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 Sand Martin  6th April, Connemara National Park (Dermot Breen).
 House Martin  9th April, Tooreen West, Nr. Ballinderreen (Paul Troake).
 Swallow  4th April, Loughrea (Tom Murtagh).
 Swift  30th April, Oranmore (Martin Byrnes).
 Common Sandpiper  16th April, Cleggan Bay (Dermot Breen).
 Manx Shearwater  10th March, Baile na hAbhainn (Paul Troake).
 Whimbrel  14th April, Kinvara Bay (Paul Troake).
 Marsh Harrier  
 Osprey  7th May, Lough Kinlea (Ross Callanan).
 Hobby  22nd May, R349 Nr. Loughrea (Pete Capsey).
 Common Tern  16th April, Cleggan Bay (Dermot Breen).
 Arctic Tern  8th May, Curramore, Lough Corrib (Neil Sharkey).
 Little Tern  15th April, Spiddal Beach (Aonghus O'Donaill).
 Black Tern  
 Roseate Tern  
 Arctic Skua  10th May, Eeragh, Lettermullan (Sean McCann).
 Pomarine Skua  .
 Great Skua  .
 Long-tailed Skua  
 Willow Warbler  25th March, Lough Nalareagh & Bearna (Paidi Cullinan & Cathal Forkan).
 Wood Warbler  
 Sedge Warbler  15th April, Cloghballymore, Nr. Ballinderreen (Paul Troake).
 Whitethroat  17th April, Pollagh, Nr. Ballinderreen (Paul Troake).
 Lesser Whitethroat  
 Grasshopper Warbler  8th April, Bearna (Cathal Forkan).
 Garden Warbler  
 White Wagtail  .
 Yellow Wagtail  14th May, Bunowen Pier, Ballyconneely (John Roberts).
 Corncrake  17th April, Rossadillisk (per Ciaran Reaney).
 Spotted Crake  
 Quail  .
 Cuckoo  19th April, Tirellan, Galway city (Tom Cuffe).
 Turtle Dove  .
 Nightjar  
 Wheatear  22nd March, Cleggan Head (Dermot Breen).
 Whinchat  .
 Ring Ouzel  
 Spotted Flycatcher  26th April, Moivea Woods (Paidi Cullinan).
 Pied Flycatcher  
 Garganey  .

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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