Category Archives: Scarce & Rare Bird Sightings

Monday 29th October 2012

Monday 29th October 2012

Red-breasted Flycatcher at Gibson’s Garden, Kilbaha © Sharon Hogan

A Red-breasted Flycatcher was at Gibson’s Garden, Kilbaha (Tony Mee).
One Spotted Sandpiper was at Moyasta Creek (Gerry Butler, Sharon Hogan & Colin Helliwell).
The juvenile American Golden Plover was at the Horse Field near the Bridges of Ross (Tony Mee et al).
One immature Surf Scoter was at Lahinch (Gerry Butler et al).
Two drake Green-winged Teals were at Bell Harbour (Gerry Butler et al).
Also at Loop Head today were one ‘tristis’ Chiffchaff, three Chiffchaff, one female Hen Harrier, two Peregrines, 17 Whooper Swans and two Bullfinches.

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Sunday 28th October 2012

The juvenile American Golden Plover was still at the Horse Field next to the Bridges of Ross amongst a flock of 140 Golden Plover (Tony Mee).
One Snow Bunting was behind Loop Head Lighthouse.

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Saturday 27th October 2012

Saturday 27th October 2012

American Golden Plover on left with Golden Plover at the Horse Fields near Bridges of Ross © John N Murphy

The juvenile American Golden Plover was in the Horse Field at the Bridges of Ross ( John N Murphy & Tony Mee).
At Loop Head today there was one Brambling, two Snow Bunting, two male Blackcaps, four Chiffchaffs, one Tree Sparrow, one ring-tail Hen Harrier, one Merlin, one Peregrine, one Siskin, four Coal Tits, 70 Chaffinches, 200 Golden Plover, 50 Redwing, three Great Northern Divers and ten Snipe.
At the Bridges of Ross there was a large passage of Kittiwakes late this evening along with three Red-throated Divers and three Common Scoter.

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Friday 26th October 2012

Five Pink-footed Geese and a Great Northern Diver flew past Loop Head.
Also on Loop Head were one Snow Bunting an Peregrine and one Willow Warbler.
There were 26 Whooper Swans at the Shannon Airport Lagoon.

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Thursday 25th October 2012

One Merlin was at the Bridges of Ross.
Five Whooper Swans flew over Kilkee reservoir.

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Wednesday 24th October 2012

There was a small fall of thrushes today at Loop Head Lighthouse. Three dead Redwings and a Skylark were found at the base of the light tower while on the front lawn and in the small beck gardens there were two Blackcap. one Snow Bunting, 15 Redwings, seven Blackbirds and five Song Thrushes.

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Monday 22nd October 2012

One Spotted Sandpiper was at Moyasta Creek this morning (Tom Tarpey).
The juvenile Ameriacan Golden Plover was at the Horse Field at the Bridges of Ross this afternoon (Tom Tarpey).

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Sunday 21st October 2012

Sunday 21st October 2012

Brambling at Kilkee © Bill Ryan.

One Spotted Sandpiper was still at Moyasta (Mike Sheehy & Geoff Hunt), along with one Common Sandpiper.
One Brambling was at Coosheen, Kilkee.
One Snow Buntings, two Wheatears and two Merlins were at Loop Head.
Two Snow Buntings were at Bartra Headland, Lahinch.

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Saturday 20th October 2012


Merlin at Clahane © Dave McNamara

At Loop Head today there was one Snow Bunting, two Jack Snipe, two male Bullfinches, one Chiffchaff, two Merlins, one Peregrine, 160 Golden Plovers, one Red-breasted Merganser and eight Chough.
One Greater Scaup was at Kilcredaun Marsh along with one Water Rail.
One Merlin and a White Wagtail were at Clahane.

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Wednesday 17th October 2012

Wednesday 17th October 2012

Spotted Sandpiper at Moyasta © John N Murphy

Two Spotted Sandpipers were at Moyasta this morning (Tom Tarpey, Jeff Copner & Howard Williams).
The American Golden Plover was at the Fodry, Loop Head along with one Greylag Goose (Tom Tarpey).
Also at Loop Head and Kilbaha were the Pied Flycatcher and two Chiffchaffs.
One adult-winter Mediterannean Gull was at Balyallia Lake.
One Kingfisher was at Ballycorrick Bridge.
A flock of 600 Golden Plover were on the mudflats at the Shannon Airport Lagoon.
A flock of 68 Tufted Duck, ten Gadwall and 62 Little Grebes were at Lough Gash, Newmarket-on-Fergus.

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