Corncrake (Crex crex) Traonach
Hear and See a Corncrake
Corncrakes in Mayo Tim Gordon (October 2008)
The elusive Corncrake can be heard, although only rarely seen, calling from late April until early August, and more especially from mid May to early July, most often at night (between midnight and 3 am), although also during the day. Sometimes one may be seen breaking cover or perched on a rise to call.  They fly low and fast over a meadow, legs trailing or outstretched before disappearing on landing in the long grass.

There are two places you are likely to hear them in Mayo:

The first is on the Mullet peninsula, especially Carne Hill (near Erris FC football pitch), around Termoncarragh Lake (beside the graveyard and over the hill towards the ruin of Glebe House, where BWI own several meadows) and at the southern tip in and around the villages of Fallmore and Surgeview.

The second place you are likely to hear them is in the southwest Mayo coast area, west of Louisburgh, near Roonagh Quay (at the road junction near the post office at Aghany and at the Accony crossroads, 1km east of Aghany).  Park near the pier and walk back up the road 100-200 metres.

In 2011, 27 calling (male) Corncrakes were found in Mayo - 25 on the Mullet and 2 in SWMayo. Nationally there were 135 calling males.

If you hear a Corncrake, please report it. The sooner you report it, the sooner this vulnerable species can be protected.

To report a Corncrake, please provide details of the time, date and exact location (OS ref if possible) to

Corncrake Hotline : 076-100-2517

Final Update - 2016
Total of 60 calling males in Mayo & Connemara:
Mullet Peninsula = 33
Connemara Isles = 17
SW Mayo incl Turk = 4
Achill Island = 1
Connemara Mainland = 2
North Mayo Mainland = 3
Final Update - 2015
Total of 55 calling males in Mayo & Connemara:
Mullet Peninsula = 34
Connemara Isles = 13
SW Mayo incl Turk = 8
Achill Island = 0
Connemara Mainland = 0
North Mayo Mainland = 0

Corncrake Click  to hear the sound of a Corncrake

Other bird calls can sometimes be mistaken as Corncrake
If you think you have heard a Corncrake, but not sure, you may like to check out the following bird calls:

Allow time for sound files to download:

Corncrake (Lars Soerink)

Final Update for 2014
Total of 72 calling males in Mayo & Connemara:
Mullet Peninsula = 37
Connemara Isles = 25
SW Mayo incl Turk = 5
Achill Island = 1
Connemara Mainland = 3
North Mayo Mainland = 1

Final Update - July 2013
Total of 60 calling males in Mayo & Connemara:
N Mayo = 28
SW Mayo = 5
Connemara = 27

2012 Corncrake Updates
2011 Corncrake Updates
2010 - Corncrake Updates
2009 - Corncrake Updates

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