Monthly Archives: October 2012

Monday 22nd October 2012

One Spotted Sandpiper was at Moyasta Creek this morning (Tom Tarpey).
The juvenile Ameriacan Golden Plover was at the Horse Field at the Bridges of Ross this afternoon (Tom Tarpey).

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Sunday 21st October 2012

Sunday 21st October 2012

Brambling at Kilkee © Bill Ryan.

One Spotted Sandpiper was still at Moyasta (Mike Sheehy & Geoff Hunt), along with one Common Sandpiper.
One Brambling was at Coosheen, Kilkee.
One Snow Buntings, two Wheatears and two Merlins were at Loop Head.
Two Snow Buntings were at Bartra Headland, Lahinch.

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Saturday 20th October 2012


Merlin at Clahane © Dave McNamara

At Loop Head today there was one Snow Bunting, two Jack Snipe, two male Bullfinches, one Chiffchaff, two Merlins, one Peregrine, 160 Golden Plovers, one Red-breasted Merganser and eight Chough.
One Greater Scaup was at Kilcredaun Marsh along with one Water Rail.
One Merlin and a White Wagtail were at Clahane.

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Wednesday 17th October 2012

Wednesday 17th October 2012

Spotted Sandpiper at Moyasta © John N Murphy

Two Spotted Sandpipers were at Moyasta this morning (Tom Tarpey, Jeff Copner & Howard Williams).
The American Golden Plover was at the Fodry, Loop Head along with one Greylag Goose (Tom Tarpey).
Also at Loop Head and Kilbaha were the Pied Flycatcher and two Chiffchaffs.
One adult-winter Mediterannean Gull was at Balyallia Lake.
One Kingfisher was at Ballycorrick Bridge.
A flock of 600 Golden Plover were on the mudflats at the Shannon Airport Lagoon.
A flock of 68 Tufted Duck, ten Gadwall and 62 Little Grebes were at Lough Gash, Newmarket-on-Fergus.

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Tuesday 16th October 2012

Tuesday 16th October 2012

Pied Flycatcher at Kilbaha © John N Murphy

The two juvenile Spotted Sandpipers were still at Moyasta Creek today (John N Murphy & Brian Finnegan). Also at Moyasta were 12 Little Egrets, 12 Pintail, 400 Teal, 80 Wigeon, three Red-breasted Mergansers, 90 Dunlin, 70 Ringed Plover and nine Greenshank.
The juvenile America Golden Plover was at the Fodry, Loop Head (Dave McNamara).
A immature/female first-winter Surf Scoter was off Coolsiva Pier, Ballyvaughan Bay (Paul Troake et al).
One first-winter Pied Flycatcher was in Kilbaha along with four Chiffchaffs, one tree Sparrow, one Fieldfare, one female Hen Harrier and a Short-eared Owl near the lighthouse.
One Curlew Sandpiper was at Seafield, Quilty along with one female Wheatear.
One male Hen Harrier was near Lickeen Lake.
One Jay and one Dipper at Kilcornan, Ennistymon.

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Monday 15th October 2012

Monday 15th October 2012

One of the juvenile Spotted Sandpipers at Moyasta © Barry Howell

The two juvenile Spotted Sandpipers were at Moyasta again today (Conor & Donal Foley).
At the Bridges of Ross this morning there were 11 Sooty Shearwaters, ten Manx Shearwaters, one Pomarine Skua, one Arctic Skua, one Bonxie, one Arctic Tern and two Common Scoters.
Two Chiffchaffs and a Merlin were on Loop Head.
The five Canada Geese were on the Post Office Field in Ennis.

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Sunday 14th October 2012

Sunday 14th October 2012

Golden Plover Flock ©Tom Tarpey

A Spotted Redshank, 30 Grey Plover and five Little Egrets were ar Pollaweala Creek.
A flock of 800 Golden Plover were at Robertstown.

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Sunday 14th October 2012

Sunday 14th October 2012

Juvenile American Golden Plover at Loop Head © John N Murphy

The two Spotted Sandpipers were still at Moyasta this morning (Brian Finnegan & Austin Cooney).
The American Golden Plover was at the Fodry, Loop Head again today (Austin Cooney & Brian Finnegan), while down the headland there was on female Hen Harrier, one Merlin and the first Fieldfare of the season.

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Saturday 13th October 2012

Saturday 13th October 2012

Spotted Sandpiper at Moyasta © Tom Tarpey

Two juvenile Spotted Sandpipers was at the railway bridge in Moyasta, Poulnasherry late this afternoon (Tom Tarpey, Tony Mee, Gerry Butler, John N Murphy, Finbarr MacGabhann et al).
These are only a fourth and fifth records of Spotted Sandpiper for Clare.
A juvenile American Golden Plover was at Loop Head (John N Murphy, Finbarr MacGabhann, Jeff Copner & Neal Warnock).
A Buff-breasted Sandpiper was at the Horse Field near the Bridges of Ross (Finbarr MacGabhann & John N Murphy).
One Snow Bunting was at the gates of the Lighthouse at Loop Head while on the rest of the headland there wqs on male Hen Harrier, three Merlin 110 Golden Plover, eight Chough and one Baarnacle Goose.
At the Bridges of Ross there were 11 Sooty Shearwaters, one Leach’s Petrel, two Bonxies, two Pomarine Skuas, one Grey Phalarope, two Common Scoters and one Manx Shearwater.

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Friday 12th October 2012

A Swallow was seen at Doon this evening.

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