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 Sand Martin  6th March, River Corrib at Dangan, Galway city (Cathal Forkan).
 House Martin  5th April, Nimmo's Pier, Galway city (Tom Cuffe).
 Swallow  30th March, Lettermullan, Headford and Clarenbridge (Sean MCCann, Niel Sharkey & Pádraig Keirns).
 Swift  25th April, Dangan, Galway city (Cathal Forkan).
 Common Sandpiper  11th April, Derryclare Wood (Dermot Breen).
 Manx Shearwater  29th March, off Loughaunbeg (Aonghus O'Donaill).
 Whimbrel  8th April, Tully Cross (Dermot Breen).
 Marsh Harrier  24th April, Angliham, Lough Corrib (Jacob Mead).
 Osprey  
 Hobby  
 Common Tern  17th April, Loughaunbeg (Cathal Forkan).
 Arctic Tern  19th April, Curraghmore, Nr. Inchiquin, Lough Corrib (Neil Sharkey).
 Little Tern  17th April, Loughaunbeg (Cathal Forkan).
 Black Tern  
 Roseate Tern  
 Arctic Skua  26th April, Tawin (Paul Troake).
 Pomarine Skua  
 Great Skua  
 Long-tailed Skua  
 Willow Warbler  31st March, Bearna (Cathal Forkan).
 Wood Warbler  
 Sedge Warbler  22nd April, Ballyconneely (Dermot Breen).
 Whitethroat  25th April, Nr. Monivea (Paidi Cullinan).
 Lesser Whitethroat  
 Grasshopper Warbler  21st April, Bearna (Cathal Forkan).
 Garden Warbler  
 White Wagtail  17th April, Loughaunbeg (Cathal Forkan).
 Yellow Wagtail  
 Corncrake  
 Spotted Crake  
 Quail  
 Cuckoo  31st March, Rosmuc (Noreen Ryan).
 Turtle Dove  
 Nightjar  
 Wheatear  25th March: Tully Hill, Renvyle (Dermot Breen).
 Whinchat  
 Ring Ouzel  
 Spotted Flycatcher  
 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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