Monthly Archives: April 2012

Monday 30th April 2012

We are delighted to announce today that a pair of WHITE-TAILED EAGLES have nested on Bushy Island Lough Derg. These birds and another pair have been on Lough Derg for well over a year now. The birds have been monitored for the past month where both the female and male bird have been incubating eggs. It has been over 110 years since this species last nested in Ireland and these two birds from the re-introduced population in Kerry are the first to successfully nest in Ireland. We do ask that people going to view the birds do not go near the island in boats or pleasure craft as the birds might abandon the eggs at this early stage. Best viewing is from Mount Shannon Pier where wardens will be on hand to show you the birds through a telescope.
One Long-eared Owl was at Darragh.

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Sunday 29th April 2012

Sunday 29th April 2012

Whimbrel at Coonagh ©Tom Tarpey

The Whimbrel spring migration is now in full swing; 55 birds in three seperate flocks were at Coonagh today along with 250 Black-tailed Godwits, four Redshank, a Turnstone, a Snipe, four Little Grebes, a Great-crested Grebe, six pairs of Greylag Geese, six pairs of Mallard, ten Tufted Duck, a male Wigeon and a male Pochard.
Two Cuckoos were at Grouse Lodge, Ardagh.

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Saturday 28th April 2012

A Peregrine, Raven and five singing Blackcap were at Lees Road Wood

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Friday 27th April 2012

One Glaucous Gull and 30 Golden Plover were at Loop Head.
A Common Sandpiper and 20 Whimbrel were at Mountshannon Bay.
A flock of 30 Whooper Swans were late stayers at Ogonnelloe.

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Friday 27th April 2012

A Kingfisher was at Plassey, Castletroy.

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Tuesday 24th April 2012

One adult Iceland Gull and one first-winter Glaucous Gull were at Lough Donnell.
There were 20 Whimbrel and six White Wagtails at Seafield.
One Crossbill, a Raven and two Jays were at Gortcoirce, Dysert.
One Peregrine was at Drumcliff.

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Wednesday 25th April 2012

The first Cuckoo of the year was reported from Drombanna today.

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Monday 23rd April 2012

One Buzzard was back at Lough Derg today near Mount Shannon.
A flock of 30 Whimbrel were near O’Brien’s Bridge, Lahinch Marsh, Liscannor.
Three Whimbrel were on the Golf Course in Kilkee.
Two Blackcaps were singing at Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.

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Sunday 20th April 2012

A Todd’s Canada Goose was at the Post Office Field, Ennis.
There were three Little Egrets, 250 Black-tailed Godwits, eight Gadwall, two Teal and two Water Rails at the Shannon Airport Lagoon.
Two Gadwall and three Blackcaps were at Lough Gash.

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Saturday 21st April 2012

Saturday 21st April 2012

White Wagtail © Jeff Copner

One adult Mediterranean Gull, seven Blackcaps, three Common Terns, two Ravens and two Whimbrel at Holy Island, Lough Derg.

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