Monthly Archives: March 2012

Sunday 11th March 2012

Between Killard and Quilty today west Clare there was one adult Ring-billed Gull and single 1st-winter Mediterranean and Iceland Gulls at Doonbeg Bay, ten Red-throated Divers, two Velvet Scoters (Paul Troake) and a Common Scoter in Doughmore Bay, one 1st-winter Glaucous Gull at Tromracastle, approximately 250 Barnacle Geese on Mutton Island, five Common Scoters off Seafield and 55 Brent Geese heading SW at Quilty.

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Sunday 11th March 2012

A Ruff was seen at the Coonagh Ponds this morning. Other notable species counts there included 32 Shoveler, eight Gadwall, 93 Tufted Duck and a roosting flock of 185 Redshank and six Greenshank. A Buzzard was also heard calling near by.
Five Crossbills were seen at Glenanair in the Ballyhoura Mountains.

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Friday 9th March 2012

A flock of 63 Whooper Swans was on the Morning Star callows near Athlacca.

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Saturday 10th March 2012

One first-winter Velvet Scoter was off the Rine, Ballyvaughan (Brian Finnegan, John N Murphy, Austin Cooney et al). Also off the Rine and in Ballyvaughan Bay were 38 Black-throated Divers, 30 Great Northern Divers, one second-winter Iceland Gull, one first-summer Little Gull, one Sandwich Tern, 120 Common Scoter, 200 Brent Geese, 50 Bar-tailed Godwits, 44 Red-breasted Mergansers and 60 Wigeon.

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Friday 9th March 2012

One male Hen Harrier was seen hunting around Lough Murree.
There were 13 Little Egrets at Drumcliff, Ballyallia Lake.

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Monday 5th March 2012

Five Crossbills and a Woodcock were at Gortcoirce.
There were eight Little Egrets at Ballyallia Lake, Ennis.
A flock of 46 Whooper Swans were at Ballygireen, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
Two Water Rails were at Ballycar Lough.

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Saturday 3rd March 2012

There was 20 Crossbills at Gort Coirce, Dysert.
A flock of 11 little Egrets, 40 Pintail and three Jays were at Ballyalla.
Eleven Greylag Geese were at Lough Muchinagh.
One Woodcock was at the Crabtree, Ballycar.

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Sunday 4th March 2012

Sunday 4th March 2012

Second winter Mediterranean Gull at O’Callaghan’s Strand ©Tom Tarpey

A 2nd-winter Mediterranean Gull, a 2nd-winter Iceland Gull and an adult Ring-billed Gull were at Harvey’s Quay today.
A Crossbill was seen at Coolfree in the Ballyhoura Mountains.
An flavistic Chaffinch was seen in a garden in Loghill. This bird apparently has a rare genetic defect causing it to show yellowish plumage. It has been present in Loghill for the last two to three winters.


Mediterranean Gull, Second Winter Iceland Gull ©Tom Tarpey, Flavistic Chaffinch ©Mike Sheehy

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Saturday 3rd March 2012

Seven Little Egrets were at the Coonagh Ponds this afternoon at high tide, along with a Jack Snipe, 24 Curlew, 17 Dunlin, 12 Ringed Plover, four Lapwing, three Redshank, two Greenshank, two snipe, 52 Pochard, 47 Tufted Duck, 42 Wigeon, 23 Teal, 22 Mallard, eight Shoveler, four Gadwall and two Great Crested Grebes.

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Wednesday 29th February 2012

There were 11 Little Egrets, 30 Pintail and four Whooper Swans at Ballyallia Lake, Ennis.
One Crossbill was at Gortcoirce.
A flock of 61 Goldeneye were at Rossroe Lake, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
One Woodcock was at Roxton, Corofin.
One Dipper was in Doolin village.

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