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Monday, January 30, 2012

BOATSTRAND:  1st-winter Glaucous Gull & 2 1st-winter Iceland Gulls (DW, DC).

TRAMORE:  Black Redstart at west end of beach (DS).

Sunday, January 29, 2012

TRAMORE: Total 1090 Brent Geese in Backstrand, also 530 Oystercatcher & 71 Shelduck; 2 Gadwall & 2 Tufted Duck at Lisselan; 1 Gadwall on boating lake (PMW).

TIBBERAGHNY (Co Kilkenny):  56 Whooper Swans, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 364 Greylag Geese & a hybrid (Bar-headed-type) goose (").

DERRIIGAL / PORTNASCULLY: 12 Whooper Swans & 28 Greylag Geese at Portnascully (Co Kilkenny).

DUNMORE EAST:  2 1st-winter & 2 2nd-winter Iceland Gulls (JAP, BS, FOC), & 1st-winter Glaucous Gull (JmP).


DUNGARVAN:  Male Blackcap, 2 Siskins & 5 Redpolls at Strandside, Abbeyside (DC).

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Off DUNMORE EAST:  HUMPBACK WHALE, 4 Fin Whales, adult Mediterranean Gull & Red-throated Diver (DC).

CLONEA STRAND:  2 Whimbrel at Ballinard, 1st-winter male Black Redstart at Ballynacourty lighthouse (DW, CF).

DUNGARVAN:  2 Long-tailed Duck off Ballynacourty pier, 9 Chiffchaffs at Knockanpower Lower, Ring (").

HELVICK HEAD:  15 Common Scoter W (DW, CF), 1st-winter Glaucous Gull (JAP, BS).
NEWPORT EAST:  2 Stock Doves (JAP, BS).

KINSALEBEG:  2 1st-winter Iceland Gulls (").

Nr WHITING BAY:  20+ Tree Sparrows at Springfield/Ballysallagh, male Hen Harrier hunting (").
BALLYDUFF UPPER: 2 adult Bewick's Swans and 2 Green Sandpipers @ Ballyneroon. (MC, CF, DW)

TINNABINNA: 1st W KUMLIEN'S GULL & 1st W Iceland Gull near Youghal Bridge. (")

CAPPOQUIN: Yellowhammer. (")

HELVICK: 1st W Glaucous Gull, adult Iceland Gull & a Black Guillemot. (MC)

CLONEA: 3 Black Redstarts @ Ballinclamper. (MC)

RAM HEAD: Pomarine Skua (light phase) chasing Kittiwakes, 42 Common Scoter E (4 flocks), 13 divers W, Fin Whale, Minke Whale (1st ever here at this time of year) & 100 Common Dolphins (AM).


GLENMORE (nr Lismore): 5 Jays (").

NEWPORT EAST: Female Hen Harrier & 3 Yellowhammers ("(.

WEST WATERFORD: 2 Buzzards (").

DUNGARVAN TOWN: 2 Chiffchaffs nr civic offices (FO'C).

Friday, January 27, 2012

DUNGARVAN: 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBES at Ballynacourty (MC snr).

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


DUNGARVAN TOWN:  Female-type Black Redstart again today (FO'C).

Monday, January 23, 2012

RAM HEDA:  Fin Whale & 100 Common Dolphins (AM).

DUNGARVAN:  Kingfisher at Barnawee, Green Sandpiper at Ballyneety bridge (MC sr).

Sunday, January 22, 2012

RING: Chiffchaff @ Knockanpower Lower. (MC)

DUNGARVAN: Adult Dark-bellied Brent Goose (bernicla) @ Ballyneety. (")
DUNGARVAN: 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBES & Long-tailed Duck off Ballynacourty pier (MC), also 109 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Red-throated Divers, Great Northern Diver & 26 Red-breasted Mergansers there (MAD, PMW); 2 Black Redstarts (incl male) in town centre (FO'C); total 1870 Brent Geese around the bay (incl 890 at Ballyneety, 625 at Duckspool & 270 at Killongford), SPOONBILL inside Cunnigar (MAD, PMW).

CLONEA STRAND: Total just 33 Brent Geese, 5 Great Northern Divers & 1 Red-throated Diver; 1 Purple Sandpiper & adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballinclamper; 3 Whimbrel at Ballinard; 1 Common Scoter flew SW off Ballyvoyle (MAD, PMW).

Saturday, January 21, 2012

DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL roosting on tip of the Cunnigar (PV).

CLONEA STRAND:  Great Northern Diver & Black Redstart at Ballinclamper (").

BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  4 Shoveler & 2 Otters (MD).
HELVICK: 1st W Glaucous Gull. (MC, CF, DW)

TRAMORE: 1st W Iceland Gull & 25 Gadwall @ the boating lake. 2 Gadwall & 1 female Shoveler @ Lisselan. (")

BOATSTRAND: 1st W Iceland Gull & 1st W Glaucous Gull. (")

DUNGARVAN: 3rd W Yellow-legged Gull @ Killongford. (")

CARRIGNAGOUR (nr Lismore): 32 Redpolls (flocks of 19 & 12) (AM).

Friday, January 20, 2012

BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  3 Shoveler, 10 Whooper Swans & an Otter (MD).

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

ANNESTOWN:  Kingfisher & 10 Snipe (DC).

Monday, January 16, 2012

TRAMORE: 1st-winter Iceland Gull at boating lake, female/imm Merlin at Backstrand (DS).

DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL on Cunnigar opposite Sports Centre; no sign of Glossy Ibises at Duckspool (MC sr).

CLONEA STRAND:  Black Redstart at Ballinclamper (").

Sunday, January 15, 2012

ARDMORE: Yellowhammer & 1 2nd winter Mediterranean Gull @ Whiting Bay. (MC, DW)

DUNGARVAN: Adult Dark-bellied Brent Goose (bernicla) @ Ballyneety. (")

TRAMORE: 1st-winter Iceland Gull at boating lake (DS, JF), 800-1000 Brent Geese at new racecourse, Lisselan (DMcG).

DUNGARVAN: A fifth GLOSSY IBIS seen flying over Country Life shop,  the other four still present at Duckspool shortly afterwards (DS); in late afternoon, just 2 Ibis at Duckspool, later none (MC, DW)' SPOONBILL off pitch & putt, then flew to western bay (CF); 550 Brent Geese at Duckspool, 350 at Ballyneety (MAD, PMW).

HELVICK HEAD: 1st-winter Glaucous Gull (MC, DW).

BLACKWATER ESTUARY: 1st-winter KUMLIEN'S GULL, 2 1st/2nd-winter Iceland Gulls & 1st/2nd-winter Glaucous Gull flew over (to bread) from mudflats by Youghal dump (MAD, PMW).
DUNGARVAN:  4 GLOSSY IBISES still in original field opposite Friary College (MC, DW); 6 Great Northern Divers at Ballynacourty (DC).

CLONEA STRAND:  Black Redstart & 5 Great Northern Divers at Ballinclamper (DC).

BLACKWATER CALLOWS:  2 Bewick's Swans with 33 Whooper Swans, viewable from layby about 1-2 km east of Ballyduff (MC, DW, DS).

CARRIGNAGOUR (nr Lismore):  2 Crossbills in garden again, male singing (AM).

Saturday, January 14, 2012


BALLYDUFF: 2 Green Sandpipers @ Ballyneroon. (")
DUNGARVAN: 4 GLOSSY IBISES with Brent Geese at Duckspool (between Abbeyside & Kilminnin/Barnawee) (MC, CF)

BLACKWATER ESTUARY / YOUGHAL HARBOUR: Adult and 3rd-w Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Iceland Gulls (2 1st-w & a 2nd-w), 1st-w KUMLIEN'S GULL and 2 1st-w Glaucous Gulls at the pier on Co Waterford side nr Youghal. MC, CF
BLACKWATER CALLOWS:  2 adult Bewick's Swans about half way between Lismore & Ballyduff. Keeping company with 39 Whoopers; total of 85 Whoopers along Callows. MC, CF

BLACKWATER VALLEY:  76 Whooper Swans at Camphire (").

Friday, January 13, 2012

ANNESTOWN:  Kingfisher (DC).

DUNMORE EAST:  1st-winter Glaucous Gull at pier (DS).

DUNGARVAN:  Green Sandpiper at Brickey canal (JAP).

Thursday, January 12, 2012

DUNGARVAN: Green Sandpiper heard calling over shopping centre in town this morning (CF).
BLACKWATER ESTUARY (Youghal harbour, Co Waterford side): KUMLIEN'S GULL on mud by last house on left before bridge, approaching from east - 1st county record of this subspecies (HH).

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

TRAMORE:  31 Gadwall at boating lake (DW).

DUNGARVAN:  BLACK-NECKED GREBE, Slavonian Grebe & 2 Long-tailed Ducks off Ballynacourty (CF).

CLONEA STRAND:  Whimbrel but no sign of Bluethroat at Ballinclamper (").

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Nr CARRIGNAGOUR (N of Lismore): Male Merlin found dead, Redpoll still present in numbers (AM),

Monday, January 09, 2012

TRAMORE BOATING LAKE: 1st-winter Iceland Gull (DS, Arlo & Joe Farrell).
RAM HEAD: Red-throated Diver, Fin Whale, 30 Common Dolphins & 2 Porpoises (AM).

DUNMORE EAST: 1st-winter Glaucous Gull & 2 Iceland Gulls (3rd-winter & a new, 1st-winter bird) (PA).

DUNGARVAN: Adult Mediterranean Gull at Barnawee (MC sr).

Sunday, January 08, 2012

DUNGARVAN:  BLACK-NECKED GREBE & Slavonian Grebe off Ballynacourty (MC, AJ, SH, DS), adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballyneety (MC), 3 Otters (adult & 2 young) between pitch & putt course and the Cunnigar (JAP).

DUNMORE EAST to BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Fin Whale, 2 Porpoises, 2-3 Great Skuas, 6 Common Scoter, Great Northern Diver & Red-throated Diver - whalewatching boat-trip with South Coast Charter Angling (MAD, AM, AT, PMW et al). Also 3 Fin Whales, 30+ Common Dolphins & 3-5 Great Skuas SE of Hook Head, Co Wexford.

DUNMORE EAST:  1st-winter Glaucous Gull (").

Saturday, January 07, 2012

KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  Red Grouse heard, also a Red Deer stag (AM).

TRAMORE:  1st-winter Iceland Gull at boating lake (MC, CF).
DUNMORE EAST: Grey Phalarope, 1st-winter Glaucous Gull and adult argentatus-race Herring Gull at pier (MC, CF).

DRUM HILLS: 2 Crossbills near Knocknaglogh Lower (MAD, PMW).
ARDMORE:  Adult Mediterranean Gull at harbour (SH).

CARRIGNAGOUR (nr Lismore): Large flock of 20+ Redpolls (AM).

Friday, January 06, 2012

CARRIGNAGOUR (nr Lismore):  Chiffchaff (AM).

TRAMORE:  1st-winter Iceland Gull at boating lake (MC sr).

PORTLAW:  Green Sandpiper (").

SEAFIELD:  Green Sandpiper (dw).

ANNESTOWN:  Kingfisher (DC).

BUNMAHON:  Kingfisher (").

BRAMBLING:  Male Brambling at Strandside (").

CLONEA STRAND:  BLUETHROAT  at Ballinclamper (Pat Brennan per irishbirding.com).

CARRIGNAGOUR (nr Lismore):  Red Admiral flying around garden (AM).

KILMURRY: Queen bumblebee feeding on Rosemary in garden (JAP).

DUNGARVAN:  Slavonian Grebe / Black-necked Grebe still at Ballynacourty (MC sr).

WATERFORD CITY:  Chiffchaff feeding in garden (DS).

Thursday, January 05, 2011

CLONEA STRAND:  BLUETHROAT & 3 Black Redstarts at Ballinclamper (Jeff Copner & Paul Copner per irishbirding.com).

DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL near the Cunnigar ("),

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

DUNMORE EAST:  3rd-winter Iceland Gull, 2 1st-winter Glaucous Gulls & 5 Purple Sandpipers (MC sr).
CLONEA STRAND:  BLUETHROAT showing well plus 2 Black Redstarts (JAP, RAW).

Tuesday, January 03, 2011

DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL in western bay, 2nd-winter Mediterranean Gull at Ballynacourty (HH).

CLONEA STRAND:  BLUETHROAT & 2 Black Redstarts at Ballinclamper (").

ARDMORE:  Adult Mediterranean Gull in harbour (CF).

WHITING BAY:  20+ Tree Sparrows at Springfield Lower in small farmyard opposite concrete area for sugar beet, also large numbers of finches in same area (").

DUNMORE EAST:  2 Glaucous Gulls (1st- & 2nd-winter) & a 3rd-winter Iceland Gull (PA).

Monday, January 02, 2012

DUNMORE EAST:  4 Glaucous Gulls (CtB).

CAMPHIRE (Blackwater / Bride): c30 Whooper Swans below Camphire bridge (JAP, BS).

BALLYBRACK:  c10 Yellowhammers (").

DUNGARVAN:  Slavonian Grebe at Gold Coast, female Pintail off pitch & putt (CF & John Langton), adult dark-bellied Brent at pitch & putt, 3 Chiffchaffs at knockanpower (MC), SPOONBILL at the Cunnigar (Chris ten Bohmer, KAP, BS).

CLONEA STRAND:  BLUETHROAT, 3 Black Redstarts & 2 Purple Sandpipers at Ballinclamper (MC, CF, JL, Declan Murphy).

SEAFIELD:  Merlin & 2 Chiffchaffs (DW).

KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  Very fresh Red Grouse droppings (AM), Red Grouse calling elsewhere & 3 Woodcock (JAP, BS).

CARRIGNAGOUR (nr Lismore):  7 Crossbills in garden (").

DRUM HILLS:  5 Crossbills between Toor North & Ballynaparka (JAP, BS).

Sunday, January 01, 2012

DUNGARVAN:  3 Chiffchaffs at Knockanpower Lower (MAD, PMW).

CLONEA STRAND: 5 Black Redstarts, 4 Purple Sandpipers, BLUETHROAT & 5 Great Northern Divers at Ballinclamper (", RMcL, Shay Power).

DUNMORE EAST: 2 1st Winter Glaucous Gulls & 8 Purple Sandpipers. (MC, CF, DW)

TRAMORE: 37 Gadwall & 1 Merlin @ the Boating Lake. Male & female Shoveler  at the backstrand. 2 1st W Black Redstarts in the western corner of the beach under O'Shea's Hotel. Dark-bellied Brent (bernicla) @ Lisselan. (")
DUNGARVAN:  Bluethroat @ Ballinclamper. Spoonbill off the Pitch & Putt course. Male & female Long-tailed Ducks off the Sports Centre. Merlin, Slavonian & Black-necked Grebe off Ballinacourty Pier. Dark-bellied Brent (bernicla) @ Ballyneety. (")