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This page is devoted to recent bird sightings in County Galway.
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June 2017
 5th June: Chough, 2 Arctic Skua & 20 Storm Petrel, Tawin (Paul Troake).
 3rd June: Corncrake, Rossadillisk, Cleggan (Mary Cosgrove).
 1st June: Peregrine, Angliham, Lough Corrib (Daniel Cushen).
May 2017
 30th May: Great White Egret, Nr, Gort (Paul Troake).
 27th May: Great Grey Shrike, Castlegar, Galway city (Sean Walsh).
 25th May: Black Redstart (possible), Ballyloughane, Galway city (Neil Sharkey).
 17th May: Red-necked Grebe, Mutton Island, Galway city (Marcin Pisula).
 5th May: Corncrake (calling) & 2 Swift, Middlequarter, Inishbofin (Chris Peppiatt).
 5th May: Swift, Palmer's Rock, Salthill, Galway city (Brendan Dunne).
 2nd May: 16 Purple Sandpiper, Palmer's Rock, Salthill, Galway city (Brendan Dunne).
 2nd May: Common Crane, Inishbofin (Anthony McGeehan, Gerry Condron & Tom McCormack).
April 2017
 30th April: Nightjar (churring), Oranhill, Oranmore (Ciaran Loughnane).
 23rd April: Pair Common Buzzard, Killimor (Deirdre Lyons).
 19th April: Cuckoo, Curramore, Nr. Headford (Neil Sharkey).
 18th April: Whimbrel, Curramore, Nr. Headford (Neil Sharkey).
 17th April: 3 Whimbrel, Ballyloughane, Galway city (Liz Quinn).
 16th April: Black-throated Diver & Arctic Tern, South Park beach, Galway city (Tom Cuffe).
 12th April: Wheatear, Nimmo's Pier, Galway city (Denis Cody).
 10th April: Corncrake, Inishbofin (Anthony McGeehan).
 10th April: Cuckoo, Old Town, Moycullen (Steve Bierley).
 3rd April: Cattle Egret, Seancheibh, Spiddal (Declan Mac Cuarta).
March 2017
 26th March: Willow Warbler, Lough Inch, Nr. Bearna (Cathal Forkan).
 25th March: Black Swan, Nimmo's Pier, Galway city (Steve Walton).
 25th March: Twite, An Cuan Mor, Nr. Spiddal (Neil Sharkey).
 25th March: Willow Warbler, Luimnagh West, Lough Corrib (Deirdre Comerford).
 22nd March: Sand Martin, Blackrock, Salthill, Galway city (Steve Bierley).
 15th March: Swallow, Nimmo's Pier, Galway city (Sean O'Callaghan).
 14th March: 2 Common Buzzard, Claregalway (Jim Glennon).
 13th March: Sand Martin, Tuam (Jim Glennon).
 12th March: 6 Waxwing, Castlelawn Heights, Galway city (Marcin Pisula).
 3rd March: 26 Waxwing, Rosscahill (Steve Bierley).
February 2017
 24th February: 20 Waxwing, Rosscahill School (Steve Bierley).
 19th February: 2 Iceland Gull, Rossaveal (Alex Ash).
 19th February: 2nd Win. Kumlien's Gull, again present, Rossaveal.
 18th February: 2nd Win. Kumlien's Gull & Iceland Gull, again present, Rossaveal.
 18th February: Black Redstart, again present, Barna Pier.
 17th February: Drake Ring-necked Duck, again present, Lough Rea.
 17th February: Red Squirrel, Luimnagh West, Lough Corrib (Deirdre Comerford).
 15th February: 2nd Win. Glaucous Gull, Spiddal (Padi Cullinan).
 15th February: Black Redstart, again present, Barna Pier.
 15th February: 4 Waxwing, again present, Knockranny, Nr. Moycullen.
 9th February: 4 Waxwing, again present, Knockranny, Nr. Moycullen.
 8th February: 2 Great White Egret, again preesent, mouth of River Clare, Lough Corrib.
 8th February: 21 Waxwing, Ballybrit Business Park, Galway city (John Curley).
 8th February: 4 Waxwing, Knockranny, Nr. Moycullen (Paul Troake).
 5th February: 3 Iceland Gull & Little Gull, Spiddal (Alex Ash).
 5th February: 58 Greenland White-fronted Goose, Belclare turlough (Dermot Breen).
 5th February: Todd's Canada Goose, again present, Belclare turlough.
 5th February: Drake Ring-necked Duck, again present, Lough Rea.
 5th February: Black Redstart, again present, Barna Pier.
 4th February: 2nd yr. Little Gull, 3rd yr. Mediterranean Gull, 2 Ad. Ring-billed Gull & Otter, Nimmo's Pier, Galway city (Niall Keogh).
 4th February: 2nd Win. Iceland Gull, again present, Rossaveal.
 4th February: Black Redstart, again present, Ballyconneely.
 4th February: Great White Egret, again present, Angliham, Lough Corrib.
 4th February: Lapland Bunting, Cregoduff, Ballyconneely (Dermot Breen).
 4th February: Juv. Glaucous Gull & 3rd yr. Iceland Gull, Spiddal (Alex Ash).
 4th February: Black Redstart, again present, Barna Pier.
 3rd February: Ad. Win. Laughing Gull, off Cregoduff beach, Ballyconneely, in front of golf club (Dermot Breen).
January 2017
 31st January: Female Velvet Scoter, Illanaboe, Lough Derg (Alex Ash).
 31st January: Snowy Owl, again present, NW of Spiddal.
 28th January: Ad. Little Gull, Furbo (Alex Ash).
 26th January: 2nd Win. Kumlien's Gull & 2nd Win. Iceland Gull, again present, Rossaveal.
 26th January: 17 Mediterranean Gull, Kilkieran Harbour (Dermot Breen).
 24th January: 2nd Win. Kumlien's Gull, 2nd Win. Iceland Gull & 2nd Win. Glaucous Gull, Rossaveal (Dermot Breen).
 22nd January: Drake Green-winged Teal, again present, Kinvara.
 21st January: Siberian Chiffchaff, Lough Atalia Road, Galway city (Niall Keogh).
 21st January: Black Redstart, again present, Barna Pier.
 21st January: Great White Egret, again present, Muckrush, Lough Corrib.
 21st January: Todd's Canada Goose, again present, Belclare turlough.
 21st January: Male White-tailed Eagle ('Star'), 2 Great White Egret, 3 Little Egret, 27 Whooper Swan, 6 Gadwall, 505 Tufted Duck & 1,190 Coot, Lower Lough Corrib Count, Lough Corrib (Aoife Boyd, Marianne ten Cate, Eamonn Delaney, Una Fleming, Jo Gordon, Niall Keogh, Neil Sharkey, Philip Walton, Stephen Walton & Tristram Whyte).
 21st January: 2 Great Northern Diver, Lough Corrib (Dylan Storey Branagh).
 21st January: 23 Waxwing, Bushypark Lawn, Galway city (Peter Forrest).
 19th January: Drake Green-winged Teal, again present, Kinvara.
 19th January: Waxwing, Carrowgarriff, Maam (Dermot Breen).
 18th January: Black Redstart, again present, Barna Pier.
 18th January: Snowy Owl, again present, NW of Spiddal.
 15th January: Black Redstart, again present, Barna Pier.
 15th January: Todd's Canada Goose, again present, Belclare turlough.
 15th January: 3rd yr. Iceland Gull, again present, Spiddal.
 14th January: Drake Green-winged Teal, again present, Kinvara.
 14th January: 2 Ad. Ring-billed Gull, again present, Nimmo's Pier, Galway city.
 14th January: Slavonian Grebe, Coral Strand, Ballyconneely (Dermot Breen).
 14th January: Black Redstart, again present, Ballyconneely.
 14th January: 1st Win. Iceland Gull, Mutton Island, Galway city (Tom Cuffe).
 14th January: Ad. Win. Forster's Tern & 7 Purple Sandpiper, again present, Salthill, Galway city.
 13th January: 2nd Win. Glaucous Gull, again present, Cleggan Harbour.
 13th January: 2-1st Win. Iceland Gull, Omey Strand (Dermot Breen).
 10th January: 1st Win. Iceland Gull, Rossaveal (Dermot Breen).
 6th January: 7 Waxwing, Ballybrit, Galway city (John Curley).
 4th January: 2 Slavonian Grebe, again present, between Ardfry and Tawin.
 4th January: Pacific Diver, again present, Kilcolgan Point, Tawin.
 3rd January: Iceland Gull, Spiddal (Alex Ash).
 3rd January: Drake Ring-necked Duck, again present, Lough Rea.
 3rd January: Great Northern Diver & 610 Shoveler, Lough Rea (Paul Troake).
 3rd January: Whimbrel, Pollagh, Kinvara (Paul Troake).
 2nd January: Drake Lesser Scaup & Drake Ring-necked Duck, again present, Lough Rea.
 2nd January: Great White Egret, Angliham, Lough Corrib (Neil Ellis).
 1st January: Drake Green-winged Teal, again present, Kinvara.
 1st January: Drake Lesser Scaup, again present, Lough Rea.
 1st January: Snowy Owl, again present, between Inveran and Spiddal.

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