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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

CARRIGAVRANTRY: 3 singing Blackcaps & a Stoat this eve (LR).

KILL:  Stock Dove (").

SEAFIELD (nr Bunmahon):  Green Sandpiper (DW).
Bird-race species lists from 27 April: here (total 116 species by 3 teams, highest total 102)
HELVICK HEAD: 18 Choughs at the high car-park (JJC, LC).

Monday, April 29, 2013

MONAVULLAGH MOUNTAINS:  Red-legged Partridges (1 seen & several heard) at two locations (JJC, LC).

DUNGARVAN TOWN: 4 Swifts tonight (MC sr, FO'C).

Atlas request - Grasshopper Warbler, Long-tailed Tit, Treecreeper, Jay, Yellowhammer

And some under-reported, under-recorded or sparsely distributed passerines:

Atlas request - Kestrel, Water Rail, Moorhen, Snipe, Stock Dove

See maps below for a few more under-recorded or under-reported species for which any and all records would be appreciated this breeding season (April-July 2013), or (if they add to the maps below) from previous seasons - see previous message for the details needed.

Records of a range of other scarce(r) or sensitive species (Hen Harrier, Buzzard, Barn Owl, Long-eared Owl, Red Grouse, Woodcock etc) will also be valuable of course, but these are normally reported more completely.

Waterford Bird Atlas - request for breeding season records of Sparrowhawk and other species

The map below shows the preliminary distribution of Sparrowhawks during the breeding seasons of the the years 2006-2012, by 2-km tetrad. This is based on Waterford Bird Atlas fieldwork and other available April-July records for those years. One final season (2013) will be used to 'mop up' or fill gaps in distribution before the final maps are prepared for planned publication in 2014.

If you can add any 'new' dots this season (or for a previous season 2006 onwards), or upgrade an existing dot from possible to probable (or probable to confirmed) breeding, please email details to atlas @ waterfordbirds.com. Any records submitted (or previously submitted) to the Waterford Birds website will also be used.

Or submit details to the online BirdTrack system - via computer or the free BirdTrack app - but make sure that you've specified that your BirdTrack records are made available to county bird recorders, which will ensure they contribute to the Waterford Atlas.

The minimum details needed are tetrad & locality e.g. S50A near Dunhill Castle (or finer grid reference if you prefer e.g. S5101 or S514013), month and year (preferably full date), and level of breeding evidence. See list of breeding evidence codes

Maps of other species can be found here (not all updated yet), and further messages will be posted highlighting other target species for which help is particularly needed this final season.

Note on tetrads & grid references:
An explanation of tetrads is given here (on the national Atlas 2007-11 website, for which fieldwork is now completed). Tetrads or finer grid references can be obtained by clicking on the map of Ireland at http://www.gridreference.ie/, or read from Ordnance Survey Discovery maps (# 74, 75, 76, 82 & 85 cover Co Waterford). For smartphone users, grid references (up to 10-figure e.g. S5142501345) can be obtained using the (free) BirdTrack app, or using a number of inexpensive GPS apps including Irish Grid Ref Compass, Irish Grid Ref Worker and OS Grid to GPS Coordinate Converter.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

HELVICK HEAD:  Whitethroat (JAP).

WHITING BAY:  c90 Whimbrel (MF).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 3 Long-tailed Duck just E of spits at 18:15, 75 Whimbrel (PMW).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 2 Tree Sparrows, Wheatear, male Blackcap, Whitethroat, 15 Willow Warblers & 2 Chiffchaffs on land; Great Skua E, 22 Whimbrel W, 2 Red-throated Divers W (1 E, 1 on sea), Great Northern Diver on sea & 70 Manx Shearwaters W (10 E, 70 feeding) (seawatch 1120-1250, wind 3-4 SW); Dark Sword-grass moth trapped overnight (PMW).
KNOCKBOY (Waterford city): Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Sedge Warbler (3) & Grasshopper Warbler all in song along River Suir this morning (PA).

Saturday, April 27, 2013

BALLYSCANLAN: Crossbills (PV, DCr, JBo); Water Rail squealing, Sedge Warbler singing & Mute Swan in nest at Ballyscanlan Lake (AA, JF, AJ, PMW).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 2 (feral?) Greylag Geese at Lisselan, Whitethroat singing at Pickardstown, Sedge Warbler singing at Saleen, Stock Dove displaying nr Corballymore Wood ( AA, JF, AJ, PMW).

FENOR BOG: 2 Sedge Warblers singing (").

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

WOODSTOWN BOG: 2 Water Rails squealing & 2-3 occupied Grey Heron nests (").

KILL: Grasshopper Warbler & Sedge Warbler singing at waste treatment works (").

BALLINLOUGH: Cuckoo calling & Sedge Warbler singing (").

BALLYVOYLE: Dipper carrying food to chicks in nest (").

CLONEA STRAND: 85 Whimbrel, 135 Bar-tailed Godwits & a Great Northern Diver (").

DUNGARVAN: 40+ Whimbrel, Barnawee / Cunnigar ("), Spotted Redshank off pitch & putt course (JAP, FO'C, BS, RAW).

KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Shoveler & singing Sedge Warbler (JAP, FO'C, BS, RAW).

BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  Great Crested Grebe (").

CLASHMORE BROADS:  Reed Warbler (first of year).

DUNGARVAN: Common Sandpiper nr Killongford pool (MC sr).

LISMORE: Swifts finally arrived (ADM).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 2 Tree Sparrows, 5 Wheatears, 2 Common Terns W, 6 Red-throated Divers E (2 W, 3 on sea), 1 Great Northern Diver E, 34 Whimbrel W (AA, JF, AJ, PMW).

TRAMORE: 11 Common Scoter in bay, 225 Whimbrel & 3 Long-tailed Ducks in Backstrand ("), 6 Gadwall at boating lake (PV et al.).

Friday, April 26, 2013

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: fall of 23+ Wheatears this evening (apparently during hail shower c20:05); also a Tree Sparrow, singing Whitethroat, 4 Willow Warblers, & 14 Whimbrel W (PMW.

DUNGARVAN:  5 Long-tailed Duck off pitch & putt course (FO'C).

KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  Cuckoo calling at Coolnacreena / Coolagortboy (per JAP).
BALLINLOUGH: Grasshopper Warbler & Cuckoo (DW).
CLONEA STRAND: 4 White Wagtails & 27 Whimbrel at Ballinclamper, 1705-1735 (PMW).
Nr TALLOW: yesterday (25/4) - Short-eared Owl found with a broken wing, now in care (MM).
Nr WATERFORD CITY: Swift over IDA Park on Cork Road (DS).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Cold & fairly quiet this morning - 2-3 Willow Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs, pair of Blackcaps & a Whitethroat.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

IDA PARK (nr Waterford city):  2 singing male Blackcaps & a nesting pair of Chiffchaffs (DS).

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

HELVICK:  2nd-winter Glaucous Gull (TK) - up to 3 present in last week according to local fishermen.

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Merlin, Whitethroat, 5 Wheatears, 5 Chiffchaffs & a Willow Warbler (MC).
TRAMORE BAY:  Guillamene to Metalman - Raven, 3 Choughs, 3 Red-throated Divers, Grey Wagtail, 15 Fulmar nest sites, a heavily pregnant Lizard & an Oil Beetle (AJ).

DUNGARVAN: Holly Blue nr the Lookout (BS).

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

CREADAN HEAD: HOOPOE again present in garden with lobster pots (JNM).

DUNGARVAN: Swift over town (JAP).

Monday, April 22, 2013

ANNESTOWN:  Short-eared Owl (MD).
CREADAN HEAD:  Brief flight view of HOOPOE later today (MC).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Sedge Warbler, 10+ singing Willow Warblers, 2 Wheatears & a mixed flock of 200+ hirundines at Lisseland (DS).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Blackcap (C&D Foley), lots of Manx Shearwaters passing at very close range (DS).
CREADAN HEAD:  HOOPOE still present at Creadan Head (C Foley/D Foley).

Sunday, April 21, 2013

CREADAN HEAD:  HOOPOE still present (per irishbirding.com).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  4 Willow Warblers & 11 Chiffchaffs along lane, 1 Common/Arctic Tern on seawatch (JF).
CLONEA: 6 White Wagtails including one metal-ringed bird @ Ballinclamper. (MC)
CLONEA STRAND: Arctic Tern, 125 Whimbrel, 7 Great Northern Divers & a Red-throated Diver, 1820-1910 (PMW).
KILBARRY BOG (nr Waterford city): Grasshopper Warbler reeling (& seen) along SW edge just W of Ballindud roundabout at 1705 (PMW) - first of year.
BALLINLOUGH: 2 Sedge Warblers (first of year) & a Cuckoo (DW).

TRAMORE: 18 Whimbrel at Backstrand & a male Wheatear at Lisselan (JF), 35 Whimbrel W over sandhills (PMW).
HELVICK HEAD: Small fall - at least 6 Blackcaps and 20+ phylloscs. Also 2nd-winter Glaucous Gull and 3 Black Guillemot (CF).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: also a male Blackcap & 7+ phylloscs (2 + WW, 3+ CC) (PMW).
Merlin on land.
Seawatch 0915-1045 (wind 3-4 SW, drizzle at first; PMW):
Arctic Skua: 1 ad light-phase on sea
Great Skua: 2 W @ 1018
Red-breasted Merganser: 1 f/imm W
Red-throated Diver: 1 W, 1 on sea
Arctic Tern: 1 W
Common/Arctic Tern: 1 W
Sandwich Tern: 16 W
Whimbrel: 15 W
Manx Shearwater: 5 E, 130 W
Fulmar: 2 E, 12 W
Gannet: 3 E, 72 W
Kittiwake: 12 E, 59 W
Large auks: 1 E, 65 W

Saturday, April 20, 2013

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: also female Blackcap & 2 Sand Martins, updated totals 11 Willow Warblers, 10 Chiffchaffs, 80 Whimbrel & 8 Red-throated Divers (PMW).
DUNGARVAN: Common Sandpiper at Barnawee (MC sr).
CLONEA STRAND: Little Tern at Ballinclamper (JAP, FO'C, BS) - first of year.

OLD PARISH:  Whitethroat (") - first of year.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 5 Arctic Terns feeding off tip, 8 Red-throated Divers, Great Northern Diver, Common Scoter & Black Guillemot on sea, 1+ Whimbrel flew over, Tree Sparrow, Wheatear, 8 Willow Warblers, 3 Chiffchaffs & a Goldcrest on land  so far (AA, PMW).

MONAMINTRA / CASTLETOWN: Yellowhammer between Monamintra roundabout and Castletown Fen (MC, CF).
CREADAN HEAD: No sign of Hoopoe; 3 Arctic Terns on Creadan/Fornaght strand: 2 Yellowhammers (MC, CF).
DUNGARVAN BAY: BLACK-THROATED DIVER between Ballynagaul & Helvick, 0630 (JAP, BS, FO'C); Black Guillemot & 2 Arctic Terns in bay (MC, CF).

Friday, April 19, 2013

Common Sandpiper at Ballyquin beach,
22 Whimbrel at Curragh beach, large numbers of Swallows and House Martins around Ardmore (JJC LC).

WOODHOUSE: Jay this evening (EB).
WHITING BAY: 16 Whimbrel today (SH).
CLONEA STRAND: 2 Arctic Terns, 83 Whimbrel, 10 Great Northern Divers & 3 White Wagtails at / off Ballinclamper, 1720-1800 (PMW).

STRADBALLY: 6 House Martins & a Dipper (AJ).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Cuckoo at Lisselan (PD) - first of year for Co Waterford. 
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: House Martin, 2 Willow Warblers, c10 Chiffchaffs, 2 Wheatears, a RT Diver & numerous Swallows this afternoon (DS).
NEWTOWN GLEN (Tramore Bay):  FIRECREST still present this morning (LR) - bird was found on 3 April, last reported 6 April, a 17-day stay so far.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

DUNGARVAN:  Common Tern around the Quay (MC snr)  - first of the year for Co Waterford.
CREADAN HEAD (nr Dunmore East): HOOPOE still present at 12:20 (NTK, AP, BP, PC & FC).

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

CLONEA STRAND: 1st-winter Mediterranean Gull & 3 Sandwich Terns at Ballinclamper (JF).
COLLIGAN RIVER:  6 House Martins (DC).
CREADAN HEAD (nr Dunmore East):  HOOPOE still present, 11:50, on side of road among bushes in front of garden (RZ) - grid reference approx S700028. Directions: from Dunmore East main strand, take Killea backroad for 1.1 km NW, turn right at Killea church, right again after c400 m, then c2 km out road.

© R Zamora

see also video (DW)
CREADAN HEAD (nr Dunmore East): HOOPOE in a garden yesterday (16/4) (Trudy McIntyre per Davy Farrar).

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

CLONEA STRAND:  24 Whimbrel on beach at 18:30 (LO'B) - the first reported migrants of the year (but up to 2 wintering Whimbrel at Clonea in January).

COMERAGH MOUNTAINS:  2 Wheatears along Mahon Falls walkway (LB).

DUNGARVAN:  Swallow at the Cunnigar (JJC, LC).

Monday, April 15, 2013

LISMORE:  Good numbers of Swallows and martins (including House Martins) at Lady Louisa's Walk (ADM).

DUNGARVAN / CLONEA:  2 Swallows at Abbeyside, 1 at Ballinclamper, but very scarce (MC snr).

BROWNSWOOD (nr Portlaw):  House Martins back inspecting last year's nests today (FJ).

CARRIGNAGOUR (nr Lismore): Local Swallows back today on a typical date (ADM).

Sunday, April 14, 2013

ARDMORE HEAD: 195 Manx Shearwaters & 30 Fulmars W, also a Porpoise (seawatch 1615-1645, wind f7-8 SW; MAD, PMW).
HELVICK HEAD: 104 Manxies, 1 Puffin & 1 Bonxie all W (seawatch 1300-1400, MC snr).
HELVICK HEAD:  Very heavy passage of Manx Shearwaters along with Fulmars, Gannets, Kittiwakes & auks, 1155-1215 (JAP, BS).

Saturday, April 13, 2013

HELVICK HEAD: 2 House Martins, 3 Swallows, 6 Willow Warblers & 2nd-winter Glaucous Gull (MC).

KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  75+ Swallows, 10+ Sand Martins & 1+ House Martin, 5 Tufted Ducks (3 males + 2 female) also a male Aythya species poorly seen, possibly the Ring-necked Duck (PMW).

BELLE LAKE:  4 Swallows & 4 Sand Martins (").
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR: Big mixed flock of House Martins (first of year) & Swallows (IS).

VARIOUS LOCATIONS: Swallows widely reported today including 2 at Ballyneety, Dungarvan (MC snr); Cappoquin (ADM); 2 at Ballybricken, Waterford city (DS); 4 at Brownstown Head & 2 at Saleen, Tramore Backstrand (PMW).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Highlight a Moorhen(!) along main lane, otherwise just a Willow Warbler & 2 Chiffchaffs on land; 55 Manx Shearwaters & a Black Guillemot E, Red- throated Diver on sea (seawatch 1105-1205) (PMW).
DUNGARVAN: 20+ Swallows & 2 Sand Martins at Ballinacourty (JAP, BS).

Friday, April 12, 2013

COLLIGAN WOOD:  Male Blackcap (ADM).

WATERFORD CITY:  Swallow at Grange Heights @ 1955 (JDP).
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  RING-NECKED DUCK male again on small lake, viewed from T-junction above (JJC, LC), also a Willow Warbler (CtB).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Short-eared Owl & Swallow at Lisselan (AJ).

Thursday, April 11, 2013

DUNGARVAN: Brambling again at Shandon (MS).
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Male RING-NECKED DUCK still present on the small lake (RZ).

 © R Zamora
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2 Tree Sparrows & Merlin; also 32 Manx Shearwaters E (seawatch 1030-1050) (DS).

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 10 Chiffchaffs (7 along lane, 3 in willow garden), 2 Willow Warblers along lane, female Merlin, small numbers of Manx Shearwaters & a Great Northern Diver E (DS).

BROWNSWOOD (nr Portlaw):  2 Redpolls on feeders (one yesterday) (FJ).

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

BALLYSCANLAN / CARRICKAVRANTRY:  Long-eared Owl seen & 2-4 (possibly more) Snipe drumming (DMcG).

BALLYSCANLAN LAKE:  3 Crossbills, 6 Sand Martins & 4 Siskins (RZ).

SHANGAN, BUTLERSTOWN:  100+ Redwing & 35 Fieldfare (").

Monday, April 08, 2013

KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Drake RING-NECKED DUCK on small lake, best viewed from high road (MC).

Sunday, April 07, 2013

BALLYSCANLAN:  7 Swallows, also Mute Swans & Mistle Thrush nesting (AJ).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Male Blackcap & 2 Chiffchaffs (PMW).
Seawatch 2 hrs 0840-0940, 0950-1050 (wind  5 SSE, PMW):
Arctic Skua: 1 E (dark)
Great Skua: 3 E singly
Manx Shearwater: 93 E, 3 W
Red-throated Diver: 20 E, 1 W
Great Northern Diver: 2 E, 1 W
Common Scoter: 2 E
Brent Goose: 4 E
Puffin: 2 E
Black Guillemot: 1 E
Sandwich Tern: 4E, 4 W
Fulmar, Gannet, Kittiwake, Razorbill, Guillemot: light passage

Saturday, April 06, 2013

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: FIRECREST still present along main lane - 3 Firecrests in Co Waterford today! - also Willow Warbler & 2 Chiffchaffs there & 2 Red-throated Divers off tip (DS); adult Little Gull feeding close inshore off tip @ 1720 with Kittiwakes & Common Gulls (MAD, PMW).

HELVICK HEAD: 2nd-winter Glaucous Gull (MC, CF, JAP).

BUNMAHON: 2 Red-throated Divers (JAP).

DUNGARVAN: Brambling, Shandon (BS, MS), Redwing at Abbeyside prom (PV).

CLONEA STRAND: Great Northern Diver (PV).
BLACKWATER VALLEY: Green Sandpiper at Dromana Bridge (ADM).

RAM HEAD: 28 Red-throated Divers E, 7 Common Scoter W, 3 Basking Sharks & a Common Dolphin (seawatch 0930-1100) (").

EAST WATERFORD: 3 Buzzards (DC).
ARDMORE: Firecrest at Round Tower graveyard 11:20, in trees behind SE corner of graveyard (CF).

NEWTOWN GLEN: Firecrest still present, 11:15 (MD).
BALLYSCANLAN LAKE: 9 Crossbill and 2 Chiffchaff (RZ).
WHITING BAY: 2 male Common Scoter (JAP, BS, RAW).
Nr DUNGARVAN: Dead Long-eared Owl (MC, CF).

Friday, April 05, 2013

ANNE VALLEY TRAIL (Dunhill):  Male Blackcap 7 several Chiffchaffs (PV).

BALLYDWAN:  Red-throated Diver (").

BUNMAHON:  Red-throated Diver (").

SEAFIELD (nr Bunmahon):  Male Hen Harrier (DW, MC snr).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Also Merlin & Redwing, plus a flock of up to 50 Meadow Pipits (MC).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: FIRECREST still along main track (first report since 30 March), calling freququently and showing very well, also 4-5 Chiffchaff so far (MC).

NEWTOWN GLEN:   FIRECREST still present (RZ).
DUNGARVAN: Female-type Black Redstart at Tournore Park, Abbeyside this morning (CF).

Thursday, April 04, 2013

CAPPOQUIN: 2 Bramblings & >30 Yellowhammers (ADM).

 DUNGARVAN:  Green Sandpiper at Brickey canal (DC).

WEST WATERFORD: 2 Buzzards (").
Nr NEWTOWN COVE (Tramore Bay):  FIRECREST still present, also male Blackcap - west up glen from cove, left at junction, first garden on left (AJ).

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

CALISO BAY:  2 Wheatears (ADM).

ARDMORE: 5 Sandwich Terns at Curragh (").

WEST WATERFORD: 2 Buzzards (").
Nr NEWTOWN COVE:  FIRECREST still showing, 14:40, by chalet at south side of the junction left (down to cove & Guillamene) just south of Newtown golf driving range (PA).

© P Archer

BUNMAHON:  3 Green Sandpipers & male Blackcap (AA).
Nr NEWTOWN COVE (Tramore Bay): FIRECREST & Willow Warbler in garden by chalet with corrugated roof at junction W of cove (AJ) - grid ref cX566995.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

HELVICK HEAD:  2nd-winter Glaucous Gull & 2 female Wheatears (MC snr).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 10 Chiffchaffs along main lane, 5 Wheatears (2m3f) on the head and 7 Sandwich Terns offshore (DS).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Another 7 Sandwich Terns and a 2nd-year Iceland Gull off Saleen carpark, 4 Wheatears(3m1f) and a Black Redstart in car park behind recycling centre near Tramore beach (").
BUNMAHON:  Willow Warbler (DW) - first of year for Co Waterford.

Monday, April 01, 2013

BUNMAHON: Black Redstart (DW).