Monthly Archives: August 2006

August 2006

Bird Sightings for 2006

Tuesday 29th August 2006
There was an unconfirmed report of a Fea’s Petrel off
the Bridges of Ross this morning.
Also at the Bridges of Ross this morning there was
seven Sooty Shearwaters, one Balearic Shearwater,
four Arctic Skuas, two Bonxies and two Storm Petrels.
The Long-billed Dowitcher is still at the Shannon Airport
Lagoon this morning but there was no sign of it in the evening
only one Curlew Sandpiper, nine Sanderling, 300 plus Dunlin and
the regular flock of Black-tailed Godwits.
One Sabine’s Gull was seen at Bishop’s Island Kilkee.
There are three Little Egrets and the white Curlew at
Poulnasherry Bay.

Monday 28th August 2006
A Little Shearwater has been reported from the Bridges of Ross
this morning  along with one Wilson’s Petrel, two Sabine’s Gulls,
six Leach’s Petrels, eight Storm Petrels,  160 Sooty Shearwaters,
four Great Shearwaters, five Balearic Shearwaters, two Arctic Skuas,
two Pomarine Skuas and seven Bonxies.
The Long-billed Dowitcher and two Ruff were at the Shannon Airport
Lagoon this morning. 

Sunday 27th August 2006
The Long-billed Dowitcher, Pectoral Sandpiper and
adult Sabine’s Gull were all at the Shannon Airport Lagoon
this morning along with one Little Egret.
At the Bridges of Ross today there were four Great Shearwaters,
one Cory’s one Balearic, two Leach’s Petrels, two Pomarine and
two Arctic Skuas.  One Spotted Flycatcher was seen on Loop Head.

Saturday 26th August 2006
At the Bridges of Ross today there was,
189 Great Shearwaters, five Cory’s, 22 Sootys,
five Balearic Shearwaters, one Pomarine Skua, ten Arctic Skuas, two Bonxies,
a few Storm Petrels, one Red-throated Diver, ten Common Scoter
and a Leather-backed Turtle.
One female Hen Harrier was seen on the Loop Head peninsula.
One male Hen Harrier was at Moanmore Bog near Kilrush.
The Long-billed Dowitcher and Pectoral Sandpiper were still
at the Shannon Airport Lagoon.
A first summer Mediterranean Gull was at the mouth of the
Skivileen River near the golf course at Doonbeg.
There was a Kingfisher at Moyasta.

Friday 25th August 2006
One Black Tern was at the Bridges of Ross this morning with small passage
of shearwaters including 39 Greats, five Balearic, 120 Sooties, 12 Storm
Petrels, three Leach’s Petels, one Grey Phalarope,two Arctic Skuas, two Pomarine Skuas,
and one drake Scaup.
There was one Green Sandpiper and one Little Egret at Moyasta.
There was a second winter Ring-billed Gull at Lough Donnell.
One juvenile Mediterranean Gull was at Doonbeg Golf Club where
two Arctic Skuas flew in off the sea.

Thursday 24th August 2006
The Bridges of Ross was quiet this morning with three Great Shearwaters
five Balearic Shearwaters, three Arctic Skuas and two Pomarine Skua.
The Long-billed Dowitcher and Pectoral Sandpiper were back in the Shannon 
Airport Lagoon this evening.
There were three Chough at Illaunonearaun, near Kilkee.
Two Little Egrets and nine Greenshank were at Moyasta, Poulnasherry Bay.
At Lough Donnell there were two Ruff and one Ring-tailed Hen Harrier.
The second winter Ring-billed Gull was at Lough Donnell and one juvenile
Mediterranean Gull was at Doonbeg Golf Club.
A white bellied female Hen Harrier flew in off the sea at the Bridges of Ross.
One Minke Whale was seen off the Bridges of Ross.

Wednesday 23rd August 2006
At the Bridges of Ross this morning there was one Fea’s Petrel (Andy Clifton),
movements of three Balearic Shearwaters, 92 Great and six Cory’s Shearwaters,
two Balearic Shearwaters, a juvenile Long-tailed Skua, two Pomarine Skuas
and one adult Sabine’s Gull. 
At the Shannon Airport Lagoon this morning, there was no sign
of the Dowitcher nor the Sabine’s Gull but the Pectoral Sandpiper was there along
with one Curlew Sandpiper, two Ruff, one Little Egret and three Water Rails.
There were also lots of other waders including 5-600 Black-tailede Godwits
120 Ringed Plovers and a large mix of Dunlin and Redshank.
One Barn Owl was at Cross Village on the Loop Head peninsula. 

Tuesday 22nd August 2006
This morning at the Bridges of Ross there were;
two Balearic Shearwaters, eight Sooty Shearwaters,
ten Arctic Skuas, five Great Skuas, 15 Storm Petrels,
one Sabine’s Gull and three Common Scoter.
The Shannon Airport Lagoon had the Long-billed Dowitcher,
one Pectoral Sandpiper, one Ruff, two Little Egrets, an adult Sabine’s Gull and one Curlew
Sandpiper.

Monday 21st August 2006
Late report came in this evening of  a Fea’s Petrel off the Bridges of Ross(?).
Things were quiet this morning at the Bridges of Ross,
there was one juvenile Black Tern, two Balearic Shearwaters,
one Sooty Shearwater and three Bonxies.
The Shannon Airport Lagoon had one adult Sabine’s Gull, the Long-billed
Dowitcher, two Curlew Sandpipers and two Little Egrets.

Sunday 20th August 2006
At the Bridges of Ross this morning there was two Balearic Shearwaters,
five Sooty Shearwaters, one Long-tailed Skua, ten Arctic Skuas, four Bonxies,
one Pomarine Skua, and six Storm Petrels. 
The Ring-billed and Mediterranean Gulls were still at Quilty.
 
Saturday 19th August 2006
The Long-billed Dowitcher was still at the Shannon Airport Lagoon 
along with one Curlew Sandpiper and the juvenile Ruff.
The Bridges of Ross had three Balearic Shearwaters,
44 Sooty Shearwaters, two Pomarine Skuas, four Arctic Skuas,
four Bonxies, one Leach’s Petrel, 12 Storm Petrels, three adult
Sabine’s Gulls and one adult  Little Gull.
On Loop Headbetween the Anvil Farm and the Bridges of Ross
there was one female Redstart.
There were two Green Sandpipers at Moyasta.
One 2nd winter Ring-billed Gull along with one 2nd winter Mediterranean
Gull at Quilty.

Friday 18th August 2006
At the Bridges of Ross this morning there was,
one Balearic Shearwater, seven Sooty Shearwaters,
12 Arctic Skuas, 11 Bonxies and small numbers of Storm Petrels.
In the ebvening the Bridges of Ross had one Great Shearwater
one Pomarine Skua, one Bonxie and five Sooty Shearwaters.
The Long-billed Dowitcher, two Curlew Sandpipers and two Ruff
were at the Shannon Airport Lagoon. 
There was a flock of 60 Sandwich Terns on Liscannor beach.

Thursday 17th August 2006
This morning at the Bridges of Ross there were
62 Sooty Shearwaters, 570 Manx Shearwaters,
two Storm Petrels and one Bonxie.
Two Curlew Sandpipers on the beach at Quilty
and one Arctic Skua off the Pier at Seafield.
One adult Ring-billed Gull was on a beach half
way between Lurga Point and Lough Donnell.
There were three Ruff at Lough Donnell.

Ruff at Lough Donnell Stan Nugent

Wednesday 16th August 2006
There were ten Arctic Skuas and four Bonxies at the Bridges of Ross today.

Tuesday 15th August 2006
At the Bridges of Ross there was one Balearic Shearwater, four
Storm Petrels, three Arctic Skuas and three Bonxies.
One Common Sandpiper on the quay in Clarecastle.
The Albino Curlew is back at Poulnasherry Bay.
There was one Jay on the Lees Wood Road in Ennis this evening.

Monday 14th August 2006
Seabird migration was slow at the Bridges of Ross with just two
Arctic Skuas and one Bonxie.  
There were two Stock Doves at Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.

Sunday 13th August 2006
One Common Sandpiper and two Ravens at Kilbaha.

Friday 11th August 2006
The Long-billed Dowitcher is still at the SAL (Gerry Butler, Lorraine Benson
& John N Murphy). There was also one juvenile Ruff, 90 Dunlin,
320 Black-tailed Godwits, five Bar-tailed Godwits, 30 Knot and three Warer Rails.
News from the Bridges of Ross; one adult Pomarine Skua, two Arctic Skuas and
one Red-throated Diver.

Thursday 10th August 2006
The Long-billed Dowitcher was at the Shannon Airport Lagoon
again this morning (Finbarr MacGahann) along with 400 Black-tailed
Godwits, 150 Dunlin and one Water Rail. 

Wednesday 9th August 2006
There was a Whimbrel and three Ravens at Seafield, Quilty today.

Tuesday 8th August 2006
There were unconfirmed records of a Fae’s Petrel and a Wilson’s Storm
Petrel from the Bridges of Ross this evening (visiting British Birders?).
Two Common Sandpipers were at Islandavanna, Clarecastle.

Monday 7th August 2006
The adult Long-billed Dowitcher was still at the Shannon Airport Lagoon
(Eric Dempsey).
There was one Water Rail at Ballycar Lough, Newmarket-on-Fergus.  

Saturday 5th August 2006
The Long-billed Dowitcher was at the Shannon Airport Lagoon this afternoon
(Finbarr Mac Gabhann) along with two Water Rails.
There were two Ravens and two Water Rails at Ballycar Lake.

Friday 4th August 2006
There was one male Blackcap at Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus this morning.

Thursday 3rd August 2006
At the Bridges of Ross this evening in very calm conditions there
were two adult Great Skuas and one adult Pomarine Skua.
There was one 1st summer Little Gull at Lough Bunny.

Tuesday 2nd August 2006
There was a good movement of seabirds off the Brisges of Ross today
with highlights of 3,000 Manx, and five Sooty Shearwaters, 15 Storm Perels,
one Pomarine Skua and three Arctic Skuas (2 hour seawatch). 
 
Tuesday 1st August 2006
The Long-billed Dowitcher was reported from the Shannon Airport

Lagoon this morning (Finbar Mac Gabhann) along with a good
mix of other waders and one Water Rail.
There was a large movement of seabirds off Lurga Point, Quilty this lunchtime.
There were over 4,000 Manx Shearwaters, one light phased Arctic Skua
and over 20 Storm Petrels.

Long-billed Dowitcher (bird on the right of the picture) at Shannon Airport Lagoon © Stefan Magnusson
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