Monthly Archives: August 2013

Saturday 31st August 213

One Borolo’s Shearwater was at the Fodry, Loop Head this evening (Owen Foley, Rob Vaughan & Shane Farrell).  Off the Bridges of Ross there was three Balearic Shearwater, 50 Sooty Shearwaters, 1,900 Manx Shearwater in 3 hrs (pm), three Leach’s Petrel, two Storm Petrel: 26 Great Skuas (Bonxie),five pale phase Pomarine Skua, 25 Arctic Skuas, one juvenile Long-tailed Skua (Owen Foley) two adult and one juvenile Sabine’s Gulls, one Sandwich Tern, one Grey Phalarope and 29 Whimbrel.

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Friday 30th August 2013

One Semi-palmated Sandpiper was at the Shannon Airport Lagoon today (Owen Foley), along with one Little Stint and 12 Curlew Sandpipers.

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Friday 30th August 2013

Friday 30th August 2013

Mediterranean Gull ©Tom Tarpey

Two Mediterranean Gulls and six Little Egrets were at Tarbert Bay today.

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Thursday 29th August 2013

A Kingfisher, two Spotted Redshank, 78 Redshank, 22 Greenshank, ten Snipe and 15 Curlew were at Robertstown.
A Common Sandpiper was at Poulaweala Creek.
A Spotted Redshank, 110 Redshank and four Little Egrets were at the old pier in Askeaton.

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Thursday 29th August 2013

At the Bridges of Ross today there were three Great Shearwaters, six Balearic Shearwaters, 140 Sooty Shearwater, 2850 Manx Shearwater West in 4 hrs (am), four Leach’s Petrel, six Storm Petrel, one Common Scoter, 13 Great Skua (Bonxie), five Pomarine Skuas, 28 Arctic Skuas,one adult Sabine’s Gull, 96 Arctic Terns, three Black Terns, four Puffin, one Whimbrel, thre Redshank, one Bar-tailed Godwit, one Peregrine and two Chough.
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Saturday 24th August 2013

Saturday 24th August 2013

Shoveler ©Tom Tarpey

At least 40 bird species were recorded at Coonagh this morning during the Limerick City Bio-blitz Day. The list included five Gadwall, seven Shoveler, three Wigeon, a Teal, 30 Tufted Duck, eight Mallard, two probable Garganey, a Common Sandpiper, two Redshank, three Snipe, 28 Black-tailed Godwits, 35 Lapwing, a Raven, a Stock Dove and two Water Rails.

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Tuesday 20th August 2013

A Fea’s Petrel was seen at 13.20 off the Fodry, Loop Head heading south west (Keith Langdon), and 15 minutes later off the tip of Loop Head 13.35 (Kris De Rouc). Two Jay were at Lees Road Wood.

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Monday 19th August 2013

Seawatching at the Bridges of Ross today between 6.30am and 19.30 produced one adult Long-tailed Skua, 18 Great Shearwaters, three adult SabinesGulls, four Pomarine Skuas, thre Balearic Shearwaters, 22 Arctic Skuas, 15 Bonxies, 128 Sooty Shearwaters, two Puffins, 63 Arctic Terns, 23 Storm Petrels, three Sandwich Terns, two Red-throated Divers, 17 Common Scoter, two Whimbrel, four Dunlin, seven Ocean Sunfish, five Bottle-nosed Dolphins and 50 Common Dolphins.

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Sunday 18th August 2013

At the Bridges of Ross today there were; 19 Cory’s Shearwaters, 56 Great Shearwaters, 93 Sooty Shearwaters, 11 Sabines Gulls, four Balearic Shearwaters, one adult Pomarine Skua, 28 Arctic Skuas, nine Bonxies, two Grey Phalaropes, one Blue Fulmar, one Puffin, 20 Arctic Terns, seven Storm Petrels, 38 Whimbrel, 51 Dunlin, five Sanderling, one female Common Scoter, one Basking Shark and ten Sunfish.

Highlights from a three hour seawatch this morning at Black Head were a Little Gull moulting in to 2nd-winter plumage along the shore, three dark Arctic Skuas, 78 Sandwich Terns heading west and a distant Storm Petrel.  At the Rine, Ballyvaughan, there were c.220 Sandwich Terns and c.20 Common/Arctic Terns.

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Saturday 17th August 2013

A Fea’s Petrel was seen twice in the morning off the Bridges of Ross first at 10.25 a.m. (Victor Cashera Dermot Breen, Aidan Kelly, Keith Langdon, John N Murphy et al), and again in the evening at 17.50. Highlights for the day between 6.35 am and 19.35 were; six Cory’s Shearwaters, 614 Great Shearwaters, two Balearic Shearwaters, 84 Sooty Shearwaters, one Blue Fulmar, nine adult Sabines Gulls, five adult Pomarine Skuas, two Arctic Skuas, 13 Bonxies, 63 Storm Petrels, ten Arctic Terns, 153 Whimbrel, one Bar-tailed Godwit and five Ocean Sunfish.

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