Category Archives: Scarce & Rare Bird Sightings

Tuesday 8th August 2019

The Yellow-browed Warbler is still in the big willow in Kilbaha Cottage, also in the gardens are two Goldcrest and over 200 Golden Plover at the Fodry. (John N Murphy)
At the Bridges of Ross this afternoon (15.00 – 18.00) there were two Sooty Shearwaters, 29 Manx Shearwaters, three Leach’s Petrels, eight Storm Petrels, two juvenile Long-tailed Skuas, 14 Pomarine Skuas, one Arctic Skua, nine Bonxies, one juvenile Sabine’s Gull, 2,000 Kittiwakes, 16 Arctic Terns, four Great Northern Divers, 1,800 Razorbills (ph), 600 Guillemots (ph), 400 Gannets (ph) and three Grey Phalaropes. (JNM)
Off Black Head this morning a two hour seawatch produced one Pomarine Skua, one Storm Petrel, 45 Gannets, 900 Razorbills, 200 Guillemots and three Black-throated Divers off Ballyvaughan. (Paul Troake)


Monday 7th October 2019

Highlights from Kilbaha village, gardens and Bay today there were, the Yellow-browed Warbler was still in Kilbaha along with one Goldcrest, six Redpoll, 48 Rock Doves, eight Chough one Merlin, one male Peregrine and two Arctic Skuas. (John N Murphy)


Sunday 6th October 2019

Sunday 6th October 2019

Red-eyed Vireo at Kilbaha John N Murphy

There was one Red-eyed Vireo at Kilbaha this morning. (Chris Cullen)
This is the 6th county record of this rare North American Warbler.
The Yellow-browed Warbler was also still in Kilbaha Cottage Garden. (JNM)
One Osprey was seen near Ballyryan, Doolin. (Adrian Glasgow)
One Buzzard was near Granatooha, Kilrush. (JNM)
One first winter Hen Harrier was at the Ross Bay side of Loop Head. (Howard & Shane Williams)


Saturday 5th October 2019

Saturday 5th October 2019

Common Sandpiper at Cloghaun lough John N Murphy

At Loop Head today there was one Yellow-browsed Warbler, one Willow Warbler, one Chiffchaff, one female Wheatear, two Merlin, one Peregrine, three Redwing, 80 Golden Plover, 30 Snipe, off the lighthouse there was one juvenile Long-tailed Skua, one Pomarine Skua and two Arctic Skuas. (John N Murphy, Maura Turner et al)
One Common Sandpiper was at Cloghaun Lough. (JNM)


Friday 4th October 2019

A Yellow-browed Warbler was at Kilbaha village.(Jeff Copner)
One Buzzard was near Tubber. (John N Murphy)


Wednesday 2nd October 2019

One Yellow-browed Warbler, one Chiffchaff, one Willow Warbler and a Goldcrest were at Kilbaha village. At Loop Head in the plover fields there were 190 Golden Plover, two Merlin and a female Peregrine.(Nuala Lynch, Tom Lynch & Paul Troake)


Saturday 28th September 2019

At the Bridges of Ross this morning there was one Balearic Shearwater, with 34 Sooty Shearwaters, 53 Manx Shearwaters, two Pomarine Skuas, three Arctic Skuas, 46 Bonxies, one Leach’s Petrel, two Storm Petrels, two Grey Phalaropes and 29 Puffins. (Mikey Hoit)
One Lapland Bunting was at the Fodry along with 83 Golden Plover and a Merlin, with one Grey Phalarope in Kilbaha Bay and a Chiffchaff and Goldecrest in the gardens. (MH)
An adult and first-winter Mediterranean Gulls were still at Kilkee with another first-winter bird at Killimer car ferry.(MH)
One 2CY Mediterranean Gull was at Ballyallia Lake. (Paidi Cullinan)


Friday 27th September 2019

At the Bridges of Ross today were 77 Sooty Shearwaters, 82 Manx Shearwaters, eight Pomarine Skuas, three Long-tailed Skuas, 71 Bonxies, 17 Arctic Skuas, 22 Leach’s Petrels, 18 Storm Petrels, four Red-throated Divers, two Great Northern Divers, one juvenile Sabine’s Gull, one first-winter Little Gull, 18 Arctic Terns, 18 Sandwich Terns, 62 Puffin, one Black Guillemot, two Grey Phalaropes, six Golden Plover, two Bar-tailed Godwits, eight Common Scoter and a Peregrine. (Niall T Keogh, Mikey Hoit, John N Murphy et al)
One juvenile Curlew Sandpiper, two White Wagtails, three Wheatear and a Bonxie were at Doughmore Bay. (NTK & MH)
Two juvenile Little Stints were at Seafield, Quilty. (MH & NTK)
One adult and one first-winter Mediterranean Gull were at Kilkee Beach. (JNM)
Two Chiffchaffs and a Goldcrest were in the gardens at Kilbaha village, with 80 Golden Plover and a male Peregrine on the Fodry. (Peter Phillips, Gerard Murray & JNM)
One Ring-tailed Hen Harrier was at Ballyallia Lake. (Paidi Cullinan)


Wednesday 25th September 2019

Five Great Skua, one Sooty Shearwater and two Red-throated Diver were at Loop Head, along with one Willow Warbler, two Chiffchaff, a Goldcrest, 120 Golden Plover and two Whimbrel. (Paidi Cullinan)
Twelve Common Scoter were in the surf at Lahinch Reef.(Jeff Copner)
A Merlin was at Barrtrá.(JC)
A Jay was at Caherfeenick, Cree.(Sean Keane)


Tuesday 24th September 2019

Two Mediterranean Gull and a juvenile Ruff were at Ballyallia.(Páidí Cullinan)
A juvenile Red-throated Diver was at Moy Beach.(Jeff Copner)


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