Category Archives: Scarce & Rare Bird Sightings

Tuesday 17th November 2020

Tuesday 17th November 2020

Iceland Gull at Kilkee John N Murphy

One Black Redstart and a first-winter Iceland Gull were at Kilkee.(John N Murphy)
One Short-eared Owl was near Islandavanna today. (Chris Cullen)
Flying south-west along the sea in an area just west of Kilkee was one adult-winter Little Gull, one Bonxie, one Manx Shearwater and one Red-throated Diver. (JNM)
Also west of Kilkee there was one first- winter Mediterranean Gull in a field amongst a flock of 200 Black-headed Gulls. (JNM)

Monday 16th November 2020

A flock of 147 Barnacle Geese were on Illaunonearaun. (John N Murphy)

Sunday 15th November 2020

Two Common Sandpipers were at Clarecastle Quay. (Chris Cullen)

Saturday 14th November 2020

The female Ring-necked Duck was at Lough Gash.(John N Murphy)
The hybrid Ring-necked Duck was at Ballyallia Lake this afternoon. (JNM)
A Snow Bunting was near Hags Head, the Cliffs of Moher. (Luise Ni Dhonnabhainn)
One Buzzard was near Tubber. (JNM)
There were 52 Whooper Swans at Lough Atedaun. (JNM)

Friday 13th November 2020

The immature untagged White-tailed Eagle and young drake hybrid Ring-necked Duck were at Ballyallia Lake this morning. (8.30)(John N Murphy)
Five Goldeneye were at Lough Muckanagh. (Jeff Copner)
One Buzzard was at Lough Bunny. (JC)

Thursday 12th November 2020

There were two Long-tailed Duck, seven Common Scoter, four Great Northern Divers and thousands of auks streaming south past Castle Point, Kilkee. (John N Murphy)
One Buzzard was at Ballyallia Lake and 48 Whooper Swan were at Drumcliffe.(Nuala and Tom Lynch)

Wednesday 11th November 2020

A White-tailed Eagle was at Ballyallia from 11.40am-2.30pm. (Cliff Baxter, Nuala and Tom Lynch)

Tuesday 10th November 2020

Tuesday 10th November 2020

Lesser Kestrel John N Murphy

The Lesser Kestrel was search for today by a local birder but there was no sign of it.
One Whimbrel was at Moy Beach, Liscannor. (Jeff Copner)

Monday 9th November 2020

Monday 9th November 2020

Immature male Lesser Kestrel John N Murphy

An immature male LESSER KESTREL was found today at an undisclosed site in Clare. (John N Murphy)(2nd Irish record)
The first bird recorded in Ireland was in south County Dublin near Glenamuck from 8th to 10th November 1890, almost 130 years to the day.
The Glenamuck/Shankill bird was also a male and it over-wintered and was regularly observed following ploughs in fields picking up worms and other inverts. Unfortunately it came to a sad end as it was shot on 17th February 1891.

Sunday 8th November 2020

The female Ring-necked Duck was still at Lough Gash with over 60 Tufted Duck and three Whooper Swans. (John N Murphy)

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