Sightings Archive 2006 – 2013

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DateBird ReportedObserver
6 JulyGolden Eagle sighted over Lough Gill, nr  BallycroyL O’Loughlin
26 MayImmature Cuckoo heard calling near Clydagh Bridge, on Pontoon Road out of CastlebarJ Milroy
23 MayKittiwake at Killala
Also Swift, House & Sand Martins in Ballina
19 MayPair Red-throated Diver in summer plummage calling & fishing off Carrowmore Strand, LouisburghR-A Leal
2 MayPair Buzzards seen over CastlebarJ Milroy
24 AprilCuckoo heard  calling over bogland, near Belacorrick, north MayoNuala
2 April2 Green-winged Teal, both mlae, one on Termoncarragh Lake and one on Carrowmore LakeM Reilly
30 MarchRinged-billed Gull on Annagh Beach, Mullet Peninsula
20 Manc Shearwater off Annagh Head
M Reilly
21 MarchSwallow seen in SwinfordD Suddaby
16 MarchJay at Letterkeen, Shramore, Newport
3 Arctic Skua  over Clew Bay viewed from Mulranny Beach
M Reilly
15 FebPair Red Grouse spotted in Croaghmoyle, nr Catlebar (close to tv booster station)P McNally
7 FebLittle Aux found by cat on garden near FoxfordD Lavelle & R-A Leak
1 FebWaxwing seen in garden near BofeenaunF & E McNamon
19 JanColoured 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 JanApprox 200 Golden Plover near Kilcummin HeadP & S Jones

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DateBird ReportedObserver
13 NovWaxwings in WestportW Stringer
11 NovWaxwings in Mulrannyvia R-A Leak
29 JuneMarsh 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 JuneFemale Marsh Harrier, 2nd year adult, Termoncarragh on the MullettD Suddaby & M Reilly
19 JuneReport of Hobby taking Swallow at Clongee Fisheries, FoxfordS Sowrey
11 MaySwifts flying over Castlebar & FoxfordR-A Leak
8 MayCorncrake heard in Mayo – click for the first of this years’ Corncrake ReportT Gordon
7 MayWhitethroat arrived and singing nr. AttymassR-A Leak
7 MayFlock 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 MayOne first winter Glaucous Gulkl at White Strand, Killadoon, Louisburgh.D Cabot
29 AprCuckoo, Sedge Warbler & Grasshopper Warbler near KnockmoreR-A Leak
28 AprDusk Chorus at Lough Lannagh – 26 species including Blackcap, Reed Bunting, juvenile Robin, WillowWarbler and Mute Swan calling!Branch Outing
28 AprSand Martins in FoxfordR-A Leak
22 AprCuckoo at Gurteenamuck, Foxford and Crimlin, Ross, CastlebarS O’Donnell
21 AprSnow Bunting at Downpatrick Head, north Mayo  click for photosR Hanford
4 AprBlackcap in Drummin Wood nr FoxfordJ Milroy
2 Apr8 Sandwich Tern at Old Head, nr LouisburghW Stringer
1 AprDodo near FoxfordFlora I Pol
1 AprWheatear on AchillW Stinger
31 MarSwallows near WestportW Stringer
28 MarWhite Tailed Sea Eagle (green star) seen in Clew Bay areaW Stringer
25 MarWillow Warblers and Chiffchaff at TourmakeadyW Stringer
14 FebTwo Tundra Bean Geese, one dark Canada Goose and three Greenland Whitefronted Geese at Ardoone on the MulletM Reilly
23 Jan2 Iceland Gulls at Killala Harbour, one adult and one first winter  click for photosR-A & M Leak
12 – 13 Jan3 Glossy Ibis on Termoncarra Wetlands – BelmulletD Suddaby & M Reilly
8 Jan12 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 Jan2 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 Jan346 Barnacle Geese at Carrowholly, WestportW Stringer

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DateBird ReportedObserver
16 DecRing-billed Gull on Lough Conn – click for photosC Clotworthy
9 DecRed-breasted Merganser on Lough Conn, KnockmoreT Boccaccio
6 DecRinged-necked Duck and  Green-winged Teal (both mlae) Carrowmore Lake, Erris’
Adult Mediterranean Gull Belmullet Docks
Cakling Goose and Canada Goose with Barnacle Geese at Termoncarragh
Adult male Black Brant with female Light Bellied Brent with their two hybrid offspring at Leam Lough, Belmullet
M Reilly
3 DecPair White-tailed Sea Eagles, one with blue tag, Killadoon, nr. Louisburgh, then seen flying south towards ConnemaraD Cabot
3 Dec 1 Long-tailed Duck & 4 Barnacle Geese at KillalaBranch Outing
27 NovApprox 300 Common Scoter, Bartragh Island, Killala Bay, unusual for this areaS Meany
27 NovOnly 1 Crane seen at BelderigW Stringer
26 Nov2 Eurasian Cranes still at Belderig, click for photosM Casey
25 Nov2 Cranes at Belderrig,  click for photosP Coultry
20 NovEurasian Cranes in fields at Belderig, north MayoH Mooney et. al
20 NovApprox 1,200 Tufted Ducks on Lough Cullin, Foxford / PontoonR-A Leak & S Meany
16 – 20 NovGreat White Egret Lough Conn, Knockmore – click for photos
Last seen on the morning of 20th, being chased away from the lake by the Grey Heron
T Boccaccio et al.
11 NovBrambling in garden near WestportW Stringer
11 NovGreat Northern Diver, Pontoon Bridge, regular winter visitor to this areaR-A Leak
8 NovImmature Long Eared Owl in garden near FoxfordA Bell
6 Nov17 Chough, Clare IslandW Stringer
5 NovSnow Bunting at Croaghmoyle (Castlebar booster station), also seen same place 2 years ago so possibly regular visitorP McNally
5 NovSighitngs from Killala Harbour & Estuary:
2 x First winter Black Guillemot, 10 x Red-breasted Merganser, 5 x Little Egret, 200+ Brent, 2 x Red-throated  Diver
Also several Redshank, Bar-tailed & Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, Oystercatcher, Lapwings, Curlew. Shelduck, Sanderling, Dunlin, Cormorant, Grey Seal
R-A & M Leak
W Stringer
D Daly
4 NovSightings from the Mullet:
Termoncarragh – Juvenile Red-backed Shrike (first reported for area?), Cackling Canada Goose with Barnacles, 2 Tree Sparrow, 18 Twite
Annagh Head & Beach – 2 Snow Bunting, 1 Lapland Bunting, 1 American Golden Plover
Belmullet Docks – 2 Med Gulls
W Stringer
4 Nov17 Little Egret still at Westport QuayW Stringer
31 OctBlackcap in garden near Liscarney, WestportS Churcher
27 Oct49 Light-bellied Brent LecanveyW Stringer
27 Oct17 Little Egret at Westport QuayW Stringer
20 Oct4 Swallows in Tesco cp, ClaremorrisC Benson
20 OctWhoopers arrive in Achill and FoxfordO Calvey & R-A Leak
16 OctSnowy Owl seen regualrly over past 2 weeks on mountain between Ballycroy and GeesalaK Lindsay
16 OctUpland Sandpiper still residing nr Glebe, Termoncarragh, BelmulletP & A Kelly
16 Oct3 Wheatear at Leecanvey
47 Chough on machair at Silver Strand, west of Klladoon
W Stringer
12 OctUpland Sandpiper nr Glebe, TermoncarraghM Reilly
10 OctSwallows reported still present in Ballyhaunis and Ballina areasvia R-A Leak
7 OctApprox 200 Brent Geese arrive at KillalaM Kenney
Earl-OctReport of Buzzard seen near Attymassvia R-A Leak
Oct / SeptReports of White-tailed Sea Eagle seen regulalry in north Mayovia R-A Leak
17 Sept6 Light-bellied Brent, 42 Red-breasted Merganser, 23 Bar-tailed Godwit at Murrisk AbbeyW Stringer
3 SeptBuzzard being ‘Buzzed’ by Rook, Culleens, 10 miles north BallinaTrudy
29 AugSightings from North Mayo between 8.30am and 11am
1 Great Skua Downpatrick Head
8+ Tree Sparrow, 3 Storm Petrel, 9 Great Skua, 3 Artic Skua, 27 Sooty Shearwater, Kilcummin Head
R Sandham
15 AugMallards in eclipse seen along with immature Black-headed Gull on Lough Lannagh, Castlebar
Click Here for Photo
J Milroy
14 JuneRed Kite seen over Bohola / StraideR Stone
7 JuneRing-billed Gull (adult) at Gornor Abbey Pier, Lonn Conn, CrossmolinaM Reilly
Early JuneReports of White-tailed Sea Eagle seen in North MayoD McLoughling et. al.
21 May to 1 JuneCanada Goose at Barnatra saltmarsh and Carrowmore Lake (presumed feral bird)M Reilly
31 MayIceland Gull in furst summer plumage at Annagh Beach on the MulletM Reilly
30 MayThird Whooper swan now on Roonagh Lough, nr LouisburghD Cabot
12 MaySpotted Flycatchers in the grounds around the GMIT, CastlebarJ Milroy
11 MayAdult Whooper Swan previously at Corragaun Lough, Killadoon, now at Roonagh Lough, Killadoon, nr Louisburgh where it has joined another adult that has been present there for weeks.D Cabot
9 & 10 MayBuff-breasted Sandpiper,Annagh Beach, on the MulletM Reilly
7 & 8 MaySwifts arrive in Castlebar, Killala and FoxfordR-A Leak
5 MayReport of Sand Martins nestimg in bogland where turf has been cut, Hollymount areavia J Milroy
26 AprImmature Whooper Swan on Lough Nambrackkeagh, Curryane between Swinford & KilkellyR-A Leak
25 AprReports of Cuckoo across the county
23 Apr1 adult Whooper Swan, 13 Greylag, 25 Shelduck and 22 Sandwich Terns at Roonagh Lough, Killadoon, nr Louisburgh
1 adult Whooper Swan also at Corragaun Lough, Killadoon, Louisburgh, also marked passage of Golden Plover in breeding plumage over last 2 weeks
D Cabot
23 AprWhitethroats at Knockmore
House Martin near Attymass
R-A Leak
21 Apr25 Whimbrel near BallaC Benson
20 AprCommon Sandpiper and Grasshopper Warbler at Lough Rusheen, CastlebarJ Milroy
18 AprApprox 80 Golden Plover in a field between Knockmore and BallinaTrudy
18 AprSecond Corncrake heard near Carne House on the MulletT Gordon
17 AprBarn Owl near WestportJ O’Grady
17 AprCuckoo at Doughmakeon, nr LouisburghA Osbourne
17 AprCorncrake heard at Carne Hill on the Mullet, assumed same one reported on 9thT Gordon
16 AprSightings from Belmullet – 5 Common Eider, 6 Long-tailed Duck, 8 Purple Sandpiper and 6 White Wagtail at Cross; 3 Gadwall, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 40 Twite and 50 Black-tailed Godwit at TermoncarraghM Reilly
16 AprGrasshopper Warbler at Askillaun, Nr LouisburghA Osbourne
16 AprGrasshopper Warbler in heather and scrub at Dooleeg, BallacorichD McNicholas &
W Woodrow
15 AprCuckoo at Dooaghtry, Killaddon, LouisburghD Cabot
15 AprCuckoo heard at Sarnaught, Castlebar 8.00amP Lavelle
14 AprDotteral at west end Clare IslandE McGreal
13 AprGrasshopper Warbler heard at Clogher Bog near BelcarraL Huxley
12 AprBlackap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler at Moorehall WoodsL Huxley
10 Apr25 Golden Plover in summer plumage at Raheen Bar wind farm, near Castlebar
Also Cuckoo seen in flight (not calling so maybe female)
P McNally
10 AprFirst House Martin spotted at Inishea IslandsD Cabot
9 AprFirst report of Corncrake at Carne Hill on the MullletT Gordon
8 AprKillala Habour – Black Guillemot in summer plumage
Ross Strand, Killala – 110+ Brent Geese feeding on the strand while Swallows fly overhead
R-A Leak
7 Apr18 Great Northern Divers in small group off White Strand, Tullavbaun, KilladoonD Cabot
3 Apr8 WillowWarbler and 1 Blackcap at Lough Lannagh, CastlebarJ Milroy
2 AprChiffchaff near Castlebar
Swallow over Castlebcourt Hotel, Westport and over the Quays at Westport
J Milroy
D Cabot
1 AprTullavbaun, Killadoon- first Willow Warbler and Swallow of the area
Juvenile Peregrine Falcom and three Chough also seen at the same location
D Cabot
29 MarFirst Sand Martin of the area, Tullavbaun, KilladoonD Cabot
27 MarFirst Wheatear of the area, Tullavbaun, KilladoonD Cabot
24 Mar2 male & 1 female Wheatear, Merlin and Raven feed nestlings nr Ceide FieldsChris Benson
26 FebRed-throated Diver off Kilcummin Head in full breeding plumage with red throat
Green-winged Teal in Killala harbour – drake paired with female Eurasian Teal
Iceland Gull at Lacken Strand – first winter bird
3 Long-tailed Duck at Barnasock Point, Moy Estuary – 2 males and female with males displaying & calling
M David
M Casey
18 FebGoosander seen on Erriff RiverE McGreal
9 FebSightings from Cross Lough on the Mullet:
50+ Barnacle Geese, 14 Whooper Swan, 12 Mute Swan, 70+ Curlew in flight, 6 Redshank
12+ Tufted Duck, 3 Teal, 8 Mallard, 3 pairs Scaup
M Kenney
7 FebFirst winter Glaucous Gull at Annagh Beach, on the Mullet
Kingfisher on the Muihin Rover outlet from Carrowmore Lake, nr Bangor Erris
M Reilly
3 FebBlack Brant at Leam Lough on the Mullet
American Coot on Termoncarra Lake
M Reilly
2 FebSightings from Killala Harbour 9.30am – 11.30am
Weather grey and overcast, light SW wind and light to heavy showers:
50 – 60 Brent Geese (Light-bellied), 40+ Curlew, 20+ Bar-tailed Godwit
Numerous Redshank, Cormorant and Oystercatchers
6 Shelduck, 14 Mallard, , 30+ Wigeon, 4 Teal (no sign of Green Winged Teal)
2 Little Egret, 6+ Hooded Crows
3 Male & 1 Female Red-breasted Merganser
Black Guillemot – either 1st winter or just starting to moult to summer plumage
Pied Wagtail
M Kenney
19 JanSnow Goose plus 2 Pink-footed Geese at Termoncarragh, Belmullet
Green Winged Teal and Ringed Neck Duck on Carrowmore Lake along with 2 Greeland Whitefronted Geese by the lake
M Reilly
6 JanAmerican Coot still on Termoncarragh Lake, Belmullet along with four Coot at the northern end
1st Winer Snow Bunting, female, also seen at Termoncarragh
Three Goosanders, one male and two female, at the Bangor end of Carrowmore Lake, Bangor Erris
M Reilly
4 JanLittle Egret at Killala, up to 5 seen so far this year but possibly moreD Walshe
3 JanBuzzard seen eating roadkill at Ballintean, KillalaC Dunleavy
3 JanAmerican Coot seen at Termoncarragh, Belmullet
Mealy Redpoll at Glenlara, Belmullet  – click for photos
S Feeney, D Skehan & M Casey

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DateBird ReportedObserver
Late DecKingfisher flying over Moy in BallinaD Walshe
25 DecWaxwings feeding with garden birds in KillalaC Dunleavy
12 DecGreen-winged Teal, KillalaBranch Outing
10 Dec2 Brambling, garden near WestportW Stringer
7 Dec1 Brambling and 7 Waxwing, garden near WestportW Stringer
29 NovAdult Black Brant at Carricklahan, (returning bird)M Reilly
27 NovSnow Bunting at Annagh BeachM Reilly
27/28 NovUp to 43 Waxwing seen at Carrowbaun, and Westport town
11 Little Egret at the Quay
W Stringer
25 Nov13 Little Egret roosting at Westport QuayD Fabby
25 NovAmerican Coot at Termon Lake and Graveyard along with one Lapaland Bunting and 50 Twite
Snow Goose, one Snow Bunting, 16 Twite, 5 Slavonian Greve and 1 Red-necked Grebe at Trawmore Shraigh, 7km outside Belmullet at Tir Saile
J Murphy
Mid-NovSightings from Erris: Hen Harrier ringtail (female) at Lean Lough n the mullet (12th); Snow Goose (adult with morph) at Trawmore Shraigh, Belmullet (15th); Black Brant and Green-winged Teal male at Killala Harbour (18th);  Pink Footed Goose  & American Coot at Termoncarra Lake on the Mullet (21st) – Americam Coot originally seen by D Suddaby on 15thM Reilly
17 NovRoss Strand area, Killala Bay : 20 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Little Egret, 10+ Curlew, 10+ Redshank
Killala Harbour: 200+ Brent Geese, Oystercatchers, Curlew and Redshank in good numbers, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 2 Shelduck, 10 Mallard, 3 Turnstone
M Kenney
16 Nov31 Waxwing at Lough Lannagh (cemetery) car parkJ Milroy
10 NovMale Green-winged Teal and male Ringed-neck Duck at Carrowmore Lake, ErrisM Reilly
10 NovSightings at River Brusna / Moy, Ballina:
Treecreeper, Common Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail, Greenshank, Turnstone, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Gull, Brent Geese, Wigeon, Redshank, Curlew
P & S Jones
3 NovSeveral hundred, if not thousands of Duck on Lough Cullin, probibly Tufted, also 1 Great Northern DiverJ Milroy
3 NovOver 2,000 Golden Plover at Balllyglass, ClaremorrisD Fabby
31 OctShrule Turlough – 10 Whoopers, 100+ Golden Plover and 30+ LapwingP Clerkin
24 OctSighitngs near Murrisk – 20 Wigeon, 3 Little egret, loads Mallards, 25+ Lapwing, 1 Greenshank, few Turnstone, Black-tailed Godwit, Ringed Plover, CurlewM & M Harris
20 OctBirds at Killala Harbour:
20+ Bar-tailed Godwit, 17 Whoopers, 12 Brent Geese, 5 Heron, 12+ Curlew, 20+ Oystercatcher, 6 Little Egret, 4 Mallard, 5 Red Breasted Mergansers, 6+ Greenshank, 20+ Ringed Plover, 30+ Redshank, 10+ Teal, 2 Turnstone
M Kenney
20 OctWhoopers arrive at Lough Cullin – 54 to date, along with 80 Golden PloverJ Milroy
20 Oct2 Whoopers on Walshpool Lake, near Belcarravia J Milroy
18 OctSightings from Kilcummin Head between 8am and 3pm: (wind from west with squally showers) – 3 Sooty Shearwaters, 14 Great Skuas, 4 Pomarine Skuas, 5 Manx Shearwater, 4 Great Northern Divers, 3 Barnacle Geese, 30+ Kittiwake – also a SunfishM Kenney
16 OctWhooper seen at Clew Bayvia J Milroy
13 OctOsprey seen catching fish on Lough CarraG McDonagh
13 OctRedwing between Foxford & PontoonJ Milroy
9 Oct4 Whoopers arrive at Schruillbeg Lake, Dookinella, AchillO Calvey
1 OctKingfisher seen clearly from pier at KillalaR-A Leak
26 Sept1 Common Redpoll caught with  50 Lesser Redpoll in Westport. The Common Redpoll is a rare winter visitor from ScandinaviaW Stringer
26 SeptHouse Martins seen still feeding young in nest at BallindineC Benson
20 SeptJuvenile Osprey at Lough CarraC Huxley
19 SeptBairds Sandpiper at Annagh Beach on the Mullet – click for images
Letter Yellowlegs on Achill and Snowy Owl at Belmullet – click for images Lesser Yellowlegs
J Murphy
8 SeptLittle Egret seen at Lough CarraL  Huxley
SeptSightings in Cooragaun Lough, Tallabaun & Killadoon :

11th Sept : 1 Bar-tailed  Godwit on passage
11th Sept : 2 Ruff on passage, probably different from those on 8th Sept
10th Sept : 60 Sandwich Terns on passage, maximum for a week
10th Sept : 32 Curlew, very few last year, maximum for the moment
8th Sept : 4 Ruff
8th – 11th Sept : 7 Red-breaster Mergansers, probibily bred in the area
8th Sept : 1 Whimbrel on passage
6th Sept : 130 Lapwing, high numbers for the area
6th Sept : 7 Greenshank on passage but wintering population increasing
6th Sept : 7 Redshank on passage
6th Sept : 30 Wigeon, first arrivals
D Cabot
AugustSightings in Cooragaun Lough, Tallabaun & Killadoon 30th Aug : 20 Golden Plover, first major arrivals after one on 29th Aug
27th Aug : 16 Chough, local birds
D Cabot
25 AugustJuvenile Ruff at Lough Cullin (seen from car park nearest Foxford Station on R318)
Still there on 27th  click for photos
J Milroy, D Fabby & R-A Leak
15 Aug11 Brent Geese seen flying over Silver Strand, LouisburghW Stringer
9 Aug45 Curlew and 13 Whimbrel at Cornfield, HollymountChris Benson
1 AugLarge numbers (200+) Mute Swans on Lough CullinJohn Milroy
26 MayFirst summer Glaucous Gull at seen Lough Lannagh againR-A Leak
22 MayKingfisher at Kiltane, Bangor Erris – unsual sighting for the location and time of yearM Reilly
20 MayTurtle Dove seen between Westport in AughagowerJ Newman
10 May1st Summer Glaucous Gull at Lough Lannagh (click for report and photo – external link)M & R-A Leak
8 May6 Whimbrel at Palmerstown Bridge, nr KillalaR-A Leak
5 May5 Brent Geese, 6 Whimbrel and 1 First Summer Kittiwake at Killala HarbourJ Milroy & D Fabby
30 AprIceland Gull, 1st Summer, 4 White Wagtail, 1 Greenland type Wheatear and 50 Whimbrel at Cross along with 12 Black-tailed Godwit at Leam Lough, both on the MulletM O’Reilly
28 AprSwifts flying over FoxfordR-A Leak
25 AprWhitethroat nr AttymassR-A Leak 
25 AprWhitethroat and 20 Whimbrel at Cornfield, HolymountC Benson
24 AprWheatear in the car park of Tesco, BallinrobeC Benson
24 AprGrasshopper Warbler at Askillaun, LouisburghA Osborne
23 AprHouse Martins inspecting old nest on the Westport / Castlebar roadC Benson
22 Apr6 Sandwich Terns and 7 Whoopers at Roonah LoughW Stringer
22 AprGrasshopper Warbler at Cornfield, HollymountC Benson
20 AprGrasshopper  Warbler at Logmore, BelmulletT Gordon
20 AprReport of Corncrake north of CastlebarUnconfirmed
20 AprCuckoo heard along the west road outside of Louisburgh
Cuckoo also heard at Crimlin Church
M Devereux
S O’Donnell
17 AprCuckoo calling at Slaughter Hill, Westport, previously seen on 8th & 9thP Hughes
17 AprSeveral Great Northern Divers on Lough Conn, assumed to be resting during their migration northJ Milroy
17 AprCuckoos reported at Knockmore, Westport and CastlebarS Meaney, P Hughes & via J Milroy
16 AprCuckoo heard at Shanvolahan, N Mayo
Also heard at Ballinlough / Kilmeena
J & N Freestone
L McElderry
15 AprCuckoo heard at GlenhestH van Pesch
15 Apr16 Brent Geese still at MulrannyW Stringer
14 Apr4 Blackcap at Moore HallC Huxley
14 AprGrasshopper Warbler at Derrycorrib, ErrisM Reilly
13 Apr12 White Wagtails at Cross on the MulletM Reilly
10 AprBlack Duck at Sruhill (Dooinver) LoughM O’Briain
10 AprSedge Warbler near Knockmore, BallinaR-A Leak
9 AprReports of Swallows and Willow Warlbers from accross the county 
9 AprPeregrine Falcon, Castle Burke, Lough CarraL Huxley
8 Apr3 Swallows seen at Ballinlough, Kilmeena , WestportL McElderry
8 Apr58 Brent Geese at Keel, AchillM O’Briain
7 Apr105 Great Northern Divers and 50 Red-throated Divers off north-east corner of Achill
2 Whooper swans at Lough Doo
48 Barnacle Geese in Inishgallon
M O’Briain
7 AprWillow Warbler and Chiffchaff at Cornfield, BallinrobeC Benson
6 Apr52 Brent Geese and 2 Purple Sandpiper along shoreline in DooinverM O’Briain
6 Apr3 Swallows seen at Cornfield, nr BallinrobeC Benson
4 Apr200 Sand Martins and 60 Swallows feeding over the reed beds Keel Bridge, nr, PartryL Huxley
28 MarWheaters seen at the deserted village on AchillR-A Leak
17 MarBlack Brant on Leam Lough on the MulletM Reilly
11 Mar1 Male Black Duck at Sruhill Lough, Achill
25 Brent Geese on Dooinver Beach, including 2 Dark-bellied
M O’Briain
10 MarDrake Goosander and drake Ring-necked Duck on Carrowmore Lake, nr Bangor, Erris
Drake Green-winged Teal and hybrid Norther Shovler X Bluewinged Teal at Corss Lough on the Mullet
M Reilly
7 Mar1 x Common Sandpiper and 1 x Greenshank seen near BelmulletC Benson
4 Mar7 Razorbills seen off Kilcummin Head –  click for photoJ Foss
4 MarLittle Egret seen at Palmerstown Bridge (between Killala and Ballycastle, N Mayo) – click for photoJ Foss
28 FebMale Black Duck at Sruhill (Dooinver) Lough, Achill
38+ Great Northern and 12 Red Throated Divers off north east coast of Achill
1 Whooper at Dugort Machair
M O’Briain
28 FebOuting to Killala produced good sightings including Grey Plover, Red-necked Diver, Black Guillemot and Long-tailed DuckBranch Outing
27 Feb10 Purple Sandpipers on shoreline opposite Sruhill Lough, Achill
4 Barnacle Geese on Inishgallon Island
M O’Briain
26 Feb44 Brent Geese (including 3 ringed) at Dooinver Beach on Achill
2 Eider Ducks at Achill Sound north of Clogmore
2 Whoopers at Keel Lake
M O’Briain
11 FebJuvenile Peregrine seen at Kilcummin Head, North MayoJ Foss
10 FebPurple Sandpiper at Bartraw Beach, Murrisk also several mixed divers seen off shore (Red Throated and Great  Northern)J Milroy
24 JanAmerican Black Duck at Dooninver Lough on AchillL Benson & S Kingston
23 JanGreen-winged Teal at Carrowmore Lake, nr Bangor, ErrisM Reilly
18 JanRing-necked Duck seen again on CarrowmoreS O’Byrne
14 JanMale Ring-necked Duck seen on Carrowmore Lake,Bangor, ErrisM Reilly
13 Jan1 Little Egret at Corragaun Lough, Tullavbaun, KilladoonD Cabot
5 JanOne first winter Glaucous Gull on Annagh Beach, on the MulletM Reilly
4 – 11 JanHigh concentration of birds feeding on machair at Tullavbaun, Killadoon including 300 Redwing, 20 Fieldfares, 100 Starling, 20 Meadow Piptits and 260 Golden PloverD Cabot
First 2 weeks  JanSightings from Achill –
19 Whoopers on Keel Lake (11 juveniles) along with 3 Male Wigeon, 12 Curlew, 30 Tufted Ducks, 20 Mallard and 10 Mute Swan
5 Pochard,, 2 Mallard and 3 Mute on Dookinella (Sruhillbeg) Lake
Good numbers of Redwings, also Lapwings , Shelduck, Rock Doves and a Peregrine Falcon
O Calvey
4 Jan1 Female / Immature Long-tailed Duck off Dooinver beach,
40 Great Norther Divers off the Dooinver coastalong with 8 Common Scoters – Achill
M O’Brien
3 Jan48 Whoopers at Keel Lake
1 Peregrine Falcon at Sruhill Lough,
1 Water Rail at the frozen pond at Dooinver – all on Achill
M O’Brien
2 JanMale Black Duck at Sruhill Lough (Dooniver)
2 Greylag Geese at Keel Lake – both on Achill
M O’Brien
1 JanWater Rail along with 20 Snipe near KilmaineN Sharkey

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Snowy Owl (female), Mullet Peninsula, Oct 2009 (© Barry Murphy)
29 DecMale Hen Harrier seen at BallintubberC Benson
28 DecWhoopers Swans seen on Rathbawn Lake, Castlebar
6 Oystercatchers and Redwing seen on Mulranny Golf Course
K McGreal
18 DecBuzzard east of KilmaineN Sharkey
18 Dec1 whitephase Gyr Falcon in the bog / sika spruce are at KilmoveeP Smyth
15 DecOne Little Egret and a flock of Pochard (including 3 males) at Belclare, WestportM Rabbette
14 Dec2 Eider Ducks seen in the channel at Achill Sound, also the Black Duck still at SruhillM O’Briain
13 DecMale Black Duck at Sruhill (Dooinver) Lough (NE Achill), also 37 Great Northern Divers off Dooinver Coast, AchillM O’Briain
11 Dec9 Purple Sandpipers on shoreline opposite Sruhill (Dooinver) Lough (NE Achill)M O’Briain
9 DecLong Eared Owl at Cooneal, between Ballina & KillalaM Gawley
6 DecLittle Auk found on road between Kilkelly & Swinford. Taken care of overnight and safety released on 7thvia RA Leak
2 Dec600 Golden Plover, 130 Lapwing and 31 Whooper Swans – in flooded areas around Ballyvary and Bohola (N5)J Milroy
30 NovGreat Northern Diver on Carrowmore Lake, Black Redstart at Annagh Head, both in ErrisM Reilly
29 NovLong-billed Dowitcher confirmed at Leam Lough, Mediterranean Gull at Belmullet Docks, Iceland Gull, Frenchport all on the MulletM Reilly
24 NovSnowy Owl seen perched at Enniscrone near  pierM Hannan via M Gawley
16 NovPeregrine Falcon at Fahy Lough, BallycroyL McDaid
10 Nov3 Brent Geese with rings feeding at MulrannyL McDaid
10 Nov7 Whooper Swans, Keel Lough, AchillL McDaid
10 Nov1 Black Redstart at Annagh Head and 10 Greenland White-fronted Geese at Terrmoncarragh, BelmulletM Reilly
9 NovOne Snow Bunting near Diamond Coast Hotel, Enniscone, along the Devlin River, feeding with mixed group of finches, Reed Buntings, Skylarks and pipitsM Gawley
6 Nov5 Greenland Fronted Geese, Fahy Lough, BallycroyL McDaid
5 Nov2 Snow Bunting  (one male, one female) Keel Machair, AchillL McDaid
29 OctYellow-legged Gull on Annagh Beach, along with one Blackcap and a juvenile Buzzard at Annagh Plantation – on the MulletM Reilly
25 Oct6 Little Egrets at Killala – see photo of 5 of themM Casey
24 OctOne drake green-winged Teal on Carrowmore Lake, Erris (returning bird) and one male Ringed Ouzel at Terrmoncarragh on the MulletM Reilly
22 OctKingfisher and Spotted Redshank at Palmerstown Bridge, nr KillalaM Reilly
20 Oct8 Little Egrets at Killala, nr Ross StrandJ Donnelly
18 OctSpotted Redshank at Killala (opposite NCF)RA Leak
18 OctLarge group of Fieldfare with few Redwings arrive in AttymassRA Leak
17 OctSightings from The Mullet – 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Tree Pipit., 11 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 40 Redwing, 6 Fieldfare, 1 MerlinC Benson
15 Oct1 Little Egret at Keel Lake, AchillO Calvey
15 Oct12 Whoopers arrive at Lough Conn (12 adults and 2 juvenile)D Fabby
11 Oct1 Snow Bunting on Mweelin, AchillW Stringer
10 Oct250 Brent Geese, along with good views of Grey Plover, Dunlin, Wigeon, Redshank and Godwit at Moyne / Ballysakeary Moy EstuaryM Gawley
2 Oct2 Whooper Swans on Lough Doo along with 32 Tufted Ducks at Keel both on AchillL McDaid
2 Oct1 Ring-necked Duck (male in eclipse) on Carrowmore Lak
2 Curlew Sandpipers (juv) on Annagh Beach
M Reilly
1 OctBuzzard reported near railway walk behind Westland Housing Estate, Westportvia M Hogan
1 Oct1 juvenile Curlew Sandpiper at Tranmore Shraigh
3 Slavonian Grebe of Shraigh Beach, on the Mullet, along with 1 Peregrine Falcon
M Reilly
30 Sept26 House Martins seen flying south over WestportM Hogan
29 Sept1 Buzzard and 1 Merlin along with 14 Chough at Annagh Marsh
Seawatching at Annagh Head 6pm – 7pm : 35 Sooty Shearwater, 40 Great Skua, 17 Pomarine Skuas, 7 Arctic Skuas, 1 Great Northern Diver, and 40 Barnacle Geese
M Reilly
26 Sept1 Snow Bunting at Annagh HeadM Reilly
24 Sept1 juvenile Sabines Gull and 2 Grey Phalaropes – seawatching at Annagh HeadM Reilly
23 SeptAmerican Golden Plover (different than one spotted on 22nd) Annagh Beach on the MulletD Suddaby
22 Sept1 Buff-breasted Sandpiper and 1 American Golden Plover (adult moulting) at Dunnambo Gladree on the MulletM Reilly
22 Sept1 Black-browed Albatross flying south at Annagh Head, Belmullet
1 Solitary Sandpiper seen initially at Annagh Head then between Termoncarragh and The Glebe area
D Suddaby
19 Sept9 Lapland Bunting and 1 adult Long-talied Skua at Erris Head and 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull at Annagh Beach on the MulletD Suddaby
19 SeptSeawatching at Kilcummin Head – 200+ Sooty Shearwater, 16 Great Skua, 2 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Storm Petrel, 1 Leach’s Petrel, 1 Sabine’s GullJ Donaldson
19 SeptLesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff and 100+ Twite at Erris Head, on the MulletC Benson
18 Sept2 Mediterranean Gull at Belmullet Docks (1 adult and 1 x 1st Winter)
2 x 2nd Winter Ring-billed Gulls at Annagh Head and Annagh Beach on the Mullet
D Suddaby
18 SeptPeregrine at BallinrobeC Benson
18 Sept1 Adult female Snowy Owl on Termon Hill in the MulletD Suddaby
17 Sept7 Lapland Bunting on Annagh Head and Termon HillD Suddaby
15 Sept1 Curlew Sandpiper at Ballycastle Strand
1 Little Stint at Lacken Back Strand
Seawatch at Kilcummin Head – 10 Great Skua, 3 Artic Skua, 1 Merlin
J Donaldson
15 SeptSnowy Owl at Termon Hill and 1 male Ring-necked Duck at Carrowmore Lough, BangorC Cronin
13 SeptJuvenile Little Stint with Dunlin at Roonah Lough, Louisburgh. Also Knot, Lapwing and First Winter Med Gull (showing Darvic Ring)D Breen
13 SeptGood views of first winter Citrine Wagtail and 1 White Wagtail  at Corragaun Lough, KilladoonD Breen
9 Sept130 Greylag Geese on Terrmoncarragh Lough, on the MulletM Wright
7 Sept1 Lapland Bunting at Termon Hill on the MulletD McAdams, JL Copte
7 Sept1 eclipse male Ring-necked Duck at Carrowmore Lake, near Bangor Erris
6 Sept1 adult female Snowy Owl at Termon Hill on the MulletD McAdams, JL Copte
5 Sept5 Gadwall below Palmerstown Bridge, Killala – Ballycastle RoadS Meaney
4 SeptSeawatching at Kilcummin Head between 6.50am and 7pm – 12 Great Sheawater, 70 Sooty Sheawater, 128 Great Skua, 5 Pomarine Skua, 16 Arctic Skua, 11 Sabine’s Gull, 2 Storm Peterel, 5 Leach’s Petrel, 3 Puffin, 139 Arctic Tern, 30 Sandwich TernJ Donaldson, S Feeney, N Keogh et al
3 SeptSeawatching at Kilcummin Head between 7am and 7pm – 6 Cory’s Sheawater, 1 Baleric Shearwater, 195 Sooty Shearwater, 70 Great Skua, 17 Arctic Skua 3 Pomarine Skua, 19 Sabine’s Gull, 1 Grey Phalarope,6 Leach’s Petrel, 141 Arctic TernD Charles, P Doherty, J Donaldson & S Feeney
2 Sept9 Swift over Killala (late sighting)D Charles
29 Aug6 Brent Geese at KillalaS Meaney
21 AugJuvenile Ruff at Leam Lough, BelmulletM Reilly
11 AugSnowy Owl seen at Tarmon Hill, BelmulletR Hunter
8 AugFemale Snowy Owl on Tarmon Hill, BelmulletD Suddaby
3 AugRock Dove seen on Clare IslandM Casey
12 July2 Wood Warblers heard in Drummin Woods, between Pontoon & Foxford (opp 2nd car park)J Milroy & S Meaney
11 July40 Whimbrel at Cornfield, HollymountC Benson
10 JulyApprox 50 Swift flying over Healey’s Hotel, PontoonJ Milroy
10 JulyAmerican Golden Plover in Summer plumage at Roonah Lough, L755765P Lonergan
24 June10 Greenshank, Castleconnor, Moy Estuary and 1 Cuckoo at Rathmeal, BallinaJ Donnelly
23 June2 Osprey seen fishing on Ballinlough, north of Westportvia S Meaney
20 JuneSeawatching report from Kilcummin including good numbers of Manx SheawaterS Feeney & J Donaldson
12 JuneSpotted Flycatcher seen around Mayo General Hospital, CastlebarJ Milroy
22 May1 Cuckoo, 4 Black Guillemots, 7 Whimbrel and 6 Great Northern Divers (3 in summer plumage)  at Rathfran BayJ Donnelly
20 May6 Corncrake heard near Roonagh Pier and 1 at Doonakeon, West of LouisburghT Gordon
19 May1st Summer Female Snowy Owl see on Inishkea NorthD Suddaby
17 MayHouse Martins seen in BallyvaryRA Leak
16 May1 Yellow-legged Gull in Belmullet Town, 1 Ring-billed Gull and 1 Long-tailed Skua at Cross Lough on the MulletD Suddaby
14 May21 Pomerine Skuas in two groups rafting of Mulranney PierM Reilly
14 MayWhite-billed Diver at Inishboffinvia W Stringer
13 MayOne Curlew Sandpiper in summer plumage on Shraigh Beach, Belmullet, along with a mixed flock of Dunlin and SanderlingM Reilly
11 MaySwifts over CastlebarJ Milroy & RA Leak
10 May17 Swifts over WestportW Stringer
2 MayWhitethroat at Cornfield, HollymountC Benson
28 AprCorncrake Update – flurry of Corncrakes have arrived in the last 24 hours with one reported at Doolough, two at Carne House, Belmullet and one at Glebe. Also three on Inishturbot, one or two at Aghy and possibly one in Belmullet town.T Gordon
28 Apr6 Redshank, representing at least one breeding pair locally, along with 4 Red-breasted Mergansers (3 males, 1 female) at Corragaun Lough, nr Killeen, LouisburghD Cabot
28 Apr10 Greylag Geese, 6 Adult Whooper Swans, 8 Tufted Ducks and 1 Common Sandpiper at Roonagh Lough, nr LouisburghD Cabot
27 AprWhimbrel at Tullavbaun, nr LouisburghD Cabot
27 Apr30+ Whimbrel outside Knock, (Ballyhaunis Road)J Milroy
26 Apr2 Sedge Warblers at Lough LannaghJ Milroy
24 AprGrasshopper Warbler heard at Aghinish, w of LouisburghA Osborne
23 AprCuckoo heard at Carrajames, BelcarraL Huxley
22 Apr11 Whimbrel near BallindineC Benson
19-24 AprCorncrakes heard  nr Roonah, w of Louisburgh; east of Claremorris and 2 on InishturbotT Gordon, M & B Lyons & D Godden
20 Apr1 Whimbrel at Lough CarraL Huxley
19 AprilBuzzard soaring over Cornfield, HollymountC Benson
22nd Mar – 8 AprSightings on Inishkea Island including 3,000 Barnacle Geese, 1 Gry x Saker Falcon and satellite tracked geese.
For full details of sightings click here
To track the satellite tagged Barnacles click here
D Cabot
20 AprWhimbrel seen at Lough CarraL Huxley
19 AprFemale Ring-necked Duck still present at Cross Lough, Killadoon with Tufted DuckD Cabot
14 AprGrasshopper Warbler on Clare IslandE McGreal
14 Apr60 Light-bellied Brent at Lacken, nr KillalaS Meaney
13 Apr1 male Ring-necked Duck at Cross Lough on the Mullet, along with 1 first winter Ring-billed Gull and 1 adult Glaucous Gull
1 male Ring-necked Duck at Carrowmore Lake nr Bangor
D Suddaby
12 AprBlackcap heard singing in woods at Lough Lannagh, CastlebarJ Milroy
12 Apr5 House Martin at Ashford Castle, CongM Reimann
12 AprFemale Ring-necked Duck at Cross Lough, Killaddon, LouisburghD Breen
12 AprSecond Cuckoo reported, Sarnaught, CastlebarW Lavelle
11 AprFirst Cuckoo reported at Ballinlough, north of WestportL McElderry
7 AprSwallow at Killadoon, w of LouisburghE McGreal
5 AprWillow Warbler singing at Cornfield, nr HolymountC Benson
4 AprSwallow nr AttymassRA Leak
4 Apr276 Brent Geese at Lecanvey, Louisburgh while Sandwich Terns fly overhead  –  winter meets summerW Stringer
3 Apr2 Willow Warbler heard, 4 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin nr BelcarraL Huxley
3 Apr100 Swallows at Loch Cullin along with Willow Warbler and WhoopersS Meaney
30 MarchCorncrake on Inisturbot, first for the seasonvia T Gordon
27 MarchSandwich Tern seen near Berta, nr MurriskD McLoughlin
22 March2 Buzzards and 1 Wheatear at Lough Furnace, nr NewportL McElderry
21 MarchChiffchaff singing at Cornfield, nr HollymountC Benson
20 MarchWheatear at Roonagh Lough and Sand Martins at Carrowmore, west of LouisburghE McGreal
19 MarchBuzzard seen at Cornfield, nr HollymountC Benson
19 March100+ Whooper Swans along with 300+ Golden Plover at Cloonglowa, nr BallinrobeC Benson
17 MarchGyr Falcon seen at 1pm from Annagh Head on the mullet; previously seen near Frenchport on 15thM Reilly
16 MarchSnow Goose with Greylags at Cross Lough and 40 Twite at Termmoncarragh both on the MulletM Casey
16 MarchLittle Gull, Westport QuayD Fabby
12 March1 Little Egret, tidal marsh, Murrisk, Clew BayD Cabot
12 March1 adult Glaucous Gull, Corragaun Lough, nr Killadoon. Unusual at this location, present since 6th March and feeding on carrionD Cabot
6 March1 Iceland Gull, Achill SoundC Benson
5 March100+ Whoopers at Cloongowla, BallinrobeC Benson
2 MarchWaxwings seen feeding in Ballina TownM Gawley
27 Feb2 Iceland Gulls on the River Moy, Ballina TownJ Donnolly
19 Feb4 Glaucous Gull near LouisburghE McGreal
12 FebBuzzard seen near BallinrobeJ Knight
11 FebWillow Warbler heard singing at Aughagower, WestportM Hogan
7 FebMale Blackcap in Westport townW Stringer
7 FebOne 1st winter Iceland Gull feeding in a field at Tonemore, nr Belmullet
11 Glaucous Gulls around the Mullet including 2 adults at Annagh Beach, 1 adult first winter  and 1 third winter Cross Lough, 2 first winter on beach south of Cross Point, 1 second winter on beach N of Casilean nr Aughleam
One adult Ringed-billed Gull at Elly Strand
3 Purple Sandpiper at Caislean
M Reilly
7 FebAlbino Redwing seen in fields near BelcarraR A Leak
4 Feb2 Jays at Sheskin Lodge, Sheskin Forest nr Bellacorrick, ErrisM Reilly
2 Feb9 Crossbills, 1 Merlin and 1 Woodcock at Oweniny Bog, BellacorrickA Copland
31 JanGlaucous Gull seen at Barnabaun, Killadoon, w of LouisburghW Stringer
30 JanIceland Gull along with 3 Glaucous Gulls seen at Cross Lough, LouisburghD Fabby
28 JanPink Footed Goose seen with Whoopers from the Ballyhaunis Road, KnockJ Milroy
28 JanFirst winter Snow Bunting seen at PartryE McGreal
25 JanGlaucous Gull seen at Keel Strand, AchillL McDaid
22 JanOne Iceland Gull seen at Lough Roonagh, west of LouisburghE McGreal
22 JanOne only Pink Footed Goose, one Greylag Goose and 140 Light Bellied Brent at Trawboy, BallycroyM Reilly
20 JanLong-eared Owl seen near Crossmolinavia C McElhinney
20 Jan2 Iceland Gulls, one adult and one first winter, seen between Dooyork and Kanfinalta Point, east side of Blacksod Bay on the MulletM Reilly
18 JanOne drake Ring-necked Duck and one drake Green-winged Teal seen on Carrowmore Lake near Bangor, ErrisD Suddaby
18 Jan20 Pink-footed Geese and one white phase Snow Goose seen at Cross Lough on the MulletD Suddaby
18 JanOne Black Brant seen at Leam Lough on the MulletD Suddaby
18 JanOne first winter Iceland Gull and one first winter Glaucous Gull seen at Annagh on the MullettD Suddaby
11 – 16 JanTwo Great Northern Divers frequenting Knockmore Bay, (sw of Ballina)L Mitchell
13 JanWhite morph adult Snow Goose with Greylag flock at southern end of Cross Lough on the Mullet. Also 20 Pink-footed Geese, including the neck-collarded individual, on the MulletM Reilly
12 JanBarn Owl heard around Newport . Second time heard in this locationL McDaid
9 JanBrent Geese at Mulranny, counted 98 individual birds including 4 with ringsL McDaid
8 JanLittle Egret in garden near Knockmore, BallinaS Meaney
8 JanThree 1st winter Ring-billed Gulls at Cross Lough on the Mullet, also one 1st winter and one 2nd winter Ring-billed Gull at Belmullet DocksD Suddaby
8 Jan1 adult Mediterranean gull at Belmullet DocksD Suddaby
8 Jan1 Black Brant at Carricklan near BelmulletD Suddaby

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31 DecSnowy Owl found injured near Foxford – click for details and photoN O’Hagan
31 DecBarn Owl seen near WestportW Stringer
28 DecSightings From Erris / Belmullet:
Carrowmore Lake – Ring-necked Duck still present, seen at the north end
Pickle Point, Belmullet – Ring-billed Gull just off the harbour, along with an adult Mediterranean Gull
Termoncarragh Lake – 19 Pink-footed Geese including one with a neck-collar ‘LNC’ which was ringed at Meikle Loch, Aberdeenshire, Scotland on 12th April 2007. Also c500 Barnacle Geese.
R Bonser & J Jones
28 Dec1 Little Egret seen at Westport QuayR Bonser & J Jones
27 Dec400 Golden Plover at Carrowholly, WestportM Hogan
25 Dec300 Golden Plover, 2 Grey Plover, 250 Light-bellied Geese at KillalaM Hogan
19 DecWhooper Swan with ring number ASV back in Aughagower, Westport with 3 juveniles. She was first ringed as an adult in Dumfries, Scotland, in 1995 by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
For details of where she has been seen since first ringing, click here
E McGeal
18 Dec1 Black Brant (Branta bernicla nigricans) at saleen, BelmulletD Suddaby
16 Dec36 Greenland White-fronted Geese at ErrisM Reilly
16 Dec1 drake Ring-necked Duck on Carrowmore Lake, 1 Hen Harrier seen near BangorM Reilly
14 DecBuzzard seen near LeenaneD Fabby
12 DecKing Eider still present at Frenchport Pier and seen from sculpture near Annagh HeadD Suddaby & M Reilly
10 DecFirst winter male King Eider Duck at Frenchport Pier, Annagh on the Mullet, along with 1 Glaucous Gull and 1 Iceland GullD Suddaby
10 Dec40 Twite seen at Dunnamo Gladree, on the MulletM Reilly
9 DecMale Hen Harrier seen north of CastlebarW Lavelle
6 Dec30+ Woodcock in wood near HollymountC Benson
1 Dec4 Waxwing seen feeding on a rowan tree at Garryduff near Castlebar. Keep an eye out around rowan trees, especially near churches and gardens for starling shaped birds which are buff in colour and sometimes show a small crest. This is a good time of year to spot themM McLoughlin
1 Dec1 male and 1 female Shoveler seen at Westport Quay, unusual for the time of year at this location, although are common in other areas of MayoM Hogan

23 Nov2 Merlin near HollymountC Benson
22 NovWigeons in field near Hollymount (locally scarce)C Benson
22 Nov3 Little Egret and 1 Kingfisher seen between Annagh and Murrisk, west of WestportD Daly
22 Nov Ring-billed Gull at Rosclave, just south of NewportS Meaney
20 NovSeawatching at Kilcummin Head:
51 Grey Phalarope, 1 Little Auk, 6 Twite, 6 Common Scoter, 7 Great Northern Diver, 6 Red-throated Diver
Small passage of common auks, gulls and Gannets
S Feeney
18 Nov3 Buzzard over Mullafarry Quarry near Killala, 4 Little Egret at KillalaJ Donnelly
17 Nov1 first winter Glaucous Gull at Annagh Beach on the MulletD Suddaby
16 Nov1 Green-winged Teal still on Carrowmore Lake near BangorM Reilly
15 Nov23 Light-bellied Brent Geese (including juveniles) at Lecanvey (between Westport and Louisburgh). They use this area when the small river flows into the sea at low tide as they have access to their feeding siteL Shelley
13 Nov1 juvenile Eider Duck at Annagh Beach on the MulletM Reilly
13 Nov6 Long-tailed Duck off Belderra on the MulletM Reilly
11 Nov2 Black-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver in Broadhaven Bay and 12 Black Guillemot at Shanahee on the MulletM Reilly
11 Nov1 juvenile Common Tern at Annagh Beach, on the MulletD Suddaby
11 Nov1 Snow Goose (adult, white morph) at Termoncarragh Marsh on the MulletD Suddaby
9 NovSeawatching at Kilcummin Head today:
A cold but enjoyable day. Total counts 0900-1500 hrs – 12 Great Northern Divers, 6 Red-throated Divers, 6 Little Auks, 262 Grey Phalaropes (lots of groups in double figures, very few singles), 1 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Manx Shearwater, 1 juvenile Little Gull, 6 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 1000 Kittiwakes, 30 Fulmars, 2 Storm Petrels, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 10 Twite, 2 Snow Bunting flew in off the sea.
Good number of Gannets, very small numbers of Guillemots and Razorbills
S Feeney
9 Nov1 adult male Black Redstart seen at Cogaula, near Westport. Last year on 29th Oct, a Black Redstart was found accidentally trapped in a building under construction at Aughagower, near Westport, but was released alive and wellO Norris
9 Nov2 Black-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Diver, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Peregrine, 2 Chough, 2 Light-bellied Brent Geese. 15 Greenland White-fronted Geese and c500 Barnacle Geese – all seen on the MulletD Pearson
9 Nov5 Crossbill and 1 Woodcock (first of the winter) near HollymountC Benson
8 Nov5 Great Northern Diver, 8 Common Scoter, 1 Bonxie, 1 Sooty Shearwater and 1 Harbour Porpoise at Kilcummin Head. Also good numbers of Gannets, Kittwakes and Fulmars and some Guillemot and RazorbillsD Pearson
8 Nov4 Little Egrets at Killala seen together very close to the road in the marshy area between Killala and Ross. Also over 800 Light-bellied Brent Geese seen in Killala Bay.W Stringer
7 Nov137 Whooper Swan in the fields near Foxford. This is the area that last year had many ringed swans.D Clarke
7 Nov1 Snow Goose with 7 Greylag Geese at Annagh Marsh and 2 Merlin at Annagh Head, as well as 8 Shoveler Duck at Termoncarragh, all on the MulletM Reiily
6 Nov1 Long-tailed Duck at Westport Quay – an unusual visitor for the areaD Fabby
4 Nov1 drake Green-winged Teal at Carrowmore Lake, near BangorM Reiily
4 Nov1 Ring-tail Hen Harrier near Geesala, BelmulletM Reiily
2 Nov1 drake Pintail Duck at Cross Lough and 460 Light-bellied Brent Geese at Carne – both on the MulletM Reiily
2 Nov72 Whooper Swan, 14 Mute Swan, 26 Tufted Duck at Lough Nagelia, Killawalla, Westport. This lake has had large numbers of Whoopers at this time of year in the last few years when they stop off before heading further south. They are usually gone in a couple of days.W Stringer
2 Nov420 Golden Plover, 170 Lapwing, 230 Tufted Duck, 860 Wigeon, 62 Greylag Geese at the turloughs 10km east of Ballinrobe.
The turloughs and fields 8-10kms east of Ballinrobe can hold very large numbers of Whoopers, waders and ducks at this time of year, but they tend to move from one area to another – even at different times of the day. In November 2007, this area held over 600 Whoopers and thousands of waders such as Golden Plover and Lapwing, as well as thousands of duck.
W Stringer
1 Nov1 adult Mediterranean Gull at Belmullet DocksM Reiily
1 Nov14 Purple Sandpiper with Turnstone near Roonagh, west of Louisburgh.
If you see Turnstone, check carefully to see if there are any Purple Sandpiper with them.
W Stringer
1 Nov1 Little Egret at Rosmoney, north of Westport.
There have been up to four seen in the Westport Quay area recently.
Kevin O’Reilly

October 2008

  • 1 Male Hen Harrier north of Castlebar (30th)
  • Fieldfare  at Ballinlough, north of Westport (30th)
  • Large numbers of Redwing reported from all round the county (30th)
  • 10 Red-breasted Merganser at Claggan/Inishcuttle, Kilmeena, Westport  (30th) 
  • 1 Green-winged Teal on Carrowmore Lake, near Bangor (27th)
  • 17 Pink-footed Geese on The Mullet (27th)
  • 1 Arctic Tern, Old Head near Louisburgh (26th)
  • 1 White-rumped  Sandpiper, Leam Lough on the Mullet (24th)
  • 30 Light-bellied Brent at Mulranny (23rd)
  • 400 Golden Plover near Hollymount (23rd)
  • 6 Swallow at Knappagh, Westport (21st Oct)
  • 1 Ring-tail Hen Harrier near Hollymount (20th Oct)
  • 1 Greenland Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe leucorhoa) on the Mullet (15th)
  • 1 Male Ring-necked Duck still on Carrowmore Lake, Bangor (13 Oct)
  •  1 Curlew Sandpiper at Annagh Beach on the Mullet  (11th)
  • Cuburni (Icelandic race) Redwing, near Belmullet (8th)
  • Tree Pipit, seen near Belmullet (8th)
  • 1 Greenland Wheatear at Leam on the Mullet (7th)
  • 1 x Long Billed Dowitcher
  • 2 x Pink-footed Geese
  • 1 x Carrion Crow
  • 4 Whooper Swans
  • All seen at Ronnah Lough, nr Kileen, (W of Louisburgh) (7th)
  • Snowy Owl – still at Deirbhile’s Twist Stone Circle, Termon Hill, Blacksod, area, 15 miles south of Belmullet (6th)
  • Little Blue Heron – Letterfrack, Co Galway – first record for Ireland (5th)
  • 37 Whoopers (including 4 young) on Loch Cullin – first report of Whoopers this season (5th)
  • Long-tailed Duck (female) and 4 x Whoopers in Knockmore Bay – Lough Conn (3rd)
  • 72 x Golden Plovers – Pontoon, Lough Conn (3rd)

Sightings from Belmullet on 5th October

1 x Snow Bunting
6 x Whooper Swans
100 Golden Plover
at Termoncarragh
75 x Barnacle Geese flew past Annagh Head 3-3.30pm
200 Golden Plover opposite Eagle Island

on 4th October
75 x Barnacle Geese flew past Annagh Head 6-7pm, along with
1 x Sooty & 5 x Manx Sheawater

on 3rd October

4 x Whooper
3 x Scaup
At Cross Lake
7 x Slavonian Grebe
2 x Red Throated & 6 x Great Northern Divers, 400 x Common Scote
At Shraigh
200 x Golden Plover, Tranmore

on 20th September
8 x Scaup, Cross Lough

Sightings form Lacken Strand / Killala Bay Area – 2nd October
7 x Pink Footed Geese
c250 Golden Plover
1 x American Golden Plover
1 x Curlew SandpIper
2 x Little Stint

Good Variety of Birds Seen from Kilcummin Head during September & October, including :
417 Grey Phalaropes
Skuas & Shearwaters

Chris Benson, Stephen Meaney, John Milroy, R Sauer, Dave Suddaby

  • Pomerine Skuas – 200 at Kilcummin Head, and over 30 on Loch Cullin (30th)
  • Tufted Duck – several hundred gathering on Loch Cullin (30th)
  • Snowy Owl – still at Deirbhile’s Twist Stone Circle, Termon Hill, Blacksod, area, 15 miles south of Belmullet (28th)
  • Swift – seen flying near the Ballinrobe Road, Westport (28th)
  • Snow Goose – Termoncarragh (26th)
  • Red-Eyed Vireo –  near Annagh on the Mullet (18th)
  • Pectoral Sandpiper – near Annagh on the Mullet (18th)
  • Barn Owl – seen between Pontoon and Ballina (17th)
  • Cormorants (31) and Pied Wagtails (50) in good numbers at Castle Burke, Lough Carra  (12th)
  • Little Gull – seen amongst Sandwich Terns at Unneraboy / Bertra, Murrisk (10th)
  • Kingfisher (3) and Yellowhammer (1) seen near Aughagower (9th)
  • Snowy Owl – still at Deirbhile’s Twist Stone Circle, Termon Hill, Blacksod, area, 15 miles south of Belmullet (8th)
  • 7 x Lapland Bunting at Termon Hill, Blacksod,  Belmullet (8th)
  • 11 x Crossbill, at Termon Hill, Blacksod,  Belmullet (8th)
  • Kingfisher – seen at Castle Carra, Lough Carra (7th)
  • Baird’s Sandpiper – Leam Lough, Belmullet (7th)
  • Long-Tailed Skuas – 9 seen at Broadhaven Bay, Belmullet (4th)
  • Pied Flycatcher – near Belmullet (4th)


Chris Benson, Dermot Breen, Micheal Casey, Michael David, Jackie Donnelly, Sean Geraghty, Wendy Stringer, Dave Suddaby

  • Brent Geese – 10 seen at Westport Quay (28th)
  • Juvenile Little Egret – seen with two adults at Westport Quay (30th)
  • Mediterranean Gull – juvenile, Westport Quay (29th)
  • Kingfisher – seen near Hollymount (29th)
  • Snowy Owl – Seen in the Fallmore / Deirbhile’s Twist Stone Circle, Termon Hill, Blacksod, area, 15 miles south of Belmullet (28th)
  • Spoonbill – seen in vicinity of Westport House (25th)
  • Ruff – 3 juvenile seen among 20 juvenile Black-Tailed Godwits at Lough Baun, Nr Roonah (17th)
  • Red Throated Diver – first summer seen on the River Moy, near the Cathederal in Ballina (7th)
  • Mediterranean Gulls – 2 seen at Belleck shore, River Moy between 9th & 20th July
  • Juvenile Peregrine seen over Partry Mountains (2nd)

Chris Benson, Mick Hogan

  • Buzzard – heard at Westport House (29th)
  • Barn Owl – nr. Holymount (21st)
  • Whooper Swan – 1 seen flying SE, near Holymount (20th)
  • Curlew – 58 near Holymount (19th)
  • Ring-Billed Gull – seen at Lough Mask (4th)

Derek McLoughlin, Stephen Meaney;

  • Basking Shark –  along with Common and Bottle Nosed Dolphin, off the coast of Achill (2nd)
  • Great Skua – Caher Island (1st)

Chris Benson, Dave Cabot, Eoin McGreal, Chris Huxley, John Milroy, Michael Reilly, Wendy Stringer

  • Marsh Harrier – over Lough Carra (31st)
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker – Moore Hall, nr. Castlebar (25th)
  • Iceland Gull – still present at Belmullet Docks (25th)
  • Iceland Gull at Broadhaven Bay, Belmullet (17th)
  • Iceland Gull – in 2nd winter plumage at Ballycroy (15th)
  • Barnacle Geese – satellite tagged whilst on Inishkea Islands on 4th April.
  • Subalpine Warbler – on the Mullet (14th)
  • Spotted Flycatch – Old Head, Louisburgh (13th )
  • Little Egret – one  present at Corragaun Lough, nr Killadoon, the first one seen there (6th)
  • Sedge Warblers – 7 heard calling around Grannard in North Mayo (5th)
  • Whimbrel – 16 at Dugort, Achill (4th)
  • White Wagtails – 2 at Dugort, Achill (4th)
  • Chough – 6 at Dugort, Achill (4th)
  • Whimbrel – continuous movements of flocks at Tullavbaun, nr. Killadoon – 17 at (3rd), also 36 at Tipp, and 50 at Elly, Belmullet on same day , 5 seen at Tullavbaun the following day (4th), followed by 7 more on 7th and 21 on 8th
  • Common Sandpipers – 3 seen at  Carrowmore Lake, Erris (2nd) and one on the coast at Tirrane, Belmullet (3rd)
  • Corncrakes – 2 different ones calling at Aghany, Roonagh, nr Louisburgh (1st)

Chris Benson, Dave Cabot, Don Cotton, Dave Fabby, Lynda Huxley, Derek McLoughlin, Lee McDaid, Eoin McGreal, Ruth-Ann Leak, Brendan Lyons, Lynn Mitchell, John Milroy, Ann Osbourne,  Michael Reilly, Ger Rogan, Wendy Stringer, Jimmy Tarpey

  • Corncrake – heard calling near Roongh, Louisburgh (30th)
  • Buzzard – seen flying over Westport (30th)
  • Whitethroat – near Hollymount (29th)
  • House Martin – over Knockmore Bay, Lough Conn (28th)
  • Swift – over Knockmore Bay, Lough Conn (28th)
  • Whimbel – 2 at Cross, Belmullet (23rd) – also 17 at Lecanvey (26th) and 100 at Cornfield, Hollymount (28th)
  • Grasshopper Warbler – near Louisburgh (21st)
  • White Wagtail – at Cross, Belmullet (23rd) and on Keel Strand, Achill (19th)
  • 5 male Barnacle Geese – fitted with satellite transmitters on Iniskeas on 5th April – still resident on 22nd.
  • Common Sandpiper – seen at Moore Hall (22nd)
  • Cuckoos – reports from across the county (from 21st)
  • Yellowhammers – seen Knappagh, Farnaught and Cloona, nr Westport (22nd & 20th)
  • Whimbrel – 33 at Lough Aghinny, Hollymount (22nd)
  • Grasshopper Warbler – heard near Hollymount (21st)
  • Cuckoo – near Kilkelly (17th)
  • Sandwich Terns – 2 at Lecanvey (17th)
  • Whimbrel seen at Lecanvery (17th)
  • Redwing – one late leaver seen near Hollymount (15th)
  • ‘Jaleel’ the Super Whooper – after a failed attempt to reach Iceland returned to Achill regaining strength before attempting the journey again.  At Termoncarragh, Belmullet on 16th.
  • Light Belled Brent Geese -131 still at Lecanvey (16th)
  • ‘Horned’ / Slavonian Grebe – Shraigh, Belmullet (10th)
  • Glaucous Gull – Clare Island (9th)
  • Willow Warblers – first report from Belcarra on 3rd, then influx across county on 8th
  • 2 Lesser Canada Geese – seen on Inish Kea island (7th)
  • Gyr Falcon – dark phase bird seen on Inish Kea island (7th)
  • Swallow – arrived near Bangor, Erris (7th)
  • Chiffchaff – first report from Brackloon Woods, near Westport (6th)
  • Glaucous Gull – Killadoon, nr Lousiburgh (5th)
  • Bekan Lake, near Ballyhaunis – hosted Whooper swans, Wigeon and Swallows – our winter and summer visitors meeting (4th)
  • Fieldfare at Lough Lannagh (3rd)
  • Redwings still present near Westport (3rd)
  • Chiffchaff near Hollymount (2nd)
  • Swallow near Hollymount (2nd)
  • Sand Martin near Hollymount (1st)
  • Immature Peregrine near Hollymount (1st)
  • Sandwich Terns at Beltra Strand (1st)
  • Wheatear – Termoncarragh, Belmullet (1st)

Richard Bonson, David Cabot, Fred Carroll, Tim Gordon, Eoin McGreal, Derek McLoughlin, Anne Molloy, Michael Reilly, Lorraine Shelley

  • Sand Martins – Carrowmore Beach, Louisburgh (31st)
  • Iceland Gull – first winter, Broadhaven Bay Docks, Belmullet (31st)
  • Sand Martins – Killala (29th)
  • Snowy Owl – seen in Blacksod area on the Mullet (25th)
  • Iceland Gull – Bertra Island (25th)
  • Brent Geese – 12 at Bertra Island (25th)
  • Sand Martin – Partry (23rd)
  • Whooper Swans – 40 at Roonagh Lough, Killadoon, Nr Louisburgh (21st)
  • Barnacle Geese – 45 at Roonagh Lough, Killadoon, Nr Louisburgh (21st)
  • Grey Plover – 2 at Roonagh Lough, Killadoon, Nr Louisburgh (21st)
  • Greylag Geese – 2 at Roonagh Lough, Killaddon, Nr Louisburgh (21st)
  • Hen Harrier – female seen near Dooaghtry, Killadoon, nr Louisburgh (17th)
  • Wheatear – seen at Keem, Achill (17th)
  • Golden Plover – 628 seem on Dooagh, Tullavbaun, Killadoon, nr Louisburgh (9th)
  • Iceland Gull – second winter, seen at Broadhaven Bay, Belmullet (5th)
  • Ring Necked Duck – 3 seen (drake, female & 1st winter female), Doogan Lough, Newport (1st)
  • Iceland Gull – Elly Bay, Mullet (1st)

Eoin McGreal, John Milroy, Michael Reilly, Wendy Stringer

  • Glaucous Gull – Clare Island (28th)
  • Purple Sandpipers – 11 seen with Turnstone at Bunatuckeen Strand, nr Roongh (W of Louisburgh); also 5 seen at Aughleam, Belmullet (27th)
  • Little Egret – Leam Lake, Barmagh, Belmullet (27th)
  • Glaucous Gull – Roonagh Lough (nr Louisburgh) (27th)
  • Mediterranean Gull – Carne, Blacksod Bay, Belmullet (5th)

Lynda Huxley, Lee McDaid, Eoin McGreal, Derek McLoughlin, John Milroy, Michael Reilly, Lorraine Shelley, Wendy Stringer, Dave Suddaby

  • Little Egret – in field near Claremorris (22nd)
  • Birds seen around Blacksod Bay / Broadhaven Bay included – Cackling Goose, Black Brant, Ring-Necked Duck, Green Winged Teal, Mediterranean, Glaucous, Icelandic Gulls (21st)
  • Green Sandpipers – 3 seen near Claremorris (21st)
  • Red-Necked Grebe – 2 seen off Srah, Balcksod Bay Belmullet (21st)
  • Light Bellied Brent – Rockfleet Castle (20th)
  • Hawkeye’, ringed Brent Goose feeding on Mulranny saltmarsh (14th)
  • Glaucous Gull – Doughmakeon (w of Louisburgh) (11th)
  • Ring-Necked Duck – seen on Carrowmore Lake, Erris (11th)
  • Purple Sandpipers – 3 seen with a group of turnstones at Roonah, Nr Louisburgh (8th)
  • Pintails – pair seen at Berta / Murrisk Abbey (8th)
  • Buzzard – spotted flying over Lahardane, Nr Ballina (6th)
  • Iceland Gull – Mulranny Pier (5th)

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Reported Sightings in December 2007

Wendy Stringer, Mick Hogan, Eoin McGreal, Chris Benson

  • Female Hen Harrier – near Hollymount (30th)
  • Female Blackcap – in garden in Killala (26th)
  • Iceland Gull – Carrowmore (24th)
  • Glaucous Gull – Clare Island (18th)
  • Ringed Light Bellied Goose at Mulranney (11th)
  • Barnacle Geese – 118 seen at Rosmurrevagh, nr Mulrraney (11th)
  • Ringed Necked Duck – male seen on Doogan Lough, nr Newport (13th)

Reported Sightings in November 2007

  • Whooper Swans & Light Bellied Brent – good numbers seen across the region
  • Green Winged Teal – Carrowmore, Erris (16th)
  • Greenland White Fronted Geese – 26 seen at North Claggan Mountain, Ballycroy (17th-McD)
  • Super-Whooper Swan – satellite tracked from Iceland, recnetly seen in Greaghans, E of Ballinrobe (14th-WS)
  • To keep up to date with all the ringed swans and geese, see
  • Little Auk – found dead on Barnynagappul Strand, Doogort, Achill (3rd-LMcD)
  • Mourning Dove – Inishboffin (3rd-TG)

Reported Sightings in October 2007

  • Black Redstart – Aughagower, Westport (29th-MC)
  • Spoonbill – 3 seen at Killala (29th-WS)
  • Little Stint – 2 seen at Killala (29th-WS)
  • Little Egret – 7 seen at Killala (29th-WS)
  • Merlin – seen at Westport Quay (26th-LS)
  • Siskin – several flocks migrating into Mayo over Killala (20th-MC)
  • Blue Winged Teal – Kilkerin, Partry (20th-LH)
  • Spoonbill – one still present at Westport Quay (21st-WS)
  • Tufted Ducks – over 700 seen on Lough Cullin (21st-RAL)
  • Fieldfares – present near Pontoon (21sr-RAL)
  • Little Egrets – 3 at Westport Quay & 5 at Killala (21st-WS & 20th-MC)
  • Glaucous Gull – first winter, seen at Roonagh Lough, Kiladoon, nr Louisburgh (16th-DC)
  • Swallow – four still resident at Hollymount (15th-CB)
  • Yellow-browed warbler – Belmullet (13th-CB)
  • Blackcap – Belmullet (13th-CB)
  • Redstart – Belmullet (13th-CB)
  • Chiffchaff – Belmullet (13th-CB)
  • Firecrest – Belmullet (13th-CB)
  • Redwings – moving across the county, can be heard calling at night (11th-WS)
  • American Golden Plover – seen in Tramore Bay, Srah  (6th-GM via DMcL)
  • Common Scoter – 558 seen in Blacksod Bay, Belmullet (6th-GM via DMcL)
  • Red Necked Grebe – 2 seen in Blacksod Bay, Belmullet (6th-GM via DMcL)
  • Hen Harrier – Termoncarragh, Belmullet seen in Blacksod Bay, Belmullet (6th-GM via DMcL)
  • Greylag & Pink Footed Geese – first sightings (2 grey & 1 pink) seen at Roonagh Lough, Killadoon, nr Louisburgh (5th-DC)
  • Buzzard – Kilmeena, Westport (3rd-EMcG)
  • Ruff – seen at Corragaun Lough, Killadoon, Nr Louisburgh (1st-DC)

Reported Sightings in September 2007

  • Redwings – seen at Glenlara, Belmullet,  (28th/29th – CB)
  • Hobby – seen at Glenlara, Belmullet (29th-CB)
  • Swallows – still present, 4 seen at Agughagower and 1 at Straide (29th-MH)
  • Merlin – seen on Belmullet (28th-CB)
  • Snowy Owl – Seen in the Fallmore / Deirbhile’s Twist Stone Circle, Termon Hill, Blacksod, area, 15 miles south of Belmullet,(Last reported sighting, 27th – WS)
  • Hen Harrier – seen flying at Killadoon, nr Louisburgh (28th- BV)
  • Garden Warbler – Glenlara, Belmullet (27th & 29th-CB)
  • Pectoral Sandpipers – 2 seen among a group of 107 golden plover at Dooagh, Tullavbaun, Killadoon (23rd-DC)
  • Chiffchaffs in song – two hear in Pontoon area (21st-RAL & JM)
  • Snowy Owl – Seen in the Fallmore / Deirbhile’s Twist Stone Circle, Termon Hill, Blacksod, area, 15 miles south of Belmullet,(21st-via WS)
  • Wigeon – seen at Westport Quay (12th-WS)
  • Teal – seen at Westport Quay (12th-WS)
  • Little Egret – 8 seen at Westport (12th-WS)
  • Red Necked Grebe – Blacksod Bay, Belmullet (10th – DS)
  • Lesser Yellowlegs – Annagh Beach, Belmullet (10th – DS)
  • Red Throated and Norther Divers, Killala Bay (MG-9th) Brent Geese – 7 seen over Bartargh Island, Killala Bay (MG-9th)
  • Grey Plover – 27 seen at Moyne Killala Bay (MG-9th)
  • Annagh Head -sightings 8th Sept
  • Fea’s / Zinos Petrel
  • 2 Great Shearwater
  • 2 Pomarine Skuas
  • 188 Sooty Shearwater
  • Seen by Richard Bonser visiting from the UK
  • sightings 10th Sept
  • 4164 Great Shearwater
  • 249 Sooty Shearwater
  • 1 Balearic Shearwater
  • 1 Sabine’s Gull
  • 16 Pomarine Skuas
  • 11 Artic Skuas
  • 16 Great Skuas (Bonxies)
  • See between 8 & 11 am by DS

See full list of sightings at Coirragaun Lough on 8th

  • Teal – 20 seen at at Coirragaun Lough, nr. Louisburgh(8th-DC)
  • Wigeon – 18 seen at at Coirragaun Lough, nr. Louisburgh(8th-DC)
  • Chough – 20 seen at Coirragaun Lough, nr. Louisburgh(8th-DC)
  • Water Rail – heard at Coirragaun Lough, nr. Louisburgh(8th-DC)
  • Greenshank – 9 seen at Coirragaun Lough, nr. Louisburgh(8th-DC)
  • Dunlin – flock of 50 seen at Coirragaun Lough, nr. Louisburgh(2nd-DC)
  • Pectoral Sandpipers – 2 seen at Coirragaun Lough, nr. Louisburgh(2nd-DC)
  • White Wagtails several seen at Coirragaun Lough, nr. Louisburgh(2nd-DC)
  • Peregrine – male seen at Coirragaun Lough, nr. Louisburgh(2nd-DC)
  • Little Egret – Annagh, Murrisk (30th Sept – BV & 2nd-WS)
  • Whimbrel – 2 seen at Emlagh, Louisburgh (2nd-WS)
  • Peregrine – Seen flying between white & silver strand, Clew Bay (1st-BV)

Reported Sightings in August 2007

  • Sparrowhawk seen feeding in a garden near Louisburgh (11th – AO)

Reported Sightings in July 2007

  • Green Sandpiper – seen at Hollymount (21st-CB)
  • Water Rail – two seen in the graveyard at Islandeady (18th – MH)
  • Merlin – seen near Knock from N17 (13th – CB)
  • Hen Harriers – pair seen at Killadoon, nr Louisburgh (2nd – BV)

Reported Sightings in June 2007

  • Arctic Skua – Loch Mask (10th-EMcG)
  • Collard Pratincole – Belmullet (6th-MH)
  • Great Skuas – pair seen on Caher Island (3rd-KM)

Reported Sightings in May 2007

  • Whimbrel – 18 seen at Erris Head, Belmullet(21st-DMcL)
  • Long Eared Owl – Beleek Woods, Ballina (17th-JM)
  • Buzzard – seen between Castlebar and Westport (7th-WS)

Reported Sightings in April 2007

  • Grasshopper Warblers – reported across Mayo (29th-WS&RAL)
  • Whitethroats – reported across Mayo (29th-WS&RAL)
  • Sedge Warbler – Carrowmore, Louisburgh (27th-LS)
  • Swift – Castleburke, Lough Carra (23rd-JM)
  • Shearwaters – Enniscrone a
  • Divers in summer plumage – good numbers of both northern & red throated at Enniscrone (21st-MG)
  • Harrier – possibly male Hen or Montague – Ballintubber (20th-ES)
  • Cuckoo – Westport & Knockmore, almost a week earlier than last year (19th-WS, 20th-LS&RAL)
  • Corncrake – confirmed west of Louisburgh (18th)
  • Starling – ringed in Lithuania, found dead at Holymount (15th- via MC)
  • Blackcap – singing at Lough Lannagh (15th-JM)
  • Gannets – seen diving off coast near Louisburgh (17th-LS)
  • House Martins – 4 seen at  Lennane (13th-LS)
  • Swallows – seen arriving across the county – (10th-RAL)
  • Brent Geese – 113 seen at Lecanvey (10th-WS)
  • Snow Bunting – Clare Island (10th-EMcG)
  • Chiffchaff – first reported for the season, Aghagower (Sraheen) (9th-LS)
  • Whinchat –  Aghagower (Sraheen) (9th-LS)
  • Barnacle Geese – 146 seen at Cross Strand,  Louisburgh (9th-RAL)
  • Whoopers, Barnacle, Greylag and White Fronted Geese – still at Lough Ronnagh, Cross, Louisburgh (8th-LS)
  • Tree Sparrow – Fallmore, Belmullet (7th-JG)
  • Peregrine – Keem Bay, Achill, also Basking Shark near shore (6th-BV)
  • Swallows – 2 seen at Louisburgh (6th-TG)

Reported Sightings in March 2007

  • Whinchat – seen on White Strand (31st-WS)
  • Willow Warblers arriving across the county
  • Redwings – 3 still present at Lough Lannagh (28th-JM)
  • Chiffchaffs – 2 heard at Lough Lannagh (28thJM)
  • Wheater – Claggan, Achill (25th-LS)
  • Icelandic Gulls – 8 or seen at Annagh / Terrmoncarragh, Belmullet – (24th-MC)
  • Glaucous Gulls – 2 seen at Annagh / Terrmoncarragh, Belmullet – (24th-MC)
  • Snow Bunting – 20 seen near the top of Nephin (23rd-WL)
  • Whoopers – approx 50 seen in V formation over Pontoon, heading NW possibly migrating  (22nd-JM&RAL)
  • Green Winged Teal – seen at Lissadell (15th-MC)
  • Sand Martins – four seen at Old Head, Louisburgh (12th-WS)
  • Willow Warbler – seen at Kileeran, Lough Carra (12th-L&CH)
  • Peregrine – seen active at Dooneen, South of Enniscrone (1st-MG)
  • Brent Geese – 300+ (2 ringed) grazing on the golf links, Enniscrone (1st-MG)
  • Icelandic Gulls – 2 seen at Enniscrone (1st-JD)

Reported Sightings in February 2007

  • Surf Scoters – 12 seen flying low across the water from Roonagh Pier, Louisburgh (26th-LS)
  • Icelandic Gulls – 14 seen near Connaugh Gold in Easkey, Co Sligo  (25th-SF via MC)
  • Little Egrets – 5 seen at Killala harbour  (25th-ME via MC)
  • Little Egrets – 2 still resident in Clew Bay, seen at Westport Quay  (20th-LS)
  • Brent Geese – 360 at Enniscrone (19th-MG)
  • Buzzards – 2 seen together at Glenwood, Sligo (18th-BB)
  • Ringed Billed Gull – Westport Quay(17th-WS)
  • Shags- 8 seen at Bunlough Point, Delvin, Louisburg (17th-LS)
  • Black Guillemots – 4 at Roonagh Pier, Louisburgh (1 in summer plumage).
  • Plus 2 in summer plumage at Bunlough Point, Devlin, Louisburgh   (16th-LS)
  • Snow Buntings – seen at Termon Hill, Belmullet on 14th(uncomfirmed)
  • Little Egrets – 2 at Mulrraney, appear to be over wintering (15th-JO’D)
  • Snowy Owl – seen on Belmullet on 11th(uncomfirmed)
  • Long-Tailed Duck – Bilberry Lough, between Westport & Castlebar (4th-LS)
  • Smew – Browntown, Loch Carra (2nd-LS)
  • Glaucous Gull–  2, Sruhir Strand & Roonagh Lough, Killeen, Louisburgh (6th-LS)
  • Icelandic Gulls – 2 at Enniscrone (1st-JD)q

Reported Sightings in January 2007

  • Icelandic Gull – 1st year winter seen at Belmullet Harbour (24th-JS) 
  • Barnacle Geese – 24 grazing on improved grassland Roonagh Lough (24th-DC)
  • Greylag Geese – 8 seen with 19 adult whoopers grazing on on improved grassland Roonagh Lough (24th-DC)
  • Glaucous Gull–  seen at Bunlough Point, Delvin, Louisburgh  (14th-LS); Also one second winter seen on Roonagh Lough (26th-DC)
  • Hen Harrier – on adult seen near Roonagh Lough (26th-DC)
  • Little Egrets – 2 at the Quay, Wesport and 1 at Murrisk – (6th-WS); 4 (poss 6) at Killala – (3rd-via RAL)
  • American Golden Plover – 1 seen among a group of 140 Golden Plover at Westport Quay (6th-WS)
  • Great Northern Divers – 3 moving into summer plumage Porturlin, North Mayo (5th-RAL); 2 at Killala – (3rd-via RAL)
  • Peregrine – 1 seen at Killala  (3rd-via RAL)
  • Spotted Redshank- 1 seen at Killala  (3rd-via RAL)

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Little Egret (© Helen Lawson)
Little Egret (© Helen Lawson)

Reported Sightings December 2006

  • Scaup – 20 seen on Cross Lough, Belmullet (28th-JG)
  • Glaucious Gull – Termancarragh / Annagh area, Belmullet (28th-JG)
  • Peregrine – seen rocketing along Carrowmore Strand, nr Louisburgh (28th-BV)
  • Light Bellied Brent – approx 50 at Mulranney, 2 ringed (23rd-JM)
  • Grey Plover – Clew Bay, (16th-JM)
  • Leaches Petrel – found at Bilberrry Lake (4th-JM)
  • Ringed Ouzel – Cloonagh, Westport (2nd-via LS)

Reported Sightings November 2006

  • Twite – between Louisburgh & Roonan (12th-BV)
  • Male Hen Harrier – Knockmore, Ballina (LM)
  • Tufted Ducks – approx 1500 on Loch Cullin (12th-RAL)
  • Little Stint – Scurmore (11th-MG)
  • Little Egret seen at Rossclave, Clew bay (5th-HvP)
  • Brent Geese at Lecanvey Pier (8th-LS)
  • Red Breasted Mergansers – Westport Quay (8th-LS)
  • Ruff at Scurmore, Killala Bay (2nd-MG)
  • Wigeon – seen in hundreds in Killala Bay (2nd-MG)
  • Golden Plover – flock of over 1000 seen at Dooneen (2nd-MG)
  • Great Nothern Divers – 5 seen off Old Head (2nd-JM)
  • Red Throated Diver – Lecanvey Pier (1st-LS)

Reported Sightings October 2006

  • Family of Yellow Hammers  – visiting garden near Westport (30th-WS)
  • Fieldfares – arrived in Party (28th-WS)
  • Whimbrel – Pigeon Poont, nr Westport (27th-NS)
  • Whoopers & Geese arriving, can be seen flying to their wintering grounds (various-25th)
  • Redwings – moving across the county, can be heard calling at night (25th – JM)
  • Barn Owl – seen between Westport and Newport (24th-NS)
  • Great Northern Diver – seen regularly by Poteen Island, Loch Conn (22nd – LM)
  • Little Egrets (3) – arrived at Kilalla (21st – LM)
  • Tree Sparrow – seen in garden near Newport (20th- DMcL)
  • Wigeon – 50 seen at Melcomb, Newport (19th- DMcL)
  • Turtle Dove – in a garden near Louisburgh (19th-LS)
  • White Rumped Sandpiper – Annagh Beach, Murrisk (16th-DS)
  • Lapwings – seen in good numbers near Kilalla (12th-J&NF)
  • Little Egrets (2) seen at Annagh, Murrisk (14th-WS)
  • Snowy Owl – Seen in the Fallmore / Deirbhile’s Twist Stone Circle, Termon Hill, Blacksod, area, 15 miles south of Belmullet, since 9th Sept.  Identified as 2nd winter female. Latest report of sighting 11th Oct (via WS)
  • Ruff – Scurmore near golf links, Enniscrone (MG – 10th)
  • Lesser Yellowlegs – Seen at Cross Loch, Belmullet (8th-WS)
  • Snow Bunting
    Seen on the Belmullet penninsular, near Snowy location (4th-KD&8th-WS)
  • Whooper Swans – reported arriving across Mayo (3rd-WS)
  • Teal – seen at Melcomb, Westport (3rd-DMcL)
  • Lapland Bunting – seen flying over near Snowy Owl site (4th-KD)
  • Twite – 100+ still on the Mullet, not returned to their wintering ground as yet (1st-DMcL)
  • Light Bellied Brent Geese – Dooneen, nr Enniscrone (1st-MG)
  • Wigeon, flock of 200 – Dooneen, nr Enniscrone (1st-MG)

Reported Sightings September 2006

  • Common Rosefinch, seen on the Belmullet penninsula (30th Sept – CM & SD)
  • Pied Flycatcher, seen on the Belmullet penninsular (30th Sept – CM & SD)
  • Lesser Yellowlegs, seen on the Belmullet penninsular (30th Sept – CM & SD)
  • Little Egrets – 2 returned to Annagh, Murrisk (21st-CB) (24th-WS)
  • Purple Sandpipers – good numbers seen west of Westport (16th-WS) 
  • Snowy Owl – Seen in the Fallmore / Deirbhile’s Twist Stone Circle, Termon Hill, Blacksod, area, 15 miles south of Belmullet, since 9th.  Identified as 2nd winter female. Latest report of sighting 10am 24th (DS/TG-9th), (MD-10th) (via RAL – 14th) (WS-15th) (TG-20th) (SM-21st) (WS-23rd) (RAL-24th)
  • Three Curlew Sandpipers – along with 40 Dunlin at Corragaun Lough, Kiladoon (13th-DCt)
  • Merlin – seen on the Ballinrobe Road near Castlebar (13th-CB).
  • Merlin – 2 seen near Kiladoon (13th-DCt)
  • Female Hen Harrier – Bartragh Island (10th-MG)
  • Grey Plover in summer plumage – on sand banks by Bartragh Island (10th-MG)

Reported Sightings in August 2006
August is a quiet month, there were no reported sightings

Reported Sightings in July 2006

  • 1 Little Egret, Westport Habour (11th) (WS)
  • 3 Whimbrel, Annagh, Murrisk (11th) (WS)
  • 6 Common Sandpipers, Barnabaun, Killadoon (14th) (WS)

Reported Sightings in June 2006

  • Large bird of prey seen regularly between Westport and Castlebar (WS)

Reported Sightings in May 2006

  • Turtle Doves near Westport  (17th) (AM)
  • Glaucous Gull, Belderrig Harbour, North Mayo (17th) (JM)
  • 35 Whimbrel, Belderrig Harbour, North Mayo (17th) (JM)
  • Buzzard seen regularly few miles south of Ballina (16th) (via WS)
  • Short Eared Owl, Annagh Beach, Belmullet (14th) (DMcL)
  • 16 Whimbrel, Lough Carra, Castleburke – locally called ‘May birds’ (7th) (JM) 

Reported Sightings in April 2006

  • Immature Golden Eagle over Bellacorrick (uncomfirmed)
  • Osprey seen over Loch Cullin, Pontoon (19th) DmcL
  • Egret spotted at Carraholly, Nr Newport (16th) via email
  • Corncrake at Roonagh (15th) via WS
  • Cuckoo heard on Achill (15th) via WS
  • Hawkeye‘ goose seen at Mulranney (9th) WS
  • Swallows reported across the county (4th)
  • 2 Common Cranes seen in Porturlin area, NW Mayo, last seen flying east (3rd) unconfirmed via JK/DS
  • 18 Gadwall near Moor Hall, Loch Carra (2nd)  JM
  • Sand Martins over Loch Carra (2nd) JM
  • 4 Sandwich Terns at Mulranney (2nd) WS
  • Golden Plover in Summer plummage on Loch Cullin (1st) JM

Reported Sightings in March 2006

  • Golden Plover in summer plumage on Lough Cullin (28th) JM
  • Short-eared Owl collided with a car near Ballina – but appeared unharmed (22nd) viaRAL
  • Female Long Tailed Duck among 50 tufted ducks at Bilberry Lake, 5 mls o/s C’Bar off Westport Rd) (21st) JM
  • Male Ring Necked Duck on Lough Doogan (19th) WS
  • 10 Great Northern Divers near Lecanvey Pier (14th) SG
  • Green Sandpiper at Lough Baun (12th) EMcG

Reported Sightings in February 2006

  • Male Hen Harrier, Derrynadiva, (2 mls N Cbar) (18th & 21st)
  • 60 Bar Tailed Godwits Back Strand, Beltra (14th) JM
  • Little Egret Annagh, Murrisk (14th) JM
  • Hen Harrier (female) Loch Cullin (11th) SM
  • 2 Little Egret – Ross Strand, Killala (5th) J&NF
  • 7 Yellowhammers – Knappagh, Westport (5th) WS
  • 6 Crossbills – Tavanaghmore, Knockmore (5th) LM
  • 1 Male Ring-necked Duck/ 16 Tufted Duck Lake Doogan Newport /C’bar Road (5th) WS
  • 1 Ring-billed Gull Westport (5th) CM
  • 2 Little Egrets – Annagh, Murrisk (5th) WS
  • 4 Black-throated Divers, 1 Red-throated Diver – Lecanvey Pier (5th) CM
  • 1 Little Egret – Greggans Ballycroy (1st) DF

Reported Sightings in January 2006

  • Little Egrets (3) at Annagh Island, Murrisk – first report of three birds together
  • Little Egrets (3) at Ross Strand, Killala (different birds to Murrisk)
  • Buzzard (1) near Attymass (unconfirmed sighting on 1st)
  • ‘Black Brant’ goose (1) among 36 Light Bellied Brent Geese at Lecanvey
  • Little Egrets (2) at Mulranny
  • ‘Hawkeye’ satellite tracked LB Brent and family at Mulranny

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Gannet (© Helen Lawson)
Gannet (© Helen Lawson)