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August 2019
 20th August: Common Crane, again present, Kiltullagh turlough.
 18th August: Balearic Shearwater, Silver Strand, Galway city (Aonghus O'Donaill).
 13th August: Dotterel, Brannock Island (Sean Pierce).
 11th August: Cattle Egret, again present, Rahasane turlough.
 9th August: 3 Juv. Ruff, Inishdawros Strand (Dermot Breen).
 8th August: 13 Mediterranean Gull, Kilkieran (Dermot Breen).
 8th August: Cattle Egret, Rahasane turlough (Paidi Cullinan).
 6th August: 3 (2 Juv. & Ringtail) Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk & Kestrel, Muckrush, Lough Corrib (Cathal Forkan).
 6th August: Juv. Hen Harrier, Kiltullagh turlough (Paidi Cullinan).
 6th August: Common Crane, again present, Kiltullagh turlough.
 2nd August: 3 (2 Ad. & Juv.) Mediterranean Gull, South Park, Galway city (Tom Cuffe).
 2nd August: Spotted Redshank, again present, Rusheen Bay, Galway city.
 2nd August: 2nd yr. Little Gull, Rusheen Bay, Galway city (Cathal Forkan).
July 2019
 29th July: 10 Little Tern, Omey Strand (Dermot Breen).
 27th July: 7 Whimbrel, Inis Meáin (Dermot Breen).
 27th July: 10 Mediterranean Gull, Fornais Island (Sean McCann).
 25th July: Common Crane, again present, Kiltullagh turlough.
 23rd July: Ad. Win. Mediterranean Gull, Rusheen Bay, Galway city (Cathal Forkan).
 23rd July: Ad. Ring-billed Gull, Nimmo's Pier, Galway city (Tom Cuffe).
 20th July: Spotted Redshank, again present, Rusheen Bay, Galway city.
 20th July: 3 Ruff, Rusheen Bay, Galway city (Henrik Brænder).
 18th July: Male Common Crossbill, Cappagh, Nr. Glennamaddy (Chris Peppiatt).
 18th July: Fem./Imm. Marsh Harrier, Muckrush, Lough Corrib (Aonghus O'Donaill).
 18th July: Common Crane, again present, Kiltullagh turlough.
 16th July: Common Crane, again present, Kiltullagh turlough.
 15th July: Common Crane, again present, Kiltullagh turlough.
 14th July: Common Crane, again present, Kiltullagh turlough.
 12th July: Common Crane, again present, Kiltullagh turlough.
 11th July: Balearic Shearwater, Inishbofin (Anthony McGeehan).
 11th July: Spotted Redshank, Rusheen Bay, Galway city (Aonghus O'Donaill).
 11th July: Common Crane, again present, Kiltullagh turlough.
 10th July: 23 Mediterranean Gull, Kilkieran Bay (Dermot Breen).
 10th July: Common Crane, again present, Kiltullagh turlough.
 9th July: Ad. Mediterranean Gull, Long Walk, Galway city (Tom Cuffe).
 9th July: Common Crane, again present, Kiltullagh turlough.
 7th July: Common Crane, again present, Kiltullagh turlough.
 6th July: Common Crane, again present, Kiltullagh turlough.
 3rd July: Common Crane, again present, Kiltullagh turlough.
 2nd July: Common Crane, again present, Kiltullagh turlough.
 2nd July: Ad. Rose-coloured Starling, Aillebrack Quay, Nr. Ballyconneely (Paddy O'Malley).
June 2019
 25th June: Common Crane, Kiltullagh turlough (Bill Cassidy).
 25th June: Ad. Yellow-legged Gull, again present, Caranavoodaun turlough.
 20th June: Hobby, M6 junction at Ballinasloe (Conor Henry).
 16th June: Ad. Yellow-legged Gull, Caranavoodaun turlough (Paul Troake).
 15th June: Common Quail, Nr. Lydacan turlough (Paul Troake).
 14th June: Common Rosefinch, Inishbofin (Anthony McGeehan).
 10th June: Min. 3 young Long-eared Owl, calling, Menlo, Galway city (Aonghus O'Donaill).
 6th June: Foster's Tern & 2 (AD. & 3rd yr.) Mediterranean Gull, again present, Inishroo, Corranroo Bay.
 2nd June: Ad. male Common Rosefinch, again present, Tower Callow.
 2nd June: Storm Petrel & Arctic Skua, Silver Strand, Galway city (Aonghus O'Donaill).
 1st June: Ad. male Common Rosefinch, again present, Tower Callow.
May 2019
 31st May: Ad. male Common Rosefinch, western side of Shannon at Tower Callow, opposite Banagher, Co. Offaly (John Murphy).
 26th May: Black-throated Diver, west off Ballynahown, Furbo (Henrik Brænder).
 25th May: 2 Mediterranean Gull, Inishroo, Corranroo Bay (Paidi Cullinan).
 24th May: Peregrine, Farravaun, Lough Corrib (Ted Mustard).
 22nd May: Spotted Flycatcher, Tooreen West (Paul Troake).
 22nd May: Ad. Foster's Tern, Inishroo, Corranroo Bay (Paul Troake).
 19th May: drake Garganey, again present, Muckrush, Lough Corrib.
 19th May: Pair Common Scoter, Roeillaun Island, Lough Corrib, Nr. Oughterard (Paidi Cullinan).
 19th May: 4 drake Garganey, 7 Pochard, 9 Shoveler, 2 Teal, Scaup, 9 Gadwall, 12 Tufted Duck, 64 Mallard, 2 Dunlin, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Snipe, 7 Redshank, 10+ Lapwing & 2 Cuckoo, Muckrush, Lough Corrib (Paidi Cullinan).
 18th May: Storm Petrel, off Lettermullan (Sean McCann).
 17th May: 2 Turtle Dove, Inishbofin (Dermot Breen).
 17th May: Broad-billed Sandpiper, Cloonamore Strand, Inishbofin (Gavin Ó Sé).
 16th May: 4 (two pairs) Spotted Flycatcher, Dangan, Galway city (Aonghus O'Donaill).
 9th May: Carrion Crow, again present, Ardmore, Nr. Clifden.
 8th May: 11 Common Crossbill, Old Town, Moycullen (Steve Bierley).
 8th May: Carrion Crow, Ardmore, Nr. Clifden (Dermot Breen).
 6th May: Ad. Summer Curlew Sandpiper, Great Skua & Puffin, Rossadillisk (Cathal Forkan).
 5th May: 2 Swift, Maunsells's Road, Galway city (Aonghus O'Donaill).
 5th May: Untagged White-tailed Eagle, again present, Muckrush, Lough Corrib.
 4th May: 100 Great Northern Diver, between Clifden & Ballyconneely (Dermot Breen).
 4th May: Black-throated Diver, off Mannin Bag (Dermot Breen).
 4th May: Pair Garganey, again present, Truska, Nr. Ballyconneely.
 4th May: Win. plumage White-billed Diver, again present Nr. Inishbofin (off Aughrusbeg).
 1st May: Swift, Oranmore (Martin Byrnes).
 1st May: White Wagtail & 44 Whimbrel, Mweenish Island (Paidi Cullinan).
 1st May: Swift, 2nd yr. Little Gull & Whooper Swan, Muckrush, Lough Corrib (Niall Keogh).
 1st May: 2 Whinchat, Whitethroat & Cuckoo, Clonfert (Paidi Cullinan).
April 2019
 28th April: Pomarine Skua, Ballynahown, Furbo (Henrik Brænder).
 27th April: 48 Pomarine Skua, 6 Arctic Skua, Great Skua & 2 (Ad. & Imm.) Little Gull, Mutton Island, Galway city (Marcin Pisula).
 27th April: 6-10 Great Skua, 6 Arctic Skua & approx. 50 Pomarine Skua, Silver Strand, Galway city (Aonghus O'Donaill & Cathal Forkan).
 26th April: Pair Garganey, again present, Truska, Nr. Ballyconneely.
 24th April: Whooper Swan (injured), still present, Church Lough, Inishbofin (Cathal Forkan).
 24th April: 2 Corncrake, Inishbofin (Cathal Forkan).
 23rd April: 2 Arctic Skua, 6 Common Tern, Ad. Little Gull & 11 Black-tailed Godwit, Muckrush, Lough Corrib (Niall Keogh).
 23rd April: 2 Black-throated Diver, off Mannin Beg, Nr. Ballyconneely (Dermot Breen).
 23rd April: Pair Garganey, Truska, Nr. Ballyconneely (Dermot Breen).
 23rd April: Cuckoo, Old Town, Moycullen (Steve Bierley).
 22nd April: Cuckoo, Lettergesh East (Nessa Walsh).
 21st April: Ad. Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Tern, Grasshopper Warbler, Cuckoo, 10+ Sedge Warbler & 8 Pochard, Lough Corrib (Paidi Cullinan).
 21st April: 2 White-tailed Eagle, Lough Alewnaghta, Co. Galway/Co. Clare border near Whitegate (Kevin Madden).
 20th April: Drake Green-winged Teal, Loch Barr an Phointe, Inishmore (Henrik Brænder).
 19th April: 2 Grasshopper Warbler, Clonbern (Chris Peppiatt).
 19th April: Cuckoo, Bearna (Cathal Forkan).
 19th April: 2 White Wagtail, Mutton Island, Galway city (Tom Cuffe & Cathal Forkan).
 19th April: 2 White Wagtail, Sedge Warbler, 2 Chough & 7 Lapwing, Finish Island, Carna (Dermot Breen).
 19th April: Cuckoo, Cornamona, Lough Corrib (Paul Troake).
 18th April: 6 Little Tern & 6 Whimbrel, Dog's/Gurteen Bay (Dermot Breen).
 17th April: 4 Little Tern, between Bearna and Spiddal (Henrik Brænder).
 17th April: Common Sandpiper, Omey Island (Dermot Breen).
 16th April: 5 Arctic Tern & several Common Tern, Rossaveal Harbour (Niall Keogh).
 16th April: Great Skua, Puffin & 110 Manx Shearwater, Galway bay between Rossaveal and Furbo (Niall Keogh).
 16th April: 15 Whimbrel, Rinville, Oranmore (Steve Bierley).
 16th April: Corncrake, Inishbofin (Anthony McGeehan).
 14th April: House Martin, Claregalway (Nuria Escalona Fernandez).
 14th April: 2 Arctic Tern, Ballyloughane, Galway city (Sean Walsh).
 14th April: House Martin, Claregalway (Nuria Escalona Fernandez).
 10th April: Win. plumage White-billed Diver, Inishbofin Ferry, between Cleggan & Inishbofin (Anthony McGeehan).
 9th April: 25 Fieldfare, Milltown (Chris Benson).
 9th April: 88 Shoveler & 8 Pintail, Maree/Ahapouleen turlough (Paul Troake).
 9th April: 12 House Martin, 160 Sand Martin, 320 Teal & 2 Shoveler, Rahasane turlough (Paul Troake).  8th April: Swallow, Cummer, Taum (Isidore Forde).
 7th April: White-tailed Eagle, Spiddal (Henrik Brænder).
 7th April: Whimbrel, Mweenish Island (Paidi Cullinan).
 6th April: 5 Common Buzzard, Cahermorris, Corrandulla (Peter Tyndall).
 1st April: Ad. White-tailed Eagle, south of Tuam (Gordon D'Arcy).
 1st April: 3 House Martin, 7 Swallow, 230 Sand Martin, 9 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 123 Black-tailed Godwit, 35 Golden Plover, 16 Whooper Swan, 220 Wigeon, 130 Teal & 6 Pintail, Rahasane turlough (Paul Troake).
March 2019
 31st March: 2 Willow Warbler, Lough Inch (Cathal Forkan).
 25th March: 18 Common Scoter, Newtownlynch (Paul Troake).
 25th March: Dark-bellied (B. b. bernicla) Brent Goose, Aughinish, Co. Galway/Co. Clare border (Paul Troake).
 25th March: 22 Long-tailed Duck, Galway Bay between county border at Aughinish & Kinvara (Paul Troake).
 25th March: 5 Manx Shearwater, Galway Bay (Niall Keogh).
 25th March: Swallow, Nun's Island, Galway city (Sean Walsh).
 24th March: 3 Wheatear & 14 Golden Plover, Omey Island (Paul Troake).
 24th March: Imm. White-tailed Eagle, 17 Greenland White-fronted Goose & Great White Egret, again present, Lough Corrib.
 24th March: 2 Velver Scoter, again present, off Mulroog.
 24th March: Sand Martin, Rahasane turlough (Paidi Cullinan).
 24th March: Cuckoo, Creganna Marsh (Mark Smyth).
 23rd March: White-tailed Eagle, 17 Greenland White-fronted Goose & 2 Merlin, Baranny, Lough Corrib (Aonghus O'Donaill & Cathal Forkan).
 23rd March: Wheatear, Inisheer lighthouse (Dixie Collins).
 23rd March: 2 Velver Scoter, again present, off Mulroog.
 23rd March: 2 Sand Martin & 3 Long-tailed Duck, Mulroog (Paul Troake).
 23rd March: 12 Common Buzzard, Bunnahavella, Corrandulla (Peter Tyndall).
 21st March: Swallow & 15 Greenland White-fronted Goose, Rostaff Lake (Ian O'Connor).
 20th March: Fem. Marsh Harrier, Trawmore, Inishmore (Helen Carty).
 20th March: 30 Whooper Swan, Glennamaddy turlough (Paidi Cullinan).
 18th March: 2 (1st Win. & 4th yr.) Iceland Gull, Rosroe Pier, Killary Harbour (Dermot Breen).
 18th March: 30-40 Greenland White-fronted Goose, Creganna Marsh (Mark Smyth).
 16th March: 2 Ad. Iceland Gull, Nimmo's Pier/Mutton Island, Galway city (Cathal Forkan).
 15th March: Snow Bunting, Mutton Island, Galway city (Sean Walsh).
 14th March: 2nd yr. Glaucous Gull (possibly same as Nimmo's Pier bird) & Ad. Iceland Gull, Spiddal Harbour (Paul Troake).
 14th March: 2nd yr. Glaucous Gull, again present, Nimmo's Pier, Galway city.
 13th March: 2nd yr. Glaucous Gull & 2nd yr. Little Gull, Nimmo's Pier/Mutton Island, Galway city (Niall Keogh & Paidi Cullinan).
 12th March: Ad. Iceland Gull & 1st Win. Little Gull, again present, Nimmo's Pier, Galway city.
 9th March: Male Long-tailed Duck, outer Kinvara Bay off Parkmore (Niall Keogh).
 9th March: 2 Eider, again present, outer Kinvara Bay off Parkmore.
 9th March: Forster's Tern, again present, Kinvara.
 9th March: 2 Velver Scoter, outer Kinvara Bay, off Mulroog (Paul Troake).
 9th March: Juv. Whooper Swan, again present, Nimmo's Pier, Galway city.
 9th March: 1st Win. Little Gull, Nimmo's Pier, Galway city (Chris Peppiatt).
 7th March: 5 Mediterranean Gull, Sruthán Pier, Carraroe (Dermot Breen).
 7th March: 21 Mediterranean Gull, Kilkieran Harbour (Dermot Breen).
 7th March: Forster's Tern, again present, Nimmo's Pier, Galway city.
 7th March: 2nd yr. Little Gull, Grattan beach, Salthill, Galway city (Cathal Forkan).
 6th March: 61 Shoveler & 14 Pintail, Maree/Ahapouleen turlough (Niall Keogh).
 6th March: Ad. Iceland Gull, Oranmore (Paidi Cullinan).
 6th March: Stock Dove, Ardfry (Paidi Cullinan).
 6th March: Spotted Redshank, again present, Kilcaimin.
 3rd March: Black-headed Gull, ringed as a pullus in 2017 in Poland, Nimmo's Pier, Galway city (Paidi Cullinan).
 3rd March: Ad. Iceland Gull, again present, Nimmo's Pier, Galway city.
February 2019
 28th February: Spotted Redshank, again present, Kilcaimin.
 28th February: Ad. Iceland Gull, 2nd Win. Glaucous Gull & Ad. Little Gull, Kilroe East, 3 km west of Spiddal (Steve Klasan & Jan Brinke).
 28th February: 2 (Ad. & 2nd yr.) Glaucous Gull, 2nd yr. Little Gull & 10 Sandwich Tern, Galway Bay, 2-5 km offshore between Furbo and Inverin (Niall Keogh).
 28th February: Dipper, Mill Street, Galway city (Neil Sharkey).
 28th February: 2 Chough, Lettermullan (Sean McCann).
 27th February: 3-4 Hen Harrier, 25 Goldeneye & 35 Scaup, Angliham & Baranny, Lough Corrib (Paidi Cullinan).
 27th February: Great White Egret, again present, Angliham, Lough Corrib.
 27th February: Ad. Iceland Gull, 17 Long-tailed Duck & 19 Red-throated Diver, Kilcolgan Point, Tawin (Paidi Cullinan).
 27th February: Forster's Tern, again present, Mutton Island, Galway city.
 24th February: 2nd Win. Iceland Gull, Salthill, Galway city (Andrew Power).
 21st February: 3 Common Buzzard, over Corandulla (Deirdre Comerford).
 21st February: 4 Common Crossbill, over Lough Atalia, Galway city (Niall Keogh).
 17th February: 73 Greenland White-fronted Goose, 100+ Pintail, 6 Greenshank, 140 Dunlin & Merlin, Rahasane turlough (Paidi Cullinan).
 16th February: Swallow, Inishmore (Oscar Franken).
 13th February: 4 Purple Sandpiper, Salthill, Galway city (Niall Keogh).
 13th February: Adult Iceland Gull, again present, Nimmo's Pier, Galway city.
 11th February: 1st Win. Little Gull, Mutton Island, Galway city (Aonghus O'Donaill).
 11th February: Drake Ring-necked Duck, again present, Caranavoodaun turlough.
 9th February: Twite, Rinville Point, Oranmore (Sean Walsh).
 8th February: Kingfisher, again present, Nimmo's Pier, Galway city.
 8th February: Glaucous Gull, Spiddal Pier (Sean McCann).
 8th February: 1st Win. Bonaparte's Gull & 3 (2 Ad. & 1st Win.) Little Gull, Blackrock, Salthill, Galway city (Aonghus O'Donaill & Cathal Forkan).
 7th February: Kingfisher, Nimmo's Pier, Galway city (Marty Kerrane).
 6th February: Adult Iceland Gull & 2 Sandwich Tern, Mutton Island, Galway city (Paidi Cullinan).
 6th February: Sub-adult White-tailed Eagle, over Mutton Island/Nimmo's Pier, Galway city (Paidi Cullinan).
 5th February: Great White Egret, Rincarna Point, Kilcolgan (Claire McLaughlin).
 4th February: 250 Barnacle Goose, off Lettermullan, possibly landed on Birmore Island (Sean McCann).
 2nd February: 6 Scaup & 2 Jack Snipe, Lough Atalia, Galway city (Sean Walsh).
 2nd February: Forster's Tern, again present, Mutton Island, Galway city.
 2nd February: 3 Great White Egret, again present, Angliham & Muckrush, Lough Corrib.
 2nd February: Untagged Male Marsh Harrier, Coarsefield, Lough Corrib (Dermot Breen).
 2nd February: 4th yr. Iceland Gull, Spiddal Pier (Dermot Breen).
January 2019
 27th January: Spotted Redshank, Kilcaimin (Paidi Cullinan).
 24th January: 69 Greenland White-fronted Goose, 178 Whooper Swan, 5,050 Wigeon, 165 Mallard, 760 Teal, 54 Pintail, 22 Shoveler, 5 Ruff, 2 Greenshank, 800 Lapwing, 2,500 Golden Plover, 200 Dunlin, Merlin & Peregrine Falcon, Rahasane turlough (Paul Troake).
 22nd January: "Aonghus" White-taied Eagle, Recess (Dermot Breen).
 22nd January: Black-throated Diver, Eyrephort, W. of Clifden (Dermot Breen).
 22nd January: Ad. Ring-billed Gull & Imm. Whooper Swan, again present, Nimmo's Pier, Galway city.
 20th January: 63 Greenland White-fronted Goose & Brambling, Belclare turlough (Sean Walsh).
 20th January: Ring-necked Duck, again present, Caranavoodaun turlough.
 20th January: Male Lesser Scaup, Lough Rea (Dermot Breen).
 20th January: 5 Pink-footed Goose & 104 Greenland White-fronted Goose, Glennamaddy turlough (Paidi Cullinan).
 19th January: 2nd yr. male Surf Scoter, again present, Dog's Bay, Roundstone.
 18th January: 2nd yr. male Surf Scoter, Dog's Bay, Roundstone (Dermot Breen).
 14th January: Ring-necked Duck, Caranavoodaun turlough (Tom Murtagh).
 14th January: 15 Scaup, Lough Atalia, Galway city (Niall Keogh).
 14th January: 63 Gadwall, again present, Lough Atalia, Galway city.
 13th January: Great White Egret & ringtail Hen Harrier, again present Muckrush, Lough Corrib.
 12th January: 9 Greenland White-fronted Goose, Curraghmore, Lough Corrib (Vivian Raine, Úna Fleming & Chris Peppiatt).
 12th January: 2 Great White Egret, again present Angliham & Muckrush, Lough Corrib.
 10th January: Black-throated Diver, Glassilaun beach (Tobias Ginsburg).
 10th January: 7 Greenland White-fronted Goose, Male Hen Harrier & Fem. Merlin, Letterfir (Dermot Breen).
 9th January: 4 Mediterranean Gull & 2 Spotted Redshank, Corranroo Bay (Paidi Cullinan).
 9th January: 35 Mediterranean Gull, Kilkieran (Dermot Breen).
 9th January: 2nd Yr. Bonaparte's Gull, Galway Bay, two kilometres south of Furbo (Niall Keogh, Andrew Power & Conall Hamill).
 8th January: Forster's Tern, again present, Kinvara.
 8th January: Common Sandpiper, Barna Pier (Cathal Forkan).
 8th January: Twite, Omey Island (Dermot Breen).
 7th January: Ad. Iceland Gull, Nimmo's Pier, Galway city (Cathal Forkan & Aonghus O'Donaill).
 7th January: Goosander, again present, Kilcolgan River, Moran's at the Weir.
 6th January: Juv. Whooper Swan, again present, Nimmo's Pier, Galway city.
 6th January: 63 Gadwall & 8 Scaup, Lough Atalia, Galway city (Chris Peppiatt).
 6th January: 2 Eider, again present, Traught/outer Kinvara Bay.
 6th January: Goosander, Kilcolgan River, Moran's at the Weir (Paul Troake).
 6th January: Velvet Scoter, again present, Parkmore.
 5th January: 13 Scaup, Lough Atalia, Galway city (Sean Walsh).
 5th January: 8 Long-tailed Duck, Parkmore (Cathal Forkan and Dermot Breen).
 5th January: Velvet Scoter, now present, Parkmore.
 5th January: Forster's Tern, again present, Traught and Kinvara.
 3rd January: Ad. Little Gulle, Rusheen Bay, Galway city (Cathal Forkan).
 3rd January: 2 Dark-bellied (B. b. bernicla) Brent Goose, Barna Pier (Cathal Forkan).
 3rd January: Slavonian Grebe, again present, Traught.
 3rd January: Fem./Imm. Velvet Scoter & 2 Long-tailed Duck, south of Island Eddy (Paul Troake).
 2nd January: Forster's Tern, again present, Ballynacloghy, Nr. Tawin.
 1st January: Barn Owl, Monivea (Paidi Cullinan).
 1st January: Slavonian Grebe & 2 Eider, Traught (Pat Lonergan).
 1st January: Ring-necked Duck, again present, Lough Rea.

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