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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Seawatch 11:30-12:30 (wind 5 SW, PMW):
Puffin 5 W
Manx Shearwater: 120 E, 195 W
Fulmar: 1 E, 6 W
Gannet: 8 E, 48 W
Curlew: 2 W
Kittiwake: 2 E, 3 W
Sandwich Tern: 2 E, 4 W
Guillemot: 3 E, 13 W
Razorbill: 3 W
Large auk sp: 4 E, 4 W

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Seawatch 20:10-20:55 (MAD, PMW):
Common Dolphin: 2 E
Manx Shearwater: 220 E, 27 W
Fulmar: 1 E, 2 W
Gannet: 5 E, 29 W
Shelduck: 2 E
Curlew: 2 W
Kittiwake: 2 E, 2 W
Sandwich Tern: 2 W
Large auks: 1 E, 7 W.
Also a Swift over land.
BLACKWATER VALLEY: Reed Warbler singing E of Camphire bridge, Spotted Flycatcher & Silver Y moth at Knockanore (MAD, PMW).


Thursday, June 27, 2013

BALLYSCANLON:  Crossbill & Yellowhammer (DW, MC snr).

BALLINLOUGH:  Reed Warbler singing (").

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

DUNGARVAN:  2 Common Sandpipers & 2 Lapwings at Ballyneety (MC).

VARIOUS:  Buzzard at two locations (").

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

DUNGARVAN:  2 Common Sandpipers at Killongford bridge (JAP).

Monday, June 24, 2013

ARDMORE:  Basking Shark in bay (100 m off Cliff Hotel), Common Sandpiper at the Curragh (ADM).

Sunday, June 23, 2013

DUNGARVAN: 2 drake Scaup off sports centre (MC).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Recently fledged juvenile Tree Sparrow along lane - success for the local pair (PMW).

KILMEADEN: Stock Dove (").

Saturday, June 22, 2013

DUNGARVAN: 2nd-summer Glaucous Gull off Cunnigar car-park (MC snr).

Thursday, June 20, 2013

DUNGARVAN: 2 Crossbills at Ballynacourty pier (PV).

HELVICK HEAD: Glaucous Gull (").

Nr CAPPAGH: 2+ Spotted Flycatchers at Ballinameela church (").

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

CARRIGAVRANTRY: Snipe displaying  (JF,DS,AJ).

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Nr BALLYVOONEY: Grasshopper Warbler reeling (DW).

Monday, June 17, 2013

RAM HEAD: Kittiwake count - 105 apparently occupied nests (AONs) at study plots (most of colony), a 10% decline from 117 AONs in 2012. Most birds apparently sitting tight, but total includes at least 20 empty but occupied nests (PMW).

Thursday, June 13, 2013

TRAMORE ROAD: Long-eared Owl flew across road near Gracedieu tonight (JF).

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


RAM HEAD:  2 Storm Petrels, a Minke Whale & good passage of Manx Shearwaters this morning (ADM).

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Arctic Skua (dark adult) E & 500+ Manx Shearwaters (seawatch 1000-1100); 2 Tree Sparrows, both carrying food (DS).

Saturday, June 08, 2013

NEWTOWN GLEN (Tramore Bay): FIRECREST about 20 yards up from beach (AJ) -presumed same bird since 3 April, last reported 19/4; no previous Waterford occurrences outside period Sept-April.

BALLINLOUGH: 2 Treecreepers (JAP, RAW, BS).

CARRIGAVRANTRY: Spotted Flycatcher at entrance (").

DUNHILL: Grasshopper Warbler reeling (").

COMERAGH MOUNTAINS:  Green Hairstreak & Grey Heron at Coum Araglin (").

Friday, June 07, 2013

MID-WATERFORD: 3 Buzzards (FO'C, MC snr).

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Nr DUNGARVAN: Long-eared Owl last night (JAP).

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Yesterday (3 June):

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: White Wagtail at Clohernagh (JF).

CASTLETOWN FEN: Cuckoo calling (")..

Monday, June 03, 2013

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 2 Tree Sparrows (JF).
HELVICK HEAD: 2 Pomarine Skuas off Helvick pier in flat calm conditions (JAP, BS),

BLACKWATER VALLEY: Sandwich Tern feeding upriver on the Blackwater at Newport east (").

Saturday, June 01, 2013

BALLINLOUGH: Male & female Cuckoo, young Mute Swan cygnets (LR).