Category Archives: Scarce & Rare Bird Sightings

Tuesday 16th October 2012

Tuesday 16th October 2012

Pied Flycatcher at Kilbaha © John N Murphy

The two juvenile Spotted Sandpipers were still at Moyasta Creek today (John N Murphy & Brian Finnegan). Also at Moyasta were 12 Little Egrets, 12 Pintail, 400 Teal, 80 Wigeon, three Red-breasted Mergansers, 90 Dunlin, 70 Ringed Plover and nine Greenshank.
The juvenile America Golden Plover was at the Fodry, Loop Head (Dave McNamara).
A immature/female first-winter Surf Scoter was off Coolsiva Pier, Ballyvaughan Bay (Paul Troake et al).
One first-winter Pied Flycatcher was in Kilbaha along with four Chiffchaffs, one tree Sparrow, one Fieldfare, one female Hen Harrier and a Short-eared Owl near the lighthouse.
One Curlew Sandpiper was at Seafield, Quilty along with one female Wheatear.
One male Hen Harrier was near Lickeen Lake.
One Jay and one Dipper at Kilcornan, Ennistymon.

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Monday 15th October 2012

Monday 15th October 2012

One of the juvenile Spotted Sandpipers at Moyasta © Barry Howell

The two juvenile Spotted Sandpipers were at Moyasta again today (Conor & Donal Foley).
At the Bridges of Ross this morning there were 11 Sooty Shearwaters, ten Manx Shearwaters, one Pomarine Skua, one Arctic Skua, one Bonxie, one Arctic Tern and two Common Scoters.
Two Chiffchaffs and a Merlin were on Loop Head.
The five Canada Geese were on the Post Office Field in Ennis.

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Sunday 14th October 2012

Sunday 14th October 2012

Juvenile American Golden Plover at Loop Head © John N Murphy

The two Spotted Sandpipers were still at Moyasta this morning (Brian Finnegan & Austin Cooney).
The American Golden Plover was at the Fodry, Loop Head again today (Austin Cooney & Brian Finnegan), while down the headland there was on female Hen Harrier, one Merlin and the first Fieldfare of the season.

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Saturday 13th October 2012

Saturday 13th October 2012

Spotted Sandpiper at Moyasta © Tom Tarpey

Two juvenile Spotted Sandpipers was at the railway bridge in Moyasta, Poulnasherry late this afternoon (Tom Tarpey, Tony Mee, Gerry Butler, John N Murphy, Finbarr MacGabhann et al).
These are only a fourth and fifth records of Spotted Sandpiper for Clare.
A juvenile American Golden Plover was at Loop Head (John N Murphy, Finbarr MacGabhann, Jeff Copner & Neal Warnock).
A Buff-breasted Sandpiper was at the Horse Field near the Bridges of Ross (Finbarr MacGabhann & John N Murphy).
One Snow Bunting was at the gates of the Lighthouse at Loop Head while on the rest of the headland there wqs on male Hen Harrier, three Merlin 110 Golden Plover, eight Chough and one Baarnacle Goose.
At the Bridges of Ross there were 11 Sooty Shearwaters, one Leach’s Petrel, two Bonxies, two Pomarine Skuas, one Grey Phalarope, two Common Scoters and one Manx Shearwater.

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Friday 12th October 2012

At the Bridges of Ross there were 65 Sooty Shearwaters, 20 Manx Shearwaters, four Arctic Skuas, seven Bonxies, three Grey Phalaropes, seven Red-throated Divers and three Great Northern Divers.
One Blackcap was the only migrant of note in the gardens at Kilbaha.

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Thursday 11th October 2012

Thursday 11th October 2012

Red-breasted Flycatcher in Gibson’s garden, Kilbaha © Neal Warnock

A Red-breasted Flycatcher was in Gibson’s garden, Loop Head (Neal Warnock).
The juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpiper was still at the Horse Field near the Bridges of Ross (Neal Warnock).
Also at Loop Head today were; one Lapland Bunting, one White Wagtail, two Manx Shearwaters, two Sooty Shearwaters, one Bonxie and one Arctic Skua.

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Wednesday 10th October 2012

Wednesday 10th October 2012

White-rumped Sandpiper at Seafield © Neal Warnock

An adult White-rumped Sandpiper was at Seafield beach this evening (Neal Warnock).
One Buff-breasted Sandpiper was in the Horse Field at the Bridges of Ross, Loop Head (James Hayes).
An adult dark phased Arctic Skua was at the Fodry, Loop Head.
One Barnacle Goose was at Lough Atedaun this afternoon.

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Tuesday 9th October 2012

Tuesday 9th October 2012

One of the 50 Long-tailed Tits that arrived at Loop Head Lighthouse this morning © Howard Williams

At Loop Head today there were a flock of 50 Long-tailed tits around the walls of the Lighthouse buildings along with one Great Tit, eight Reed Buntings, one Peregrine and a Merlin.
Two Chiffchaffs were in Kilbaha.
One Barn Owl was just outside Kilkee in the early part of the day.
Three Crossbills and two Jay were at Applewood, Ballycar.
A small flock of 11 Whooper swans were at Lough Erinagh, Ennis.

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Monday 8th October 2012

Around 200 Greylag Geese were seen near Knappogue Castle this afternoon. Three adult Whooper Swan were at Ballyallia.

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Sunday 7th October 2012

Sunday 7th October 2012

Yellow-browed Warbler at Loop Head on Saturday © Una Hogan

The Yellow-browed Warbler was in Kilbaha Village today (Tom Tarpey).
Also at Loop Head was one Eastern Jackdaw, two Carrion Crows, 200 Golden Plover, two Swallows, one Merlin, two Coal Tits, a Wheatear and one Barnacle Goose flew past the Bridges of Ross.

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