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This page is devoted to recent bird sightings in County Galway.
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 September 2021
 19th September: Juv. Curlew Sandpiper, Rusheen Bay, Galway city (Dermot Breen).
 19th September: 7 Ruff, Rahasane turlough (Paul Troake).
 19th September: Juv. Little-ringed Plover, Juv. Pectoral Sandpiper, Juv. Little Stint, Wood Sandpiper, 2 Juv. Ruff, 4 Common Sandpiper & Garganey, again present, Caranavoodaun turlough.
 18th September: Juv. Baird's Sandpiper, Inishdawros Strand (Dermot Breen).
 17th September: Kingfisher, Canal Road Upper, Eglinton Canal, Galway city (Cathal Forkan).
 16th September: Marsh Harrier, differing from bird seen earlier this month, Angliham, Lough Corrib (Aonghus O'Donail).
 16th September: Ad. White-tailed Eagle, again present, lower Lough Corrib.
 16th September: Juv. Little-ringed Plover, Juv. Pectoral Sandpiper & Wood Sandpiper, again present, Caranavoodaun turlough.
 15th September: Common Buzzard & Spotted Flycatcher, Inishmore (Dermot Breen).
 15th September: Glossy Ibis, Caranavoodaun turlough (Paul Troake).
 15th September: 2 Juv. Little-ringed Plover, 2 Juv. Pectoral Sandpiper, Juv. Little Stint, 3 Wood Sandpiper & Garganey, again present, Caranavoodaun turlough.
 14th September: 11 Mediterranean Gull, Kilkieran Bay (Dermot Breen).
 14th September: Ad. White-tailed Eagle, Angliham, Lough Corrib (Aonghus O'Donail).
 13th September: Little Stint & Wood Sandpiper, again present, Caranavoodaun turlough.
 12th September: 2 Juv. Little-ringed Plover, Juv. Pectoral Sandpiper, 2 Juv. Little Stint, Wood Sandpiper & Green Sandpiper, again present, Caranavoodaun turlough.
 12th September: Tree Pipit, over Renvyle Point (Niall Keogh).
 11th September: 2 White Wagtail, Ballyconneely Bay (Dermot Breen).
 11th September: 2 Curlew Sandpiper, Crompaun Bay (Dermot Breen).
 11th September: Wood Sandpiper & Garganey, Rahasane turlough (Paul Troake).
 11th September: 2 Juv. Little-ringed Plover, 2 Juv. Pectoral Sandpiper, 2 Juv. Little Stint, 2 Wood Sandpiper, Juv. Ruff, 2 Garganey & Osprey, Caranavoodaun turlough (Paul Troake & Tom Murtagh).
 10th September: 2 Curlew Sandpiper, Kilcaimin (John Curley).
 10th September: Little Stint, Sanderling & Spotted Redshank, Rusheen Bay, Galway city (Gerard Walshe).
 10th September: ringtail Hen Harrier & 2nd yr. Fem. Marsh Harrier, still present, Muckrush, Lough Corrib.
 10th September: 2-1st yr. Little Gull & Black Tern, Angliham, Lough Corrib (Paul Troake).
 10th September: Pectoral Sandpiper & Wood Sandpiper, Caranavoodaun turlough (Sean Pierce).
 9th September: 2 Wheatear & 40 Red-breasted Merganser, Tawin (Neil Ellis).
 9th September: 4 Pectoral Sandpiper, Muckrush, Lough Corrib (Aonghus O'Donaill & Ian Brophy).
 9th September: Pied Flycatcher, Kilmurvey woods, Inishmore (Cathal Forkan).
 9th September: Arctic Skua & 2 Minke Whale, Loughaunbeg, Galway Bay (Aonghus O'Donaill).
 8th September: ringtail Hen Harrier & 2nd yr. Fem. Marsh Harrier, still present, Muckrush, Lough Corrib.
 8th September: 2 Pectoral Sandpiper & Juv. Little Stint, Muckrush, Lough Corrib (Paul Troake).
 7th September: Ad. White-tailed Eagle, Barna (Cathal Forkan).
 7th September: 2 Wood Sandpiper & Juv. Little-ringed Plover, still present, Caranavoodaun turlough.
 6th September: Reed Warbler, Inishbofin (Dermot Breen).
 6th September: 2 Green Sandpiper, Lydacan turlough (Paul Troake).
 6th September: 4 Wood Sandpiper, Juv. Little-ringed Plover, 2 Garganey, 4 Gadwall, 2 Pintail, Peregrine & 4 Common Buzzard, Caranavoodaun turlough (Paul Troake).
 5th September: 3 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, Curlew Sandpiper & Common Sandpiper, Caranavoodaun turlough (Dermot Breen).
 5th September: 3 Juv. Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpiper & Spotted Redshank, Rusheen Bay, Galway city (Dermot Breen & Gerard Walshe).
 5th September: 3 Little Stint, 2 Peregrine, ringtail Hen Harrier & 2nd yr. Fem. Marsh Harrier, Muckrush, Lough Corrib (Aonghus O'Donaill).
 4th September: Dotterel, heard in flight over Frenchman's Beach, Inishmore (Paul Troake).
 4th September: Barred Warbler, St. Colman's Church, Inishbofin (Gerard Walshe).
 3rd September: Glossy Ibis, Inishbofin.
 3rd September: Glossy Ibis, Rosleague, Letterfrack (Brian Graham).
 2nd September: Juv. Spotted Redshank, Murlach, Ballyconneely (Dermot Breen).
 2nd September: Juv. Little-ringed Plover, Wood Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 2 Gadwall & Whooper Swan, again present, Caranavoodaun turlough.
 1st September: 2 Ruff, 2 Pintail & Whooper Swan, Caranavoodaun turlough (Tom Murtagh & Chris Peppiatt).
 1st September: 2 Garganey, Green Sandpiper & Common Sandpiper, still present, Caranavoodaun turlough.
 August 2021
 31st August: 4 Ruff, Rahasane turlough (Dermot Breen).
 31st August: 2 (Male & Female) Garganey, Black Tern, Fem. Marsh Harrier & 3 Black-tailed Godwit, Muckrush, Lough Corrib (Cathal Forkan).
 31st August: Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, Juv. Little-ringed Plover & 2 Garganey, Caranavoodaun turlough (Paul Troake).
 29th August: 5 Corncrake (Adult & 4 young), Inishbofin (per Inishbofin Nature Trust).
 29th August: 2 Garganey, 3 Gadwall, 13 Wigeon, 10 Teal & 9 Shoveler, Caranavoodaun turlough (Ray Glynn).
 29th August: Spotted Flycatcher, Inishbofin (Gerard Walshe).
 27th August: Green Sandpiper, in flight over Knocknacarra, Galway city (Aonghus O'Donaill).
 25th August: White-tailed Eagle, Annaghdown Bay, Lough Corrib (Peter Tyndall).
 25th August: Osprey, Renville, Oranmore (Sean Holland).
 21st August: Garganey & Ruff, Rahasane turlough (Paul Troake).
 20th August: Green Sandpiper & Kingfisher, Belagill Bridge, River Suck, Cos. Galway/Roscommon border (Pete Capsey).
 18th August: Great-spotted Woodpecker, Portumna Forest Park (Michael Ryan).
 18th August: Juv. Little Gull, Muckrush, Lough Corrib (Sean Holland).
 15th August: Spotted Redshank, 3 Knot & Little Gull, Rusheen Bay, Galway city (Dermot Breen).
 12th August: Drake Garganey, 350 mallard, 8 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 3 Common Sandpiper, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 120 Lapwing & 42 Little Egret, Rahasane turlough (Paul Troake).
 2nd August: 2 Wilson's Petrel, 17 Storm Petrel, Balearic Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 8 Arctic Tern, Long-tailed Skua, Great Skua & 21 Puffin, from a boat 4-5 kilometres south of Inishmeain (Mike Sylvia).

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