Category Archives: Scarce & Rare Bird Sightings

Thursday 27th October 2011

Thursday 27th October 2011

Long-tailed Duck at Ardcloony © Paul Troake

One Long-tailed Duck, two Scaup, four Goldeneye, five Whooper Swans and a Chiffchaff were at Ardcloony today.

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Wednesday 26th October 2011

There were 54 Barnacle Geese at Illaunonearean just south of Kilkee, while opposite the island on the mainlamd there was one Merlin and one Peregrine.
One female ring-tailed Hen Harrier was at Lough Cullane, the Burren.
There were 38 Golden Plover and two Wheatears at Lough Atedaun.

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Tuesday 25th October 2011

One Pectoral Sandpiper and one Wheatear were at Lough Atedaun (Dave McNamara & Brian Finnegan).

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Monday 24th October 2011

One Pectoral Sandpiper was still at Lough Atedaun (Dave McNamara), along with ten White-fronted Geese.

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Sunday 23rd October 2011

At Lough Donnell today there was one Spotted Redshank, 250 Golden plover, 50 plus Redshanks, four Knot, 50 plus Lapwing, 100 Teal and 30 Wigeon.

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Friday 21st October 2011

Friday 21st October 2011

Pectoral Sandpiper a Lough Atedaun © John N Murphy

The two Pectoral Sandpipers were still at Lough Atedaun today (John N Murphy). Also at Atedaun were the firat Redwings of the year here in Clare with ten seen feeding on hawthorns next to the lake.
One Merlin and one Wheatear were at Clahane.
One male Merlin, two Chough and 180 Golden Plover were at Ennistymon Marsh.
There were 25 Redwings and 16 Fieldfares at Applewood, Ballycar this evening.


The two Pectoral Sandpipers at Lough Atedaun © John N Murphy

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Thursday 20th October 2011

Thursday 20th October 2011

Pectoral Sandpiper at Lough Atedaun © Jeff Copner

One small unidentified Crake was flushed on the east side of Kilcredaun Marsh (John N Murphy & Briann Finnegan). Also at Kilcredaun were two Water Rails, one Little Egret and 40 Curlew.
The two Pectoral Sandpipers were at Lough Atedaun again today (Dave McNamara & Jeff Copner).
One Snow Bunting, an immature Merlin, one Willow Warbler and 26 Snipe were at Loop Head.
One first-winter Mediterranean Gull was at Kilkee.
A flock of 140 Golden Plover were at Doonbeg.
Two Ruffs were at Lough Donnell.


First-winter Mediterranean Gull at Kilkee © John N Murphy

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Wednesday 19th October 2011

Wednesday 19th October 2011

Two juvenile Pectoral Sandpipers at Lough Atedaun © Dave McNamara

One immature Blue-winged Teal was at Shannon Airport Lagoon (John N Murphy), along with eight Little Egrets, 22 Whoopers Swans, 64 Lapwing, ten Gadwall, 28 Wigeon, one male Hen Harrier and three Water Rails.
There were two Pectoral Sandpipers at Lough Atedaun (Dave McNamara). There were also two Ruff, ten Black-tailed Godwits and seven Whooper Swans at Atedaun.
A flock of 1,000 Golden Plovers were at Drumgeely Point, Shannon Town.
Two Whooper Swans were at Lough Inchiquin.
There were 11 Whoopers heading west over Aughinish Bay this morning.
Ten Little Egrets and 17 Red-breasted Mergansers were at the Aughinish Martello tower lagoon.
A group of 12 Gadwall were at the small pond near Mauricemills.
One Jay and one Tree Sparrow were near Dysert.
There were two Little Egrets and 300 Golden Plovers at Querrin Creek.
One Wheatear was at Doughmore Beach.

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Tuesday 18th October 2011

At the Bridges of Ross today there were 45 Pomarine Skuas, two Arctic Skuas, one Great Skua, 61 Grey Phalaropes, eight Sooty Shearwaters, seven Manx Shearwaters, four Storm Petrels, ten plus Arctic Terns, one Puffin, four Red-throated Divers and two Great Northern Divers.

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Monday 17th October 2011

Monday 17th October 2011

Two adult Pomarine Skuas at Liscannor © Dave McNamara

One Snow Bunting and 3 Great Northern Divers at Seafield.
There were two Pomarine Skuas, one Great Northern Diver and one Red-throated Diver off Liscannor Pier.
Two Chough and three Wheatears were at Clahane.
One Jay, six Whooper Swans and two Gadwall were at Lough Inchiquin.


Pomarine Skuas at Liscannor © Dave McNamara

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