Clare Bird Sightings

Monday 9th November 2020

Monday 9th November 2020

Immature male Lesser Kestrel John N Murphy

An immature male LESSER KESTREL was found today at an undisclosed site in Clare. (John N Murphy)(2nd Irish record)
The first bird recorded in Ireland was in south County Dublin near Glenamuck from 8th to 10th November 1890, almost 130 years to the day.
The Glenamuck/Shankill bird was also a male and it over-wintered and was regularly observed following ploughs in fields picking up worms and other inverts. Unfortunately it came to a sad end as it was shot on 17th February 1891.