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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

DUNGARVAN: 2 Mediterranean Gulls & a Ruff at Ballyneety (FO'C).

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

KNOCKADERRY RESEERVOIR: 2 female/immature BLUE-WINGED TEAL still at the small lake (JAP, BS).

Nr BUNMAHON: Green Sandpiper at Seafield (DW).

Monday, September 27, 2010

DUNGARVAN TOWN: Crossbill drinking by pumphouse at Silversprings, behind Nissan Garage, also a Redpoll & 5 Chiffchaffs there (DC).

Sunday, September 26, 2010

WATERFORD CITY: Chiffchaff in garden at Francis Street (DS).

DUNGARVAN: Adult Ruff at Ballyneety (MC).

CALISO BAY: Whinchat (Ken Preston) & female Blackcap (MC).

KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR: 2 female/imature BLUE-WINGED TEAL at the small/backwater lake (Denis O'Sullivan) c18:00, 1 there earlier (PA).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Juvenile BARRED WARBLER still present near south end of main lane, also Grasshopper Warbler at Coolum valley, Spotted Flycatcher, 8 Common Scoter (west), 35+ Lesser Redpolls (28 ringed), 2 Blackcaps, 7 Chiffchaffs, 14+ Red Admirals & a Migrant Hawker dragonfly (MAD, DW, PMW).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Pink-footed Goose at Lisselan (JmP, DW), 60+ Brent Geese off Saleen (DS).

WEST WATERFORD: 2 Buzzards (separately) (MC sr).

Saturday, September 25, 2010

BALLYNEETY: 3 Ruff (Adult & 2 Juveniles), Curlew Sandpiper & 1 Green Sandpiper. (MC, CF)
BALLYSHUNNOCK: Female/1st Winter Blue-winged Teal. (MC, CF)
TRAMORE: Pink-footed Goose @ Lisselan. (MC, CF)
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Barred Warbler, Female Blackcap, 2 Tree Sparrows & 1 Spotted Flycatcher. (MC, CF)

HELVICK: Willow Warbler. (")

KILLONGFORD: Kingfisher. (")

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: BARRED WARBLER seen again 14:20 (DW). Also a female Blackcap (MAD, PMW).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Pink-foot Goose with Mute Swans on mudflats off Lisselan seawall, also 95+ Brent Geese & 270 Mallard there (PMW).
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR: Female or immature BLUE-WINGED TEAL on the smaller lake (CF, MC) - 2nd county record (1st was a bird shot on the Blackwater Callows in autumn 1994).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Juvenile BARRED WARBLER along west (wet) ditch of field right of gate halfway down main lane; also good nos of phylloscs(CF, MC).

OLD PARISH: Whinchat (DC).

Friday, September 24, 2010

WHITING BAY: 8 Wheatears (DC).

Thursday, September 23, 2010

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Pink-footed Goose still present at Lisselan (DC, CF, RM).

CLONEA STRAND: Juvenile Ruff at Ballinclamper (MC sr).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Pink-footed Goose still present at Lisselan (DC, CF, RM).

CLONEA STRAND: Juvenile Ruff at Ballanclamper (MC sr).

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

CLONEA STRAND: Adult Mediterranean Gull & >1000 Black-headed Gulls at Ballinclamper, juvenile Black Tern west at sea (CF).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Pink-footed Goose at Lisselan, on the pool behind seawall at new/planned racecourse (Rick Mundy).

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

ARDMORE: 3 adult Mediterranean Gulls (MC).

WHITING BAY: 2nd-calendar-year Glaucous Gull (MC).

FERRY POINT: Immature Glaucous Gull (Sean Cronin per www.irishbirding.com) - same bird as Whiting Bay?

Monday, September 20, 2010

CLONEA STRAND: Curlew Sandpiper, 45 Sandwich Terns, 4 Arctic Terns, 1 Wheatear & c25 White Wagtails (DC).

DUNGARVAN: Kingfisher at Barnawee (MC sr).

Sunday, September 19, 2010

HELVICK HEAD: Balearic Shearwater W (very dark individual), 8 Bonxies W, 2 Arctic Skuas (1 W + 1 on sea), a juv Arctic Tern & 3 Bottlenose Dolphins (calf + 2 adults) (seawatch 17:45-19:15, MC, PMW).

DUNGARVAN: 6 Curlew Sandpipers at Killongford (MC).

HELVICK HEAD: 24 Bonxies, juv Pomarine Skua, ad dark Arctic Skua & 4 Bottlenose Dolphins, no shearwaters (seawatch 10:20-11:20, CF).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Balearic Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, 7 Bonxies, 3 Arctic Skuas & 200 Gannets west, no Manx Shearwaters (seawatch 07:50-10:50, 11:05-12:05, wind 5-6 SW, J. Bulfin & PMW).

WHITING BAY: Juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper again at extreme west end, 08:45 (RMcL).

Saturday, September 18, 2010

DUNGARVAN: Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper @ Killongford (MC, CF, FO'C.). Adult
Mediterranean Gull at Ballyneety (PMW).

CLONEA STRAND: 15 White Wagtails & a Wheatear at Ballinclamper (PMW).
HELVICK HEAD: Great Skua E + W, adult summer Red-throated Diver W, 3 Wigeon W & 2 Tufted Duck or Scaup W, no Manx Shearwaters (seawatch 14:20-15:20, wind 5 W, PMW).
WHITING BAY: Juv Pectoral Sandpiper again at far west end of beach, adult Mediterranean Gull at east end (PMW).

Thursday, September 16, 2010

BUNMAHON: 2 Whinchats (DW).

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

HELVICK: 5 Arctic Skuas. (MC)
DUNGARVAN: A Swift at Abbeyside being chased by a Swallow (FO'C).

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

CLONEA: Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper @ Ballinard. (MC)
CLONEA STRAND: Up to 60 White Wagtails at Ballinard (FO'C).
HELVICK HEAD: 2 Bonxies, 1 Pomarine Skua & 1 Arctic Skua, also 1 adult summer Red-throated Diver & 2 juv Arctic Terns, only 2 Manx Shearwaters (CF).

Monday, September 13, 2010

CLONEA: 2 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers @ Ballinclamper. (MC)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

DUNGARVAN: Adult Mediterranean Gull @ The Cunnigar. (MC)
DUNGARVAN: Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper @ Barnawee. (MC, NW)
ARDMORE BAY: 5 adult & 1 calf Bottlenose Dolphin heading east late this morning (AM).
ARDMORE: Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper @ Whiting Bay & Adult and 1st winter Mediterranean Gull @ Curragh Beach. (MC) 5 Med Gulls (4 adults & a 1st-winter) (Neal Warnock)
WHITING BAY: Pectoral Sandpiper again at extreme western end of beach (MC).

Nr YOUGHAL BRIDGE: Glaucous Gull (DC).

Saturday, September 11, 2010

WHITING BAY: Pectoral Sandpiper at west side of beach (DC).
WHITING BAY: Wood Sandpiper fly-over c1330 (MC, CF).
DUNGARVAN: 2 Ruff, 5 Curlew Sandpipers & a 2nd-summer Mediterranean Gull at Killongford (MC, MC sr, CF).

WHITING BAY: 2 Whinchats (MC, CF).

DUNGARVAN: 3 juv Little Stints, 20+ Curlew Sandpipers & a juv Mediterranean Gull at the Cunnigar (MC, CF).

Friday, September 10, 2010

BALLINCLAMPER: Many White Wagtails, 2 fly-by adult Mediterranean Gulls & a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper (MC).

Thursday, September 09, 2010

ANNESTOWN: Hummingbird Hawk Moth. (MC)
ARDMORE: Juvenile Mediterranean Gull @ Whiting Bay & 7 Mediterranean Gulls @ Curragh Beach. (MC, FO'C)
CLONEA: 4 Mediterranean Gulls @ Ballinclamper. (MC)
DUNGARVAN: 5 Curlew sandpipers @ Killongford. (MC, FO'C)
CLONEA STRAND: 3 Black Terns & c45 White Wagtails at Ballinclamper (DC).

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

DUNGARVAN: 2 Spoonbills & 7 Curlew Sandpipers at the Cunnigar (Alan Brown per irishbirding.com).

ARDMORE: 5 Curlew Sandpipers (including a moulting adult) & 4 Mediterranean Gulls (2 adult & 2 2nd-summer) at Curragh beach (MC).
WHITING BAY: Wood Sandpiper at flooded field by east car-park, Whinchat in same field, adult & juvenile Mediterranean Gull on beach (MC).

CLONEA STRAND: Whinchat, 2 Curlew Sandpipers & adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballinclamper; male & female Blackcap along track between Ballinard & Ballinclamper (MC).

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

HELVICK HEAD: 7 Tree Sparrows (MC sr).

CLONEA STRAND: 2 juv Black Terns west & adult Mediterranean Gull on water at Ballinclamper this evening (MD, DC).
CLONEA STRAND: 2 juv Curlew Sandpipers at Ballinclamper at lunchtime (CF).

RAM HEAD: 4 Bottenose Dolphins, 1 Risso's Dolphin & 1 Minke Whale on an early pm watch today (AM).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 3 Wheatears & 3 Willow/Chiffs (DC).

DUNGARVAN: Otter among boats in front of Anchor Bar / library (JAP).

Monday, September 06, 2010

BALLYNACOURTY POINT / BALLINARD: 35+ Wheatears, 4 Whimbrel & 1 Roseate Tern between lighthouse and Ballinard car park (JAP, BS).

KILMURRAY (nr Dungarvan): Female Merlin & a Wheatear (JAP).

SEAFIELD (nr Bunmahon): A Wheatear hit a window here but recovered (DW) - maybe more evidence of a big arrival of disoriented birds?
DUNGARVAN: 3 Little Stint, Ruff, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Kingfisher & 1 Water Rail at Killongford (MC, CF, DC).

CLONEA STRAND: 2nd-summer Glaucous Gull at Ballinclamper (MC sr).
MINE HEAD: 70 Manx Shearwaters, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warblers & 6 Wheatears (DC).

HELVICK HEAD: 4 Wheatears ("").

CLONEA STRAND: Wheatear at Ballinclamper (").

Sunday, September 05, 2010

DUNGARVAN: Female Gadwall below Ballyneety bridge & Wheatear on the Cunnigar (EB).

CLONEA STRAND: Adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballinclamper (PMW).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Green Sandpiper at Clohernagh (MAD).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Lesser Whitethroat (FO'C), Whinchat & updated totals 8+ Chiffchaffs & 3 Sedge Warblers (MAD, PMW).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Lapland Bunting (just west of gate halfway down maintrack @ 11:35), 2 Reed Warblers (1 juv ringed in garden, 1 by chalet along main track), 2 Sedge Warblers, 5 Whitethroats, 5+ Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Wheatear (MAD, PMW).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Reed Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher & 2 Sedge Warblers in main garden; Convolvulus Hawk-moth caught last night (PMW).

Saturday, September 04, 2010

BALLYVOILE: 2 juvenile Arctic Terns late this evening. (MC)
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Turtle Dove along main track late afternoon, Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaffs & 2 Migrant Hawker dragonflies (MAD, PMW).
TRAMORE: Adult Mediterranean Gull in field near the prom (Jim Power).

HELVICK HEAD: Spotted Flycatcher, decent exodus of hirundines, & a Clouded Yellow butterfly (MC, CF).

CLONEA STRAND: At Ballinclamper, 6+ Roseate Terns (MC, CF), pale Balearic Shearwater on water c250 m offshore (CF), 2 Arctic Skuas west & 20+ White Wagtails (MC).
DUNGARVAN: single Brent Goose at Ballynagaul (DC), 4 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers at Killongford (MC, MC sr, CF).

ARDMORE: Spotted Flycatcher, Blackcap, 2 Whitethroats, Swift & adult Mediterranean Gull (MC, CF).

WHITING BAY: 2nd-summer Mediterranean Gull & colour-ringed Sandwich Tern (MC, CF).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 3 Bonxies W (2 E) & 5 Common Scoters E, only 12 Manx E (11 W) (seawatch 08:05-11:05, wind 4 S-SSE; PMW).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Death's-head Hawk-moth caught at mercury-vapour trap overnight (PMW).

Friday, September 03, 2010

CLONEA: 4 Arctic Terns (Adult & 3 juveniles). (MC)
CLONEA STRAND: Arctic Skua chasing Sandwich Terns & 2 Mediterranean Gulls (2nd-summer & adult or 2nd-s) on sea, off Ballinclamper (PMW, 20:00).
DUNGARVAN: Adult male Common Scoter off Cunnigar point then inside Cunnigar

Thursday, September 02, 2010

CLONEA: 4 Roseate Terns (2 adults & 2 juveniles) & 2 juvenile Arctic Terns @ Ballinard. (MC, CF)

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

CLONEA: Adult & juvenile Roseate Tern and 2 juvenile Arctic Terns @ Ballinclamper. (MC)