Clare Bird Sightings

January 2007

Wednesday 31st January 2007 
The female BUFFLEHEAD was still at Lough Atedaun (John Rattigan).
One female Black Redstart was at Kilkee.
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Black Redstart, Kilkee Iza Zawadzka 
One Long-eared Owl was seen hunting over a roadside near Caherkine, Quin.
Eight Yellowhammers were back at Ballycarroll, Barefield.

Tuesday 30th January 2007
The female BUFFLEHEAD was still at Lough Atedaun (Finbarr MacGabhann),
along with 12 Whooper Swans one of which was wearing a yellow coloured
neck collar with inscription N1.
The female Ring-necked Duck was at Lough Inchiquin (Finbarr MacGabhann).
One female Marsh Harrier was at Corofin late in the afternoon.
There was one adult and two first-winter Iceland Gulls, plus 31 Brent Geese
at Creg beach, Lahinch.
One female Blackcap was at Ballymacaula, Ennis.

Monday 29th January 2007
The female BUFFLEHEAD was still at Lough Atedaun (Ed Carty & John Rattigan).
One female Ring-necked Duck was at Lough Inchiquin (Ed Carty).
A small flock of 14 Whooper Swans were at Ballycar Lake, Newmarket-on-Fergus. 

Sunday 28th January 2007
One Glaucous Gull was at Lough Donnell, with another at Doonbeg and a third at
Kilbaha. One adult Mediterranean Gull was at Quilty.
One Little Egret was at Kildysart.

Saturday 27th January 2007
The female BUFFLEHEAD was still at Lough Atedaun (Richard Bonser, Jimmy Dowdall
and Aidan Kelly).  There was also a drake Green-winged Teal (Jimmy Dowdall & Aidan Kelly). 
A flock of 99 Whooper Swans were at Ballygireen with another 22 birds near Clenagh Bay.

Friday 26th January 2007
One adult and one 1st-winter Iceland Gull were at Seafield,
Quilty along with one 1st-winter Glaucous Gull.
One Dipper was at the Claureen River near Kilmaley.

Thursday 25th January 2007
One male Blackcap was at Oak Park, Ennis.

Wednesday 24th January 2007
There were 50 Red-throated Divers and two Long-tailed Duck at Liscannor Bay.
One Dipper was on the Claureen River near Kilmaley.

Tuesday 23rd January 2007
The female BUFFLEHEAD was at Lough Atedaun again today (John N Murphy).
One female Ring-neck-Duck was at Lough Inchiquin (John N Murphy).
There were 32 Red-throated Divers and two Long-tailed Ducks on Liscannor Bay.
One Dipper was on the Claureen River near Kilmaley.

Monday 22nd January 2007
There were four Iceland Gulls at Lahinch Marsh (two 1st-winters and two adults).
One Little Egret, one 1st-winter Iceland Gull, one Chiffchaff  and one Jack Snipe
were at Liscannor. 

Sunday 21st January 2007
The female BUFFLEHEAD was once again at Lough Atedaun
(Andre Robinson & Stephen McAvoy).
One Grey Phalarope was off Bishops Quarter near Ballyvauighan.
Also present off Bishops Quarter were four Black-throated Divers,
15 Great Northern Divers and five Gannets.
There were five Iceland Gulls at Lahinch Marsh along side the
six Pink-footed Geese and one Little Egret. One 2nd-winter Little
Gull, two Long-tailed Ducks and a Peregrine were at Liscannor.

Saturday 20th January 2007
There was one Pink-footed Goose near Clooney.

Friday 19th January 2007
The female BUFFLEHEAD is still at Lough Atedaun (Stan Nugent).
The six Pink-footed Geese and one Little Egret were at Lahinch Marsh.
Three Grey Phalaropes , one Little Gull, one Chiffchaff
and a Long-tailed Duck were at Liscannor.
One adult Glaucous Gull was at Clahane, Liscannor.
Ten Snow Buntings were at George’s Head, Kilkee.
One Little Egret was at Moyasta with two more at Blackweir Bridge,
Poulnasherry Bay.
A flock of 16 Whooper Swans were at Ballycar Lough.

Thursday 18th Januruay 2007
At Liscannor there was one Grey Phalarope, one Little Gull
and one adult Iceland Gul.
One Little Egret and a flock of 117 Curlew were at Blackweir Bridge.

A colour ringed Brent Goose was read by Dave McNamara on the Rine,
in Ballyvaughan (M21171006) with the following combination
LEFT LEG a White Band with AAA
RIGHT LEG a White band with CCC
this bird was also present on Saturday 13th January.

Wednesday 17th January 2007
One drake Ring-necked Duck was at Ballyallia Lake
(John N Murphy & David Lyons).
One second-winter Little Gull, one adult Mediterranean Gull
one adult Iceland, Gull and one Grey Phalarope were all at
Liscannor today.

Tuesday 16th January 2007
The female BUFFLEHEAD was at Lough Atedaun (Sean Cronin).
The fisrt-winter drake Ring-necked Duck returned to Lough Inchiquin
(Meave Meehan & Iza Zawadzka).  
Two Grey Phalaropes were seen off Liscannor this morning.

Monday 15th January 2007
There was a Kittiwake at the quay in Clarecastle.
A flock of 16 Greylag Geese were at Ballycar Lake, Newmarket-on-Fergus.  

Sunday 14th January 2007
There were six Snow Buntings at Georges Head, Kilkee.
Ten Whooper Swans were at Ballycar Lake, Newmarket-on-Fergus. 

Saturday 13th January 2007
The BUFFLEHEAD was at Lough Atedaun today (Brian Haslam).
One Grey Phalarope and three Little Gulls were at Liscannor.
One first-winter Glaucous Gull was at Lough Donnell.
100 Purple Sandpipers were at Seafield, Quilty.
One adult Glaucous Gull was at Carrigaholt.
One juvenile Litte Gull was in Kilbaha Harbour, Loop Head.
Over 90 Barnacle Geese were at Doonbeg.
One Little Egret and a first-winter Iceland Gull was
at the causeway near Doorus on Clare/Galway border.
One Little Egret was at Moyasta, Poulnasherry Bay.
One Dipper was on the Claureen River near Kilmaley.
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First-winter Little Gull Kilbaha John N Murphy
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Great Northern Diver Kilbaha  John N Murphy
 
Friday 12th January 2007
The female BUFFLEHEAD was at Lough Atedaun around lunchtime
today (John N Murphy & John Rattigan).
Six Pink-footed Geese were at Lahinch Marsh.

Thursday 11th January 2007
There was one Grey Phalarope, four Little Gulls one 2nd-winter
Iceland Gull and two Little Egrets at Liscannor.
The six-pink-footed Geese were once again at Lahinch Marsh.
No information has come in about the Bufflehead, due to the
fact that no one as been at Lough Atedaun because of the
adverse waether. 

Tuesday 9th January 2007
The female BUFFLEHEAD is still at Lough Atedaun (Pat Brennan & Stan Nugent).
One Grey Phalarope was in the harbour at Liscannor.
Two male Blackcaps are showing up regularly at a garden in Barefield.

Monday 8th January 2007
The female BUFFLEHEAD was seen close to the slipway at
Lough Atedaun this morning (Dave McNamara).
Two Grey Phalaropes and seven Little Gulls were feeding
along the shore at Liscannor this morning. 
The six Pink-footed Geese were at Lahinch Marsh. 
Eight Yellowhammers were found feeding on a driveway at
Ballycarroll, Barefield.

Sunday 7th January 2006
The female BUFFLEHEAD was showing well this morning at Lough Atedaun,
Corofin (John N Murphy et al).
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Bufflehead female with Tufted Duck ©  Mike Davis
The drake Green-winged Teal was at Bell Harbour this afternoon (Brian Lynch).
The second-winter Glaucous Gull was still on the Rine in Ballyvaughan.
Nine Little Gulls and two Little Egrets were at Liscannor.
The six Pink-footed Geese were back at Lahinch Marsh.
One Common Sandpiper was at the Quay in Clarecastle.
Seven Greylag Geese were at Fenloe Lake, Newmarket-on-Fergus.

Saturday 6th January 2007
A female BUFFLEHEAD was found at Lough Atedaun, Corofin late
this afternoon (John N Murphy & Finbarr MacGabhann)(Tom & Nuala Lynch).
This is only the second  Irish record.
There were four Snow Buntings and one second-winter Glaucous Gull at
the Rine, Ballyvaughan.
One Merlin was at Fanore. 
At Liscannor there were four Grey Phalaropes, ten Little Gulls, one first-winter
and one second-winter Iceland Gulls and two Little Egrets.
One female Ring-necked Duck was at Lough Inchiquin, Corofin (John N Murphy
& Finbarr MacGabhann).
The two drakes and one female Ring-necked Ducks were still at Ballyallia
Lake, Ennis (John N Murphy & Finbarr MacGabhann). 
A small flock of 26 Whoopers Swans were at Drumcliff, Ballyallia Lake.

Friday 5th January 2007
One male Blackcap was at Our Lady’s Hospital, Ennis.
The two males and one female Ring-necked Ducks were at
 Ballyallia Lake again this morning.
The Carrion Crow was at Lahinch Marsh along with one
Little Egret and the six Pink-footed Geese.
Fifteen Little Gulls were in Liscannor still feeding along the
tide line. One Chiffchaff, one second-winter Mediterranean Gull
and one first-winter Iceland Gull were aslo at Liscannor.

Thursday 4th January 2007
Three Ring-necked Ducks were at Ballyallia Lake (Finbarr MacGabhann),
(one female, one adult male and one first-winter male).
One male Blackcap was also at Ballyallia Lake.
There was a small flock of six Pink-footed Geese at Lahinch Marsh this morning.
Over 15 Little Gulls (one first-winter, two second-winters and 12 adults)
were at Liscannor this afternoon along with one first-winter and one
second-winter Iceland Gulls.
One Carrion Crow was near the pier at Liscannor.

Wednesday 3rd January 2007
The female Marsh Harrier was back at Ballyallia Lake along
with one first-winter drake Ring-necked Duck (Dave Mcnamara).
A flock of 12 Little Gulls and one first-winter Iceland Gull were at
Liscannor.
One adult Little Gull was at Moneypoint.
A small flock of Greylag Geese were at Ballycar Lake.

Tuesday 2nd January 2007
Six Little Gulls plus one second-winter Mediterranean
Gull were at Liscannor.
One first-winter and one second-winter Iceland Gulls
were a Lahinch Marsh.
Two Greylag Geese were at Ballycar Lake.

Monday 1st January 2007
There were six adult Little Gulls at Liscannor today.
Two first-winter Little Gulls were in Kilbaha Harbour.
One second-winter Little Gull was at Bridges of Ross.
One Little Egret was at Tullyvarraga Marsh in Shannon.
Five Greylag Geese were at Ballycar Lake, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
One Brambling was amongst a flock of over 100 Chaffinches
at Fenloe lake.

First-winter Little Gull Video Grab from Kilbaha © John N Murphy

Little Gull adult © John N Murphy

 

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December 2006

Bird Sightings 2006

Contributors to this report were:  Joe Adamson, Brian Arthurs, Julia Baer, Chris Bell, Lorraine & Robert  Benson,  Phil Brennan,  Dermot Breen,  Richard Bonser, Gerry Butler, Victor Cashera, Andy Clifton, Austin Cooney, John Couzens, John Coveney,  Michael Davis,  Hugh Delaney, Marc Darlaston, Eric Dempsey, Joe Doolan, Jimmy Dowdall, Paul & Rachel Eele, Stuart Elsom, Shane Farrell,  Kieran Fahy, Brian Finnegan, Paul Flint, Owen Foley, Kieran Forster, Kieran Grace, Charles Glynn, Tim Griffin, Paul Hackett, Nic Hallam, Dave Halliday,  Maurice Hanafin, Stewart Hinley, Arne Holgensson, Stewart Holohan,  Josh Jones, Aidan Kelly, Mark Lawrence, Pat Lonergan, Tom Lowe, Tom & Nuala Lynch, Barry O’ Donaghue,  Brian Madden, Stefan Magnusson, Finbarr Mac Gabhann, David Lyons, Eamonn McLochlainn, Colin McNamee, Dave McNamara, Tony Mee, Andy, Maeve & Christy Meehan,  Killian Mullarney,  Cillian Murphy, John N Murphy, Stan Nugent, Lars ogTove, Christian Osthoff, Geoff Pearson, Brian Porter, Paudric Quinn, John Rattigan,  John Reagan, Adele Rennells, Bill Ryan, Frank Sadler, Tom Shevlin, Richard Stephenson, Tom Tarpey, Richard Taylor, Freek Verdonckt, Noel Walsh, Stephen Ward, Hugh Weir, Faith Wilson, John Wright,  Andy Woods, Iza Zawadzka
The Greater Peterborough Ornithologist Group.

Sunday 31st December 2006
One adult Little Gull was at Liscannor.
There were five Snow Buntings and 27 Brent Geese
on the Rine in Ballyvaughan.

Saturday 30th December 2006
There were two Grey Phalaropes at Kilkee today.
One adult Little Gull was at Quilty.  One second-winter
Mediterranean Gull and two Peregrines were at Liscannor.
Six Greylag Geese were at Ballycar Lake, Newmarket-on-Fergus.

Friday 29th December 2006
One first-winter Iceland Gull was at Castle Point near Kilkee.
Three first winter Little Gulls were in Kilbaha Harbour along
with one first-winter Mediterannean Gull and one adult
Glaucous Gull.
One Bonxie was off the Bridges of Ross.
One first winter Mediterranean Gull was at Kilkee.
Two Little Gulls were at Liscannor Pier.
One Merlin was near Tullagher Bog with another at Loop Head.

Wednesday 27th December 2006
One second-winter Ring-billed Gull was at Quilty.
Twenty Five Barnacle Geese were on Mutton Island.
One first-winter Iceland Gull was at Castle Point near Kilkee.
One first-winter Little Gull, 16 B rent Geese, ten Red-throated Divers
and one male Hen Harrier were at Liscannor.
There was a small flock of 30 Whooper Swans at Ballycar Lough.
There were eight Whooper Swans and one Peregrine at Lough Donnell.

Tuesday 26th December 2006
One Red-necked Grebe was seen off Doorus today on the Clare/
Galway border (Dave McNamara).
Two Ring-necked Ducks were at Lough Inchiquin, Corofin
( Maeve & Christy Meehan). One was a female and the other an eclipsed drake.
There was also seven Bewick’s Swans.
There were four Black-throated Divers between Fanore and Ballyvaughan.
One Little Egret was at Lahinch Marsh.
One Water Rail was at Fenloe Lake.

Monday 25th December 2006
One Green Sandpiper was at the Falls, Ennistymon. 
Two Common Sandpipers were at O’Brien’s Bridge.

Sunday 24th December 2006
There were four 1st-winter Little Gulls at Kilbaha Harbour.
A flock of 90 Barnacle Geese and one Merlin were at
Illaononearaun.
Two Dippers and one Green Sandpiper were at the
Bridge near Blackweir, Dromoland on the Rine River.
One Dipper was at the Claureen River in Kilmaley.

Saturday 23rd December 2006
One Red-necked Grebe, three Long-tailed Duck and an
adult Mediterranean Gull were at Doorus Pier on the Clare/
Galway border (Dave McNamara).
A flock of 50 Barnacle Geese were on Mutton Island. 
Two Tree Sparrows were near Quilty.

Friday 22nd December 2006
Eighty Barnacle Geese were on Illaunonearaun along with
a second winter Iceland Gull.
At Doughmore there was a second winter Glaucous Gull and
one Peregrine.

Thursday 21st December 2006
The drake Ring-necked Duck was at Ballyallia Lake (Finbarr MacGabhainn).
One Dipper was on the Claureen River in Kilmaley.

Monday 18th December 2006
One Iceland Gull was at Liscannor. 

Sunday 17th December 2006
There were two Spotted Redshanks at Liscannor.
One female Blackcap was at Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.

Friday 15th December 2006
There were two Jays and a Merlin, on the Lees Wood Road, Ennis.

Thursday 14th December 2006
One Grey Phalarope was still in Liscannor this morning.


Grey Phalarope off the pier at Liscannor Bay John N Murphy

Wednesday 13th December 2006
There were three Snow Buntings, 150 Brent Geese and two
Black-throated Divers along the Rine in Ballyvaughan.
One Grey Phalarope was off the pier in Liscannor.

Tuesday 12th December 2006
There were two Grey Phalaropes at Liscannor Bay today.
One Merlin, one Peregrine and one male Hen Harrier were
at Lahinch Marsh.

Sunday 10th December 2006
The male and female Ring-necked Ducks were
at Ballyallia Lake (John N Murphy, Tom Lynch &
Finbarr MacGabhann).

Saturday 9th December 2006
One juvenile Little Gull was at Liscannor.

Friday 8th December 2006
At the Bridges of Ross there was on Little Auk,
three Bonxies and one 2nd -winter Iceland Gull.
One Water Rail was calling at Ballycar Lake.

Wednesday 6th December 2006
Off the Bridges of Ross today there were; seven Bonxie’s,
three Grey Phalaropes and 25 Leach’s Petrels.
Two Jays were at the Lees Wood Road this afternoon. 

Sunday 3rd December 2006
One Leach’s Petrel was seen flying inland at Clahane Beach,
Liscannor Bay.

Saturday 2nd December 2006
There was one Leach’s Petrel at Liscannor.
Another Leach’s Petrel was at the Rine, Ballyvaughan with
four more near Doorus, North Clare/Galway border.
The drake Green-winged Teal was at Bell Harbour (Finbarr MacGabhann).
One Little Egret was at Lough Murree.
Ten Black-throated Divers were near New Quay.
One Grey Phalarope was at Quilty along with one  Iceland Gull.
 

Friday 1st December 2006
The male and female Ring-necked Ducks were at Ballyallia
Lake earlier today (Dave McNamara). 
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November 2006

Thursday 30th November 2006
The Pink-footed Goose was still with a flock of 18 Whooper
Swans at Keevagh on the Ennis side of Quin village this morning.

Wednesday 29th November 2006
The Pink-footed Goose was still at Keevagh outside Quin today.

Tuesday 28th November 2006
A female Ring-necked Duck was at Ballyallia Lake (John N Murphy &
Barry O’Donoghue).
One Pink-footed Goose was at Keevagh on a flooded field, the Ennis
side of Quin within a flock of Whooper Swans.

Monday 27th November 2006
One female Marsh Harrier was at Ballyallia Lake (Dave McNamara)
along with 20 Pintail.
Two Jays were seen in territorial battle along the Lees Wod Road, Ennis.

Saturday 25th November 2006
Five Black-throated Divers, three Long-tailed Ducks,
17 Black Guillemots and 35 Common Scoter were at
the Flaggy Shore today.
A small flock of 60 Woodpigeons were at Fenloe Lake.

Friday 24th November 2006
One male Ring-necked Duck and a Marsh Harrier were at
Ballyallia Lake today (Finbarr MacGabhann), along with one
Peregrine.

Tuesday 21st November 2006
One Jay was at the Lees Wood Road again today.

Monday 20th November 2006
There was one first winter Marsh Harrier at Bunnow Marsh near,
Doora this morning (John N Murphy).
One Water Rail was calling at Ballycar Lake, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
One Jay was on the Lees Wood Road.

Sunday 19th November 2006
Six Greylag Geese flew over Sixmilbridge this morning.

Friday 17th November 2006
One Short-eared Owl was seen hunting near the Cliffs of Moher.
Over 70 Purple Sandpipers and one Glaucous Gull were on the
beach at Seafield, Quilty.

Thursday 16th November 2006
One Little Egret was at Doonbeg Bay.

Thursday 9th November 2006
A flock of 200 Woodpigeons were in the beech trees at Ballyallia
Lake this afternoon with over 70 Tufted duck on the main lake.
One Blackcap was seen near Knockhogan. There were 20 Purple
Sandpipers at Seafield and one Green Sandpiper at Doonbeg.
 
Wednesday 8th November 2006
One Raven flew over Applewood, Ballycar and two Water Rails
were calling at Ballycar Lake, Newmarket-on-Fergus.

Monday 6th November 2006
One Yellow-browed Warbler was at Kilbaha, Loop Head.
One male Blackcap was at Ballymacahill, Ennis.
There were six Whooper Swans at Ballyallia Lake today. 

Sunday 5th November 2006
The female Marsh Harrier was once again at Ballyallia Lake (Dave McNamara).
One Hen Harrier was at Lough Donnell.  Eight Little Egrets were at Aughinish
Island in North Clare.  Two Water Rails were at Ballycar Lake, Newmarket-on-Fergus. 

Saturday 4th November 2006
Today at Loop Head there were two Hen Harriers, four Merlin,
one Peregrine, five Blackcaps, two Chiffchaff, one Jack Snipe,
one Red-throated Diver, 125 Golden Plover, three Brent Geese
and one Minke Whale.
In north Clare between Traught beach and Black Head there
were 17 Black-throated Divers and one Hen Harrier flew in off
the sea near Black Head.
There were nine Little Egrets at Moyasta, Poulnasherry Bay.
Four Whooper Swans were at Moanmore, Tullagher Bog.

Friday 3rd November 2006
There were two Black-throated Divers off Fanore. 
A small flock of 15 Whooper Swans and two Greyag Geese
w ere at Islandavanna. 
There weres lots of Fieldfares and Lapwing on the move
today with 26 Fieldfares at Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus
this morning and a flock of 60 at IslandMcGrath, Clarecastle.

Thursday 2nd November 2006

There was a Slavonian Grebe off the coast road near Fanore (Barry O’ Donoghue) 
 

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October 2006

Tuesday 31st October 2006
There was one Snow Bunting at Doolin.
Two Dippers were on the Claureen River in Kilmaley.

Monday 30th October 2006
An adult female Marsh Harrier (Myles Carey) and one female Hen Harrier
were at Ballyallia Lake today. 

Sunday 29th October 2006
There was a Brambling near Gibson’s garden at Kilbaha and
one male Hen Harrier, one Merlin and one Peregrine on the headland.

Saturday 28th October 2006
 The Glaucous Gull and one Merlin were at Seafield, Quilty.
One Dipper was on the Claureen River today with one Merlin
seen hunting at Lough Donnell.

Friday 27th October 2006
There was a flock of 450 Great Black-backed Gulls at Lough Donnell.

Thursday 26th October 2006
There was one Glaucous and two first-winter Mediterranean
gulls at  Quilty beach today.  One Black-throated Diver was
in Doonbeg Bay.

Tuesday 24th October 2006
There were six Little Egrets at Poulnasherry Bay.

Monday 23rd October 2006
The Hoopoe was back in John & Mary Lynch’s garden at Moyasta today.
Two Whooper Swans were on the beach in Kilkee. 

Sunday 22nd October 2006
Two Great Skuas were seen flying along the Rine in Ballyvaughan.
There were 20 Greenland White-fronted Geese at Tullagher Bog today.
One Whooper Swan and one Water Rail were at Ballycar Lake, Newmarket-on-Fergus.

Saturday 21st October 2006
Today at Loop Head there was one Yellow-browed Warbler (John N Murphy
John Rattigan & Finbarr MacGahann). There was also one Lapland Bunting,
two Chiffchaffs, 16 Chough, one Merlin, and in fields near the Bridges of Ross
there was one Canada Goose in a small flock of nine Barnacle Geese. 
This is a Richardson’s Canada Goose (Branta hutchinsii hutchinsii).
There was a small flock of 15 Whooper Swans at Doonbeg Bay and three more
flew over Tullagher Bog.
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Richardson’s Canada Goose with Barnacles near Bridges of Ross © John N Murphy

Friday 20th October 2006
One adult Mediterranean Gull was at Cloghaun Lough, Loop Head today.

Thursday 19th October 2006
There was good Redwing migration throughout the county today.
News from around the country a Hermit Thrush has been found on
Cape Clear Island this morning and the Isabelline Shrike has re-appeared
on the Old Head of Kinsale in the exact same bush.

Wednesday 18th October 2006
There were four Little Egrets at Blackweir Bridge this morning.

Tuesday 17th October 2006
The Green Sandpiper was still at the Falls in Ennistymon.
The Hoopoe which was reported from Moyasta was still present today.
This news was only received on the evening of Wednesday 18th after the
bird had departed the garden. 
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Green Sandpiper Video Grab © Stan Nugent

Monday 16th October 2006
The American Golden Plover was at Doonbeg this morning (Stan Nugent).
One Green Sandpiper was showing well at the Falls at Ennistymon this afternoon.
The Hoopoe was still at Moyasta.
News from around the country there was a Red-throated Pipit on Dursey
Island in west Cork earlier today.

Sunday 15th October 2006
The American Golden Plover was at Doonbeg again today (Stan Nugent).
There was no news of the Canada Warbler or the Red-eyed Vireo from Loop.
The Hoopoe was once again in a garden in Moyasta today.
Two Redwings were seen at Ballycar this evening.
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American Golden Plover at Doonbeg © Paul Hackett

Saturday 14th October
There was no sign of the CANADA WARBLER at Loop Head today.
The Red-eyed Vireo was once again at the west end of Kilbaha gardens,
one Snow Bunting was near the Lighthouse three Melins, one Hen Harrier
24 Chough and one Swallow were also seen on Loop Head.
There was two Bonxies and one Arctic Skua off the pier in Kilbaha.
A Hoopoe was found in a local garden in Moyasta today.
The American Golden Plover was still at Doonbeg (see photos below).
One Curlew Sandpiper and two Little Stints were on the beach at Seafield, Quilty. 
One Green Sandpiper was at the Falls at Ennistymon.
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American Golden Plover at Doonbeg with Golden Plover © John N Murphy

Friday 13th October 2006
The CANADA WARBLER showed well this evening at Kilbaha.
No sign of the Red-eyed Vireo.
The American Golden Plover was in the Bay at Doonbeg (Dave McNamara).
There was one Kingfisher and a Water Rail at Balllycorick Bridge near Ballynacally.

Thursday 12th October 2006
The CANADA WARBLER was once again on dsiplay this morning in
the same garden at Kilbaha, the Red-eyed Vireo was seen late this evening.
One male Hen Harrier was in the bog at Loop Head, 12 Brent Geese
were near Ross Bay and one White Wagtail.
Two female Hen Harriers were seen hunting over Farrihy Lough
late yesterday evening.
News in from Cape Clear, a Baltimore Oriole was found there this afternoon.
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Red-Eyed Vireo in Kilbaha © Stuart Elsom

Wednesday 11th October 2006
The CANADA WARBLER has been showing well this morning in Peter
Gibson’s Garden in Kilbaha.  The Red-eyed Vireo has moved close to
this area as well.  The Red-breasted Flycatcher was spotted on the
harbour wall in Kilbaha and two Spotted Flycatchers and one Merlin
were alos on the headland. 
There was an American Golden Plover (Dave McNamara)(time 14.00) with
the flock of Golden Plover at Doonbeg Bay.
One Mediterranean Gull was at the mouth of the Skivileen river near the 
Doonbeg Golf Course Club house in Doughmore Bay.  
Two Common Sandpipers were on the pier in Clarecastle.
One Green Sandpiper, one Little Egret and three Whimbrel were at Moyasta.
Other news from around the country there was a Little Bunting and
a Yellow-browed Warbler this morning on Dursey Island in Cork but
no sign of the Blackpoll Warbler.

Tuesday 10th October 2006
The CANADA WARBLER was still at Kilbaha Loop Head this morning.
There was an unconfirmed report of a Yellow-rumped Warbler at
Poulnasherry Bay from yesterday.  This bird has not been re-located.
The Purple Heron has re-appeared at Lough Donnell (Dave McNamara).
There was also a report of a juvenile Pink-footed Goose in fields along
the coast road just outside Kilbaha.
The three Green Sandpipers were still at Ballycorick Bridge.
Other news from around the country a Blackpoll Warbler was found
on the west end of Dursey Island in Cork this morning.

Monday 9th October 2006
The CANADA WARBLER is showing very well this morning at Loop Head.
Also present was the RED-EYED VIREO, one Red-breasted Flycatcher ,
and one Common Rosefinch. The Spotted Sandpiper has not been seen
since Saturday.
Three Green Sandpipers were at Ballycorick Bridge, near Ballynacally.
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Canada Warbler in Kilbaha © John N Murphy
 
Sunday 8th October 2006
A CANADA WARBLER was found at Kilbaha this afternoon (Maurice Hanafin).
This is a first Irish record and only a second for the western palearctic.
It went to roost this evening at Gibsons Garden which is half way on the
road to the lighthouse from Kilbaha.  Anyone visiting this area is asked to please
park your cars at Kilbaha and not in front of Peters farm as he needs room to
get his trucks in and out of the farm yard.  Also there is not admittance into the
farmyard.  Please stick to these rules.
The RED-EYED VIREO was aslo seen in the garden behind Keatings Pub but there
was no sign of the Spotted Sandpiper.
Other news the Pink-footed Goose was at Lahinch Marsh today along with
one Barnacle Goose, one Glaucous Gull and two Mediterranean Gulls.

Saturday 7th October 2006
Clare’s fourth RED-EYED VIREO gave stunning views at Kilbaha,
Loop Head this morning (John N Murphy, Finbarr MacGabhann,
Austin Cooney, Tom Tarpey & Killian Mullarney).
Also in the harbour at Kilbaha today was one juvenile SPOTTED
SANDPIPER (John N Murphy, Killian Mullarney, Tom Tarpey,
Finbar MacGabhann and Dave McNamara).  This is only the second
record for Clare.
There was one Barn Owl at Clarecastle this evening.
One Shag flew over Ballycar Lake this morning.  This is a very good inland record.
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Red-eyed Vireo in Kilbaha © John N Murphy
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Spotted Sandpiper in Kilbaha © John N Murphy

Friday 6th October 2006
Strong gale force winds today were very good for seawatching off the
Bridges of Ross where there lots of seabirds. Highlights were;
18 Sooty Shearwaters, one Balearic Shearwater, five Storm Petrels,
25 Leach’s Petrels, 25 Puffin, four Little Auks, 45 Arctic Skuas, 74 Bonxies,
eight Pomarine Skuas, one juvenile Long-tailed Skua (Killian Mullarney &
John N Murphy), one juvenile Little Gull, three juvenile Sabine’s Gulls,
two Great Northern Divers and five Red-throated Divers, 12 Grey
Phalaropes, one Peregrine and one Merlin.
There was also one Minke Whale and one Sunfish.
One adult Mediterranean Gull was on the beach at Kilkee.
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Great Skuas © John N Murphy
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Pale phased adult Arctic Skua © John N Murphy

Wednesday 4th October 2006
The Purple Heron was seen flying south away from Lough Donnell
today (Dave McNamara),  two Little Stints were aslo at the lough.
There were two Ruff at Doonbeg.
Two Green Sandpipers were at Ballycorick Bridge, Ballynacally.
One adult Mediterranean Gull was at Liscannor. 

Tuesday 3rd October 2006
The Purple Heron was at Lough Donnell again today (Dave McNamara & John N Murphy)


Juvenile Purple Heron at Lough Donnell  © John N Murphy  

There were five Little Stints on the beach at Seafield, Quilty
with another single bird at Lough Donnell and one Merlin.
A Pink-footed Goose was at Lahinch Marsh this evening.

Monday 2nd October 2006
One calling Common Crossbill flew over Ballycar this afternoon.
There was one Common Sandpiper at the mouth of the Skivileen
River in Doonbeg.

Sunday 1st October 2006
There was one juvenile Purple Heron at Lough Donnell (Dave McNamara et al).

This is only a second county record.
Five Little Stints were on the beach at Seafield, Quilty.
There was one male Hen Harrier at Lough Donnell.
One male Hen Harrier was at Loop Head.

 

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Wilson’s Phalarope

Wilson’s Phalarope  Phalaropus tricolor  (Falarop Wilson)

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A first winter Wilson’s Phalarope turned up at a small flooded field near Ross Bay
Loop Head on Saturday morning 23rd September approximately 8.45am.
Found by John Murphy and later seen by Brian Finnegan, Austin Cooney and
Christy Meehan.  The bird was accompanied by a colour ringed juvenile Black-tailed
Godwit and it remained feeding in the field up to about 11.30am.  It only departed
when a immature female Hen Harrier flew over a hedge and into the field flushing the
phalarope who flew high into the air and headed south eastwards trailing along behind
a Ringed Plover who was also getting out of town due to the harrier.
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Photos John N Murphy

This was a third county record of this rare Nearctic vagrant.

The two previous records were both from the Shannon Airport Lagoon.
One from 18th to 20th August 1981.
One juvenile from 11th to 20th August 1984.
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Hen Harrier Winter Roost Survey 2006/07

National Hen Harrier Winter Roost Survey 2007/2008 News
Volunteers across the country are now at the half way point in the
National Hen Harrier Winter Roost Survey. After beginning in October (many even in
August and September), a large amount of information has been built up, giving a
greater knowledge and understanding of what Irish Hen Harriers get up to during the
other 6 or 7 months of the year when not engaged in the breeding season.
Fixed roost watches and casual sightings continue to pour into co-ordinator Barry

O’Donoghue at harriers@environ.ie and 087-9110715. I would like to take this

opportunity at the half way point to thank those who have got out there and filled the
forms and/or submitted casual sightings. From Strangford Lough to West Kerry,
Longford to Limerck, Inisowen to West Cork, Connemara to Dublin, it has been a
pleasure hearing from you all and learning of the whereabouts of Hen Harriers during
the winter. Some have had the pleasure of sighting some of the youngsters which we
tagged in Cork, Kerry, Clare and Galway this year. Anyone that has seen harriers

tagged or untagged will agree it is a most enjoyable survey, and even those who have

gone out in search of new roosts but have not seen harriers on a particular evening

have usually been entertained by the wealth of bird life at these wetlands at sunset.

Marsh Harriers, Peregrines, Barn Owls just some of the other Birds of Prey sighted in

this years survey for example, not to mention the thousands of starlings and various

waterbirds.

Indeed a good number of new Hen Harrier winter roosts have been discovered this

winter – places heretofore unknown. Furthermore, old traditional roosts which have

not been watched for years are being returned to in aid of this survey. It cannot be

stressed enough how important it is to keep Hen Harrier winter roost locations secret.

In reports which will be generated for the whole country out of this survey, roost

locations are not mentioned – most often they are masked by giving the nearest town

name or a name of the observers choosing (as per record sheet).

People can fill roost record sheets (and casual sightings forms) as they go along and

submit to harriers@environ.ie or to Barry O’Donoghue, Ballynabrennagh, Tralee, Co.

Kerry bit by bit or together at the end of season. It is important to fill the roost details

sheet (just once for each roost) as it will let us know what harriers require for their

roosting habitat. It is further important to log watches where no harriers have been

seen. This will allow trends to be drawn at a roost as the winter progresses e.g. maybe

all harriers gone by January, or maybe they don’t come until November etc.

This Saturday 1st December is roost watch day (1st day of month). Being a weekend, it

is our best chance at co-ordinating a mass roost watch across the country. I urge

everyone to get out there this weekend either Friday, Saturday or Sunday from

3.45pm to 4.45pm (or alternatively for morning watches from 07.30am to 08.30am).

Anyone with queries or comments please do not hesitate to make contact with me at

harriers@environ.ie or 087-9110715.

Go raibh mile maith agaibh go léir.

 

Barry O’Donoghue, the National Parks & Wildlife Service Ranger for South

and West Clare is organising a new winter Hen Harrier Roost Survey this
year and is looking for some help across the county and beyond. The
first of these counts will take place this weekend 1st – 2nd October or
a close as possbile to this date.

Anyone interested should contact Barry @ 065-9051640

Barry O’Donoghue, the National Parks & Wildlife Service Ranger for South

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Osprey

2006: One at Lahinch Marshland from 12th to 18th September.
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Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Pink-footed Goose   Anser brachyrhynchus
Rare winter visitor. 
 
2007:  Six at Lahinch Marsh from 4th to 21st January  
            One juvenile Clooney 20th January
2006:   One juvenile at Lahinch Marsh from 3rd to 8th October.
             One juvenile at Loop Head on 10th October.
2004:   One at Islandavanna, Clarecastle 2nd March.
1999:    One at Doonbeg from 22nd January to 4th February.
1997:    One at Lough O’Grady from 24th November to 16th December.
1996:    One at Farrihy Lake and Tullagher Bog from 26th November to 1st December.
1994:    The bird that over-wintered at Tullagher Bog was last sighted on 22nd March.
1993:    One juvenile at Kilbaha, Loop Head on 9th October.
One, presumably the same bird as that from Loop Head,
was at Moyasta, Poulnasherry Bay on 28th November.

 
 
 
 
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September 2006

Saturday 30th September 2006
There were four Little Stints and two Curlew Sandpipers at
Seafeild beach Quitly this afternoon along with one Peregrine.
There was one first-winter Mediterranean Gull at Lahinch marsh
as well as two Peregrines.
There was one Peregrine at Lough Gash, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
There were three Hen Harriers at Tullagher Bog.

Tuesday 26th September 2006
At Quilty today there were 12 Little Stints, three Curlew Sandpipers,
30 Whimbrel and a dark phase Arctic Skua.

Monday 25th September 2006
The juvenile Black Tern was still in Kilbaha Harbour, Loop Head today.
One Marsh Harrier was at Ballyallia Lake this evening (Tom Lynch).
There were two Water Rails at Ballycar Lake.

Sunday 24th September 2006
There were four Little Stints at Seafield, Quilty this afternoon.
At Loop Head this morning there was one juvenile Black Tern,
10 Arctic Skuas, three Bonxies and four White Wagtails.
One Water Rail was at Ballycar Lake along with one singing Chiffchaff.

Saturday 23rd September 2006
There was a Wilson’ Phalarope at Loop Head this morning (John N Murphy, Brian Finnegan,
Austin Cooney & Christy Meehan).
Along with one Pectoral Sandpiper, two Hen Harriers, one Peregrine,
28 Rock Doves, three Common Scoter, one White Wagtail and four Wheatears.
One Barn Owl was at Kilkee.
One Water Rail was at Shannon Airport Lagoon.
There were seven Brent Geese at Doonbeg.
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Wilson’s Phalarope at Ross Bay, Loop Head John N Murphy

There was a Marsh Harrier at Ballyallia Lake this afternoon (Stan Nugent).
At Carrigaholt there was two Curlew Sandpipers and one White Wagtail.
One Water Rail was at Kilcredaun Marsh.
One Little Egret was a Poulnasherry Bay.
There were three Little Stints, five Curlew Sandpipers and two White
Wagtails on the beach at Seafield, Quilty.
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Little Stint at Seafield © John N Murphy

Friday 22nd September 2006
One Pectoral Sandpiper was near Lough Donnell today.
One female Hen Harrier was at Loop Head.

Thursday 21st September
There were four Little Egrets at Poulnasherry Bay today.
There were two Mediterranean Gulls at Quilty along with,
two juvenile Curlew Sandpipers, 150 Turnstone, 200 Ringed
Plover, 30 Sanderling and 60 Dunlin.
18 Wheatears were at the west end of Kilkee.

Tuesday 19th September 2006
At the Bridges of Ross today there was one juvenile Long-tailed Skua
(John N Murphy), eight Bonxies, two Pomarine Skuas, two Arctic Skuas,
one Leach’s Petrel, 21 Storm Petrels, 16 Sooty Shearwaters, two Red-
throated Divers , six Black-throated Divers, 940 Gannets with 
one pale grey Gannet a very unusual looking bird.
On Loop Head there were 26 Chough, 11 Golden Plover and 8 Wheatears.
Two Green Sandpipers and one Grey Wagtail were at Moyasta, Poulnasherry Bay.
There were two Curlew Sandpipers and one 2nd winter Mediterranean Gulls at Lahinch.      

Sunday 17th September 2006
The Osprey was still at Lahinch Marsh (Brian Arthurs, John N Murphy
Dave McNamara, Hugh Delaney, Richard Bonser et al).
There was also two Peregrines, one Kingfisher and seven Chough.
One Ruff was at Doonbeg.
Five Curlew Sandpipers were on the Beach at Lurga Point. 
The Long-billed Dowitcher was still at the Shannon Airport Lagoon
(Richard Bonser et al) along with two Ruff and four Curlew Sandpipers.

Saturday 16th September 2006
The Osprey was once again seen at Lahinch along with 14 Chough
(Brian Finnegan & Austin Cooney).
The Long-billed Dowitcher was back in the Shannon Airport Lagoon
(John N Murphy et al). Also at the Lagoon was the Pectoral Sandpiper, one
Spotted Redshank, 14 Curlew Sandpipers and a Peregrine.
One Little Egret was at Clenagh Lake, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
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Spotted Redshank John N Murphy

Friday 15th September 2006
Osprey was still at Lahinch (Finbarr MacGabhann).
One Pectoral Sandpiper was at Lough Donnell.
Two Curlew Sandpipers were on the rocky shore
mid way between Lurga Point and Lough Donnell.
 Three Curlew Sandpipers were on the beach at Lurga Point.
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Pectoral Sandpiper at Lough Donnell Video Grabs Stan Nugent

Thursday 14th September 2006
The Osprey was once again seen at Lahinch today(Tim Griffin).

Wednesday 13th September 2006
The Osprey was still at Lahinch (Dave McNamara).
Two Marsh Harriers were seen at Ballyallia Lake today (Tim Griffin).

Tuesday 12th September 2006
An Osprey ws found today (Dave McNamara) at Lahinch in the
Ennistymon Marsh area behind the castle at the Bridge on the
north end of the town. 

Monday 11th September 2006
Two Pectoral Sandpipers and one Ruff at Lough Donnell this morning.
Three Curlew Sandpipers on the beach between Lurga point and Lough Donnell.
The Long-billed Dowither was re-located at the Shannon Airport Lagoon
today (John Wright).

Sunday 10th September 2006
The Little Ringed Plover was still at Lough Donnell (Brian Finnegan &
Austin Cooney & Brian Arthurs) along with two Pectoral Sandpipers.
There were five Curlew Sandpipers and two Little Stints on the shore
half way between Lurga point and Lough Donnell.
There was also one female Hen Harrier close to Lough Donnell.
One Jay was on the Lees Wood Road this evening.

Saturday 9th September 2006
There was a Little Ringed Plover at Lough Donnell this evening
(John N Murphy, John Rattigan & Finbarr MacGabhann).
This was a first Clare Record.
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Little Ringed Plover John N Murphy.

At Lough Donnell there were also four Pectoral Sandpipers, one Common
Sandpiper and one Ruff.
Four Curlew Sandpipers were near Lurga Point.
One Common Sandpiper was at Doonbeg.
The white Curlew and two Little Egrets were at Poulnasherry Bay.

Friday 8th September 2006
There was  a Kingfisher on the Roche site, Clarecastle.

Thursday 7th September 2006
There was a Kingfisher,a Common Sandpiper and 22 Greenshank at Doonbeg.

Kingfisher at Doonbeg © John N Murphy

Wednesday 6th September 2006
There was one juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper at the
Shannon Airport Lagoon this evening (John N Murphy).
There was also a large number of other waders as follows;
one Pectoral Sandpiper, one Curlew Sandpiper, two Ruff,
two Spotted Redshank, one Sanderling, one Greenshank,
500 Redshank, 1,000 Black-tailed Godwit, 900 Dunlin, 12 Knot,
11 Ringed Plover, 400 Black-headed Gulls, one male Sparrowhawk
and one female Wheatear. 
The Green Sandpiper was still at Doonbeg along with one Kingfisher.

Tuesday 5th September 2006
There was a Green Sandpiper at Doonbeg Bay this morning, along
with ten Greenshank and a good mixed flock of Dunlin and Ringed Plover.

Sunday 3rd September 2006
One Lesser Yellowlegs was at Doonbeg this afternoon

(Maeve & Christy Meehan).
This morning at the Shannon Airport Lagoon the Pectoral
Sandpiper was still present along with two juvenile
Curlew Sandpipers, a large mix of other waders and
one Peregrine.

Saturday 2nd September 2006
Passage at the bridges of Ross was not great with only
25 Great Shearwaters, 16 Sooty Shearwaters, five Balearic
Shearwaters, four Pomarine Skuas, 22 Arctic Skuas,
8 Bonxies, 15 Storm Perets, one each’s Pettrel and one
Black Tern.
There was a Pectoral Sandpiper at Poulnasherry Bay with three
Little Egrets.
Four Little Stints were at Quilty.
One adult Mediterranean Gull wearing a yellow leg ring was at Kilkee.   

Friday 1st September 2006
There was good migration at the Bridges of Ross this morning with
ten Cory’s Shearwaters, 227 Great Shearwaters, 305 Sooties,
six Balearic Shearwaters, 14 Pomarine Skuas, 40 Arctic Skuas,
11 Bonxies, 15 Sabine’s Gulls, 14 Leach’s Petrels and one
Black Tern.
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August 2006

Bird Sightings for 2006

Tuesday 29th August 2006
There was an unconfirmed report of a Fea’s Petrel off
the Bridges of Ross this morning.
Also at the Bridges of Ross this morning there was
seven Sooty Shearwaters, one Balearic Shearwater,
four Arctic Skuas, two Bonxies and two Storm Petrels.
The Long-billed Dowitcher is still at the Shannon Airport
Lagoon this morning but there was no sign of it in the evening
only one Curlew Sandpiper, nine Sanderling, 300 plus Dunlin and
the regular flock of Black-tailed Godwits.
One Sabine’s Gull was seen at Bishop’s Island Kilkee.
There are three Little Egrets and the white Curlew at
Poulnasherry Bay.

Monday 28th August 2006
A Little Shearwater has been reported from the Bridges of Ross
this morning  along with one Wilson’s Petrel, two Sabine’s Gulls,
six Leach’s Petrels, eight Storm Petrels,  160 Sooty Shearwaters,
four Great Shearwaters, five Balearic Shearwaters, two Arctic Skuas,
two Pomarine Skuas and seven Bonxies.
The Long-billed Dowitcher and two Ruff were at the Shannon Airport
Lagoon this morning. 

Sunday 27th August 2006
The Long-billed Dowitcher, Pectoral Sandpiper and
adult Sabine’s Gull were all at the Shannon Airport Lagoon
this morning along with one Little Egret.
At the Bridges of Ross today there were four Great Shearwaters,
one Cory’s one Balearic, two Leach’s Petrels, two Pomarine and
two Arctic Skuas.  One Spotted Flycatcher was seen on Loop Head.

Saturday 26th August 2006
At the Bridges of Ross today there was,
189 Great Shearwaters, five Cory’s, 22 Sootys,
five Balearic Shearwaters, one Pomarine Skua, ten Arctic Skuas, two Bonxies,
a few Storm Petrels, one Red-throated Diver, ten Common Scoter
and a Leather-backed Turtle.
One female Hen Harrier was seen on the Loop Head peninsula.
One male Hen Harrier was at Moanmore Bog near Kilrush.
The Long-billed Dowitcher and Pectoral Sandpiper were still
at the Shannon Airport Lagoon.
A first summer Mediterranean Gull was at the mouth of the
Skivileen River near the golf course at Doonbeg.
There was a Kingfisher at Moyasta.

Friday 25th August 2006
One Black Tern was at the Bridges of Ross this morning with small passage
of shearwaters including 39 Greats, five Balearic, 120 Sooties, 12 Storm
Petrels, three Leach’s Petels, one Grey Phalarope,two Arctic Skuas, two Pomarine Skuas,
and one drake Scaup.
There was one Green Sandpiper and one Little Egret at Moyasta.
There was a second winter Ring-billed Gull at Lough Donnell.
One juvenile Mediterranean Gull was at Doonbeg Golf Club where
two Arctic Skuas flew in off the sea.

Thursday 24th August 2006
The Bridges of Ross was quiet this morning with three Great Shearwaters
five Balearic Shearwaters, three Arctic Skuas and two Pomarine Skua.
The Long-billed Dowitcher and Pectoral Sandpiper were back in the Shannon 
Airport Lagoon this evening.
There were three Chough at Illaunonearaun, near Kilkee.
Two Little Egrets and nine Greenshank were at Moyasta, Poulnasherry Bay.
At Lough Donnell there were two Ruff and one Ring-tailed Hen Harrier.
The second winter Ring-billed Gull was at Lough Donnell and one juvenile
Mediterranean Gull was at Doonbeg Golf Club.
A white bellied female Hen Harrier flew in off the sea at the Bridges of Ross.
One Minke Whale was seen off the Bridges of Ross.

Wednesday 23rd August 2006
At the Bridges of Ross this morning there was one Fea’s Petrel (Andy Clifton),
movements of three Balearic Shearwaters, 92 Great and six Cory’s Shearwaters,
two Balearic Shearwaters, a juvenile Long-tailed Skua, two Pomarine Skuas
and one adult Sabine’s Gull. 
At the Shannon Airport Lagoon this morning, there was no sign
of the Dowitcher nor the Sabine’s Gull but the Pectoral Sandpiper was there along
with one Curlew Sandpiper, two Ruff, one Little Egret and three Water Rails.
There were also lots of other waders including 5-600 Black-tailede Godwits
120 Ringed Plovers and a large mix of Dunlin and Redshank.
One Barn Owl was at Cross Village on the Loop Head peninsula. 

Tuesday 22nd August 2006
This morning at the Bridges of Ross there were;
two Balearic Shearwaters, eight Sooty Shearwaters,
ten Arctic Skuas, five Great Skuas, 15 Storm Petrels,
one Sabine’s Gull and three Common Scoter.
The Shannon Airport Lagoon had the Long-billed Dowitcher,
one Pectoral Sandpiper, one Ruff, two Little Egrets, an adult Sabine’s Gull and one Curlew
Sandpiper.

Monday 21st August 2006
Late report came in this evening of  a Fea’s Petrel off the Bridges of Ross(?).
Things were quiet this morning at the Bridges of Ross,
there was one juvenile Black Tern, two Balearic Shearwaters,
one Sooty Shearwater and three Bonxies.
The Shannon Airport Lagoon had one adult Sabine’s Gull, the Long-billed
Dowitcher, two Curlew Sandpipers and two Little Egrets.

Sunday 20th August 2006
At the Bridges of Ross this morning there was two Balearic Shearwaters,
five Sooty Shearwaters, one Long-tailed Skua, ten Arctic Skuas, four Bonxies,
one Pomarine Skua, and six Storm Petrels. 
The Ring-billed and Mediterranean Gulls were still at Quilty.
 
Saturday 19th August 2006
The Long-billed Dowitcher was still at the Shannon Airport Lagoon 
along with one Curlew Sandpiper and the juvenile Ruff.
The Bridges of Ross had three Balearic Shearwaters,
44 Sooty Shearwaters, two Pomarine Skuas, four Arctic Skuas,
four Bonxies, one Leach’s Petrel, 12 Storm Petrels, three adult
Sabine’s Gulls and one adult  Little Gull.
On Loop Headbetween the Anvil Farm and the Bridges of Ross
there was one female Redstart.
There were two Green Sandpipers at Moyasta.
One 2nd winter Ring-billed Gull along with one 2nd winter Mediterranean
Gull at Quilty.

Friday 18th August 2006
At the Bridges of Ross this morning there was,
one Balearic Shearwater, seven Sooty Shearwaters,
12 Arctic Skuas, 11 Bonxies and small numbers of Storm Petrels.
In the ebvening the Bridges of Ross had one Great Shearwater
one Pomarine Skua, one Bonxie and five Sooty Shearwaters.
The Long-billed Dowitcher, two Curlew Sandpipers and two Ruff
were at the Shannon Airport Lagoon. 
There was a flock of 60 Sandwich Terns on Liscannor beach.

Thursday 17th August 2006
This morning at the Bridges of Ross there were
62 Sooty Shearwaters, 570 Manx Shearwaters,
two Storm Petrels and one Bonxie.
Two Curlew Sandpipers on the beach at Quilty
and one Arctic Skua off the Pier at Seafield.
One adult Ring-billed Gull was on a beach half
way between Lurga Point and Lough Donnell.
There were three Ruff at Lough Donnell.

Ruff at Lough Donnell Stan Nugent

Wednesday 16th August 2006
There were ten Arctic Skuas and four Bonxies at the Bridges of Ross today.

Tuesday 15th August 2006
At the Bridges of Ross there was one Balearic Shearwater, four
Storm Petrels, three Arctic Skuas and three Bonxies.
One Common Sandpiper on the quay in Clarecastle.
The Albino Curlew is back at Poulnasherry Bay.
There was one Jay on the Lees Wood Road in Ennis this evening.

Monday 14th August 2006
Seabird migration was slow at the Bridges of Ross with just two
Arctic Skuas and one Bonxie.  
There were two Stock Doves at Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.

Sunday 13th August 2006
One Common Sandpiper and two Ravens at Kilbaha.

Friday 11th August 2006
The Long-billed Dowitcher is still at the SAL (Gerry Butler, Lorraine Benson
& John N Murphy). There was also one juvenile Ruff, 90 Dunlin,
320 Black-tailed Godwits, five Bar-tailed Godwits, 30 Knot and three Warer Rails.
News from the Bridges of Ross; one adult Pomarine Skua, two Arctic Skuas and
one Red-throated Diver.

Thursday 10th August 2006
The Long-billed Dowitcher was at the Shannon Airport Lagoon
again this morning (Finbarr MacGahann) along with 400 Black-tailed
Godwits, 150 Dunlin and one Water Rail. 

Wednesday 9th August 2006
There was a Whimbrel and three Ravens at Seafield, Quilty today.

Tuesday 8th August 2006
There were unconfirmed records of a Fae’s Petrel and a Wilson’s Storm
Petrel from the Bridges of Ross this evening (visiting British Birders?).
Two Common Sandpipers were at Islandavanna, Clarecastle.

Monday 7th August 2006
The adult Long-billed Dowitcher was still at the Shannon Airport Lagoon
(Eric Dempsey).
There was one Water Rail at Ballycar Lough, Newmarket-on-Fergus.  

Saturday 5th August 2006
The Long-billed Dowitcher was at the Shannon Airport Lagoon this afternoon
(Finbarr Mac Gabhann) along with two Water Rails.
There were two Ravens and two Water Rails at Ballycar Lake.

Friday 4th August 2006
There was one male Blackcap at Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus this morning.

Thursday 3rd August 2006
At the Bridges of Ross this evening in very calm conditions there
were two adult Great Skuas and one adult Pomarine Skua.
There was one 1st summer Little Gull at Lough Bunny.

Tuesday 2nd August 2006
There was a good movement of seabirds off the Brisges of Ross today
with highlights of 3,000 Manx, and five Sooty Shearwaters, 15 Storm Perels,
one Pomarine Skua and three Arctic Skuas (2 hour seawatch). 
 
Tuesday 1st August 2006
The Long-billed Dowitcher was reported from the Shannon Airport

Lagoon this morning (Finbar Mac Gabhann) along with a good
mix of other waders and one Water Rail.
There was a large movement of seabirds off Lurga Point, Quilty this lunchtime.
There were over 4,000 Manx Shearwaters, one light phased Arctic Skua
and over 20 Storm Petrels.

Long-billed Dowitcher (bird on the right of the picture) at Shannon Airport Lagoon © Stefan Magnusson
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