Saturday, August 22, 2009

August 22, 2009: Birding Clare County, Ireland with John Murphy

Today we birded with Clare's John Murphy. It was a pleasure to meet John and bird Western Clare. John is also part of the website "Clare Birdwatching" - more great information about this beautiful region of Ireland and its birds. John's contact info is here.

We started out with one photo at Nature Quest:

Red Admiral

We started out heading south on R487 from the Nature Quest, heading towards "Loop Head". These photos were taken around Kilbaha

Eurasian Oystercatcher

Eurasian Curlew

Old Ruined House above Kilbaha was once owned by the Landlord Marcus Keane.

White Wagtail (above and below)

Eurasian Robin

Some photos between Kilbaha and Loop Head

Meadow Pipit

Found this confused young Barn Swallow (he was okay)

Pictures from the beautiful Loop Head Lighthouse area. This was one of the coolest places we have ever been!

Lots of Sea Aster

Flying Eurasian Oystercatchers

Black-legged Kittiwake

Common Raven


More flying oystercatchers

Northern Gannet (above and below)

Above and Below: Manx Shearwater

Manx Shearwaters

flying Dunlin

Common Gulls flying

Manx Shearwater

Above and Below: Rock Pipit


Bar Tailed Godwits

Some of the cool landscape found around the lighthouse

Rock Pipit

More flying Bar and Black Tailed Godwits, and Whimberel

Northern Fulmar

a young gull

young and adult Lesser Black Backed Gull

The large flock of shearwaters, gannets, gulls, etc. that we saw!

The Loop Head Lighthouse

Above and below: Northern Fulmar nests

Beautiful shot of the Irish coast from Loop Head

Now we drove to the nearby Bridge of Ross. It was quieter there

Winter Wren

Meadow Pipit

Devil's Bit Scabious

Interesting geological formations at the Bridge Of Ross
Below: The sea crashes against the rocks

The "Bridge Of Ross"

Another 'bridge' here that fell


Above and Below: Eurasian Kestrel

White Wagtail

Flying Chough

Eurasian Collared Dove

Common Raven

Ringed Plover

Black-Headed Gull

Eurasian Curlew

Eurasian Curlew

We had a great lunch at the Long Dock in Carrigaholt

The village of Carrigaholt

Our rental car license plate

Guinness and flowers!

On the road again, heading north

Grey Heron

a scenic road along the coast

Connemara Pony

Old hermitage on Bishop Island


On the coast near Quilty

Ringed Plover


Another old castle at Carrowmore Point

Bar-Tailed Godwit



Black-Headed Gull

Bar-Tailed Godwit


Ruddy Turnstone

A wild chicken running around!

Tubridy's in Doonbeg

Flying Teal in Doonbeg

A distant view of Lapwings was our only one this trip

Heading north from Doonbeg we found this fight between a Hen Harrier and Hooded Crow

Peregrine Falcon

We found this shag around Quilty

John Murphy holding an injured Dunlin


Ringed Plover (above and below)

Common Gulls

Ruddy Turnstone

Molting Black Headed Gull (above and below)

West Clare Railway in Moyasta

Jackdaws at the Railway site

Later that evening we went into Kilkee for dinner

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