Category Archives: Scarce & Rare Bird Sightings

Thursday 22nd March 2018

A drake Surf Scoter, 23 Common Scoter, two Red-throated Diver, 3 Long-tailed Duck, 12 Manx Shearwater and 30 Bar-tailed Godwit were off the Flaggy Shore.(Páidí Cullinan)
Five Long-tailed, five Red-throated Diver and nine Common Scoter were off Finvarra Point.(PC)
Seventeen Common Scoter were at Coolshiva Pier.(PC)

Wednesday 21st March 2018

Wednesday 21st March 2018

American Herring Gull (Larus Argentatus smithsonianus) in Kikee

The immature drake King Eider, a drake Surf Scoter, 30 Common Scoter, eight Long-tailed Duck, two Red-throated Diver, a Black-throated Diver, a Sandwich Tern and 35 Great Northern Diver were off the Flaggy Shore.(Nuala and Tom Lynch)
The 2CY American Herring Gull is showing well in Kilkee Bay this morning (John N Murphy), along with the Black Redstart.
One Buzzard was at Dromoland. (JNM)
One Buzzard was at Cratloekeel. (JNM)
Fourteen Yellowhammer were at Kilkeedy and two more at Carrownagoul, Boston.(NL & TL)

Tuesday 20th March 2018

Tuesday 20th March 2018

Immature drake King Eider (2nd from right) off the Flaggy Shore this afternoon Paul Troake

A white phased GYR FALCON (5th county record), was flying along the seashore at the Flaggy Shore heading out over the sea towards Finvarra Point.(Jeff Copner)
The 2CY American Herring Gull is still at Kilkee along with the 2CY Iceland Gull and the Long-tailed Duck.(JC)
The immature drake King Eider is showing well in calm conditions off the Flaggy Shore.(Paul Troake)

Monday 19th March 2018

Monday 19th March 2018

American Herring Gull at Kilkee (2nd county record) Niall Keogh

A 2CY American Herring Gull was at Kilkee Beach this afternoon (Niall T Keogh, Brian Power, Simon Berrow & Paidi Cullinan),along with one 2CY Iceland Gull, one Long-tailed Duck and a Black Redstart at the West End on the beach.
The drake King Eider, drake Surf Scoter and six Black-throated Diver was still at the Flaggy Shore. (Paidi Cullinan)
There were 24 Black-throated Divers and one Long-tailed Duck off Finvarra Point. (PC)
One buzzard, two woodcock, three Little Egrets , one Water Rail and one Dipper were at the Falls, Ennistymon. (Dave McNamara)

Sunday 18th March 2018

The drake Surf Scoter, 20 Common Scoter and ten Black-throated Divers were off the Flaggy Shore area. (Paidi Cullinan)

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)

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