Monthly Archives: April 2009


Redshank at Clahane, Liscannor
We are still trying to find out where this bird was ringed.
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Black-headed Gull

Black-headed Gull Ring 291F
This juvenile was also at Clahane and also found by Dave McNamara, we are still awaiting information
back on it but I suspect it also came from Galway.
Black-headed Gull Ring 274F
This bird was found at Clahane beach on 9th August by Dave McNamara and had been ringed
earlier this year by Eoin McGreal on 30th May at a colony in Lough Corrib, Galway.
Black-headed Gull Ring 279B
This bird was found at Clahane by Dave McNamara on 4th August 2009 and had been ringed
by Eoin McGreal at Lough Corrib in 2008.
Black-headed Gull Ring 212D
This bird was found by Dave Mcnamara at Clahane, Liscannor on 17th July 2009
and had been ringed on the nest at Lough Mask on by Eion McGreal on 12th June 2008.

Black-headed Gull Ring W2P89
This bird was ringed on 29th June 2008 at Cleveland Farm Wiltshire, England by John Wells and the 
Cotswold Water Park Ringing Group.
It was re-sighted at Clahane, Liscannor on the 15th March by Dave McNamara who took this photo.
One week earlier on Monday 9th March the same bird was seen at the Post Office field in Ennis by John Murphy
and John Rattigan, so he moved out to the coast when the winds eased and it got milder.
Black-headed Gull Ring Y230P
This individual turned up the Claureen River atenuation pond on the outskirts of Ennis on 6th October 2008.
It was ringed at an un-named Island on Lough Corrib, County Mayo in June of 2007.
Later winter the early part of the winter of 2007 it was seen in Northern Spain where it remained into early 2008.
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Common Gull

Common Gull
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Mammals & Insects Sightings

List of Contributors
Dermot Breen, Karen Eacrett & family, Julie Francis, Barry Howell, Luke Howell, Finbarr McGabhann, Elaine Keegan, Jim Martin, Dave McNamara, John N Murphy , Stan Nugent, Nuala and Tom Lynch, Bill Ryan, Brenda Riley, Brian Spring, Tom Tarpey & Howard Williams.
Badger John N Murphy
We would be grateful if you would only send in sightings of live mammals
and not dead ones ie. no road kill Badgers or Hedgehogs, Thank You.
Please send your sightings to John Murphy: or text to 086-3208965.
For information on Wildlife at a National level please check out the Irish Wildlife Trust at
To know more about Bats in Clare log onto the Clare Bat Group Website
Sunday 31st May 2009
There were hundreds of Painted Lady Butterflies on the tip of Loop Head.
Ten Painted Lady Butterflies, one Cinnabar Moth, two Silver Y Moths, two Large White
Butterflies and dozens of Common Blue and Azure Blue Damselflies at Applewood, Ballycar.
Silver Y Moth Dave McNamara
Saturday 30th May 2009
During the past week 50 million Painted Ladies departed the Atlas Mountains in North Africa, heading Northwards.
Keep an eye out for them in your gardens over the next few days.
There were 50 Painted Lady Butterflies, one Orange Tip Butterfly, one Speckled Wood, one Large White
Butterfly, one Peacock Butterfly,  five Click Beetles, one Silver Ground Carpet Moth, one Pyrochroa Serraticornis Beetle, ten
Azure Blue Damselflies, four Common Red Damselflies, 20 Snipe Flies, ten Common Frogs  and two Leverets
were at Applewood, Ballycar.
Over 50 Painted Lady Butterflies were at Darragh. 
There were 40 Painted Lady Butterflies and three Speckled Moths at Mullagh Mor the Burren.
This morning there were 20 Painted Lady Butterflies at Kilshanny.
There were three Painted Ladies at Seafield and one at Spanish Point.
There was one Hare, one Lattice Moth, one Wood White Butterfly, two Dingy Skippers
and lots of Painted Lady Butteflies at Parknabinnia, the Burren.  
One Frog was in a Garden Pond at Willow Park, Ennis.
One of two baby Leverets taken into care John N Murphy
Mr. neighbourhood Frog looks out from pond Barry Howell
Painted Lady Butterfly John N Murphy
Lattice Moth in the Burren Barry Howell
Pyrochroa Serraticornis Beetle John N Murphy 
Silver Ground Carpet Moth John N Murphy
Friday 29th May 2009
There was one Little Emerald Moth, a Painted Lady Butterfly, one Speckled Wood and
a Green-veined White Butterfly at Applewood, Ballycar.
One Silver Y Moth, a Striped Twin Spot Carpet Moth and a Devils Coach Horse were at Gort Coirce, Dysert.
One Angle Shades Moth was at Wood Haven in Ennis. 
One Orb Spider was at the Kilrush Road, Ennis.
Angle Shades Moth Barry Howell
Orb Spider Dave McNamara
Striped Twinspot Carpet Moth Dave McNamara
Thursday 28th May  2009
One Hare was at Kilfenora.
One Red-tailed Bumble Bee, a brown Trout, six Common Garden Snails and
a Click Beetle (Ctenicera cuprea) were at the Caher Valley, Fanore.
One Brimstone Butterfly, a Large White Butterfly, one Click Beetle and 
five Snipe Flies were at Applewood, Ballycar. 
Tuesday 26th May 2009
Two Sloe Sheild Bugs were at The Carron Perfumery in the Burren.
One May Bug was at Pine Grove Ennis.
One Holly Blue Butterfly, one Marbled White Spot Moth, one Speckled Wood Butterfly, six Bombus
muscorums Bumble Bees, two Bumbus terrestris Bumble Bees and four Common Frogs were at
Gortlecka, Mullaghmore, the Buren.
Sloe Bug John N Murphy
Marbled White Spot Moth John N Murphy
Holly Blue Butterfly John N Murphy
Monday 25th May 2009
There were four Speckled Yellow Moths, one Green Carpet Moth, two Speckled Wood Butterflies,
one, Leucozona  Lucorum Hover Fly, one Hairy Hawker Dragonlfy, six Common Blue Damselflies,
15 Bombus muscorums Bumble Bees, two Bumbus terrestris Bumble Bees and  ten Common Frogs
at Gortlecka, the Burren.
Two Broscus cephalotes Beetles, and hundreds of Sandhoppers were  on the small beach at New Quay.
One Common Blue Butterfly was at Coolootra, the Burren.
One Fox, one Caddis Fly, one Small Pheonix Moth and one Common Pug Moth were at Roxton, Corofin.
One Silver-Y Moth was at Gort Coirce, Dysert. 
Small Pheonix Moth Dave McNamara
Fox at Corofin Dave McNamara
Green Carpet Moth John N Murphy
Leucozona Lucorum Hover Fly John N Murphy
Broscus cephalotes Beetle at New Quay John N Murphy
Sunday 24th May 2009
At Gortlecka in the Burren  National Park there was on Common Lizard, several Common Frogs,
three Wood White Butterflies, a Walled Brown Butterfly, one Cinnabar Moth and six Speckled Yellow Moths.
Over 30 Common Blue Damselflies, two Large White Butterflies a Speckled Wood, one Brimstone,
one Click Beetle, two Carabus  Beetles, one Gastrophysa Virundula Beetle, one Hawthorn Sheild Bug,
and one Four-Spot Chaser Dragonfly were at Applewood, Ballycar.
Speckled Yellow Moth John N Murphy
Wood White Butterfly Tom Tarpey
Saturday 23rd May 2009
One Speckled Yellow Moth was at Mullaghmore, the Burren.
Two Dingy Skipper Butterflies were at Lough Bunny, the Burren.
One Mother Shipton Moth, one Burnet Companion Moth and a Peacock Butterfly were at Parknabinnia, the Burren.
Mother Shipton Moth Barry Howell
Friday 22nd May 2009
One Cinnabar Moth was at Applewood, Ballycar.
One Speckled Yellow Moth, one Green Tiger Beetle, one Heath Moth, four Brimstone Butterflies,
one Hairy Hawker Dragonfly and one Four-Spot Chaser Dragonfly were at Mullaghmore, the Burren.
Several Rhingia capestris flies were at Gort Coirce, Dysert.
A Red-tailed Bumble Bee was seen on the Flaggy Shore.
Hairy Hawker Dragonfly Dave McNamara

Wednesday 20th May 2009
One fox was at the Shannon Airport Lagoon.
One Four-Spot Chaser Dragonfly was at Gort Coirce , Dysert earlier today.
Tuesday 19th May 2009
There were three Green Hairstreak Butterflies, five Painted Lady Butterflies and a small Copper
at Doonagore Bog, Ennistymon.   Also at Doonagore were five Large Red Danselflies, one Four Spot
Chaser Dragonfly, one Red-tailed Bumble Bee, one Garden Tiger Moth Caterpillar, two Carabus Granulatus Beetles 
and one Ctenicera cuprea Click Beetle.
One Pale Prominent Moth, one Feathered Thorn Moth and one Flame Carpet Moth were at Gort Coirce, Dysert this evening.
One Common Carpet Moth was at Cooloota, the Burren.
One Fox, two Hares and a Common Frog were at Roxton, Corofin.
One Red-tailed Bumble Bee was at Ballygriffey Wood.
Two Rabbits, one Lage White Butterfly and two Small White Butterflies were at Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
Carabus Granulatus Beetle John N Murphy
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Green Hairstreak Butterfly John N Murphy
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Garden Tiger Moth caterpillar John N Murphy
Monday 18th May 2009
One Wasp was making a hive in a garden shed in Shannon Town.
Common Wasp building a hive or nest Jeff Copner
Sunday 17th of May 2009
A fox was seen on the Ennis by-pass and another at Lees Road at 4.30 a.m.
Another fox was heard in the Mullaghmore area around 6 a.m. 
and a Hare with a young Leveret were seen close by.
Saturday 16th May 2009
A Brimstone Moth was at the Quin Road Business Park, Ennis.
Two Wood Mice were at Applewood, Ballycar early this morning.
Three Hares were near the Lighthouse at Loop Head.
One Atlantic Grey Seal was at Doonbeg.
One Atlantic Grey Seal was at Seafield, Quilty.
Brimstone Moth Barry Howell
Friday 15th May 2009
One Wood Mouse was at Applewood, Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
Thursday 14th May 2009
At Fanore National School and sand dunes there was one Oak Eggar Moth Caterpillar,
one Inchneumon Suspicious Insect, six Milipedes, for Flat-backed Millipedes, one Centipede,
18 Common Garden Snails, 22 White-lipped Snails, other banded Snails, one Red-tailed Bumble Bee,
40 Wood Louse, four Daddy Long Legs, one Harvestman, eight Pterostichus madidus Beetles, 25 Black
Slugs and 6 Bombus muscorums Bumble Bees.
Oak Eggar Caterpillar John N Murphy
Flat-backed Millipede John N Murphy
Ichneumons Suspicious John N Murphy
Wednesday 13th May 2009
At Mullagh National School there were 12 Millipedes, six Centipedes, 12 Pterostichus madidus Beetles,
one Daddy Long Legs and two Garden Snails.
There were 15 Snipe-Flies, a Large White Butterfly and one Red-tailed Bumble Bee at Applewood, Ballycar.
Snipe-Fly (Rhagios colopaceus) John N Murphy
Tuesday 12th May 2009
One Hare was at Ballyblood Bog, Kilkishen.
One Leisler’s Bat was at Tireen Lough, near Kilmurray.
One Stoat was at Carron.
One Brimstone, one Large White and one Orange-Tip Butterflies 
were at Lough Atedaun, Corofin.
Hare John N Murphy
Monday 11th May 2009
One Common Lizard, two Brimstne Butterflies, one 16 Spot Ladybird, one Click Beetle (Ctenicera cuprea)
one Common Heath Moth and one Dor Beetle were at Coolootra, the Burren.
There were two Pterostichus madidus Beetles, one Pterostichus nigrita Beetle, four Common
Garden Snails , five Dusky Slugs and one Centipede at the Shannon Airport Lagoon.
Dor Beetle Dave McNamara
Common Heath Moth Dave McNamara
16-Spot Ladybird Dave McNamara
Ctenicera cuprea Click Beetle Dave McNamara
Sunday 10th May 2009
One Slow Worm was at Mullaghmore, The Burren.
There was a lot of insect hatching to life today with the warm sunny calm conditions.
At Applewood, Ballycar there were two Large White, six Green-veined Whites, one Small
White, two Speckled Woods and one Brimstone Butterfly.
Also at Ballycar were nine Small Blue Damselflies, 14 Small Red Damselflies, eight 
Daddy Long Legs, one Tortoiseshell Caterpillar, two Green Sheild Bugs, eight Click
Beetles, one Common Frog, one 14 Spot Ladybird, one Tetragnaha extensa a Long Leg Spider,
one Red-tailed Bumble Bee, 16 Bombus muscorums Bumble Bees, 3 Bombus terrestris
Bumble Bees and numerous Yellow Dung Flies.
One Brimestone and one Orange-Tip Butterflies were at Dromore Nature Reserve, Ruan.
One Stoat and one Peacock Butterfly near Caherfadda, Kilnaboy.
One Holly Blue, one Peacock, three Orange Tips and five Green-veined White Buterflies near Carron.
14 Spot Ladybird John N Murphy
Green Sheild Bug John N Murphy
Tetragnahta Extensa Spider John N Murphy
Caterpillar John N Murphy
Bombus muscorum Bumble Bee John N Murphy
Bombus terrestris Bumble Bee John N Murphy
Yellow Dung Fly John N Murphy
Saturday 9th May 2009
One male Common Red Damselfly and three Green-veined White Butterflies
were at the old Church and graveyard in Liscannor.
Between Parteen and Kilmore there were three Real’s Wood White Butteflies,
one Holly Blue, 32 Green-veined Whites, one Small White, one Large White,
five Orange Tips and on Speckled Wood Butterflies.
Common Red Damselfly John N Murphy
Friday 8th May 2009
One Fox and a Small White Wave Moth were at Roxton Corofin.
Small White Wave Dave McNamara
Thursday 7th May 2009
One Grey Seal was at Liscannor.
Wednesday 6th May 2009
Today at Quilty National School there was one Click Beetle, 12 Black Millipedes, 14 Banded Snails,
one Daddy Long-legs Spider and two Centipedes.
One Otter was at Liscannor Pier.
Click Beetle John N Murphy
Millipede John N Murphy
Tuesday 5th May 2009
There were 16 Black Millipedes, 7 Centipedes, one Vine Weevil,  seven Pterostichus madidus Beetles 
lots of Earwigs, one House Fly and six Yellow Slugs at Coore National School, Mullagh, Quilty.
Ten Feral Goats were at Eagle Rock in the Burren.
Goats in the Burren Dave McNamara
Sunday 3rd May 2009
There was one Large White Butterfly, one  Anrena Haemorrhoa Bee, one  Empis Digramma Fly, one HouseFly
 and one Nomada Flava Wasp eating bee at Applewood, Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
Arena Haemorrhoa Bee, a very small Cuckoo type bee John N Murphy
Epis digramma Fly which attacks other small flies John N Murphy
Rhingia Capestris Fly John N Murphy
Nomada Flava Wasp eating Bee John N Murphy
Saturday 2nd May 2009
There were four Green Tiger Beetles, one Red-tailed Bumble Bee and nine Hares near Loop Head Lighthouse.
One Hedgehog was at Applewood, Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus this evening.
Green Tiger Beetle John N Murphy
Friday 1st May 2009
There was two Orange-Tip Butterflies and a Rhagium bifasciatum Beetle were at the Lees Road Wood, Ennis.
There was a Carabus granulatus hibernicus Beetle at Fenloe Lake, Newmarket-on-Fergus this morning.
There was a Garden Spider at Applewood, Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
One Crane Fly was at Gort Coirce, Dysert.
Crane Fly Dave McNamara 
Garden Spider John N Murphy
Carabus granulatus hibernicus at Fenloe John N Murphy
Rhagium bifasciatum Beetle that emerge from pine wood at this time of year John N Murphy
Thursday 30th April 2009
One Red Squirrel was at Clifden, Corofin.
One Brimstone, one Large White and three Orange-Tip butterflies
were at Bridgetown, near Broadford.
Orange Tip Butterfly in the Fairgreen, Ennis.

Wednesday 29th April 2009
One Carabus nemolaris Ground Beetle was at Applewood, Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
A pair of mating Green-veined White Butterflies were at Gort Coirce, Corofin.
A newly emerged May Fly was at Lough Muckanagh, the Burren (see photo below).
Mating Green-veined White Butterflies Dave McNamara
Mayfly Dave McNamara
Carabus nemolaris Beetle John N Murphy
Tuesday 28th April 2009
There is a family of Foxes, a badger and Hares at Cappanalaught,  Sixmilebridge.
Saturday 25th April 2009
There were 160 Common Garden Snails at Fanore Sand Dunes this morning along side
hundreds of Banded Snails and two Rabbits.
Common Garden Snail John N Murphy
Friday 24th April 2009
One Orange-Tip Butterfly was at Lough Atedaun.
Orange-Tip Butterfly Dave McNamara
Thursday 23rd April 2009
A Wolf Spider (not sure what species) was at Gort Coirce, Dysert (see picture below).
Also at Gort Coirce was one Rabbit, which is very scarce in this part of the county.
Three Nursery Web Spiders, one Orange-Tip butterfly and two Green-veined Whites were at Applewood, Ballycar.
One Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris) was at the Quin Road Business Park, Ennis.
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Wolf Spider /Garden Spider? Dave McNamara
Wednesday 22nd April 2009
A Red Squirrel was seen at Lees Road Wood Ennis.
One Nursery Web Spider (Pissaurus mirabillus) was in a vegetable garden in Kilmaley.
Nursery Web Spider Dave McNamara

Tuesday 21st April 2009
One Hedgehog, one Leisler’s Bat, two Orange-Tip butterflies and three 
Speckled Woods were at Applewood, Ballycar.
Three Orange-Tip Butterflies and lots of Bumble Bees were at the Shannon
Airport Lagoon.
Monday 20th April 2009
One Orange-Tip Butterfly, three Speckled Woods and two Green-veined Whites
were at Applewood, Ballycar.
Sunday 19th April 2009
One Otter was at Lough Inchiquin.
One Speckled Wood Butterfly was at Willow Park, Ennis.
There was two Speckled Wood Butterflies, two Orange-Tip, four Green-veined White
one Brimestone Butterfly and a Red-tailed Bumble Bee at Applewood, Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
Speckled Wood Butterfly Barry Howell
Saturday 18th April 2009
One Brimstone Butterfly, one Speckled Wood, two Orange-Tip and three Green-veined
White Butterflies were at Applewood, Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
One Hover Fly (Helophilus pendulus Spp) was also at Ballycar.
One Fox and 31 wild Goats were at he base of the Cliffs near Moveen.
A Pygmy Shrew was at Lees Road Wood.
Several Brimstone and an Orange Tip Butterfly were seen close to Mullaghmore.
Hover Fly John N Murphy
Thursday 16th April 2009
One Red Squirrel was at Cahercalla Woods, Ennis.
Monday 13th April 2009
One Mink was at the Shannon Airport Lagoon.
One male & one female Orange-Tip Butterflies and one Tortoiseshell and 
one Green-veined White Butterfly were at Applewood, Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
Sunday 12th April 2009
One Holly Blue Butterfly was at Mullaghmore, the Burren.
One Orange-Tip Butterfly was at Applewood, Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
Holly Blue Butterfly Dave McNamara
Saturday 11th April 2009
A staggering 62 Hares were on the headland near Loop Head Lighthouse.
Also at Loop Head there was a Carabus clatratus beetle (see photo below).
Carabus Beetle on the cliff tops of Loop Head John N Murphy
One of the 62 Hares at Loop Head John N Murphy
Friday 10th April 2009
There was a Red-tailed Bumble Bee at Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
A Fox was at Lough Rath, Corofin.
One Common Red Damselfly was at the Shannon Airport Lagoon.
There was a Stoat at Doonagore Bog, Doolin.
One Grey Seal was at Liscannor.
Fox a night visitor to Daves House outside at Corofin Dave McNamara
Thursday 9th April 2009
One Orange-Tip and one Large White Butterflies were at Darragh.
Wednesday 8th April 2009
One Peacock Butterfly and one adult Frog were at Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
Two Peacock Butterflies were at the Shannon Airport Lagoon.
Tuesday 7th April 2009
One Hedgehog was at Applewood, Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
Monday 6th April 2009
There were nine Hares on Loop Head, west of Kilbaha.
One Fox was heard barking in fields near Willow Park, Ennis.
Thursday 2nd April 2009
One Hedgehog was at Applewood, Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
One Brimstone Butterfly was at Carron, near Cassidy’s Pub.
Brimstone Butterfly John N Murphy
Wednesday 1st April 2009
One Pine Martin was near Mullaghmore, the Burren.
Two Otters were seen on the River Fergus, near Willow Park.
Tuesday 24th March 2009
One Peacock Butterfly was at Applewood, Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
Saturday 14th February 2009
Over 50 Frogs were in a small garden pond at Willow Park, Ennis.
Pond full of Frogs Barry Howell
Monday 19th January 2009
A Stoat was seen feeding on a dead Hare carcas along the roadside north of Tubber.
Stoat feeding on Hare John N Murphy 
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For additional information on Sanderling ringing in Iceland being carried out 
by  Jereon Reneerkens and their group in the Netherlands check out the following site
Thursday 3rd March 2011
There were three colour ringed Sanderling at Seafield, Quilty today see details below.
1. B3WBWR this bird has been at the site for the past two weeks.
©John N Murphy
2. G3WWYG This bird was seen at here at Seafield in November 2010
© John N Murphy
Saturday 26th February 2011
Two colour ringed Sanderling G3RYGG and G3GGRG were at Seafield Quilty in the early afternoon as the tide rose 
(see history files at bottom of this page).
This bird was first noted at this site on 11th March 2010.
It then returned on 13th November 2010. 
G3RYGG © John N Murphy
G4GGRG © John N Murphy
Saturday 13th November 2010
These two colour ringed birds were on the beach at Quilty.
Ring: G3RYGG
Ring: G3WWYG
Two individual birds at Quilty Beach with colour leg band combinations © John N Murphy
Thursday 11th March 2010
Two colour ringed birds were seen on the Beach at Seafield, Quilty on 
11th March 2010, see photos below and ringing details.
Both individuals were photographed by John Murphy within a flock of 140 birds.
This bird has been present a Seafield since the 16th January © John N Murphy.
© John N Murphy
Friday 6th March 2009
Sanderling on the beach at Quilty Village , Clare on 6th March 2009
This bird was first ringed Sandgeroi, Iceland on 26th May 2007.
The sighting in Clare is the first report of it outside of Iceland
This bird was found and photographed by © John N Murphy
This bird was found and photographed by © Dave McNamara
Seafield, Quilty 16th January 2010
There were six colour banded Sanderling on the beach at Lurga Point, Seafield today.
Birds were observed by John N Murphy & Finbarr MacGabhann with the following combinations.
1. Left L (Green flag, red, white), Right L (white, red)  G3RWWR
2. Left L (Green flag, red, yellow), Right L (red,white) G3RYRW
3. Left L (Green flag, yellow, red), Right L (green,green) G3RWGG
4. Left L (Green flag, white), Right L (white, green) G3WWG
5. Left L (Green flag, white), Right L (red,white) G3WRW
6. Left L (Green flag, red, yellow), Right L (green on tibia, green tarsus) G3RYGG
History Files
G3RYGG   (Ring No. 872518)     CATCH DATE: 16th May 2008.     PLACE: Sandgerdi, Iceland (64.02.39 N 22.42.54 W).
On 16th January 2010, the bird was once again at Seafield, Quilty, County Clare (John N Murphy & Finbarr McGabhann).
On 25th October 2009, the bird was back at Seafield, Quilty, County Clare (Dave McNamara).
On 17th May 2009, the bird was back at Siglingameki, Sangerdi, Iceland (Jeroen Reneekens & Sven Bergraat).
On 6th March 2009, the bird was at Seafield, Quilty, County Clare, Ireland (John N Murphy).
On 24th & 31st October 2008, the bird was at Kilkee, County Clare, Ireland (William Glynn).
On 27th May 2008, the bird was at Siglingamerki, Sangerdi, Iceland (Jeroen Reneerkens).
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Lapwing at Kilkeedy, behind the old Kells National School House near Lough Cullaun, 
the Burren on 8th December 2008,  wearing on its right leg a lime Green Ring with 
the Letters EXC and a plain yellow band on its left leg.
This bird was ringed as a chick at the RSPB Nature Reserve in Berney Marshes,
Greater Yarmouth in Norfolk, England on the 14th May 2008.
This bird was fitted with a radio tag, but after 42 days of monitoring the battery
ran out and the study team lost contact with the bird until it was sighted in Clare.
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Black-tailed Godwit

Colour Ringed Black-tailed Godwit at Langhus, Iceland John N Murphy
Local birders Stan Nugent and John Murphy travelled to Iceland in July 2009 
to make a documentary about the Black tailed Godwits with fellow colleagues,
film maker Jim Wilson and photographer Mark Carmody.
While on location the film crew joined up with British and French Ringers
who travel to Iceland every year under the control of Pete Potts ,
to colour ring Black-tailed Godwit chicks in conjunction with the Icelandic 
Ringing Scheme run by Tómas Gunnarsson.
Jim Wilson & John Murphy are both qualified bird ringers and both were delighted
to helped out in the trapping and colour ringing of these stunning waders.
A flock of 29 adult birds were trapped through cannon netting at Siglufjordur
in Northern Iceland and the team also caught over 80 chicks for colour ringing
during a three week period in July 2009. 
Black-tailed Godwit Ringing Squad 2009 in Iceland (better known as the GODSQUAD)
Back Row Left to Right: Ruth Croger, Stan Nugent, Pete Potts, John Murphy, 
Guillaume Gelianaud & Mark Carmody.
Front Row Left to Right: Elizabeth & David Price, Jim Wilson.
During our trip to Iceland we met with the local National School pupils, teacher
and parents of Siglurfjordur ,who have been in contact with Scoil Iosaef Naofa in Cobh,
County Cork.  With the encouragement of Jim Wilson these two schools have come together
to share information through the media of the internet, sharing  information on the movements 
of godwits between Iceland and Ireland over the last few years. 
(see the following link for details
Guony Róbertsdóttir second from the left with her pupils and the Black-tailed Godwit
Ringing Team, after a cannon netting session at Siglurfjordur Iceland in July 2009.
Monday 10th August 2009
There were for colour ringed birds at the Shannon Airport Lagoon.
1. Left Leg: Yellow over Orange. Right Leg: Orange over White ring with letter X in black .  
2. Left Leg: Orange over Red. Right Leg: Green over Red Flag.  
3. Left Leg: Orange over White. Right Leg: Yellow over White ring with letter X in black .  
4. Left Leg: Yellow over Lime. Right Leg: Orange over White ring with letter X in black . 
Wednesday 5th August 2009
There were two colour banded birds at the Shannon Airport Lagoon today.
1. Left Leg: Yellow over Lime.  Right Leg: White over White ring with letter X in black (see details below).
2. Left Leg: Yellow over Green. Right Leg: Red over Yellow.
Sunday 2nd August 2009
John Murphy found five colour ringed Black-tailed Godwits within a flock of 1,300 birds 
at Dernish Island, Shannon Airport Lagoon IR 37867 59249.
The details were as follows:
1. Left Leg: Green over Red Flag. Right Leg: Green over Green.  
History File
This bird was first ringed as a well developed chick close to Langhus at Gautland,
Fljot (junction Roads 76 & 789),  SW of Siglurfjordur, North Iceland on 16th July 2007.
2009: On 16th February 2009 the bird was seen at Bullock Island, Shannon Harbour, County Offaly.
This was the only other sighting of the bird outside of Iceland before it turned up at the lagoon.
2. Left Leg: Yellow over Lime.  Right Leg: White over White ring with letter X in black.
History File
This bird was first ringed as an adult male at Vogaleakur, Myrar,  Western Iceland on 18th April 2003.
It was last recorded in Iceland at this same site on the 25th April 2003.
2003: 14th of December 2003 it turned up at the Little Brosna Callows in County Offaly.
2004: 23rd April 2004 it was back on the breeding grounds in Iceland at Langárós, Myrar, West Iceland. 
2005: 9th August 2005 the bird was at the Shannon Airport Lagoon, County Clare.
2006: 23rd April 2006 the bird was back at Vogaleakur, Myrar,  Western Iceland.
          25th April 2006 the bird had moved to Álftarós , Myrar, West Iceland.
2008: The bird was not recorded again until the 17th January 2008, where it was seen
           near Moita Boavista, Tagus Estuary, Western Portugal.
           30th April 2008, the bird had returned to its breeding grounds at Alftafjordur,
           Sudar-Mulasysla, Eastern Iceland. 
3. Left Leg: White over Red.  Right Leg: Green over Orange.
History File
This was a bird ringed as an adult near Reykjavik on 22nd July 2002.
2002: The bird was last seen in Iceland on the 27th July at Vallá, Kjalarnes, South West Iceland.
           On 6th September it turned up in the Shannon Airport Lagoon, Clare.
2003: The next sighting of this bird was on 22nd October at Reserve Naturelle du Marais d’Yves,
           Charente-Maritime, Western France.
           By the 9th December the bird had moved to Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, Western France.
2004: On 26th April this bird was back in Western Iceland at Langárós, Myrar, where it remained till 26th May.
          On 20th July it was at Kidfell, Kjós, South West Iceland.
          By 29th October the bird had turned up back Reserve Naturelle du Marais d’Yves,
          Charente-Maritime, Western France.
2005: The bird was back at Myrar, Hvalvogur, Western Iceland on 22nd April.
           It was not seen again until the 3rd November where it had made its way back to Port-De- Barques,
           Ile Madame, Charente-Maritime, Western France.
2007: The bird was next found on 9th September at Blanket Nook, Donegal, Ireland.
2008: On 2nd April it was at Newton Lane, Little Brosna Callows, County Offaly.
          On 21st September it was found at Rahasane Turlough, Galway.
4. Left Leg: Yellow over Green.  Right Leg: Red over Yellow.
Two colour banded Black-tailed Godwits were seen feeding amongst
a flock of 310 birds, on the north shore of Ballyallia Lake Ennis.
The two birds were wearing the following colour band combinations.
Bird 1: Right Leg Green over Red  Flag –  Left Leg Green over orange.
Bird 2: Right Leg White over Red Flag – Green over orange.
This is the 3rd re-sighting of these birds.  The previous two sightings were
on the 11th & 17th January 2008 at Gortnorabeey, Crossmolina, County Mayo.
Astrid Kant holding the two birds that turned up at Ballyallia Lake as she ringed
them on the nest on 8th July 2007 at Kluffufell/Gillastadir in North West Iceland.
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Limerick Sightings


John Archer, Dermot Breen, Richard Bonser, Jim Bowman, Bruce Carrick, Tom Chadwick, Austin Cooney, Jeff Copner, John Coveney, Sean Cronin, Chris Cullen, Peter J Doyle, Davy Farrar, Brian Finnegan, John Fox, Clodagh Glasgow, Ger Griffin, Jane Griffin, James Hayes, Andrew Holmes, Barry Howell, Geoff Hunt, Gearoid Jackson, Irene Kelly, Dave McNamara, Finbarr MacGabhann, Coilin MacLochlainn, Ronan McLaughlin, Tony Mee, Pat Meehan, John N Murphy, Joe Noonan, Brian Porter, Mike Sheehy, Willi Stani, Carole Stapleton, Oliver Stapleton,Ian Stevenson, Tom Tarpey, Paul Troake, Carol Tyler, Patrick Veale and Howard Williams.

Thursday 30th December 2010

Five Brambling were at Athea.
Wednesday 29th December 2010
There was one Woodcock and four Jays at Creeves, Shanagolden.

Monday 27th December 2010
A adult Ring-billed Gull was seen at Westfields during the annual Christmas Outing.  A Water Rail also gave good views near the viewing platform.

Saturday 25th December 2010
Twelve Crossbills, including one singing male, were seen in the Ballyhoura Mts, near the fitness trail.
One Brambling and two Blackcaps were in a garden at Raheen.   

Friday 24th December 2010
Two Waxwings were seen in a garden in Cappamore.
A male Brambling was seen in a garden in Newcastle West.
Two Blackcaps, a male and a female, were reported froam a rural garden near Ballingarry.

Thursday 23rd December 2010.
A Brambling was seen in Croom.
A male Blackcap was seen in Monaleen, Castletroy.
A Buzzard was seen at Garryarthur, Glenroe.

Wednesday 22nd December 2010
Two Hawfinches and four Brambling were at Curraghchase (Andrew Holmes)

Monday 20th December 2010
The adult Ring-billed Gull was at Harvey’s Quay and 13 Redshank, ten Dunlin and seven Grey Herons were at Clancy’s Strand.  An otter was also seen feeding on an eel on a rock in the river at the strand.

Sunday 19th December 2010
Two Hawfinches and two Brambling were at Curraghchase (John N  Murphy).
A Brambling, a male Merlin, a Kestrel, a Sparrowhawk, 220 Chaffinches, 150 Reed Buntings, 55 Skylarks, three Lapwing, two Water Rails and a Golden Plover were at Coonagh.

Goldcrest © Tom Tarpey

Saturday 18th December 2010
Six Hawfinches and 12 Bramblings were at the Curraghchase (James Hayes & Clodagh Glasgow). 
A Buzzard was at Patrickswell.

Hawfinch at Curraghchase © James Hayes

Friday 17th December 2010

There were four Hawfinches and seven Brambling at Curraghchase today (James Hayes).
A colour ringed Black-headed Gull (White 2P45) was at Westfields. The bird was ringed as a chick at Cleveland Farm, Wiltshire on 29/6/09 and was observed at Cerney Wick, Gloucestershire on 17/9/09. This is the third coloure ringed bird from the Cotswold Water Park ringing project in England to be recorded in Limerick.
Wednesday 15th December 2010
The WHITE-TAILED EAGLE was seen briefly again near Ringmoylan (Ian Stevenson, Jim Bowman, Patrick Veale).
Five Hawfinches were at the Curraghchase this morning along with two Bramblings and seven Jays (James Hayes, Ian Stevenson, Jim Bowman, Patrick Veale).
The female Ring-necked Duck was at Lough Gur (James Hayes).
Tuesday 14th December 2010
The WHITE-TAILED EAGLE was at Ringmoylan again this morning (John N Murphy, Howard Williams & James Hayes)(10.30), along with 80 Whooper Swans. The eagle was seen catching and eating a fish at 10.45 (Jane & Ger Griffin).
One Hawfinch was at the Curragh Chase (James Hayes, John N Murphy, Howard Williams & Chris Cullen).
Two more Hawfinches were found later in the day at the Curraghchase (Coilin MacLochlainn).
Also at the Curragh Chase was one Brambling and four Jays.
White-tailed Eagle near Ringmoylan © John N Murphy
Monday 13th December 2010
The WHITE-TAILED EAGLE was at Ringmoylan this morning (James Hayes).
A Brambling and seven Jays were at Curraghchase.
A female Ring-necked Duck (James Hayes), two Pintail, 28 Teal, 130 Tufted Duck, 200 Wigeon and a Raven were at Lough Gur.


White-tailed Eagle at Ringmoylan © James Hayes

Sunday 12th December 2010
The WHITE-TAILED EAGLE was still near Ringmoylan Pier (John N Murphy, Clodagh Glasgow & James Hayes), along with four Little Egrets, 18 Grey Herons,
38 Whooper Swans and 600 Dunlin.
White-tailed Eagle being harrased by other birds near Ringmoylan © John N Murphy 

Saturday 11th December 2010
A White-tailed Eagle was seen on the estuary near Ringmoylan Pier today (Tom Tarpey).  This is the second year male satelite tagged bird (Star) that has been frequenting the area for much of the past two weeks.
A flock of at least 70 Whooper Swans was also seen nearby.
There were 210 Whooper Swans again today at Clarina.
Two Goldeneye were at Cooperhill Lake, Mungret.


Distant view of White-tailed Eagle attended by Hooded Crow near Ringmoylan (Tom Tarpey)

Friday 10th December 2010
There were 210 Whooper Swans in two seperate flocks at Newtown, Clarina.

Thursday 9th December 2010
A flock of 80 Whooper Swans were seen near Pallaskenry.

Wednesday 8th December 2010

A male Blackcap was at Gouldavoher.

Tuesday 7th December 2010
A male Blackcap was seen in a private garden in Raheen.
The adult Ring-billed Gull was at O’Callaghan’s Strand.

Monday 6th December 2010
There were nine Bramblings and six Jays at the Currachase Forrest Park today.
The adult Ring-billed Gull was back at O’Callaghan’s Strand, Limerick City.
Brambling on snowy branch © Mike Sheehy

Thurdsay 2nd December 2010
Five Hawfinches, ten Brambling and ten Jays were at Curraghchase Forest Park  (John N Murphy & James Hayes)

Wednesday 1st December 2010
A lone Waxwing was seen at the Monaleen Road, Castletroy this evening. This is the first appearance of this eruptive  species in Limerick since February 2005.
Two male Blackcaps were also seen in the Monaleen area.
The adult Ring-billed Gull was at O’Callaghan’s Strand again this morning.

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Waxwing at Castletroy © Tom Tarpey

Tuesday 30th November 2010

Seven Hawfinches were at the Curraghchase (Bruce Carrick).

One adult Mediterannean Gull was at Loghill late this evening with hundreds of Black-headed Gulls.
A partially albino Chaffinch was in a garden just outside Loghill.
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Albino Chaffinch at a garden near Loghill © James Hayes

Monday 29th October 2010
Five Hawfinches and four Bramblings were seen in Currachase Forest Park this morning (James Hayes)

Sunday 28th November 2010
A satelite tagged White-tailed Eagle was reported near Beagh Castle on the Shannon Estuary. This bird was also present in the same area on November 26th and was also seen that day near Ennis, Co. Clare.
A Cattle Egret was reported at Morgans North, Askeaton this afternoon by a farmer feeding his cattle (per Frank King).  The bird was also reported to have been seen at the same location on November 17th approx. Confirmation of identity is awaited.
At least nine  Hawfinches were at Curraghchase  (Peter J Doyle).

One male Blackcap was in a garden at Raheen.
A Kingfisher was found near Foynes.
Saturday 27th November 2010
The adult Ring-billed Gull was still at O’ Callaghan’s Strand today.
A yellow colour ringed Black-headed Gull was also at O’ Callaghan’s Strand 213G (see photo below).
One Blackcap and 20 Siskin were at Westfield’s Marsh.
Three Goldeneye and 800 Lapwing were at Bunlicky.
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Ring-billed Gull at the slipway near O Callaghan’s Strand © John N Murphy
Colour-ringed Black-headed Gull at O’ Callaghan’s Strand slipway © John N Murphy
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Blackcap at Westfield’s Marsh © John N Murphy
Male Siskin at Westfield’s Marsh © John N Murphy 

Friday 26th November 2010

A Hawfinch, ten Brambling and 30 Jays were reported from Curraghchase (Bruce Carrick).
The female Ring-necked Duck was reported again at Lough Gur,
The adult Ring-billed Gull was at O’Callaghan’s Strand again today.
300 Lapwing, 18 Dunlin, ten Redshank, four Golden Plover, four Shoveler, 30 Teal and 14 Wigeon were at Coonagh.
Two colour ringed Black-headed Gulls (Yellow 252M & Yellow 208P) were at Harvey’s Quay today. Both birds were ringed as chicks in Lough Mask, Mayo in June 2007 and were recorded in Limerick City last winter as well.
Thursday 25th November 2010
Five Hawfinches and six Brambling were seen at Curraghchase this morning (Tom Tarpey).

Wednesday 24th November 2010
Six Hawfinches were still at the Curraghchase this morning (Dave McNamara, Jeff Copner & James Hayes).
The Eastern Jackdaw was seen again at Raheen.
A female Ring-necked Duck was reported at Lough Gur.

Tuesday 23rd November 2010
There were six Hawfinches and four Bramblings at the Curragh Chase this morning (Brian Finnegan, James Hayes & Austin Cooney).
An adult Ring-billed Gull was at O’Callaghan’s Strand.
Monday 22nd November 2010
There were seven Brambling within a flock of 200 Chaffinches, 17 Jay and two Raven at  the Curraghchase today.
The eastern Jackdaw and one Carrion Crow were at a garden in Raheen.
Sunday 21st November 2010
Two Hawfinches, nine Bramblings and six Jays were at the Curraghchase (Geoff Hunt & Ronan McLaughlin).
A pair of  Pintail along with 185 Tufted Duck, 150 Wigeon, 15, Teal, 12 Gadwall, eight Mallard and three Shoveler were at Lough Gur.
Friday 19th November 2010
There were five Hawfinches and 15 Bramblings at the Curraghchase today (Sean Cronin).
A Barn Owl was seen at Banogue near Croom.
Thursday 18th November 2010
There were 14 Hawfinches at the Curraghchase this morning (Howard Williams), along with 16 Bramblings and 20 Jays.
Four Bramblings were with a flock of 250 Chaffinches at Glenstal Abbey, Murroe and a large count of 23 Goldcrests was reported from the Clare Glens.
Hawfinch at the Curraghchase © Howard Williams
Wednesday 17th November 2010
There were tree Hawfinches (John N Murphy & James Hayes), 12 Brambling and ten Jays at the Currachase Forest Park this morning.
Hawfinch at the Curragh Chase © John N Murphy

Monday 15th November 2010
Ten Brambling were seen at Currachase Forest Park today.
The Eastern Jackdaw was seen again at Raheen.

Sunday 14th November 2010
There was at least ten Bramblings with the large Chaffinch flock at Currachase Forest Park today.
One Buzzard, a Merlin, 25 Greylag Geese, 75 Whooper Swans and a colour-ringed Little Egret (yellow 9 right, black J left) were seen at Ringmoylan.

Saturday 13th November 2010
Seven Hawfinches (James Hayes & Clodagh Glasgow) and five Brambling were seen at Currachase Forest Park today.  Hawfinches have been seen here on a number of occasions since a major influx of over 100 birds occurred in November 1988. The Hornbeam trees near the main carpark is one of the favoured areas used by these birds.
There were 300 Teal, ten Shoveler, 12 Whooper Swans, 55 Mute Swans, 290 Lapwing, 85 Golden Plover, eight Redshank, two Dunlin, a Snipe and one Little Egret were at the Coonagh Settlement Ponds today.

Hawfinch and Brambling at Curraghchase © James Hayes

Wednesday 10th November 2010
There were three Bramblings, 40 Jays, 200+ Chaffinchs and 60 Siskin at Currachase today.
An Eastern Jackdaw was seen at Croagh.

Jay and  Brambling at  Curraghchase © James Hayes

Sunday 7th November 2010
The Eastern Jackdaw was back at a garden in Raheen.
A Merlin was seen at Carrigkerry.

Saturday 6th November 2010
There was 100 Tufted Duck, 32 Teal and eleven Gadwall at Lough Gur today.

Tuesday 2nd November 2010
The Eastern Jackdaw was seen in Raheen today.

Saturday 30th October 2010
A juvenile Snow Bunting was found near the summit of Knockfierna today.

Friday 29th October 2010
There was 150 Tufted Duck, 28 Teal, a Scaup and 12 Little Grebe at  Lough Gur today.

Thursday 28th October 2010
The continental race Jackdaw was seen in a private garden at Raheen again today.

Recently arrived Whooper Swans at Coonagh © Tom Tarpey

Sunday 24th October 2010
Thirteen Whooper Swans (including four juveniles), 34 Mute Swans, 250 Teal, nine Shoveler, six Snipe, three Black-tailed Godwits and a Sparrowhawk were at the Coonagh Settlement Ponds this evening.

Thursday 21st October 2010
The 20 Jays were still at the Curraghchase along with one Peregrine and one Raven.
A pair of Shovelers were at Westfield’s Marsh.
Wednesday 20th October 2010
There were 20 Jays, three Treecreepers and six Siskins at the Curraghchase.
Jay gathering acorns at the Curraghchase © James Hayes

Sunday 17th October 2010
Six Whooper Swans were early arrivals at Lough Gur today.

Saturday 16th October 2010
There were three Jays and five Redwing near Glenstal Abbey this afternoon.

Thursday 14th October 2010
One adult Mediterranean Gull was on the Shannon River next to the Coonagh settlement Ponds, while 
one Swallow was hawking over the main pond.  
Mediterranean Gull and Black Headed Gull on the Shannon near Coonagh © John N Murphy

Wednesday 13th October 2010
A adult Mediteranean Gull was seen at Robertstown today.

Saturday 9th October 2010
One Blue-winged Teal (Tom Tarpey), 40 Teal, 12 Shoveler, three Mallard, six Knot, seven Golden Plover, a female Hen Harrier, one female Sparrowhawk and a Whinchat were at Coonagh today.

Whinchat at Coonagh © Tom Tarpey

Friday 8th October 2010
A Buzzard was seen near Croagh today.

Wednesday 6th October 2010
The eastern race Jackdaw was on show on a public green in Raheen today.

Eastern race Jackdaw at Raheen © James Hayes

Monday 4th October 2010
Today there were eight Snipe, four Water Rails, two Little Egrets, 40 Teal, five Mute Swans, a Peregrine Falcon and two Kestrels at the Coonagh Settlement Ponds.

Sunday 3rd October 2010
An eastern race Jackdaw (C. m. monedula or soemmerringii) was seen in a garden in Raheen today (James Hayes).

Friday 1st October 2010
There was a Jack Snipe, a Spotted Redshank, five Snipe, 70 Teal, 15 Shoveler, three Mute Swans and a Wheatear at the Coonagh Ponds this evening.
Sparrowhawk Limerick City © James Hayes

Monday 27th September 2010
A Buzzard was seen at the M20/M7/N18 interchange at Rossbrien this morning.

Saturday 25th September 2010

A Wheatear, 43 Teal, two Tufted Duck, seven  Snipe, a Greenshank, a Water Rail, a female Sparrowhawk and a Kestrel were at the Coonagh Ponds.

Friday 24th September 2010
Black Swans have been reported from a number of localities in Limerick recently.  A pair were on the Shannon at Howley’s Quay today.

Black Swans at Howley’s Quay © James Hayes

Tuesday 21st September 2010
The Pectoral Sandpiper was at the east end of the Coonagh Ponds again this morning.  Two Wheatear, a Little Egret two Water Rails and 20 Shoveler were also at the site.
A Black Swan of unknown origin was associating with the Mute Swans at O’Callaghan’s Strand today.

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Juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper at Coonagh © James Hayes

Monday 20th September 2010
There were six Little Egrets roosting on St. Gearoid’s Island at Lough Gur this evening.

Sunday 19th September 2010
There was a Whimbrel and five Little Egrets at Tarbert today.

Friday 17th September 2010
There was a juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper at the Coonagh Ponds this evening. This is the third record of this transatlantic vagrant for the County. There was also 45 Teal, nine Black-tailed Godwits, two Tufted Duck,  two Little Egrets, three Swift, a Water Rail and a Kestrel at the site.

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Juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper at Coonagh © Tom Tarpey

Wednesday 15th September 2010
The Black tern was still at the Settlement Ponds at Coonagh along with one Water Rail and one late Sedge Warbler.

Tuesday 14th September 2010

The Citrine Wagtail was still present at the Coonagh Settlement Ponds today(Tom Tarpey). Also present was the Yellow Wagtail, the Black Tern, three Swift and a Reed Warbler.    

Monday 13th September 2010
At the Coonagh Settlement ponds today the Citrine Wagtail was still present (John N Murphy, James Hayes, Joe Adamson, Davey Farr et al).
Also at the settlement ponds were one Yellow Wagtail, one juvenile Black tern, 11 swifts and two Little Egrets.
Citrine Wagtail at Coonagh Ponds © John N Murphy
Juvenile Yellow Wagtail at Coonagh Ponds © John N Murphy
Sunday 12th September 2010
A juvenile CITRINE WAGTAIL was  found this afternoon at the Coonagh settlement Ponds (Tom Tarpey), along with one juvenile Black Tern, two Wheatear, five Swift, one Wood Sandpiper, four Little Egrets,15 Little Grebes, 40 Mallard and a female type Hen Harrier.  The Citrine Wagtail is the first county record of this rare Northern European vagrant.
Two Common Sandpipers, 150 Black-tailed Godwits, ten Greenshank, three Little Egrets, 50 Teal and a Peregrine were at Loghill.

Citrine Wagtail at Coonagh © Tom Tarpey
Black Tern at Coonagh © Tom Tarpey

Wednesday 8th September 2010
Today at the Settlement Ponds at Coonagh there were seven Little Egrets, one Peregrine, one Ringed Plover, 28 Lapwings, seven Little Grebes, 50 Reed Buntings, 100 Linnets, five Skylark, one Kestrel and four Wheatears.

Tuesday 7th September 2010
There was one Curlew Sandpiper, two Ruff, 19 Greylag Geese, three Little Egrets, one Whimbrel, a single Dunlin, small numbers of Black-tailed Godwits and Redshank and 15 Swift at the Coonagh Settlement Ponds.  One Painted Lady Butterfly was also noted.

Monday 6th September 2010
At the Settlement ponds in Coonagh today there was one Juvenile Red-necked Phalarope (John N Murphy, Brian Finnegan & James Hayes).
Also at the ponds there was one Wood Sandpiper, 11 Ruff, five Curlew Sandpipers, one Little Stint, 40 Black-tailed Godwits, 50 Lapwing, two Ringed Plovers, three Little Egrets, one female Hen Harrier, 28 Teal and six Wheatears.
Red-necked Phalarope at Coonagh Settlement Ponds © John N Murphy
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Wheatear on the outer fence post of the Coonagh Settlement Ponds © John N Murphy

Sunday 5th September 2010
There was a Green Sandpiper, a juvenile Wood Sandpiper and three juvenile Spotted Redshank at the Coonagh Settlement Ponds this morning. A pair of Swifts were also seen in the area.

Saturday 4th September 2010

The juvenile RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen at the Coonagh Settlement Ponds again today (Barry Howell).

Friday 3rd September 2010
A juvenile RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was at the Coonagh Settlement Ponds this afternoon (Tom Tarpey).  This is the first record of the species in Limerick.  Nine Ruff, three Little Egrets, nine Little Grebes, a Greenshank, 40 Lapwing and smaller numbers of Black-talied Godwits, Teal and Mallard were also present.
Juvenile Red-necked Phalarope at Coonagh © Tom Tarpey

Tuesday 31st August 2010
At the Coonagh Settlement Ponds there were 11 Ruff, two Curlew Sandpipers, one Spotted Redshank, two Golden Plover, 40 Black-tailed Godwits, 36 Teal, ten Snipe, eight Lapwing, two Little Egrets, two Ringed Plover, 12 Swift and a Kestrel.

Thursday 26th August 2010
The high tide count at the Coonagh Settlement Ponds this evening included ten Ruff, a Wood Sandpiper, 25 Snipe, 80 Redshank, 11 Greenshank, 28 Lapwing, 175 Black-tailed Godwits, two Little Egrets, six Shoveler, 20 Teal, five Mallard and four Little Grebe.

Friday 20th August 2010
Buzzard near the N69 at Askeaton. 

Two Common Sandpipers were at Loghill. 
Also at Loghill were six Greenshank, 50 Black-tailed Godwits and 60 Curlew.
There were two more Common Sandpipers at Robertstown Creek along
with eight Greenshank and a Little Egret.
Common Sandpiper in flight at Roberstown Creek © James Hayes

Friday 6th August 2010
Adult Long-eared Owl with three chicks at Ballintubrid, Newcastle West.

Saturday 31st July 2010
Two Hen Harriers (female & juvenile), four Jays and a high count of 55 Mistle Thrushes were recorded

at Carker Mountain in the Ballyhoura Mountains today.
Sunday 18th July 2010
There were four Common Sandpipers, 16 Greenshank, 22 Shellduck, two Raven
and two Little Egrets at Aughinish, Askeaton.

Wednesday 14th July 2010

There was a Whimbrel near the Shannon  at Rhebogue.

Monday 12th July 2010
A second summer Mediterranean Gull and six Common Sandpipers were at Loghill. 
Monday 5th July 2010
One Red Grouse and a flock of 60 Redpolls were in the west Limerick Hills.
There were eight Greenshank and one Common Tern at Aughinish pools.
Red Grouse © James Hayes
Sunday 4th July 2010
There were four Common Sandpipers at Loghill, west Limerick today.
Tuesday 29th June 2010
There were two Hen Harriers and at least three Red Grouse in the west Limerick Hills today.
Saturday 19th June 2010
One Little Egret was on the Maigue River near Croom.
Friday 18th June 2010
The Black-headed Gull wearing the yellow darvic leg band with the letters 208P
was still at Sarsfields Bridge in the City Centre.  This bird was first ringed at Lough Mask in Galway by
Eoin McGreal on 16th June 2007 and has spent 2009 and the earlier part of this year in Limerick City.
Black-headed Gull © Willi Stani
Thursday 17th  June 2010
There were two Spotted Flycatchers and two Blackcaps near Plassey this afternoon.
Spotted Flycatcher © James Hayes

Sunday 13th June 2010
There were four Blackcaps singing in one CBS tetrad at Currachase this morning. A Spotted Flycatcher was also seen.

Monday 24th May 2010
At Plassey this evening there were four Blackcaps a Kingfisher and a juvenile Dipper.

Sunday 23rd May 2010
There were four Blackcaps singing at the eastern end of Plassey Walk, Castletroy.

Saturday 22nd May 2010
Cuckoo at Gooig Bog.

Monday 17th May 2010
Single Cuckoos were seen at Scotland Bog, Carrigkerry and New Quay, Askeaton today.

One Cuckoo, one Raven, two Bar-tailed Godwits and two Whitethroats were at New Quay, Limerick.

Saturday 8th May 2010
Five Whimbrel were at Askeaton

Friday 7th May 2010
A Cuckoo was at Gortadroma, Ballyhahill.

Tuesday 4th May 2010
There was a Cuckoo at Ashfort, Patrickswell today.

Monday 3rd May 2010
A male and female Hen Harrier were at Carrigkerry.
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Whitethroat at Gooig Bog © Tom Tarpey

Saturday 1st May 2010
There were four Blackcaps in song in a one kilometre CBS square in Currachase.  A Sedge Warbler was also head in the area.
A Whitethroat was singing at Gooig Bog.

Thursday 29th April 2010
The first Swifts of the year were reported today from Bruff and the Castle Demense, Newcastle West.

Tuesday 27th April 2010

There was a Turtle Dove at Rathbane Golf Course today.
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Red Grouse © James Hayes

Monday 26th April 2010
Two Cuckoos, two Grasshopper Warblers, a male Hen Harrier and a Red Grouse were seen in the West Limerick Hills today.

Sunday 25th April 2010
Four Hen Harriers (three females and a male), four Grasshopper Warblers and two Cuckoos were in the West Limerick Hills today.

Tuesday 20th April 2010
There was Cuckoo, a female Hen Harrier and two Grasshopper Warblers at Griston Bog, Ballylanders today.
A Cuckoo and two Wheatear were seen at Gooig Bog.
Willow Warbler at Gooig Bog © Tom Tarpey

Friday 16th April 2010
There was a Little Egret, seven Willow Warblers and five Chiffchaffs at Adare.

Wednesday 14th April 2010
There was a Blackcap in song and a Buzzard at Newtown, Castletroy.

Tuesday 13th April 2010
1st year Ring-billed Gull on the Shannon at Howley’s Quay, Limerick City.
Three Buzzards were seen circling overhead near Raheen, Limerick in the evening.
There was a Blackcap in song at Plassey, Castletroy.

Sunday 11th April 2010
The female Ring-necked Duck was at Lough Gur (Paul Troake), along with one
Common Sandpiper, five Little Egrets and one drake Scaup.

Monday 5th April 2010
Two Ring-billed Gulls (Adult and 1st Year) at Howleys Quay.

Sunday 4th April 2010
Second year Ring-billed Gull at Howleys Quay, Limerick City.
Eight Sand Martins at Westfields.
Saturday 3rd April 2010
One second year Ring-billed Gull was at the Salmon Weir, near St. John’s Island.

Friday 2nd April 2010

Green-winged Teal at Tarbert (Geoff Hunt).
Chiffcahffs at Ballingarry and Adare.

Wednesday 31st March 2010
The PIED-BILLED GREBE was still at Lough Gur (Josh Jones).

Tuesday 30th March 2010
Four Swallows at Bleach Lough, Kildimo.

Monday 29th March 2010

Adult Ring-billed Gull at Tarbert.

Sunday 28th March 2010
Two drake Scaup were at Lough Gur.  Three Chiffchaffs and a Willow Warbler were also head singing in the area.
A Blackcap was in song at Monaleen, Castletroy.

Friday 26th March 2010

One Chiffchaff at Adare.
Six Sand Martins and two Swallows at Abbeyfeale.

Thursday 25th March 2010

A number of Sand Martins were seen over the Maigue in Croom.

Wednesday 24th March 2010
One adult Ring-billed Gull was at O’ Callaghan’s Strand and three Sand Martins were at Westfields.
Two male Scaup were at Lough Gur.
A flock of three Little Egrets flew over Milltown, Ballysimon.
Monday 22nd March 2010
Two adult Ring-billed Gulls and a second-winter Mediterranean Gull were at Arthur’s Quay, Limerick City today.

Sunday 21th March 2010
There was a female Brambling in a garden at Monaleen, Castletroy today.

Thursday 18th March 2010
A Short-eared Owl was seen at Ringmoylan, Pallaskenry this evening.
There were four Little Egrets and a male Blackcap at Castleconnell

Buzzard near Ardagh © Andrew Holmes

Monday 15th March 2010
There was a Buzzard just north of Ardagh by the side of the Shanagolden Road today

Sunday 14th March 2010
There were two Ring-billed Gulls, an adult and 1st winter bird, on the Shannon in Limerick City today.

Thursday 11th March 2010
One sinensis Cormorant was at Lough Gur today but there was no sign of the Grebe nor the Ring-necked Duck.
Tuesday 9th March 2010
The PIED-BILLED GREBE was still at Lough Gur today (Ronan McLaughlin).
There were two Spotted Redshanks, one second-winter Mediterannean Gull,
a Little Egret, 22 Ringed Plover and three Greenshank at Loghill, west Limerick.
One Common Sandpiper was at Foynes.
One Little Egret was at Adare.
Common Sandpiper at Foynes Harbour © John N Murphy
Spotted Redshank © John N Murphy
Little Egret at Loghill © John N Murphy

Monday 8th March 2010
Two drake Scaup were at Lough Gur today.  Two Jay were also seen near the lake.
A flock of 54 Whooper Swans and a Little Egret were at Athlacca.

Sunday 7th March 2010
The female Ring-necked Duck was at Lough Gur today.
There was a male Blcakcap at Monaleen, Castletroy.

Saturday 6th March 2010

The PIED-BILLED GREBE was at Lough Gur along with the sinensis Cormorant,
the female Ring-necked Duck, the male Scaup and a male Garganey.

Thursday 4th March 2010
The PIED-BILLED GREBE was at Lough Gur (John Fox, John N Murphy, James Hayes et al).
Also at Lough Gur were the female Ring-necked Duck, one Little Egret, one Peregrine, ten 
Cormorants, 160 Tufted Ducks, nine Pochard, one drake Scaup and one Water Rail.
There was a Rock Pipit at the Charleville Lagoons an unusual inland record, along with
one Little Egret, eight Gadwall, 60 Wigeon, 18 Shoveler, 20 Tufted Ducks and two Dunlin.
Four Ravens were seen flying over Raheen.
There were at least three Common Redpolls at a garden in Raheen within a flock of
50 Lesser Redpolls and one female Blackcap. 
Rock Pipit at the Charleville Lagoons © John N Murphy
A pair of Gadwall flying over Charleville Lagoons © John N Murphy

Wednesday 3rd March 2010
The PIED-BILLED GREBE and the female Ring-necked Duck were seen at Lough Gur today.
Ring-necked Duck © James Hayes

Tuesday 2nd March 2010
The PIED-BILLED GREBE and the female Ring-necked Duck were seen at Lough Gur today. 
A female Brambling was also found in the area.
There were three Blackcaps (two male and a female) in a garden at Castleconnell.

Monday 1st March 2010
The PIED-BILLED GREBE was still at Lough Gur. 
The continental Cormorant and a Raven were also present today.

Continental Cormorant © James Hayes

Sunday 28th February 2010
The PIED-BILLED GREBE was still at Lough Gur, along with the female
Ring-necked Duck, the drake Green-winged Teal, the continental Cormorant
and 11 Little Egrets going to roost.
There was two male Blackcaps at Castleconnell.

Saturday 27th February 2010

The PIED-BILLED GREBE was showing well all day today at Lough Gur. 

A male Green-winged Teal was also seen (Sean Cronin et al). 
The female Ring-necked Duck (Tom Tarpey) was present there again today. 
Other birds of note at Lough Gur included a continental race (sinensis) Cormorant (Tom Tarpey),
a male Scaup, a Whooper Swan and a flock of 20 Golden Plover flying overhead.

Friday 26th February 2010

There was a female Ring-necked Duck at Lough Gur today (Tom Chadwick).

Thursday 25th February 2010

A PIED-BILLED GREBE was reported at Lough Gur this morning (Davy Farrar).

This is the first record of this American species for the county. 
The bird was found on February 19th last and identification was confirmed today.
Monday 22nd February 2010
There were three adult Ring-billed Gulls in Limerick City today.
Westfields had a count of 20 Pochard.
A male Blackcap was at Castletroy and a female was at Raheen.

Saturday 20th February 2010

A female Garganey was at the Charleville Lagoons. 

Thursday 18th February 2010
A Chiffchaff was seen at Deerpark, Adare.

Tuesday 16th February 2010 
Two adult Ring-billed Gulls were in Limerick City.
Sunday 14th February 2010
One female Hen Harrier was at Sugar Hill, County Limerick.
There was a male Blackcap at Monaleen, Castletroy.
Friday 12th February 2010
One adult Ring-billed Gull was still at O’Callaghan’s Strand.
One male Blackcap at Castleconnell.
Thursday 11th February 2010
One adult Ring-billed Gull was at the slipway near O’Callaghan’s Strand.

Sunday 7th February 2010

A female Ring-necked Duck was at Lough Gur earlier today (Paul Troake).

Friday 5th February 2010

A Ring-billed Gull and 25 Pochard were at Westfields today. 
A large flock of Siskins and Goldfinches were also seen feeding on the Alders lining the pondside pathway.

Wednesday 3rd February 2010

There was a Ring-billed Gull was at O’Callaghan’s Strand.
A Raven was seen at Aughinish Island and a Little Egret at nearby Robertstown Creek.

Tuesday 2nd February 2010

There were two Ring-billed Gulls and three Turnstone on the Shannon in Limerick City today.
Two Mediterranean Gulls, an adult and a second year, and an adult Ring-billed Gull were on 
the Shannon at Limerick City today.
There was a Scaup, two Whooper Swans and two Gadwall at Lough Gur.
A flock of 30 Oystercatchers was seen feeding on the green on King John’s Island in Limerick City today.
Black-headed Gull Yellow 286B was also seen at Arthur’s Quay today.
This bird was ringed as a chick at Aghinish, Lough Mask, Co. Mayo in 2008.

Whooper Swan at Mill Road, Corbally © John N Murphy

Thursday 27th January 2010

A Whooper Swan is still present at the Mill Road, Corbally.

Tuesday 26th January 2010

Ten Twite were seen at Aughinish, Askeaton.
There was a flock of 120 Whooper Swans at Newtown, Clarina.
Two Blackcaps (male and female) were in a garden at Raheen and a male was in Castletroy.

Sunday 24th January 2010

A Buzzard and a Hen Harrier were seen near Ballingarry.
A Black Redstart was at the Potato Market, Merchants Quay, Limerick.

Redshank at O’Callaghan’s Strand © Tom Tarpey

Ring-billed Gull at O’Callaghan’s Strand © James Hayes

Tuesday 19th January 2010

Two Ring-billed Gulls at O’Callaghan’s Strand and a third near the City centre.

Friday 15th January 2010

Eight Whooper Swans were seen near Rathkeale.
A Ring-billed Gull and a Little Egret were at Westfields.

Thursday 14th January 2010

The Hoopoe was seen again today in Castletroy.

Wednesday 13th January 2010
A Hoopoe turned up in a private garden in Castletroy today.

This first Spring migrant of the year is known for its tendency to arrive early and overshoot its normal breeding range. 
The species has not previously been recorded in Limerick post 1900.

Sunday 10th January 2010

A Ring-billed Gull was seen at Bishop’s Quay in Limerick City.
Three Blackcaps, a male and two females, were in a garden in Raheen.

Saturday 9th January 2010
There was a report of a Firecrest in Lisnagry today on a UK birding website. 

No further details have come to light yet, however if confirmed it would be
a first record of the species for Co. Limerick.
Thursday 7th January 2010
Two Blackcaps, a male and female, were in a garden in Raheen today.

Black-headed Gull White 2H59 © James Hayes
Wednesday 6th January 2010

A  Ring-billed Gull was  present in Westfields.
A pair of Gadwall and a Water Rail were also noted there along with
a colour ringed Black-headed Gull (White 2H59). 
This bird was ringed as a chick at Cerney Wick in Gloucestershire, England 
on 22/5/07 and was also seen in Limerick previously on 1/3/08.

Blackcaps in Castletroy © Tom Tarpey

Tuesday 5th January 2010
Two male Blackcaps were in a garden in Monaleen, Castletroy  today.

Saturday 2nd January 2010

A Twite was found in a mixed finch flock near the boatyard at Newquay, Askeaton today.

Two Ravens were also seen in the area.
An adult Ring-billed Gull was seen at Tarbert Bay.
Further afield Ballylongford Pier, Co. Kerry had two Kingfishers an a Common Sandpiper.

Redpoll © Tom Tarpey

Friday 1st January 2010

A Buzzard was seen at Killeline, Newcastle West this evening.

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Whooper Swan Banded Birds

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Brent Geese

Information on Colour Ringed Brent Geese
I would like to thank everyone who has contributed sightings to this section of
our web site.  For additional information on all these sightings you can contact
Graham McElwaine co-ordinator of the Irish Brent Goose ringing Study
Details available on request from administrators or Graham McElwaine.
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details available on request from administrators or Graham McElwaine.
2007:This bird was first ringed at Kilshannig, Tralee Bay, County Kerry on 21st February 2007.
          By the 21st April 2007 it was back at Homafjordur, Osland, Iceland.
          On the 17th & 18th October 2007 it was back in Ireland at Strangford Lough.
2008:It was not seen again until 25th January 2008 when it turned up back at Tralee Bay in Kerry.
         It was last seen at Tralee Bay on  2nd February 2008 and then returned to Ireland later that Autumn 
         at Strangford Lough on 16th September 2008.
2009:Then on 31st January 2009 the bird was relocated back at Tralee Bay and stayed to 1st February before
          Dave McNamara found it at Clahane, Liscannor on 2nd April 2009.
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 This bird was originally ringed on 19th May 2006 at K.kot, Alftanes, Iceland.
2007: On 3rd February Tralee Bay. On 17th February Tralee Bay. On 21st February Tralee Bay. 
          On 15th April K.kot, Alftanes, Iceland.  The bird was spotted on numerous days here after
          in Iceland up to the 16th May.
          Later in the Autumn of this year the bird returned to Ireland and was seen as follows;
          On 13th – 15th October at Ballyreagh, Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland.
          On 17th November at Barrow Harbour Tralee Bay, Co. Kerry.
          On 30th December, Kilshannig, Tralee Bay, Co.Kerry. 
2008: Only one sighting for this year, at Barrtra, Lisscannor, Clare on the 17th March.
2009: Only one sighting for the bird so far this year, Seafield, Quilty, Clare on 2nd March.
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The bird was originally ringed on 19th May 2006 at K.kot Alftanes, Iceland.
2007: On 3rd, 17th & 21st February at Tralee Bay, Co.Kerry.  
          On 15th – 29th April the bird was back at Alftanes, Iceland and then seen in many parts
          of Iceland on numerous occasions from 1st May through to 17th May.
          The bird then return to Ireland and was seen at Strangford Lough on 13th-15th October.
          Then it moved and was spotted on 17th November at Barrow Harbour, Tralee Bay Co.Kerry.
          Seen again at Tralee Bay on 30th December.
2008:The bird moved from Kerry and was observed at Barrtra, Liscannor Bay, Co.Clare on 17th March.
          It then moved slightly south to Goleen Bay, Miltown Malbay, Co.Clare on 30th March.
2009:The only sighting so far this year was on 2nd March at Seafield, Quilty, Co.Clare.
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