Recent Sightings

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Date Bird Reported Observer
6 July Golden Eagle sighted over Lough Gill, nr  Ballycroy L O'Loughlin
26 May Immature Cuckoo heard calling near Clydagh Bridge, on Pontoon Road out of Castlebar J Milroy
23 May Kittiwake at Killala
Also Swift, House & Sand Martins in Ballina
19 May Pair Red-throated Diver in summer plummage calling & fishing off Carrowmore Strand, Louisburgh R-A Leal
2 May Pair Buzzards seen over Castlebar J Milroy
24 April Cuckoo heard  calling over bogland, near Belacorrick, north Mayo Nuala
2 April 2 Green-winged Teal, both mlae, one on Termoncarragh Lake and one on Carrowmore Lake M Reilly
30 March Ringed-billed Gull on Annagh Beach, Mullet Peninsula
20 Manc Shearwater off Annagh Head
M Reilly
21 March Swallow seen in Swinford D Suddaby
16 March Jay at Letterkeen, Shramore, Newport
3 Arctic Skua  over Clew Bay viewed from Mulranny Beach
M Reilly

Date Bird Reported Observer
15 Feb Pair Red Grouse spotted in Croaghmoyle, nr Catlebar (close to tv booster station) P McNally
7 Feb Little Aux found by cat on garden near Foxford D Lavelle & R-A Leak
1 Feb Waxwing seen in garden near Bofeenaun F & E McNamon
19 Jan Coloured Ringed Sanderling returned to Clew Bay area  for last 3 years after summer in Iceland, seen on Gortnagarryan Strand, Emlagh, Louisburgh  click for photo    click for sightings over last 3 years (pdf) K Murphy
16 Jan Approx 200 Golden Plover near Kilcummin Head P & S Jones

Date Bird Reported Observer
13 Nov Waxwings in Westport W Stringer
11 Nov Waxwings in Mulranny via R-A Leak

Date Bird Reported Observer
29 June Marsh Harrier still at Termoncarragh,
Iceland Gull 2nd calendar year, Dun naMbo Termoncarragh
1 x Great Skua and 40 x Puffin off Annagh Head
M Reilly
26 June Female Marsh Harrier, 2nd year adult, Termoncarragh on the Mullett D Suddaby & M Reilly
19 June Report of Hobby taking Swallow at Clongee Fisheries, Foxford S Sowrey

Date Bird Reported Observer
11 May Swifts flying over Castlebar & Foxford R-A Leak
8 May Corncrake heard in Mayo - click for the first of this years' Corncrake Report T Gordon
7 May Whitethroat arrived and singing nr. Attymass R-A Leak
7 May Flock of 19 Pale Bellied Brant Geese, unusual for the area. Also flock of 9 whimbrel, first sighting for the year, at White Strand, Killadoon, Louisburgh. D Cabot
5 May One first winter Glaucous Gulkl at White Strand, Killadoon, Louisburgh. D Cabot

Date Bird Reported Observer
29 Apr Cuckoo, Sedge Warbler & Grasshopper Warbler near Knockmore R-A Leak
28 Apr Dusk Chorus at Lough Lannagh - 26 species including Blackcap, Reed Bunting, juvenile Robin, WillowWarbler and Mute Swan calling! Branch Outing
28 Apr Sand Martins in Foxford R-A Leak
22 Apr Cuckoo at Gurteenamuck, Foxford and Crimlin, Ross, Castlebar S O'Donnell
21 Apr Snow Bunting at Downpatrick Head, north Mayo  click for photos R Hanford
4 April Blackcap in Drummin Wood nr Foxford J Milroy
2 April 8 Sandwich Tern at Old Head, nr Louisburgh W Stringer
1 April Dodo near Foxford Flora I Pol
1 April Wheatear on Achill W Stinger

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Date Bird Reported Observer
31 March Swallows near Westport W Stringer
28 March White Tailed Sea Eagle (green star) seen in Clew Bay area W Stringer
25 March Willow Warblers and Chiffchaff at Tourmakeady W Stringer

Date Bird Reported Observer
14 Feb Two Tundra Bean Geese, one dark Canada Goose and three Greenland Whitefronted Geese at Ardoone on the Mullet M Reilly

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Date Bird Reported Observer
23 Jan 2 Iceland Gulls at Killala Harbour, one adult and one first winter  click for photos R-A & M Leak
12 - 13 Jan 3 Glossy Ibis on Termoncarra Wetlands - Belmullet D Suddaby & M Reilly
8 Jan 12 Glaucous Gulls on the Mullet - Cross Beach / Annagh Beach
1 Glaucous Gull on Doohoma Beach, south of Belmullet
Consisting of 2 adults, 6 second and 5 first winter birds, some feeding on the numerous Grey Seal carcasses casualties of the altrocious weather over their pupping and breeding season on the overshore islands
M Reilly
2 Jan 2 Ring-necked Ducks (male) and male Green-winged Teal on Carrowmore Lake, Erris
2 Mediterranean Gulls - adult and first winter - Belmullet Docks
M Reilly
1 Jan 346 Barnacle Geese at Carrowholly, Westport W Stringer