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2003 Migrants

Sand Martin 14th March, Aughinish, Nr. Ballvaghan, Co. Clare (Michael Davis)
House Martin 26th April, R. Corrib, Galway City (Chris Peppiatt)
Swallow 2nd April, Clarinbridge (Gordon D'Arcy)
Swift 4th May, Galway City (Chris Peppiatt & Tim Griffin)
Common Sandpiper 21st April, Spiddal (per Irishbirding.com)
Whimbrel 15th April, Barna Pier (Michael Davis)
Common Tern 17th April, Nimmo's Pier, Galway City (Michael Davis & Chris Peppiatt)
Arctic Tern 27th April, Traught (Aonghus O'Donaill, Neil Sharkey & Gerry O'Keefe)
Little Tern 16th April, Inverin (Tim Griffin)
Black Tern
Roseate Tern
Willow Warbler 25th March, Dyke Road, Galway City (Chris Peppiatt)
Sedge Warbler 25th March, Dyke Road, Galway City (Chris Peppiatt)
Whitethroat 1st May, Nr. Milltown, Tuam (Chris Benson)
Grasshopper Warbler 17th April, Milltown, Nr. Tuam (Chris Benson)
Garden Warbler
Corncrake 11th May, Mweenish Island, Connemara (Seamus Collins)
Spotted Crake
Cuckoo 14th April, Poll na Clocha (Pádraig Keirns)
Turtle Dove
Wheatear 14th March, Inis Mór, Aran Islands (Anna Hahtola)
Ring Ouzel
Spotted Flycatcher 9th May, Rostaff, Co. Mayo (Roger Taylor)
Pied Flycatcher
Manx Shearwater 20th April, Inverin (Tim Griffin)
Arctic Skua 27th April, Traught (Ian Brophy, Enda McLoughlin & Chris Peppiatt)
Great Skua
Pomarine Skua 10th May, Silver Strand (Aonghus O'Donaill)

If you are interested in the pattern of bird migration in Ireland and Britain you may like to visit the BTO/BirdWatch Ireland Migration Site.

Phenology is the study of the dates of recurring natural phenomena such as the arrival and departure dates of migratory birds and the dates of bud break and flowering of plants and trees. It is thought that this type of study may be of particular relevance to Global Warming and other climatic phenomena.

The Irish Native Woodland Trust web site has a page via which you can contribute to this study.

© BirdWatch Galway 2004