Category Archives: Scarce & Rare Bird Sightings

Wednesday 26th September 2018

The American Golden Plover was with a flock of 130 Golden Plover at the Fodry, Loop Head.(Nuala and Tom Lynch)
Thirty nine Rock Dove, four Wheatear and eight Chough were close to nearby Gull Island.(N & TL)
A Whimbrel was at Ross Bay.(N & TL)
A Spotted Redshank and six Mediterranean Gull were at Corraunroo.(Paul Troake)


Tuesday 25th September 2018

The American Golden Plover was with a flock of Golden Plover at Loop Head. (Jeff Copner)
A Buff-breasted Sandpiper was with a flock of Rock Dove nearby(JC)
A Peregrine was hunting in the area.(JC)
Seventy five Collared Dove were at Ballyallia.(Nuala and Tom Lynch)


Monday 24th September 2018

Monday 24th September 2018

Two juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpipers with a Golden Plover at Loop Head John N Murphy

The adult American Golden Plover, two Juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpipers, five Lapland Buntings and 18 Twite were at the Fodry, Loop Head this morning. (John N Murphy)
At Loop Head Lighthouse there were two White Wagtails, one Robin and one Great Tit. (JNM)
The adult Ring-billed Gull was still at Kilkee Beach. (JNM)
One Arctic Skua was off the Bridges of Ross, (Mike Sheedy et al)


Sunday 23rd September 2018

Sunday 23rd September 2018

Buzzard with Hooded Crow at Ballycar John N Murphy

Two Buff-breasted Sandpipers were at the Fodry, Loop Head. (Paidi Cullinan)
One Curlew Sandpiper was at Quilty Beach. (Jeff Copner)
One Buzzard was at Applewood, Ballycar again this morning. (John N Murphy)
Two Buzzard were at Lahinch Marsh.(Dave McNamara)


Saturday 22nd September 2018

Saturday 22nd September 2018

A moulting adult American Golden Plover at Loop Head John N Murphy

There was an adult American Golden Plover in the Plover Fields at Loop Head this morning within a flock of 120 Golden Plover. (John N Murphy & Sean Pierce)
At the Bridges of Ross there was one adult Long-tailed Skua, one Balearic Shearwater, 150 Sooty Shearwaters, two Sabine’s Gulls, 15 Bonxies, 12 Arctic Skuas, three Storm Petrels, 20 Sandwich Terns, six Common Scoter, ten Red-throated Divers, two Great Northern Divers, one Great-crested Grebe, one Whimbrel and two Puffin. (SP & JNM)
One the rest of Loop Head there was one female Ring-tailed Hen Harrier, one Peregrine, three Sparrowhawk, two Wheatear, two Chiffchaff, one Willow Warbler, 60 Snipe and two Little Egrets. (JNM & SP)
One adult Ringed-billed Gull, two first-winter Mediterranean Gulls, one Kingfisher, ten Sandwich Terns and 40 Sanderling were on the beach at Kilkee. (JNM)
One Buzzard was at Ennistymon. (Dave McNamara)
One Buzzard was at Applewood, Ballycar. (JNM)


Friday 21st September 2018

Three Grey Phalarope, six Arctic Skua, 14 Great Skua, seven Pomarine Skua, 11 Arctic Tern, 80 Manx Shearwater, 14 Kittiwake, 35 Gannet, 18 Razor Bill, a Storm Petrel and six Sandwich Tern were at Black Head from 10.35-13.35.(Paul Troake)
Twenty Great Skua, two Pomarine Skua, five Arctic Skua, 31 Arctic Tern, 42 Leach’s Petrel, four Storm Petrel, 59 Brent Goose, eight Common Scoter, two Sandwich Tern, two Red-throated Diver, a Grey Phalarope and 13 Sooty Shearwater were at the Bridges of Ross between 07.30-11.00.(Chris Cullen)
Fifteen Great Skua, 15 Arctic Skua, two Pomarine Skua, five Long-tailed Skua, 15 Leach’s Petrel, a Sabine’s Gull, a Grey Phalarope, two Great Northern Diver and a Red-throated Diver were at the Bridges of Ross from 17.30-19.30(Sean Pierce)


Wednesday 20th September 2018

A Balearic Shearwater, 1130 Sooty Shearwater, 2325 Manx Shearwater, 12 Leach’s Petrel, 40 Storm Petrel, a Grey Phalarope, 117 Great Skua, 36 Pomarine Skua, 23 Arctic Skua, two adult Sabine’s Gull, 50 Arctic Tern, a Sandwich Tern, two Puffin, three Light-bellied Brent, five Common Scoter and seven Red-throated Diver were at the Bridges of Ross. (Niall T. Keogh, Brian Porter, Gry Penn, Paul Troake, Geoff Pearson, Tom Tarpey, Jim Bowman, Paul Archer et al)


Wednesday 19th September 2018

Wednesday 19th September 2018

Ruff at Kilbaha ©Tom Tarpey

At the Bridges of Ross today were one Balearic, 1130+ Sooty Shearwaters, 2325+ Manx Shearwaters, 12 Leach’s, 40+ Storm Petrels, one Grey Phalarope, 117+ Bonxie, 36 Pomarine Skuas, 23 Arctic Skuas, two adult Sabine’s Gulls, 50+ Arctic Terns, one Sandwich Tern, two Puffins, three Light-bellied Brent Geese, five Common Scoter and seven Red-throated Divers. (Niall T. Keogh, Brian Porter, Gyr Penn, Paul Troake, Geoff Pearson, Tom Tarpey, Jim Bowman, Paul Archer et al).
There were 90 Curlew and two Snipe at Ross Bay (TT).
One Ruff was at Kilbaha (TT).


Tuesday 18th September 2018

Two adult Mediterranean Gulls were at Ballyallia.(Páidí Cullinan)


Monday 17th September 2018

Four Whooper Swans were seen flying low over Corofin towards Lough Atedaun early this morning.(Maurice O Sullivan)
One 1st CY Mediterranean Gull and a 1st CY Peregrine were at Ballyallia.(Páidí Cullinan)


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