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Sunday, September 30, 2012

CLONEA: Adult & 2nd Winter Mediterranean Gulls @ Ballinclamper. (MC)
DUNGARVAN: Spotted Redshank @ Ballyneety. (MC)


BALLYSCANLON:  59+ Mistle Thrushes (MC snr).

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Nr WATERFORD CITY:  Treecreeper & Emperor dragonfly at IDA park, Cork road (DS).

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

ARDMORE:  Glaucous Gull, adult Mediterranean Gull & Migrant Hawker at Curragh (ADM).

Monday, September 24, 2012

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Juvenile Ruff again at Lisselan (DS).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Arctic Skua (dark adult) W & Great Northern Diver E (seawatch 09:30-11:30, DS).

DUNGARVAN:  Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper, adult Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 50+ House Martins N, 5 White Wagtails & 18+ Wheatears at the Cunnigar, 230+ Brent Geese & 54+ Little Egrets around bay (PMW).

CLONEA STRAND:  3 Spotted Flycatchers, 6+ White Wagtails & 20+ Rock Pipits at Ballinclamper (DC, PMW).

EAST WATERFORD: 3-4 Buzzards (MC).

Sunday, September 23, 2012

DUNGARVAN: Juvenile Spotted Redshank @ Ballyneety. (MC)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

DUNGARVAN: 2nd winter Mediterranean Gull @ the Barnawee, juvenile Curlew Sandpiper & adult Dark-bellied Brent Goose @ the Cunnigar & 1 Spotted Redshank @ Killongford. (MC, CF, DW)
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Juvenile Ruff, 3 White Wagtails, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Wheatears & 2 Emperor dragonflies at Lisselan, & constant stream of hirundines all morning (DS).

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

NW WATERFORD:  Buzzard (DC).

EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard (FJ), also Thursday Sept 20.

RAM HEAD:  2 summer-plumaged Red-throated Divers W, 3 Common Scoter E, 2 Great Skuas, 3 Arctic Skuas, lots of Swallows, Minke Whale & 100+ Common Dolphins (seawatch 10:45-12:30, ADM).

ARDMORE:  Common Sandpiper & Wheatear at Curragh this morning (").


DUNGARVAN:  Juvenile Spotted Redshank at Ballyneety (DW).

CLONEA STRAND:  5 Brent Geese at Ballinclamper (SMH).

Monday, September 17, 2012

RAM HEAD:  Summer-plumaged Red-throated Diver this evening (ADM).

DUNGARVAN:  Spotted Redshank showing well at Ballyneety this morning (MC snr).

Sunday, September 16, 2012

DUNGARVAN:  Spotted Redshank at Ballyneety (MC).

DUNMORE EAST:  Glaucous Gull this morning (JDP).
DUNGARVAN: Green Sandpiper, 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls & 1 Spotted Redshank @ Ballyneety. 1 Green Sandpiper @ Killongford. (MC)

Saturday, September 15, 2012

CLONEA STRAND:  Arctic Skua & 18 Chough at Ballinclamper (DC).

DUNGARVAN:  2 adult dark-bellied Brent Geese near pitch & putt course (MC); Wood Sandpiper & 4 Green Sandpipers at Killongford pool (CF, SMH, DW); 2 Green Sandpipers at Brickey canal, 2 Green Sandpipers, Common Sandpiper & c 50 Knot at Ballyneety (DC).

HELVICK HEAD:  12 Arctic Skuas, 4 Pomarine Skuas, Balearic Shearwater & 4 Manx Shearwaters (seawatch 13:30-15:30, CF,  SMH, DW); 3 Arctic Skuas (1 W, 1 E, 1 loitering) & 1 Manx Shearwater W (seawatch 17:55-18:25, PMW).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Juvenile SABINE'S GULL, Arctic Skua, 3 Great Skuas, Great Northern Diver & 6 Puffins W, 3 Common Scoter E (1 W), just 2 Manx Shearwaters E & 2 W (seawatch 07:50-10:50, PMW); also White Wagtail & 11 Siskins W, Wheatear, 2 Blackcaps & 9+ Chiffchaffs (AA, PMW).

Friday, September 14, 2012

RAM HEAD:  3 adult Mediterranean Gulls & 2 Wheatears at the Curragh (ADM).

DUNGARVAN:  Wood Sandpiper again at Killongford pool this morning along with 4 Green Sandpipers (CF).
CLONEA: Adult & juvenile Mediterranean Gulls @ Ballinclamper this evening. (MC)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

CLONEA: Adult & juvenile Mediterranean Gulls @ Ballinclamper this evening. (MC)

DUNGARVAN:  2 Spotted Redshanks (1st-winter & adult in advanced moult) at Ballyneety (CF).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Adult light-phase Arctic Skua, 1 Manx Shearwater, 80 Sandwich Terns & 60 Guillemots W (seawatch 07:45-09:00); on land, 3 White Wagtails, 5 Wheatears & 5 Chiffchaffs (DS).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  4 Common Sandpipers at Clohernagh (").


CLONEA STRAND:  LITTLE RINGED PLOVER again at Ballinclamper, at 18:20, then flew & appeared to land at Ballinard; calling continuously (MC).

DUNGARVAN:  Spotted Redshank at Ballyneety, in front of Fraher field @ 20:25 (DC, MC); Wood Sandpiper & 5 Green Sandpiper again at Killongford pool, Common Sandpiper & juvenile Ruff on main estuary, large passage of hirundines all day today (CF).



Sunday, September 09, 2012

DUNGARVAN:  Wood Sandpiper showing well at Killongford, late afternoon (MC, MC snr, ShH, DW, SM).

HELVICK HEAD:  8 Sooty Shearwaters, 8 Great Skuas, Arctic Skua & 2 Puffins W (seawatch 12:00-13:00, CF).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Sooty Shearwater & 2 Great Skuas W (seawatch 09:35-10:35), ringtail Hen Harrier & White Wagtail (MAD, PMW).

Saturday, September 08, 2012

HELVICK HEAD:  Over 100 Common Dolphins (ADM).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Adult light-phase Pomarine Skua W @ 19:55 (MAD, PMW).

DUNGARVAN: Adult Mediterranean Gull @ the Barnawee. (MC, DW.) Stock Dove @ Ballyneety. (MC)

CLONEA STRAND:  5+ White Wagtails at Ballinclamper (PM).

DUNGARVAN:  Spotted Redshank at Killongford (MC), Wood Sandpiper & 5+ Green Sandpipers at Killongford pool, juvenile Curlew Sandpiper at the Cunnigar (about halfway along west side) (CF, DW).

Friday, September 07, 2012

CARRIGAVRANTRY:  8 Crossbills calling overhead (PV).
DUNGARVAN: 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls @ the Barnawee. (MC)

CLONEA: Great Skua offshore. (")
RAM HEAD:  OSPREY flew over c12:00, towards Blackwater (ADM).
NIRE VALLEY:  48 Ravens & a Spotted Flycatcher (DMcG).

Thursday, September 06, 2012


CLONEA: Arctic Skua & 4 Roseate Terns (juvenile & 3 adults) @ Ballinclamper. Ruff & many White Wagtails @ Ballinard. (MC, MC Sr., SM, ShH, PV)

CLONEA STRAND:  Juvenile LITTLE RINGED PLOVER still present c12:20, on tideline just out from carpark at Ballinclamper, still very flighty, also 3-4 Roseate Terns (2+ juveniles & 1+ adult) (PA).


Wednesday, September 05, 2012

CLONEA STRAND:  Juvenile LITTLE RINGED PLOVER again at Ballinclamper (at 19:00), then flew to Ballinard where relocated a few hundred m south of Ballinclamper; also a Ruff & 10-20 White Wagtails at Ballinard (MC, MC snr, CF, DW).
EAST & MID WATERFORD:  5 Buzzards at 2 further locations (3, MC & 2, DW).

BUNMAHON:  Common Sandpiper & 2 Green Sandpipers at Bunmahon (DW).
EAST WATERFORD:  EAGLE species (probably immature Golden Eagle) (AJ), 3 Buzzards (NMcC).

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

CLONEA STRAND:  Juvenile LITTLE RINGED PLOVER (2nd county record) at Ballinclamper this evening, then disturbed & flew inland, also juvenile Ruff, adult Mediterranean Gull & 50-60 White Wagtails there (MC).

DUNGARVAN:  5 Green Sandpipers again at at Killongford pool (MC snr).

Sunday, September 02, 2012

DUNGARVAN: Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpipers @ Ballyneety. (MC)


Saturday, September 01, 2012

CLONEA: 4 Mediterranean Gulls ( 2 Adults, 1st winter & 2nd winter ). (MC, MC Sr., MD, FD). 2 Arctic Skuas offshore. (MC, MC Sr.)
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Black Tern again at Lisselan (JF); 2 knot at pickardstown (AJ); 3 Shoveler, 2nd-winter Mediterranean Gull & 79 Brent Geese off Lisselan seawall, 100+ Sandwich Terns of Saleen, rising tide 16:30-17:20 (PMW).

RAM HEAD:  Dark-phase Arctic Skua W & a Swift (ADM).

CURRAGH STRAND:  Common Sandpiper & 100 Sandwich Terns at Curragh (").
Seawatch 07:35-10:35 (2-3 SW, vis excellent, JB, PMW)
Great Skua: 2 E
Arctic Skua: 1 W
Common Scoter: 6 E
Manx Shearwater: 6 E, 45 W
Fulmar: 3 E, 26 W
Gannet: little passage but 70+ feeding
Golden Plover: 6 W & in from sea
Great Skua: 2 E(& harassing Gannet)
Arctic Skua: 1 W (dark-phase)
Black-tailed Godwit: 1 W & in (with Golden Plover flock)
Kittiwake: 1 E, 11 W
Sandwich Tern: 2 E, 24 W
Common/Arctic Tern: 8 W
Razorbill: 13 W, 8+ on sea (incl calling juvenile & adult)
Guillemot: 2 W, 7+ on sea (incl calling juvs & adults)
Large auk sp: 1 E, 11 W
White Wagtail: 1+ W (also 5 other 'alba' wags)