Comharchumann Oileán Árainn Mhóir, Arranmore Island, County Donegal, Ireland on the Wild Atlantic Way - Slí An Atlantaigh Fhiáin

Birdwatching

Puffin, Wheatear, Stonechat, Fieldfare, Chough and Meadow Pipit - birds that can be seen on Arranmore Island, County Donegal, Ireland
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The following is a list of some of the birds which can be observed on Oileán Árainn Mhóir.

Name of bird Irish Name When observed
Artic Skija Meirleach Artach Good numbers seen daily.
Brambling Breacan One seen in trees by hotel
Black Redstart Earrdeargan dubhFemale seen at lighthouse 1993.
Chough Cag Cosdearg Common bird on Island.
Citrine Wagtail Glasog Liomoin One seen in hotel gardens 1993.
Fieldfare Sacan Three seen near the lighthouse.
Gannet Gainead Good numbers seen daily.
Great ShearwaterCanog mhorFlock of 1200 seen near lighthouse.
Great SkijaMeirleach mor Good numbers seen daily.
Kittiwake Saidhbhear Good numbers seen daily.
Leach’s Petrel Guairdeall Gabhlach Seen only when birds are blown inshore in very windy conditions.
Meadow Pipit Riabhog Chladaigh Seen around the coast.
Mearlin Meirliun Five birds seen, possibly on migration from Iceland.
Pallas’s Warbler Ceolaire PhallaisOne bird found between Lough Shore and the lighthouse 1993.
Raven Fiach dubh Some birds seen daily.
Redwing Deargan Sneachta Small numbers arrive daily.
Rock Pipit Riabhog Mhona Resident on island moors and on passage from Iceland.
Snowy Owl Ulchabhan Sneachta One long-staying young male. One on Rannaigh Point Aug 2004
Sooty ShearwaterCanog ShuicheFew seen daily rare.
Storm Petrel Guairdeall Seen daily in strong winds.
Stonechat Caislin Cloch Resident and some passage birds present on lowland coastal areas.
Wheatear Clochran Seen daily in small numbers along the cliffs and around the lighthouse.
Whooper SwanEala Ghorach Seven birds seen at Lough Shior.
The Semi-Palmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus)One on Leabgarrow Strand 2002

Other birds which can be seen include:

BlackbirdFulmar Puffin
Black-backed Gull Guillemont
RazorbillBlack Hooded Gull Goldcrest
Ringed Plover Bluetit Herring Gull
RobinChaffinch Hooded Crow
ShagCommon Gull Jackdaw
StarlingCurlewWhimbrill

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