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Old Sunday 9th March 2008, 16:53   #151
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Interesting to hear of the Killaclogher Green Sand records Tom. This is the same river that becomes the Abbert River downstream (why some rivers have two names I don't know!) where I saw mine. My sighting earlier in the winter on the Shiven River is not all that far away, just the other side of Mountbellew Bridge. As you say, not many birders staring at rivers out that way.
Went exploring the west side of Lough Corrib this afternoon. Not many ducks, but one Crossbill over a small pine plantation.

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Old Sunday 9th March 2008, 18:38   #152
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I didn't know the Killaclogher and Abbert were the same river at all. It is a bit unnecessary alright.
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Old Monday 10th March 2008, 00:41   #153
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It is anyone's guess what species a 'Heinz 57'

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Thanks for posting the pics would need someone more expert then me to confirm the ID.

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Will have to tag along with you some day to pick up a Green Sandpiper.

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Was on the count from Mutton Island Causeway to Lough Atalia, all the usual suspect. Did not see the Forster's Tern, Surf Scoters or the Juv AHG during the count, however the Surf Scoter and the Juv AHG were seen latter and negative news on the Forster's. the Heinz 57 was still on Lough Atalia

A few head shot photos from Nimmo's take today and yesterday.
Lets hope this storm blows in a few surprises
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Old Monday 10th March 2008, 09:46   #154
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Thanks Tom,
My dad and i are thinking of coming down to Galway next Saturday. We will look for the Egrets. We are not that good at gulls but will look at Nimmos anyway, sounds like a good spot for Iceland Gulls.
We were at Sligo on Saturday. Good numbers of Barnacle Geese, Wigeon and Teal and a guy there pointed out a Pink Footed Goose a new bird for the two of us. He also told us that sometimes a Canada Goose is present but we didn't see it. He said a rare diver had been spotted in the harbour recently. We looked and saw a few Great Northern Divers one of which was very close. An excellent day out.

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Old Monday 10th March 2008, 11:46   #155
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Thanks Tom (Cuffe),

I went to Atalia again on sunday and the Heinz 57 was still there. The Scaup seem to be hanging around too. I flushed 2 snipe close to the water works building, they seem to be content to share the waste ground with the litter!
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Old Tuesday 11th March 2008, 15:30   #156
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Hi all

I noticed the following on www.clarebirdwatching.com
"Saturday 8th March 2008 The Foster's Tern was back near Doorus on the Clare/Galway border (Finbarr MacGabhann), between 2.30 and 3.00pm along side two Sandwich Terns."
Did anybody see it/a Forsters Tern at Nimmo's Pier on Saturday also and if so at what time? I have suspicions that there may be two different individuals involved here. Two birds have been seen together in the recent past in Galway if my memory serves me correctly.

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Old Tuesday 11th March 2008, 15:42   #157
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Btw, Tom that ringed Brent had a lime coloured ring on right leg with letter S on it, yellow ring on right with letter J.
As for the numbers at the beginning of the resightings I think there for "office-use only" as they say.

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Old Tuesday 11th March 2008, 23:08   #158
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Was on the iwebs count on Saturday from Mutton Island to Lough Atalia. No sign of any Terns. Got talking to 3 visiting birds at about 12noon who had no luck looking for the Forster's. I meet them again at about 6 and that still did not connect with. Anytime there are high winds the Forster's appears to favour that part of the bay around Doorus.
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Old Wednesday 12th March 2008, 08:57   #159
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Colour-ringed Black-wits

Hi all

Thought it may be worth posting an email I've received from the the Black-tailed Godwit team, who are particularly keen to track colour ringed Black-wits on their return migration to Iceland (see text below), so please keep an eye on any that you encounter over the next couple of months. Any sightings of colour ringed individuals can be reported to J.Gill@uea.ac.uk. I reported one at Kilcaimin at the end of last August which it turned out had been seen at Kilbaha, Co. Clare a year previously, and originally ringed in Iceland in July that year.

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Dear godwitologist, As most of you are aware, during the last two years we been focusing ourstudies on the wintering ecology of the black-tailed godwits at severalareas of the range. During this period, the tracking of colour-ringedindividuals was very intense particularly in areas where detailedinformation was missing, namely in West Portugal and Sout Ireland. We have also added 100 colour-marked individuals to the black-tailed godwitschemes, all marked on these wintering locations, plus several otherhundreds ringed elsewhere across the range. We now wish to unravel another question on the fascinating tale of theIcelandic Black-tailed godwits, and to do so we request your help! The question we now face is “Which migratory routes are mostly used byblack-tailed godwits during spring migration”. Our current data show thatsome birds wintering in Iberia and France migrate north mostly via theNetherlands, while others take another route via England. Interestingly,quite a few birds wintering in Ireland also make a westwards detour,towards England, on their way to Iceland. These suggestions however, areextracted from a small sample, since only few godwits from thesewintering locations were recorded during migration so far. As we have increased considerably the numbers of colour-ringed godwits atthese winter sites, we are aiming to get more migration sightings so thata good sample is recorded. We are also organizing a trip to Iceland sothat we can record the arrival of these birds, which hopefully have beenseen on migration. In order to tackle this question we ask for your help in recording thecomplete colour-ring combinations of any marked black-tailed godwits youmight encounter during these next two months. Recording their location,moult stage (as % of breeding plumage and bill colour (% of orange),habitat used for foraging and ideally length of stay, would be veryhelpful for our study. Please be aware that some of these birds have now been fitted with flags!Several other black-tailed godwits colour-ringing schemes also use flagsso it is important to note the colour and position of the flag and alsothe total number of colour-rings on each individual. We thank you for all your input on this project and we hope to send youvery colourful life-stories of these individuals any time soon… All the very best! The Jadrakan Project team
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Old Thursday 13th March 2008, 14:52   #160
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Hello Folks,

Here is a sighting for you - little egret at Oranbeg Roundabout!

Ok, he was not on the actual road but flying over it towards the bay. I wonder does anyone else bother to look uo when they are stuck in traffic?
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Old Thursday 13th March 2008, 18:49   #161
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Friday 14th March, 8:00PM: Talk entitled "South Africa- a beat about the bush" by John Carey, Anno Santo Hotel, Threadneedle Road, Salthill.
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Old Thursday 13th March 2008, 23:13   #162
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Hello all,
Have a look at www.irishbirding.com
Great new website devoted to irish bird sightings. You've probably all heard of it already but in case you haven't its well worth a look

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Old Friday 14th March 2008, 08:17   #163
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I am heading down you way lads, on sunday for a couple of days. I hope to see those American Herring Gulls. Are the Surf Scotor still about? I take it that there has been no sign of the Snowy Owl or Water Pipit reported a few weeks ago?
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Old Friday 14th March 2008, 15:24   #164
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No updates for today however both American Herring Gulls seen yesterday Thursday including a single Surf Scoter seen between Hare Island and Mutton Island. The Forster's Tern seen along Claddagh Beach best on a rising tide on Wednesday. Negative news on the Snowy Owl and the Water Pipit. No further updates on the Cattle Egret.

Any one else with updates.

Troakie any chance you might post map ref for Green Sandpiper.

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Old Saturday 15th March 2008, 09:37   #165
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As promised, here are the green sand refs: the Shiven River bird (possibly 2) in December was at Eskermurry M732489. I returned in January and didn't see any. The river nearby at M7250 also looked suitable, though I didn't stop to look.
The recent sighting was on the north bank of the Abbert River just west of Cloonkeen Bridge M552431. Probably worth checking any similar sized rivers in that general area.
Good luck if you head out that way. If you do, make sure you check out the starling roost at dusk - there were still huge numbers there at the end of Feb, using conifer plantations at M5439 (Parkacurry), having moved from a spruce plantation two km to the ENE that they were using earlier in the winter. I've got some poor shots/footage, but would be good if you can get something better - really is an awesome spectacle.

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Old Sunday 16th March 2008, 23:21   #166
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Went looking for the Cattle Egrets today in Corundulla and was talking to the farmer they were not seen for 2 weeks. There was a recent clay-pigeon shoot locally and they took flight. Then went looking for a Green Sandpiper thanks Troakie for the refs on the Abbert river no luck there only a Kingfisher. Went back to Nimmo's late this evening a got talking to Noel Lenehan from Cork. He said there was Kumliens and I asked had it got two legs and yes it had. I assume this is a new bird to Nimmo's. Also had the Glaucous + Herring Hybrid on Claddagh Beach and the two Surf Scoters out in the bay and the Juv AHG at the slip way.
Yesterday the the Adult AHG was at the docks and an Adult Glaucous Gull at the Slipway.
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Old Monday 17th March 2008, 17:25   #167
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Spring's here! Saw two or three male wheatears today on the west coast, west of Cleggan and at Omey Strand. Also peregrine and a fine summer-plumaged red-throated diver.

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Old Monday 17th March 2008, 22:08   #168
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Galway List 2008

1. Red-throated Diver
2. Great Northern Diver
3. Little Grebe
4. Great-crested Grebe
5. Gannet
6. Cormorant
7. Shag
8. Cattle Egret
9. Little Egret
10. Grey Heron
11. Mute Swan
12. Whooper Swan
13. White fronted Geese
14. Brent Geese
15. Shelduck
16. Wigeon
17. Gadwall
18. Teal
19. Mallard
20. Pintail
21. Shoveler
22. Pochard
23. Tufted Duck
24. Scaup
25. Lesser Scaup
26. Common Scoter
27. Surf Scoter
28. Goldeneye
29. Merganser
30. Hen Harrier
31. Sparrowhawk
32. Kestrel
33. Merlin
34. Peregrine
35. Red Grouse
36. Pheasant
37. Moorhen
38. Coot
39. Oystercatcher
40. Ringed Plover
41. Golden Plover
42. Grey Plover
43. Lapwing
44. Knot
45. Purple Sandpiper
46. Dunlin
47. Woodcock
48. Black-tailed Godwit
49. Bar-tailed Godwit
50. Curlew
51. Redshank
52. Greenshank
53. Green Sandpiper
54. Common Sandpiper
55. Turnstone
56. Mediterranean Gull
57. Little Gull
58. Black-headed Gull
59. Ring-billed Gull
60. Common Gull
61. Lesser-black-backed Gull
62. Herring Gull
63. American Herring Gull
64. Iceland Gull
65. Kumlien's Gull
66. Glaucous Gull
67. Great Black-backed Gull
68. Kittiwake
69. Sandwich Tern
70. Forster’s Tern
71. Guillimot
72. Razorbill
73. Wood Pigeon
74. Feral Pigeon
75. Collared Dove
76. Snowy Owl
77. Long-eared Owl
78. Skylark
79. Meadow Pipit
80. Rock Pipit
81. Water Pipit
82. Grey Wagtail
83. Pied Wagtail
84. Dipper
85. Wren
86. Dunnock
87. Robin
88. Black Redstart
89. Stonechat
90. Blackbird
91. Fieldfare
92. Song Thrush
93. Redwing
94. Mistle Thrush
95. Blackcap
96. Goldcrest
97. Long tailed Tit
98. Coal Tit
99. Blue Tit
100. Great Tit
101. Magpie
102. Jackdaw
103. Rook
104. Hooded Crow
105. Starling
106. Sparrow
107. Chaffinch
108. Greenfinch
109. Goldfinch
110. Linnet
111. Twite
112. Redpoll
113. Crossbill
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114. Kingfisher
115. Wheatear

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116. Water Rail
117. Reed Bunting
118. Common Snipe

All in Dangan a few times already this year. Just inside city boundary.
Will probably think of more later. Will it be a County list?
Did someone have Black-throated Diver recently?
Good idea Tom

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Black-throated Diver
Velvet Scoter
Long-tailed Duck

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Old Tuesday 18th March 2008, 10:01   #171
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Hi All,

Pete Capsey and I had Bull Finch and Greylag Goose at the Week-end in Rahasane, amomg others mentioned. Water Table still very high- even higher than 3-4 weeks ago.
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I am just back from a few days out west. I managed to squeeze 3 hours at Nimmos yesterday. Fantastic array of birds including 14 Iceland Gulls 1 Ring bill Gull 1 first winter American Herring Gull, Glaucous x Herring Gull hybrid, 7 Sandwich Terns 1 Forsters Tern and 2 Surf Scotor-all within a 500m radius!

Thanks a million Tom Cuffe for showing me where "the docks" are. It was nice to see yourself and Tim again.

I checked my photos and am sure that what I though was a sub adult Kumliens was in fact the hybrid GluacousxHerring Gull see the photos attached. It was just the sun "burning out" the grey primary tips.
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Thanks for the updates on the sightings lads and it is a County List.

Peter good to meet up with you and yes it is the Glaucous + Herring hybrid.

Attach is a photo of the Kumlien's taken on Sunday.
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GlaucousxHerring Gull Hybrid

A few more shots of the Hybrid;
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Spring's here! Saw two or three male wheatears today on the west coast, west of Cleggan and at Omey Strand. Also peregrine and a fine summer-plumaged red-throated diver.

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The first Clare Wheatears of spring were reported Sunday (BWI Clare website). Also Wheatears reported in Cork and Wexford at the weekend too per the Cork Local Patch thread. Looks like you got some very early ones indeed yesterday Paul.
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