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Friday, December 31, 2010

DUNGARVAN: Male Velvet Scoter & Slavonian Grebe off Ballynacourty pier @ 15:40 (JAP, BS).

TRAMORE BOATING LAKE: Adult Ring-billed Gull (").

STRADBALLY: Dipper (").

BALLYVOYLE: 10+ Great Northern Divers, 8+ Red-throated Divers & a Dipper (").

BOATSTRAND: 4 Common Scoters flew east (MC).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 45 Gadwall (including 8 at Lisselan); 2 Greylag Geese, 4 White-fronted Geese, 5 Pochard, 18 Tufted Duck, 10 Shoveler & 4 Coot at Lisselan (MC).

TRAMORE BOATING LAKE: Adult Mediterranean Gull (").
DUNMORE EAST: 3 Purple Sandpipers (JAP, BS).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Pink-footed Goose, 5 White-fronted Geese, also Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted Duck, at new racecourse area, Lisselan (").

DUNGARVAN: Female Tufted Duck in park opposite McDonalds (present all year), female Blackcap on feeder at Abbeyside (EB).

Thursday, December 30, 2010

TRAMORE: Adult Ring-billed Gull (Mark Roper per www.irishbirding.com).

WATERFORD CITY: Siskin on bird feeder at King's Channel (DMcG).

LOWRY BRIDGE: Red Squirrel (").

DUNGARVAN: Slavonian Grebe & 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBES off Ballynacourty pier (MC, DW).

BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR: 13 Shoveler, 5 Gadwall (2 male), 2 male Pintail, 3 Tufted Duck, 3 Coot & 13 Whooper Swans (MC).

COOLFIN: 17 Whooper Swans, 7 Greylag Geese, 52 Cormorants & a Chiffchaff (PMW).

ANNESTOWN: Male Shoveler, 36 Teal & a Great Crested Grebe on river, 45 Skylarks on stubble fields (").

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

BUTLERSTOWN: Long-eared Owl (Paul O'Donoghue).

TRAMORE: Black Redstart at west end of beach (Barry Howell per irishbirding.com).

DUNGARVAN: BLACK BRANT & 5 Shoveler (3 female, 2 male) off pitch & putt (MC, CF).

BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR: 2 drake Pintail, 9 Shoveler, 6 Gadwall & a Kingfisher (DW).

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

DUNGARVAN: Male & 2 female Blackcaps at Strandside, Abbeyside, Blackcap & 14 Siskins at Springmount (DC); Waxwing at Ballynacourty (Sharon Hogan); dark-bellied Brent Goose at Quann's, male & female Shoveler in Western Bay (MC); Pintail off pitch & putt (Patrick Veale).

RINCREW: Adult Yellow-legged Gull at Tourig estuary, roosting Cork side, flew inland Waterford side (MC).

BLACKWATER VALLEY: c280 Whooper Swans; Coot & 2 male Tufted Duck at Ballyneroon (MC).

BUNMAHON: 55 Teal & 20 Wigeon (high counts for River Mahon), a Coot (site first?) and 3 Bar-tailed Godwits (locally scarce) (DW).

BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR: 3 Pintail (2 male + 1 female), 3 Gadwall & 8 Shoveler; lakes partly frozen (CF).
DUNGARVAN: Slavonian Grebe with 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBES off Ballynacourty pier (CF, Sharon Hogan, MC).

Monday, December 27, 2010

WATERFORD CITY: Male Blackcap in garden at Collins Avenue; also from Christmas Eve onwards, 1-3 Redwings in garden & larger numbers on open areas of estate (TO'C).

DUNGARVAN: 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBES off Ballynacourty pier, 2 male Tufted Duck & 3 Goldeneye at Ballyneety (JAP, BS).

STRADBALLY: 2 Dippers & a Mink (").

Sunday, December 26, 2010

DUNGARVAN: 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBES off Ballynacourty pier - distant & very choppy (MC). Male & female Blackcap at feeder, Abbeyside, for the last 3 weeks (JH).

TRAMORE: Blackcap in garden again (Anne Phelan).

Saturday, December 25, 2010

DUNGARVAN: Grey Plover in garden at Seapark, Abbeyside (BS); Redwing in garden at Abbeyside (June Hayes).

Nr BALLYDWAN COVE: Bar-tailed Godwit feeding with Snipe in garden just above the turning to the cove (George Munday).

TRAMORE: Blackcap, several Long-tailed Tits and a Mistle Thrush among other species in garden over the last week (Anne Phelan).

Friday, December 24, 2010

DUNGARVAN: Coot & male Tufted Duck at Ballyneety, 6 Shoveler (5 male 1 female) at Quann's (MC); female Tufted Duck across from Lidyl, also yesterday (FO'C).
DUNGARVAN: 3 Blackcaps (2 males & a female), town centre (FO'C).

Thursday, December 23, 2010

DUNGARVAN: Black Redstart at Country Life store car-park, Park Hotel roundabout (MC); 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBES off Ballynacourty (MC Sr); Coot at Dungarvan quay (EB).

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

WATERFORD CITY: Male Blackcap at nut feeder, King's Channel (DMCG).

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

WATERFORD CITY: 3 Blackcaps (2 males & a female) & a Redwing in garden (1st Redwing of the winter here) at Francis Street (DS).

BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR: 7 Gadwall & 8 Shoveler amongst small numbers of commoner duck; both lakes frozen except for small area on each lake (CF).

Monday, December 20, 2010

DUNGARVAN: Male & female Blackcap in town-centre (FO'C).

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Nr BUNMAHON: 20 Yellowhammers & a Merlin at Seafield (DW).
DUNGARVAN: Female Blackcap in garden in Southways, Abbeyside (EB).
DUNGARVAN: 3 BLACK-NECKED GREBES & female Eider off Ballynacourty pier (CF).

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Nr CARRICK-ON-SUIR: 6 female or immature Goosanders just upriver (Fons Jaspers).

DUNGARVAN: Water Rail, Sparrowhawk & 9 Redpolls behind Nissan garage at Springfield (DC).
DUNGARVAN: Male Blackcap at Southways, Abbeyside (EB).

Thursday, December 16, 2010

DUNGARVAN: Male & female Blackcap at Strandside, Abbeyside (DC).

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

ANNESTOWN: Chiffchaff (DMcG).

DUNGARVAN: 3 BLACK-NECKED GREBES off Ballynacourty (MC sr).

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

DUNMORE EAST: Merlin near Black Knob (DMcG).

DUNGARVAN: Blackcap at Strandside, Abbeyside (DC).

BUNMAHON: Kingfisher (").

Nr KILMANAHAN (SW of Clonmel): c45 Whooper Swans at Ballydonagh (").

Monday, December 13, 2010

WATERFORD CITY: Male Blackcap, Goldcrest & 4 Lesser Redpolls in garden (DS).

Sunday, December 12, 2010

WATERFORD CITY: Goldcrest & 2 Lesser Redpolls in garden near Ballybricken (DS).

Nr BALLYDWAN: Jack Snipe (DW).

BRICKEY RIVER: Kingfisher (").
DUNGARVAN: Black Redstart & Waxwing at Abbeyside, Waxwing feeding on berries then flew towards the park (FO'C); Barnacle Goose, dark-bellied Brent Goose & 6 Shoveler (2 male, 4 female) off pitch & putt course (MC); BLACK-NECKED GREBE off Gold Coast, male Gadwall at Killongford (CF).

RINCREW: Yellow-legged Gull on Youghal/Cork side among good numbers of large gulls (CF).

Saturday, December 11, 2010

HELVICK HEAD TO BROWNSTOWN HEAD: c9 Fin Whales including 1 off Helvick & 2 off Clonea; 45 Common Dolphins off Bunmahon (DC).

STRADBALLY: 5 Red-throated Divers (").

DUNGARVAN: BLACK-NECKED GREBE off Ballynacourty, Barnacle Goose at Ballyneety, 2 male Shoveler off pitch & putt course (MC).

BALLINARD: Female Eider (MC).

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

PORTLAW: Water Rail (DC).

Nr BUNMAHON: 20-30 Stock Doves at Seafield (DW). 4 Fin Whales & 2 Minke Whales less than 1 km off the Tankardstown mine buildings (DC).
BALLINLOUGH: Kingfisher & Water Rail (DW).

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Nr BUNMAHON: 2 Whooper Swans NE overhead at Seafield (DW).
DUNGARVAN: Skylark feeding on garden patio with sparrows & finches at Kilmurray this morning during the cold conditions (JAP).

Monday, December 06, 2010

DUNGARVAN: Female Pintail, BLACK BRANT & Barnacle Goose off the pitch & putt course (DW). 16 Blackbirds feeding on apples in garden at Shandon (BS).

Sunday, December 05, 2010


DUNGARVAN: Great Northern Divers & 2 Goldeneye, Western Bay; 10 Little Grebes at Ballyneety (").

Off BUNMAHON: 6 Fin Whales & a smaller whale (DW).

Off MINE HEAD: Male Eider flying east 1 mile offshore, seen from boat (FO'C).

Saturday, December 04, 2010

DUNGARVAN: 7 Pintail flying over, 50+ Skylarks, 100s of Knot at the Cunnigar, Water Rail calling near Cunnigar car-park (JAP, BS).

CARRIGLEA (nr Dungarvan): Trecreeper (").
DUNGARVAN: BLACK BRANT, Barnacle Goose & female Shoveler off pitch & putt course (MC).

CLONEA: Fin Whale heading west (").

Friday, December 03, 2010

DUNGARVAN: Male + female Pintail, 2 female Shoveler, & Barnacle Goose (with Brent) near pitch & putt course (MC).

KILMURRAY (nr Dungarvan): Snipe feeding in garden (JAP).

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

BRICKEY CANAL (nr Dungarvan): Chiffchaff & Kingfisher (JAP).

DUNGARVAN: Barnacle Goose & BLACK BRANT with Brent Geese near pitch & putt course (FO'C).