Clare Bird Sightings

Thursday 19th January 2023

At Liscannor Bay today the female Velvet Scoter was on show along with the male Eider, seven Red-throats Divers and five Great Northern Divers.(Jeff Copner)
One Crossbill, two Jay and five Woodcock were at Ballynacally this evening. (John N Murphy)
At the Shannon Airport Lagoon this morning there were 28 Shoveler, 36 Gadwall, 12 Coot, 70 Wigeon and six Whooper Swans.(JNM)
There were 59 Whooper Swans and 33 Lapwing at Moynoe, Scarriff. (Paidi Cullinan)
A flock of 73 Tufted Duck and six Goldeneye were between Mountshannon Harbour and Holy Island. (PC)
One Buzzard was on Holy Island. (PC)
One Barn Own was dead on the M18 close to the Ennis turn off on the Killow Roundabout.(JNM)


Thursday 19th January 2023

A Buzzard and a Blackcap were at Clashganniff, Shanagolden (Clodagh Glasgow).
The sub-adult Iceland Gull was at Arthur’s Quay (TT).


Wednesday 18th January 2023

Wednesday 18th January 2023

First-winter Med Gull at Ross Bay John N Murphy

One adult Yellow-legged Gull and one first-winter Mediterranean Gull were at Ross Bay, Loop Head. (John N Murphy)
There were 600 Dunlin, 160 Teal, 52 Shelduck, five Pintail and one Merlin at Islandavanna. (Chris Cullen)
At Ballyallia Lake there were 52 Tufted Duck, 30 Golden Plover, 12 Shoveler and four Jay. (Jeff Copner)
One Buzzard was near Coonagh on the Clare side. (James Organ)
Also at Loop Head today were one Peregrine, 260 Oystercatchers, 80 Turnstone, 300 Golden Plover, 44 Rock Dove, 500 Fieldfare, 700 Redwing, 80 Song Thrush and 400 Herring Gulls. (JNM)
Between Moveen and Bishops Island, Kilkee there was one male Peregrine, 14 Chough and 70 Oystercatchers.(JNM)
There were 13 Whooper Swans, 400 Lapwing and 90 Golden Plover at Farrihy. (JNM)
At Doonbeg Bay there were 160 Teal, 110 Oystercatchers, 250 Golden Plover and 90 Curlew. (JNM)


Wednesday 18th January 2023

Wednesday 18th January 2023

Adult winter Mediterranean Gull White 3NYT ©Tom Tarpey

A Black-necked Grebe was at Foynes (Tom Tarpey). This is the sixth record for the County coming 11 years after the last records at Lough Gur in April 2012 and September 2008.
Two adult Mediterranean Gulls and a Common Sandpiper were also in the area (TT). One of the Mediterranean Gulls was colour ringed White 3NYT as a chick in Ijesselmeer, Holland in June 2015.


Tuesday 17th January 2023

154 Whooper Swans were at Cooperhill and 14 were at King’s Island (TT).
A Buzzard was at Tervoe (TT).


Tuesday 17th January 2023

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was drumming today at Ardnacrusha. (Maura Turner)
Two Crossbills were at Booltiagh. (JNM)
The Brambling was still at Darragh. (FMacG & JNM)
One Barn Owl was near Dromoland. (Iomhar Daly)
A Buzzard was at Ruan village.(Nuala and Tom Lynch)
There were 22 Brent Geese, eight Purple Sandpipers and a Kingfisher at Clahane. (Geoff Pearson)
There were 135 Teal and 30 Pintail at Islandavanna.(Chris Cullen)
A flock of 70 Whooper Swans were at Ballygireen. (JNM)
Ten Whooper Swans were at Lough Donnell. (John Collins)


Monday 16th January 2023

An adult Ring-billed Gull was at Harvey’s Quay and the sub-adult Iceland Gull was at Honan’s Quay (TT).
A Blackcap was at Ashbrook (TT).
A Polish ringed Black-headed Gull, Yellow TLW5, was back at the Mill Road, Corbally after an absence of two years. The bird was ringed as an adult near Szczecin in northwestern Poland in May 2019 and was first seen in Corbally on 26/15/19 and was subsequently seen in Holland on 6/8/20 (TT).
A Norwegian ringed Common Gull, White JH584, was at Thomond Weir. This 6cy bird is wintering in Limerick for the third year in a row(TT).
A Barn Owl was at Devon Cross.(Nuala and Tom Lynch)


Monday 16th January 2023

Monday 16th January 2023

First-winter Glaucous Gull at Kilkee John N Murphy

There was a first-winter Glaucous Gull and 290 Dunlin on the beach at Kilkee.(JNM)
The Brambling was still at Darragh. (FMacG)
One Buzzard and a Jay were at Mooghaun.(JNM)
One Buzzard was at Knockalough.(JNM)
There were 115 Brent Geese, one Spotted Redshank, one female Goldeneye, 92 Pintail, 12 Great Northern Divers, 50 Grey Plover, three Black Guillemots and eight Red-breasted Mergansers at Poulnasherry Bay. (JNM)
The drake Eider was within the 500 Common Scoters flocks at off Kilmacreedy while at Clahane there were 360 Golden Plover,
80 Dunlin, three Purple Sandpiper and
14 Brent Geese. (Jeff Copner)
A flock of 40 Purple Sandpipers were at Seafield today, five Whoopers Swans and 70+ Snipe at Lough Donnell and one Great Northern Divers on Lough Bunny.(Paul Troake)
Three Hen Harriers were at Scattery Island.(JNM)
Three Blackcap were at Doora. (Adrian) Glasgow)


Sunday 15th January 2023

Sunday 15th January 2023

Great White Egret at Clonlea Lough John N Murphy

The Great White Egret was showing well at Clonlea Lough near Kilkishen this morning. (John N Murphy)
The Brambling was still at Darragh.(Finbar MacGabhann)
The 56 White-fronted Geese, 22 Whooper Swans and a male Hen Harrier were in their usual fields north of Tubber. (Jeff Copner)
Two Buzzards were at Teereen Lough with another two at Applewood, Ballycar.(JNM)
There were eight Jay and two Buzzards at Mooghaun this morning.(John Collins)
There was on Jay, one Treecreeper and 50 Chaffinches at Dromore Woods. (Chris Cullen)
At Seafield, Quilty today there were 75 Ringed Plovers, 425 Dunlin, 180 Sanderling and 115 Turnstone.(Paul Troake)
Two Goldeneye were at Lough Muchanagh.(CC)
Two Goldeneye, 35 Tufted Ducks and 26 Greylag Geese were at Fenloe Lake.(JNM)
Two Hen Harrier and one Merlin were at islandavanna this evening.(CC)


Saturday 14th January 2023

A Buzzard was at Clashganniff, Shanagolden (Clodagh Glasgow).
A Blackcap was at Monaleen (TT).


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