Category Archives: Scarce & Rare Bird Sightings

Thursday 16th November 2011

One Pink-footed Goose was still with a flock of 65 Greylag Geese in a field near Lough Muckanagh.

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Tuesday 15th November 2011

One Pink-footed Goose was with a flock of 65 Greylag Geese in a field near Lough Muckanagh.
One Snow Bunting was at Loop Head Lighthouse.
Ten Whooper Swans were in fields on the Lough Derg side of the road half way between Scarriff and Mountshannon.

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Monday 14th November 2011

One Jay was in a garden at Darragh.
One Dipper was on the Claureen River near Darragh.

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Sunday 13th November 2011

Sunday 13th November 2011

Female Marsh Harrier at Tool’s Lough © Dave McNamara

A female Marsh Harrier was at Tool’s Lough, Corofin (Dave McNamara).
One Snow Bunting was at Black Head.
A flock of 90 Brent Geese were at Ballyvaughan Bay.
There were nine Whoopers Swans on the River Fergus at the entrance to Dromore Wood.

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Thursday 10th November 2011

The drake Surf Scoter was still at Lahinch today (John N Murphy), along with 35 Common Scoter.
One drake Ring-necked Duck (John N Murphy), 70 Tufted Duck, 20 Gadwall and five Whooper Swans were at Lough Inchiquin .
Five Crossbills were at Gortcorce, Dysert.
One Black-throated Diver and two Little Egrets were at Aughinish Island.
One Peregrine was Lough Atedaun.

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Monday 7th November 2011

One male Hen Harrier was at Lough Cullaun the Burren.
A small group of eight Crossbills, four Woodcock and one Jay were at Gortcoirce, Dysert.
There were 31 Whooper Swans at the Drumcliff end of Ballyallia Lake, Ennis.

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Sunday 6th November 2011

One Forster’s Tern and four Sandwich Terns were at Doorus Pier near the Clare/Galway border (Dermot Breen).
The drake Surf Scoter was at Lahinch this morning (Geoff Pearson).
Ten Twite, one Wheatear and 12 Long-tailed ducks were at Aughinish causeway.
One Little Egret was at Lough Murree, with two Purple Sandpipers, 50 Turnstones, 38 Ringed Plover and three Brent Geese on the close by shore.
Three Jays were at the Lees Road Wood.
One Jay flew over Applewood, Ballycar.

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Saturday 5th November 2011

Two White-tailed Eagles were on Illaunmore/Egg Island near Whitegate, Lough Derg (John N Murphy et al).
There was one Chiffchaff, one Crossbill and 30 Siskins at Willamstown Quay.
At Ballyallia Lake there were 17 Gadwall, 34 Shoveler, 337 Lapwing, 546 Wigeon, 140 Teal and one Merlin.
One Jay was at Lough Graney.

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Friday 4th November 2011

Friday 4th November 2011

Brambling at Loop Head © John N Murphy

One drake Surf Scoter was still at Lahinch (Jeff Copner).
At Loop Head today there were two Bramblings, one male Crossbill, one male Hen Harrier, one Peregrine, one first-winter Mediterranean Gull, one adult Arctic Tern, four Chough and one Chiffchaff.
Off the Bridges of Ross there were 1,000 plus Kittiwakes, 500 auks including two Puffins, one Red-throated Diver, six Wigeon, one Purple Sandpiper and one female Pochard.
A small flock of 11 Purple Sandpipers were at Kilkee.
A group of 15 Whooper Swans were just outside Kilkee near the Reservoir.
One female/immature Long-tailed Duck and a Curlew Sandpiper were at the White Strand, Doonbeg.
There were 17 Purple Sandpipers and 60 Sanderling at Seafield, Quilty.

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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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