Sunday, February 27, 2011
DUNGARVAN: Green Sandpiper at Brickey canal (JAP).
GREAT NEWTOWN HEAD: 6 Red-throated Divers (PMW).
GARRARUS: 15 Red-throated Divers (").
KILFARRASY: 10 Red-throated Divers (").
ANNESTOWN BOG: 2 Water Rails calling (").
TRAMORE BOATING LAKE: 29 Gadwall (PV).
FENOR BOG: 2 Choughs (").
TRAMORE: Male Blackcap in garden, same bird since the snows in early December (AP)>
FENOPR BOG: 2 Choughs (").
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Nr BALLYLANEEN: 3 Woodcock & a Stoat (DW).
SEAFIELD (nr Bunmahon): Woodcock (DW).
BLACKWATER VALLEY: Water Rail at Killahaly Bridge (PMW).
DUNGARVAN: Kingfisher at Barnawee, 3 female Pintail off pitch & putt (MC).
WHITING BAY: Merlin (").
Friday, February 25, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
TRAMORE: Black Redstart at NW corner of beach; 36+ Gadwall on boating lake; 550 Brent Geese, 600 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Pochard & 2 Tufted Duck at Lisselan (").
BELLE LAKE: Water Rail calling from reedbed & 8 Goldeneye (").
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
DUNGARVAN: 2 Slavonian Grebes & 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBES off Ballynacourty, male Shoveler off pitch & putt (MC); Green Sandpiper at Ballyneety (MC, MC sr); Brambling at Strandside (DC).
STRANCALLY: Woodcock at side of road (JAP, BS).
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS: 2 Red Grouse (").
Friday, February 18, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Winter Atlas species gaps
With just 2 weekends left to the end of the 4-year winter atlas survey (2007/08-2010/11), there are still some obvious gaps in the Waterford maps for a range of species - Raven on Helvick Head (X38) - just added! (thanks to CF), Dunnock and Robin at the tip of Ardmore Head (X27), and owls just about everywhere, to mention just a few. Full details here.
So far, square X29 (most of Dungarvan) has the highest winter species total for Co Waterford, at 131 full species - one of the highest in Ireland, beaten only by 3 squares: X07 (144 species Ballymacoda area, Co Cork), W86 (135 Great Island/Cork Harbour), T02 (134 species Wexford Wildfowl Reserve). Other Irish squares with 120 winter species so far are W02 (121 Sherkin Island Co Cork), T10 (121 Lady's Island / Carnsore Co Wexford), O23 (122 Dublin Bay / North Bull), C32 (122 Inch Co Donegal), O25 (125 Rogerstown Co Dublin), M22 (126 Nimmo's Pier Co Galway), T00 (129 Tacumshin/Lady's Island Lake Co Wexford), O30 (130 Blackditch reserve Co Wicklow), and W33 (130 Galley Head Co Cork). All figures provisional, derived from the Bird Atlas 2007-2011 website supplemented by some records not yet shown there (updates in progress for sites on the south coast).
Provisional species-totals by 10-km square (see list/key and map):
|X29 (Dungarvan area)||131|
|S60 (Tramore/Dunmore East)||111|
|X17 (Ardmore/Whiting Bay)||108|
|X28 (Drum Hills/Mine Head)||98|
|X69 (Brownstown Head/Ballymacaw)||79|
|X38 (Helvick Head)||76|
|X59 (Great Newtown Head/Kilfarrasy)||72|
|X19 (Cappagh/Drum Hills)||63|
|S30 (Lemybrien/Mahon Falls)||56|
|S20 (Monavullagh Mountains)||54|
|S00 (Knockmealdown Mountains)||52|
|X27 (Ardmore/Ram Head tip)||48|
|R90 (Araglin area)||43|
|S21 (Comeragh Mountains)||43|
|S10 (Knockmealdowns/Mt Melleray)||40|
Monday, February 14, 2011
FINISK BRIDGE: Green Sandpiper (").
CAPPOQUIN: Kingfisher & Otter (").
DROMANA BRIDGE: Pair of Ravens & a Stoat (").
DUNGARVAN (I-WeBS count): Totals included 835 Brent Geese, 57 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Great Northern Divers, a Jack Snipe (at the Cunnigar), 5 female/immature Pintail & an imm male Shoveler off the pitch & putt course (BD, PS, PMW).
CLONEA STRAND: 3 Purple Sandpipers at Ballinclamper, Black Guillemot off Ballinard, 18 Great Northern Divers & 32 Red-throated Divers Ballinard to Ballyvoyle (MC sr, PMW).
ARDMORE BAY: 4 Great Northern Divers & 8 Red-throated Divers (PMW).
Sunday, February 13, 2011
BALLYSCANLAN LOUGH: 3 female/immature Goosanders again present (JAP, BS, MC, DW).
TRAMORE BEACH: Black Redstart at western end (JAP, BS).
ANNESTOWN: Kingfisher (").
Nr BUNMAHON: 50+ Stock Doves ("); Green Sandpiper at Seafield (DW).
STRADBALLY: Dipper (JAP, BS, DC).
CLONEA STRAND: Whimbrel & 3+ Purple Sandpipers (").
DUNGARVAN: 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBES at Ballynacourty ("); 2 Barnacle Geese & probable Barnacle hybrid at Ballyneety @ 15:15 (MC).
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR: 14 Mute Swans, hybrid Whooper / Mute Swan, 98 Tufted Duck, Merlin & 4 Coot (MC).
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR: 30 Whooper Swans & 2 Coot (").
BLACKWATER CALLOWS: 166 Whooper Swans at Ballynerroon, west of Ballyduff (PMW).
ARAGLIN HILLS: 1 Crossbill just across Cork border near Cronohill @ grid R911024 (").
ARDMORE BAY: 6 Great Northern Divers, a Great Crested Grebe & gull roost totals of 1 Mediterranean Gull (1st-winter), 620 Common, 500 Black-headed, 4 Herring, 1 Lesser, l Great Black-backed Gull & 180 Kittiwakes, 16:55-17:30 (").
Saturday, February 12, 2011
DUNGARVAN: Adult & 1st-winter Little Gull off Ballynacourty Pier, Kingfisher & adult Mediterranean Gull at Barnawee (MC, CF); Kingfisher at Brickey canal (DC).
FINISK RIVER: Green Sandpiper (DC).
CAPPOQUIN: Kingfisher (DC).
DUNMORE EAST: 6 Purple Sandpipers outside seawall, Great Northern Diver (PMW).
TRAMORE: Gadwall, Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Coot & 5 White-fronted Geese at Lisselan, Tramore Backstrand, Black Redstart at western corner of beach below O'Shea's Hotel, 2 Choughs past boating lake (MC, CF); 32+ Gadwall & 18 Pied Wagtails at boating lake, 155 Lesser Black-backed Gulls & 80 Hooded Crows at Saleen (PMW).
BUNMAHON: 1st-winter Mediterranean Gull (MC, CF).
HELVICK HEAD: Black Guillemot (MC, CF).
Sunday, February 06, 2011
DUNGARVAN: 2 Green Sandpipers & 2 Kingfishers at Brickey canal (DC); Barnacle Goose at pitch & putt club, male Shoveler off Quann's (MC).
SEAFIELD (nr Bunmahon): 4 Woodcock (DW).