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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

BALLYNACOURTY POINT: Adult Mediterranean Gull (FO'C).

DUNGARVAN: SPOONBILL & a juvenile Black-headed Gull at Killongford this evening (MC).

Monday, June 27, 2011

RAM HEAD: Clouded Yellow butterfly (early) & dark-phase skua (probably Arctic) (AM).

WHITING BAY: 11 Choughs on beach (").

SEAFIELD: 3 Spotted Flycatchers (1 juv) - 1 watched coughing up a pellet (DW).


Sunday, June 26, 2011


BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR: Whooper/Mute Swan hybrid & Swan Goose hybrid still present (MC).

Nr DUNGARVAN: Hummingbird Hawk-moth in garden at Kilmurray (JAP).

Nr MILLSTREET: 2 Spotted Flycatchers (separately at Mountaincastle & Knockaunnaglokee), 4 Stock Doves at Garryduff (PMW).

Saturday, June 25, 2011

COMERAGH MOUNTAINS: Roost of 47 Hooded Crows in forest near Davmore @22:15 (PMW).

CLONEA STRAND: Common Sandpiper at Ballinard (PV).

KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS: 3 Wheatears (1 juv), hills above the Vee (").

AGLISH: Male Yellowhammer (MC).

CLASHMORE BROADS: Stock Dove & 5 Ravens (").

DUNGARVAN: Green Sandpiper at Ballyneety (JAP, BS).

DUNMORE EAST: Large passage of Manx Shearwaters off seawall (").

HELVICK HEAD: 4 Puffins, 2 Storm Petrels, and 2 Black Guillemots carrying fish to head (seawatch 3pm to 4pm, MC).

Thursday, June 23, 2011

SEAFIELD (nr Bunmahon): Yellowhammer with 2 fledglings, & Otter (DW).

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

WHITING BAY: Otter & 10 Choughs (AM).

Monday, June 20, 2011

DUNGARVAN: Common Sandpiper at Killongford bridge (JAP), adult Mediterranean Gull at Barnawee bridge (MC).

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Nr LEMYBRIEN: Grasshopper Warblers singing at S283020 & S319002 tonight (MC).

FENOR BOG: 2 Sedge Warblers including 1 carrying food (DS).

Nr WATERFORD CITY: Pair of Spotted Flycatchers daily at IDA Park (").

DUNGARVAN: Adult Mediterranean Gull, Abbeyside, between red bridge and bypass (PV).

Nr KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS: Female/immature Hen Harrier (AM).

Saturday, June 18, 2011

MONAVULLAGH MOUNTAINS: Male Hen Harrier late this evening (MC).

HELVICK HEAD: 3 Storm Petrels loitering (CF).
Nr WHITING BAY : 2 adult Tree Sparrows at Ballysallagh, one carrying food (JAP, BS).

Nr CALISO BAY: Spotted Flycatcher at Moord (").

WOODSTOWN BOG: Reed Warbler singing & Water Rail calling, 19:40-20:00 (PMW).

Nr MI;;STREET: 4 Stock Doves (").

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

MONAVULLAGH MOUNTAINS: Male Hen Harrier, 4 recently-fledged Wheatear broods (altitudes 275 m to 417 m), & 2 Rabbits @ 417 m (PMW).
LEMYBRIEN: Adult Dipper on River Deehil (PMW).

Monday, June 13, 2011

ARDEENLOUN (nr Knockaderry): Grasshopper Warbler singibg this evening (MC).

GUILCAGH/GLENHOUSE WOOD (nr Portlaw): 3 Woodcock roding (2 + 1), 22:20-23:00 (PMW).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 2 Tree Sparrows, 3 Swifts W (@ 20:40) (PMW).

Sunday, June 12, 2011

BALLINLOUGH: 2 singing Reed Warblers & a Water Rail (DW).

SEAFIELD: 2 pairs of Spotted Flycatchers & 7 Treecreepers (5 juvs) (").

HELVICK HEAD: 2050 Manx Shearwaters & 8 Puffins west (seawatch 18:35-19:35, wind 4 SW, PMW).

DRUM HILLS: Grasshopper Warbler singing in Reamanagh forest nr Keane's Cross Roads ("),
HELVICK HEAD: Good passage of Manxies, 2 Puffins, Black Guillemot seen three times flying towards head carrying fish (seawatch 15.45 - 16.45, MC).

Saturday, June 11, 2011

ARDMORE / RAM HEAD: No further sign of Bee-eater up to 15:30.

DUNGARVAN: SPOONBILL at Killongford (MC, MC snr, CF).

ARDMORE / RAM HEAD: BEE-EATER still present up to 10:45 at least, very
flighty, feeding & calling (MC, MC snr, CF).

KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS: Female Wheatear with 3 recently fledged young on southern slope of Knocknafallia @ 418 m, 6 Swifts probably from Mt Melleray feeding above 600 m at Knocknafallia (PMW).

ARDMORE / RAM HEAD: BEE-EATER (1st county record) on wires by farm near the Coastguard Station south of Cliff Hotel @ 09:30 (AM, AT).

Friday, June 10, 2011

NIRE VALLEY: Jay & Treecreeper nr Birchell's Bridge (MAD, PMW).

Thursday, June 09, 2011

CARRIGEENNAGERAGH BIG (nr Lemybrien): Long-eared Owl tonight (MC).

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Nr WATERFORD CITY: 2 Spotted Flycatchers & pair of Reed Buntings at IDA Park opposite Whitfield Clinic (DS).

Tuesday, June 7, 2011:

Nr THE PIKE: Cuckoo calling (MC snr). (Also one at Ballysaggart last week, Kevin Reddy per MC snr.)


RUSSELLTOWN WOOD (nr Clonmel): Red Squirrel (PMW).

EAST WATERFORD: Unconfirmed report of Corncrake seen in the past week while a field of grass was being cut (per Tom Ryan/DMcG).

Monday, June 06, 2011

KILMACTHOMAS: Cuckoo & 6 Whitethroats at Knocnkanearley, 2 Dippers & 2 Spotted Flycatchers at Flahavan's Mill bridge (DC).

NORTH COMERAGHS: Cuckoo calling along Munster Way just S of Clonmel, Jay SE of Clonmel & another Jay nr Labartt's Bridge, Nire Valley (MAD, PMW).

Sunday, June 05, 2011

NIRE VALLEY: 3 Woodcocks roding over forest at Boolabrien Lower /Knockalisheen, 22:05-22:20, also 3+ Fallow Deer & (earlier) a Red Squirrel (MAD, PMW).

RUSSELLSTOWN WOOD (Nr Clonmel): 3 Jays, a Siskin, 32 Willow Warblers (29 singing), 12 Chiffchaffs & 9 Blackcaps singing (").

CAPPAGH: Hybrid Whooper/Mute Swan, 6 Mute Swans, Long-tailed Tit & several Sedge Warblers at Cappagh fishing lakes, Spotted Flycatcher at old Ballinameela Church beside Cappagh quarry (PV).

Saturday, June 04, 2011

DUNGARVAN: Spoonbill at Killongford (MC, CF, DW).
BALYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR: Hummingbird Hawk-moth, male and fem tufty,
great c grebe, swan goose hybrid, whooper hybrid, 2 mutes and fem
mallard with 8 ducklings (MC, CF, DW).

Friday, June 03, 2011

KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS: Lots of Green Hairstreak butterflies in Rhododendron this morning (AM).

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Nr BUNMAHON: QUAIL calling @ 10:30 last night (DW).

RAM HEAD: Lots of Whitethroats, 5-10 Common Dolphins & a Porpoise (AM).

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Monday, May 30, 2011

CLONEA STRAND: A colour-ringed Sanderling seen today had been ringed at Banc d'Arguin, Mauritania, in west Africa, on April 21 2009 (MC).