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Thursday 16th June 2011

Two Tree Sparrows were Liscannor Graveyard.
Three Blackcap and two Jay were at Lees Road Wood

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Saturday 11th June 2011

Two Tree Sparrows were in the little graveyard at Liscannor.

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Friday 10th June 2011

There were eight Little Egrets, a pair of Shoveler and 32 Black-tailed Godwits at the Shannon Airport Lagoon.

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Wednesday 8th June 2011

One pale phased Arctic Skua was at Lahinch.
There were 200 Manx Shearwaters, one summer plumaged Great Northern Diver and one summer
Red-throated Diver flying north at Black Head.
Two Little Egrets and four Curlew were near Aughinish Island, Corronroo Bay.
There were 25 Arctic Terns nesting on a small island in Ballyvaughan Bay.
One Common Sandpiper was at Lough Bunny.
Two Little Egrets were at the Turloughs in Mullaghmore.
Over 50 Swifts were at Lough Atedaun.

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Tuesday 7th June 2011

Two Bonxies and one Sooty shearwater were off the Bridges of Ross.
A second year Iceland Gull was at Seafield, Quilty.
Three Common Sandpipers and a Yellowhammer were at Mullaghmore, the Burren.
One Common Sandpiper and a Jay were at Lough Bunny.

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Sunday 5th June 2011

Sunday 5th June 2011

One second-summer White-winged Black Tern was at Lough Atedaun (Dave McNamara, John N Murphy & Brian Finnegan).
Also at Lough Atedaun was a Hobby (John N Murphy & Brian Finnegan) a pair of Shoveler and one Little Egret.

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June 1st 2011

One drake Garganey was at Ballyallia, Ennis.

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May 2011

List of Contributors:
Joe Adamson, Gerry Butler, Dermot Breen, Alan Clewes, Austin Cooney, Jeff Copner, Ciaran Cronin, Chris Cullen, Paul Gaughran, Clodagh Glasgow, Tim Griffin, Kathy & Dave Gorman, Davey Farrar, Brian Finnegan, James Hayes, Barry Howell, Nuala Lynch, Tom Lynch, Finbarr MacGabhann, Dave McNamara, Jim Nolan, John N Murphy, Frank O ‘Duffy, Bill Ryan, Pearse Ryan, Ercus Stewart , Tom Tarpey, Paul Troake and Howard Williams.
Thursday 19th May 2011
A Kingfisher was on the River Fergus close to Ennis town centre.
Seven Blackcap were at Lees Road and two more were singing at Ballyallia.
Tuesday 17th May 2011
The Garganey pair were still at Ballyallia Lake again today.

Monday 16th May 2011
A second-year female WHITE-TAILED EAGLE was near Mount Shannon on Lough Derg today (Tom Tarpey).
The male and female Garganey were still at Ballylallia Lake, Ennis.
One second-year Iceland Gull was at Kilbaha Harbour, Loop Head.
A Grasshopper Warbler was also at the Loop.
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Garganeys at Ballyallia Lake © John N Murphy
Iceland Gull at Kilbaha © John N Murphy
Sunday 15th May 2011
One male and female Garganey were at Ballyallia Lake this afternoon, near the River Fergus exit on the town side of the lake.
The second-year Glaucous Gull was still at Seafield, Quilty.
At the Dawn Chorus outing to the Mullaghmore area this morning there were a pair of Yellowhammer, seven Backcap, one Little Egret, a Cuckoo and four Common Gulls.
One Long-eared Owl was at dawn chorus near Ballyvaughan this morning.
One Kingfisher and three Spotted Flycatchers were on the River Fergus, north of Lough Inchiquin.
One Great Northern Diver and two summer plumaged Red-throated Divers were at Liscannor Bay.
Over sixty Swift were over Ballyallia Lake this evening.
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Spotted Flycatcher near Lough Inchiquin © Dave McNamara
Saturday 14th May 2011
A Turtle Dove was at Loop Head this morning, along with ten Collared Doves, 32 Rock Doves, one Whitethroat, one Willow Warbler, seven Wheatears, 15 Sedge Warblers, four Chough and a Raven.
Over 2,500 Manx Shearwaters, two Puffins and six Whimbrels were at the Bridges of Ross.
Six Blackcap were singing in Lees Road Wood.
Turtle Dove at Kilbaha © John N Murphy
Tuesday 10th May 2011
Four Blackcap were singing in Lees Road Wood and another at the back of the CBS Primary along the banks of the Fergus.
Monday 9th May 2011
A small flock of 15 Whimbrel flew over Ballycar Lough, Newmarket-on-Fergus.

Sunday 8th May 2011
One Hobby was at Seafield, Quilty today (Jeff Copner), along the second-summer Glaucous Gull
and 12 White Wagtails.
There were 32 Great Northern Divers at Black Head.
One Common Sandpiper was at lough Bunny.
One little Egret was at lough Muchanagh.
Glaucous Gull on Seafield Beach © Jeff Copner

Saturday 7th May 2011
Two Yellowhammers were at Commons North in the Burren.

Friday 6th May 2011
One second-year Glaucous Gull, seven White Wagtails and 100 Whimbrel were at Seafield, Quilty.
Six Blackcaps were singing in Lees Road Wood and two more were at along the Fergus at the back of Cusack Park.
Glaucous Gull at Seafield © Dave McNamara

Thursday 5th May 2011
One Kingfisher was on the River Fergus in Ennis.

Wednesday 4th May 2011
One Crossbill flew over Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
At the Shannon Airport Lagoon this evening there were four Little Egrets and 100 Black-tailed Godwits on the lagoon itself, while on the edge of the mudflat shoreline there were 50 Whimbrel.
Two Kingfishers were on the Rine River, Quin.
One Jay was at Dromoland Castle Estate.
Whimbrel calling at the Shannon Airport Lagoon © John N Murphy
Tuesday 3rd May 2011
A drake Green-winged Teal was at Lough Atedaun (Dave McNamara).
Monday 2nd May 2011
There were four Yellowhammers in the Mullaghmore area.
Six Blackcaps were at Commons North, Kilnaboy and at least five Cuckoos were calling in the same area.
Sunday 1st May 2011
A flock of 52 Whimbrel flew in a North-west direction over Applewood, Ballycar.
Once again this year there have been lots of Cuckoos throughout the whole county © John N Murphy.
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April 2011

April 2011
New Home for troublesome Great Tits
The new nest box has been put in place next to the Post Box at Ballycalla for the Great Tit to nest in next season © John N Murphy.
Saturday 30th April 2011
There was one male and two female Crossbills at Letteragh Wood, Lisseycasey along side one male Hen Harrier.
Friday 29th April 2011
There was a pair of Tree Sparrows at Liscannor Graveyard and 50 Whimbrel along the shore.
Another 30 Whimbrel were at Clahane Beach along with six White Wagtails.
A Kingfisher was on the River Fergus close to Ennis town centre this morning.
One Whooper Swan was staying late and on his own at Kilfenora.
White Wagtail at Clahane © Jeff Copner
Tree Sparrow at Liscannor © Jeff Copner

Thursday 28th April 2011
One Marsh Harrier flew over the motorway this evening near the Quin Road flyover at Ennis (John N Murphy).
A Jay was at the back of Cusack Park along the River Fergus., while a Kingfisher was a little further upstream.
Wednesday 27th April 2011
There were 63 Whimbrel at the Flaggy Shore this afternoon.
A Yellowhammer was seen just north of Ruan.
Tuesday 26th April 2011
One Ruff and four Whimbrel were at Lough Graney.
Sunday 24th April 2011
One second year Glaucous Gull was at Finvarra Point.
Glaucous Gull second year bird at Finvarra Point © Dave McNamara
Friday  22nd April 2011
A male Velvet Scoter was at Lahinch (Dave McNamara).
There were three Grasshopper Warblers and a Whitethroat at Roxton, Corofin.

Wednesday 20th April 2011
Two Swifts were seen flying over Glor, in Ennis, these are the first this year for Clare.
Eight Blackcaps were singing in Lees Road Wood this afternoon.
A Kingfisher was on the River Fergus.
The controversial post box at Ballycalla, near the Honk that has been put out of service due to the fact that a pair of Great Tits have taken up squatters right here for the past three summers.
Tuesday 19th April 2011
A WHITE-TAILED EAGLE was seen over Mountshannon, Lough Derg (Angus Levie).
One Velvet Scoter and 19 Common Scoters were at Lahinch.
Two Bonxies were at the Bridges of Ross.
Three White Wagtails were at Kilbaha.
Monday 18th April 2011
There were eight Blackcaps singing in Dromore Nature Reserve this afternoon.
Sunday 17th April 2011
One Buzzard was seen flying Southwest over Mount Callan.
There were seven Grasshopper Warblers, four Sedge Warblers and two Cuckoos at Lickeen Lake.
Three Yellowhammers and five Blackcaps were in the Mullaghmore area in the Burren.
Three Kingfishers were at a river near Quin.
Three Blackcaps were singing at Applewood, Ballycar.
Two Cuckoos were at Miltown Malbay.
Two Blackcaps were singing at Dromoland Castle.
Three Blackcaps were at Inagh with another bird at Ennistymon.
Grasshopper Warblers were heard reeling at Milltown Malbay, near Ennistymon and a few more near Inagh.
Grasshopper Warbler © Dave McNamara

Saturday 16th April 2011
The drake and hen Surf Scoter were at Liscannor Bay today (Frank O’Duffy) along with
the female Velvet Scoter.
There were 14 Black-throated Divers and 77 Red-breasted Mergansers at Finvarra Point.
Two Blackcaps and a Whitethroat were at Fanore.
Two Blackcaps were at Applewood, Ballycar.
Another Blackcap was singing at Oak Park Ennis.
One Kingfisher was on the River Fergus in Ennis.
Kingfisher in Ennis Town © John N Murphy
Friday 15th April 2011
The male Surf Scoter was at Liscannor (John N Murphy)
The  second-year Glaucous Gull was at Seafield, Quilty, along with one Whimbrel and 30 White Wagtails.
One first-year Glaucous Gull was at Clahane with three White Wagtails, nine Purple Sandpipers
and a large flock of mixed Gulls.
Ten White Wagtails were at Liscannor.
At Lough Gash, Newmarket-on-Fergus this morning there were three pairs of Gadwall,
32 Tufted Ducks, three pairs of Great Crested Grebe and two singing Blackcaps.
One drake Pochard, two Shelduck , five Greylag Geese and three Blackcaps were at Fin Lough, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
Glaucous Gull at Sealfield © John N Murphy
Thursday 14th April 2011
One second-year Glaucous Gull, 45 Brent Geese , six Great Northern Divers and 20 White Wagtails were at Seafield, Quilty.
Four Blackcaps and three Grasshopper Warblers were at Rath Lake, Corofin.
One Cuckoo was heard calling at Sixmilebridge.
A pair of Kingfishers were on the River Fergus at Ruan.
Two Blackcaps were singing in the Crag between Oak Park and Pine Grove Ennis.
White Wagtail migrating through Seafield © Dave McNamara
Wednesday 13th April 2011
Four Blackcaps were singing in Lees Road Wood and another at Ballyallia.
At least eight male Blackcaps were singing between Ballycar and Fenloe Lake.
At Fenloe Lake there were 20 Cormorant nest, two Shelduck, four Lapwing, 12 Greylag Geese and eight Teal.
Over 150 Swallows were hawking for insects over Ballyallia Lake. 

Tuesday 12th April 2011
There were two Sedge Warblers singing at the Shannon Airport lagoon this afternoon and 2,000
Black-tailed Godwits were roosting on the lagoon itself along with eight Little Egrets, 12 Teal and
four Water Rails calling from the reedbeds.
Monday 11th April 2011
A Cuckoo was heard in Kilmaley and Darragh today.
Seven Blackcaps were singing in Lees Road Wood this evening.
Another Blackcaps was singing at Ballyallia amidst a big hatch of insects.

Sunday 10th April 2011
The WATER PIPIT was seen at Clahane again.
A female Smew was at Lough Bunny (Dave McNamara).
A Velvet Scoter, Red -throated Diver, 30 Great Northern Diver and 30 Common Scoter were at Lahinch.
A Grasshopper Warbler was at Doolough.
A group of 17 Sandwich Terns were on Cregg Beach near Moy House, Lahinch.


Saturday 9th April 2011
The WATER PIPIT was still at Clahane (Dave McNamara).
The drake and hen Surf Scoter were still at Lahinch alongf with the female Surf Scoter (Dave McNamara).
A female Smew was at the south-east end of  Finn, Lough, Newmarket-on-Fergus (Paul Troake).


Thursday 7th April 2011
One adult summer WATER PIPIT was at Clahane (Jeff Copner), alongside 15 Brent Geese.
There were eight Sandwich Terns and 120 Brent Geese at Liscannor.
Three Blackcap were singing in Lees Road Wood.
Wednesday 6th April 2011
Four Greylag Geese and two Blackcaps were at Applewood, Ballycar.
Four Blackcaps were heard singing around Ennis.
Two pairs of Siskin were nesting at Moanreel.
Tuesday 5th April 2011
Five Black-throated Divers were off Aughinish.
Five Blackcaps were singing at Gort Coirce, Corofin.
There were four male Blackcaps singing at Applewood, Ballycar.
Three Goldeneye were still at Lough Bunny.
Monday 4th April 2011
Over 200 Sand Martins were at Ballyallia Lake and among them were two Swallows.
Three Blackcap were singing at Lees Road Wood and another at Ballyallia.
Two Kingfishers were one the River Fergus in the middle of Ennis.
Saturday 2nd April 2011
There is a drake and one female Surf Scoter at Lahinch (Howard Williams).  This is probably the pair from Doonbeg.
Friday 1st April 2011
One Little Gull was at Liscannor along with 50 Brent Geese and a large mixed flock of gulls.
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March 2011

March 2011
Thursday 31st March 2011
There were four Common Terns at Poulnasherry Bay this morning.
One Swallow was at Applewood, Ballycar.
Wednesday 30th March 2011
There was one Yellowhammer singing at Tubber with another male at Mullaghmore, The Burren.
Willow Warblers were recorded to be widespread throughout the county today with numberous
birds calling in the Burren.
Tuesday 29th March 2011
Four Pink-footed Geese, 32 White-fronted Geese, six Greylag Geese and one female Hen Harrier 
were at Lough Muckanagh.
One Willow Warbler and a male Blackcap were singing at Applewood, Ballycar this morning.

Monday 28th March 2011
Two Whimbrels were at Blackweir Bridge, Poulnasherry Bay this morning.
Two Kingfishers were on the River Fergus in the middle of Ennis Town.
One male Wheatear was on the New Line, the Burren.
A Blackcap was singing at Ballyallia Lake this evening.
Three Little Egrets were on the River Fergus at Clareabbey.
One male Blackcap was singing at Applewood, Ballycar.
Sunday 27th March 2011
The six Pink-footed Geese were at Lough Muckanagh along with 53 White-fronted Geese.
A Willow Warbler was singing at Darragh, this was the first recorded in the county this year.
Two Swallows were on Canon Island in the Fergus Estuary.
One Swallow was just outside Miltown Malbay.
One Crossbill and a male Blackcap were at Gort Coirce.
Two Kingfishers were on a river near Quin.
Four Yellowhammers were at Mullaghmore in the Burren.
One male Blackcap was at Applewood, Ballycar.
Yellowhammer at Mullaghmore © Dave McNamara
Saturday 26th March 2011
Two Kingfishers were on a River near Quin.
Four Little Egrets were at Clare Abbey.
One male Blackcap was singing at Applewood, Ballycar.
Kingfisher © John N Murphy

Friday 25th March 2011
One Crossbill was at Gort Coirce, Corofin.
The first Swallow was seen near Kilneagh with two Sandmartins.
Two Kingfishers were at a river near Quin.
Crossbill at Gort Coirce © Dave McNamara
Thursday 24th March 2011
One adult Ring-billed Gull was at Clarecastle Quay (Finbarr MacGabhann).
There were 20 Sandmartins on the River Fergus in the middle of Ennis.
Wednesday 23rd March 2011
Chiffchaffs were heard singing today at Ennis, Clarecastle, Shannon, The Honk, Applewood, Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus and many more locations throughout the county.
Chiffchaff singing at Applewood, Ballycar © John N Murphy
Tuesday 22nd March 2011
The first year male Surf Scoter was off Finvarra Point (Paul Traoke).
Also off North Clare there were 25 Black-throated Divers, 120 Great Northern Divers and 19 Long-tailed Ducks.
Two Whimbrel and four Great Northern Divers were at Seafield, Quilty.
Puffins have returned to the Cliffs of Moher this morning. 
One Merlin was seen flying over the Cooraclare River at Shragh.
A flock of 27 Whooper Swans flew over Querrin this evening.
One Little Egret and two Ravens were at Moyasta. 
Monday 21st March 2011
There were three Ring-billed Gulls (two adult summers and one adult winter) at Clarecastle Quay this afternoon, along with one singing Chiffchaff, two Sandmartins and one Raven.
One first-winter Iceland Gull was at Clahane.
One Little Egret was on the stream near Ballygriffey Castle.
One Chiffchaff was singing at Lough Gash.
One Dipper was at Kilfenora.
A Raven was at Lees Road Wood.
Ring-billed Gulls at Clarecastle Quay © John N Murphy
Iceland Gull at Clahane © Dave McNamara

Friday 18th March 2011
A flock of 20 Golden Plover was seen flying north over the Slieve Barnagh Mountains.

Two Ravens were seen at Shragh Bog.

Thursday 17th March 2011
There were 29 Black-throated Divers off Black Head.

Two Wheatears and 11 Chough were on the cliff drive west of Kilkee.
Twenty Sand Martins were at Athlunkard/Shannon Banks.
A flock of 70 Whooper Swans were at Ballygireen, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
Wednesday 16th March 2011
The 2nd year Surf Scoter was at Gleninagh castle, North Clare again today (Jeff Copner).
There were four Wheatears at Chimney Bay, Kilkee.

Tuesday 15th March 2011
The WATER PIPIT was still at Clahane today (John N Murphy), along with 26 Brent Geese.

A count of 50 Black-throated Divers, 50 Great Northern Divers, 30 Red-breasted Mergansers, 40 Common Scoter and 30 Brent Geese were had between Black Head and Ballyvaughan.
A flock of 56 Whooper Swans were at Ballygireen.
One Chiffchaff was singing at Carrigoran, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
A Merlin was at Furglans between Inagh and Ennistymon.
A male Blackcap was seen at a peanut feeder at New Road Ennis this morning.
Monday 14th March 2011
The two Goosanders were still at Roo Lough (John N Murphy & Brian Finnegan).
At nearby Lough Muchanagh there were 36 White-fronted Geese and a small group of 
six Pink-footed Geese.
One female Hen Harrier was at Ballyporty, Corofin.
A flock of 14 Goldeneye were at Lough Bunny.
Ten Sand Martins were at Ballyallia Lake with one Little Egret and three Whooper Swans at Drumcliff.
There were two Peregrines at Lough Atedaun.
A flock of 50 Rock Doves were at New Quay.
Sunday 13th March 2011
Two Goosanders were at Roo Lough (Jeff Copner).
The first Spring migrants of the year were a small flock of 12 Sand Martin  seen over Ballyallia Lake this evening.
A small flock of six Yellowhammers were at Mullaghmore in the Burren.
Saturday 12th March 2011
The female redhead Smew was still at Lough Bunny (Jeff Copner). 
The two female/immature Goosanders were at Roo Lough (Dave McNamara).
Friday 11th March 2011
A female redhead Smew was at Lough Bunny (Dave McNamara).
Two immature/female Goosanders were at Roo Lough, north of Tubber (Dave McNamara).
There were 30 Black-throated Divers off Finvarra Point.
A flock of 43 Pochard were at Lough Murree.
Over 100 Barnacle Geese were on Illaunonearaun.
One Little Egret was at Clareabbey, Ennis.
One Little Egret was at Moyasta.

Thursday 10th March 2011
The GOLDEN EAGLE was see again at Kilbane, Broadford (David Lyons).
A flock of 90 Barnacle Geese were at Illaunonearaun.
Two Little Egrets were at Blackwier Bridge, Poulnasherry.
Wednesday 9th March 2011
The WATER PIPIT was at Clahane (Jeff Copner), along with the colour ringed Redshank.
The Tufted x Ring-necked Duck hybrid was still at Lough Inchiquin.
Two Dippers were seen once more at Moananagh Cross between Inagh and Ennistymon.
A flock of 90 Pochard were on a small Turlough, just North of Tubber on the Clare/Galway border.
Tuesday 8th March 2011
Two Dippers were between Inagh and the Falls, Ennistymon.
Two Woodcock were at Roxton, Corofin.
One Peregrine was at Cregg Beach, Lahinch.
Monday 7th March 2011
There were two Water Rails and two Greylag Geese at Ballycar Lough, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
Sunday 6th March 2011
The WATER PIPIT and two Chough were at Clahane (Dave McNamara).
One Dipper was at Ballynacarghan Bridge, Kilfenora.
One Water Rail was at Ballycar Lough, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
Saturday 5th March 2011
One  immature Iceland Gull was at Kilbaha.

Friday 4th March 2011
There was one male and one female Surf Scoter at Doughmore Bay today (Jeff Copner), along with 16 Great Northern Divers,
two Red-throated Divers and four Black Guillemots.  
One ring-tailed Hen Harrier was between Cross and Kilbaha.
A flock of 60 Golden Plover were at the Skivileen River.

Thursday 3rd March 2011
The WATER PIPIT was still at Clahane (John N Murphy).
Between Black Head and Ballyvaughan there was one 2nd year Surf Scoter (John N Murphy), along with 57 Black-throated Divers, 116 Great Northern Divers, three Red-throated Divers, 12 Gannets, 340 Razorbills, 106 Common Scoter, 47 Red-breasted Mergansers, 28 Brent Geese and one Little Egret.
A small flock of 14 Barnacle Geese were on Mutton Island.
A group of 27 Brent Geese were at Quilty Beach.
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