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 Sand Martin  19th March, Waterside, Galway city (Tom Cuffe).
 House Martin  10th April, Rahasane turlough (Paul Troake).
 Swallow  5th April, Fallagh & Loughrea (Sean Walsh & Tom Murtagh).
 Swift  29th April, Coolanillaun, Lough Corrib (Aonghus O'Donaill).
 Common Sandpiper  23rd April, Lough Invernagleragh, Rosmuc (Dermot Breen).
 Manx Shearwater  7th March, Galway Bay (Niall Keogh).
 Whimbrel  17th April, Oranmore (Paul Troake).
 Marsh Harrier  31st May, Angliham, Lough Corrib (Paidi Cullinan).
 Osprey  
 Hobby  26th May, Cleggan Head (Dermot Breen).
 Common Tern  19th April, Mutton Island, Galway city (Niall Keogh).
 Arctic Tern  17th April, Lough Atalia, Galway city (Niall Keogh).
 Little Tern  4th May, Trawmore, Inishmore (Dermot Breen).
 Black Tern  
 Roseate Tern  
 Arctic Skua  19th April, Lettermullan (Sean McCann).
 Pomarine Skua  3rd May, Silver Strand, Galway city (Niall Keogh).
 Great Skua  19th April, Tawin (Paul Troake).
 Long-tailed Skua  22nd April, Aughrusbeg, Cleggan (Brendan O'Connor).
 Willow Warbler  6th April, Lough Atalia, Galway city & Ballindereen (Niall Keogh & Paul Troake).
 Wood Warbler  
 Sedge Warbler  22nd April, Rahasane turlough (Paidi Cullinan).
 Whitethroat  23rd April, Rusheen Bay, Galway city (Sean Walsh).
 Lesser Whitethroat  
 Grasshopper Warbler  29th April, Dunsandle Wood, Kiltullagh, Athenry (Tom Murtagh).
 Garden Warbler  
 White Wagtail  7th April, Mutton Island, Galway city (Niall Keogh).
 Corncrake  25th April, Fawnmore, Inishbofin (Veronica Cunnane).
 Spotted Crake  
 Quail  
 Cuckoo  18th April, Moycullen (Pádraig Keirns).
 Turtle Dove  9th May, Inishmore (Ronan Mac Giollapharic).
 Nightjar  
 Wheatear  18th March, Ballyconneely (Mike Badley).
 Whinchat  
 Ring Ouzel  
 Spotted Flycatcher  14th May, Rosturra Wood (Tom Murtagh).
 Pied Flycatcher  
 Garganey  7th May, Rahasane turlough (Paul Troake).

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

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