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Friday, November 30, 2012

TRAMORE: 17 Gadwall on the boating lake late this evening. (MC)
CARRIGNAGOUR (N of Lismore):  11 Crossbills feeding on pine cones (ADM).

TRAMORE:  Female or immature Black Redstart at west end of beach, 8 Gadwall at boating lake (JF).
DUNGARVAN:  1st-winter male SURF SCOTER off the Lookout, midday (CF, JAP).
DUNGARVAN: 10 Barnacle Geese at Ballyneety, 10:25 (MC snr).


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Nr WATERFORD CITY:  Large flock of Lapwing at Carrickphierish roundabout, Old Kilmeaden road, in field next to Cleaboy Business Park (KB).
DUNGARVAN: SURF SCOTER still off the Lookout, showing well (JAP).

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

BALLYNACOURTY:  c30 Waxwings feeding on berries at treatment plant today & Tuesday (per CF).

RAM HEAD:  2 Fin Whales, 50+ Common Dolphins, 1 Red-throated Diver W & 1 Great Skua (14:45-15:45, ADM).

ARDMORE:  Female Merlin at Curragh (ADM).
TRAMORE ROAD: 5 Siskins (AJ).
DUNGARVAN/CLONEA:  Waxwings now at thatched house with orchard on road down to Ballinclamper, 14:00, also a female Blackcap; Green Sandpiper at Brickey canal (DC).
WATERFORD CITY:  4 Waxwings at Matties Hill (PA).
DUNGARVAN: SURF SCOTER still at the Lookout, giving excellent close views, 09:40 (JAP).

BALLYNACOURTY/BALLINCLAMPER:  9 Waxwings still present @ grid ref X302927 at 10:00, also 8 (same or different flock?) flew into Gold Coast golf-course later (CF).

DUNGARVAN/CLONEA:  11 Waxwings at Ballincourty at 08:45 (JAP).

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

BALLYNACOURTY:  c30 Waxwings feeding on berries at treatment plant today & Wednesday (per CF).

DUNGARVAN: 6 Waxwings in Ballynacourty area (RZ), SPOONBILL on the Cunnigar, Long-tailed Duck & 5 Great Northern Divers off the Lookout (FO'C).
DUNGARVAN:  Moulting 1st-winter male SURF SCOTER male still present, off the bandstand (PA per www.irishbirding.com).

Monday, November 26, 2012

DUNGARVAN:  Jack Snipe on Cunnigar (ADM), SPOONBILL near Cunnigar tip (DS, AJ).

CLONEA STRAND:  Black Redstart at Ballinclamper, 2+ Fin Whales offshore from there (DS).

WEST WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards (DS, AJ).
DUNGARVAN:  BLACK BRANT at pitch & putt course (DS).
BALLYHANE (nr Cappoquin):  15 Waxwings (Oonagh O'Hanlon).
DUNGARVAN: SURF SCOTER giving excellent views at lookout (JAP).

Sunday, November 25, 2012

DUNGARVAN:  SURF SCOTER off the Lookout (opposite Cunnigar tip), 11:55 (JAP, BS) - video (MC) - also 2 Great Northern Divers there (EB), SPOONBILL landed on the Cunnigar, 12:35 (MC), Black Guillemot & 3 Great Northern Divers at Gold Coast, 10 Snipe at Barnawee & 8 at Ballyneety (DC).

Saturday, November 24, 2012

DUNMORE EAST:  Purple Sandpiper (MC, CF, DW).

CLONEA STRAND:  Whimbrel & 2 Great Northern Divers at Ballinclamper ((MC, CF, DW, PV).

DUNGARVAN:  Merlin & 3 Great Northern Divers at Gold Coast, 3 Whooper Swans off western bay nr Killongford (PV).
TRAMORE:  Shoveler & Merlin at Lisselan, 5 Long-tailed Ducks at backstrand & 19 Gadwall at boating lake (MC, CF, DW).


EAST / MID WATERFORD:  5 Buzzards (4 separate locations) (").

Friday, November 23, 2012

DUNABRATTIN HEAD to HELVICK HEAD:  3 Fin Whales approx 3 km offshore, between 11 am and 3.30 pm (Paul Kedney).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  12 Snipe at Lisselan (AJ).

DUNGARVAN:  Green Sandpiper at Killongford pool, single female Long-tailed Duck off the lookput (JAP).


MID-WATERFORD:  Buzzard at two locations (DC).

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


ARDMORE:  Great Northern Diver at Curragh (AM).

DUNGARVAN:  5 Crossbills flew over Abbeyside (FO'C).

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

DUNGARVAN: Female Merlin at  Kilmurray, single female Long-tailed Duck just off pitch and putt club (JAP).

Sunday, November 18, 2012

DUNGARVAN:  3 Long-tailed Ducks in western bay (EB, MC snr), Merlin at the Lookout (EB).

Saturday, November 17, 2012

ARDMORE:  Adult Mediterranean Gull & 40 (Common?) Dolphins at Ardmore Bay, Stock Dove at Goat Island road (JAP, BS).

WEST WATERFORD:  Buzzards at two locations (").

DUNGARVAN:  Green Sandpiper & Kingfisher on Brickey canal (").

Nr CLASHMORE:  Red Squirrel ("). 

TRAMORE:  Kingfisher & female Scaup at Lisselan, 9 Gadwall at Splashworld side of boating lake (JF).
DUNGARVAN: 2 Long-tailed Ducks inside the tip of the Cunnigar. Female Black Redstart @ the Promenade, Abbeyside.  (MC, DW)

Friday, November 16, 2012

EAST/MID WATERFORD:  Single Buzzards at 2 locations (MC).

Thursday, November 15, 2012

DUNGARVAN:  Kingfisher at Springfield (DC).

WATERFORD CITY:  Swallow this morning (FO'C).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  4 Shoveler (3 female & 1 male), female Scaup, female Goldeneye, female Gadwall & a Water Rail at Lisselan this morning (DS).

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

WATERFORD CITY: Lots of migrating Redwings over city tonight, calling almost constantly for 3 hours until just after 1 am Thursday (DS).

COMERAGH MOUNTAINS:  17 Ravens & male Hen Harrier (DC).
ARDMORE:  Great Northern Diver at Curragh (ADM).

DUNGARVAN:  16 Crossbills behind the Gold Coast (MC snr).


DUNGARVAN:  15 Little Grebes at Ballyneety (MC snr).

Monday, November 12, 2012

TRAMORE BOATING LAKE:  5 newly hatched Mallard chicks (AJ).

Sunday, November 11, 2012

TANKARDSTOWN:  4 Fin Whales & 200+ Common Dolphins, also quite a few Red-throated Divers & Red-bresated Mergansers flying by (ADM).

DUNGARVAN:  Chiffchaff with mixed flock of Siskins, Redpolls & Long-tailed Tits at Springmount (DC).

BUNMAHON:  Kingfisher (").

TRAMORE BOATING LAKE: Fieldfare & almost 400 Black-tailed Godwits (JDP).

Saturday, November 10, 2012

SEAFIELD:  2 Crossbills flyover (DW, CF).

BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  16 Whooper Swan (6 juvs of which 3 colour-ringed) (").

DERRIGAL:  54 Greylag Geese (").


TRAMORE:  3 adult dark-bellied Brent Geese at Pickardstown, female Scaup, female Merlin & ringtail Hen Harrier at Lisselan, 16 Gadwall at boating lake (").

CLONEA STRAND:  Male Merlin at Ballinclamper (").
BLACKWATER CALLOWS: 153 Whooper Swans. (MC)

CAMPHIRE: 145 Whooper Swans & 1 Greylag Goose. (")

DUNGARVAN: Spoonbill roosting on the Cunnigar. (")
DUNGARVAN: 10+ Crossbills on Gold Coast golf course behind Ballinacourty Pier (JAP, BS).

BALLYVOYLE: 2 Dippers (").

ARDMORE:  Very large flock of Starlings & large flock of finches (Linnets, Chaffinches, Goldfinches & Tree Sparrows) (").

WEST WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards (").


DUNGARVAN:  10 Crossbills at golf-course behind Ballynacourty pier (FO'C).

Thursday, November 08, 2012

HELVICK HEAD:  Merlin &, to east, 3+ Fin Whales (4 large whales in total) (ADM).
DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL at the Cunnigar (ADM).



Monday, November 05, 2012

BALLYHANE (nr Cappoquin): Brambling (Oonagh O'Hanlon).

DUNGARVAN:  Merlin & 6 Crossbills at Gold Coast golf-course (MC snr).

ARDMORE:  Green Sandpiper at stream at Curragh, also Red Admiral & Swallow at Curragh (ADM).

RAM HEAD:  2 Fin Whales & 200-250 Common Dolphins (").

Sunday, November 04, 2012

DUNGARVAN: Spotted Redshank @ Killongford (MC).

BALLYVOYLE:  28 Choughs (DC).

BALLYNACOURTY POINT:  3 Otters at lighthouse (")>

Saturday, November 03, 2012

BUNMAHON:  Green Sandpiper on small shingle-bank midriver (PV).

BALLYVOYLE:  2 Dippers (").
DUNGARVAN:  2, probably 3 Green Sandpipers at Brickey canal; female Eider & Great Northern Diver off Ballynagaul towards Ballynacourty (JAP, BS, RAW).

WEST WATERFORD: Buzzard (").

TRAMORE: 8 Gadwall & 20 Little Grebes at Lisselan, 8 Gadwall at boating lake (PMW).

CARRIGNAGOUR (nr Lismore): Fieldfare this morning (ADM).
PORTLAW: 30 Greylag Geese @ Derrigal Cross. (MC, DW)

BALLYSCANLON LAKE: 9 Crossbills (")
Seawatch 08:40-11:40 (wind 4 SW, vis good, PMW)
Great Skua: 1 E
Common Scoter: 7 W, 2 E
Brent Goose: 11 W
duck sp: 2 W
Great Northern Diver: 4 W
Red-throated Diver: 1 W
Fulmar: 1E, 1 W
Gannet: 119 W, 3 E
Kittiwake: 174 W, 19 E
Large auk sp: 77 E, 48 W
Razorbill: 16 W, 1 E
Guillemot: 5 W
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS: 2 Red Grouse calling, 1 Woodcock & 1 Fieldfare (JAP, BS, RAW).

Friday, November 02, 2012

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Merlin, 2 Goldeneye (male & female), 12 Red-breasted Mergansers, 65 Grey Plover & 80+ Sanderling, 09:00-12:00 (AJ).
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS (Co Tipperary):  49 Ravens at the Vee (ADM).

Thursday, November 01, 2012

BALLYVOYLE COVE:  37+ Choughs (MC snr).
ARDMORE/BALLYQUIN:  Wheatear (almost 'beakless' individual) at Ballyquin, 5-6 Mediterranean Gulls along hundreds of gulls on Curragh beach (ADM).