Category Archives: Scarce & Rare Bird Sightings

Wednesday 10th October 2018

Wednesday 10th October 2018

This juvenile Turtle Dove was in Kilbaha with Collared Doves John N Murphy

At Loop Head today there was one adult American Golden Plover, one Buff-breasted Sandpiper, one juvenile Turtle Dove, one 3rd Calendar year Mediterranean Gull, three Chiffchaff and one Merlin. (John N Murphy & Paidi Cullinan)
Also at Loop Head today were one Buzzard and a Hen Harrier. (Mark Gibson & Doug Dickson)
Four Swallows were in Dunne Stores Car Park, Ennis. (Adrian Glasgow)

Tuesday 9th October 2018

Highlights from Loop Head today were one Pomarine Skua, three Chiffchaff and 208 Golden Plover. (John N Murphy)
There were three Swallows at Doonbeg Golf Course and one adult Mediterranean Gull at Quilty. (Mark Gibson & Doug Dickson)
One adult Mediterranean Gull was still at Ballyallia. (Paidi Cullinan)

Monday 8th October 2018

Monday 8th October 2018

America Herring Gull at Ross Bay Doug Dickson

There was an AMERICAN HERRING GULL at Ross Bay this evening. (John N Murphy, Doug Dickson & Mark Gibson) This is only a third county record. Otherwise it was quiet at Loop with only one Buzzard, one Hen Harrier, one Merlin, two Chiffchaff and up to 400 Herring Gulls at Ross Bay. (John N Murphy)
One adult Mediterranean Gull was at Ballyallia. (Paidi Cullinan)

Sunday 7th October 2018

At Black Head this morning there were four Black-throated Divers and one Merlin at the Rine Point (Paidi Cullinan)
One Buzzard was at Spancilhill. (Iomhar Daly)

Saturday 6th October 2018

Saturday 6th October 2018

Adult winter Sabine’s Gull on sea near Cloghaun Lough John N Murphy

Highlights at the annual BWI Outing to Loop Head today there were; one adult American Golden Plover, one Buff-breasted Sandpiper, one adult Sabine’s Gulls, one first-winter Mediterranean Gull, one Pomarine Skua, one Arctic Skua, four Merlin, two Peregrine and two Chiffchaff. (John N Murphy, Maura Turner, Jeff Copner et al)

Tuesday 2nd October 2018

One Buzzard was at Granaghan, Newmarket-on-Fergus.(John N Murphy)
On the Mudflats between Shannon Airport and Inishcullen Hill there were over 2,000 Golden Plover, 1,200 Black-tailed Godwits, 60 Knot, 250 Dunlin, 600 Redshank, 800 Black-headed Gulls and 26 Little Egrets. (JNM)

Monday 1st October 2018

One Buzzard was still at Ennistymon. (Dave McNamara)
There were 14 Swallows at Applewood, Ballycar (JNM) and another four at Ruan. (Cliff Baxter)

Sunday 30th September 2018

Three adult Mediterranean Gulls were at Killimer. (Geoff Hunt, Mike Sheehy & Mike Flanagan)

Saturday 29th September 2018

Saturday 29th September 2018

Immature Merlin at the Fodry, Loop Head John N Murphy

The adult American Golden Plover, two Buff-breasted Sandpipers, one Pectoral Sandpiper and 80 Golden Plover were in the Plover fields at Loop Head early this morning. (John N Murphy)
Also on the Loop Head Peninsula today were one immature Hen Harrier, one Buzzard, one immature Merlin, four Sparrowhawks, three Wheatear, 15 Swallow, one Willow Warbler, one Chiffchaff and over 140 Skylark. (JNM)
There was one Buzzard at Kilcredaun. (JNM)
Six Brent Geese were at Doonbeg. (JNM)
One Buzzard was at Ennistymon. (Dave McNamara)
One Buzzard was at Clarecastle. (JNM)
One Buzzard was at Inishcullen Hill, east of Shannon Town. (Danny Smith)

Friday 28th September 2018

Friday 28th September 2018

Bonaparte’s Gull at Cloghaun Lough Nick Larter

One adult Bonaparte’s Gull was on the sea off Cloghaun Lough, Loop Head this morning. (Nick Larter) This is the sixth county record of this rare North American Gull.

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