Category Archives: Scarce & Rare Bird Sightings

Tuesday 1st November 2011

Tuesday 1st November 2011

Juvenile Arctic Tern at Aughinish © Dave McNamara

There was one adult male Surf Scoter at Lahinch this morning (Jeff Pearson et al), along with 30 Common Scoter, one Long-tailed Duck, seven Great Northern Divers and two Red-throated Divers.
One Black Redstart, a Chiffchaff and two Merlins were at Loop Head Lighthouse.
An adult winter Ring-billed Gull was at Seafield, Quilty along with two Purple Sandpipers the first recorded there this autumn.
Two Wheatears and two juvenile Arctic Terns were on Aughinish Causeway this morning.
Three Wheatears and 19 Great Northern Divers were at the Flaggy Shore.
Ten Whooper Swans were at Roo Lough.
A flock of 300 Golden Plover and 300 Wigeon were at Lough Atedaun.

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Monday 31st October 2011

One Short-eared Owl and four Woodcock were at Kilfenora late this evening.
A late staying Swallow was seen today at Lower Feeard, near Cross Village.
Two Great Northern Divers were at Carrigaholt.
One female Hen Harrier, 300 wigeon and 200 Golden Plover were at Lough Atedaun.

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Sunday 30th October 2011

There was one male and one female Hen Harrier at Tubber this afternoon along with 12 Greenland White-fronted Geese.

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Saturday 29th October 2011

One Pectoral Sandpiper was at Lough Atedaun today (Dave McNamara).
Three Merlin were on the Loop Head peninsula.

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Friday 28th October 2011

Friday 28th October 2011

Late staying Willow Warbler at Kilbaha © John N Murphy

At Kilbaha, Loop Head today there were five Pomarine Skuas, one adult Sabine’s Gull in the Bay, along with 300 Kittiwakes, one juvenile Arctic Tern, one Willow Warbler was in the harbour, with on Chiffchaff, a Sparrowhawk, one Peregrine, six Snipe and four Ravens.
Two Snow Buntings were at Seafield, Quilty.


Juvenile Pomarine Skua chasing Kittiwake in Kilbaha © John N Murphy

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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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