Category Archives: Scarce & Rare Bird Sightings

Wednesday 1st November 2017

One Reed Warbler, a Brambling, two Blackcaps, four Chiffchaff, one Kingfisher, an adult Mediterranean Gull and a Merlin were the highlights from Loop Head and Kilbaha today. (Tony Mee & Phil Brennan)
A Brambling was at Saint Flannan’s College among a little flock of Chaffinch.(Páidí Cullinan)
There were 30 Whooper Swans at Farrihy and 90 Barnacle Geese on Mutton Island. (Elaine Keegan)
At Black Head there were 17 Black-throated Divers. (Geoff Pearson)
A female Hen Harrier, over 600 Wigeon, 320 Coot, 260 Lapwing, 210 Black-tailed Godwit, 160 Teal, 72 Shoveler, 59 Greylag Geese, 45 Mallard, 38 Tufted Duck, 27 Little Grebe, 24 Curlew, 21 Gadwall, 12 Pintail Duck, four Whooper Swan and two Little Egret were at Ballyallia.(Nuala and Tom Lynch)


Tuesday 31st October 2017

At Loop Head and Kilbaha today there was one Brambling, two Blackcaps, one late staying Willow Warbler, six Chiffchaff and two Merlin. (Tony Mee & Phil Brennan)
Forty two Whooper Swan, including ten juveniles, 280 Black-tailed Godwit, 70 Lapwing and 25 Curlew were at Drumcliffe, Ballyallia.(Tom Lynch, Myles Carey)


Monday 30th October 2017

Monday 30th October 2017

Radde’s Warbler at Loop Head John N Murphy

A RADDE’S WARBLER was at the West Bank, Loop Head today. (John N Murphy, Tony Mee et al) This is a first county record of this rare Siberian vagrant.
Also at Loop Head and Kilbaha today were five Yellow-browed Warblers, one Blackcap, one Willow Warbler, five Chiffchaff, hundreds of Redwing, Song Thrush,Blackbirds and one Fieldfare, two Merlin, one Gen Harrier, three Little Egrets, three Redpoll and a Siskin. (JNM, TM, Phil Brennan, Tom Tarpey et al)
Two Pink-footed Geese and a Barnacle Goose were near the West Bank. (Jeff Copner)
One male Hen Harrier was near Cross Village. (JC)
One Little Stint was a Seafield. (Nick Larter)
A Barn Owl has been at Scariff over the weekend.(James Scanlon)


Sunday 29th October 2017

Sunday 29th October 2017

Juvenile male Merlin at Loop Head John N Murphy

One Black Redstart was at Loop Head this morning. (John N Murphy & Tony Mee) Also on the headland and Kilbaha were one Yellow-browed Warbler in Keatings Garden, three Chiffchaff, four Goldcrest, one Siskin, four Redpoll, nine Pink-footed Geese, 11 Barnacle Geese, 25 Song Thrush, 80 Snipe, one Merlin and one immature/female Hen Harrier. (JNM & TM)
One Long-eared Owl was at Lower Feard, Loop Head this evening. (TM)
One female Hen Harrier and eight Whooper Swans were at Lahinch Marsh. (Dave McNamara)
There were 16 Whooper Swans at Farrihy. (Dixie Collins)


Saturday 28th October 2017

One Pied Flycatcher and a Snow Bunting were at Loop Head Lighthouse. (Tony Mee & Shane Dowling)
One Yellow-browed Warbler, a Chiffchaff and one Siskin were in Keatings Garden Kilbaha. (John N Murphy & SD)
One juvenile Ruff was at Ballyallia Lake,along with 38 Whooper Swans and 200 Black-tailed Godwits. (Myles Carey & Paidi Cullinan)


Friday 27th October 2017

One juvenile Ruff was at Ballyallia Lake (Myles Carey) along with one female Hen Harrier. ( Jeff Copner)
There were six Whooper Swans and a Kingfisher at Castle Lough, Sixmilebridge. (Cliff Baxter)


Thursday 26th October 2017

A Barn Owl was seen near the Golf Club at Doonbeg tonight.(Sean Keane)


Wednesday 25th October 2017

A Merlin, 32 Snipe 300 Golden Plover and a Woodcock were on the Headland at Loop Head this morning.(Páidí Cullinan)
Three Chiffchaff, 26 Snipe, two Goldcrest, a female Blackcap were at Kilbaha village.(PC)
A juvenile Little Stint was at Kilcredaun this evening.(PC)
Long-eared Owl west of Cree late this evening.(Sean Keane)


Tuesday October 24th 2017

The Lesser Yellowlegs was still at Islandavanna early this morning.(Páidí Cullinan)
Twenty three Whooper Swan were at Drumcliffe.(Páidí Cullinan, Tom Lynch)
Family party of four Whooper Swan at the Caher River, Slieve Elva.(Páidí Cullinan)


Monday 23rd October 2017

Monday 23rd October 2017

Lesser Yellowlegs at Islandavanna John N Murphy

The juvenile Lesser Yellowlegs was still near Islandavanna again today. (John N Murphy et al)
One juvenile Yellow Wagtail was along the road to Cloghaun Lough, Loop Head with three Chiffchaffs in Kilbaha and two Goldcrests. (JNM)
There were 5,500 Kittiwakes, 3,000 Gannets, one adult Pomarine Skua, three Manx Shearwaters and two Brent Geese past the Bridges of Ross this evening. (JNM)
One Little Stint and 130 Golden Plover were at Doonbeg. (JNM)
One Jay was at Lissycasey. (JNM)


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