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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Nr ARDMORE: Buzzard (DC).

DUNGARVAN: Female Brambling in town garden. (MC)


RINCREW: 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls. (MC, CF)

VILLIERSTOWN: Male Brambling in garden just below Villierstown school (MC Snr).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND (incl. boating lake): 4 Shoveler, 200 Mallard, 665+ Brent Geese, 33 Mute Swans & 165 Lesser Black-backed Gulls also 33 Mute Swans (JiP, PMW); 1st-winter Mediterranean Gull at Boating Lake (JiP).

Friday, January 29, 2010

DUNGARVAN: 4 Long-tailed Tits at Southways estate, Abbeyside (EB).

Sunday, January 24, 2010

DUNGARVAN: Black-necked Grebe and Common Scoter in the bay. Black Brant and Merlin @ Ballyneety. (MC)
TRAMORE: Female/imm SMEW & 1st-winter Mediterranean Gull at Boating Lake (Jim Power); 31 Lesser Black-backed Gulls off beach (BF).

Saturday, January 23, 2010

DUNGARVAN: Black-necked Grebe & Common Scoter in the bay. 2 Jack Snipe at The Cunnigar. (MC, CF)
NEWPORT: Merlin. (MC, CF)
TRAMORE BOATING LAKE: Female/imm SMEW, male & female Gadwall, & 1st-winter Mediterranean Gull (PMW).

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

No reports today

Monday, January 18, 2010

BLACKWATER VALLEY: Green-winged Teal at Villierstown Quay (MC Snr).

Sunday, January 17, 2010

LISMORE: Hen Harrier, Woodcock & Dipper @ Boggaghdaun. 8 Crossbills and a Treecreeper at nearby Knockaunabulloga near The Vee. (MC)

Blackwater Callows: 48 Whooper Swans just east of Ballyduff (Denis Cullen).

Saturday, January 16, 2010

TIBBERAGHNY BOG (Co Kilkenny): 180 Greylag Geese, 55 Whooper Swans & 4 Little Egrets. (PMW).

FIDDOWN BRIDGE (Waterford / Kilkenny): 198 Teal.

COOLFIN: 93 Greylag Goose & 11 Whooper Swans.

DERRIGAL / PORTNASCULLY: 15 Greylag Geese, 5 Whooper Swans & 2 Greenshank.

CORBALLYMORE WOOD: 220 Woodpigeon & 2 Stock Doves.
TRAMORE: Smew, Tufted Duck & Adult Mediterranean Gull at the boating lake. (MC & CF)
RINCREW: 1st Winter Iceland Gull, Adult Yellow-legged Gull & 2nd W Mediterranean Gull (Green Darvic Ring on Left Leg). (MC & CF)

Friday, January 15, 2010

Thursday, January 14, 2010

PORTLAW: Kingfisher (DC).

Monday, January 11, 2010

DUNGARVAN: 11 Shoveler & Black-necked Grebe off the Pitch & Putt Course. (MC)

Sunday, January 10, 2010

DUNGARVAN: 12 Shoveler off the Pitch & Putt Course. (MC, EB, CF, FO'C)
DUNGARVAN: Male Gadwall @ Ballyneety Bridge, Black-necked Grebe off the Sports Centre & Adult Black Brant @ Western Bay in the fields. (MC, EB, CF, FO'C)
DUNGARVAN: Male Pochard between pond & Dungarvan castle (EB, MC).

Saturday, January 09, 2010

DUNGARVAN: 10-20 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare & 2 Blackcaps (Male & Female) in town garden (MC); female Blackcap, 10+ Redwings, 2 Fieldfares at Southways, Abbeyside (EB); 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Northern Divers, 20+ Red-breasted Mergansers off Abbeysde Church (EB).

WATERFORD CITY: 10-12 Redwings in garden at King's Channel (first time seen here) (DMcG).

Friday, January 08, 2010

DUNGARVAN: Black Redstart at GlaxoSmithKline (Mark Foley); c6 Redwings in garden (first for the garden) at Abbeyside (June Hayes).

WATERFORD CITY: 7 Redwings in garden at Francis Street (DS); 1 Redwing in garden at Collins Avenue (Tadhg O'Carroll); 12 Redwings & 2 Blackcaps (male & female) in garden at Upper yellow Road (Brian Forristal).

Thursday, January 07, 2010

WATERFORD CITY: Snipe foraging in grassy area near back carpark of WIT (DMcG).

DUNGARVAN: Male & female Blackcap, Fieldfare at Strandside, Abbeyside (DC).

HELVICK HEAD: 60 Common Dolphins, 4 Red-throated Divers and an unidentified large falcon (AM). Apparently the same falcon also seen catching a bird at Clonea Road, Dungarvan, today (per DC).

RAM HEAD: 3+ Fin Whales & 20 Common Dolphins (AM).
WATERFORD CITY: Female Blackcap still present at St Herblain park, also Redwings & Fieldfares today (KB & BB).

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

DUNGARVAN: Male & female Blackcap daily at Strandside, Abbeyside (DC).

TRAMORE: 2 Redwings in garden (first ever for the garden) (Anne Phelan).

WATERFORD CITY: Male Blackcap around garden at King's Channel (6th-8th January) (DMcG).

Monday, January 04, 2010

CROHAUN: Long-eared Owl hunting at 7 pm (DC).

DUNGARVAN: Black-necked Grebe still showing well off Ballynacourty Pier, Gold Coast (MC Sr).

Sunday, January 03, 2010

DUNGARVAN: Black-headed Gull (Left leg yellow colour-ringed 238B), ringed at Lough Mask, Mayo in 2007 on beach in front of the Gold Coast Hotel. This bird was previously seen in July 2009 at nearby Ballinclamper.
In the very same area, a colour-ringed Bar-tailed Godwit was seen, believed to be part of a Dutch ringing scheme. Awaiting details of this record. (MC)
FERRYPOINT: 3 female-type Black Redstarts. (MC)
ARDMORE: Adult Mediterranean Gull on the beach. Common Scoter flew east at Whiting Bay and up to 30 Tree Sparrows at nearby Ballysallagh. (MC)
TRAMORE: 1st winter Mediterranean Gull at the boating lake. (MC)
WATERFORD CITY: Blackcap, Lesser Redpoll & Bullfinch in garden at Francis Street; up to 3 Blackcaps at bird-table daily for last 3 weeks (DS).

Saturday, January 02, 2010

DUNGARVAN: Adult Black Brant & 3 Barnacle Geese @ Ballyneety. Common Scoter in the bay. Kingfisher & Green Sandpiper on the River Brickey @ Killongford. (MC & CF)
RING: Whimbrel @ Knockanpower Lower. (MC & CF)
CLONEA: 6 Red-throated Divers offshore and 1 Purple Sandpiper @ Ballinclamper. (MC & CF)

Friday, January 01, 2010

WHITING BAY: Black Redstart (Kevin Collins).

WATERFORD CITY: Male Blackcap in garden at King's Channel (DMcG).
DUNGARVAN: Female Merlin, adult Black Brant & 3 Barnacle Geese @ Ballyneety. Black-necked Grebe still in the bay. Dipper along the Brickey River near Two-mile Bridge. (MC)
RING: Whimbrel and white darvic-ringed Oystercatcher (N57) @ Knockanpower Lower. (MC) Male Blackcap at Strandside, Abbeyside (DC).