Monday, 6 May 2013
I paid another visit to the Coonagh Nature Reserve on Sunday morning (May 5th) to check it out for new arrivals and was pleased to find a pair of Garganey. This duck is a regular but scarce summer visitor to Ireland and can often be difficult to catch up it due to its discrete habits at potential breeding sites. These birds were roosting on the grassy verge of the small middle lagoon and seemed to be relatively approachable. The species is quite rare in County Limerick, though maybe under recorded. This was the sixth record for the County and the second for the site, the first being on a male on the same lagoon in mid May last year. The birds eventually took to the wing and moved off into one of the many pools in the willows on the south side of the upper lagoon.