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Saturday, July 31, 2010

BALLYQUIN STRAND (nr Ardmore): 10 Common Sandpipers (JAP, BS).

BALLYSCANLON: 8 Ravens, Sparrowhawk & 11 Gatekeeper butterflies (").

DUNGARVAN: 2 SPOONBILLS roosting at Killongford, 12:00, visible from Helvick Road; also an adult Mediterranean Gull in field bordering Killongford estuary; Green Sandpiper at Ballyneety (MC, CF).
DUNGARVAN: 3 Mediterranean Gulls at Barnawee - 1st-summer & 2 adults including darvic-ringed 3H97 (MC).

Friday, July 30, 2010

DUNGARVAN: Green Sandpiper @ Ballyneety. (MC)

SEAFIELD (nr Bunmahon): 2 Swifts (DW).

Thursday, July 29, 2010

COLLIGAN WOODS: 9 Purple Hairstreak & 3 Silver-washed Fritillary butterflies (JAP, BS).

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Nr DUNGARVAN: Long-eared Owl fledgling (per JAP).
DUNGARVAN: Male Tufted Duck off the pitch & putt club. (MC)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

DUNGARVAN: Little Tern, 10+ Common Terns (2 juvs) & a juvenile Mediterranean Gull off pitch & putt course (MC, DC).
DUNGARVAN: Green Sandpiper @ Ballyneety. (MC)

Monday, July 26, 2010

BALLYSCANLON: 4 Choughs & a Gatekeeper butterly (JAP).

Sunday, July 25, 2010

DUNGARVAN: 3 Mediterranean Gulls at Barnawee - 1st-summer & 2 adults including darvic-ringed 3H97 (MC).

Saturday, July 24, 2010

CLONEA STRAND: Flock of 15-20 Common Scoter west past Ballinclamper @ 18:15 (MC).

DUNGARVAN: Green Sandpiper & 20+ Common Sandpipers at Ballyneety; 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls at Barnawee, both unringed (earlier bird off pitch & putt had a white darvic ring) (MC, CF).

HELVICK HEAD: Storm Petrel, 11 Common Scoter, 2 Bonxies, 2 Arctic Terns & 7 Puffins west (seawatch 07:30-09:20), also 240 Manx Shearwaters west 07:30-08:30 & 4 adult Black Guillemots on sea (MC, CF).
DUNGARVAN: 2 SPOONBILLS at Western Bay, adult Mediterranean Gull off pitch & putt course (MC, CF).
Nr WHITING BAY: Juvenile Tree Sparrow at Ballysallagh (JAP, BS).

Friday, July 23, 2010

SEAFIELD (nr Bunmahon): Reed Warbler & Stoat (DW).

Sunday, July 18, 2010

SEAFIELD (nr Dungarvan): Long-eared Owl in garden c22:30 (DW).

HELVICK HEAD: Balearic Shearwater (very dark bird) passed c19:40 (MC).
HELVICK HEAD: c30 Storm Petrels, 8 Bonxies, 2 Arctic Skuas, 6 Arctic Terns & 30-40 Puffins all west (seawatch 11:15-1:30). Another Bonxie, 17 Storm Petrels, 230+ Manx Shearwaters & 8 Puffins west 14:05-15:35 / 16:15-17:15 (DW, PMW). Also a juvenile Swift feeding along cliffs at cove, 17:10 (PMW).
DUNGARVAN: 2 sub-adult SPOONBILLS at Killongford (viewed from Helvick road) @ 10:15; one bird colour-ringed (lime green over yellow tag on right leg, red over dark green/blue on left leg) - one of the Spoonbills seen at Timoleague, Co Cork recently (MC). Also an Arctic Tern there briefly. 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls & a Green Sandpiper at Ballyneety bridge, also good numbers of Common Sandpipers around Dungarvan (MC, DMcG). Spooonbills still present @ 13:35, also 750+ Black-tailed Godwit at Killongford (DW, PMW).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Balearic Shearwater on sea, feeding then flew west @09:35; also 80 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Storm Petrels & 4 Puffins all west (seawatch 09:00-10:00, wind f.5 SW, vis moderate / poor, PMW).

Saturday, July 17, 2010

DUNGARVAN: Adult Mediterranean Gull @ Barnawee Bridge. (MC)
CLONEA: Common Tern, adult Arctic Tern, Whimbrel and Black Guillemot @ Ballinclamper. (MC)
Nr CLONMEL: 3 Jays & 2 Treecreepers in spruce forest at Kilnamack East, also Spotted Flycatcher nearby (PMW).

Friday, July 16, 2010

CLONEA STRAND: Adult Roseate Tern at Ballinclamper, 6:50 pm (MC).

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

CLONEA: Common Sandpiper @ Ballinclamper. (MC)

DUNGARVAN: Adult Mediterranean Gull @ Barnawee Bridge. (MC)
CLONEA STRAND: 3 Spotted Flycatchers at Ballinclamper (DC).

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

KILMACTHOMAS: Green Sandpiper, riverbank at Mahon Mills apartments (Gerry Walsh).
CLONEA: 6 Mediterranean Gulls ( 4 Adults including returning white darvic ring 3H97 for its 4th year and 2 juvenile birds) & 1 Common Sandpiper @ Ballinclamper. (MC, MC Sr.)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

KILBARRY BOG (Tramore Road): Reed Warbler singing, 3 Water Rails calling, & 11 Sedge Warblers, also 35 Swifts feeding overhead, 07:30-08:50 (PMW).

Saturday, July 10, 2010

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Tree Sparrow nest with chick in farm building; 145 Manx Shearwaters west (25 east) in 1-hr seawatch (19:20-20:20, wind f. 6 SW) (MAD, PMW).
HELVICK HEAD: Adult LONG-TAILED SKUA flew east & into Dungarvan Bay 13:35 then out again & west 10 mins later; also 6 Great Skuas, 11+ Storm Petrels, 7 Common Scoter & 4 Common Terns all west, & 33+ Puffins west or on sea or cliffs ( seawatch 11:00-14:30) (CF, MC, MAD, PMW).

DUNGARVAN: Adult Mediterranean Gull & 4 Common Sandpipers at Ballyneety, & Common Tern at the Cunnigar (MC).

CLONEA STRAND: 4 Storm Petrels & 20+ Manx Shearwaters flew south (15:35-16:05) off Ballinclamper, also 3 Common Scoters (2 males & a female) on sea there (MAD, PMW).

BALLYVOYLE: 4 Common Sandpipers (DC).

Friday, July 09, 2010

DUNGARVAN: 4 Common Sandpipers at Ballyneety Bridge (DC).

RAM HEAD: Minimum of 12 Fin Whales (AM).

Thursday, July 08, 2010

CLONEA STRAND: Adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballinclamper (MC Snr).
Nr LEMYBRIEN: Kingfisher at Fox's Castle Bridge & Spotted Flycatcher near Curraheen (DMcG).

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

HELVICK HEAD: 1 Great Skua west & 15 Puffins (14 west, 1 east) (seawatch 7-8 pm) (MC).

Monday, July 05, 2010

RAM HEAD: Fin Whale, probable Humpback Whale & 200+ Manx Shearwaters, evening (AM).

Sunday, July 04, 2010

SEAFIELD (nr Bunmahon): Water Rail squealing @ 22:40 (DW).
DUNGARVAN: Green Sandpiper, 7 Common Sandpipers & 10 Lapwing @ Ballyneety. (MC)
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 3 Storm Petrels & a Puffin flew west (seawatch13:00-13:30, wind f. 5-6 SW/WSW); pair of Tree Sparrows at old farm buildings (PMW).

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Nr CLONMEL: 3 Woodcock roding, Raven's Rock to Burnt Rock, 22:15-22:50, also 14+ Fallow Deer (PMW).
DUNGARVAN: Adult Mediterranean Gull, Barnawee bridge (MC). Adult Med Gull, Abeyside beach to Cunnigar (FO'C). 10 Lapwing, 7 Common Sandpipers & 2nd-summer Med Gull, Ballyneety (MC).

Nr WATERFORD CITY: Dead Barn Owl on new ring road on Co Kilkenny side, between Slieverue and new bridge (DMcG).


SEAFIELD, nr BUNMAHON: Treecreeper (DW).

Nr BALLYMACARBRY: 3 Jays, 2 Siskins & a Treecreeper just east of Boolabrien Lower (PMW).

Friday, July 02, 2010

Nr WATERFORD CITY: 3 Green Sandpipers at Ballycanvan, behind Beckett's, Dunmore Road (PA).

CLONEA STRAND: 1st-summer Mediterranean Gull & returning colour-ringed Black-headed Gull adult "238B" darvic-ringed at Ballinclamper (MC).

BUNMAHON: Common Sandpiper (MC).