Category Archives: Scarce & Rare Bird Sightings

Thursday 26th April 2018

Five Ruff, 19 Greater Scaup, 38 Golden Plover and 55 Whimbrel were at Islandavanna.(Páidí Cullinan and Tom Lynch)


Wednesday 25th April 2018

A hundred Manx Shearwater were off Black Head.(Páidí Cullinan)
A 2CY male Peregrine and a Dipper were at the Caher Valley(PC)
Sixteen Whimbrel, 28 Shelduck, 21 Brent Geese and 49 Sandwich Tern were at Rine Point.(PC)
A hundred Whimbrel were at Doonaha.(Cliff Baxter)
Twenty six Whimbrel were at Clahane.(Jeff Copner)


Saturday 21st April 2018

Saturday 21st April 2018

Chiffchaff at the West Bank, Loop Head John N Murphy

One adult Iceland Gull was at Kilbaha with one 2CY Glaucous Gull at Ross Bay. (John N Murphy)
Throughout the rest of Loop Head there was one female Blackcap, three Sedge Warblers, ten Collared Doves, 38 Golden Plover, eight Wheatear, 2,600 Manx Shearwater between Loop Head Lighthouse and the Bridges of Ross. (JNM)
There were 200 Manx Shearwaters feeding off the rocks at Rineville Bay with 12 Arctic Terns and 14 Common Terns feeding beside them and two Red-throated Divers and three Great Northern Divers in the bay. (JNM)
Fifteen Whimbrel were at Lough Donnell.(Nuala and Tom Lynch)


Friday 20th April 2018

A GREAT WHITE EGRET was at Lake Atedaun. (Jeff Copner)
One Buzzards at Bunratty. (PC)
Two Grasshopper Warblers,a Sedge Warbler and one Warer Rail were singing at Clonmoney South opposite Saints Island on the Shannon Estuary.(Páidí Cullinan)
There was one Greenland White-fronted Goose and eight Sedge Warblers at the Shannon Airport Lagoon along with 23 Gadwall, 20 Whimbrel, 178 Black-tailed Godwits, 57 Golden Plover, four Water Rails and three Little Egrets. (PC)
Three Whimbrel and six Blackcap were at Lough Giorroga this evening. (John N Murphy)


Thursday 19th April 2018

Thursday 19th April 2018

Ring-necked Duck at Lough Girroga Páidí Cullinan

One adult drake Ringed-necked Duck was at Lough Girroga, Ennis.(Páidí Cullinan)
Two Buzzards were at Kilbane. (David Lyons)
One Cuckoo was heard calling at Glenmore. (Elaine Keegan)
One Cuckoo was heard calling at School Hill, Dysart. (Mary Gilmore)
A Cuckoo was calling in the Burren National Park.(Nuala Kennedy)
There was one Grasshopper Warbler and four Blackcaps at Kilshanny. (Dave McNamara)


Wednesday 18th April 2018

Cuckoos were heard in Kildysart and Ballynacally.


Tuesday 17th April 2018

Tuesday 17th April 2018

The Brent Goose showing dark belly at Bishops Quarter (Jeff Copner) this bird has been in north Clare since April 2009 and it is unclear as to which subspecies family it falls into (per JNM)

A drake Ringed-necked Duck was at Ballyallia Lake.(Páidí Cullinan, Tom Lynch & Myles Carey)
The Brent Goose with a dark belly was at Bishop’s Quarter. (Jeff Copner)


Sunday 15th April 2018

The dark-bellied type Brent/Black Brant Goose was on the Rine, Ballyvaughan today along with one White Wagtail. (Padie Cullinan & Niall T Keogh)


Saturday 14th April 2017

One adult Iceland Gull, one male Blackcap, one Chiffchaff, three Wheatears and 14 Golden Plover were at Loop Head. (John N Murphy)
Over 1,000 Manx Shearwaters were feeding off the tip of Loop Head and up the mouth of the Shannon Estuary. (JNM)


Friday 13th April 2018

The drake Surf Scoter, six Red-throated Diver and 22 Black-throated Diver were at Coolshiva Pier.(NTK, DH, RH & TK) One 2CY Iceland Gull was at Kilkee. (Niall T. Keogh, Des Higgins, Rachel Hynes and Tom Kavanagh)
Two Long-tailed Duck and a dark-bellied Brent Goose were at Bishops Quarter.(NTK, DH, RH & TK)
There were 100 Manx Shearwaters off Black Head.(NTK, DH, RH & Tk)
A count of 268 Great Northern Diver were between Black Head and Fanore.(NTK, DH, RH & TK)
One 2CY Iceland Gull was off the Flaggy Shore.(NTK, DH, RH & TK)


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