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Tuesday, December 31, 2013


DUNGARVAN:  Dark-bellied Brent Goose (PA).
DUNGARVAN: 3 Long-tailed Ducks off the pitch & putt course. (MC)

KILLONGFORD: Water Rail. (")
TRAMORE:  1st-winter Glaucous Gull at boating lake (LR, JDP).
HELVICK HEAD:  'Blue' Fulmar, Great Skua & Puffin past, also good movement of auks west (1-hr seawatch 11:00-12:00, MC).

Monday, December 30, 2013

HELVICK HEAD: LITTLE AUK flew out of Dungarvan harbour & landed near rocks at Helvick this afternon, also adult Yellow-legged Gull on sea & Bonxie there (MC).

BLACKWATER CALLOWS:  43 Whooper Swans (13+ juvenile) (PV).

CURRAGHMORE ESTATE (PORTLAW):  Treecreeper & 2 Jays (JF, AJ).

DERRIGAL:  6 Whooper Swans (2 adult, 4 juvenile) (").

Sunday, December 29, 2013

TRAMORE:  Adult Mediterranean Gull at boating lake (MC).

EAST WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards roosting together (").
DUNGARVAN: SPOONBILL, & an Otter below Devonshire Bridge (JAP).

Saturday, December 28, 2013

DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL, 2 Long-tailed Ducks, Black Guillemot & Otter off pitch & putt course (JAP, EMacL, BS).

CLONEA:  Purple Sandpiper (").

Nr LEMYBRIEN:  Woodcock on road (").

PORTLAW:  Jay & 2 Stock Doves at Curraghmore Estate, Green Sandpiper & 2 Stock Doves at Clodiagh River below Portlaw (").

EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard (").

TRAMORE:  Adult Ring-billed Gull, 1st-winter Glaucous Gull (also on a roof at Bayview, Riverstown), 45 Gadwall, 15 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck & 3 Coot at boating lake; Greylag Goose, 2 Shoveler & 3 Gadwall at Lisselan (MC, CF, DW, JF).


DERRIGAL:  Adult White-fronted Goose, c270 Greylag Geese & 37 Whooper Swans (").

BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  38 Whooper Swans, 2 Shoveler & 2 Coot (").

DUNGARVAN:  Long-tailed Duck off Ballynacourty pier (").

EAST / MID WATERFORD:  Buzzard at two locations (").

Friday, December 27, 2013

RING: Chiffchaff & 2 Whimbrel @ Knockanpower Lower. (MC)

HELVICK:  2 Great Northern Divers (VT).

Nr WATERFORD CITY:  Otter & 50+ Cormorants at King's Channel opposite Little Island (LB).
BUNMAHON:  2 CATTLE EGRETS - 2nd bird flew into roost at 15:40 in the large pines beside the bridge, 1st bird still present at same time (DW).
TRAMORE: 2nd-winter Glaucous Gull at boating lake carpark (LR).
BUNMAHON / SEAFIELD: CATTLE EGRET still present, on the slope above the school and below the silo/hopper (JAP, PP, DW).

DUNGARVAN: Merlin at Ballyrandle (JAP, PP).

Thursday, December 26, 2013

DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL at the Cunnigar, Green Sandpiper at Brickey canal, Black Guillemot at Ballynagaul (JAP), 2 Long-tailed Ducks inside Cunnigar tip (MC).

CLONEA:  Purple Sandpiper (JAP).

ANNESTOWN:  2nd-winter Mediterranean Gull (MC).

MID WATERFORD:  Buzzard (").

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

BUNMAHON: CATTLE EGRET still at Bunmahon (DW).

DUNGARVAN: 4 Long-tailed Ducks & adult Mediterranean Gull '3H97' at Quann's, Water Rail at Killongford (MC).

HELVICK: Black Guillemot (").
DUNGARVAN: 4 Long-tailed Ducks & 1 adult Mediterranean Gull (White Darvic Ring 3H97) @ Quann's. (MC)

HELVICK: Black Guillemot. (")

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

BUNMAHON: CATTLE EGRET still present this evening (DW).

Monday, December 23, 2013

BUNMAHON:  CATTLE EGRET still present @ 12:40 (DW).

Sunday, December 22, 2013

BUNMAHON / SEAFIELD:  CATTLE EGRET still present at 09:30 (RZ) up to at least 15:30 (JF, DW).

DUNGARVAN:  Swallow at Abbeyside (SO'C), 3 Long-tailed Ducks near the Cunnigar (FO'C).

Saturday, December 21, 2013

BUNMAHON / SEAFIELD: 2 CATTLE EGRETS (DW, MC) - initially one halfway between Seafield and Bunmahon across the river in the field with horses and cattle, later another flew past at dusk.

Friday, December 20, 2013

DUNGARVAN: 4 Long-tailed Ducks & 1 Otter off pitch & putt course. (MC)

Thursday, December 19, 2013

CLONEA:  2 Chiffchaffs at Ballinclamper (MC).

DUNGARVAN:  Otter off pitch & putt course (").

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 5 Gadwall & 2 Kingfishers at Lisselan (JF).

EAST WATERFORD: Buzzard (").

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

WATERFORD CITY:  Kingfisher on St John's River beside Advance Tyres (LR).

DUNHILL:  2 Tree Sparrows (AJ).

Monday, December 16, 2014

EAST WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards (JF).

Sunday, December 15, 2013

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  3rd-winter Yellow-legged Gull & 620+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls off Saleen, 13:00 (PMW).

Saturday, December 14, 2013

CLONEA STRAND: 11+ Great Northern Divers together off Ballinclamper (JAP, BS).

HELVICK: Black Guillemot inside harbour (").

Friday, December 13, 2013


TRAMORE:   Ring-billed Gull, 42 Gadwall, 9 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck & 3 Coot at boating lake (JF, AJ); possible Scandinavian Rock Pipit along track to sandhills, young Porpoise on beach (AJ).

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Nr TRAMORE:  GLOSSY IBIS over Old Tramore Road, just N/NE of the junction at Ballinattin, flying towards Tramore Backstrand, c15:45-16:00 (RZ) - likely the bird seen flying NW over Backstrand on 10 November?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

DUNGARVAN: SPOONBILL & 2 Long-tailed Ducks (M McLoughlin).

Monday, December 09, 2013

TRAMORE:  Ring-billed Gull & Mediterranean Gull at boating lake, Barnacle Goose at Lisselan (RZ).

EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard (").
DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL again off pitch & putt course (RZ).

Sunday, December 08, 2013

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Merlin at Lisselan (JF).

EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard at two locations (").
DUNMORE EAST: 2nd-winter Glaucous Gull (AJ).

TRAMORE BAY: 3 Great Crested Grebes  (").

Saturday, December 07, 2013

BLACKWATER VALLEY:  20 Yellowhammers at Newport East, 3 at Knockanore & 2 at Clashmore (JAP, EMcL, BS).

DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL, 4 Long-tailed Duck & 6 Goldeneye off pitch&putt course, Barnacle Goose at Ballyneety, 3 Red-throated Divers off Ballynagaul pier & Green Sandpiper at Brickey canal (").

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Ring-billed Gull on mud between spits & old dump, Short-eared Owl at Lisselan (AJ).
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR: 10 Tufted Ducks, Kingfisher & 52 Whooper Swans. (MC, CF)

KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR: 2 Shoveler, 3 Coot & 2 Tufted Ducks. (")

DUNMORE EAST: 5 Purple Sandpipers. (")

LISSELAN: Gadwall, 4 Pintail & a Tufted Duck. (")

TRAMORE BOATING LAKE: Adult Ring-billed Gull, 3 adult Mediterranean gulls, 6 Coot, Tufted Duck, 50 Gadwall & 13 Shoveler.

DUNGARVAN: Black Guillemot @ Ballinacourty Pier. (")

Friday, December 06, 2013

DUNHILL:  2 Tree Sparrows (AJ).

TRAMORE:  Adult Ring-billed Gull still present (RZ).

DUNMORE EAST:  9 Purple Sandpipers (").

DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL, 4 Long-tailed Duck & Barnacle Goose off pitch & putt course (FO'C).

Thursday, December 05, 2013

DUNMORE EAST: Glaucous Gull (RZ).

TRAMORE: Adult Ring-billed Gull at boating lake (JAP).

Monday, December 02, 2013

DUNGARVAN: 4 Long-tailed Duck off pitch & putt course (SMH)
DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL & Otter off pitch & putt course (JF).

Sunday, December 01, 2013

BALLINACOURTY: Otter, Whimbrel, 2 Black Guillemots, Minke Whale and 1 Porpoise from the lighthouse. (MC)

DUNGARVAN: Spoonbill, 4 Long-tailed Ducks, 1 Barnacle Goose & 7 Goldeneye from the pitch & putt course (MC, JAP, BS, EB); Green Sandpiper at Brickey river (JAP, BS)