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Archives for Clare Birdwatching Sites (C-E) » Clare Birdwatching

Carrigaholt is 6km from Kilkee. Take road No. R488. Much of the coastline around the village has public access, making viewing of the bay extremely easy.
There is a picnic area along the seafront entering into the village on the Kilkee road. There is also a car park in the center of the village and next to the castle on the new pier.

In winter the bay can have Great Northern Diver, Cormorant, Black Guillemot, a small flock of Brent Geese with the occasional Greater Scaup, Red-breasted Merganser, and Red-throated Diver. The beach and rocky shore hold wildfowl and wading birds like, Teal, Wigeon, Mallard, Oystercatcher, Grey Golden, and Ringed Plovers, Redshank, Greenshank, Curlew, Dunlin, Sanderling Turnstone and the odd Bar-tailed Godwit.

Scarce migrants have included Little Egrets, Green and Common Sandpipers, all observed  up the Moyarta River that flows under the main bridge on approach to the village from Kilkee.  Common Eider, Little, Glaucous and Iceland gulls, Great and Arctic Skuas have all been observed from the top of the main pier wall on open water beyond the castle. Gannets sometimes perch on the pier wall and Black Guillemot nest in the walls and have nested in the old castle.


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Archives for Clare Birdwatching Sites (A-B) » Clare Birdwatching

In winter it is very good for wildfowl especially ducks and hosts many other species of waders on its wet meadowed shores.The lake holds breeding Great Crested and Little Grebes. Rare or scarce birds found on the lake were Ring-necked Ducks, Ruddy Ducks, Little Egrets, Great White Egret, American Wigeon, Little Gulls, Green-winged Teal and Jack Snipe.


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In recent years the town has expanded dramatically, with new holiday homes springing up throughout, adding to the character of this seaside resort.The town offers lots of amenities with a large variety and choice of accommodation, backed up by plenty of good bars and restaurants for visitors. Life on this storm battered coast can be hard and flocks of birds regularly take shelter on the beach and the grassy slopes during times of rough weather.


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Archives for Clare Birdwatching Sites (M-Z) » Clare Birdwatching

These hills are located North of Tulla and East of Feakle.They are one of the few parts of Clare where Red Grouse can still be seen. The heather covered hills with newly planted spruce plantations play home to a small variety of upland birds. Archives for Clare Birdwatching Sites » Clare Birdwatching.


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A Kestrel, three Skylarks and a mixed flock of finches were also in the area.A flock of 70 Wigeon, 50 Tufted Duck, 20 Teal, 17 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall, 25 Mute Swans, 20 Cormorants, a Water Rail, 16 Greylag Geese and 44 Whooper Swans were at Lough Gur.