, one Spotted Flycatcher, one Willow Warbler, one Peregrine , one female Hen Harrier, 15 Wheatears and ten Chough were at Loop Head.
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A young male Sparrowhawk at Kilbaha © John N Murphy
Monday 6th September 2010
One Glossy Ibis was at the Shannon Airport Lagoon (John N Murphy & Brian Finnegan), along with one Wood Sandpiper, two Ruff, 50 Knot, 1,800 Black-tailed Godwits, three Water Rails, 14 Little Egrets and three Wheatears.
The Spoonbill was back in the Shannon Airport Lagoon late this evening (James Hayes, Clodagh Glasgow and Sinead Glasgow).
There were 14 Curlew Sandpipers and a Little Egret at Lough Donnell.
One Common Sandpiper was at Clahane.
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Curlew Sandpipers with Dunlin at Lough Donnell © Jeff Copner
Sunday 5th September 2010
The Glossy Ibis is showing well this morning at Lough Atedaun (Dave McNamara & Frank O’Duffy).
A Loop Head there was one Turtle Dove, one Pied Flycatcher, one male and one female Blackcap, three Spotted Flycatchers and a Willow Warbler.
One Lapland  Bunting was at the tip of Loop Head.
There are large numbers of Swallows building up on wires in preparation for migration.
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Glossy Ibis at Lough Atedaun in flight showing no leg rings © Frank O’Duffy
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A young Swallow chick flys low over water to snatch a drink © John N Murphy
Saturday 4th September 2010
A juvenile Red-breasted Flycatcher was an early record and proved elusive at Gibson’s Garden, Loop Head (John N Murphy & Finbarr MacGabhann).
Also at Loop Head was one Pied Flycatcher, five Spotted Flycatchers, one juvenile Turtle Dove, three Lapland Buntings, 22 Rock Doves, three Chough, one Chiffchaff, one Willow Warbler and a Minke Whale was seen off the tip of Loop Head.
The American Golden Plover was at Moyasta (John N Murphy & Finbarr MacGabhann), along with one Spotted Redshank, one Kingfisher and 12 Little Egrets.
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Lapland Buntings at Loop Head © John N Murphy
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Juvenile Turtle Dove in flight at Loop Head © John N Murphy
Friday 3rd September 2010
Two Glossy Ibises were at the Shannon Airport Lagoon this morning (John N Murphy), along with four Ruff, one female Hen Harrier, one juvenile Peregrine, 3,500 Black-tailed Godwits of which three were colour banded, 60 Wigeon, 300 Teal, ten Shoveler, four Gadwall, 26 Little Egrets and four Water Rails.
There was a Glossy Ibis in Lough Atedaun this evening (Dave McNamara).
The American Golden Plover and Spotted Redshank were still at Moyasta (Dave McNamara).
One Pied Flycather and ten Spotted Flycatchers were in gardens Loop Head.
At the tip of Loop Head there was 11 Lapland Buntings.
One juvenile Curlew Sandpiper was at Seafield.
A male Ruff and a female Hen Harrier were at Lough Donnell.
Two Little Egrets were at Ballycorrick Bridge.
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Glossy Ibis at Lough Atedaun © Dave McNamara
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Female hen Harrier hunting the reedbeds at Shannon Airport Lagoon © John N Murphy
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Pied Flycatcher at Kilbaha © Dave McNamara
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Spotted Flycatcher at Kilbaha one of ten © Dave McNamara
Thursday 2nd  September 2010
The American Golden Plover was still at Moyasta along with a Spotted Redshank (Howard Willians & Chris Cullen).
At Loop Head there were six Spotted Flycatchers.
One Grey Phalarope, a Peregrine, one Hen Harrier and six Wheatears were at the Bridges of Ross.
One Curlew Sandpiper, 20 Dunlin, 20 Sanderling and 30 Bar-tailed Godwits were between Seafield and Quilty Beach.
One Ruff and seven Wheatears were at Lough Donnell.
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American Golden Plover at Moyasta © Howard Williams
Wednesday 1st September 2010
The American Golden Plover, three Curlew Sandpipers and nine Little Egrets were at Moyasta (James Hayes & John N Murphy).
A Marsh Harrier flew in off the sea at the Bridges of Ross, while 15 Lapland Bunting and and one Spotted Flycatcher were around the Lighthouse at Loop Head.
Two more Lapland Buntings were on the road to Cloghaun  Lough east of Kilbaha.
Four Spotted Flycatchers were in the gardens of Kilbaha and a White Wagtail was in the pond in the harbour.
One Green Sandpiper was at the Claureen river attenuation Pond.
Three Curlew Sandpipers were at Lough Donnell.
There were 18 Knot and a Peregrine at Quilty Beach.
Two Whimbrel were at Rinneville beach.
There were 40 juvenile Black-tailed Godwits, 34 Curlew and three Little Egrets at Ballycorrick Bridge.
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Lapland Bunting one of four at the tip of Loop Head this morning © John N Murphy
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Spotted Flycatcher on the Lighthouse Wall at Loop Head © John N Murphy
Juvenile Black-tailed Godwits at Ballycorrick Bridge this evening © John N Murphy
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Tuesday 31st August 2010
One Glossy ibis was at the Shannon Airport Lagoon (John N Murphy), along with one Curlew Sandpiper, 200 Dunlin, two Ruff, 36 Little Egrets, 3,000 Black-tailed Godwits, 20 Knot, 200 Redshank, five Water Rail, 30 Wigeon and four Gadwall.
One Balearic, one Sooty Shearwaters, three Storm Petrels, one Bonxie, one dark phased Arctic Skua, two Arctic Terns, seven Common Scoter and one Puffin were at the Bridges of Ross.
A Swift was seen over New Road Ennis
Monday 30th August 2010
The American Golden Plover was at Moyasta this morning (Andy Clifton, Steve Web, John N Murphy, Brian Finnegan et al).
Two Wood Sandpipers were at Shannon Airport Lagoon.
There were 22 Lapland Buntings at Loop Head Peninsula, 14 of which were on the Fodry, seven at the Bridges and one at the tip of the headland.
At the Bridges of Ross there were three Bonxies, one Arctic Skua, one Sooty Shearwater, five Common Scoter, one Black Guillemot, and one Arctic Tern.
One dark phased Arctic Skua was seen chasing amogs’t a flock of 300 Manx Shearwaters off Loop Head.
Also on the headland there were 12 Wheatears, four Chough, five Raven and six Golden Plover.
One Curlew Sandpiper, four Knot, and four little egrets and a Peregrine were at lough Donnell.
One Green Sandpiper was at Ballycorrick Bridge.
Three Common Sandpipers and a Whimbrel were at Islandavanna, Clarecastle.
One Ruff and two Kingfishers were at Doonbeg.
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Curlew Sandpiper at Lough Donnell © Dave McNamara
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Golden Plovers at Loop Head © John N Murphy
Sunday 29th August 2010
Two Glossy Ibises were back at the Shannon Airport Lagoon today  (John N Murphy & Geoff Hunt).
Also at the Lagoon were three Ruff, 16 Little Egrets, five Water Rails and over 3,000 Black-tailed Godwits on the mudflats with 30 Knot and 400 Redshank.
Four Lapland Buntings were seen near the Bridges of Ross.
At the Bridges of Ross there were five Balearic Shearwaters, two Leach’s Petrels, one Storm Petrel, 26 Arctic Skuas, 14 Bonxie, two Grey Phalaropes, 14 Arctic Terns, one Black Guillemot, two Common Scoter, two Puffins, 12 Teal, one Minke Whale and a Leather-backed Turtle.
Two Ruff were at Lough Atedaun.
One Common Sandpiper and a Little Egret were at the Lough, Doonbeg.
One juvenile Knot was a good inland record at Mullaghmore, the Burren.
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Lapland Bunting at Bridges of Ross © Jeff Copner
Saturday 28th August 2010
The American Golden Plover was at Moyasta Creek (James Hayes, Clodagh Glasgow and Finbarr MacGabhann).
At the Bridges of Ross today the seawatch produced two Sabine’s Gulls, three Balearic Shearwaters, two Sooty Shearwaters, on 3rd cal Pomarine Skua, six Arctic Skuas, four Bonxies, 18 Arctic Terns, a juvenile Little Gull, two Puffins, one Grey Phalarope, three Common Scoter, one Great Northern Diver, one Red-throated Diver and one Merlin.
There were seven Lapland Buntings on the headland at Loop Head, while three were still at the Bridges of Ross.
Two Glossy Ibises were at the Shannon Airport Lagoon this evening (John N Murphy, Gerry Butler & Tony Mee).
Also at the Lagoon were 26 Little Egrets, ten Water Rail, one Ruff, 1,400 Black-tailed Godwits, five Wigeon, ten Shoveler, four Gadwall and a female Hen Harrier.
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Lapland Bunting near the Bridges of Ross © James Hayes.
Friday 27th August 2010
A Glossy Ibis was at the Shannon Airport Lagoon this afternoon (John N Murphy & Brian Finnegan).
Also at the Lagoon was the Spoonbill, 20 Ruff, 3,000 Black-tailed Godwits, 24 Knot, 22 Little Egrets and four Water Rails.
The adult American Golden Plover was showing well at Moyasta Creek (Mark Sutton et al).
Four Lapland Buntings were west of the Bridges of Ross today, but there was little seabird migration with only one Sooty Shearwater, one pale phased Arctic Skua, one Bonxie and two Common Scoters.
Two White Wagtails were in Kilbaha, with 19 Chough on the headland.
There were three White Wagtails at Kilcredaun Marsh.
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Glossy Ibis at the Shannon Airport Lagoon © John N Murphy
This bird was not wearing any colour rings
Thursday 26th August 2010
The American Golden Plover was still at Moyasta today (John N Murphy, Brian Finnegan, Niall & Noel T Keogh), along with one Kingfisher.
Two Lapland Buntings were at the Bridges of Ross this morning along with one Balearic Shearwater,
one Arctic Skua, one Bonxie and a light passage of Manx Shearwaters.
One Ruff was at Lough Atedaun, while two Kingfishers were at Lough Inchiquin.
One Knot at Mullaghmore, the Burren was a good inland record.
Spotted Flycatchers are still feeding young at a garden in Clarecastle.
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Adult American Golden Plover at Moyasta © John N Murphy
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Adult Spotted Flycatcher at Manusmore © Brian Finnegan
Wednesday 25th August 2010
The American Golden Plover was back at Moyasta this evening (Ian Boustead et al), along with one Green Sandpiper.
One Wood Sandpiper and a Green Sandpiper were at Claureen River attenuation pond.
The sub-adult  Glaucous Gull was at Cappagh Kilrush.
A dark-phased Arctic Skua was at the Flaggy Shore today.
Five Arctic Skuas, seven Bonxies and a Blue Fulmar were at the Bridges of Ross.
Two Common Sandpipers were at the Lough, Doonbeg.
One Common Sandpioer, one White Wagtail and two Knot were at Lough Donnell.
One Kingfisher and a White Wagtail were at the Skivileen River, Doonbeg.
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Glaucous Gull at Cappagh Pier Kilrush © John N Murphy
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Knots at Lough Donnell © John N Murphy
Tuesday 24th August 2010
A Fea’s (Soft-plumaged) Petrel just flew past the Bridges of Ross (Ian Boustead et al) (9.00), also at the Bridges this morning were one Wilson’s Storm Petel (Tom Tarpey), four Sabine’s Gulls and two Leach’s Petrels, six Sooty Shearwaters, six Great Skuas, six Arctic Skuas, three Puffins, 41 Arctic Terns, ten Storm Petrels and two Ruff were in Kilbaha.
An adult summer American Golden Plover was seen from the railway bridge at Moyasta this afternoon (Robert Vaughan & Conor Foley).
One Wood Sandpiper remained at the Claureen River attenuation ponds Ennis this afternoon.
A juvenile Spotted Redshank, five Ruff and 27 Little Egrets, four Water Rails , one female Hen Harrier and 1,500 Black-tailed Godwits  were at the Shannon Airport Lagoon.
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American Golden Plover at Moyasta © Robert Vaughan
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Wood Sandpiper at the Claureen River Attenuation Pond © Jeff Copner
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A grey looking Chiffchaff at Clarecastle © Brian Finnegan
Monday 23rd August 2010
At the Bridges of Ross today there was one adult Sabine’s Gull,  three Pomarine Skua, 13 Arctic Skuas, 14 Bonxies, five Balearic Shearwaters, 16 Sooty Shearwaters , seven Grey Phalaropes, four Storm Petrels, one Blue Fulmar, 30 Arctic Terns, 12 Sandwich Terns, five Puffins, one Common Scoter, 12 Black-tailed Godwits and 14 Brent Geese.
Two Wood Sandpipers and one Green Sandpiper were at the Claureen River attenuation 
ponds in Ennis.
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Grey Phalarope off the Bridges of Ross © Rob Vaughan
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Two different Wood Sandpipers at the Claureen attanuation pond © John N Murphy
Sunday 22nd August 2010
One juvenile Long-tailed Skua was at the Bridges of Ross (Finbarr MacGabhann, John N Murphy et al).
Also at the Bridges were two adult Sabine’s Gulls, one Black Tern, eight Arctic Terns, seven Balearic Shearwaters, 15 Sooty Shearwaters, 17 Storm Petrels one Leach’s Petrel, three Pomarine Skuas, 10 Arctic Skuas, three Bonxies ,14 Common Scoter, one Grey Phalarope and good passage of wading birds.
One sub adult Glaucous Gull was at Cappa Pier, Kilrush.
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Glaucous Gull at Cappa Pier © James Hayes
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Long-tailed Skua at Bridges of Ross © Jim Nolan
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Dunlin feeding on the shore near Lough Donnell © John N Murphy
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Turnstone at Loop Head © John N Murphy
Saturday 21st August 2010
One adult and one juvenile Long-tailed Skuas were at the Bridges of Ross (Alan Clewes, Geoff Hunt et al).
Also at the Bridges there was one adult Sabine’s Gull,  two Great Shearwaters , two Balearic Shearwaters, over 30 Sooty Shearwaters, three Bonxies, one Arctic Skua, one Pomarine Skua and six Storm Petrels.
One sub-adult Glaucous Gull was at Kilrush.
Over 1,000 Black-tailed Godwits and one Ruff were at the Shannon Airport Lagoon.
Friday 20th August 2010
At the Bridges of Ross this morning there were two adult Sabine’s Gulls, 
two Balearic Shearwaters and 12 Sooty Shearwaters so far (10 am).
One Spotted Redshank and two Ruff were at the Shannon Airport Lagoon
Thursday 19th August 2010
All was fairly quiet at the Bridges of Ross this morning with only one Balearic Shearwater,
a handfull of Sooty Shearwaters and one Pomarine Skua.
A Spotted Redshank, nine Little Egret and a Water Rail were at the Shannon Airport Lagoon
along with 1,000 Black-tailed Godwit.
One first year Mediterranean Gull and a Green Sandpiper were at Ballycorrick Bridge, Ballynacally.
Wednesday 18th August 2010
At the Bridges of Ross there were four Great Shearwaters, three Balearic shearwaters, 
over 40 Sooty Shearwaters, seven Arctic Skuas, one Pomarine Skua, 14 Bonxies, eight Storm
Petrels, six Puffins, one all white albino Fulmar, one Red-throated Diver, one Common Scoter,
ten Arctic Terns, 16 Sanderling, five Whimbrel, one Merlin, three Sun Fish and one Basking Shark.
Tuesday 17th August 2010
The Buff-breasted Sandpiper was still at Lough Donnell this morning (Brian Finnegan & Austin Cooney).
Also at Lough Donnell were two Ruff.
At the Bridges of Ross today were four Great Shearwaters, 13 Sooty Shearwaters,
four Arctic Skuas, three Bonxies, one Pomarine Skua, nine Storm Petrels, one Blue Fulmar
and a Minke Whale.
One Ruff, 14 Little Egrets, four Water Rail and 500 Black-tailed Godwits were at the
Shannon Airport Lagoon.
A dark phased Buzzard was seen hunting near the Claureen River Attenuation pond this evening.
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Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Lough Donnell © John N Murphy
Monday 16th August 2010
The Buff-breasted Sandpiper was at Lough Donnell again today (John N Murphy, Stan Nugent &
Dave McNamara)(11.55 am).
Also at Lough Donnell were two Ruff, two Knot and 60 Snipe.
One adult Roseate Tern was at the mouth of the Skivileen River near Doughmore.
Two Common Sandpipers were at Doonbeg Lough.
One juvenile Little Gull was at Killimer. along with three Bar-tailed Godwits.
Three Little Egrets were at Poulnasherry Bay along with a colour banded Curlew.
One Balearic Shearwatwater was off the Bridges of Ross.
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Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Lough Donnell © John N Murphy
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Buff-breasted Sandpiper bottom left flying with Dunlin and one Snipe © John N Murphy
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Roseate Tern at the Skivileen River still very rare in Clare © John N Murphy
Sunday 15th August 2010
One Buff-breasted Sandpiper was at Lough Donnell this evening (Paul Troake).
Also at Lough Donnell were two Ruff, 53 Snipe and over 1,000 Swallows.
At the Bridges of Ross there was one Sooty Shearwater, six Balearic Shearwaters,
3,000 Manx Shearwaters and six Storm Petrels.
One Bonxie and 22 Chough were at Kilkee.
At the Shannon Airport Lagoon there was one Spotted Redshank, one Ruff and
23 Little Egrets.
Saturday 14th August 2010
At the Shannon Airport Lagoon today there was one Spotted Redshank, eight Water Rails, 
ten Little Egrets and one female Hen Harrier was observed taking a young Water Rail from 
the reedbeds This bird spent one hour hunting the lagoon before soaring high in the air and headed
south towards Limerick. Also in the Lagoon were 200 Sandmartins and over 80 House Martins.
On the mudflats there were 1,200 Black-tailed Godwits and 80 Curlew.
Six Little Egrets were near Saints Island near Bunratty.
There were eight Arctic Terns, two Common Terns, 20 Sandwich Terns, one Knot and seven
Greenshank at Liscannor Harbour.
The Whooper Swan is still at Kilkee Reservoir.
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Knot at Liscannor © Jeff Copner
Friday 13th August 2010
There were two Little Egrets and 32 Greenshank at Ballynacally Creek.
One Little Egret was at Ballycorrick Bridge.
One Little Egret was at Islandavanna.
A flock of 500 Sand Martins and 12 Arctic Terns were at Fenloe Lake.
There were 15 Arctic Terns, 22 Sandwich Terns and four Greenshank at Clahane, Liscannor.
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There seem to be lots of Arctic Terns about over the past few days © Jeff Copner
This young Herring Gull wearing a Blue leg band was probably one ringed on
Mutton Island off Quilty earlier in the year © Jeff Copner
Thursday 12th August 2010
There was one adult Sabine’s Gull off the Bridges of Ross today along
with one Sooty Shearwater, one blue Fulmar, one Bonxie, one Puffin and eight Arctic terns.
The SPOONBILL was back at the Shannon Airport Lagoon along with seven Little Egrets.
Ten Little Egrets and 18 Greenshank were at Poulnasherry Bay.
Wednesday 11th August 2010
This morning at the Bridges of Ross there were two Sooty Shearwaters,
one Great Skua, five Arctic Skuas and one Red-throated Diver.
In the evening Manx Shearwater numbers built up to over 2,000 birds between 
the Bridges of Ross and Fodry Point with three Balearic Shearwaters within them. 
There was one Spotted Redshank, two Ruff, over 1,000 Black-tailed Godwits,
200 Dunlin, ten Knot, eight Ringed Plover, three Shoveler, two Gadwall, 22 Little
Egrets, 160 Redshank and one Water Rail at the Shannon Airport Lagoon. 
Tuesday 10th August 2010
At the Bridges of Ross there was one Great Shearwater, six Sooty Shearwaters,
one Arctic Skua, one Storm Petrel, one Common Scoter, six Puffins and 33 Arctic Terns.
The SPOONBILL was back at the Shannon Airport lagoon along with 25 Little Egrets,
1,500 Black-tailed Godwits, two Shoveler and two Gadwall.
One first year Mediterranean Gull was on the beach near Doonbeg.
Monday 9th August 2010
Two Little Egrets were at Moyasta.
One Little Egret was at Kilcredaun Marsh.
One Little Egret was seen flying overland near Dromoland Castle.
There were seven Raven and five Chough on the Clif walk at Kilkee. 
There were two Common Sandpipers at Ballycorrick Bridge.
Sunday 8th August 2010
One Wilson’s Storm Petrel was at the Bridges of Ross.
One female Hen Harrier was on Scattery Island.
Saturday 7th August 2010
There were two Balearic Shearwaters and one Bonxie at the Bridges of Ross.
Friday 6th August 2010
One Great Skua was at the Bridges of Ross along with four Chough.
One male Hen Harrier was in Kilbaha.
Thursday 5th August 2010
The Glaucous Gull was back at Kilrush Marina.
One Kingfisher and four Common Sandpipers were at Islandavanna.
Wednesday 4th August 2010
Highlights from the Bridges of Ross today were four Balearic Shearwaters, 11 Sooty Shearwaters,
two Blue Fulmars, one Arctic Skua, seven Bonxies, two Storm Petrels, seven Whimbrel,
36 Arctic Terns, five Puffins, 12 Dunlin and two Chough.
Two Little Egrets were at Moyasta.
Monday 2nd August 2010
There was two Little Egrest at Corronroo Bay.
Three Raven were near Lough Bunny.
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July 2010

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Saturday 31st July 2010
There were four Balearic Shearwaters, 12 Sooties, 6,000 Manx Shearwaters,
one Red-throated Diver, 14 Storm Petrels, three Bonxies, two Blue Fulmars,
14 Arctic Terns , 26 Puffins and one Peregrine  at the Bridges of Ross.
One second year Glaucous Gull flew east over the Bridges of Ross.
Friday 30th July 2010
Today at the Bridges of Ross there were 11 Sooty Shearwaters, one Balearic
Shearwater, two Bonxies and 100 Puffins.
One Ruff was at Seafield, Quilty.
Thursday 29th July 2010
There were 3,000 Manx Shearwaters at the Bridges of Ross along with 
10 Sooty Shearwaters,  three Balearic Shearwaters and six Common Scoters.
At the Shannon Airport Lagoon there were 16 Little Egrets, two Water Rails
and 250 Black-tailed Godwits.
Wednesday 28th July 2010
There were 23 Little Egrets at the Shannon Airport Lagoon alongside
300 plus Black-tailed Godwits, 200 Redshank and 200 Dunlin.
Tuesday 27th July 2010
At the Bridges of Ross today there were; 14,000 Manx Shearwaters, two Balearic Shearwaters,
seven Sooty Shearwaters, three Great Skuas, one Arctic Skua, four Storm Petrels , four Whimbrel,
one Black Guillemot and 12 Puffins.
At Loop Head there were 22 Chough and 12 Raven.
One male Hen Harrier was seen hunting near Cross.
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Bonxie off the Bridges of Ross © John N Murphy
Saturday 24th July 2010
One adult Mediterranean gull and three Little Egrets were at Killimer.
A Grasshopper Warbler was seen at Lissycasey.
Thursday 22nd July 2010
There were two Little Egrets, one Tufted Duck and a Wheatear
at Clenagh Lake, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
At the Shannon Airport Lagoon Black-tailed Godwit numbers had built up 
to over 300 birds and along with 16 Little Egrets, two Shoveler and three
Sanderling.
Tuesday 20th July 2010
One adult Mediterranean Gull, one Whimbrel and 30 Sanderling were at
Seafield Beach, Quilty.
There were 10,000 Manx Shearwaters off Loop Head along with
one Common Scoter, two Puffin, two Ravens, two Peregrine Falcons
and 32 Chough.
Six Common Sandpipers were at Doonbeg.
A flock of 60 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were at Lough Atedaun.
Three Spotted Flycatchers were at Clifden House, Corofin.
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Manx Shearwater gliding over the waves © John N Murphy
Monday 19th July 2010
One Great Skua was off the Bridges of Ross.
Sunday 18th July 2010
At the Shannon Airport lagoon today were eight Little Egrets, 200 Black-tailed
Godwits and one Water Rail.
Friday 16th July 2010
There were two Sooty Shearwaters, one Arctic Skua, one Bonxie, seven Storm Petrels
and 18 Puffins off the Bridges of Ross.
Wednesday 14th July 2010
One Great Northern Diver and one Little Egret were off Finvarra Point.
One Common Sandpiper, two Greenshank, 60 Dunlin and 40 Swifts
were at Lough Atedaun.
Two Spotted Flycatchers were at the Falls in Ennistymon.
Tuesday 13th July 2010
The Spotted Redshank , 40 Dunlin, 250 Black-tailed Godwits, 50 Curlew and
16 Little Egrets were at Shannon Airport Lagoon, this morning.
A Jay was showing well along the walking trail at Lees Road Wood this morning.
Monday 12th July 2010
The SPOONBILL was back at the Shannon Airport Lagoon this evening (Clodagh Glasgow & James Hayes).
Also at the Lagoon were 200 Black-tailed Godwits and 20 Little Egrets.
One Buzzard was at the Lees Road Wood today along with one Blackcap.
One male Blackcap was singing at Applewood, Ballycar.
Sunday 11th July 2010
A hundred Manx Shearwater were seen off the Bridges of Ross along with a Storm Petrel.
Three Chough, three Raven and a flock of 8 Rock Doves were also at Loop Head Peninsula.
A Jay was at Lees Road Wood
Thursday 8th July 2010
One Blackcap was at Applewood, Ballycar.
Wednesday 7th July 2010
The Spotted Redshank, two Greenshank, 260 Black-tailed Godwits, two Water Rails
and 23 Little Egrets were at the Shannon Airport Lagoon this afternoon.
Tuesday 6th July 2010
The SPOONBILL was still at the Shannon Airport Lagoon this afternoon (John N Murphy & James Hayes), 
but flew off west towards the Fergus Estuary but returned to the lagoon later in the evening (Clodagh Glasgow) .
Also at the Shannon Airport Lagoon were 34 Little Egrets, one Spotted Redshank, one Greenshank,
one Water Rail, the drake Tufted Duck and one Stock Dove.
There were five Little Egrets and 28 Little Grebes at Lough Gash, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
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Spoonbill at the Lagoon © John N Murphy
Monday 5th July 2010
The SPOONBILL was the Shannon Airport Lagoon this afternoon (Dave McNamara), along side
30 Little Egrets and the summer plumaged Spotted Redshank.
There were seven Spotted Flycatchers, 15 Treecreepers and four Blackcap at Clifden House
Gardens near Lough Inchiquin.
Four Siskins were at Moanreel.
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A young Siskin at Moanreel © Jeff Copner
Sunday 4th July 2010
At the Shannon Airport Lagoon this morning there was one Spotted Redshank,
two Greenshank, 80 Black-tailed Godwits, 20 Little Egrets and one Stock Dove.
A Raven and two male Blackcap were at Lees Road Wood.
Saturday 3rd July 2010
One SPOONBILL flew west over Rineanna Point, Shannon this morning (Jeff Copner).
This is only the third county record of this species the last was in 1998.
At the Shannon Airport Lagoon there were 22 Little Egrets, 200 Black-tailed Godwits,
one drake Tufted Duck and the adult summer plumaged Spotted Redshank.
Two Storm Petrels were off Black Head.
One Common Sandpiper and a Ringed Plover were at Lough Atedaun.
One Jay was in the Caher Valley.
At least 12 Spotted Flycatchers were at the north and south sides of Lough Inchiquin.
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Spoonbill flying west over Shannon Estuary © Jeff Copner
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Spotted Flycatchers outside Corofin © John N Murphy
Thursday 1st July 2010
At the Shannon Airport Lagoon this afternoon there were: one summer plumaged 
Spotted Redshank, one adult Greenshank, one male Tufted Duck, 22 Little Egrets,
120 Black-tailed Godwits and two Water Rails.
There was a family party of six Blackcaps at Applewood, Ballycar.
Two Blackcap were singing in Lees Road Wood.
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Little Egrets were very active in the lagoon this afternoon © John N Murphy
Reed Bunting families were numberous throughout the reedbeds at the lagoon © John N Murphy
A young Blackcap © Dave McNamara
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June 2010

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Tuesday 29th June 2010
There were three male, one female and three fledgling Blackcaps at Inchiquin Bridge.
Another male and female Blackcap were at Gort Coirce.
One male Blackcap was at Roxton.
Three Little Egrets were at Mullaghmore.
Monday  28th June 2010
The adult summer Spotted Redshank was still at Shannon Airport Lagoon., along
with 15 Little Egrets and one Water Rail.
A Glaucous Gull was seen in Kilrush.
Three Blackcap were singing in Lees Road Wood.
Sunday 27th June 2010
There were seven Little Egrets and one Common Sandpiper at Mullaghmore.
One Spotted Flycatcher was at Inchiquin Bridge.
One Blackcap was at Roxton, Corofin.
A flock of 75 Sand Martins were at Lough Atedaun.
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Juvenile Whitethroat just out out of the nest © Dave McNamara
Saturday 26th June 2010
At the Cliffs of Moher today the seabirds were putting on a great display with 
lots of activity in all the colonies.   Three Chough and a Peregrine were on display
and the Puffin numbers appear to be up on previous years with at least 2,500
sitting on Goat Island and the surrounding grassy slopes.
Friday 25th June 2010
One adult summer Spotted Redshank was at the Shannon Airport Lagoon today,
along with 20 Little Egrets, 22 Teal, 274 Black-tailed Godwits, 50 Redshank , two Knot
and four Gadwall.
One Long-eared Owl was still outside Doonbeg.
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Spotted Redshank with Black-tailed Godwit at the SAL © John N Murphy
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Sedge Warblers are busy feeding young at the Lagoon © John N Murphy
Thursday 24th  June 2010
One Mediterranean Gull was near Corronroo on the Clare/Galway border
along with one Peregrine near the Sandwich Tern colony. 
One Long-eared Owl was seen late this evening just outside Doonbeg.
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Adult Mediterranean Gull with Black-headed Gulls © John N Murphy
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Sandwich Terns are feeding well on sand eels © John N Murphy
Wednesday 23rd June 2010
There were two Little Egrets and four Tufted Ducks at Lough Muchanagh.
One Little Egret and one Common Sandpiper were at Mullaghmore.
There were four Common Sandpipers at Lough Bunny.
Four Blackcaps and two Spotted Flycatchers were at Inchiquin Bridge.
A pair of Ravens were at Boston Castle.
A Long-eared Owl was seen hunting open fields outside Doonbeg.
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One of the two Ravens at Boston Castle © Dave McNamara.
Tuesday 22nd June 2010
Three Blackcap were singing in Lees Road Wood this afternoon.
One Blackcap was at Applewood, Ballycar.
There were eight Chough on the cliff walk at Kilkee.
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A young Peregrine close to the nest site at an un-disclosed area in south east Clare © John N Murphy
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A young Chough on the cliffs at Kilkee © John N Murphy
Sunday 20th June 2010
There were two Stock Doves and a male Blackcap at Applewood, Ballycar.
A Whooper Swan was on the reservoir at Kilkee.
Thursday 17th June 2010
Three Little Egret and two Common Sandpiper were at Mullaghmore.
A Spotted Flycatcher was at Inchiquin Bridge.
Seven male Blackcap were at Dromore Nature Reserve.
Six more were at Clifden Hill.
A Merlin, Spotted Flycatcher and two male Blackcap were at Gortcoirce Dysart.
Wednesday 16th June 2010
There were 16 Little Egrets, 210 Black-tailed Godwits and one Greenshank
at Shannon Airport Lagoon.

Tuesday 15th June 2010
Four Blackcap were singing in Lees Road Wood.
Another was singing at Ballyallia.

Monday 14th June 2010
A Raven was seen at Ballyallia Lake.
Four  male Blackcap were at Lees Road Wood.
Saturday 12th June 2010
At the Clare Branch of BWI boat trip along the Cliffs of Moher large numbers of Guillemot, Razorbill, Kittiwake, Fulmar, Puffin and Shag were seen. All species seemed to be enjoying a good breeding season.
Four Little Egret, two Common Sandpiper, a Raven and a Jay were at Mulloughmore.
A Spotted Flycatcher was at Inchiquin Bridge.
A male Blackcap was at Lough Rask Ballyvaughan.
Friday  11th June 2010
A Kingfisher was seen near Drehednagower Bridge Ennis
Five Blackcap were singing in Lees Road Wood.
Thursday 10th June 2010
Two Blackcap were singing in Lees Road Wood.
Tuesday 8th June 2010
A Peregrine was seen in the Corofin area.
Two Chough were at New Quay.
Monday 7th June 2010
One adult and one juvenile Dipper were at Ballynacarghan Bridge, Kilfenora along
with one Kingfisher.
There were five Blackcaps at Dromore Woods.
One Little Egret and the Black-tailed Godwit were at Lough Muchanagh.
Juvenile Dipper at Ballynacarghan © Dave McNamara
Saturday 5th June 2010
The Glaucous Gull was still at Kilrush.
Friday  4th June 2010
One sub-adult Glaucous Gull was seen at Kilrush.
One Jay and four male Blackcap were in Lees Road Wood.
Glaucous Gull at Kilrush © Paul Troake
Thursday 3th June 2010
One Little Egret was at the Quay in Clarecastle.
There were four Yellowhammer near to the Burren Perfumery along with a Spotted Flycatcher.
Two more Yellowhammer were at Castletown Carron.
One Blackcap was at Applewood, Ballycar.
Wednesday 2rd June 2010
There were eight Little Egrets at Lough Muchanagh along with on Black-tailed Godwit.
Two Little Egrets were at Mullaghmore.
Three Common Sandpipers were at Lough Bunny.
Four Yellowhammers were at the Perfumery at Carron.
One male Blackcap was at Applewood, Ballycar.
Tuesday 1st June 2010
There were two Blackcaps at Applewood, Ballycar.
Three more were at Lees Road Wood
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May 2010

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Monday 31st May 2010
The COMMON CRANE was seen flying high in a North-west direction this afternoon near
Hogans Cross, between Doora and Gurteen (Finbarr McGabhainn).
A Black Swan was at Lough Derg.
Two Jay and two male Blackcap were at Lees Road Wood.
Two Blackcaps were at Applewood, Ballycar.
One Blackcap was near Knockaneen.
Sunday 30th May 2010
There were four Little Egrets at Lough Muchanagh in the Burren.
Six Yellowhammers were at the Burren Perfumery.
One Spotted Flycatcher and three Blackcaps were at Inchiquin Bridge.
One Common Sandpiper was at Lough Bunny.
Saturday 29th May 2010
A Kingfisher was seen at Club Bridge Ennis.
One male Blackcap was at Applewood, Ballycar.
Thursday 27th May 2010
A Jay and two male Blackcap were at Lees Road Wood.
One male Blackcap was at Applewood, Ballycar.
The Kingfisher was still in the middle of Ennis today on the River Fergus.
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Cuckoo at Monreal © Jeff Copner
Wednesday 26th May 2010
One female MARSH HARRIER was at the Shannon Airport Lagoon this afternoon.
One Kingfisher was on the River Fergus in Ennis Town.
One male Blackcap was at Applewood, Ballycar.
Tuesday 25th May 2010
One Kingfisher and two male Blackcaps were at Blackweir Bridge, the Rine River near Dromoland.
One male Blackcap was at Lakyle National School, Whitegate.
One Blackcap was at Mooghaun Lough, Newmarket-on-Fergus. 
One Kingfisher was on the River Fergus in Ennis Town.
One Dipper was on the Owenogarney River at Sixmilebridge.
A Jay and two male Blackcap were in Lees Road Wood.
Monday 24th May 2010
A Common Crane was seen this evening soaring high in the sky on the east side of Ennis (Stan Nugent).
There were 40 Great Northern Divers and one Black-throated Diver off Finvarra Point.
A pair of Tree Sparrows are nesting in the old castle on Doonbeg Pier.
A pair of Chough and one Peregrine were at Hags Head.
Two Chough were at Donegal Point, Doonbeg.
One female Blackcap and two Spotted Flycatchers were at Inchiquin Bridge.
Sunday 23rd May 2010
The PACIFIC DIVER was off Finvarra Point today (Mark Carmody & John N Murphy).
Also at Finvarra Point was one Black-throated Diver and  60 Great Northern Divers.
One adult Mediterranean Gull was on the North Clare coast.
There were four Little Egrets at Mullaghmore along with six Blackcaps, six Yellowhammers
and two Peregrines.
Four more Little Egrets were at Lough Muckaghnagh.
Two Spotted Flycatchers, two Blackcaps and a Jay were at Inchiquin Bridge.
Two Common Sandpipers were at Lough Bunny.
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Adult Mediterranean Gull near New Quay © John N Murphy
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Little Egrets at nests in the Burren ,the first time recorded nesting in Clare © Dave McNamara
Thursday 20th April 2010
Four male Blackcap were at Lees Road Wood this afternoon.
Wednesday 19th May 2010
Four Yellowhammer and two male Blackcap were in the Mulloughmore area.
Two more Blackcap were singing in Ballygriffey Wood.
Monday 17th May 2010
Five Blackcap were singing at Lees Road Wood with two more at Ballyallia.
Two Great Northern Diver were seen at Lahinch
A Merlin was seen near Alliwee Cave.
Sunday 16th May 2010
At the dawn chorus outing this morning in Mullaghmore there were 
eight  Blackcaps, four Yellowhammers, four Little Egrets and two
Common Sandpipers.
One male Blackcap was singing at Grannaghan Castle, Fenloe Lake.
Two male Blackcaps were singing at Applewood, Ballycar.
Saturday 15th May 2010
The PACIFIC DIVER,  four Black-throated Divers and a Long-tailed Skua 
were off the Flaggy Shore (Owen Foley).
One male Blackcap was at Applewood, Ballycar.
Friday 14th May 2010
There were three Blackcaps singing at Mullaghmore the Burren along
with seven Yellowhammers.
Two Blackcaps were at the Claureen River Attenuation Pond in Ennis.
One Blackcap was at Applewood Ballycar along with 16 Whimbrel.
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Yellowhammer at Mullaghmore © Dave McNamara
Thursday 13th May 2010
A Jay was at Lees Road Wood along with two singing Blackcap.
Wednesday 12th May 2010
The PACIFIC DIVER was still off Finvarra Point (Jeff Copner).
Tuesday 11th May 2010
There was one Spotted Flycatcher and one Blackcap at Inchiquin Bridge.
Six Yellowhammers were at Mullaghmore.
Two Blackcaps was at Roxton, Corofin. 
Two male Blackcaps were at Doo Lough.
A pair of Yellowhammers were seen with nesting material near Mount Callan.
A Jay was at Lees Road Wood along with three male Blackcap.
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Spotted Flycatcher at Inchiquin Bridge © Dave McNamara
Monday 10th May 2010
A pair of Gadwall were at Ballyallia along with two male Blackcap.
A flock of 308 Dunlin were seen at Islandavanna.
Four male Blackcap were at Lees Road Wood this afternoon.
Sunday 9th May 2010
The PACIFIC DIVER was seen off Finvarra Point this afternoon (Dermot O’Mahony).
There were five Little Egrets and 136 Dunlin at Shannon Airport Lagoon.
Two Blackcap were singing in Dromore Wood.
One Blackcap was at Applewood, Ballycar along with 40 Whimbrel.
Saturday 8th May 2010
The PACIFIC DIVER was off Finvarra Point again today (Tim Griffin & Kieran Fahy), along with
24 Great Northern Divers.
One Whooper Swan and two Wigeon were at Lough Atedaun.
One Yellowhammer was near Corifin Village.
One Jay was near Lough Bunny.
Two male Blackcaps were at Gort Coirce.
Two Blackcap were singing in Lees Road Wood.
Friday 7th May 2010
One Jay was on the Rocky Road Ennis.
There were 40 Whimbrel , two White Wagtails, 50 Dunlin, two Bar-tailed Godwits
and two Great Northern Divers at Seafield, Quilty.
One male Blackcap was at Applewood, Ballycar.
Thursday 6th May 2010
There were two male Blackcaps and 32 Whimbrel at Applewood, Ballycar.
Wednesday 5th May 2010
One Spotted Flycatcher and one Dipper were at the Falls near Kilmaley.
Forty Whimbrel were at Seafield along with three Great Northern Diver.
Three male Blackcap were in Lees Road Wood.
There were 14 Whimbrel and two Blackcaps at Applewood, Ballycar.
Tuesday 4th May 2010
An adult Ring-billed Gull was at Clahane along with 200 Whimbrel between
Clahane and Hags Head. 
There were also three Chough and two Ravens at Hags Head.
There were 50 Great Northern Divers, two Red-throated Divers, four Long-tailed Ducks
and 40 Whimbrel off Finvarra Point.
There were 36 Whimbrel and one male Blackcap at Applewood, Ballycar.
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Ring-billed Gull on Clahane beach © Jeff Copner
Monday 3rd May 2010
A White-tailed Sea Eagle was reported over Lough Derg today (David Lyons)?.
There were ten Black-throated Divers off Finvarra Point.
One Greylag Goose was at Cloghaun Lough Loop Head, while on the headland
there were three Ravens, two Chough, one Peregrine and on the sea were 700
Manx Shearwaters. 
One Blackcap and 20 Whimbrel were at Applewood, Ballycar.
Three Blackcap were singing in Lees Road Wood Ennis.

Sunday 2nd May 2010
The PACIFIC DIVER re-appeared off Finvarra Point this afternoon (John N Murphy).
One adult Ring-billed Gull was at Muckinish Bay near Bell Harbour.
Also between Finvarra and New Quay there were 80 Whimbrel and 40 Great Northern Divers.
One male Blackcap was at Applewood, Ballycar.
Saturday 1st May 2010
One second year Glaucous Gull was at Lough Donnell.
Between Lough Donnell and Quilty  there were 160 Whimbrel.
A flock of 500 Manx Shearwaters were off the Bridges of Ross.
Ten White Wagtails were at Seafield, Quilty along with four Great Northern Divers.
At Loop Head there were two Sedge Warblers, eight Chough and four Ravens.
There were 25 Whimbrel at Rineville Bay, Carrigaholt.
Glaucous Gull with Common Gull flying past at Lough Donnell © John N Murphy
Grasshopper Warblers were abundant throughout the county today © John N Murphy
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April 2010

April 2010:
Friday 30th April 2010
There were two Sedge Warblers, one Grasshopper Warbler, six Gadwall and 
five Little Egrets at Shannon Airport Lagoon.
A flock of 100 Whimbrel, six Sandwich Terns and four White Wagtails were at Clahane.
One male Blackcap was singing at Applewood, Ballycar. and 32 Whimbrel flew North-westwards overhead.
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Whimbrel at Clahane © Jeff Copner
Thursday 29th April 2010
There were nine Manx Shearwaters, ten Great Northern Divers and 20 Black
Guillemots off Black Head.
Two Whitethroats, two Grasshopper Warblers and two Blackcaps were 
at Roxton, Corofin.
One male Blackcap was at Applewood, Ballycar.
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Grasshopper Warbler © Dave McNamara
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Whitethroat © Dave McNamara
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Great Northern Diver in summer plumage © Dave McNamara
Wednesday 28th April 2010
There were 40 Whimbrel at Ballyvaughan Bay this eveining.
One male Blackcap was singing at Applewood Ballycar.
Four Blackcap were singing at Lees Road Wood.
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Willow Warbler in North Clare Dermot Cosgrove
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Whimbrel hearding northwards over Galway Bay © Dermot Cosgrove
Tuesday 27th April 2010
There were ten Whimbrel at Shannon Town.
Monday 26th April 2010
One Whitethroat, two male Blackcap, a Grasshopper Warbler and a Greylag Goose were at Roxton Corofin.

Sunday 25th April 2010
A Swift was flying over Ballyallia Lake this evening.

There were up to eight singing Grasshopper Warblers near Doo Lough along with two male Hen Harriers.
Four Blackcap were at Lees Road Wood and two more were at Ballyallia.
One male Blackcap was singing at Mullaghmore.
A female Hen Harrier and ywo Ravens were at Mount Callan.
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Male Blackcap © Jeff Copner
Saturday 24th April 2010
A male Ring Ouzel was seen at Doolin (Steve Millar).
Two Grasshopper Warbler a male Hen Harrier and a Blackcap were at Boolynagleeragh Bog Lissycasey this morning.
Friday 25th April 2010
A Kingfisher was on the Rine River near Newmarket-on-Fergus.
Thursday 22nd April.
Sixty Whimbrel were seen at Doonbeg Bay.
A hundred more were at Seafield.
Four Blackcaps were singing in Lees Road Wood.
Wednesday 21st April 2010
A Grasshopper Warbler was singing close to the old waterworks at Doolough Lake.
One hundred and twenty Whimbrel, a White Wagtail and 32 Great Northern Divers were at the Flaggy Shore.
Four Yellowhammers were seen at Cappaghmore on the New Line.
Tuesday 20th April 2010
There were five Blackcap singing in Lees Road Wood this evening.
Two more Blackcap and a Cuckoo were reported from Darragh
Monday 19th April 2010
Three Blackcap were singing in Lees Road Wood this afternoon.
Male Blackcap were also at Roxton Corofin and Gortcoirce Dysart.
Two more were seen at Eagles Rock.
Six Gadwall were at Lake Inchiquin.
A pair of Gadwall were at Ballyallia Lake.
Nine Yellowhammer were reported from Mullaghmore.
A Merlin and eight White Wagtail were at Seafield.
Five Cuckoo were seen in the Doolough/ Mullagh area.

Sunday 18th April 2010
A female Black Redstart was seen in a garden in Cahermurphy, Kilmihil.
A Glaucous Gull and a White Wagtail were at Lough Donnell.
A male Blackcap was at Ballyallia.
Saturday 17th April 2010
A first summer WHITE-BILLED DIVER was reported off Finvara Point this afternoon. (Paul Keating, Bob Strickland and Joe Smith)
Sixty Great Northern Diver and forty two Whimbrel were seen in the same area.
A pair of Scaup and three Blackcap were seen at Ardclooney.
Two Little Egret and three White Wagtail were at the Shannon Airport Lagoon.
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Swallow collecting mud to build nest © John N Murphy
Friday 16th April 2010.
One Red-necked Grebe and a Black-throated Diver were seen north of Corconroo.
Nine Yellowhammer and three Blackcap were at Mullaghmore.
Four more were seen close to the Burren perfumery.
Three Blackcap were at Rinnamona Kilnaboy and another at Clifden Hill.
Two more were singing at Lees Road Wood.
Five White Wagtail were seen at Clahane.
A Peregrine was at Eagle’s Rock.
Thursday 15th April 2010
Two Kingfisher were seen at Dromoland.
Five Great Northern Diver were seen on Doolough Lake
A female Hen Harrier and five Woodcock were in Mullagh.
Wednesday 14th April 2010
An Osprey was found today North of Ennistymon this evening (Chris Pappiet),
along with one second year Glaucous Gull. 
Two Blackcap were singing in Lees Road Wood this evening.
Another was heard at Ballyallia Lake.
Five Black-throated Diver,15 Red-throated Diver,10 Whimbrel and one adult Mediterranean Gull were seen close to Corconroo on the Clare Galway border.
Monday 12th April 2010
Two Buzzards were near Kilbane, Broadford.
A Blackcap was singing at Ballyallia this evening.
Sunday 11th April 2010
One male Cuckoo was calling at Applewood, Ballycar along with two male Blackcaps
and three Water Rails on Ballycar Lough.
A male Blackcap was at Ballyallia Lake.
A Raven was seen at Larchill Ennis.
Saturday 10th April 2010
The female GOOSANDER was still at Ardcloony (Paul Troake), along with
the male and female Scaup and five Goldeneye.
There were seven Black-throated Divers  two Red-throated Divers and 96 Great Northern Divers 
off the Flaggy Shore.
Four Common Terns were at Poulnasherry Bay along with three Little Egrets and 40 Brent Geese.
There were seven Yellowhammers at Mullaghmore.
One Little Egret was at Lough Onchiquin.
Three Water Rails and one Melin were at Rinnamona, Kilnaboy.
One male Blackcap was at Ballyea, Inagh.
One male Blackcap was at Rath Lake, Corofin.
One male Blackcap was just south of Killaloe.
One male Blackcap was at Applewood, Ballycar along with two Greylag Geese.
There were 12 Whooper Swans at Ballygireen.
Friday 9th April 2010
One drake Eider was at the Flaggy Shore along with one  Black-throated Diver.
There were 100 Brent Geese between Ballyvaughan and the Flaggy Shore.
Four Yellowhammers were at Mullaghmore, the Burren.
One Male Blackcap was at Applewood, Ballycar.
One male Blackcap was at Moys, Killaloe.
A male and female Scaup were at Ardclooney.

Thursday 8th April 2010
One female Hen  Harrier was at Woodcock Hill.
One male Blackcap was singing at Applewood, Ballycar and a late redwing was also at Applewood.
Wednesday 7th April 2010
One male Blackcap was singing at Applewood, Ballycar while two
Greylag Geese flew east over the area.
Tuesday 6th April 2010
The female GOOSANDER was still at Ardcloony (Clodagh Glasgow & James Hayes).
There were two Black-throated Divers and 27 Brent Geese at the Rine, Ballyvaughan.
One Little Egret was at Skeghanagh, Clarecastle.
One male Blackcap was singing at Applewood, Ballycar.
Another male Blackcap was singing at Lough Atedaun.
One male Blackcap was singing at Rath Lough.
There were 15 Yellowhammers at Mullaghmore in the Burren.
Ten Whooper Swans were at Knockaunroe, Corofin.
Goosander at Ardcloony © James Hayes
Yellowhammer at Mullagmore © Jeff Copner 
Monday 5th April 2010
The Red-necked Grebe, one Black-throated Diver and one Long-tailed Duck was at
Doorus near the Clare/Galway border (Dave McNamara).
There were 69 Great Northern Divers off Black Head. 
Sunday 4th April 2010
Three WHITE-TAILED EAGLES were seen circling high over Kilmaley
heading in the direction of Corofin (Darren Reddington).
The drake Green-winged Teal was still at Burrin Lake (Tim Griffin).
There were 20 Black-throated Divers off the Flaggy Shore.
There were five Whimbrel over Applewood Ballycar this evening and a
male Blackcap was singing on site all day.
One Dipper was on the Claureen River.
Saturday 3rd April 2010
The PIED-BILLED GREBE was still at Lough Atedaun (James Hayes & Clodagh Glasgow).
There were also a mixed flock of 100 hirundines at Lough Atedaun.
The female GOOSANDER was also still at Ardcloony (John N Murphy & John Rattigan),
along with one House Martin and a mixed flock of hirundines.
One first-winter Iceland Gull and 78 Brent Geese were at Clahane.
Seven Little Egrets and four Water Rails were at Shannon Airport Lagoon.
Four Yellowhammers were at Mullaghmore.
Two Dippers were at the Falls in Ennistymon.
Seven Sandwich Terns were between Finvarra Point and Doorus.
A flock of 90 Brent Geese were near the graveyard at Lisscannor.
Friday 2nd April 2010
One Dipper was on the Claureen River near Kilmaley.
Thursday 1st April 2010
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March 2010

Wednesday 31st March 2010
There was a pair of Long-eared Owls at Crusheen this evening. 
Tuesday 30th March 2010
The PIED-BILLED GREBE was still at Lough Atedaun (Josh Jones).
The drake Green-winged Teal was also still at Burrin Lake (Josh Jones).
One Swallow was at Ballyallia Lake.
Monday 29th March 2010
A flock of 250 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and one Peregrine were at Lough Donnell.
Over 70 Purple Sandpipers were at Seafield, Quilty.
Sunday 28th March 2010
The PACIFIC DIVER was off Finvarra Point (Pat Lonergan, Dermot Breen et al).
One drake Green-winged Teal was at Burrin Lake. (Pat Lonergan).
There were 30 Black-throated Divers off the Rine, Ballyvaughan.
One Chiffchaff was singing at Applewood, Ballycar.
Two Wheatears were at Mullaghmore, the Burren.
There was also an influx of Willow Warblers to North Clare with four at Lough Atedaun,
and 5-6 at Mullaghmore in the Burren.  These were the first for the year in the county.
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Willow Warbler near Lough Atedaun © Dave McNamara
Saturday 27th March 2010
The PACIFIC DIVER was off Bishops Quarter (Maeve & Christy Meehan), along with
two Sandwich Terns.
The PIED-BILLED Grebe was at Lough Atedaun, Corofin (James Hayes & Clogdagh Glasgow).
There were three Sandwich Terns at New Quay.
Four Black-throated Divers and 25 Great Northern Divers were off Finvarra Point.
Friday 26th March 2010
The PACIFIC DIVER was at Finvarra Point (Conor Foley), there were also three Black-thraoted
Divers and six Long-tailed Ducks off the point.
The PIED-BILLED GREBE was still at Lough Atedaun (Conor Foley).
The drake Ring-necked Duck was still at Kilkee Resrvoir (Christy Meehan).
One drake Green-winged Teal was also still at Burrin Lake near New Quay (Conor Foley).
A Red-necked Grebe was off Doorus Pier near the Clare/Galway border.
The female Goosander was back at Ardcloony (Paul Troake), along with one Swallow and
40 Sandmartins.
There was one Black-throated Diver, two Long-tailed Ducks, 11 Sandwich Terns and
90 Red-breasted Mergansers at Aughinish.
One Chiffchaff was a Clifden Hill, Corofin.
One Scandinavian Rock Pipit was at Clahane.
One Little Egret was at Clonlara.
There were six Wheatears at Chimney Bay, Kilkee.
One Swallow was on the Tulla Road, Ennis and another at Drehidnagower Bridge.
Thursday 25th March 2010
Puffins returned today to Goat Island off the Cliffs of Moher.
Wednesday 24th March 2010
The PIED-BILLED GREBE made a brief appearance this evening in the left hand corner of Lough Atedaun (Jeff Copner).
A female Ring-necked Duck was at Ardcloony (John N Murphy, Brian Finnegan & Jeff Copner), along with
20 Sandmartins, two Swallows, two Chiffchaffs, one Kingfisher, two Scaup and 50 Tufted Ducks.
Five Sandwich Terns and a Wheatear were on the Flaggy Shore.
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A bird showing characteristics of Scandinavian Rock Pipit at Clahane © Dave McNamara
Tuesday 23rd March 2010
Four Little Egrets were at Shannon Airport Lagoon.
One Dipper was on the Claureen River.
Monday 22nd March 2010
One Woodcock was at Granaghan Castle, Fenloe Lake.
There were 500 Golden Plover at Lahinch Bridge and Marsh.
A flock of 12 Brent Geese were at Clahane along with the colour
ringed Redshank (Red over white/pale green).
Sunday 21st March 2010
The GOOSANDER was at Ardcloony, Parteen Reservoir (Tom Tarpey), along with one
Red-necked Grebe, 50 Tufted Ducks, two Scaup and one Kingfisher.
The drake Green-winged Teal was at Burrin Lake, New Quay (Mark Carmody).
One Common Sandpiper was at the Quay at Clarecastle.
A hundred and sixty  Tufted Duck were at Ballyallia Lake.
One Red Grouse and a Crossbill were at Maghera.
There was one Jay at O’Briens Bridge.
Another Jay was just outside Killaloe.
A flock of ten Sandmartins were at Fenloe (Fin) Lough, Newmarket-on-Fergus,
with another fock of 20 were seen at Drehidnagower Bridge.
Saturday 20th March 2010
The PACIFIC DIVER was at Finvarra Point (Brian Finnegan, Austin Cooney, Tom & Nuala Lynch et al).
The drake Green-winged Teal was still at Burrin Lake (Tom & Nuala Lynch et al). 
One drake Eider was at New Quay.
One Green Sandpiper was at Ballycorrick Bridge, near Ballynacally.
Sand Martins were seen at Ballyallia Lake today, the first for the year in Clare.
One Jay was at Ballynacally Village.
Two Jays and five Wodcock were at Clifden Hill, Corofin.
Thee was a pair of Scaup and up to 60 Tufted Ducks at Ardcloony on the Shannon River.
Friday 19th March 2010
The PACIFIC DIVER was off Bishops Quarter, Ballyvaughan Bay (Michael Cowming, Colum Flynn et al).
The drake Green-winged Teal was at the Turlough near Tulla the Burren (Dave McNamara).
One drake Green-winged Teal was at Burrin Lake, New Quay (Michael Cowming et al).
A Red-necked Grebe was at Doorus Pier on Clare/Galway border.
There were eight Black-throated Divers at Ballyvaughan while 17 were off Finvarra Point.
Two Black-throated Divers were off Aughinish.
One drake Eider was at Finvarra Point.
One second-winter Ring-billed Gull was at Bell Harbour.
Two Little Egrets and 20 Whooper Swans were at Lough Atedaun.
One Green Sandpiper was at Ballycorrick Bridge.
One Little Egret was at Islandavanna, Clarecastle.
Thursday 18th March 2010
The PACIFIC DIVER was off Finvarra Point today (Dominic Mitchell, Chris Harbard & Roy Beddard), along
with three Black-throated Divers.
The PIED-BILLED GREBE was on show again at Lough Atedaun (Dominic Mitchell, Chris Harbard & Roy Beddard).
The drake Green-winged Teal was at Burrin Lake near New Quay (Dominic Mitchell, Chris Harbard & Roy Beddard).
Wednesday 17th March 2010
The PACIFIC DIVER was at Finvarra Point again today (Harry Hussey & John Lynch).
The female GOOSANDER was also back at Ardcloony on the Shannon River (Paul Troake).
A drake Green-winged Teal was at Burrin Lake near New Quay (Harry Hussey & John Lynch).
Tuesday 16th March 2010
The PACIFIC DIVER was in Ballyvaughan Bay today (Jeff Copner, Christy Meehan & Austin Cooney).
The drake Green-winged Teal was still at the Shannon Airport Lagoon (Dominic Mitchell, Chris Harbard & Roy Beddard).
There was a male Blackcap at Oak Park Ennis this morning.
Monday 15th March 2010
The PACIFIC DIVER was still present this morning off Finvarra Point (Colin McNamee).
The female GOOSANDER was back at Ardcloony on the Shannon River (Paul Troake),
along with 50 Goldeneye.
There were eight Crossbills and 60 Siskins at Kilnacreagh Wood east of Sixmilebridge.
One Whimbrel was at Doonbeg.
A flock of 48 Barnacle Geese were at Illaunonearaun with two Chough near Moveen.
Ten Little Egrets were at the Shannon Airport Lagoon with a flock of 210 Black-tailed Godwits.
A male and female Blackcap were at Oak Park Ennis.
Sunday 14th March 2010
The PACIFIC DIVER was once again off Finvarra Point (Dave Fox & Paul Keogh).
A drake Ring-necked Duck was at Kilkee Reservoir (John N Murphy & Finbarr McGabhann).
The second-winter Ring-billed Gull was still at Bell Harbour.
There were two Spotted Redshanks and five Black-throated Divers at Finvarra Point.
A pair of Carrion Crows were near Killard, Cross on the Loop Head peninsula.
A Barn Owl waqs heard calling near Moanreel for 2 hours after dusk.
There was one Whimbrel a Cloghaun Lough, Loop Head.
One Jack Snipe was at the tip of Loop Head Lighthouse.
One Little Egret was at Doonbeg.
There were three Little Egrets and 80 Shelduck at Poulnasherry Bay.
A flock of 140 Barnacle Geese were on Mattle Island.
There were 14 Red-throated Divers at  Doughmore Bay, Doonbeg.
A flock of 40 Whooper Swans were just outside Kilkee near the Reservoir with one Greylag Goose.
There were 45 Cormorants nesting on Illaunonearaun south of Kilkee.
One Dipper was on the River Fergus at Clifden Hill.
There were six Woodcock at Gort Coirce, Dysert.
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Ring-necked Duck with Tufted Ducks at Kilkee Reservoir © John N Murphy
Saturday 13th March 2010
The PACIFIC DIVER was off Finvarra Point again today (Aidan Kelly, Victor Cashera, Tom Shevlin et al).
The drake Green-winged Teal was still at Shannon Airport Lagoon (John N Murphy), 
along with 16 Little Egrets.
There was a drake Green-winged Teal at a Turlough near Tulla, north of Boston on 
the New Line Road between Tubber and New Quay (Dave McNamara).
Six Black-throated Divers were at the Flaggy Shore.
One adult Yellow-legged Gull was at Aughinish.
A second-winter Ring-billed Gull was at Bell Harbour.
The first Wheatear of the year was at Georges Head, Kilkee.
Three Twite were on the cliff walk near Dunlicky Kilkee this morning.
A flock of 53 Whooper Swans were near Kilkee Reservoir.
Five Little Egrets were at Ballyallia Lake, Ennis.
One Peregrine was at Lough Atedaun.
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Green-winged Teal with Eurasian Teal at Shannon Airport Lagoon © John N Murphy
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Three Twite sun bathing at George’s Head Kilkee © Christy Meehan
Friday 12th March 2010
The PIED-BILLED GREBE was seen at Lough Atedaun on the right hand side
of the lake and slipway (Dave McNamara).
A male Hen Harrier and a Woodcock were at Gort Coirce.
There was a flock of 27 Whooper Swans at Lough Cullane.
Over 60 Whooper Swans were still in fields near Ballygireen.
A small party of 22 Greylag Geese were in fields near Lough  Muchanagh.
There were two Greylag Geese over Applewood, Ballycar.
A male Blackcap was at Oak Park Ennis.
Thursday 11th March 2010
There were over 60 Whooper Swans at Ballygireen, Newmarket-on-Fergus this morning.
A flock of 140 Sanderling were at Seafield, Quilty, two of which were colour ringed.
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Colour-ringed Sanderling at Seafield, Quilty © John N Murphy
Wednesday 10th March 2010
The PIED-BILLED GREBE was showing on and off today at Lough Atedaun (John N Murphy,
James Hayes, Howard Williams & Dave McNamara).
There was a drake Green-winged Teal at Shannon Airport Lagoon (John N Murphy & James Hayes),
along with 19 Little Egrets, eight Water Rails and one Peregrine.
The drake Green-winged Teal was at Bell Harbour (Joe Donaldson).
A female GOOSANDER was at Ardcloony, above the Weir, North of O’Brien’s Bridge on the Shannon River (Paul Troake).
This is only a fourth record for the county.
There were five Black-throated Divers at Finvarra Point.
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Green-winged Teal at Shannon Airport Lagoon © James Hayes
Tuesday 9th March 2010
There were four Black-throated Divers and eight Red-throated Divers off Finvarra
Point today.
Monday 8th March 2010
The PACIFIC DIVER was back at Finvarra Point this morning (Jeff Copner).
The PIED-BILED GREBE was still at Lough Atedaun (John N Murphy, Will Soar et al).
Six Woodcock were at Clifden Hill, Corofin.
Sunday 7th March 2010
The PACIFIC DIVER is still at the inner bay at Finvarra Point this morning (Kieran Grace et al).
The PIED-BILLED GREBE was at Lough Atedaun earlier this morning and late this evening (Jeff Copner & Dave McNamara).
One adult male and one immature Eider were off the Flaggy Shore, New Quay.
There were 86 Black-throated Divers between Black Head and Aughinish Island.
A total of 18 Long-tailed Ducks were seen between the Martello Tower at Finvarra
and the Flaggy Shore along with one Merlin close to the Martello Tower at Finvarra Point.
Three Woodcock were at Clifden Hill, Corofin.
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Pied-billed Grebe at Lough Atedaun © Dave McNamara
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Pied-billed Grebe was at Lough Atedaun early this morning © Jeff Copner
Saturday 6th March 2010
An adult PACIFIC DIVER was showing well off Finvarra Point all afternoon (John N Murphy, 
Finbarr McGabhann,  James Hayes, Clodagh Glasgow et al). 
This is the first record for the county and Ireland and probably the same individual as found 
by Michael Davis off the Galway coast some weeks ago.
The PIED-BILLED GREBE was at Lough Atedaun again this morning. (Dave McNamara, John N Murphy
& Finbarr MacGabhann).
Also off the North Clare coast there was the Red-necked Grebe, four Black-throated Divers,
200 Great Northern Divers, 28 Long-tailed Ducks, 60 Black Guillemots and 120 Brent Geese.
There were three Yellowhammers at Mullaghmore in the Burren.
There were eight Woodcock at Clifden Hill.
One Merlin was at Rath Lough, Corofin.
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Pied-billed Grebe at Lough Atedaun © Will Soar
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Pacific Diver flapping wings © Dave McNamara
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Pacific Diver off Finvarra Point © Dermot Breen
Fridray 5th March 2010
A PIED-BILLED GREBE was seen just before sunset at Lough Atedaun (Dave McNamara).
The drake Green-winged Teal was at Bell Harbour (James Hayes).
There was one Red-necked Grebe, four Black-throated Divers and two 
Long-tailed Ducks off Doorus Pier on the Clare/Galway border this morning.
Two Greylag Geese were at Applewood, Ballycar.
There are lots of Bullfinches about eating fresh spring buds © John N Murphy
Thursday 4th March 2010
There were two Long-tailed Ducks and 20 Red-throated Divers off Aughinish.
Three Jays were at Clifden Hill, Corofin.
One Woodcock was at Lough Bunny.
There was a flock of 20 Whooper Swans at Lough Cullaun, the Burren.
Five Greylag Geese and a Water Rail were at Ballycar Lough. 
Six Ravens were at Boston Castle.
Wednesday 3rd March 2010
There was a Green Sandpiper at the Falls in Ennistymon.
One male Hen Harrier was at Ballyeither Lough.
A flock of 43 Greenland White-fronted Geese were at Lough Muachanagh.
One Peregrine was at Lough Donnell.
There were 18 Goldeneye at Lough Bunny. 
Tuesday 2nd March 2010
A drake Ring-necked Duck was at Lough Inchiquin (Dave McNamara).
Three Black-throated Divers were off Aughinish.
A male Hen Harrier was at Lough Atedaun.
There were 14 Pintail at Lough Muchanagh.
A flock of 25 Whooper Swans were at Lough Cullaun, the Burren.
Ring-necked Duck with Coot at Lough Inchiquin © Dave McNamara

Monday 1st March 2010

Six Greylag Geese flew east over Applewood, Ballycar.
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