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Sunday, February 28, 2010

DUNGARVAN: Water Rail, 23 Snipe, 2 Kingfishers, male Blackcap & 3 Long-tailed Tits at pool behind Nissan garage on the Youghal Road (DC)..

BALLINACOURTY: Whimbrel @ The Lighthouse. (MC)

ARDOGINNA (nr Ardmore): Merlin & 6 Choughs; also 2 Fin Whales (PMW).
TRAMORE BOATING LAKE: SMEW still present, also 2 Gadwall & 20 Brent Geese (4 colour-ringed) (Jim Power).

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Ballyshonock: 27 Whooper Swan, 2 Mutes and 1 Hybrid Mute/Whooper, 1 Little Egret, 17 Mallard, 1 Coot, 1 Tufted Duck, 49 Teal, 2 Great Crested Grebe (CF & below)

Coolfin: 1 Canada Goose with 31 Whoopers and 5 Greylag.

Derrigal: 1 Whooper and 42 Greylag.

Knockaderry: 28 Tufties, 6 Wigeon, 2 Mallard, 1 Coot, 3 Mute Swans and 1 Hybrid Mute/Whooper.

Annestown: Wildlife Sanctuary Wetlands 12 Teal and 2 Mallard.

Bunmahon: 2 GNDs and 22 RTDs.

Ballyvooney: 1 GND and 33RTDs, 1 Black Guillemot.

Ballinclampar: 12 GNDs and 17 RTDs.

Ballinacourty Pier: 23 Great Crested Grebes.

WATERFORD HARBOUR (I-WeBS count): Totals included 69 Great Crested Grebes off Geneva Strand & north end of Woodstown Strand, 42 Brent Geese (Fornaght, Woodstown, Geneva & Arthurstown), 2 Great Northern Divers off Fornaght Strand, & an adult Yellow-legged Gull at Great Island (Co Wexford) opposite Cheekpoint (1205-1415, PMW).

Friday, February 26, 2010

MOUNT CONGREVE (R. Suir): Common Sandpiper, Raven & 2 Little Grebes (BF).

Thursday, February 25, 2010

TRAMORE BOATING LAKE: SMEW still present, also 1st-winter Mediterranean Gull (Mark Stewart).

WATERFORD CITY: Male & female Blackcap (female with a ring) & 2 siskins, Upper Yellow Road (BF).
DUNGARVAN: 2 Kingfishers behind the Nissan Garage on Youghal Road (MC Snr).

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR: 26 Whooper Swans, 12 Teal, 5 Tufted Duck (3m, 1 f) & 2 Great Crested Grebes (DS).

Monday, February 22, 2010

WATERFORD CITY: A Buzzard seen flying over (DS).

Sunday, February 21, 2010

BLACKWATER VALLEY: 80 Whooper Swans on river at Dromana House (flew in from fields), also an Otter there; single Green Sandpipers at Camphire Bridge and Cappoquin (DC).

Nr LEMYBRIEN / KILROSSANTY: 4 Ravens calling in forest (DC).

Saturday, February 20, 2010


DUNMORE EAST: 6 Purple Sandpipers (").

KILDARMODY: Woodcock (").
Friday, February 19, 2010

COOLFIN: 150+ Greylag Geese including a neck-banded individual ("NBX") (DC).

PORTLAW: Kingfisher (DC).

FIDDOWN BRIDGE: Kingfisher & Otter (DC).

DUNGARVAN: Blackcap male at Strandside, Abbeyside, daily since December (DC).

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

BLACKWATER VALLEY: Kingfisher at Cappoquin; Jay & 2 Otters at Dromana Bridge (DC).

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

DUNGARVAN: Kingfisher at Barnawee (MC Snr).

Sunday, February 14, 2010

TRAMORE: SMEW & 1st winter Mediterranean Gull @ the boating lake. (MC)
PORTLAW: Canada Goose with the Whooper Swan flock @ Coolfin. (MC)

WATERFORD CITY: Female Blackcap in garden at Collins Avenue (TO'C).

Saturday, February 13, 2010

DUNGARVAN: 51 Great Crested Grebe, a Great Northern Diver & 29+ Red-breasted Mergansers in bay or inside Cunnigar; 800+ Brent Geese inside Cunnigar, including a dark-bellied Brent at Cunnnigar tip (PMW).

BLACKWATER VALLEY: Buzzard; Yellowhammers at Camphire (6), Newport East (2) & Ballinvella (1) (JP, JJC).

KNOCKADAV (Knockmealdown Mountains): 3 Woodcock & 1 Red Grouse (JP, JJC).

WATERFORD CITY: Male Blackcap & up to 25 Goldfinches daily in garden at Francis Street, also 2 Greenfinches today (first here in weeks) (DS); female Blackcap in garden at Collins Avenue (TO'C).
DUNGARVAN: Curlew Sandpiper @ Ballyneety. (MC,CF)
VILLIERSTOWN: Drake Green-winged Teal & second winter Mediterranean Gull. (MC,CF)

BLACKWATER CALLOWS: 3 Shoveler (2 males & 1 female). (MC,CF)

RINCREW: Adult Yellow-legged Gull & 1st W Iceland Gull. (MC,CF)



Wednesday, February 10, 2010

DUNGARVAN: Kingfisher at Barnawee (MC Snr).

Monday, February 08, 2010

DUNGARVAN: Male Brambling in garden, Abbeyside (CF).

Saturday, February 06, 2010

TRAMORE: SMEW & 2 Gadwall at Boating Lake, another Gadwall off Saleen (MC, CF).

BOATSTRAND: Adult Mediterranean Gull (MC, CF).

BALLYDWAN BAY: 4 Red-throated Divers (PMW).

CLONEA STRAND (Ballinard to Ballyvoyle): 30 Red-throated Divers, 16 Great Northern Divers, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Purple Sandpipers, 40 Sanderling, 58 Ringed Plover & a Black Guillemot (PMW).

DUNGARVAN: BLACK-NECKED GREBE in the bay, Whooper Swan at Ballyneety (MC, CF).

Thursday, February 04, 2010

WATERFORD CITY: Black Redstart at Courthouse (Mark Foley).

DUNGARVAN: Male Blackcap, 6 Siskins & Goldcrest in garden at Abbeyside (DC).

Monday, February 01, 2010

DUNGARVAN: Kingfisher @ Barnawee (MC Snr).