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DUNMORE EAST to just W of TRAMORE: Great Skua, Glaucous Gull, Fin Whale, 7 Minke Whales, 11 Porpoises & 100 Common Dolphins from boat (ADM).
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR: 13 Tufted Duck (CF).
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR: 2 Tufted Duck (").
EAST WATERFORD: Buzzard (").
TRAMORE: 41+ Gadwall, 9 Shoveler, diving duck species (Tufted Duck?), 7 Coot & adult Mediterranean Gull at boating lake (CF, AJ); Scaup & Coot at Lisselan (CF); 325 Brent Geese, 178 Dunlin, 62 Grey Plover, 10 Little Egrets, 49 Shelduck & a Merlin west of spits in Backstrand; Great Crested Grebe in bay (AJ).
DUNGARVAN (I-WeBS count): SURF SCOTER in outer bay (between Ballynacourty pier & Cunnigar / Abbeyside) (PS, PMW); 2 Long-tailed Ducks near Cunnigar point (FO'C); SPOONBILL on Cunnigar (PS); VAGRANT EMPEROR dragonfly near sports centre @ 11:55 (PMW); totals 10 Great Northern Divers, 60 Great Crested Grebes, 42 Red-breasted Mergansers & 2 Goldeneye. Also a HUMPBACK WHALE, Fin Whales, Porpoises & Common Dolphins at/off Dungarvan bay this morning (RMcL).
DUNGARVAN: SURF SCOTER & Black Guillemot off Ballynacourty pier, but distant (MC); Green Sandpiper at Killongford pool (MC sr).
HELVICK HEAD: 2 Swallows (MC sr).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: GLOSSY IBIS (flying N over Kilmacleague / Clohernagh fields, then headed NW, c09:15) (DMcG); also Short-eared Owl, north saltmarsh, Long-tailed Duck west of spits, 5 Whooper Swans at Riverstown, Scaup at Lisselan, & 828 Brent Geese (DMcG, AJ, PMW).