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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

SEAFIELD (nr Bunmahon): Blackcap & Snipe in garden, Otter, 2 Kingfishers, 6-7 Yellowhammers (in stubble), Merlin & Brambling (DW).

Monday, November 29, 2010

Nr BUNMAHON: Male Blackcap again at Seafield (DW).

Sunday, November 28, 2010

WATERFORD CITY: 50+ Goldfinches in garden near Ballybricken ,also 2 Bullfinches, Lesser Redpoll but no Blackcap yet (DS).

Nr BUNMAHON: Kingfisher, c100 Snipe & male Blackcap at Seafield (DW).

Nr DUNGARVAN: Barn Owl see at 17:40 (EB).

CLONEA STRAND: 3 Purple Sandpipers, Snipe & 8 Choughs at Ballinclamper (DC).

HELVICK HEAD: Great Black-backed Gull with colour-ring '1CA' (").

Off BUNMAHON: 4 Fin Whales & a smaller whale, possibly Minke (DC).

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Nr STRADBALLY: Female Brambling (DW).

DUNGARVAN: Female Pintail off the sports centre, 38 Skylarks in off sea/estuary at pitch & putt course (MC).

Nr BUNMAHON: Male Blackcap again in garden at Seafield (DW).

Friday, November 26, 2010

Nr BUNMAHON: Male Blackcap & 2 Lesser Redpolls in garden at Seafield (DW).

DUNGARVAN: BLACK BRANT at the Cunnigar (per www.irishbirding.com).

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: c400 Brent Geese (and daily for the last week) (John Griffin).

PORTLAW: Kingfisher (DC).

DUNGARVAN: Kingfisher also at Barnawee, 2 SPOONBILLS at pitch & putt area of bay (").

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

DUNGARVAN: SPOONBILL at the Cunnigar, Kingfisher at Barnawee (DC).

Nr STRADBALLY: Brambling (DW).

Nr WATERFORD CITY bypass: Long-eared Owl tonight, Buzzard earlier today (JAP).

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Nr WATERFORD CITY: Long-eared Owl at new bypass early tonight (JAP, NS).

DUNGARVAN: 4 SPOONBILLS at the Cunnigar, back from the point (FO'C).

Friday, November 19, 2010

Nr BUNMAHON: 2 Green Sandpipers at Seafield (DW).
DUNGARVAN: 3 SPOONBILLS off end of pitch & putt course (FO'C).,

Thursday, November 18, 2010

DUNGARVAN: 2 SPOONBILLS at the Cunnigar (FO'C).

NEWRATH (Co Kilkenny): Large Starling flock displaying (DC).

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Nr STRADBALLY: Brambling (DW).

Monday, November 15, 2010

Nr ARDMORE: Hen Harrier (DC).

Sunday, November 14, 2010

CLONEA STRAND: WATER PIPIT at Ballinclamper (Owen Foley), also WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER & 4 Purple Sands (MC, MCy).

DUNGARVAN: 4 SPOONBILLS at tip of Cunnigar (FO'C), Black Guillemot off Ballynacourty pier (MC).

Saturday, November 13, 2010

CLONEA STRAND: BUFF-BELLIED PIPIT & WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER at Ballinclamper (MC et al) - conclusion today is that the pipit is a new bird, not the bird seen 17th-24th October; also 3 Great Northern Divers on sea (PMW); a Swallow flew east at Ballinard (MC); Slavonian Grebe & Curlew Sandpiper (John Diggin per irishbirding.com).

DUNGARVAN: Black Guillemot off Ballynacourty pier (MC).

WHITING BAY: 3 Tree Sparrows (JAP).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 3rd-winter Yellow-legged Gull & 260+ Brent Geese at Saleen (PMW).

RATHMOYLAN: Female Hen Harrier (").

DUNMORE EAST: 540 Kittiwakes on sea near pier, large numbers of gulls feeding on Wexford side of Waterford Harbour (").

Friday, November 12, 2010

CLONEA STRAND: BUFF-BELLIED PIPIT on beach below carpark at Ballinclamper (Davy Farrer, Mark Carmody) - apparently different from bird present 17th-24th October - but no sign of White-rumped Sandpiper. Also 4 Purple Sandpipers (MCy), 1 Whimbrel & 31 Chough (JJC).

Thursday, November 11, 2010

WHITING BAY: 4 Yellowhammers by new graveyard, 3-400 mixed Redwings & Fieldfares in off sea, & 3 Kestrels (DC).

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Nr KILMACTHOMAS: Barn Owl flew across road at 18:15 (JAP).
RAM HEAD: Red-throated Diver, 200 Common Dolphins & 2 Red Admirals (AM).

Monday, November 08, 2010

CLONEA STRAND: WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER still showing well this evening at Ballinclamper (MC sr).
DUNGARVAN: 2 SPOONBILLS by pitch & putt course (FO'C).

Sunday, November 07, 2010

DUNGARVAN: Swallow at Abbeyside (FO'C).

Nr STRADBALLY: 1+ Brambling with c500 Chafinches, also 3 Red Admirals (DW).

Saturday, November 06, 2010

RAM HEAD: 5 Red-throated Divers, 100+ Common Dolphins, 2 Porpoises, Minke Whale & a large whale species (AM).

ANNESTOWN - BUNMAHON: 2 distant Fin Whales, between Helvick Head & Mine Head (JAP, BS).

CLONEA STRAND: WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER still present & Purple Sandpiper, at Ballinclamper (CF, MC).

ARDMORE: 2 Med Gulls (1st-w & 2nd-w) (").

BLACKWATER CALLOWS: 145 Whooper Swans & a Kingfisher at Ballyneroon (").

PORTNASCULLY / DERRIGAL: 41 Greylag Geese & 3 Greenshank on Co Kilkenny side (PMW).

CORBALLY BEG (nr Tramore Backstrand): 1 Swallow (PMW).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Pink-footed Goose, 7 White-fronted Goose, 3 Whooper Swans & a female Scaup (").

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Lapland Bunting feeding along main lane @ 11:30, also a Merlin, 1+ White-fronted Goose (heard flying east overhead), 3 Blackcaps (2 male & 1 female), a Chiffchaff & 40+ Skylarks (PMW).

Friday, November 05, 2010

Nr BUNMAHON: Chiffchaff at Seafield (DW).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Merlin (JJC, Clifford Miles).


DUNGARVAN: Swallow at the Quay (").

KILLOWEN: Lesser Redpoll (").

STRADBALLY COVE: 2 Dippers (").

DUNGARVAN: Mediterranean Gull & 20 Snipe at Ballyneety bridge (DC).

DERRIGAL (nr Coolfin/Portlaw): 40+ Greylag Geese (").

Thursday, November 04, 2010

WATERFORD CITY: 2 late Swallows at King's Channel (DMcG).

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

DUNGARVAN: 3 SPOONBILLS high over pitch & putt course going north (FO'C).