Category Archives: Scarce & Rare Bird Sightings

Sunday 18th September 2011

Sunday 18th September 2011

First-winter Common Rosefinch at Kilbaha © Richard Bonser

A first-winter Common Rosefinch has turned up this morning at Walshe’s haggard, Loop Head (Niall T Keogh, Richard Bonser et al).
Two Lapland Buntings were at Loop Head Lighthouse along with nine Buff-breasted Sandpipers.
At the Bridges of Ross there were two Wilson’s Storm Petrels @ 09:05 (Eanna O’Flynn, Mark Stewart & Conor Foley) & @ 11:20 (Tom Tarpey). Also at the bridges were 16 Long-tailed Skuas, 170 Sabine’s Gulls, five Sooty Shearwaters one Leach’s Petrel, eight Storm Petrels, 19 Grey Phalaropes, 54 Great Skuas (Bonxie), two Pomarine Skuas, 37 Arctic, two juvenile Little Gulls, 12 Sandwich Terns, 500 Arctic Terns, 11 Puffins, two Common Scoters, seven Red-throated Divers and one Great Northern Diver. There were also six Bottlenose Dolphins and
one Sunfish.
A juvenile Blue-winged Teal was at the Shannon Airport Lagoon (Owen Foley & Richard Bonser).
At Kilcredaun Bay, there were 5 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers.
At Liscannot, there was a 1st-winter Mediterranean Gull and 4 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers.
Six Crossbills were at Gortcoirce, Dysert.
Two Ruff, 164 Curlew, ten Wigeon and ten Black-tailed Godwits were at Lough Atedaun.

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Saturday 17th September 2011

Saturday 17th September 2011

Adult Long-tailed Skua at the Bridges of Ross © John N Murphy

Today at the Bridges of Ross there was one Wilson’s Storm Petrel (Niall T Keogh), 865 plus Sabine’s Gulls, 76 Long-tailed Skuas, three Balearic Shearwaters, 145 Sooty Shearwaters, 10,000 Manx Shearwaters, 38 Leach’s Petrel, 16 Storm Petrels, 47 Great Skuas, three Pomarine Skuas, 150 plus Arctic Skuas, 26 juvenile Black Terns, 45 Sandwich Terns, one juvenile Common Tern, 8,000 Arctic Terns, 62 Puffins, six Common Scoters, 15 Rd-throated Divers and 130 Grey Phalaropes. There were also one Bottlenose Dolphin, five Common Dolphins and three Sunfish.

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Friday 16th September 2011

Friday 16th September 2011

Sabine’s Gull, Bridges of Ross © John N Murphy

An Osprey was seen flying down Loop Head this morning in a South Westerly direction being mobbed by Hooded Crows (Niall T Keogh).
Also at Loop Head were eight Buff-breasted Sandpipers still at the Fodry along with one Ruff and eight Lapland Buntings.
Off the Bridges of Ross today there was a large movement of Sabine’s Gulls with 392 plus birds passing throughout the afternoon along with 35 Long-tailed Skuas, 12,500 Manx Shearwaters, eight Leach’s Petrel, 21 Storm Petrel, 60 Great Skua (Bonxie), 184 Arctic Skuas, four first-winter juvenile Little Gulls, eight juvenile Black Terns, four Little Terns, 13 Sandwich Terns, 5,000 Arctic Terns, one Common Tern, one Grey Phalarope, three Puffins, eight Common Scoter, 18 Light-bellied Brent Geese,13 Red-throated Divers and 12 Bar-tailed Godwits. There were also one Minke Whale, five Common Dolphins and one Sunfish.

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Thursday 15th September 2011

Thursday 15th September 2011

Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Fodry, Loop Head © Jeff Copner

An amazing flock of 15 Buff-breasted Sandpipers were at the Fodry, Loop Head this morning, along with 12 Lapland Buntingsand 13 Black-tailed Godwits flew past the headland. There was also a first-winter Yellow Wagtail near the Lighthouse.
At the Bridges of Ross today there was one adult Long-tailed Skua, 48 Sabine’s Gulls, one Balearic Shearwater, 16 Sooty Shearwaters, six Storm Petrels, five Bonxies, one Pomarine Skua, ten Arctic Skuas, a juvenile Little Gull, 14 Sandwich Terns, 140 Arctic Terns, 16 Common Scoter, ten Brent Geese, four Red-throated Divers, one Black Guillemot and five Whimbrel.

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Wednesday 14th September 2011

Wednesday 14th September 2011

Wilson’s Storm Petrel off the Bridges of Ross © John N Murphy

One Fea’s Petrel was off the Bridges of Ross this evening (Noel & Niall T Keogh).
Seven Buff-breasted Sandpipers were at the Fodry, Loop Head (John N Murphy, Joe Shannon & Keith Bennett), along with 24 Lapland Buntings between there and the Lighthouse.
Also off the Bridges of Ross were four Wilson’s Petrel (Niall T Keogh, Noel Keogh, John N Murphy et al), 16 Long-tailed Skua, 95 Sabine’s Gull, 60 Sooty Shearwaters, 5,000 Manx Shearwaters, 28 Leach’s Petrels, 35 Storm Petrels, one Grey Phalarope: 25 Great Skuas (Bonxie): four Pomarine Skuas, 55 Arctic Skuas, six Sandwich Terns, 300 Arctic Terns, five Puffins, five Red-throated Diver, six Common Scoter and one Teal. There was also one Minke Whale.
There was one juvenile Sabine’s Gull, one Black-throatded Diver and an Arctic Skua at Aughinish Island north Clare.


Great Skua, Sabine’s Gull being chased by Skua & Adult Sabine’s Gull © John N Murphy

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Tuesday 13th September 2011

Tuesday 13th September 2011

American Golden Plover at Seafield © John N Murphy

One moulting adult American Golden Plover was on the beach at Seafield, Quilty (John N Murphy, Stan Nugent & Pat Brennan). Also at Quilty were seven Sabine’s Gulls and a dark phased Arctic Skua.
One Buff-breasted Sandpiper was at Ross Bay, Loop Head (Niall T Keogh).
At the Bridges of this morning there were six Wilson’s Storm Petrels (Niall T Keogh et al), along with 20 Long-tailed Skuas, one Great Shearwater, four Balearic Shearwaters, 111 Sooty Shearwaters, 130 Sabine’s Gulls, 80 Leach’s Petrels, 115 Storm Petrels, 95 Bonxies, two Pomarine Skuas, 27 Arctic Skuas, seven Grey Phalaropes, one Little Gull, 150 Arctic Terns, 60 Sandwich Terns, 12 Puffins, six Red-throated Divers, two Great Northern Diver, seven Common Scoter, two Whimbrel and a juvenile Ruff.
The three Sabine’s Gulls were still at Liscannor this morning along with one Storm Petrel.
One Curlew Sandpiper was at Dougmore Beach.


American Golden Plover © John N Murphy

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Monday 12th September 2011

Monday 12th September 2011

Juvenile Sabine’s Gull at Liscannor Harbour © John N Murphy

One Fea’s Petrel was off the Bridges of Ross this evening (Niall T Keogh et al). There were also four Wilson’s Storm Petrels (Niall T Keogh et al), 21 Long-tailed Skuas, 200 plus Sabine’s Gulls, four Great Shearwaters, four Balearic Shearwaters, 1,000 Sooty Shearwaters, 2,000 Manx Shearwaters, 45 Leach’s Petels, 250 Storm Petrels, 110 Bonxies, 15 Pomarine Skuas, 58 Arctic Skuas, 600 plus Arctic Terns,four Sandwich Terns, four Grey Phalaropes, four Puffins and three Common Scoters.
One Buff-breasted Sandpiper was in a field near Cross village (Dave McNamara).
One adult Sabines Gull and a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper were on Seafield Beach.
There was one Grey Phalarope, three Sabine’s Gulls a dark phase Arctic Skua and one Storm Petrel at Liscannor.
One Grey Phalarope was in a flooded field near Cregg Beach, Liscannor Bay.
One Manx Shearwater was found storm wrecked in a garden in Crusheen. The bird arrived on Saturday night and was re-released today at Liscannor.


Sabines Gulls juvenile & adult, Storm Petrel, Arctic Tern juvenile & Arctic Skua Juv at Liscannor © John N Murphy Grey Phalarope at Cregg Beach, Liscannor Bay © Dave McNamara

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Sunday 11th September 2011

Sunday 11th September 2011

A storm wrecked Manx Shearwater at Shannon Town © John N Murphy

One Wilson’s Storm Petrel was off the Bridges of Ross this morning in view for over 50 minutes (Noel & Niall T Keogh & Joe Adamson). Also at the Bridges today were one Great Shearwater, one Balearic Shearwater, 494 Sooty Shearwaters, 300 Manx Shearwaters, 63 Storm Petrels, one adult Long-tailed Skua, 28 Great Skuas (Bonxie), 3 pale phase Pomarine Skuas, 20 Arctic Skua, 33 Sabine’s Gulls: 32 Sandwich Terns, 126 Arctic Terns, 17 Common Scoters, one Puffin, seven Whimbrel and one Bar-tailed Godwit.
Three Sunfish were also noted off the Bridges of Ross.
Off Finvarra Point in North Clare there were 24 Storm Petrels, one Bonxie. one Arctic Skua, one Grey Phalarope and 20 Brent Geese were at Ballyvaughan Bay.
One Manx Shearwater was found storm wrecked in a garden at Shannon Town.

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Saturday 10th September 2011

Saturday 10th September 2011

Adult summer Sabine’s Gull, one of three at Doonbeg © John N Murphy

One Buff-breasted Sandpiper was at Cloghaun Lough, Loop Head this morning (John N Murphy & Finbarr MacGabhann). The other five birds were still at the Fodry, Loop Head while on the sea off the Fodry was one first-summer Sabine’s Gull, two Arctic Skuas, two Red-throated Divers and four Common Scoter.
Off the Bridges of Ross today there were 15 Sabine’s Gulls (6 adults, 8 2nd cal-years & 1 juv.),33 Sooty Shearwaters, 24 Storm Petrel, five Great Skua (Bonxie), one pale phase Pomarine Skua, 22 Arctic Skuas, two Sandwich Terns, 214 Arctic Terns, five Puffins, ten Common Scoters, three Red-breasted Mergansers and three Whimbrels. there were also ten Common Dolphin and one Sunfish.
Three adult Sabine’s Gulls, three Curlew Sandpipers, one Brent Goose and one Arctic Skua were at Doughmore Beach.
Two Arctic Skuas were at Kilkee.
Two Ruff were at Lough Atedaun.
Four Crossbills were at Gortcoirce, Dysert.
A Curlew Sandpiper, a Peregrine, 3 Gadwall, 2 Little Egret, 40 Shoveler and a small flock of 36 Black-tailed Godwit were at the Shannon Airport Lagoon and nearby mudflats this morning.


Curlew Sandpiper juvenile and Brent Goose at Doonbeg © John N Murphy

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Friday 9th September 2011

Friday 9th September 2011

One of five Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Fodry, Loop Head this evening © John N Murphy

This morning a Buff-breasted Sandpiper flew in off the sea at the Bridges of Ross and then headed west (Keith Langdon, Niall T Keogh, Dave Farrow & Reg Land). Five more juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpipers were found together on the Fodry Loop Head. There were also 14 Lapland Buntings on the headland.
Off the Bridges of Ross there were three Sabine’s Gulls, seven Arctic Skuas, eight Bonxies, 27 Common Scoter, 54 Arctic Terns, 35 Sooty Shearwaters, 26 Brent Geese, six Sandwich Terns, one Puffin and three Storm Petrels.
Off Loop Head there 13 Sooty Shearwaters, seven Sandwich Terns, 17 Arctic Terns and two Arctic Skuas.
There were 13 Crossbills at Darragh.


Buff-breasted Sandpipers Loop Head © John N Murphy

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