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Friday, July 31, 2009

HELVICK: 2 Great Skuas, 3 Arctic Terns, approx. 25 Puffins & approx 12 Storm Petrels west. (Seawatch 17:30-19:30) (MC & CF).
RAM HEAD: 100 Manx Shearwaters west (seawatch 15:00-15:30) (SH).

Thursday, July 30, 2009

HELVICK HEAD: Arctic Skua, Storm Petrel & Black Guillemot west (seawatch 19:15-19:40) (MC).
BALLYMACARBRY: Dipper at Ballymacarbry Bridge, flock of 35+ Mistle Thrushes a half-km west of village (PMW).

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

ARDMORE: 2 Mediterranean Gulls at Curragh beach this evening (Sean Hogan).

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

HELVICK HEAD: 2 1st-summer SABINE'S GULLS, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 5 Pomarine Skuas, 1 Arctic Skua, 4 Storm Petrels & 2 Black Guillemots west (seawatch 18:56-20:30) (MC & CF).

WATERFORD CITY: 2 Mediterranean Gulls (same 1st-summer & a 2nd-winter) near King's Channel, below Blenheim Heights) (PA).

Sunday, July 26, 2009

HELVICK: 1 Great Skua, 2 Arctic Skuas, 2 Storm Petrels & 4 Puffins flew west. (Seawatch 19.05-20.05). (MC)
HELVICK HEAD: 3 Pomarine Skuas (2 adult & a 2nd-summer), 1 Common Scoter & 1+ Arctic Tern west (seawatch 17:40-18:40) (PMW).
DUNGARVAN: Adult Mediterranean Gull @ Ballyneety. (MC)
WATERFORD CITY: 3 Mediterranean Gulls (juvenile, 1st-summer & adult winter) just off King's Channel, below Blenheim Heights (Paul Archer).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Common Sandpiper on main boreen; 390 Manx Shearwaters west (190 east) in a 1-hr seawatch (08:15-09:15) (PMW).

Saturday, July 25, 2009

RAM HEAD: 98 chicks (most large & a few flying) at Kittiwake study plots - not as poor as some years; also 24 Silver Y, 2 Rush Veneer & 2 Painted Ladies along clifftops (PMW).
DUNGARVAN: Adult Mediterranean Gull and a Wheatear at The Cunnigar. (MC)

Friday, July 24, 2009

DUNGARVAN: Adult Mediterranean Gull @ Barnawee. (MC)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

CLONEA: Adult Mediterranean Gull @ Ballinclamper. (MC)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

CLONEA: Arctic Skua & 3 Common Sandpipers @ Ballinclamper. (MC)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

HELVICK: 1 Great Skua, 4 Storm Petrels & 1 Black Guillemot west. (Seawatch 19.10-20.10) (MC)

Monday, July 20, 2009

CLONEA: 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls at Ballinclamper (3H97 & unringed bird). (MC & MC Sr.)

Sunday, July 19, 2009

BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR: Adult Great Crested Grebe on main lake (PMW).

Friday, July 17, 2009

RAM HEAD: 500+ Manx Sheawaters, 4 Porpoise; 52 Common Scoter in 3 groups headed towards Youghal Bay (AM).

Sunday, July 12, 2009

CARROWGARRIFF: Spotted Flycatcher.
LISROE: Singing Grasshopper Warbler.   (BL)

CLONEA: White ringed 3H97, green ringed 3AV8 adult Mediterranean Gulls, 1st summer Mediterranean Gull, adult Arctic Tern and 1st summer Common Tern @ Ballinclamper later this evening. (MC)
CLONEA: Black-headed Gull (yellow ring 238B), adult (green ring 3AV8) Mediterranean Gull and 1st summer Mediterranean Gull @ Ballinclamper. (MC)

DUNGARVAN: Adult Mediterranean Gull @ Barnawee Bridge. (MC)

Saturday, July 11, 2009

DUNGARVAN: Water Rail @ Killongford and 3 Common Sandpipers at Ballyneety. (MC & CF)

CLONEA: Adult Mediterranean Gull (white ring 3H97), 1st Summer Mediterranean Gull and yellow ringed 238B Black-headed Gull (originally reported as 2388 & 238S). (MC & CF)

Friday, July 10, 2009

CLONEA STRAND: 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls at Ballinclamper (MC Sr).
DUNGARVAN: Adult Mediterranean Gull ( white ring on right leg; probably 3H97) & 2 Common Sandpipers @ Ballyneety. (MC)
DUNGARVAN: 11 Common Sandpipers between Park Hotel & Ballyneety Bridge (DC).

Thursday, July 09, 2009

CURRAGHMORE ESTATE (nr Portlaw): Jay & 2 separate Spotted Flycatchers, also 6 singing Blackcaps (PMW).
DUNGARVAN: Adult Mediterranean Gull, yellow ringed 238S Black-headed Gull & 2 Common Sandpipers at Barnawee Bridge. (MC)

CLONEA: 4 Common Sandpipers at Ballinclamper. (MC)

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

CLONDONNELL FOREST (nr Rathgormuck): Woodcock roding @ 21:50 &. 22:40 (PMW).
MOUNT MELLERAY: Jay in tetrad S00W (PMW).

Sunday, July 05, 2009

KNOCKAUN: 2 Jays during Bird Atlas T.T.V.(BL)
GLEN BRIDGE (nr Kilsheelan): 3 Jays & a Spotted Flycatcher; also a Spotted Flycatcher nr Glen Poer retreat house (PMW).

Saturday, July 04, 2009

NORTH COMERAGHS: Buzzard, male Hen Harrier & Jay (PMW).

CURRAGHTAGGART LAKE (nr Clonea Power): 3 Emperor dragonflies (2 males & ovipositing female) (PMW).

BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR: Adult Whooper / Mute Swan hybrid (PMW).

Friday, July 03, 2009

HELVICK HEAD: 425 Manx Shearwaters W (45 E), a Storm Petrel W & an Arctic Skua chasing Kittiwakes offshore (seawatch 21:00-21:30, PMW).

DUNGARVAN: 2 Mediterranean Gulls (1st-summer & 2nd-summer) at Ballyneety (MC).

CLONEA STRAND: Arctic Skua west & Common Sandpiper at Ballinclamper this evening (MC).

Thursday, July 02, 2009

BALLYNEETY: Adult Mediterranean Gull ( White darvic ring-probably Danish bird ) and 2 Common Sandpipers. (MC)
BARNAWEE BRIDGE: Adult Mediterranean Gull (MC)
DUNGARVAN: 2 Mediterranean Gulls (adult & 2nd-summer) at Barnawee (MC Sr).

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

DUNGARVAN: 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls at Ballyneety bridge, both ringed birds - 3h97 white ring right leg (Danish-ringed as seen at ballinclamper 30/6), 3AV8 green ring right leg; also 2 Common Sandpipers there (MC).