Category Archives: Scarce & Rare Bird Sightings

Saturday 17th March 2018

Saturday 17th March 2018

A male Wheatear at Loop Head John N Murphy

There was one male Wheatear at Loop Head Lighthouse today with 525 Golden Plover in the Plover fields and 130 Manx Shearwaters off the Bridges of Ross. (JNM)
Five Ruff and 80 Black-tailed Godwits were at Clenagh Lake this morning.(Paidi Cullinan & John N Murphy)
There were 18 Little Egrets, one Stock Dove and six Sand Martins at Ballyallia Lake. (JNM & PC)


Friday 16th March 2018

The immature drake King Eider was at the Flaggy Shore this morning along with the Drake Surf Scoter. (Paul Troake)
The White-tailed Eagle was back at Ballyallia Lake this afternoon. (Adrian Glasgow)
Three Wheatears were at George’s Head, Kilkee. (Elaine Keegan)
Three Sand Martins were at Ballyallia Lake. (Chris Cullen)
Twelve Yellowhammer were at Kilkeedy, Tubber this morning.
(Gerry Slattery)
One Common Sandpiper was at Clarecastle Quay. (Paidi Cullinan)


Thursday 15th March 2018

The drake Surf Scoter was off the Flaggy Shore this morning.(Dave McNamara & Jeff Copner).
The first spring migrant passerines of the year were seen at Ballyallia where two Sand Martin were hawking insects in the early afternoon, (Páidí Cullinan) and later six Sand Martin and a Chiffchaff.(Cliff Baxter)
Two Buzzard were soaring north of Drehednagower Bridge, Ennis early this afternoon.(Nuala and Tom Lynch)
There were 46 Goldeneye and 62 Tufted Duck at Rossroe Lake.(David Lyons)


Wednesday 14th March 2018

The immature drake King Eider was still at the Flaggy Shore early this morning. (John N Murphy & Paidi Cullinan)
Also along the Flaggy Shore to Finvarra Point were the drake Surf Scoter, 20 Common Scoter, ten Black-throated Divers, five Long-tailed Ducks and one Whimbrel. (PC & JNM)


Tuesday 13th March 2018

One Immature Drake KING EIDER (the first county record), and a Drake Surf Scoter were at the Flaggy Shore, New Quay this afternoon (Paul Troake), along with 13 Common Scoter and 45 Great Northern Diver.
An adult Mediterranean Gull was at Ballyallia.(Páidí Cullinan)


Monday 11th March 2018

Monday 11th March 2018

Manx Shearwater off the tip of Loop Head John N Murphy

One adult summer plumages Sandwich Tern was on Kilkee Beach. (John N Murphy)
One adult Ring-billed Gull and a 3CY Iceland Gull were at Cloghaun Lough, Kilbaha with 200 Manx Shearwaters off the tip of Loop Head and 2,500 Guillemots on the nesting colonies.(JNM)
A Stock Dove, five Little Egrets, two Whooper Swans and a Water Rail were at Kilcredaun Marsh. (JNM)
There were 42 Chough at Moveen. (JNM)


Sunday 11th March 2018

A 2CY Glaucous Gull was at Fisher’s Street, Doolin.(Páidí Cullinan)
A littoralis Rock Pipit was at Clahane.(PC)
An adult Iceland Gull, a 2CY Glaucous Gull, 30 Common Scoter and six Red-throated Diver were at Liscannor Harbour.(PC)
A pair of Crossbill were at Sliabh Elva.(PC)
Three Whooper Swan were at Rinvilla.(John & Dixie Collins)
Four Whooper Swan and two Jay were at Lees Road Wood.(Nuala and Tom Lynch)


Friday 9th March 2018

Thirty one Whooper Swan, ten Little Egret and 140 Shoveler were at Ballyallia.(Nuala and Tom Lynch, Brian Finnegan)
A Great Northern Diver, a Golden Eye and Greenshank were at Lough Bunny.(Páidí Cullinan)
Forty nine Whooper Swan and a Greenshank were at Roo Lough.(PC)


Wednesday 7th March 2018

A 2CY Glaucous Gull and a pair of Long-tailed Duck were at Finvarra Point.(Páidí Cullinan)
Two drake Long-tailed Duck were at the Flaggy Shore.(PC)
Thirteen Common Scoter were at Coolshiva Pier.(PC)
A banded Brent Goose was at Ballyvaughan, right Blue C and left Yellow X. This bird was also seen in Strangford Lough and various places in Galway Bay previously.(PC)
Two Buzzard were at Broadford.(Cliff Baxter)


Tuesday 6th March 2018

The 3CY White-tailed Sea Eagle was at Ballyallia again today(Páidí Cullinan, Jeff Copner et al)
Four Brambling were also at the entrance gates to Costello’s Farm, Ballyallia.(PC)


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