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Sunday, October 31, 2010

CLONEA STRAND: WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER still at Ballinclamper, also Curlew Sandpiper, Merlin & White Wagtail (DW).

KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR: 48 Tufted Duck, 3 female Scaup, 2 female Goldeneye & 8 Coot (MC).

BLACKWATER CALLOWS: 24 Whooper Swans at Ballyduff (DC).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Adult Yellow-legged Gull at Saleen, 13:45 (MC).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Male Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaffs & 3 Swallows (").
TRAMORE BOATING LAKE: tern species (JmP), 5 Gadwall (3m, 2f) (MC).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Pink-footed Goose & 4 White-fronted Geese (2 ad, 2 juv) at Lisselan (MC).

Saturday, October 30, 2010

DUNGARVAN: 2 SPOONBILLS off Pitch & Putt course (JAP, BS).

STRADBALLY: Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher & 2 Dippers (").

BUNMAHON: Kingfisher (").

TRAMORE BOATING LAKE: Adult Mediterranean Gull & 3 Gadwall (").

DUNMORE EAST: Tern species flew past the seawall (").


Nr BUNMAHON: Chiffchaff at Seafield (DW).
CLONEA STRAND: Juv/1st-winter WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER again present at Ballinclamper, with 58 Sanderling briefly @ 17:55 (PMW).

DUNGARVAN: Adult BLACK BRANT & juv Common Tern at the Cunnigar (FO'C).

HELVICK HEAD: 7+ Blackcaps & a Swallow (MC, CF).

CLONEA STRAND: Black Redstart & 2 Blackcaps at Ballinclamper (MC, CF, JAP, BS).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Male Blackcap & a Chiffchaff (PMW).

Nr BALLYLANEEN: 20+ mixed Swallows & House Martins (DW).

Friday, October 29, 2010

DUNGARVAN: Swallow (FO'C).
DUNGARVAN: 2 House Martins at Abbeyside (FO'C).

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Nr BALLYLANEEN: Jack Snipe (DW).

Nr BUNMAHON: Chiffchaff at seafield (").

Monday, October 25, 2010

HELVICK HEAD: 2 Bonxies west (seawatch 17:20-17:50, MAD, PMW), faded.leucistic Herring Gull at the pier.

CLONEA STRAND: Short-eared Owl (Graham Clarke), 2 juv Curlew Sandpipers, Merlin, 20+ Choughs, no sign of Buff-bellied Pipit but WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER still present @16:40 (MC, JAP, BS et al.).

DUNGARVAN: Wheatear at Ballynacourty, Whimbrel at Ballynagaul (presumed returning overwintering individual) (JAP, BS).

Nr CROHAUN: 12+ Ravens (").

Nr STRADBALLY: Merlin at Carrickahilla (MAD, PMW).

STRADBALLY : Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher & 2 Dippers (JAP, BS).

Nr CROHAUN: 12 Ravens (").

CAMPHIRE BRIDGE: 130 Whooper Swans & a dead Merlin (roadkill) (DC).


BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR: 7 Whooper Swans & a Shoveler (", MC, CF).

KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR: 6 Scaup with the Tufted Duck (MC, CF).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Scaup & Pink-footed Goose at Lisselan (MC, CF).


Sunday, October 24, 2010

CLONEA STRAND: Juvenile/1st-winter WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER (2nd county record) on seaweed at Ballinclamper, 13:00 (Ciaran Cronin, Paul & Andrea Kelly), also BUFF-BELLIED PIPIT, 2 Curlew Sandpipers, a flyover Lapland Bunting, Merlin, Swallow & Tree Sparrow (MC et al.).

DUNGARVAN: Yellowhammer (dropped in with Reed Buntings) at the Cunnigar (MC).

WHITING BAY: CloudedYellow butterfly (MC).

BALLYLANEEN: 2 Fieldfares & a Redwing (DW).


CLONEA STRAND: BUFF-BELLIED PIPIT still at Ballinclamper (DC).

DUNGARVAN: At Cunnigar, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER at pool again & adult

Saturday, October 23, 2010

DUNGARVAN: 2 juv Curlew Sandpipers at Ballyneety (MC).

CLONEA STRAND: Another 2 juv Curlew Sands at Ballinclamper (").

CLONEA STRAND: BUFF-BELLIED PIPIT at Ballinclamper @ 12:15 (MC).

Friday, October 22, 2010

Nr BUNMAHON: Woodcock at Seafield (DW).

DUNGARVAN: LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER showing well at the Cunnigar, 13:30 (Mark Carmody per irishbirding.com).
CLONEA STRAND: BUFF-BELLIED PIPIT at Ballinclamper, on beach at right of car-park @11:20 (MC sr); still showing well @ 14:10 per irishbirding.com.
North of DUNGARVAN: Barn Owl flew across road @ 22:45 last night (JJC).

Thursday, October 21, 2010

DUNGARVAN: LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER now on beach in front of car-park at the Cunnigar, @ 15:45; back at pool by 16:40, also 280 Brent Geese, a Merlin & a Wheatear at the Cunnigar

CLONEA STRAND: Adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballinclamper @ 16:25 (MC sr).

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

EAST OF RAM HEAD: Short-eared Owl seen flying parallel to the coast c1 km offshore during an Irish Whale & Dolphin Group ship survey (details including photo).

BALLYMACAW: 2 Yellowhammers (JAP, JJC, BS).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 20 Greylag Geese flying over, 1 Tree Sparrow (").

STRADBALLY: 4 Dippers (").

CLONEA STRAND: 3 Curlew Sandpipers (").

DUNGARVAN: LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER at the Cunnigar; 60+ Little Egrets & 2 SPOONBILLS at Killongford (").
CLONEA STRAND: BUFF-BELLIED PIPIT still at Ballinclamper, 14:55 (DW)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

CLONEA STRAND: BUFF-BELLIED PIPIT again present on seaweed near Ballinclamper car-park (08:00-08:30, Chris ten Bohmer per irishbirding.com; PA).

Monday, October 18, 2010

WHITING BAY: 20+ Choughs at west end (Dervilla Keating).

DUNGARVAN: LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER at the Cunnigar (Philip Clancy).
CLONEA STRAND: BUFF-BELLIED PIPIT again at Ballinclamper, also 2 Curlew Sandpipers, 200 Dunlin, 4 Sandwich Terns & 300 Starlings (DC).

Sunday, October 17, 2010

CLONEA STRAND: BUFF-BELLIED PIPIT (1st county record) at Ballinclamper, on seaweed left if carpark, 17:10-17:50 then disturbed by walkers & flew inland with other pipits, returned to beach @ 18:20 (PMW, MC, MAD, CF, FO'C, JAP, BS).

DUNGARVAN: LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER & 2 hybrid Ruddy Shelduck at the Cunnigar (MC), 2 SPOONBILLS at Killongford.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 9 Red-throated Divers W, 4 Great Northern Divers E, 23 Common Scoter W (19 E), 8 Brent Geese W, 7 Sandwich Terns W & 4 Porpoises (seawatch 08:25-11:25, JB, PMW, DW); 2+ White-fronted Geese heard, another 2 Brent W, Water Rail (ran across road by main gardens), 3 Reed Warblers (along road by main gdns), male Blackcap, Chiffchaff & unidentified phyllosc (probably Willow Warbler) (MAD, DW, PMW).

TRAMORE BAY: 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Red-throated Divers, 2 Black Guillemots & a Porpoise (DW, PMW).

Saturday, October 16, 2010

AGLISH: 7 Redwings (MF).

DUNGARVAN: Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Ruddy Shelduck (probably hybrids) & Lapland Bunting (on beach) at the Cunnigar, but no sign of the dowitcher (PK).
DUNGARVAN: 2 Spoonbills at Killongford, including a "new" colour-ringed bird (white over green ring on right leg, yellow flag on left leg (Paul Kelly).
DUNGARVAN: LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER at the Cunnigar pools still (MC).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: total 314 Brent Geese, also 8 Little Grebes on
lake at Lisselan (DMcG).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Reed Warbler (juvenile ringed), 125 Skylarks, Fieldfare, Stock Dove (west), 24 Magpies (west @ 08:15), 2 Tree Sparrows, 2 Siskins & 6 Lesser Redpolls (MAD, PMW).

Friday, October 15, 2010

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Reed Warbler & male Blackcap near main gardens (MAD, PMW).

RAM HEAD: 3-5 Fin Whales, 6-8 Bottlenose Dolphins & 20-30 Swallows (AM).

DUNGARVAN: LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER still at the Cunnigar (PA per irishbirding.com).
Nr LISMORE: Fieldfares at Carrignagour this morning (AM).

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Nr BUNMAHON: 3 Green Sandpipers at Seafield, also 5 Yellowhammers, 4 Reed Buntings & 10+ Lesser Redpolls (DW).

DUNGARVAN: LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER still at the Cunnigar (Sean Cronin per www.irishbirding.com)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

DUNGARVAN: LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER still present at the pools near car-park @ 17:30 (JAP).

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Monday, October 11, 2010

TRAMORE SANDHILLS: Short-eared Owl & Water Rail (TB).

HELVICK HEAD: Female Hen Harrier, Redstart, 2 Black Redstarts, Whinchat, Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler & Pied Flycatcher

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 2+ Sand Martins, 5 House Martins,25+ Swallows, Spotted Flycatcher, Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcaps (2 male), 6+ Chiffchaffs, 6 Tree Sparrows, 2 Siskins & 2 Lesser Redpolls (MC, MAD, PMW).

Sunday, October 10, 2010

GREAT NEWTOWN HEAD: Redwings heard tonight (TB).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Jack Snipe, 2 Red-throated Divers (on sea), female/immature Hen Harrier, 2 Wheatears, 2 Pied Flycatchers, 3 Spotted Flycatchers, Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaffs, & 15 Lesser Redpolls (ringed) (MAD, PMW, DW).

DUNGARVAN: Long-billed Dowitcher @ The Cunnigar.(MC)
ARDMORE: Whinchat in fields behind the beach. 4 Mediterranean Gulls (1st W, 2nd W & 2 Adults) @ Whiting Bay. Adult Mediterranean Gull on Ardmore Beach and another @ Curragh Beach. (MC)

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Jack Snipe (along main lane), ringtail harrier species (flew NE), Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Wheatears, 2 Pied Flycatchers, 3 Spotted Flycatchers, 14 Swallows NE, 75 Meadow Pipits, & 14 Lesser Redpolls (ringed) (MAD, JmP, PMW, DW).

Saturday, October 09, 2010

WHITING BAY: WRYNECK c200 m east of east car-park, feeding on middy cliff-face along beach, also Little Stint nr the car-park (MC, CF).

HELVICK HEAD: Long-eared Owl, Arctic Skua, 3 Bonxies & 8 Common Scoter (").

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Black Redstart, Pied Flycatcher, 2 Spotted Flycatchers & Whitethroat in main garden, late Willow Warbler in valley, 4+ Chiffchaffs, 75+ House Martins east & 45+ Swallow east (AA, MAD, PMW).

Friday, October 08, 2010

TRAMORE TOWN: Firts Redwing heard tonight (Tony Bryant).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Merlin, 2 Wheatears, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, a Chiffchaff & 14 Red Admirals; 2 Arctic Skuas west (seawatch 17:40-18:20, wind 4-5 SE) (MAD, PMW).

RATHMOYLAN: Female/immature Hen Harrier, 110+ Skylarks & 120+ Woodpigeons (").

EAST WATERFORD: Buzzard (").

Thursday, October 07, 2010

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 2 Tree Sparrows, a Chiffchaff & 2 Lesser Redpolls (MD, PMW).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 2 Green Sandpipers at Clohernagh (").
CLONEA: 2 Adult Mediterranean Gulls @ Ballinclamper. (MC, MC Sr.)

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

NW WATERFORD: 2 Buzzards & a dead Long-eared Owl (DC).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Pink-footed Goose (inside seawall at Lisselan), 255 Brent Geese, 195 Wigeon, 45 Little Egrets, 290 Oystercatcher, 335 Black-tailed Godwit, 480 Curlew, 350 Dunlin, 215 Redshank & 8 Greenshank (MAD, PMW).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Arctic Skua west (seawatch 10:20-11:20, wind 5 SW; PMW).

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

CLONEA STRAND: Adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballinclamper (MC).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Arctic Skua west (seawatch 11:55-12:55, wind 4 SW), 2 Tree Sparrows (MAD, PMW).

Monday, October 04, 2010

HELVICK HEAD: Balearic Shearwater, Pomarine Skua, Arctic Skua, 3 Bonxies & an Arctic Tern (CF, MC).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 150 Gannets & 7 Manx Shearwaters west (seawatch 16:40-17:40, wind 7 SW; PMW).

DUNMORE EAST: Juvenile Arctic Tern feeding inside pier (MAD, PMW).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 15 Lesser Redpolls (ringed), 2 Tree Sparrows & 1 Chiffchaff & 1 Wheatear (MAD, PMW).

Sunday, October 03, 2010

DUNGARVAN: Kingfisher @ Ballyneety. (MC)
KILLONGFORD: Juvenile Ruff & juvenile Curlew Sandpiper. (MC, MD, FD)
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Pink-footed Goose & 130 Brent Geese at Lisselan (PMW).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Goldcrests, 45+ Skylarks, 5 Lesser Redpolls, Siskin,23+Red Admirals, a Painted Lady & 3 Migrant Hawker dragonflies (MAD, PMW, DW).

DUNMORE EAST: Porpoise off the seawall (").

TRAMORE BOATING LAKE: 5 Little Grebes, 39 Mallard + 12 small ducklings (MAD, PMW).

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Nr BUNMAHON: HOBBY chasing Swallow at Seafield (DW).

DUNMORE EAST: Adult SABINE'S GULL off base of seawall/pier then flew slowly south/west around Black Knob @ 17:40 (PMW).

BUNMAHON: Kingfisher. (MC, CF)
DUNGARVAN: 6 Curlew Sandpipers @ Killongford. (")
HELVICK: 5 Great Skua, 2 Arctic Skua, 6 Grey Phalarope, 1 Puffin & 3 Pom/Arctic Skuas (Too distant to Id) all west. Seawatch approx. 12pm-1pm. (")

BALLYNACOURTY POINT: 3 Great Skuas, 1 Arctic Skua & 10 Manx
Shearwaters off the lighthouse (FO'C).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 1 Balearic Shearwater W, 1 Sooty Shearwater W, 103
Manx Shearwaters W, 1 Common Scoter E, 4 Great Skuas W, 2 Arctic Skuas
E & 3 W (seawatch 08:05-10:05 & 10:15-12:15, wind 6 SW; JB, PMW).