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Thursday 13th October 2011

Thursday 13th October 2011

Common Sandpiper © John N Murphy

Two Common Sandpipers, a Grey Wagtail and 12 Rock Pipits were at Clarecastle Quay and Bridge this afternoon.
There were 21 Common Scoter, 20 Red-throated Divers, and five Great Northern Divers off Liscannor.
One kingfisher was at Ballygriffey Castle Bridge.
Two Jays were at Clifden, Corofin.
One Jay was at Kilmaley.
A small flock of 26 Tufted Ducks were at Lough Gash, Newmarket-on-Fergus.

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Wednesday 12th October 2011

Two Common Sandpipers were near the Bridge at Clarecastle.
There were 14 Crossbills at Darragh.

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Tuesday 11th October 2011

Tuesday 11th October 2011

A 2nd Calendar year Pomarine Skua off Fodry Point © John N Murphy

At Loop Head today there was one Snow Bunting at the Fodry, a flock of 400 Gannets were feeding off the tip of Loop Head Lighthouse, 27 Snipe and 34 Golden Plovers were in open ground around the lighthouse, one Wheatear was in the harbour with another at fields near the Bridges of Ross along with 46 Golden Plover. Seven Swallows were in Kilbaha. One Whimbrel was at Horse Island.
A one hour seawatch (10.30-11.30) off Fodry Point there were seven Pomarine Skuas, seven Arctic Skuas, one Leach’s Petrel which was taken by a Peregrine out to sea, one Red-throated Diver and four Great Northern Divers.
A one hour seawatch this evening (17.00-18.00) off the Bridges of Ross produced three Long-tailed Skuas (two adults and one 2nd-cal bird), 15 Arctic Skuas, 11 Pomarine Skuas, seven Bonxies, five Leaches Petrels, one Storm Petrel, three Sooty Shearwaters, six Manx Shearwaters, two Great Northern Divers and one Red-throated Diver.
At Doonbeg beach there were 60 Golden Plover, 36 Bar-tailed Godwits and one Black-tailed Godwit.

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Monday 10th October 2011

Monday 10th October 2011

Brent Geese are steadily arriving in the county © John N Murphy

A half hour seawatch off the Bridges of Ross produced two Pomarine Skuas, three Bonxies, five Sooty Shearwaters and ten Manx Shearwaters.
One Snow Bunting was in Kilbaha.
At Black Head this morning (08.40-10.20), six Pomarine Skuas and two Arctic Skuas flew west along with three Storm Petrels, two Arctic Terns and four Manx Shearwaters.
Four Storm Petrels flew west off Finvarra.
One Kingfisher and 25 Brent Geese were at Doonbeg.
Six Whooper Swans were at Lough Donnell.
Ten Crossbills were at Gortcoirce, Dysart.


Lots of Snipe and Snow Buntings have arrived in Clare over the past few days © John N Murphy

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Saturday 8th October 2011

Saturday 8th October 2011

Juvenile Pomarine Skua on the beach at Kilbaha © John N Murphy
Additional images at www.murfswildlife.blogspot.com & www.loopheadbo.blogspot.com

At Loop Head today there were eight Snow Buntings, one juvenile Pomarine Skua in Kilbaha Harbour, one Merlin, 40 Snipe, one Wheatear, one male Merlin, ten Swallows, 14 Red Buntings, one Grey Phalarope off the Fodry Point along with three juvenile Bonxies and 16 Brent Geese.
One Snow Bunting was at Kilkee.
One juvenile Curlew Sandpiper was at Rineville beach.


Juvenile Arctic Skua, Kilbaha, Snow Bunting at Fodry, Loop Head © John N Murphy

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Friday 7th October 2011

Friday 7th October 2011

Pomarine Skua off Fodry Point © Jeff Copner

At Loop Head today there were two Snow Buntings, one Chiffchaff, two Ruff at Cloghaun Lough, ten Swallows, three Wheatears and 70 Golden Plover.
Between the Bridges of Ross and Fodry Point there were one juvenile Sabine’s Gull, 37 Pomarine Skuas, ten Arctic Skuas, ten Bonxies, one Red-breasted Merganser, one Great Northern Diver and two Red-throated Divers.
At Black Head there were three Pomarine Skuas, one Great Skua, one Arctic Skua and 3 Chough. Two Pomarine Skuas flew along the shore near Ballyvaghan and another three flew west at Finvarra, plus 3 Grey Phalaropes close in on the sea there.
Two Swallows were at Darragh.


Pomarine Skua & Snow Bunting at Loop Head © John N Murphy & Juvenile Pomarine Skua at the Fodry © Jeff Copner

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Thursday 6th October 2011

Thursday 6th October 2011

Leach’s Storm Petrel off Seafield Pier © John N Murphy

At the Bridges of Ross today there were ten Sooty Shearwaters, ten Leach’s Petrels, 20 Storm Petrels, 40 Pomarine Skuas, 14 Arctic Skuas, 27 Bonxies, 1 juvenile Long-tailed Skua, seven juvenile Sabine’s Gulls, 25 Grey Phalaropes, 1400 Gannets, 6000 auks, eight Great Northern Divers, 150 Arctic Terns, one Snipe, 11 Brent Geese and six Common Scoters.
A two hour seawatch this afternoon off the Pier at Seafield, Quilty produced one Great Shearwater, one juvenile Long-tailed Skua, one juvenile Pomarine Skua, two pale phase Arctic Skuas, one juvenile Sabine’s Gulls, two Leach’s Petrels, 50 Arctic Terns, one Great Northern Diver and two Curlew Sandpipers were on the beach.
At Killard, Doonbeg there were two juvenile Sabine’s Gulls, one juvenile Curlew Sandpiper and a first-winter Little Gull.
One Whimbrel was at Rinnagonnacht.

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Wednesday 5th October 2011

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

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Tuesday 4th October 2011

Tuesday 4th October 2011

Curlew Sandpiper © John N Murphy

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

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Monday 3rd October 2011

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

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