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Saturday, 21 January 2012

Grus grus

Common Cranes were at Ardfert in the early morning but were elusive! Crane footprints, 21st January 2012 (Davey Farrar).

There have been only six records of Common Crane in Co. Kerry, as follows: 
1, Tralee Bay (shot), in 1826.
2, Derrynane Bay November 1851 (1 shot).
5, Ballinskelligs Bay November 1851 (1 shot).
1, shot at an unknown location in Kerry, present October to February 1940-41.
1, near Ardfert, February and March 2003.
The record of this flock of three occurred in almost the exact area of the 2003 record 
(with thanks to Ed Carty for additional info).