Category Archives: Scarce & Rare Bird Sightings

Monday 26th September 2011

Monday 26th September 2011

Grey Phalarope at Liscannor © Jeff Copner

The Pectoral Sandpiper was at Quilty again today (Dave McNamara & Barry Howell).
One Grey Phalarope,two Curlew Sandpipers, one Ruff and 30 Common Scoter were at Liscannor Harbour.
Two first-winter Mediterranean Gulls were at cregg Beach, Lahinch.
One first-winter Mediterranean Gull, one Kingfisher and one Peregrine were at Seafield, Quilty.
One adult Mediterranran Gull and six Red-throated Divers were at Doughmore.
One Kingfisher was at the Lough Doonbeg.
One Kingfisher was at O’Briens Bridge, Lahinch.


Curlew Sandpiper at Liscannor © Jeff Copner, Mediterranean Gulls, Cregg Beach © John N Murphy

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Sunday 25th September 2011

The juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper was still outside Quilty village this morning (Pat Brennan).
There were 12 Crossbills at Darragh.

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Saturday 24th September 2011

Saturday 24th September 2011

Juvenile Semi-palmated Sandpiper at Seafield © John N Murphy

A juvenile Spotted Crake was at Doonbeg Lough this morning (John N Murphy), along with two Water Rails, one Kingfisher, one Common Sandpiper, one adult and one first-winter Mediterranean Gulls.
One Semi-palmated Sandpiper (John N Murphy) and two Little Stints were at Seafield, Quilty this morning.
A Buff-breasted Sandpiper was at Quilty Beach (John N Murphy).
One Pectoral Sandpiper was on the flooded field between Quilty and Doonbeg (Dave McNamara, John N Murphy et al). Also in this field there was one Golden Plover , three White Wagtails, four Wheatears, 1§6 Skylarks and three Whooper Swans flew over heading south.
One juvenile Black Tern was at Lough Donnell.
One Grey Phalarope was at Liscannor Pier.
Two first-winter Mediterranean Gulls were in Kilbaha Harbour with one Chiffchaff in the gardens.


Pectoral Sandpiper near Quilty © John N Murphy & Grey Phalarope at Liscannor © Barry Howell

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Friday 23rd September 2011

A flock of 32 Crossbills were at Gortcoirce, Dysert.
One Wheatear was at the Shannon Airport Lagoon.
One Jay was at Darragh.

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Thursday 22nd September 2011

Thursday 22nd September 2011

Pectoral Sandpiper © Jeff Copner

The Pectoral Sandpiper was still in a flooded field mid way between Quilty and Doonbeg.
One juvenile Black Tern and an adult Ring-billed Gull were at the mouth of the Skivileen River near Doughmore.
One Common Sandpiper was at Doonbeg Lough.

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Wednesday 21st September 2011

Wednesday 21st September 2011

Blue-winged Teal, Fodry, Loop Head © Dave McNamara

A juvenile Blue winged Teal was at the small pond at Fodry Loop Head this afternoon (Dave McNamara).
Also at Loop Head was one Snow Bunting.
A Pectoral Sandpiper was at a flooded field on the outskirts of Quilty.
One Great Shearwater and 48 Sabine’s Gulls, four adult Pomarine Skuas, one juvenile Long-tailed Skua, 15 Bonxies, 10 Arctic Skuas, 53 Sooty Shearwaters, 28 Manx Shearwaters, 200+ Arctic Terns, 2 Red-throated Divers and 3 Common Scoter were at the Bridges of Ross.
There were four Ruff at Kilkee golf course.
Three Curlew Sandpipers were at Rinevella Bay.
Two juvenile Sabine’s Gulls were in the bay off Killard, Doonbeg, with 80+ Arctic Terns.


Blue-winged Teal, Pectoral Sandpiper and Snow Bunting © Dave McNamara

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Tuesday 20th September 2011

There were 11 Sabine’s Gulls and one Arctic Skua off the Bridges of Ross.
Two Curlew Sandpipers, 15 Sandwich Tern and eight Arctic Terns were at Liscannor harbour.
Three Curlew Sandpiper , 50+ roosting Curlew , one Raven , three Bar-tailed Godwit were at Clahane.

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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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