Monthly Archives: December 2013

Wednesday 11th December 2013

Wednesday 11th December 2013

Female Marsh harrier at Ballyallia Lake © Jim Nolan

The female Marsh Harrier was back feeding around Ballyallia Lake again today.

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Monday 9th December 2013

The Goldeneye and Long-tailed Duck were still at Coonagh today.

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Monday 9th December 2013

The Marsh Harrier was at Lees Road Wood this evening. A Merlin and two Jay were seen there this morning.

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Saturday 7th December 2013

Saturday 7th December 2013

Cackling Canada Geese (left) and Canada Goose (right) with Barnacles at Doonbeg © John N Murphy

There were two Cackling Canada Geese (Branta h. Hutchinsii) and one Canada Goose (Branta c. parvipes) within a flock of 180 Barnacle Geese at Killard, Doonbeg (John N Murphy & Finbarr MacGabhann).  The female Marsh Harrier, a White-fronted Goose, two Canada Goose, a Merlin, two Jay, five Little Egret, 11 Gadwall and around 100 Black-tailed Godwit were seen at the Clare Branch of BWI outing to Ballyallia.  The two Eiders and a first-winter Glaucous Gull were at Liscannor Harbour.  There were 60 Pintail and nine Little Egrets at Moyasta.

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Friday 6th December 2013

Friday 6th December 2013

Crossbill at Knockathea ©Tom Tarpey

15 Crossbills were seen at the Limerick/Kerry border near Knockathea.
A adult male Hen Harrier was seen in the west Limerick uplands.

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Friday 6th December 2013

A female Marsh Harrier, 7 Little Egret, a Water Rail, 13 Dunlin and 120 Redwing were at Ballyallia.

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Thursday 5th December 2013

A first-winter Glaucous Gull, one Merlin and three Purple Sandpipers were at Clahane.  The two Eider ducks were still in Liscannor Harbour.

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Wednesday 4th December 2013

A white-phased Gyrfalcon was seen at Clahane north of Liscannor just before 9.30 this morning.(Geoff Pearson). The bird flew off after being mobbed by Hooded Crows at 9.40. It was seen again at Clahane at 11.25 being chased by Hooded Crows and gulls as it flew south with the wind towards Liscannor (Tom Lynch).  The two Eiders were still in the harbour at Liscannor.

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Tuesday 3rd December 2013

There was a flock of 12 Crossbills near Athea West this morning with one large young male bird in the flock showing two rosé coloured wing-bars.
A male Hen Harrier was seen near Effin.

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Tuesday 3rd December 2013

The female Marsh Harrier, one White-fronted Goose and two Canada Geese were at Ballyallia Lake this morning. The immature and first-winter drake Eiders were back in Liscannor Harbour this afternoon.

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