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January 2011

List of Contributors:
Dermot Breen, Austin Cooney, Jeff Copner, Ciaran Cronin, Chris Cullen, Clodagh Glasgow, Tim Griffin, Kathy & Dave Gorman, Brian Finnegan, James Hayes, Barry Howell, Nuala Lynch, Tom Lynch, Finbarr MacGabhann, Dave McNamara, John N Murphy, Frank O ‘Duffy, Bill Ryan, Pearse Ryan, Ercus Stewart , Tom Tarpey, Paul Troake and Howard Wiliams.
Monday 31st January 2011
The Water Pipit was still at Clahane (Dave McNamara & John N Murphy).
Also at Clahane were two Chough, 90 Curlew and the colour ringed Redshank.
One Little Egret was at Lahinch Marsh.
Two Dippers were on the river at Ennistymon.
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Water Pipit at Clahane © John N Murphy
Sunday 30th January 2011
The Green-winged Teal was at Bell Harbour this morning (James Hayes & Clodagh Glasgow).
There were two Black-throated Divers, eight Long-tailed Ducks, one Red-throated Diver and a Peregrine at the Flaggy Shore.
A flock of 49 Whooper Swans were at Kilkee reservoir.

Saturday 29th January 2011
The Water Pipit was at Clahane (Dave McNamara).
The first-year drake Ring-necked Duck was at Lough Gash (John Power & Denis O Sullivan).
One first year male Eider was off the Flaggy Shore near Lough Murree along wth six Long-tailed Ducks.
At Lough Murree there were 150 Brent Geese, two of whom were colour banded while the Black Swan was on the lake.
Two female Goosanders, initially seen on the Limerick side of the Shannon at Corbally, were last seen at St Thomas’s Island, Parteen.
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Water Pipit at Clahane © Dave McNamara
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Redshank at Clahane with colour rings a returning bird © Dave McNamara

Friday 28th January 2011
The Water Pipit was back at Clahane (Dave McNamara).
The drake Green-winged Teal was at Bell Harbour (Howard Williams).
Four Black-throated Divers, 19 Long-tailed Duck and a Merlin were at Finvarra Point.
There were 145 Barnacle Geese at Killard, Doonbeg.
Three Tree Sparrows  were near Doonbeg Golf Club.
One adult Mediterranean Gull and a Peregrine were at Doughmore Bay.
At Ballyallia Lake the three White-fronted Geese were with the Greylags and one Water Rail was showing well near the slipway.
One Little Egret was a the Killow West attenuation Pond.
A flock of 110 Whooper Swans were at Ballygireen.
A male Blackcap was on the banks of the Fergus at New Road Ennis.
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Green-winged Teal at Bell Harbour © Howard Williams
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Water Rail on the slipway at Ballyallia Lake © John N Murphy
Thursday 27th January 2011
The Green-winged Teal was at Bell Habour again today (John N Murphy & James Hayes).
Between Finvarra Point and Aughinish Island there were 12 Black-throated Divers, two Velvet Scoter, 21 Long-tailed Ducks, 62 Great Northern Divers, one Sandwich Tern, 100 Red-breasted Mergansers, 40 Black Guillemots, 300 Wigeon, two Little Egrets, 400 Brent Geese, 420 Teal, 85 Shellduck, 42 Common Scoter, 126 Rock Dove (of which 116 were in one field together near Lavella Farm) and one Black Swan at Lough Murree.
Four Water Rails were near Tubber.
Wednesday 26th January 2011
A WHITE-TAILED EAGLE flew across the main road just north of Crusheen this morning (John N Murphy).
The drake Green-winged Teal was at Bell Harbour (Howard Williams & Chris Cullen).
Off Finvarra Point there were 11 Black-throated Divers, two Red-throated Divers, six Long-tailed Duck, 42 Brent Geese, 48 Common Scoter and one Peregrine.
Tuesday 25th January 2011
The PACIFIC DIVER was back off Finvarra Point today (Ciaran Cronin) along with 18 Black-throated Divers.
There were 16 Brent Geese and three Chough at Clahane.

Monday 24th January 2011
One Green Sandpiper was at Ballycorrick, Bridge, Ballynacally.
There were 2,500 Dunlin, 300 Redshank and 85 Shellduck on the mudflats at Islandavanna.
Five Chough and eight Brent Geese at Clahane.
One male Blackcap was in Willow Park, Ennis.
A female Blackcap was at Oak Park Ennis.
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Green Sandpiper at Ballycorrick © John N Murphy
Sunday 23rd January 2011
One Water Pipit was at Clahane this lunchtime (Dave McNamara).
One Kingfisher was seen on the Fergus River at Willow Park, Ennis.
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Water Pipit at Clahane © Dave McNamara
Saturday 22nd January 2011
A PACIFIC DIVER was off the Martelloe Tower at Finvarra Point today (Tim Griffin).
Also off the North Clare coast were 24 Black-throated Divers and one Whimbrel.
There was one Water Rail, 100 Tufted Duck, 24 Greylag Geese and 38 Black-tailed Godwits at Ballyallia Lake. One of the Black-tailed Godwits was colour ringed.
Friday 21st January 2011
There were 32 White-fronted Geese at Tullagher Bog.
One Peregrine and eight Purple Sandpipers were at Kilkee Beach.
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Purple Sandpiper at Kilkee © John N Murphy

Thursday 20th January 2011
One Short-eared Owl was at Deelin Moor, the Burren.
A female Blackcap was at Oak Park Ennis and a male on the banks of the Fergus at New Road, Ennis.
One male Hen Harrier was near Miltown Malbay.
One female Hen Harrier was at Querrin.
Wednesday 19th January 2011
There were 100 Golden Plover and six Great Northern Divers at Doonbeg.
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Redpoll at Doughmore © Jeff Copner
Tuesday 18th January 2011
The first-winter drake Ring-necked Duck was at Lough Gash (John N Murphy & James Hayes.)
One Waxwing flew over Kilbaha, while two tree Sparrows were in the gardens and a Peregrine was seen hunting the headland.
One Lapland Bunting was heard calling near Ross Bay.
Three White-fronted Geese, over 200 Tufted Ducks and a Water Rail were at Ballyallia Lake.
One Little Egret and a Water Rail were at Shannon Airport Lagoon.
One Common Sandpiper and four Turnstone were at the Quay in Clarecastle.
Monday 17th January 2011
There were seven Waxwings on the Gort Road, Ennis this morning.
One Lapland Bunting was at Loop Head, along with a 2nd/3rd winter Glaucous Gull and one Merlin.
Some seabirds were observed on the cliffs, 1900 Guillemots and 140 Fulmars.
One Brambling was seen near Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
Six Chough were at Clahane and 15 Red-throated Divers were on Liscannor Bay.
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Waxwings gorging themselves on the last few remaining berries, Gort Road, Ennis © John N Murphy
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Waxwing in Ennis © Dave McNamara
Sunday 16th January 2011
One Black-thoated Diver near Doorus on the north coast.
One Brambling was within a flock of 200 Chaffinches at the Shannon Industrial Estate.
One Merlin, one Little Egret, three Sandwich Terns, 20 Great Northern Divers and 80 Ringed Plovers were at Aughinish Island.
A flock of 38 Greylag Geese were at Fenloe Lake.
Saturday 15th January 2011
The first-winter Ring-necked Duck was still at Lough Gash this morning (John N Murphy & Finbarr MacGabhann).
The drake Green-winged Teal was still at Bell Harbour (Clodagh Glasgow & James Hayes).
One Short-eared Owl and a female ring tailed Hen Harrier were at Lough Muchanagh.
Eight Barnacle Geese were near the White Strand, Doonbeg.
A small flock of 30 Purple Sandpipers were at Seafield, Quilty along with 120 Turnstones, 40 Sanderling and 50 Dunlin.
Friday 14th January 2010
The first-winter drake Ring-necked Duck was at Lough Gash (John N Murphy), along with 160 Tufted Ducks and 28 Gadwall.
This Ring-necked Duck at Lough Gash looks to be the same individual from Ballyallia in late 2010.
The drake Green-winged Teal was at Bell Harbour (James Hayes & Clodagh Glasgow).
Three White-fronted Geese were at Ballyallia Lake, Ennis.
There were three Greater Scaup and the Black Swan at Lough Murree.
One Water Rail was at Ballycar Lough, Newmarket-on-Fergus, while a flock of 20 Whooper Swans were at Ballygireen.
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Drake Tufted Duck (left) and first winter Ring-necked Duck (right) at Lough Gash © John N Murphy
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First-winter drake Ring-necked Duck at Lough Gash © John N Murphy
Thursday 13th January 2011
The drake Green-winged Teal was at Bell Harbour (Tim Griffin).
A first-winter male Ring-necked Duck was at Lough Gash, Newmarket-on-Fergus (Paul Troake), this is probably the bird from Ballyallia Lake.
 Also at Lough Gash were 24 Gdawall, four Woodcock and a female Blackcap was in a nearby garden.
There were four Crossbills near Coolmeen, Sixmilebridge.
A flock of 17 Greylag Geese were at Fenloe Lake.
Wednesday 12th January 2011
There were a flock of 22 Whooper Swans at Ballycar Lake, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
Tuesday 11th January 2011
There were two Jack Snipe at Tullyvarraga Marsh, Shannon.
Five Little Egrets and one Water Rail were at the Shannon Airport Lagoon.
One Little Egret was at the attenuation pond near the Killow West Roundabout, Doora.
Monday 10th January 2011
The WHITE-TAILED EAGLE is still at Lough Atedaun (Dave McNamara).
One Velvet Scoter was at Lahinch along with 48 Common Scoter.
One female Goosander was at Ardclooney along with five drake Greater Scaup.
One Buzzard was at Inisculllen Hill, Shannon.
Two adult and two immature Bramblings were at St. Flannan’s College Ennis.
Two Chough were at Clahane.
A Jay was at Lees Road Wood.
Sunday 9th January 2011
One male Blackcap was at Willow Park, Ennis.
Saturday 8th January 2011
One female Smew was showing well at Lake Inchiquin this morning (Dave McNamra et al).
The drake Green-winged Teal was at Bell Harbour (Finbarr MacGabhann).
A Goosander and a Peregrine were seen at Dromore Nature Reserve.
A Black-throated Diver, Red-throated Diver and a Merlin were at the Rine.
Two Black-throated Diver and a Red-throated Diver were reported from Bishops Quarter.
A female Blackcap was at Oak Park Ennis.
Friday 7th January 2011
The WHITE-TAILED EAGLE (Star) was at  Dromore Nature Reserve along with three Goosander.
One female Velvet Scoter, a pair of Long-tailed Duck, four Great Northern Diver, eleven Red-throated Diver, two Black-throated Diver and forty Common Scoter were at Lahinch.
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White-tailed Eagle at Dromore © Dave McNamara
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White-tailed eagle Dromore © Jeff Copner
Thursday 6th January 2011
The WHITE-TAILED EAGLE (Star) was at Dromore Nature Reserve (Finbarr MacGabhann), along with
a Kingfisher, three Jays and a Water Rail.
The immature Velvet Scoter, Slavonian Grebe, 30 Common Scoters, 14 Knot and five Red-throated Divers were at Liscannor Bay.
One female Hen Harrier, two Little Egrets, three Water Rails and ten Gadwall were at the Shannon Airport Lagoon.
One Green Sandpiper was at Ballycorick Bridge, Ballynacally.
One female Hen Harrier was near Fort Fergus along with 37 Whooper Swans.
Another 20 Gadwall were at Lough Gash, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
One male Blackcap was at a garden in Moanreel, Ennistymon.
A flock og 20 Whooper Swans were also along the riverside near Moanreel.
One Chough was at Clahane.
A female Blackcap was at Oak Park Ennis.
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Male Blackcap at Jeffs garden in Moanreel © Jeff Copner
Wednesday 5th January 2011
Two Waxwing were seen this afternoon close to Hogan’s Shop on the Gort Road, Ennis.
Two Brambling were at St. Flannan’s College, Ennis.
One female Hen Harrier and 25 White-fronted Geese were at Lough Muchanagh.
There were two Chough and a Merlin at Clahane.
One Peregrine and 30 Whooper Swans were at Mullaghmore.
A flock of 40 Whooper Swans were at Kells Lake, the Burren.
One Little Egret was at the Killow West attenuation pond near Doora.
A female Blackcap was at Oak Park, Ennis.
One male Blackcap was in a garden at Moanreel.
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Brambling at St.Flannan’s College © John N Murphy
Chough at Clahane © Dave McNamara
Tuesday 4th January 2011
One male Hen Harrier was in Shragh Bog earlier this morning.
There were three White-fronted Geese at Ballyallia Lake, along with 14 Greylag Geese at Drumcliff, 132 Coot, 160 Tufted ducks and 43 Gadwall.
A female Blackcap was in a garden in Oak Park, Ennis.
The Black Swan was still at Lough Murree.
One male Blackcap was ina garden at Moanreel.
Monday 3rd January 2011
The WHITE-TAILED EAGLE (Star) was at Dromore Nature Reserve, Ruan today.  This bird came back into Clare from Limerick on 28th December 2010, made its way across the Shannon Estuary,  roosted near Kilrush before heading north-east to Dromore woods where it has stayed since.  To follow the movements of Star log onto www.goldeneagle.ie for more details.
One female Marsh Harrier was at Lough Cullaun, the Burren.
Sunday 2nd January 2011
There were ten Black-throated Divers off Finvarra Point and one first-winter male Eider was at Carrickadda.
One Black Swan was still at Lough Murree.
Saturday 1st January 2011
There were two Water Rails at Ballycar Lough, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
One Water Rail was at Ballyallia Lake, Ennis.
Water Rail © Barry Howell
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January-may 2011 Limerick good

Contributors
Ciaran Cronin, Davey Farrar, Mike Flanagan, Clodagh Glasgow, Ger Griffin, Jane Griffin, James Hayes, Andrew Holmes, Geoff Hunt, Mark Hunt, Harry Hussey, Gearoid Jackson, Seamus Keating, Roy Lathwell,  Finbarr MacGabhann, Tony Mee, John N Murphy, Dennis O’Sullivan, John Power, Pearse Ryan, Mike Sheehy, Tom Tarpey, Paul Troake & Maura Turner.Thursday 19th May
Cuckoos were reported from Castlemahon, Patrickswell and Ballynort near Askeaton.

Tuesday 17th May 2011
One male Merlin and three Red Grouse were in the west Limerick Hills.
Sunday 15th May 2011
Three  Blackcaps, four Sedge Warblers, two Chiffchaffs, several  Willow Warblers  and  five Whimbrel  were the main birds of note at the  Dawn Chorus outing  by the  Shannon  at  UL.  See  feature on the outing  at the end of the  Sunday evening  news  programme on the TG4  website.Saturday 14th May 2011
A Wheatear, two Whitethroats, a Ringed Plover, two pairs of Lapwing, a pair of Great-crested Grebes, a pair of Teal and two Little Egrets were the main birds of note at Coonagh this morning.

Wednesday 11th May 2011
A Cuckoo was calling at Cloncrew, Dromcollogher.
A male Hen Harrier was seen in the west Limerick Hills.

Sunday 8th May 2011
A male Ruff in full summer plumage was at the Coonagh Settlements ponds.  Other birds at the site included 55 Black-tailed Godwits, a Lapwing, a Ringed Plover, six Shelduck, three Little Egrets and a pair of Greylag Geese with five recently hatched goslings.

Monday 2nd May 2011
A Corncrake was heard calling from the fields just north of the Coonagh Settlement Ponds this evening.  Ten Whimbrel were also seen in the same area.

Sunday 1st May 2011

A pair of Swifts was seen in Limerick City. These are the first reported this year for the city.
Four Cuckoos, three Whimbrel and two Hen Harrier pairs were seen in the West Limerick Hills.
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Hen Harriers in west Limerick © Mike Sheehy

Saturday 30th April 2011
A Cuckoo was at Carrigkerry.

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Cuckoo at Carrigkerry © Mike Sheehy

Thursday 28th April 2011
A single Swift was seen at Oola.
A Cuckoo was heard at Mainister, Croom.
A continental  race ‘sinensis’ Cormorant was noted at the breeding colony at Bunlickey (John N Murphy).

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Cormorant at Bunlickey showing characteristics of the European ‘sinensis’ race © John N MurphyWednesday 27th April 2011
White-tailed Eagle ‘Lochlann’ was at Dooncaha, Shannagolden on its way northwards from Kerry towards Clare.
Three Blackcaps were in song at Gooig Bog east side.

Monday 25th April 2011

A flock of 15 Crossbills were seen near Carrigkerry.

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Female Crossbill at Carrigkerry © Mike FlanaganSunday 24th April 2011
A Hen Harrier and three Crossbills were seen near Carrigkerry.

Saturday 23rd April 2011
Three Cuckoos and five Crossbills were reported from the Carrigkerry area.
A Dipper was seen on the Deel at Castlemahon.
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Dipper at Castlemahon © Mark Hunt

Sunday 17th April 2011
Eleven Whimbrel flew westwards over the Coonagh Settlement Ponds this morning.   Other birds of note at the site were a Wheatear, a Sedge Warbler, two pairs of Ringed Plover, four Lapwing and a Pochard.
Eight singing Blackcaps were in a CBS tetrad (2km x 2km) at Currachase. A Cuckoo was also heard in the area.

Friday 15th April 2011
A pair of Blackcaps was seen on the Southern Trail at Dromin McTurlough, near Newcastle West.

Monday 11th April 2011

A Cuckoo was heard calling at the eastern side of Plassey Park this evening. Two Blackcaps were also in song in the area.

Saturday 9th April 2011

A Merlin was seen south of  Banogue.

Friday 8th April 2011
Four Crossbills and two Wheatear were see near Tournafulla.

Thursday 7th April 2011
A Wheatear and two Little Egrets were at Coonagh.
A Blackcap and five Willow Warblers were in song at Gooig Bog. A single Swallow was alos seen there.

Tuesday 5th April 2011
A Swallow was seen at Adare.

Sunday 3rd April 2011
A Blackcap and a Willow Warbler were in song at Gooig Bog.  Seven Sand Martins were also seen there.
Four House Martins were at the Coonagh Settlement Ponds along with 50 Sand Martins and two Little Egrets.  Other birds at Coonagh included 36 Teal, 18 Wigeon, six Pochard, four Shoveler, a Gadwall, 16 Golden Plover, 15 Redshank and five Lapwing.
Five Swallows, three Chiffchaffs and two Willow Warblers were at Adare.
Swallows were also reported at Ballysteen and Grouse Lodge.

Saturday 2nd April 2011
A single Swallow was seen on the Roxboro Road in Limerick City. The first Swallow report this year in Limerick.
A Long-eared Owl was heard calling at Ballyorgan.

Friday 1st April 2011
There was 100 Sand Martins at Westfields.

Sunday 27th March 2011
Three Buzzards were seen at Monaleen, Castletroy this afternoon.  The birds were calling, circling overhead and slowly drifting westwards.

Saturday 26th March 2011
Singing Chaffchaffs were reported from several locations including four at Lough Gur, two at Knockderc, one at Coonagh and one at Ashbrook, Limerick City.
A flock of 400 Sand Martins was at Lough Gur. A smaller group of 15 was also seen at Healy’s Field, Corbally.
80 Redshank, five Dunlin, two Ringed Plover, two Curlew, 40 Tufted Duck, 25 Wigeon, six Mallard, five Pochard, four Gadwall, two Shelduck , a Little Egret, ten Mute Swans and 60 Coot were at the Coonagh Settlement Ponds.

Friday 25th March 2011
A Chiffchaff was in song at Monaleen.
20 Sand Martins were at Annacotty.

Wednesday 23rd March 2011
A Chiffchaff was in song at Westfields.

Tuesday 22nd March 2011
A Green-winged Teal was found at the Coonagh Settlements Ponds this morning (James Hayes). Other birds of note included a Chiffchaff and two Little Egrets.

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Green-winged Teal at Coonagh © James Hayes

Sunday 20th March 2011
Four Hen Harriers and two Peregrine Falcons were seen in the west Limerick uplands.
A Peregrine Falcon was also seen near Kilmeedy.
Seperate flocks of 22 and 15 Golden Plover were also seen migrating northwards in the same area.

Friday 18th March 2011
A Chiffchaff was reported at Plassey.

Thursday 17th March 2011
Twenty Sand Martins were reported on the Shannon at Plassey this morning, with the same number reported again down river at Corbally in the evening. Two more were also seen at Castlemahon.
A Chiffchaff was in song at Ashford.
A pair of Kingfishers was seen at Plassey.
A pair of Dippers were on the Deel at Castlemahon.
A flock of 95 Golden Plover was at Tournafulla.
Two Red Grouse were seen in the West Limerick hills.
Single Ravens were reported from Castletroy and Ballysteen.

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Red Grouse in West Limerick © James Hayes

Wednesday 16th March 2011
There were two Red Grouse, one male Hen Harrier and eight Crossbills at the west Limerick Hills.
Tuesday 15th March 2011
Two Brambling and 8 Jays were at Curraghchase.
An adult Ring-billed Gull was at O’Callaghan’s Strand.
A Blackcap was in Raheen.Friday 11th March 2011
20 Stock Doves were at Ballysteen.
Blackcaps were reported from Cappamore and Raheen.

Thursday 10th March 2011
Dippers were reported from the Maigue at Croom and the Demense at Newcastle West

Tuesday 8th March 2011
An adult Ring-billed Gull was at O’Callaghan’s Strand.
A Red Grouse was seen on the Slieve Felim hills.
One Goldeneye, 48 Tufted Duck and 164 Cormorants were at Bunlicky Lagoon.

Monday 7th March 2011
A flock of 45 Stock Doves was in the Ballysteen area.

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Stock Dove at Ballysteen © James Hayes

Sunday 6th March 2011

A Water Rail and four Treecreepers were at Corbally.
There was a flock of 42 Stock Doves at Ballysteen.
Blackcaps were reported  at Raheen and Cappamore.

Saturday 5th March 2011
A Waxwing was seen in a garden in Rathkeale.

Friday 4th March 2011
A Chiffchaff, 12 Ringed Plover, ten Dunlin, 22 Pochard, two Gadwall, one Merlin, one Water Rail and a Little Egret were the main birds of note at Coonagh.
The Black Swan and three Turnstone were at O’Callaghan’s Strand.
Seven Jays were at Currachase.

One Peregrine was at Rathkeale.
Two Blackcaps, one male and one female, were in a garden at Raheen.
A male Blackcap was also reported from Corbally.Thursday 3rd March 2011
A Kingfisher was at Corbally.

Wednesday 2nd March 2011
Two Goosanders and two Kingfishers were at Corbally (Maura Turner).

Tuesday 1st March 2011
One adult Ring-billed Gull was at Westfield’s Marsh (John N Murphy).

Seven Bramblings and a Jay were at the Curraghchase.
One Chiffchaff, two Stock Doves and two Little Egrets were at Coonagh.
Two drake Scaup were at Lough Gur.
The Black Swan was still at O’ Callaghan’s Strand.
Monday 28th February 2011
The Black Swan was back at O’Callaghan’s Strand.
One male and one female Blackcap were at a private garden in Raheen.Sunday 27th February 2011
A flock of 36 Stock Doves and a Merlin were reported at Ballysteen.
A Peregrine Falcon was reported from the Mullaghareirk Mountains.

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Peregrine Falcon  © Roy Lathwell

Friday 25th February 2011
There was two Crossbills and a Peregrine Falcon at Slieve Felim.
Five Brambling were at Glenstal Abbey.
An adult summer Mediterranean Gull, a Kingfisher and two Little Egrets were at Coonagh.
Two Goosanders were on the Shannon at Corbally (Maura Turner).

Wednesday 23rd February 2011
A flock of 143 Whooper Swans was at Clarina.
A male Blackcap was in a garden in Raheen.
A pair of Ravens were at Newcastle, Castletroy this evening.

Tuesday 22nd February 2011
The two Goosanders were at Shannon Banks, Corbally (James Hayes).
The adut Ring-billed Gull was still at Howley’s Quay.
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Linnet in a private garden at Newcastlewest © Mike SheehySunday 20th February 2011
Two female/immature Goosanders were on the Shannon at Corbally (Tom Tarpey).

One adult Ring-billed Gull was at Howley’s Quay.Saturday 19th February 2011
A Green Sandpiper and a Kingfisher were at the quay in Askeaton.

Thursday 17th February 2011
There was at least one Mealy Redpoll within a flock of 14 Lesser Redpolls and three Chiffchaffs, including two possible ‘tristis’ birds, at the Coonagh Settlement ponds earlier today (John N Murphy & James Hayes).

Other birds of note at the same site were 100 Teal, 63 Wigeon, 51 Tufted Duck, 20 Shoveler, one Pochard, three Pintail, three Water Rails, 48 Lapwing, 23 Dunlin, 12 Skylark and a Little Egret.
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Chiffchaff “tristis type” at Coonagh © John N MurphyTuesday 15th February 2011
A Mealy Redpoll, two Chiffchaffs, 14 Skylarks, 133 Teal, 60 Wigeon, 40 Tufted Duck, 31 Shoveler, three Shelduck, 90 Lapwing, one Greenshank, one Whooper Swan and 16 Mute Swans were at Coonagh (James Hayes).
An adult Ring-billed Gull was at O’Callaghan’s Strand.
Three Blackcaps, two males and a female, were at Raheen.

Sunday 13th February 2011,
Two Buzzards were seen in west Limerick.

Saturday 12th February 2011
A Mealy Redpoll was reported in garden at Newcastle West (Geoff Hunt).
A male Hen Harrier was at Grouse Lodge, Carrigkerry.

Friday 11th February 2011
Two Little Egrets were at the Ballinacurra Creek.
Thursday 10th February 2011
One male and one female Blackcap were at Raheen.
Wednesday 9th February 2011
Two male and one female Blackcaps were in a garden at Raheen.
One Little Egret was at Ballincurra Creek.
A Barn Owl was seen near Annacotty.
Tuesday 8th February 2011
The Black Swan was back at O”Callaghan’s Strand Limerick.
Also on the Shannon River near O’ Callaghan’s Strand was on Ring-billed Gull and two colour ringed Black-headed Gulls.
Two male Blackcaps were in a garden at Raheen.
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Black Swan with Mute Swans Limerick City © John N Murphy
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Yellow banded Black-headed Gull 252M © John N Murphy
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Yellow banded Black-Headed Gull 208P © John N MurphyMonday 7th February 2011
A Little Egret was on the Shannon at the Mill Road, Corbally.
Blackcaps were reported from Corbally (two birds) and Raheen.
The remains of pair of dead Buzzards were recovered  by a farmer in a field near Croagh. The birds had been seen in the area frequently since early January.

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Siskins have been reported from a number of gardens recently © Jane Griffin
Friday 3rd February 2011
There were two adult Mediterranean Gulls at Loghill.
One adult Ring-billed Gull was at O’Callaghan’s Strand (James Hayes & John N Murphy).
One male Blackcap was in a garden at Raheen.
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Mediterranean Gulls at Loghill © John N MurphyWednesday 2nd February 2011
The two immature/female Goosanders were still at Shannon Banks, and one male Dipper was in full song at the Mill Road.

There were three adult Mediterranean Gulls in a flock of 2,000 Black-headed Gulls at Loughill.
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Dipper at the Mill Road having a stretch © John N Murphy
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Goosanders near Shannon Banks, Limerick © John N Murphy
Tuesday 1st February 2011
A single female Goosander was on the Shannon at Corbally (James Hayes).
Two adult Ring-billed Gulls were at O’Callaghan’s Strand.
A male Blackcap was in Raheen.
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Goosander preening on a small island at Shannon Banks © James Hayes
Monday 31st January 2011
The two Goosanders were on the Shannon at Corbally today (Maura Turner).

Sunday 30th January 2011
Two Mealy Redpolls and a Chiffchaff were at Coonagh (Geoff Hunt et al).
Two Goosanders and Dipper were on the Shannon near the Mill Road carpark, Corbally (Tom Tarpey et al.)
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Goosanders  on the Shannon at Corbally © Tom Tarpey

Saturday 29th January 2011
Two Hawfinches were at the Curraghchase (John Power & Denis O Sullivan).
Two female Goosanders were at Shannon Banks, Limerick City (Tom Tarpey). This is the second record of this species in Limerick, the first was also of a female, shot near Askeaton in January 1979.
There was at least three Mealy Redpolls (one adut male) and two Chiffchaffs at the Coonagh Settlement Ponds today (Tom Tarpey). Other birds of note there were two Gadwall and two Stock Doves.
Four Crossbills were seen on the Ballyhoura Mts near Ardpatrick.
One Barn Owl was seen near Pallaskenry.
An adult Ring-billed Gull was reported at Westfields.

Friday 28th January 2011
A Mealy Redpoll was seen in a garden in Raheen (James Hayes)

Wednesday 26th January 2011
A first winter male Lesser Scaup was reported at Lough Gur (Ciaran Cronin).
Two adult Mediterranean Gulls were at Loughill.
The Eastern Jackdaw was back in Raheen this morning. A male Blackcap was also in the area.
A Little Egret was at Askeaton.

Monday 24th January 2011
Four Hawfinches and a few Brambling were in Curraghchase (Harry Hussey et al).
There was up to three probable Mealy Redpolls at the Coonagh Settelment Ponds (Harry Hussey et al).
A Waxwing was seen at Church Road, Raheen.
Two adult Ring-billed Gulls were at O’Callaghan’s Strand.
A male Blackcap was report from Raheen.


Sunday 23rd January 2011
At least two Mealy Redpolls were at the Coonagh Settlement Ponds today along with the two possible ‘tristis’ Chiffchaffs (Tom Tarpey).
Other birds of note there were 25 Shoveler, 20 Pochard and a Whooper Swan.
One Waxwing was on the Church Road in Raheen.
A Little Egret was seen in the Clonmacken/Coonagh area.

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Chiffchaffs showing characteristics of the Siberian race ‘tristis’ at Coonagh © Tom Tarpey

Saturday 22nd January 2011
A Mealy Redpoll was seen at the Coonagh Settlement Ponds today, along with two Chiffchaffs (James Hayes, Clodagh Glasgow).

Also at Coonagh were a flock of 50 Reed Buntings, 28 Shoveler, 15 Tufted Ducks, ten Teal, a Sparrowhawk and one Whooper Swan .
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Mealy Redpoll at Coonagh © James Hayes

Thursday 20th January 2011
Two Hawfinches, seven Brambling and four Jays were at Curraghchase,(James Hayes).
A male Blackcap was in a garden in Reheen.

Wednesday 19th January 2011
The adult Ring-billed Gull and five Turnstones were at O’Callaghan’s Strand while a flock of 40 Siskins and 30 Long-tailed Tits was at Westfields.

One Little Egret and 16 Greylag Geese were on the Cement factory side of the Limerick tunnel.
Two male Blackcaps were at a garden in Raheen.

Tuesday 18th January 2011
Two Chiffchaffs were seen at the Coonagh Settlement Ponds this afternoon.  Both birds were showing characteristics of the Siberian race ‘tristis’. Other birds of note there were a pair of Pintail (new species for the site) and a Shelduck , a lone Whooper Swan and a roosting flock of 250 Dunlin and 350 Lapwing.

Monaday 17th January 2011
Adult Ring-billed Gulls were at O’Callaghan’s Strand and Westfields. Four Turnstone were also at O’Callaghan’s Strand.

A bird showing characteristics of Mealy Redpoll was in a garden at Raheen (see picture below).
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Redpoll at Raheen © James Hayes

Sunday 16th January 2011
Two male Blackcaps were in a garden in Raheen.
Three Turnstone were at Clancy’s Strand and a flock of 35 Oystercatchers were on the green just east of Thomond Weir.

Thursday 13th January 2011
One male and one female Crossbill were in the Ballyhoura Hills.
One male Blackcap was in a garden at Raheen.

Tuesday 11th January 2011
A single Hawfinch, 20 Brambling and seven Jay were at Curraghchase today (John N Murphy and Finbarr MacGabhann).
A Ring-billed Gull was on the Shannon at Howley’s Quay (James Hayes), this bird was later spotted at Westfield’s (John N Murphy & Finbarr MacGabhann).

There were five Turnstone at the Slipway near St.Michael’s Rowing Club, a good inland record for Limerick City.
A male Blackcap was present in a garden at Raheen.
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Hawfinch at the Curraghchase © John N Murphy
Sunday 9th January 2011
There were two Red Grouse at Lough Gay, Ashford.
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A drake Gadwall at Westfield’s Lake © Mike Flanagan
Saturday 8th January 2011
A single Waxwing was seen with a mixed flock of finches and sparrows in a garden at Raheen.

Friday 7th January 2011
A sub-adult Yellow-legged Gull (michieallis) was seen on Thomond Weir at Brown’s Quay in Limerick (Paul Troake).
An adult Ring-billed Gull was at O’Callaghan’s Strand.
Three male Blackcaps were seen in a garden in Raheen today.
Two Brambling were at Castlemahon.
Four Ravens were seen near Raheen.
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Adult Yellow legged Gull digiscoped in Limerick © Paul Troake
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Blackcaps in Raheen © James Hayes

Thursday 6th January 2011
Two male Blackcaps were seen in a garden in Raheen.

Wednesday 5th January 2011
A single Waxwing was seen in a garden in Raheen today.  A Blackcap was also in seen in Raheen.

Tuesday 4th January 2011

A single Waxwing was seen at the Court junction on the N69 near Kildimo.
One adult Ring-billed Gull was at O’Callaghan’s Strand.
Two male Blackcaps and a Siskin were in a garden in Raheen.
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Siskin at Raheen © James Hayes

Sunday 2nd January 2011

A Waxwing was reported at Adare Manor.

Saturday 1st January 2011
There were two Hawfinches, three Jays and a Brambling at the Curragh Chase this morning (Clodagh Glasgow & James Hayes).
Blackcaps were reported at several locations with females at Castletroy, Castleconnell and Old Kildimo(one to two birds) and males at Raheen and Kilmoreen/Old Kildimo(two birds).
A flock of 32 Whooper Swans was seen at Newtown, Clarina.
Two adult Ring-billed Gulls were at O’ Callaghan’s Strand a third bird was seen at Westfields.
545 Wigeon, 325 Tufted Duck, 54 Mallard, 38 Teal, 12 Shoveler, four Gadwall , two Pochard and a Scaup were at Lough Gur along with 13 Lapwing, 48 Coot and five Mute Swans.
There were 42 Tufted Duck, three Mallard, two Pochard, two Goldeneye and six Redshank were at Bunlicky.
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Scaup at Lough Gur © James Hayes

One of two Ring-billed Gulls at O’Callaghan’s Strand © James Hayes
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January 2011

List of Contributors:
John Archer, Penny Bartlett, Garry Baron, Roy Beddard, Keith Bennet, Sinead Biggane, Richard Bonser, Dermot Breen, Phil Brennan, John Joe Cahill, Victor Cashera, Padraic Callinan, Bruce Carrick, Florence & Kevin Carey, Dixie Collins, Austin Cooney, Jeff Copner, Dermot Cosgrove, Gerry Coughlan, Andrew Dale, Matthew Deans, Kris De Rouck, PJ Donnelly, Joe Doolan, Jim Dowdall, Jamie Durrant, Shane Farrell, Davey Farr, Peter Farbridge, Liam Feeney, Brian Finnegan, Mike Flannagan, Donal Foley, Owen Foley, Kieran Grace, Mark Gibson, Paul Gaughran, Sean Geraghty, Raymond Griffin, Adrian Glasgow, Clodagh Glasgow, Chris Harbard, Niall Hatch, James Hayes, Margaret Hanrahan, Mark Helmore, Barry Howell, Geoff Hunt, Josh Jones, Aidan Kelly, Aileen Lynch, Nuala and Tom Lynch, Steve Millar, Stephen McEvoy, Frank & Darragh McDermott, Finbarr McGabhann, Joy & Martin McKeown, Dave McNamara, Pat Lonergan, David Lyons, Frank O’ Duffy, Kathy & David O Gorman, Mick O’Neill, Elaine O’Malley, Tony Mee, Maeve Meehan, Christy Meehan, Dominic Mitchell, Killian Mullarney, Edel Murphy, John N Murphy, Jim Nolan, Chris Pappiet, Colin Perkins, Brian Porter, Chris Power, John Power, Pat Pykett, Bill Ryan, Pearse Ryan, Brendan Ross, Tom Shevlin, Will Soar, Christian Staunton, Tom Tarpey, Paul Troake, Darrach Turley, Robert Vaughan, Stephen Ward, Howard Williams & Mark Wilson.
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© John N Murphy
Friday 31st December 2010
One Long-tailed Duck, 119 Coot, 86 Little Grebe, 29 Gadwall, and 11 Whooper Swans were at Lough Inchiquin.
A female Blackcap was in a garden at Oak Park Ennis.
Thursday 30th December 2010
One Long-tailed Duck was at Lough Inchiquin., along with 14 Goldeneye.
A flock of 50 Whooper Swans were at Tullagher Bog.
There were 140 Whooper Swans at Ballygireen, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
Two Jay were in Lees Road Wood.
Wednesday 29th December 2010
One Buzzard was between Manusmore and the Killow Roundabout at Clarecastle.
At Lough Murree there was one Little Egret, the Black Swan, 178 Brent Geese, eight Whooper Swans, eight Red-breasted Mergansers and 240 Wigeon.
At Doorus there was one Long-tailed Duck, one Little Egret, 72 Brent Geese, 150 Wigeon, five Greenshank and 20 Bar-tailed Godwits.
Two Long-tailed Ducks wee at Liscannor Bay.
There were eight Whooper Swans and 12 Shoveler at Burrin Lake, New Quay.
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Shoveler at Burrin Lake © John N Murphy
Tuesday 28th December 2010
One drake Green-winged Teal was at Bell Harbour (John N Murphy, Brian Finnegan & Austin Cooney), along side 250 Wigeon, 200 Teal, 34 Shelduck and 20 Little Grebes.
At Lough Inchiquin there were two Goosanders (Howard Williams), also at Inchiquin was one Long-tailed Duck..
One Brambling was at the Spa, Lisdoonvarna.
One drake adult Common Eider was off the Flaggy Shore, New Quay.
At Lough Murree there was one Little Egret, the Black Swan, 140 Brent Geese and 240 Wigeon.
Along the Flaggy Shore there were 28 Bar-tailed Godwits and 50 Dunlin.
A flock of 160 Whooper Swans were at Ballygireen, Newmarket-on-Fergus this Morning.
Another nine Whooper Swans were at Burrin Lake, New Quay.
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The drake Geen-winged Teal is still showing well at Bell Harbour © John N Murphy
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Little Egret on the Flaggy Shore, birds were very scarce during the harsh weather © John N Muphy
Monday 27th December 2010
A female/redhead Smew was at Lough Inchiquin (Dave McNamara, Howard Willliams et al).
Also at Lough Inchiquin were 25 Goldeneye and 40 Pochard.
The drake Ring-necked Duck was at Ballyallia Lake (Dave McNamara & Howard Williams).
At Liscannor Bay today there were four Long-tailed Ducks. 
One Merlin was at Rath Lough. 
Saturday 25th December 2010
One Black-throated Diver and one Woodcock were at Black Head.
One Woodcock, one male Blackcap, two Water Rails and three Ravens were at Applewood, Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
One male Blackcap was in the garden of Mount Vernon, New Quay.
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Woodcock at Black Head © Jeff Copner
Friday 24th December 2010
There were two Woodcock,  one Jay and three Water Rails at Dromore Nature Reserve this morning.
Two more Woodcock were in a garden at Barefield.
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One of the two Woodcocks in a garden at Barefield © Dave McNamara
Thursday 23rd December 2010
Three Goosanders were still at Dromore Nature Reserve earlier today (Jeff Copner), along with five Whooper Swans, ten Goldeneye and 60 Tufted Ducks.
One Brambling was at the Shannon Industrial Estate while one female Blackcap was in Shannon Town.
One Woodcock was at Barefield, while another was near Fountain cross, Ennis.
A female Hen Harrier was at Gort Coirce, Dysert.
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Snipe are foraging throughout many town gardens © John N Murphy
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This female Blackcap was eating remaining apples on a tree in Shannon © John N Murphy
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Redwings are really struggling to survive this cold winter © John N Murphy
Wednesday 22nd December 2010
There were five immature/female Goosanders at Dromore (John N Murphy), along with two Water Rails, one Jay and 45 Tufted Ducks.
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Goosanders at Dromore Nature Reserve © John N Murphy
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Water Rail on the Fergus River at Dromore Nature Reserve © John N Murphy
Tuesday 21st December 2010
Three immature/female Goosanders were seen early this morning on the river Fergus near Dromore Nature Reserve (David Lyons).
Also at Dromore was one Water Rail and one Jay.
At Ballyallia Lake there were 200 Tufted Ducks, 100 Gadwall. 100 Wigeon, 20 Shoveler and two Pintail.
Monday 20th December 2010
There were two White-fronted Geese and 14 Pintail at Ballyallia Lake.
A flock of 140 Gadwall were at Lough Inchiquin.
Three Woodcock were at Rath Lake, Corofin.
Sunday 19th December 2010
Six Goosanders were seen near Dromore Nature Reserve (per David Lyons).
There were 177 Whooper Swans at Ballygireen, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
Saturday 18th December 2010
One Slavonian Grebe and one Velvet Scoter were at Liscannor (John N Murphy & Howard Williams).
Also at Lisscannor were  30 Common Scoter, 16 Red-throated Divers and seven Great Northerns.
One returning drake Green-winged Teal was at the Shannon Airport Lagoon along with two Water Rails (James Hayes & Clodagh Glasgow).
One Brambling was at St.Flannans College, Ennis.
Over 140 Whooper Swans were at Ballygireen, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
A small flock of ten Whooper Swans were near Ennistymon.
Thursday 16th December 2010
At Seafield, Quilty this evening there was on first-winter Iceland Gull, 280 Dunlin, 36 Purple Sandpipers, 50 Sanderling, 80 Turnstone and a flock of 100 Barnacle Geese were on nearby Mutton Island.
One Great Northern Diver and eight Goldeneye were at Lough Atedaun.
One Peregrine was at Clahane.
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Iceland Gull at Seafield © John N Murphy
Wednesday 15th December 2010
Four Black-throated Divers were at Aughinish Island.
One Eastern Jackdaw was at Rossbracken, Shannon Town this morning (John N Murphy).
One female Hen Harrier and a Merlin were at Lough Cullaun, the Burren.
Six Yellowhammers were at Mullaghmore.
Three Turnstones and two Little Egrets were near Inishcullen Hill, Shannon.
Tuesday 14th December 2010
There was a Water Pipit at Doonaha earlier today (Paul Troake).
At Lahinch there was one Slavonian Grebe, one Velvet Scoter, 60 Common Scoter, 13 Great Northern Divers, 11 Red-throated Divers and ten Brent Geese. 
One male Blackcap was at Bunratty.
A flock of 29 Greylag Geese were at Applewood, Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
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Blackcap at Bunratty © John N Murphy
Monday 13th December 2010
The three Goosanders were back at Lahinch this morning (Jeff Copner).
The drake Ring-necked Duck was at Ballyalli Lake (Finbarr MacGabhann).
Over 140 Whooper Swans were at Ballygireen, Newmarket-on-Fergus today.
There were 34 Greylag Geese at Applewood, Ballycar.
Sunday 12th December 2010
One Slavonian Grebe was at Liscannor (Frank O’Duffy).
One Common Buzzard was opposite Saints Island, the Shannon Estuary between Bunratty and Shannon.
One Snow Bunting was on the Green Road at Abbeyhill, the Burren.
One Little Egret was at Oilean na Managh, Shannon.
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Common Buzzard near Saints Island © John N Murphy
Saturday 11th December 2010
A WHITE-TAILED SEA EAGLE (STAR) was seen flying from Limerick towards Bunratty at approximately 15.00 today (Tom Tarpey et al). 
The drake Green-winged Teal was still at Bell Harbour (John N Murphy & Brian Finnegan).
A Buzzard was seen on the main Ennis Galway road near Killow/Clarecastle this morning.
One Waxwing flew North-east over Rehy near Kilcredaun today along with one Merlin.
There were 15 Black-throated Divers, two immature Common Eiders, ten Long-tailed Duck, 64 Great Northern Divers, 50 Black Guillemots , 48 Red-breasted Mergansers, 30 Common Scoter, three Little Egrets and 150 Brent Geese between Aughinish and Ballyvaughan.
There were 133 Whooper Swans at  Ballygireen, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
One Black Swan was still at Lough Murree, along with 94 Mute Swans and 160 Wigeon.
At Lough Inchiquin today there were 25 Goldeneye, 120 Little Grebe, 140 Gadwall, 350 Tufted Duck and 15 Pochards.
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Buzzard near Clarecastle © John N Murphy
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Black-throated Diver off North Clare coast © John N Murphy
Friday 10th December 2010
The drake Ring-necked Duck was still at Ballyallia Lake today (Howard Williams).
One Brambling was at the Shannon Industrial Estate.
One adult Mediterranean Gull was at Cloghaun Lough, Loop Head, while on the headland there were three Tree  Sparrows, one ring-tailed Hen Harrier, one Merlin, two Peregrine and 200 Snipe. 
Three Water Rails, 3,000 Dunlin, 800 Knot, 400 Golden Plover and 50 Teal were at Shannon Airport Lagoon.
Two Woodcock were at Applewood,  Ballycar.
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Redpoll at the Shannon Airport Lagoon © John N Murphy
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Many Snipe have turned up in gardens during this cold snap © John N Murphy
Thursday 9th December 2010
Three famale Goosanders were at Clegg Beach, Lahinch this morning along with ten Red-throated Divers and 60 Common Scoter (Howard Williams, Dave McNamara & Jeff Copner).
One immature drake Ring-necked Duck was at Ballyallia Lake (John N Murphy & Howard Williams), along with one imamature Scaup, 260 Tufted Ducks, 20 Pochard, 34 Gadwall and over 300 Coot.
There were two male Hen Harriers, one Merlin and two Woodcock at Doo Lough. 
At Ardclooney earlier today there were 22 Whooper Swans, 14 Goldeneye, 200 plus Tufted Ducks, ten Pochard, three Scaup, 100 Cormorants and two Jays.
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Goosanders at Lahinch © Dave McNamara
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Immature male Ring-necked Duck at Ballyallia with female Tufted Ducks © John N Murphy
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Male Goldeneye Ardclooney © James Hayes
Wednesday 8th December 2010
The drake Ring-necked Duck was at Ballyallia again today (Nuala and Tom Lynch) along with 54 Gadwall 15 Pintail and 37 Shoveler.
The Long-tailed Duck was still at Lough Inchiquin.
One Peregrine, one female Hen Harrier and 11 Goldeneye were at Lough Atedaun.
Tuesday 7th December 2010
The drake Ring-necked Duck was still at Ballyallia Lake (Howard Williams), along with two White-fronted Geese, 19 Pintail, 26 Gadwall, and over 200 Coots.
A flock of 49 Common Scoter and two Red-throated Divers were at Lahinch.
One male Blackcap was in a garden on the Lahinch Road Ennis.
Monday 6th December 2010
The first-winter drake Ring-necked Duck was at Ballyallia Lake (Dave McNamara & John N Murphy).
The male and one female Goosander Ardclooney (James Hayes & Paul Troake), along with 250 Tufted Ducks, 15 Goldeneye and three Scaup.
The first-winter male Velvet Scoter is still at Lahinch this morning (Jeff Copner).
Two Brambling were at St Flannan’s College, Ennis.
One male Blackcap was at a garden on the Lahinch Road, Ennis.
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Red-throated Diver at Lahinch © Jeff Copner
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Drake Shovelers and Wigeon flying over Ballyallia Lake © John N Murphy
Sunday  5th December 2010
A drake Ring-necked Duck was at Ballyallia Lake (Dave McNamara), along with two White-fronted Geese and nine Greylag Geese.
One Green Sandpiper was at the attenuation pond near the Killow West Roundabout, Doora.
One Long-eared Owl was at Rath.
Five Bramblings were at St.Flannan’s College.
Six Crossbills flew over Inagh.
One Long-tailed Duck was at Lough Inchiquin.
One Hen Harrier was at Lough Muchanagh.
Six Woodcock were at Clifden Hill, Corofin.
A flock of 176 Whooper Swans were at Kells Lake.
A male Blackcap was in a garden at Oak Park Ennis.
There were 41 Whooper Swans at Shragh.
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Green Sandpiper near Killow West, Doora © John N Murphy
Bramblings are still at St. Flannan’s College © John N Murphy
Saturday 4th December 2010
One Black-throted Diver, 12 Red-throated Diver and 60 Common Scoter were at Liscannor Bay.
One Brambling was caught and Ringed at the Shannon Industrial Estate.
Three Jays were at the Lees Road Wood.
At the branch outing 58 Gadwall 40 Black-tailed Godwit and over 300 Coot were seen at Ballyallia Lake.
Thirteen Whooper Swan were also present on the partially frozen lake.
Friday 3rd December 2010
One "tristis" Chiffchaff and one Ruff were at Ardclooney, both good winter records.
One Short-eared Owl and seven Woodcock were at the Burren Perfumery in Carron.
The Long-tailed Duck was still at Lough Inchiquin along with 300 Tufted Ducks, 109 Little Grebes, 130 Gadwal and ten Goldeneye.
There were 100 Whooper Swans at Kells Lake with another 30 just on the approach road to Corofin village from Ennis.
There were 17 Goldeneye at Lough Muchanagh.
A flock of 25 Whooper Swans, two Woodcock  and ten Fieldfare’s were near Barry’s Orchard, Moanreel.
Thursday 2nd December 2010
There were three Jack Snipe, one Woodcock, two Merlins and a Peregrine at Loop Head.
One Woodcock was at Ballyea, Inagh.
One Long-tailed Duck, 230 Tufted Duck,  127 Gadwal and two Jays were at Lough Inchiquin.
A flock of 60 Common Scoter were at Lahinch.
Woodcock in Snow © Dave McNamara
Wednesday 1st December 2010
A herd of 60 Whooper Swans were at Ballygireen, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
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