Category Archives: Scarce & Rare Bird Sightings

Saturday 20th October 2018

Saturday 20th October 2018

Yellow-browed Warbler at Kilbaha John N Murphy

The three Yellow-browed Warblers were still at Loop Head this morning along with four Chiffchaff, one Brambling and two Merlin. (Jeff Copner)
One Chiffchaff was sining at Killalloe. (Cliff Baxter)


Friday 19th October 2018

Friday 19th October 2018

Yellow-browed Warbler at Kilbaha John N Murphy

The American Golden Plover was in the Horse Fields at Ross today with three Yellow-browed Warblers in the gardens at Kilbaha and one Turtle Dove. (John N Murphy)


Thursday 18th October 2018

Thursday 18th October 2018

Adult American Golden Plover at the Fodry, Loop Head John N Murphy

At Loop Head today the Red-breasted Flycatcher made a brief appearance in Seni’s garden along with five Yellow-browed Warblers, one Turtle Dove and one Female Blackcap. The American Golden Plover was at the headland along with 350 Golden Plover,two Merlin and one Stock Dove, Three Bullfinches were in the gardens in Kilbaha (a rarity at Loop Head). Four Fieldfare, five Chiffchaff and four Goldcrest were also in the gardens. A small flock of 20 Manxies were off the tip with one Mediterranean Gull and a Great Northern Diver. (John N Murphy, Nuala & Tom Lynch and Des Finnamore)
One Lapland Bunting was found north of Liscannor. (Dermot Breen)


Wednesday 17th October 2018

Wednesday 17th October 2018

The immature Red-breasted Flycatcher has been at Loop Head for just one week now John N Murphy

At Loop Head today there was one immature Red-breasted Flycatcher, two Turtle Dove, one Brambling and three Merlin. (John N Murphy)
One Pomarine Skua was off the Ferry between Doolin and Inisheer. (Paidi Cullinan)
One male Hen Harrier was near Kilshanny. (PC)
One Buzzard was at Ballycasey, Shannon. (Danny Smith)


Tuesday 16th October 2018

Tuesday 16th October 2018

One of three Turtle Doves at Loop Head today John N Murphy

There was one Little Bunting at Loop Head this afternoon. (John N The Red-breasted Flycatcher, three Turtle Doves, four Chiffchaff, one Merlin and one first-winter Mediterranean Gull were in Kilbaha. (JNM)


Monday 15th October 2018

Monday 15th October 2018

Adult American Golden Plover flying with Golden Plover at the Fodry, Loop Head John N Murphy

Highlights from Loop Head today were; the Red-breasted Flycatcher was back in Kilbaha along with one Yellow-browed Warbler, one Garden Warbler, one Turtle Dove, six Chiffchaff, one American Golden Plover, one Buff-breasted Sandpiper, eight Buzzards, one Hen Harrier, one Jay, one Merlin, one Peregrine, one Jack Snipe and one Wheatear. (John N Murphy, Tom Tarpey & Geoff Pearson)
Three Buzzards were still at Ennistymon with one Jack Snipe. (Dave McNamara)
A Yellow-browed Warbler and two Blackcap were along the track to the shore at the Rine.(Paul Troake)
A drake Surf Scoter, six Black-throated Diver, a Storm Petrel, 14 Common Scoter, 34 Little Egrets, and 80 Great Northern Diver were at the Rine.(PT)
Two Grey Phalaropes, one Bonxie, six Manx Shearwaters and a Storm Petrel were between the Aran Islands and Black Head.(Niall T Keogh)
A Barn Owl was close to the Trump Hotel, Doonbeg.(Sean Keane)


Sunday 14th October 2018

Sunday 14th October 2018

The long staying Immature Red-breasted Flycatcher in Kilbaha John N Murphy

The Red-breasted Flycatcher, juvenile Turtle Dove, one Merlin and four Chiffchaff were still in Kilbaha, Loop Head this morning. (John N Murphy)


Saturday 13th October 2018

Saturday 13th October 2018

Buff-breasted Sandpiper at the Horse Fields, Ross, Loop Head John N Murphy

At Loop Head today the Red-breasted Flycatcher was still in Seni Costello’s Garden with the Turtle Dove who was travelling up and down the road in Kilbaha. At the Fodry the Buff
-breasted Sandpiper was seen flying around the headland within the flock of 160 Golden Plover. One Seallow was in the grounds of Loop Head Lighthouse with three Wheatear on the headland and one Bonxie and an Arctic Skua seen out on the sea. at the Bridges of Ross there was one Bonxie, one Leach’s Petrel and one Storm Petrel. (John N Murphy, Mark Gibson, Doug Dickson & Aidan Kelly)
One Buzzard was seen near Crusheen. (Paidi Cullinan)
An immature Hen Harrier was at Ennistymon. (Dave McNamara)
A Barn Owl was at Doora(Vincent Killowry)


Friday 12th October 2018

At Loop Head today the Red-breasted Flycatcher was still in Seni Costelloe’s garden, while elsewhere on the headland the Buff-breasted Sandpiper was on the north shore of Ross Bay, four Chiffchaff and a Willow Warbler were in the gardens, with one Pomarine Skua, one Bonxie, three Leach’s Petrels and 18 Storm Petrels were off the pier in Kilbaha Harnour. (John N Murphy, Chris Cullen, Howard Williams, Doug Dickson, Mark Gibson et al)


Thursday 11th October 2018

Thursday 11th October 2018

Red-breasted Flycatcher in Seni Costelloes garden at Kilbaha John N Murphy

At Loop Head today there was one first-winter Red-breasted Flycatcher, one Yellow-browed Warbler, one Turtle Dove, one Siberian Chiffchaff, four Chiffchaff, the adult American Golden Plover,the immature Buff-breasted Sandpiper, two Wheatears and a Peregrine. (Eamon Larrissey, John N Murphy, Mark Gibson and Doug Dickson)
Off the Bridges of Ross there was one Leach’s Petrel, two Arctic Skuas, two Bonxies and ten Great Northern Divers.(DD & MG)
Off Black Head there were two Pomarine Skuas, two Bonxies, one Arctic Tern and ten Great Northern Divers. (Paul Troake)


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