A male Yellowhammer was seen in the North Commons area in the Burren close to Caher Commaun and another was at Rinroe near Lough CullaunLeave a comment
A total number of 78 species were recorded in the Burren National Park during National Bio Blitz competition held today. The most notable species was a Wood Sandpiper. A Merlin and Peregrine were also seen.This was the highest number of birds recorded in any of the four sites in the competition.Leave a comment
Marsh Harrier at the Red Bog, Lough Gur ©Tom Tarpey
A female type Marsh Harrier was found at the Bog Lake, Lough Gur this afternoon (Geoff Hunt). Surprisingly this is the first record of the species for the County in modern times, the only previous record being from archaeological remains at Lough Gur. The bird was seen again in the Red Bog later in the evening (Tom Tarpey).
A pair of Gadwall were at also at the Bog Lake and a Cuckoo was heard at the Red Bog.
Two venues were used for the annual Dawn Chorus Branch Outing. Mistle Thrush, Goldfinch and Greenfinch were the highlights at the People’s Park in Pery’s Square while a follow up visit to Westfields added Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler and Whimbrel to the list.
A large crowd turned up at UL car park and were rewarded with a good variety species including good views of Cuckoo and Treecreeper. Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Sedge Warbler were also in song.
The first signs of summer today also brought out some scarce butterflies; a Wall Brown, the first in seen in the County in a number of years, and a Dingy Skipper were seen at the Aughinish sanctuary.
At the Clare Branch of BWI Dawn Chorus outing to the Burren this morning a number of Blackcap and Whitethroat were heard singing in a chorus dominated by Blackbird song. A Cuckoo in full voice gave lovely close up views for a long period and he took little notice of several pairs of Meadow Pipit as they mobbed him. Two male Yellowhammer were seen along with Wheatear and Common Gull. Several Willow Warbler sang in the hazel bushes. A Barn Owl was seen hunting prey at Drumcliffe Cross in Ennis by people on their way to the outing at 4.30a.m.Leave a comment