Lough Ree birds
Lough Ree is famous for its wide variety of birds. Breeding species include Mute swan, Moorhen, Coot, Water Rail, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Tufted Duck, waders such as Lapwing, Snipe, Curlew, Redshank, gulls such as Black-Headed, Common and Lesser Black-Backed Gulls. Rare breeding species are the Common Tern and Common Scoter.
The wetland hosts a large number of wintering birds such as Whooper Swan,
Greenland White-Fronted Geese, Wigeon, Pochard, Teal, Goldeneye, Golden Plovers, etc. Hares, swallows, swifts, pheasants, many butterflies etc. use the
open areas. There have been sightings recently of Merlins and little Egrets.
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