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Thursday, December 31, 2009

DUNGARVAN: Blackcap at garden feeder, Abbeyside (Patrick Veale).

BUNMAHON: 3 Common Scoters (2 flew west and one female on sea) (MC).

DERRIGAL: 230 Greylag Geese, 14 Whooper 2 Mute Swans (MC).

RIVER CLODIAGH: Green Sandpiper (MC).

DUNGARVAN: Black Brant & 3 Barnacle Geese at Ballyneety (MC); Black-necked Grebe off Abbeyside soccer pitch (MC Sr).

Monday, December 28, 2009


DUNGARVAN: 3 Barnacle Geese with Brent flock, Duckspool, just off road (MC). Female Blackcap at Strandside, Abbeyside (DC).

FERRY POINT: 5 Black Redstarts (CF, MC).

RINCREW: 2 4th-winter Yellow-legged Gulls, 1st-winter Glaucous Gull & 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls (CF, MC).

HELVICK: M & F Blackcap (CF, MC).

Sunday, December 27, 2009

TRAMORE BEACH: 4 Black Redstarts at town end on the rocks (Barry Howell).

TRAMORE BOATING LAKE: Smew again present (BH).

WATERFORD CITY CENTRE: Also a Black Redstart at Kilcohan shopping centre (BH).

DUNGARVAN: Adult Black Brant @ Ballyneety. (MC & CF)

CLONEA: Adult Dark-bellied Brent, 1 Whimbrel & 4 Purple Sandpipers @ Ballinclamper. (MC & CF)

RING: Whimbrel & Chiffchaff @ Knockanpower Lower. (MC & CF)

Saturday, December 26, 2009

WATERFORD CITY: 22 Lapwing over Ballybricken (DS).

EAST WATERFORD: Buzzard south of Waterford city (DMcG).

DUNGARVAN: 4 male Tufted Ducks feeding with 3 Goldeneye south of Ballyneety Bridge, 2 Great Northern Divers in the harbour (EB).
DUNGARVAN: Black Redstart @ Abbeyside Church. (MC); female Blackcap at peanut feeder, Abbeyside (June Hayes).

Friday, December 25, 2009

VILLIERSTOWN: Male Brambling just below Villierstown School (MC Sr).

DUNGARVAN: Black-necked Grebe off Ballinacourty Pier. (MC)

Thursday, December 24, 2009

WATERFORD CITY: 2 Blackcaps (male & female) & a Fieldfare in garden at St Herblain Park, the female Blackcap also yesterday, at peanut feeder (Ken & Breda Brennan); male Blackcap at Statoil on the Dunmore road near Ardkeen (DMcG).

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

DUNGARVAN HARBOUR: 2 Great Northern Divers (EB).

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

DUNGARVAN: 10 Little Grebes just downstream of Ballyneety Bridge (flock of 6 more usual here), also 3 Goldeneye (EB).

LITTLE ISLAND: Common Sandpiper near the ferry (DMcG).

Monday, December 21, 2009

DROMANA BRIDGE: Otter 100 m upstream, then swam down to Blackwater (EB)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

DUNGARVAN: BLACK-NECKED GREBE off Ballynacourty pier (MC).

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

DUNGARVAN TOWN: Black Redstart in garden (FO'C).

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

RINCREW (Tourig estuary): Adult Yellow-legged Gull, 1st-winter Glaucous Gull & 2 Iceland Gulls (1st-w & 2nd-w) (Paul Moore).

Sunday, December 13, 2009

DUNGARVAN: Merlin, Green Sandpiper & 4 Goldeneye (1 male) at Ballyneety, Great Northern Diver at Ballynacourty (DC); 4 Great Northern Divers off Ballynacourty (Eugene Burke).

Nr BALLYDWAN: Merlin at Ballynahila (PMW).
DUNGARVAN: Adult Black Brant @ Ballyneety. (MC)
CLONEA: 2 Purple Sandpipers @ Ballinclamper. (MC)
BALLYVOONEY COVE: Female-type Black Redstart. (MC)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Nr LEMYBRIEN: Merlin, Ballylinch (PMW).
DUNGARVAN: Adult Dark-bellied Brent at the Sports Centre. (MC)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

DUNGARVAN: Pygmy Sperm Whale stranded at the Cunnigar (AM).

HELVICK HEAD: 50 Common Dolphins (AM).

RAM HEAD: 2 Red-throated Divers & 30 Common Dolphins (AM).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Female Merlin, Water Rail heard and Chiffchaff at the new racecourse, Lisselan (DMcG).

Monday, December 07, 2009

WATERFORD CITY: Black Redstart at Waterford Crystal visitor centre (DC).

Sunday, December 06, 2009

ARDMORE BAY: Adult or 3rd-winter Yellow-legged Gull in gull roost, also 110 Lesser Black-backed, 700+ Common, 430+ Black-headed & 6+ Herring Gulls, 10+ Kittiwakes; 35 Sanderling on beach (16:05-16:30, PMW).
PORTLAW: 138 Greylag Geese including the returning neck-collar ringed bird (NBX). (MC)
DUNMORE-EAST: 5 Purple Sandpipers outside the pier wall. (MC)
TRAMORE: Smew and Tufted Duck still on the boating lake. (MC)
BALLYVOYLE COVE: Dipper at Ballyvoyle Bridge, Chiffchaff 1 km upstream (PMW).

Friday, December 04, 2009