Birds in and around the River Fergus in the center of Ennis, Ireland: August 2018.

Ennis is a lovely old town not far from the Shannon Airport close to the west coast of Ireland.

Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul

Just a stone’s throw from the hotel is the River Fergus. Here are some of the birds who frequent this area:

Greylag Goose

Greylag Goose

Greylag Goose with domestic goose


Lesser Black-backed Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull (juvenile)

Lesser Black-backed Gull (juvenile)

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Herring Gull

“Common” Gulls can be distinguished by their smallish size and slightly curved bills.

Common Gull

Common Gull

The Black-headed Gull is very common in Ireland. The head is really more of a dark-chocolate brown colour.

Black-headed Gull

Black-headed Gull. This gull is an adult non-breeder.

Black-headed Gull (juvenile)

Black-headed Gulls (juveniles)


Mallard with chicks

Here are some hybrid ducks:

I was interested to see this Grey Heron. Grey Herons look similar to our Great Blue Herons but I have never seen a Great Blue on a roof top.

Grey Heron

Pied Wagtails with their wagging tail behaviour are very common in Ireland.

Pied Wagtail


Miles Hearn


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