Category Archives: Scarce & Rare Bird Sightings

Monday 5th September 2011

Today at the Bridges of Ross on what was a dreadfully wet day, there was one Wilson’s Storm Petrel (13:50) (Keith Langdon, Reg Land & Dave Farrow), 210 Sooty Shearwater, one Balearic Shearwater, 1,000 Manx Shearwater, one Blue Fulmar, seven Leach’s Petrel, 29 Storm Petrel, nine Great Skua (Bonxie), one Pomarine Skua, three Arctic Skua, one juvenile Sabine’s Gull, 12 Arctic Tern, nine Sandwich Tern, seven Common Scoter, five Red-throated Diver, one Great Northern Diver, 68 Puffin, 12 Sanderlings and 16 Whimbrel.

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Sunday 4th September 2011

There were three Great Shearwaters, one Balearic Shearwater, 550 Sooty Shearwaters, 6,000 Manx Shearwaters, three Leach’s Petrels, ten Storm Petrels, one Grey Phalarope, five Bonxies, five Arctic Skuas, three Sabine’s Gulls (2 adults & 1 2nd cal), one first-winter Little Gull, 22 Arctic Terns, one Red-throated Diver, eight Common Scoters, three Puffins, 12 Bar-tailed Godwits and four Whimbrels.
At Finvarra Point there was one juvenile Sabine’s Gull, three Storm Petrels and six Arctic Skuas.
There were eight Curlew Sandpipers on the mudflats at the Shannon Airport lagoon this lunchtime, while in the lagoon itself there were nine Little Egrets, 1,600 Black-tailed Godwits, three Bar-tailed Godwits, one Turnstone, 12 Shoveler, 80 Teal and three Water Rails.
One Curlew Sandpiper, one Common Sandpiper and one Kingfisher were at Doonbeg Lough.
There were 200 Sanderling at Doughmore Beach.
One Curlew Sandpiper and two Chough were at Seafield.

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Saturday 3rd September 2011

Saturday 3rd September 2011

Sooty Shearwater off the Bridges of Ross © John N Murphy

At the Bridges of Ros today there was, one Fea’s Petel (15.10)(Niall T Keogh, John N Murphy et al), along with 18 Great Shearwaters, three Balearic Shearwaters, 1,000 Sooty Shearwaters, 7,000 Manx Shearwaters, one Blue Fulmar, 14 Leache’s Petrels, 11 Storm Petrels, seven Bonxies, two Pomarine Skuas, 20 Arctic Skuas, seven adult Sabine’s Gull, one juvenile Black Tern, 7 Arctic Terns, two Sandwich Terns, 17 Puffins, 19 Common Scoters, 33 Whimbrel, nine Turnstones, 14 Knot and for Sanderling.
One Spotted Flycatcher was in Gibsons Garden, Kilbaha, while 150 Wheatears and 250 Meadow Pipits were all over the headland.
Four Curlew Sandpipers, 15 Knot and a Merlin were at the Shannon Airport Lagoon.
Two Crossbills were in a garden at Darragh.
There was one Ruff at Seafield, another two Ruff were at Lough Atedaun.
Nine Crossbills and one Jay were at Gort Coirce, Dysert.
Four Crossbills were at Lickeen Lake.
One Peregrine was at Lahinch Marsh.

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Friday 2nd September 2011

At the Bridges of Ross today there was three Great Shearwater, eight large Shearwaters, three Balearic Shearwater, 384 Sooty Shearwaters, 2,000 Manx Shearwaters, one adult Long-tailed Skua, five Pomarine Skuas, 27 Arctic Skuas, 11 Bonxies, three Sabine’s Gulls, one juvenile Black Tern, 350 Fulmars, 33 Arctic Terns, 23 Storm Petrels, one Sandwich Tern, five Puffins, 90 Razorbills, 16 Common Scoter, one Red-throated Diver, four Whimbrels and three Pintails. There were also six Bottlenose Dolphin, eight Common Dolphins and two Sunfish.
There were six Common Scoters at Lahinch.

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Thursday 1st September 2011

One Peregrine, two Wheaters and 15 Whimbrel were at Clahane.
One female Hen Harrier passed across the road between Seafield and Quilty.
A flock of 30 Sanderling and five Bar-tailed Godwits were at Seafield.

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Wednesday 31st August 2011

At the Bridges of Ross today there were Manx Shearwater 23 flying West & 245 flying East, Great Skua, Arctic Skua (1 pale phase adult chasing Kittiwakes), Sandwich Tern,three Common Scoter, 41 Fulmar, 167 Gannet, six Bottlenose Dolphin and ten Common Dolphin.
At Lahinch Marsh there was one Green Sandpiper and one male Hen Harrier.
At the Shannon Airport Lagoon this evening there was one Peregrine and eight Little Egrets.

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Tuesday 30th August 2011

One Green Sandpiper was in the small pool at Kilbaha this evening.
There were 11 Curlew Sandpipers, 60 Knot, 200 Dunlin and 70 Ringed Plover on the mudflats at the Shannon Airport Lagoon this evening.
A flock of 2,000 Black-tailed Godwits, 16 Little Egrets, four Water Rails, five Shoveler and one Peregrine were in the Shannon Airport Lagoon itself.
One Little Egret was at Ballycorrick Bridge.
One juvenile Peregrine was at Doonbeg.
Nine Grey Plovers and 26 Golden Plovers were at Islandavanna.
One Water Rail was at Ballyallia Lake.

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Monday 29th August 2011

Two Curlew Sandpipers were at the Shannon Airport Lagoon this evening.
Two Curlew Sandpipers were at Islandavanna, Clarecastle along with 120 Knot.
Two Arctic Skuas and two Red-throated Divers were at Finvarra Point.
One Common Sandpiper and a small flock of 60 Sanderlings were at the Skivileen River, Doonbeg.
One Peregrine was near Traught.

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Sunday 28th August 2011

The Sharp-tailed Sandpiper was at the Shannon Airport Lagoon this morning (John Power, Denis O’Sullivan et al).
An Osprey flew south between Doonbeg and Kilkee this afternoon (Neal Warnock & Niall Keogh).
Also at the Shannon Airport Lagoon this evening were five Ruff, six Sanderling and two Curlew Sandpipers.
Two Little Egrets were at Moyasta Creek.

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Saturday 27th August 2011

Saturday 27th August 2011

Semi-palmated Sandpiper © Richard Bonser

The adult Sharp-tailed Sandpiper was back at the Shannon Airport Lagoon this evening (Richard Bonser, John N Murphy et al).
Also at the Shannon Airport Lagoon were 12 Curlew Sandpipers, eight Ruff, eight Sanderling and a large mixed group of Dunlin, Knot and Redshank.
The Semi-palmated Sandpiper was also still at Doughmore Beach (Alan Clewes et al).

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