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Thursday, March 31, 2011

BUNMAHON: Merlin (DC).
DUNGARVAN: Sandwich Tern & 1 Great Skua (Flying West) at the Cunnigar. MC

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

DRUM HILLS: Hen Harrier (PPA).

Nr BUNMAHON: 5 Kingfishers & 2 Treecreepers along River Mahon (DW).

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

WATERFORD CITY: Chiffchaff at Francis Street (DS).

BALLYMACART: 5 Chiffchaffs (DC).

HELVICK HEAD: Sand Martin (").

MINE HEAD: 2 Chiffchaffs (").

WHITING BAY: 4 Sand Martins (").
DUNGARVAN: 4 Swallows (FO'C).

Monday, March 28, 2011

DUNGARVAN: Adult BLACK BRANT at the Cunnigar (AM).

Sunday, March 27, 2011

HELVICK HEAD: Swallow, Black Redstart, Wheatear, 2 Willow Warblers & an unidentified harrier species (MC).
Nr BUNMAHON: 2 House Martins - first of year for Waterford (DW).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 2 Black Redstarts, 3 Wheatears, 7+ Tree Sparrows, 2 Willow Warblers &
6+ Chiffchaffs (AA, MAD, PMW).


Saturday, March 26, 2011

CAPPOQUIN: Sand Martins (AM).

RINCREW: 2cy Iceland Gull this am on Cork side (MC, CF).

CALISO BAY: 5 Wheatears + Peacock b'fly (").

WHITING BAY: Willow Warbler nr Ballysallagh, 3 Sand Martins (").

ARDMORE: 4 Black Redstarts (").

BALLYMACART: 2 Black Redstarts + 3 Wheatears (").

BALLYVOYLE: 2 Sand Martins (").

CLONEA STRAND: Black Redstart at Ballinclamper (DC).

BALLINARD: Wheatear (MC sr).
ARDMORE: 2 Black Redstarts (male & female) at the Round Tower (DC).
ARDMORE: 4 Sand Martins & a Merlin (DC)

Friday, March 25, 2011

BALLYLANEEN: 2 Swallows (DW).

DUNGARVAN: Swallow at Kilmurray (JAP).

BUNMAHON: Willow Warbler in song - first of year for Co Waterford (DW).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Chiffchaff & 2 Swallows (Mark Roper per www.irishbirding.com).

BALLYMACART: 2 Black Redstarts @ 14:20 (RAW).

Thursday, March 24, 2011

KILMURRIN COVE: 4 Swallows (DS).

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

BRICKEY CANAL: 7+ Chiffchaffs, Kingfisher, Dipper, Fox & several queen bumblebees (JAP).
DUNGARVAN: Brambling & Blackcap at Strandside, Abbeyside (DC).


All species maps now updated to 2010 - e.g. Stonechat, Blackcap, Yellowhammer.
DUNGARVAN: Sand Martin (FO'C).

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Nr BUNMAHON: 15+ Yellowhammers at Seafield (DW).

Nr WATERFORD CITY: 2 Swallows opposite Whitfield Clinic on the Cork road (DS).

RAM HEAD: 33 Red-throated & 2 Great Northern Divers (one or other species heard calling), 40 Common Dolphins, 7 Porpoises & a Basking Shark (AM).

Monday, March 21, 2011

DUNGARVAN: Male Brambling at Strandside, Abbeyside (DC).

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Nr BUNMAHON: 3 Kingfishers on River Mahon (DC, DW) & Common Sandpiper at Seafield (DW).
DUNGARVAN: Male Brambling again at Strandside, Abbeyside (DC).

Saturday, March 19, 2011

HELVICK HEAD: An early Puffin & Manx Shearwater west, also 17 Fulmars, 41 Gannets, 80 Kittiwakes & 97 large auks west (seawatch 16:10-17:10, PMW).
BUNMAHON: Common Sandpiper (1st of year), 2 Sand Martins & 3 Red-throated Divers (JAP, BS).

CLONEA STRAND: 'Scandinavian' Rock Pipit & 15+ Choughs (").

BRICKEY CANAL (below Twomile Bridge): Merlin, Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher & 2 Chiffchaffs (PMW).

ARDMORE BAY: 8 Red-throated Divers (6 in breeding plumage) (").

Friday, March 18, 2011

COMERAGH MOUNTAINS: Dipper, Snipe & at least 3 pairs of Ravens, Coumshingaun, and singing Chiffchaff on way down (MF).

Thursday, March 17, 2011

DUNGARVAN: Male Brambling at Strandside, Abbeyside (DC).

BRICKEY CANAL: 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Kingfishers & 2 Water Rails (DC).

BALLINARD: 15 Whimbrel & 3 Sandwich Terns (FO'C).

RAM HEAD: 1 Manx Shearwater west - 1st of year? (PMW)

ARDMORE BAY: 18 Red-throated & 2 Great Northern Divers (").

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Spotted Redshank at Pickardstown in main channel, 4 White-fronted Geese at Lisselan (MC).

BELLE LAKE: Chiffchaff (").


CLONEA STRAND: Male Common Scoter (").

DUNGARVAN: 2 Chiffchaffs & 2 Kingfishers at Brickey canal (DC).

CROHAUN: 14 Ravens (").

KINSALEBEG: 2 female Pintail near Piltown (PMW).

WHITING BAY: 2 Shoveler (flew east), 2 Great Northern Divers & 105 Sanderling (MAD, PMW).

BOATSTRAND: 1st-winter Iceland Gull on rocks just east if pier (CF).

ANNESTOWN: Chiffchaff (").

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

BRICKEY CANAL: Chiffchaff, either winterer or early migrant (JAP).

SEAFIELD (nr Bunmahon): Chiffchaff singing, also a Green Sandpiper (DW).

KILMEADEN: Swallow at bypass - 1st of year (DC).

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

BLACKWATER VALLEY: 39 Yellowhammers at Cappoquin, 1 Whooper Swan on Blackwater, Common Seal on the River bride (DC).

FINISH BRIDGE: 2 Dippers (").
DUNGARVAN: Sand Martin this morning (MF).

Monday, March 14, 2011

Nr BUNMAHON: Barn Owl @ 18:50 (DW).
BALLINARD: Sandwich Tern (first of year) (FO'C).

Sunday, March 13, 2011

COMERAGH / MONAVULLAGH MOUNTAINS: 2 male Hen Harriers & 12 Ravens (DC).

Saturday, March 12, 2011

WHITING BAY: Sand Martin (1st of year for Co Waterford) & Kingfisher (DC); 21 Choughs (PMW).

ARDMORE BEACH: Adult intermedius-race Lesser Black-backed Gull (with 40 mainly adult graellsii race) 14:00-14:20, also 45 Brent Geese (PMW).

DUNGARVAN: Brambling at Strandside, 2 Kingfishers at Brickey canal (DC); Barnacle Goose at Ballyneety (MC).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 5 White-fronted Geese & a hybrid Greylag Goose x Swan Goose at Lisselan (PMW).

Thursday, March 10, 2011

DUNGARVAN: Green Sandpiper at the Brickey canal (JAP).

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

KILMACTHOMAS: eastern-type Jackdaw again (DW).

Sunday, March 06, 2011

BALLYVOONEY: Glaucous Gull on Gull Island, 5 Brent Geese (DW).

Saturday, March 05, 2011

WATERFORD CITY: Female Blackcap at Morrison's Court off Morrison's Road (DMcG)

WHITING BAY: Shoveler & Great Northern Diver on sea, 4 Common Scoters W & a Red-throated Diver E, 28 Brent Geese & 12 Sanderling (MAD, PMW).

Thursday, March 03, 2011

DUNGARVAN: Red Admiral at Kilmurray (JAP).

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

SEAFIELD (nr Bunmahon): Green Sandpiper (DW).

WHITING BAY: Velvet Scoter (SH).

RAM HEAD: Painted Lady at X198767 @ 15:00 (JJC).

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

KILMACTHOMAS: Jackdaw showing characters of one of the Nordic/eastern European races (DW).

RAM HEAD: 13 Red-throated Divers & c120 Common Dolphins (AM).

DUNGARVAN TOWN: Small Tortoiseshell at lower main street basking on wall yesterday (BS).