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2008 Migrants

 Sand Martin  18th March, Tuam (Jim Glennon)
 House Martin  4th May, Kilchreest (John Carey)
 Swallow  30th March, Headford (Cathy Cooper)
 Swift  6th May, Ballinasloe (Pete Capsey)
 Common Sandpiper  1st May, Lough Inch, Bearna (Brendan Power)
 Manx Shearwater  12th April, Galway Bay (Tom Chadwick, John Carey & Tim Griffin)
 Whimbrel  12th April, Silver Strand, Galway City (Tim Griffin)
 Marsh Harrier  Probably overwintered at Lough Corrib.
 Common Tern  
 Arctic Tern  7th May, Nimmo's Pier, Galway City (Tom Cuffe)
 Little Tern  17th April, Lough Rusheen, Galway City (Tim Griffin)
 Black Tern  
 Roseate Tern  
 Arctic Skua  5th May, Newtownlynch Pier (Tim Griffin)
 Pomarine Skua  
 Great Skua  28th June, Baile na hAbhainn (Tom Chadwick)
 Willow Warbler  4th April, Angliham, Lough Corrib (Tim Griffin)
 Sedge Warbler  20th April, Dyke Road, Galway City (Tim Griffin)
 Whitethroat  13th May, Ballybrit, Galway City (Mark O'Mahony)
 Grasshopper Warbler  23rd April, Cappagh, Galway City (Lionel Pilkington)
 Garden Warbler  
 White Wagtail  20th April, Mutton Island causeway, Galway City (Tom Cuffe).
 Corncrake  10th May, Omey Island (per Tim Gordon).
 Spotted Crake  
 Cuckoo   14th April, Bushypark, Galway City (Anne Murphy)
 Turtle Dove  
 Wheatear  17th March, Nr. Cleggan (Paul Troake)
 Whinchat  4th May, Bishop's Island, Clonfert (Tom Chadwick)
 Ring Ouzel  
 Spotted Flycatcher  11th May, Tuam (Mark O'Mahony)
 Pied Flycatcher  

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.

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