Category Archives: Scarce & Rare Bird Sightings

Monday 13th February 2023

Monday 13th February 2023

Marsh Harrier at Toole’s Lough Jeff Copner

There were two Marsh Harriers at Toole’s Lough.(Jeff Copner)
Two Buzzards were at Quin with one at Bunratty. (James Organ)
One male Hen Harrier was at Shannon. (Julian Cremins)

Sunday 12th February 2022

Four Snow Buntings were at Loop Head.(Chris Cullen)
One Peregrine, 45 Whooper Swans and 120 Dunlin were at Lough Atedaun.(James Organ)
There were five Barnacle Geese at Goleen. (Dixie Collins)

Saturday 11th February 2023

Two White-tailed Eagles were at Lough Muchanagh early today along with a flock of 60 White-fronted Geese and one Merlin. (John N Murphy)
There was one Spotted Redshank, 12 Mediterranean Gulls and 100 Brent Geese at Corronroo. (JNM)
Two Black-throated Divers and 45 Great Northern Divers were at the Flaggy Shore. (JNM)
Seven Yellowhammers were in a field north of Lough Bunny on the New Line. (JNM)
At Carron Turlough there were 18 Whooper Swans, 500 Wigeon, 400 Teal, 50 Shoveler, 30 Tufted Duck, 14 Pintail and 28 Gadwall. (JNM)
At Lough Muchanagh in the afternoon there were 9 Goldeneye and three Water Rail (James Organ)
A small flock of 16 Whooper Swans and one Jay were at Dromore Nature Reserve. (JNM)
There were 14 Whooper Swans at Lough Cullaun, the Burren. (JNM)
At Clarecastle Quay there was one adult Mediterranean Gull and the Common Sandpiper. (Chris Cullen & JNM)
One male Peregrine was at Lough Atedaun. (JNM)
Three Buzzards were at Manusmore. (JNM)

Friday 10th February 2023

Friday 10th February 2023

Buzzard at Poulnasherry Bay John N Murphy

The first-winter Glaucous Gull and a Black Redstart were still at Kilkee. (JNM)
There was one Merlin near Ballynacally. (JNM)
The adult Iceland Gull was in Ennis. (James Organ)
A flock of 120 Barnacle Geese were at Carrowmore Point. (JNM)
One Buzzard was at Poulnasherry Bay. (JNM)

Thursday 9th February 2023

The adult Iceland Gull was in Ennis. (James Organ)
One Brambling was recorded at an undisclosed location in Clare. (Irish
A large flock of Snow Bunting were reported from Loop Head. (Irish

Wednesday 8th February 2023

Wednesday 8th February 2023

Male Blackcap still at Applewood, Ballycar John N Murphy

The adult Iceland Gull was in Ennis. (James Organ)

Tuesday 7th February 2023

Tuesday 7th February 2023

Adult Iceland Gull in Ennis John N Murphy

The adult Iceland Gull was on the rooftops of St.Flannan’s College in Ennis today. (JNM)
One Marsh Harrier, 60 Black-tailed Godwits and 45 Dunlin were at Lough Atedaun this morning. (JNM)
One Marsh Harrier was in the Burren this evening. (Jeff Copner)
There were 26 Little Egrets at Ballyallia Lake, one male Blackcap and one displaying female Sparrowhawk. (JNM)
This evening at Islandavanna there was one Spotted Redshank, one adult Iceland Gull, (probably the Ennis bird), one first-winter Iceland Gull, one adult Mediterranean Gull, 2,000 Black-headed Gulls, one Chiffchaff and 38 Pintail. (JNM)
A flock of 5,000 Golden Plover were at Clenagh Bay (JNM)
At Clonderlaw Bay there was one Kingfisher, 33 Great Crested Grebes, 16 Little Egrets, 16 Whooper Swans, 356 Teal, 80 Shelduck, 50 Mallard, 2,578 Dunlin, 70 Redshank, 16Grey Plover, 202 Curlew, 28 Oystercatcher, 200 Lapwing, 20 Golden Plover, 22 Bar-tailed Godwits, 15 Turnstone, 114 Wigeon, seven Greenshank and 50 Snipe. (JNM)
One Barn Owl was flying along the N85 Ennis bypass just after the roundabout with the Icarus statue. (Mairead Organ)
One Barn Owl was at Doora. (Adrian Glasgow)

Monday 6th February 2023

One White-tailed Eagle (green tag on left wing with a Y, blue tag on the right with a Y), was at Ballyallia Lake, along with one female Marsh Harrier and 22 Little Egrets. (Finbar MacGabhann)
Another or the same White-tailed Eagle was at Dromore Woods earlier this morning.(Cliff Baxter)
One Marsh Harriers was at Toole’s Lough with another at Lough Atedaun.(James Organ)
There were four Barnacle Geese and 11 Chough at Moveen. (Chris Cullen)

Two Marsh Harriers were at Lough Muchanagh this morning. (James Organ & Ray Glynn)

Sunday 5th February 2023

Sunday 5th February 2023

One Marsh Harriers was at Toole’s Lough with another at Lough Atedaun.(James Organ)
There were four Barnacle Geese and 11 Chough at Moveen. (Chris Cullen)
There were two Hen Harrier (an adult male & an adult female), hunting fields near Cross village. (John Collins)
One Merlin was also near Cross and the 20 Snow Buntings were still at Loop Head. (JC)

Saturday 4th February 2023

One Ruff, 300 Wigeon, 120 Lapwing, 80 Golden Plover and 70 Whooper Swans were at Lough Atedaun. (John N Murphy & Finbar MacGabhann)
Seven Sandwich Terns were at the Flaggy Shore. (Jeff Copner)
There were three Black-throated Divers, six Red-throated Divers, five Long-tailed Duck, one Spotted Redshank. The albino Curlew and two Mediterranean Gulls across the north Clare coast. (JNM & FMacG)
Seven Yellowhammers were near Tubber. (JNM & FMacG)
Sixteen White-fronted Geese were near Tubber.(JNM & FMacG)
The Iceland Gull was still in Ennis. (James Organ)
The Black Redstart was at Kilkee.(Dixie Collins)

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