Category Archives: Scarce & Rare Bird Sightings

Friday 12th October 2018

At Loop Head today the Red-breasted Flycatcher was still in Seni Costelloe’s garden, while elsewhere on the headland the Buff-breasted Sandpiper was on the north shore of Ross Bay, four Chiffchaff and a Willow Warbler were in the gardens, with one Pomarine Skua, one Bonxie, three Leach’s Petrels and 18 Storm Petrels were off the pier in Kilbaha Harnour. (John N Murphy, Chris Cullen, Howard Williams, Doug Dickson, Mark Gibson et al)


Thursday 11th October 2018

Thursday 11th October 2018

Red-breasted Flycatcher in Seni Costelloes garden at Kilbaha John N Murphy

At Loop Head today there was one first-winter Red-breasted Flycatcher, one Yellow-browed Warbler, one Turtle Dove, one Siberian Chiffchaff, four Chiffchaff, the adult American Golden Plover,the immature Buff-breasted Sandpiper, two Wheatears and a Peregrine. (Eamon Larrissey, John N Murphy, Mark Gibson and Doug Dickson)
Off the Bridges of Ross there was one Leach’s Petrel, two Arctic Skuas, two Bonxies and ten Great Northern Divers.(DD & MG)
Off Black Head there were two Pomarine Skuas, two Bonxies, one Arctic Tern and ten Great Northern Divers. (Paul Troake)


Wednesday 10th October 2018

Wednesday 10th October 2018

This juvenile Turtle Dove was in Kilbaha with Collared Doves John N Murphy

At Loop Head today there was one adult American Golden Plover, one Buff-breasted Sandpiper, one juvenile Turtle Dove, one 3rd Calendar year Mediterranean Gull, three Chiffchaff and one Merlin. (John N Murphy & Paidi Cullinan)
Also at Loop Head today were one Buzzard and a Hen Harrier. (Mark Gibson & Doug Dickson)
Four Swallows were in Dunne Stores Car Park, Ennis. (Adrian Glasgow)


Tuesday 9th October 2018

Highlights from Loop Head today were one Pomarine Skua, three Chiffchaff and 208 Golden Plover. (John N Murphy)
There were three Swallows at Doonbeg Golf Course and one adult Mediterranean Gull at Quilty. (Mark Gibson & Doug Dickson)
One adult Mediterranean Gull was still at Ballyallia. (Paidi Cullinan)


Monday 8th October 2018

Monday 8th October 2018

America Herring Gull at Ross Bay Doug Dickson

There was an AMERICAN HERRING GULL at Ross Bay this evening. (John N Murphy, Doug Dickson & Mark Gibson) This is only a third county record. Otherwise it was quiet at Loop with only one Buzzard, one Hen Harrier, one Merlin, two Chiffchaff and up to 400 Herring Gulls at Ross Bay. (John N Murphy)
One adult Mediterranean Gull was at Ballyallia. (Paidi Cullinan)


Sunday 7th October 2018

At Black Head this morning there were four Black-throated Divers and one Merlin at the Rine Point (Paidi Cullinan)
One Buzzard was at Spancilhill. (Iomhar Daly)


Saturday 6th October 2018

Saturday 6th October 2018

Adult winter Sabine’s Gull on sea near Cloghaun Lough John N Murphy

Highlights at the annual BWI Outing to Loop Head today there were; one adult American Golden Plover, one Buff-breasted Sandpiper, one adult Sabine’s Gulls, one first-winter Mediterranean Gull, one Pomarine Skua, one Arctic Skua, four Merlin, two Peregrine and two Chiffchaff. (John N Murphy, Maura Turner, Jeff Copner et al)


Tuesday 2nd October 2018

One Buzzard was at Granaghan, Newmarket-on-Fergus.(John N Murphy)
On the Mudflats between Shannon Airport and Inishcullen Hill there were over 2,000 Golden Plover, 1,200 Black-tailed Godwits, 60 Knot, 250 Dunlin, 600 Redshank, 800 Black-headed Gulls and 26 Little Egrets. (JNM)


Monday 1st October 2018

One Buzzard was still at Ennistymon. (Dave McNamara)
There were 14 Swallows at Applewood, Ballycar (JNM) and another four at Ruan. (Cliff Baxter)


Sunday 30th September 2018

Three adult Mediterranean Gulls were at Killimer. (Geoff Hunt, Mike Sheehy & Mike Flanagan)


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