Category Archives: Scarce & Rare Bird Sightings

Sunday 25th March 2012

One Swallow was at Carrigaholt, this was the first recorded in Clare this year.
At Loop Head there was one Glaucous Gull, five Iceland Gulls and 250 Manx Shearwaters.
One second-year Glaucous Gull was at Seafield, Quilty along with two Sand Martins and a Wheatear.
A Chiffchaff was at Lees Road, Ennis.

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Saturday 24th March 2012

An Alpine Swift spent much of the day flying around Fanore (Owen Foley).

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Friday 23rd March 2012

One Glaucous Gull was off Black Head.

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Wednesday 21st March 2012

One first-winter Glaucous Gull was at Seafield, Quilty.

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Tuesday 20th March 2012

One Chiffchaff and one Blackcap were singing at Applewood, Ballycar.
Three Wheatears were at Chimney Bay, Kilkee.

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Monday 19th March 2012

One Pink-footed Goose and 18 Greylag Geese were at Lough Muchanagh.
Two Crossbills were at Gortcoirce.
There were six Little Egrets at Querrin.
One Peregrine was at Chimney Bay, Kilkee.
A flock of 30 Choughs flew the quarry on the Dunlickey coast road out of Kilkee.

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Sunday 18th March 2012

One male and one female Wheatear were at the Blue Pool, Killard, Doonbeg. These are the first recorded in Clare this year.
There were large numbers of Skylarks nesting in Shragh Bog, along with Snipe and one pair of Ravens as well.

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Saturday 17th March 2012

One male Blackcap was singing at Applewood, Ballycar.

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Wednesday 14th March 2012

One adult male Ring-necked Duck was at Lough Atedaun (Conor Foley).
A drake and hen Velvet Scoter were at Doughmore Bay, Doonbeg (Conor Foley).
There were eight Black-throated Divers off the Rine.
Another on Black-throated Diver and four Sandwich Terns were off Finvarra.
One male Blackcap was sining at Applewood, Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.

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Sunday 11th March 2012

Between Killard and Quilty today west Clare there was one adult Ring-billed Gull and single 1st-winter Mediterranean and Iceland Gulls at Doonbeg Bay, ten Red-throated Divers, two Velvet Scoters (Paul Troake) and a Common Scoter in Doughmore Bay, one 1st-winter Glaucous Gull at Tromracastle, approximately 250 Barnacle Geese on Mutton Island, five Common Scoters off Seafield and 55 Brent Geese heading SW at Quilty.

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