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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

DUNGARVAN:  2 SPOONBILLS off pitch & putt course (JAP, BS).

OLD PARISH: Woodcock (").

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

DUNMORE EAST:  2nd-winter Glaucous Gull (").

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

TRAMORE:  Adult Ring-billed Gull again at boating lake at 12:45 (DS).


KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  23 Little Grebes  but just 1 Tufted Duck & no sign of Ring-necked Duck (").

EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard (").

Monday, December 29, 2014

TRAMORE TOWN:  4 Redwing heard (TB).

DUNMORE EAST: 2CY Glaucous Gull (MC).
Nr BUNMAHON:  Male Hen Harrier & 18 Stock Doves (DW).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Ring-billed Gull on main pond at Lisselan (possibly same bird as boating lake) (JF).

DUNGARVAN:  2 SPOONBILLS roosting on the Cunnigar, 4 Pintail off pitch & putt course, adult Kittiwake roosting at Barnawee bridge (unusual location), Black Redstart at Abbeyside church (JAP, BS).

CLONEA:  Whimbrel & Black Guillemot (").

Sunday, December 28, 2014

KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Drake RING-NECKED DUCK with 15 Tufties on small lake, best viewed from high road (MC).

DERRIGAL (nr Portlaw):  3 PINK-FOOTED GEESE, 129 Greylags & 31 Whooper Swans (").

DUNGARVAN:  2 SPOONBILL, 4 Pintail & 2 Long-tailed Duck off pitch & putt, adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballyneety (JAP).

DUNMORE EAST:  2nd-winter Glaucous Gull (").

Nr CAPPOQUIN:  Hen Harrier (NR).

TRAMORE:  Chiffchaff & 2 Black Redstarts at W end of beach (ED).

Saturday, December 27, 2014

BLACKWATER VALLEY: Common Sandpiper at Clashmore broads, Jay at Greencloyne near Youghal bridge, Hen Harrier at Newport East (JAP, BS).

WEST WATERFORD: Buzzard (").

Nr WHITING BAY: 8+ Tree Sparrows at feeder, Moord (").

ARDMORE: Adult Mediterranean Gull (').

DUNGARVAN:  Adult Yellow-legged Gull at Ballyneety, 2 Goldeneye opposite pitch & putt course, Stock Dove at Brickey canal (').

Friday, December 26, 2014


KILFARRASY BEACH:  Fem/imm Black Redstart (").

TRAMORE:  2 fem/imm Black Redstarts (at the cover & under O'Shea's), Shoveler & 12 Gadwall at boating lake (").

Thursday, December 25, 2014

DERRIGAL (nr Portlaw): Goose flock now 198 Greylag & 3 PINK-FOOTED GEESE (EAMacL) 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

WATERFORD CITY:  Otter on the marina beside the Plaza on the quay (LR).
SEAFIELD (nr Bunmahon):  2nd-winter Mediterranean Gull & a Chiffchaff (DW).

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

DERRIGAL (nr Portlaw): PINK-FOOTED GOOSE with c100 Greylags (MC).

DUNMORE EAST:  2CY Glaucous Gull (").

Sunday, December 21, 2014

TRAMORE:  Adult Ring-billed Gull & 10 Gadwall at boating lake (MC), male Blackcap, Tramore town (TB).

DUNMORE EAST:  2CY Glaucous Gull still at pier (MC).

DUNGARVAN: 2 Long-tailed Duck & 3 Goldeneye opposite pitch and putt club (JAP).

DRUM HILLS: Ringtail Hen Harrier (").

BLACKWATER VALLEY: Whimbrel at Newport East (").

WEST WATERFORD: Buzzard (").

Saturday, December 20, 2014

DUNGARVAN: Water Rail at Killongford pools, immature SPOONBILL roosting on Cunnigar, 3 Goldeneye (2m1f), 4 Shoveler & 2 Pintail (1m 1f) off pitch & putt course (BS, FO'C, JAP).

OLD PARISH: 3-4 Woodcock (").

VARIOUS: 86 species total for day (").
Nr BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR: 15 Whooper Swans in field NW of reservoir (MC).
DERRIGAL (nr Portlaw):  PINK-FOOTED GOOSE,  110 Greylag Geese & 33 Whooper Swans (MC).

Friday, December 19, 2014

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

Thursday, December 18, 2014

LISMORE: Pair of Treecreepers & a Dipper (SMH).

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

DUNGARVAN: 2 SPOONBILLS (adult & juvenile), 3 Pintail (adult male & 2 females) & 8 Shoveler off pitch & putt course (PS, PMW).

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Nr DUNGARVAN:  Barn Owl flying at head height parallel to car, early a.m. (MC).

WATERFORD CITY:  Black Redstart again beside the Tower Hotel (LR).

Monday, December 15, 2014

Off BALLYVOYLE:  LITTLE AUK seen from boat 1 mile offshore, flew W towards Helvick Head (FO'C).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  GLOSSY IBIS on backstrand, flew from outflow at end of seawall, headed towards Clohernagh, also Long-tailed Duck on water at new wetland at Kilmacleague (AJ).

DUNGARVAN: Black Redstart in town centre (FO'C).

Sunday, December 14, 2014

DUNMORE EAST:  2nd-calendar-yr Glaucous Gull & 2 Purple Sandpipers at pier (MC).

TRAMORE: Adult Ring-billed Gull, adult Mediterranean Gull & 25 Gadwall at boating lake (JDP, MC, AJ, PMW); ringtail Hen Harrier & 41 Shoveler at Backstrand (AJ, PMW); female/immature Black Redstart by O'Shea's Hotel (MC).
SEAFIELD (nr Bunmahon): Ringtail Hen Harrier, Green Sandpiper & Chiffchaff (DW).

LISMORE: Dipper & Treecreeper at Lismore bridge (RAW, BS, JAP).

Nr WHITING BAY: 4 Tree Sparrows at feeders (").

DUNGARVAN: Adult Yellow-legged Gull at the Cunnigar, 2 SPOONBILLS & 2 Long-tailed Ducks off pitch & putt course, male Blackcap at Ballynagaul (").

CLONEA: Harbour/Common Seal at Ballinard (").

VARIOUS LOCATIONS:  78 bird species for the day (").

Saturday, December 13, 2014

TRAMORE: Adult Ring-billed Gull & 28 Gadwall at Tramore boating lake. Chiffchaff at west end of beach, fem/imm Black Redstart at Lady's Slip (DS).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: GLOSSY IBIS flew E over Lisselan at 11:40 (EAMacL).

DUNGARVAN: 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 4 Pintail (m+3f) & 8 Shoveler (2m, 1 imm m, 5 f). No sign of Spoonbills but dog walkers on Cunnigar. Also full sum plum GC Grebe in inner bay (CF). Adult dark-bellied Brent Goose at CBS sports field (MC).

Friday, December 12, 2014

WATERFORD CITY:  Black Redstart on river bank beside Tower Hotel (LR).

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

DUNGARVAN: Black Redstart in car park at Galwey's Lane, Dungarvan (JAP, BS).

BALLYNACOURTY POINT: Black Redstart on the shore just west of Ballinacourty Lighthouse (MC snr).

TRAMORE: Ring-billed Gull, 7 Gadwall & a Shoveler at boating lake, Black Redstart at pier (JF).

DROMANA WOODS: Crossbills heard (ADM).

WEST WATERFORD: 2 Buzzards (").

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

CLONEA: 20+ Choughs at Ballinclamper (SMH).

DUNGARVAN: Yellow-legged Gull near Park Hotel; 2 SPOONBILLS, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 2 pairs of Shoveler & a male Pintail near pitch & putt course (FO'C).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Long-tailed Duck, juvenile Goldeneye & 3 Whooper Swans at Lisselan (KA).

Monday, December 08, 2014

TRAMORE:  Ring-billed Gull, 2 Shoveler & 2 Gadwall at boating lake (AJ).

CLONEA;  2 Great Northern Divers (SMH).

WEST WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards (EB).

Sunday, December 07, 2014

BLACKWATER CALLOWS:  80 Whooper Swans (20 east of Ballyduff, 60 5 km before Fermoy) (NdeP).

BLACKWATER VALLEY:  c10 Whooper Swans at Camphire (").
TRAMORE: Mediterranean Gull, Great Crested Grebe & Chiffchaff at west end of Tramore strand (AJ).

Saturday, December 06, 2014

BALLYBRACK: Woodcock on the road (BS, FO'C, JAP).

NEWPORT EAST: Water Rail calling (").


WEST WATERFORD: 2 Buzzards )").

Nr WHITING BAY: 4 Tree Sparrows at feeder (").

ARDMORE: Adult and 2nd-winter Mediterranean Gull at Curragh beach (").

HELVICK: Black Redstart, 2 Black Guillemots & 3 Red-throated Divers (").

DUNGARVAN: 2 Black Redstarts (1 male) & Chiffchaff at Ballynagaul; 2 Long-tailed Duck, 3 Shoveler (2 male 1 female ) and adult SPOONBILL off pitch and putt club (").

VARIOUS SITES: Fieldfare and Redwing numerous throughout the day. 88 species in total for the day (").
DERRIGAL (nr Portlaw): PINK-FOOTED GOOSE, 115 Greylags & 22 Whooper Swans (MC).



EAST WATERFORD: Buzzard (").
TRAMORE: Long-tailed Duck & 17 Shoveler at Backstrand (LR); adult Ring-billed Gull & adult Mediterranean Gull at boating lake (MC).

Friday, December 05, 2014

DUNGARVAN: 2 Long-tailed Ducks off Quann's (MC snr).
TRAMORE:  Black Redstart & female Blackcap at pier (JF).

Thursday, December 04, 2014

MUGGORT'S BAY (nr Helvick Head):  3 Fin Whales just offshore, 15:15-1600 (JJC).

TRAMORE: Ring-billed Gull at boating lake, Black Redstart at Ladies' Slip (AJ); 5 Whooper Swans at Lisselan (JF).

BALLYSCANLON; 3 Chiffchaffs (AJ).
DUNGARVAN: Pair of Long-tailed Ducks off pitch & putt (SMH).
WATERFORD CITY: Female Blackcap in garden (LR).

Monday, December 01, 2014

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Long-tailed Duck, 5 Whooper Swans & Kingfisher at Lisselan (AJ).

Sunday, November 30, 2014

DUNGARVAN: also male Black Redstart near sports centre, pair of Long-tailed Ducks,  2 pairs of Shoveler + the 2 SPOONBILLS near pitch+putt (FO'C).

WATERFORD CITY:  Male Blackcap in garden at Collins Avenue (TO'C).

WATERFORD HARBOUR:  23-25 Sanderling at Woodstown (").
DERRIGAL (nr Portlaw):  PINK-FOOTED GOOSE showing very well close to the road with 40 Greylags (MC).

DUNGARVAN: Female / 1st-w Black Redstart at Ballynagaul ("); another f/imm Black Redstart at Ballynacourty pier (FO'C); 2 SPOONBILLS & probable Ruddy Shelduck on Cunnigar (ADM).

TRAMORE: Chiffchaff west end Tramore beach. Female Long-tailed Duck & 2 Water Rail at Lisselan (DS).

Saturday, November 29, 2014

EAST WATERFORD: 2 Buzzards. (MC, CF, DW)

TRAMORE: Fem/1st w type Black Redstart @ The Cove. 17 Gadwall & 1 Shoveler @ the boating lake. (")

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Long-tailed Duck & 3 Chiffchaffs @ Lisselan. (", LR)


DUNGARVAN: Kingfisher @ the Barnawee. Fem/1st w type Black Redstart @ Ballinacourty Pier. (")

HELVICK HEAD / DUNGARVAN: 4 Black Redstarts & 2 Chiffchaffs, Helvick / Ballynagaul, mostly at Ballynagaul, & another 3 Chiffchaffs at base of the Cunnigar (EAMacL); 2 Whimbrel at Ballynagaul (JAP, BS).

KILBARRY BOG: 3 Water Rails calling (LR).

BLACKWATER CALLOWS:  49 Whooper Swans (TM).
DERRIGAL (nr Portlaw): PINK-FOOTED GOOSE, 9 Whoopers, 38 Greylags & Green Sandpiper (MC, CF, DW).

BALLYSHUNNOCK RES:. Ad Yellow-legged Gull (").
DUNGARVAN: 2 SPOONBILLS (ad & very young juv) Cunnigar opposite pitch & putt (JAP, MC, CF, DW). Male & female Long-tailed Duck, adult Yellow-legged Gull, 117 Shelduck & 5 Shoveler (2 male,  3 female) off pitch & putt (MC, CF, DW).

CLONEA: Adult male winter Black Redstart at Ballinard (JAP).

Friday, November 28, 2014

DUNGARVAN: 2 SPOONBILLS (adult & juv/1st-w) again at Quann's / pitch & putt (CF, FO'C).
TRAMORE: Chiffchaff at west end of beach (DS).

Thursday, November 27, 2014

TRAMORE:  Black Redstart at Ladies' Slip, 7 Gadwall at boating lake, Merlin & 7 Shoveler near spits (AJ); male Blackcap, Tramore town (TB).
DUNGARVAN:  2 SPOONBILLS, 2 Long-tailed Duck (male & female) & 2 pairs of Shoveler off pitch & putt club, Green Sandpiper at Brickey canal (JAP, FO'C).

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL, 2 Long-tailed Duck & 2 pairs of Shoveler off pitch & putt course (FO'C).

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

GREAT NEWTOWN HEAD:  Red-throated Diver & 96 Common Scoter (3 flocks) W, Minke Whale outside Tramore Bay (AJ).

Sunday, November 23, 2014

TRAMORE:  3 Black Redstarts on rocks at W end of beach (BH).

DUNGARVAN: pair of Long-tailed Ducks & pair of Shoveler off pitch & putt course (FO'C).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  5 Whooper Swans, 5 Gadwall & a Peacock butterfly at Lisselan, 48 Ringed Plover & c1500 Golden Plover at Backstrand (AJ).

HELVICK to BALLYVOYLE:  2 Fin Whales (MC snr).

IDA Park (nr Waterford city):  20+ Fieldfare & 10 Redwing in stubble field (DS().

Saturday, November 22, 2014

DUNGARVAN: Late juvenile Arctic Tern still present (EAMacL).

BUNMAHON:  Merlin (").

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  3 Bonxies, Merlin & Tree Sparrow (").

CLOHERNAGH:  Stoat (").
ARDMORE: Adult Yellow-legged Gull @ Curragh/Ballyquin. 15 Tree Sparrows @ Whiting Bay. (MC, CF)

DUNGARVAN: Adult Dark-bellied Brent Goose, female Pintail & 2 Long-tailed Ducks off the pitch & putt club. (") Adult Yellow-legged Gull @ Ballyneety. (MC, CF, MC Sr.)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

DUNGARVAN:  Juvenile Arctic Tern (originally identified as Common Tern yesterday), Merlin & male Shoveler opposite the Cunnigar, Kingfisher at Duckspool (JAP, FO'C).

BALLYVOYLE:  4 Red-throated Divers & a Dipper (").

WEST WATERFORD:  Pair of Buzzards (SMH).

KILBARRY BOG:  Chiffchaff, Water Rail & 12 Long-tailed Tits at Waterford Nature Park; dead Mink on Tramore Road (DS).

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

DUNGARVAN:  Late juvenile Arctic Tern, 3 dark-bellied Brent Geese, 2 female Pintail & pair of Long-tailed Ducks at the Cunnigar, pair of Shoveler off pitch & putt course (FO'C); late Red Admiral at Kilmurray (JAP).
DUNGARVAN (I-WeBS count): Long-tailed Duck between sports centre & Cunnigar, 6 Pintail (2+4) along E shore of Cunnigar, 6 Shoveler N of pitch & putt & totals of 16 Great Northern Divers, 25 Great Crested Grebes & 44 Red-breasted Mergansers around bay (BD, PS, PMW).

HELVICK HEAD: 2 Chiffchaffs in pines above cove (PMW).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Female/immature Black Redstart behind main gardens (").

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Merlin & 40 Grey Plover (AJ).

Monday, November 17, 2014

TANKARDSTOWN: 3 Fiin Whales & 3 Porpoises (ADM). 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

HELVICK HEAD: 2 Chiffchaffs at Helvick Head (EAMacL).

WATERFORD CITY: Red Admiral at Ferrybank (LR).
WATERFORD HARBOUR: 67 Brent Geese (6 juv) at Raheen / Geneva Strand (AJ).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: GLOSSY IBIS, Whooper Swan, 3 Tufted Duck & a Red Admiral at Lisselan (AJ, JF).

Saturday, November 15, 2014

BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR: Female type Scaup, 18 Tufted Duck & 1 adult Mediterranean Gull. (MC, CF)

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Adult Mediterranean Gull, Glossy Ibis, 11 Shoveler, 3 Tufted Duck & 1 Whooper Swan @ Lisselan. (")
TIBBERAGHNY/FIDDOWN:  21 Whooper Swans (6 juv) at Tibberaghny (Co Kilkenny), Jay & 10+ Redpolls on Co Waterford side opposite Tibberaghny & at Fiddown (PMW).

COOLFIN/ DERRIGAL:  2 Whooper Swans at Coolfin, adult Mediterranean Gull at Derrigal (").

Thursday, November 13, 2014

DUNGARVAN:  Pair of Long-tailed Ducks near Cunnigar & 6 Shoveler (4 males & 2 females) off pitch & putt course (FO'C).

DUNMORE EAST:  2 Purple Sandpipers (DC).

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

KILBREE EAST (nr Cappoquin): Short-eared Owl @ 15:15 (LC).
DUNGARVAN:  Pair of Long-tailed Ducks again off pitch & putt course (FO'C), 17 Little Grebes at Ballyneety (MC snr).

ARDMORE:  2 adult Mediterranean Gulls on Ardmore beach, Med Gull with white darvic 'E666' at Curragh, Great Northern Diver at harbour (ADM).

KILBARRY BOG:  Chiffchaff (DS).

Monday, November 10, 2014

HELVICK HEAD: Arctic Skua, 4 Bonxies, 1 Manx Shearwater & 100s of Fulmars, Kittiwakes & auks W (seawatch 14:30-16:30), also female Blackcap at cottages (PV).
CLONEA: 4 Great Northern Divers off Ballinard (SMH).
WATERFORD CITY:  Female Blackcap in garden this morning (DS).

Sunday, November 09, 2014

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 16 Gadwall & 3 Shoveler at Lisselan, c1000 Golden Plover at Backstrand (AJ).

BALLYVOYLE: Long-eared Owl (DW).
TRAMORE TOWN: A late House Martin flew over GAA pitch / Beech Park (JF).

DUNGARVAN: Male + female Long-tailed Duck & pair of Shoveler off pitch+putt (FO'C).
BUNMAHON: Ruff & adult Mediterranean Gull (DW).

SEAFIELD: 3 Green Sandpipers (").
RAM HEAD:  Great Skua chasing Short-eared Owl over sea off Mine Head direction, also Great Northern Diver overhead & Painted Lady (ADM).

ARDMORE:  3 Mediterranean Gulls at Curragh, Otter & 2 Porpoises in bay (").

Saturday, November 08, 2014

DUNMORE EAST: 4 Purple Sandpipers. (MC)

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 1 Whooper Swan, 9 Shoveler & 9 Gadwall @ Lisselan. Adult Mediterranean Gull @ Saleen. Ruff @ The Estuary. (")

TRAMORE: 9 Gadwall @ the Boating Lake. (")
RAM HEAD:  Late Swallow & 2 Red Admirals (ADM).

ARDMORE: 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls including one ringed bird (NJB, ADM), 2 Great Northern Divers in bay (NJB).
BALLYVOYLE: 25+ Choughs (JAP, BS).

BALLINARD: 11-12 Great Northern Divers (").

DUNGARVAN: Dipper above bridge at Ballyneety (").

TOOR NORTH to CLASHMORE : 3-4 Yellowhammers (").

WHITING BAY: Merlin (")

VARIOUS: Mistle Thrushes in twos and threes very evident in widespread locations (").
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR: Adult Yellow-legged Gull with large flock of gulls washing and female Scaup on main lake, also 10 Whooper Swans ,2 Coot and 11 Tufted Duck (CF).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  GLOSSY IBIS at Clohernagh inlet at 11:50, then flew W (PMW).

Friday, November 07, 2014

BLACKWATER CALLOWS:  60 Whooper Swans (TM).

DUNGARVAN:  6 Shoveler (3 male & 3 female) off pitch & putt course (FO'C).

Thursday, November 06, 2014

CLONEA:  Grey Phalarope at Ballinclamper, 16:45 (DC).

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

DUNGARVAN: Male + female Pintail & 4 male Shoveler (FO 'C).

ARDMORE: 6 Mediterranean Gulls at Curragh (ADM).

RAM HEAD: Great Northern Diver, 2 Porpoises & a Painted Lady (").


TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 2 Painted Ladies & 2 Red Admirals (").

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 4 Red Admirals, otherwise quiet (").
Tuesday, November 04, 2014

TRAMORE: Long-tailed Duck flew through spits into 'inner' Backstrand at 14:55 (AJ), later near tip of landfill site, also a Merlin, 23 Gadwall & a Wheatear at Lisselan (JF).

CLONEA: Purple Sandpiper & Sandwich Tern at Ballinclamper (FO'C).


Monday, November 03, 2014

DUNGARVAN: Kingfisher at Barnawee (MC snr).
ARDMORE:  Great Northern Diver just off seawall (NJB).

Sunday, November 02, 2014

TRAMORE BOATING LAKE: also 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls (MC), also a 1st-winter Mediterranean Gull & a drake Shoveler (DS).

BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR: 1cy Mediterranean Gull, 1cy Scaup & 33 Whooper Swans (").

HELVICK HEAD: SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF again at Greyhound garden around 12.15  & still calling a lot, then disappeared after rain shower. Also Clouded Yellow, Painted Lady & 3 Red Admirals in area (CF), 5 Chiffchaffs, Swallow,Stock Dove & Hummingbird Hawk-moth (JAP).

DUNGARVAN:  Male & female Shoveler in Western Bay, Red Admiral at pitch & putt club (").

CLONEA:   Red Admiral at Clonea, Painted Lady at Ballinard & Ballinclamper (").

ARDMORE:  1st-winter White Wagtail at Curragh (NJB).
TRAMORE: Adult winter BONAPARTE'S GULL at Boating Lake, on grass by Splashworld at edge of lake, 1200; GLOSSY IBIS at Clohernagh; 4 Whooper Swans & 8 Gadwall at Lisselan (MC).

HELVICK HEAD: SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF this morning in Greyhound garden, calling strongly (CF).

CARRIGNAGOUR (nr Lismore): first Redwing of autumn here, slightly late, also a Fieldfare (ADM).

Saturday, November 01, 2014

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Snow Bunting at Lisselan, east end of seawall at 12:50 (AJ).

HELVICK HEAD:  'Blue' Fulmar (seawatch 08:40-09:10); Pomarine Skua, Great Skua, 2 Arctic Skuas & 11 Manx Shearwaters (seawatch 11:40-13:15); 3+ Blackcaps & 8+ Chiffchaffs on land (CF).
BLACKWATER VALLEY: 100+ Whooper Swans at Camphire (ADM).
HELVICK PIER: Hybrid Carrion x Hooded Crow, chased through by Jackdaw. Flew W (CF).

Friday, October 31, 2014

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  FIRECREST still present this morning in main garden, calling, also a Hummingbird Hawk-moth near the chalet & 3-4 Chiffchaffs (PA).

WATERFORD CITY:  10 Swallows over The Glen this morning (DS).

WHITING BAY:  Black Redstart (KC per irishbirding.com)

TRAMORE:  2 Whooper Swans, 26 Gadwall & 3 Tufted Duck at Lisselan; c500 Golden Plover on Backstrand (AJ); Redwing heard, Tramore town (TB).

Thursday, October 30, 2014

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  FIRECREST & 2 Blackcaps (NL & AD per irishbirding.com)

DUNGARVAN: Adult Mediterranean Gull at Barnawee (FO'C, MC snr); also Common Sandpiper at Barnawee, 2 Swallows in town centre & (yesterday & today) an Otter sleeping under the pontoon at Dungarvan quay at low tide (FO'C).

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ARDMORE:  Wheatear at Curragh (ADM).

TRAMORE TOWN:  18 Swallows over Lidl / Bank of Ireland (JF).

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

TRAMORE:  GLOSSY IBIS again at Clohernagh, 09:30 (JDP); male Blackcap, Tramore town (TB).

Monday, October 27, 2014

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Merlin & 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls @ Saleen. 7 Gadwall, 3 Whooper Swans, Female-type Scaup & 2Tufted Ducks @ Lisselan. (MC)

BALLYSHUNNOCK: 10 Whooper Swans. (")

ARDMORE:  2 Chiffchaffs & lots of Goldcrests (NJB).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2 Sooty Shearwaters & a Siskin (EAMacL), 2 Chiffchaffs & a Goldcrest (PMW).

CASTLETOWN FEN: A late Migrant Hawker at pond (EAMacL).

ARDMORE:  9 Mediterranean Gulls (8 adults & 1 first-winter) & 2 Sandwich Terns at Curragh Strand (JAP, BS). 

WHITING BAY: Female Blackcap at Moord (").
HELVICK HEAD: Black Redstart (JAP, BS).

DUNGARVAN: Ruff still at Killongford (").

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: c1700 Golden Plover, 158 Dunlin & 7 Knot at Pickardstown (AJ).

Sunday, October 26, 2014

TRAMORE: Female-type Scaup & 2 Gadwall at Lisselan, 9 Gadwall & adult Mediterranean Gull @ boating lake (MC).

BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR: 2 Gadwall & 6 Whoopers (2 juvs & 4 ads) (").

CLONEA:  2 Great Northern Divers at Ballinclamper (PMW).

ARDMORE:  Mediterranean Gull on Ardmore beach, c25 Skylarks along Goat Island road (NJB).

Saturday, October 25, 2014

CLONEA:  2 Arctic Skuas offshore at Ballinclamper (MC).

DUNGARVAN:  Kingfisher at Dungarvan quay flying in above pier next to Devonshire Bridge (EB).

Friday, October 24, 2014

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Quiet - Chiffchaff & 2 Goldcrests around gardens, 2 Clouded Yellows on head, 2 presumed Teal flushed from pond near towers (DS).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Scaup, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Gadwall, 3 Whooper Swans & 6 Coot at Lisselan (").

WATERFORD CITY:  8 Skylarks heading S over Ballybricken this a.m. (").
RAM HEAD:   c15 Mediterranean Gulls W, also a single large white gull & a Great Northern Diver past, 17 Ravens, Fin Whale & 40-50 Common Dolphins (ADM).

ARDMORE:  Another 5+ (update: 8+) Mediterranean Gulls at Curragh afterwards, eating flies, plus 2 Sandwich Terns & a Redwing (").

Thursday, October 23, 2014

DUNGARVAN: 20 Brent Geese at Barnawee bridge (SMH).

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

ARDMORE:  5 Mediterranean Gulls (2 1st-winter & 3 adult) & 3 Sandwich Terns at Curragh (ADM).

TRAMORE:  Merlin at landfill site (JF).

DUNGARVAN:  Ruff at Killongford (JAP).

HELVICK:  Great Northern Diver (").

Monday, October 20, 2014

CLONEA: 3 Great Northern Divers, 3 Sandwich Terns, Merlin, Whimbrel & Wheatear at Ballinclamper (DC, PV).
TRAMORE:  Grey Phalarope still at Lisselan, also 3 Whooper Swans, 4 Shoveler & 10 Gadwall there (DS): Shoveler at boating lake (LR).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Redwing, Chiffchaff, female Blackcap & 3 Tree Sparrows (DS).

DUNGARVAN TOWN:  7 House Martins W over town centre at 11:30, also 50+ Skylarks W (FO'C).

Sunday, October 19, 2014

TRAMORE:  Grey Phalarope, Common Sandpiper, 3 Whooper Swans & 2 Swallows at Lisselan, c500 Golden Plover overhead; eastern-type Jackdaw at Ballycarnane Woods estate, Tramore town (AJ).

CLONEA:  Great Northern Diver & Whimbrel at Ballinclamper (PMW).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Grey Phalarope still present on main pond @ 14:25 (immediately S of narrow causeway across pond), also 3 Whooper Swans & 490 Black-tailed Godwits at Lisselan; 450 Brent Geese around Backstrand (PMW).
Seawatch 08:55-11:55 (PMW, wind 7 SW):
Great Skua: 1 W.
Arctic Skua: 1 E.
Common Scoter: 2 E.
Manx Shearwater: 1 W.
Fulmar: 1 W.
Gannet: 11 E, 205 W.
Kittiwake: 3 E, 32 W.
Large auks: 70 E, 20 W.
Porpoise: 1 E.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

HELVICK HEAD: Storm Petrel, Great Skua, Arctic Skua & Red-throated Diver ( (MC).


TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 2 Sandwich Tern @ Saleen ("), Grey Phalarope still at Lisselan 15:20 (KA).
DUNGARVAN: 3 female Pintail & 6 Shoveler between Quann's & Western Bay, 2 Kingfishers at Killongford pools (DW, CF).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Grey Phalarope on main pond at Lisselan, also 3 Whooper Swans, Tufted Duck & Painted Lady there (MC).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Merlin, Wheatear, Bar-tailed Godwit & Hummingbird Hawk-moth (").

BELLE LAKE: 3 Stock Doves (").
WATERFORD CITY:  OSPREY flying W over ring road near Ardkeen, seen from petrol station opposite Collins Avenue (MC).

HELVICK HEAD:  Pomarine Skua, 2 Storm Petrels & 5 Manx Shearwaters, also a Merlin hunting over sea (seawatch 08:15-09:45, CF).

Thursday, October 16, 2014


BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Female Blackcap (PMW).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: GLOSSY IBIS, 3 Whooper Swans, 8 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, c30 Wigeon & a Small Copper at Lisselan; 12 Pintail & 306 Brent Geese (incl 10 juvenile) on Backstrand, c700 Golden Plover overhead (AJ).

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

DUNGARVAN:  Kingfisher at Dungarvan quay (Eoghan Burke).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Male Blackcap (MC).
DUNGARVAN: Ruff still at Killongford (JAP).

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  4 Wheatears (JF).

EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard (").

Sunday, October 12, 2014

DUNMORE EAST:  Adult or subadult WHITE-TAILED EAGLE flew E past the Shanooan, DE, then N towards Creadan Head (GP per PMW).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 3 Whooper Swans, 6 Gadwall, female Tufted Duck & male Shoveler at Lisselan; 100+ Brent Geese on the backstrand (JF).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 6 Whooper Swans at Lisselan (AJ).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Wheatear, 3 Tree Sparrows, 2 Chiffchaffs, Goldcrest, Mistle Thrush 8+ Redpolls (6 ringed). 2 House Martins, 40+ Swallows & 2 Clouded Yellows (MAD, PMW).

Saturday, October 11, 2014

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: No further sightings of Dotterel. Also a Short-eared Owl, Merlin, Whinchat, Wheatear, male Blackcap, 4+ Chiffchaffs, 5+ Goldcrests, 10 Tree Sparrows. 200+ Skylarks (mainly W), 5+ House Martins, Siskin, 6 Redpolls, Mistle Thrush & 6+ Clouded Yellows (MC, DW, CF, JF, AJ, MAD, PMW).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: White Wagtail & 5 Brent Geese (incl 3 juv) at Saleen (AJ).

TRAMORE BAY:  c300 Wigeon in tight flock in open bay at low tide (AJ, PMW, MAD).
ARDMORE: 10+ Mediterranean Gulls at Curragh, Great Skua in bay (ADM).

RAM HEAD: Adult and juv Fin Whale & 120 Common Dolphins this afternoon (").
BROWNSTOWN. HEAD: DOTTEREL near towers at tip 11:40 ( DW, CF) circled calling & appeared to land near tip but not relocated yet; also a Short-eared Owl

Friday, October 10, 2014

DUNGARVAN: 25 Brent Geese (23 adult & 2 juvenile) at Barnawee (MC snr).

Thursday, October 09, 2014


CLONEA: Little Stint @ Ballinclamper. (")
ARDMORE: 6 Mediterranean Gulls harbour / Curragh, lots of Swallows flying W & 12+ Sandwich Terns (ADM).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: GLOSSY IBIS at Lisselan, 10:55, also 5 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall & 15 Swallows there (JF).

RAM HEAD: Pomarine Skua (ADM).

EAST WATERFORD: 3 Buzzards (DS).

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  GLOSSY IBIS now between Somerville / Ballinattin and the old dump, just off entrance to new road (AJ).

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

CLONEA: 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls at Ballinclamper (MC snr).
CLONEA: 3 Brent Geese at Ballinclamper (SMH).

Monday, October 06, 2014

CLONEA: Juvenile Little Stint, 5 Mediterranean Gulls & >1000 Black-headed Gulls at Ballinclamper (DC).


Sunday, October 05, 2014

ARDMORE:  Swallow at Goat Island road, also 35 Skylarks at stubble field there (NJB).
CLONEA:  Ruff (DC).



WATERFORD HARBOUR: Adult Mediterranean Gull & 13 Sandwich Terns at Woodstown beach (").
Seawatch 08:40-10:40 (wind 4 SSW-SW, PMW)
Balearic Shearwater: 1W.
Manx Shearwater: 1 E, 7 W.
Common Scoter: 4 E.
Gannet: 275 E, 170 W.
Kittiwake: 1 E, 4 W.
Sandwich Tern: 5 E, 17 W.
Black Guillemot: 1 E, 1 W.
Large auk species: 33 E, 134 W.
Razorbill: 3 E, 6 W.
Guillemot: 2 on sea.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

ARDMORE:  6 Mediterranean Gulls & 3 Swallows at Curragh, Swallow & 52 Skylarks W (08:10-08:30) at Goat island road (NJB).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 5 Blackcaps (in Coolum valley), 6 Chiffchaffs, 6 Goldcrests, a Redpoll, 145+ Meadow Pipits & 24+ Red Admirals (MAD PMW).
DUNGARVAN: Spotted Redshank, Curlew Sandpiper & Common Sandpiper at Killongford (MC, CF, DW, MC snr).

ARDMORE: Adult Mediterranean Gull at Ardmore, 1 CY Med Gull at Curragh (").

WEST WATERFORD: 4 Buzzards (").

CLONEA: Juvenile Little Stint & 2 juv Ruff at Ballinclamper (").
EAST WATERFORD: 5 Buzzards (LR).

Friday, October 03, 2014


KILMEADEN POOLS: Green Sandpiper (").

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Very quiet - 2 Red-throated Divers & 2 Porpoises offshore, 37 Choughs on land (DS).

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

BLACKWATER VALLEY:   Ruff at Ballybrack, Lackaroe (JAP, BP).

CALISO BAY: 2 Clouded Yellows (").

WEST WATERFORD: 4 (possibly 6) Buzzards (").
CLONEA: Juvenile Ruff, juvenile Curlew Sandpiper & 2 juvenile Little Stints at Ballinard (FO'C, LO'B).

DUNGARVAN: Adult Mediterranean Gull at Barnawee (").
ARDMORE:  5 Mediterranean Gulls at Curragh stream (ADM).

RAM HEAD:  80 Common Dolphins (").

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Curlew Sandpiper & 4 Wheatears at Lisselan (AJ).

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: GLOSSY IBIS still at Clohernagh, roosting in tree with Little Egrets at high tide (JAP).

DUNGARVAN: Adult Mediterranean Gull & juvenile Curlew Sandpiper at Barnawee (FO'C).

Sunday, September 28, 2014

CLONEA:  2 juvenile Little Stints, juvenile Ruff, Curlew Sandpiper & Wheatear at Ballinclamper (JAP, BS).
WHITING BAY:  3 Mediterranean Gulls (ADM).

RAM HEAD:  2 Minke Whales, 100+ Common Dolphins & 4 Porpoises ( seawatch 15:40-17:00, ").

Saturday, September 27, 2014


ARDMORE:  4 Tree Sparrows at Goat Island Road, 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls at Curragh and probably same 2 later in harbour (").

WHITING BAY: 1st-winter and 2nd-summer Mediterranean Gulls (").

ARDMORE/WHITING BAY: Total of 5 White Wagtails various locations, also 100s of Skylarks west, male Blackcap & juvenile Hen Harrier (").

Thursday, September 25, 2014

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  GLOSSY IBIS again at Clohernagh inlet, in tree on south shore at 17:00 (AJ).

DUNMORE EAST:  possible 'omissus'-type (eastern Baltic?) Herring Gull, adult with yellow legs inside seawall (KA, AJ).
KILMEADEN POOLS:  Green Sandpiper (MC).

CLONEA:  Juvenile Ruff & adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballinard (FO'C, SMH).

DUNGARVAN:  15 Ravens going east (").

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

CLONEA: 2 adult & 1 2cy Mediterranean Gull & juvenile Ruff at Ballinclamper (MC).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  GLOSSY IBIS still at Clohernagh inlet, 1525 (JF) & 15:45-16:30 (KA).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  GLOSSY IBIS again showing very well at Clohernagh inlet, 09:45 (CF); also at 12:00 plus a Kingfisher (AJ).

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

CLONEA: Little Stint & adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballinclamper (MC snr).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  GLOSSY IBIS again at Clohernagh inlet, very close to roadside at 11:10 (JDP).

Monday, September 22, 2014

CLONEA:  2 adult Mediterranean Gulls at Ballinclamper (MC snr).

Sunday, September 21, 2014

DUNGARVAN:  4 Little Stints, 2 Curlew Sandpipers, 8 Brent Geese, Migrant Hawker & Clouded Yellow (EAMacL).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  8 Wheatears, Spotted Flycatcher, 5+ Chiffchaffs, 4 Tree Sparrows, 17 Choughs, 2 Migrant Hawkers & a Clouded Yellow (AJ, PMW).
Seawatch 08:15-10:15 (wind f.2 NE, PMW):
Red-throated Diver: 2 E.
Common Scoter: 21 E, 6 W.
Wigeon: 8 W.
Manx Shearwater: 17 E.
Fulmar: 1 E.
Gannet: 195E, 38 W.
Kittiwake: 12 E, 24 W.
Swallow: 720+ E.
Meadow Pipit: 250+ E (also 50+ on land earlier).
White Wagtail: 2 E.

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  3 Stock Doves, 4 Wheatears at Lisselan  (AJ), 16 Brent Geese off Saleen (PMW).

HELVICK HEAD:  Spotted Flycatcher & 5 Chiffchaffs (PMW).
RAM HEAD:  7 Common Scoter, 2 Fin Whales, 20 Common Dolphins & a Porpoise (ADM).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: GLOSSY IBIS again at Clohernagh, feeding in channel at low tide, 10:00 (JDP).

Saturday, September 20, 2014

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  GLOSSY IBIS at Clohernagh inlet, 1300 (AA); Kingfisher, 32 Brent Geese (landed 13:30-14:00), 6 Wheatears & a Clouded Yellow at Lisselan (AJ).

DUNGARVAN:  Yellow Wagtail (flyover), 3 Little Stints & a Clouded yellow at the Cunnigar (MC).

HELVICK HEAD:  Spotted Flycatcher (").

ARDMORE:  Female Yellowhammer on the "top road" (LO'B).
NEWTOWN COVE: Common Lizard (LR).

Friday, September 19, 2014

HELVICK HEAD:  2 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Whitethroats, male Blackcap & small numbers of Chiffchaffs & Willow Warblers (JAP).

DUNGARVAN: Adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballynagaul, 2 Common Sandpipers at Killongford pools (").

DUNGARVAN: Short-eared Owl on the Cunnigar (FO'C),
DUNGARVAN: 4 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers, a juvenile Ruff & a Common Sandpiper at Ballyneety (FO'C).

Thursday, September 18, 2014

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Short-eared Owl, 2 Great Skuas (E), 2 Whinchats, Spotted Flycatcher, Whitethroat & female Blackcap this evening (MC).
DUNGARVAN:  Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper at Ballyneety (FO'C).
DUNMORE EAST:  Little Tern (DC).

TRAMORE BAY:  Great Northern Diver flew in from east, viewed from Great Newtown Head (AJ).

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2 Whinchats & a Spotted Flycatcher (MC).

DUNGARVAN:  Juvenile Ruff at Ballyneety bridge (FO'C).
DUNGARVAN: Juvenile Little Stint at the Cunnigar (FO'C).

CLONEA: Little Stint at Ballinclamper (MC snr).

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  HOOPOE this evening, chased inland by crows & not allowed to settle (MC).  VIDEO
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  At Lisselan - Kingfisher, Ruff on main pond (swimming among ducks), female Shoveler, 16 Little Egrets, 5 Wheatears & a Clouded Yellow (AJ).

Monday, September 15, 2014

DUNGARVAN:  Pied Flycatcher at old railway track, Abbeyside; 2 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers & a Common Sandpiper at Ballyneety (FO'C).

DUNMORE EAST:  9 Knot at the pier (KA).

Sunday, September 14, 2014

BALLYVOILE: 3 Clouded Yellow butterflies. (MC)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

CLONEA:  WRYNECK found dead (MK).

ANNESTOWN: Kingfisher. (MC, CF, DW)

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Yellow Wagtail, 3 Spotted Flycatchers, 1 Whitethroat & 1 Little Egret. (")

CLONEA: 2 juvenile Little Stints @ Ballinclamper. 100+ White Wagtails between Ballinclamper & Ballinard. 2 Common Sandpipers @ Ballinard. (")

DUNGARVAN: 3 Stock Doves, 1 juvenile Ruff & 4 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers @ Ballyneety (MC, CF, DW); also 2 adult Curlew Sandpipers at Ballyneety, juvenile Little Stint, 2 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers & adult Common Tern at the Cunnigar, Kingfisher, Water Rail calling, 2 Common Sandpipers & 4 Sedge Warblers (JAP, FO'C, BS).

HELVICK: Adult Mediterranean Gull (MC, CF, DW, JAP, FO'C, BS); Swift high over high car-park & a Spotted Flycatcher (JAP, FO'C, BS).

FERRYPOINT:  2 Clouded Yellows (JAP, FO'C, BS).

VARIOUS SITES:  Total 83 species for the day (').

WATERFORD CITY:  Kingfisher by the Courthouse bridge, People's Park (AJ).

Friday, September 12, 2014

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Pied Flycatcher along main lane, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, single Wheatear, Chiffchaff & Goldcrest, & 2 Clouded Yellows (DS); juvenile Whinchat around the towers (AJ).

DUNGARVAN: Juvenile Little Stint & 2 Curlew Sandpipers on the Cunnigar (FO'C).

Thursday, September 11, 2014

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: WRYNECK along stream/gulley near tip of head, showing well on ground (MC) - 5th site record, 3rd for this particular location.
CLONEA: Juvenile Little Stint at Ballinard (FO'C).


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

ARDMORE: Mediterranean Gull, 40 White Wagtails & a Wheatear at Curragh (ADM).

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

RAM HEAD:  12 Robins (SH).

BALLYVOYLE: Merlin & Clouded Yellow (AJ, KA, MC snr).

Monday, September 08, 2014

CLONEA:  4 Mediterranean Gulls (3 adults & a 2nd-summer) at Ballinclamper (MC snr).

DUNGARVAN:  Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpipers & Whimbrel at Killongford pools (JAP).


EAST WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards (").

GREAT NEWTOWN HEAD:  Minke Whale offshore (AJ), also seen from Brownstown Head (PMW).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: GREAT SHEARWATER close inshore again with Manx flock at 18:45 (MC).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: GREAT SHEARWATER feeding again this morning with raft of 4000+ Manx Shearwaters close inshore off SW cliffs, also 8 Common Scoter E & 2 Black Guillemots (DS); on land, Sedge Warbler, 2 Whitethroats, 10+ Chiffchaffs, 2+ Willow Warblers, a Migrant Hawker, 2 Clouded Yellows & 30+ Red Admirals (DS, PMW).

DUNGARVAN: Juvenile Little Stint &  White Wagtail on the Cunnigar (PMW).

Sunday, September 07, 2014

DUNGARVAN:  PECTORAL SANDPIPER, 3 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers, 1 juv Little Stint, 3 Whimbrel, 12 + Clouded Yellow, 1 Small Copper & a large fall if Small Tortoiseshell - all on the Cunnigar (JAP, FO'C, EAMacL).
ARDMORE: 20+ White Wagtails and a 1CY Mediterranean Gull on Ardmore beach, adult & 1CY Med Gull & 8 White Wagtails on Curragh beach (MC).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: CORY'S SHEARWATER E (17:10), GREAT SHEARWATER feeding (17:45), both very  close inshore, also juvenile Mediterranean Gull feeding, Sooty Shearwater E & 3300 Manx Shearwaters E plus another 500 Manx feeding (seawatch 17:05-17:45, wind 2 NW); on land, single Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat & female Blackcap, 250+ Swallows & 23 Red Admirals (PMW).


WHITING BAY: 4 White Wagtails (").

WEST WATERFORD: Buzzard at 2 locations (").

Saturday, September 06, 2014

CLONEA: Adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballinclamper (MC snr).
DUNGARVAN: also juvenile PECTORAL SANDPIPER (new bird after adult last month), juvenile Little Gull & Whote Wagtail on the Cunnigar (MC, CF).
DUNGARVAN: 2 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers, juvenile Little Stint & eclipse drake Pintail at the Cunnigar (MC, CF).

HELVICK HEAD: 3 Spotted Flycatchers & male Blackcap (").

WEST WATERFORD: Buzzard (").
DUNGARVAN: Adult Mediterranean Gull at Barnawee (MC snr).
CALISO BAY: OSPREY flew west 0950 or earlier (FO'C, JAP, BS, EAMacL).

Friday, September 05, 2014

CLONEA:  4 Roseate Terns (2 adults & 2 juveniles), Great Skua, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (adult & 3CY) & 8 White Wagtails at Ballinard this evening (MC).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Juvenile Ruff, Wigeon, 2 Gadwall & 4 Shoveler @ Lisselan (").
DUNGARVAN: Little Stint on the Cunnigar with large flock of small waders (EAMacL).

Thursday, September 05, 2014

WATERFORD CITY: 4 Swifts again at Newport's Square this evening (KA).

Thursday, September 04, 2014

BUNMAHON: 3 Green Sandpipers, Grasshopper Warbler & a Clouded Yellow (DW).

CLONEA: flock of 18 Black Terns (mostly juveniles) heading west past Ballinard at 20:10, & a further 4 juveniles about a minute later. All just going straight west past Helvick (CF).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Reed Warbler in chalet garden, Sedge Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler & Whitethroat (MC).

WATERFORD CITY:  2 Ravens overhead (LR).

EAST WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards (").

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Porpoise offshore. (MC)
HELVICK HEAD:  Hummingbird Hawk-moth tonight, & 2+ Roseate Terns (adult & juvenile) in big tern flock feeding on sprat (CF).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Juvenile Whinchat, Spotted Flycatcher & Whitethroat (MC).

DUNGARVAN:  Whimbrel at the Cunnigar, juvenile Ruff & 2 Common Sandpipers at Killongford pools (JAP, BS, RAW).

CLONEA:  2 juvenile Roseate Terns (").
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  11 Knot, 3 Whimbrel & a Short-winged Cone-head at Pickardstown (AJ).
LISMORE:  2 Treecreepers & 6+ Long-tailed Tits at Lady Louisa's Walk (SMH).

WEST WATERFORD:  3 Buzzards (").

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

WATERFORD CITY:  Long-eared Owl, Bilberry @ 23:00 (MC).

CLONEA: Adult & 2 juvenile Roseate Terns @ Ballinard (").

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Drake Gadwall @ Lisselan (").
DUNGARVAN: 2 Clouded Yellows on the Cunnigar (SMH).

Monday, September 01, 2014


DUNGARVAN: 2 juvenile Ruff @ Killongford. (")
WATERFORD CITY: 4 Swifts over Newport Square, Ballybricken (KA).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Ruff & 5 Knot at Pickardstown at midday (AJ).
ARDMORE:  5 Mediterranean Gulls, 40 White Wagtails & 200 terns (mostly Sandwich but a few Commic) at Curragh, 2 Mediterranean Gulls at harbour (ADM).
WHITING BAY:  2 White Wagtails (SH).

ARDMORE:  6 Mediterranean Gulls (4 adult & 2 juvenile) at harbour (").
RAM HEAD: Great Shearwater, Bonxie, 2000 Manx Shearwaters & a Porpoise (seawatch 0905-1035, ADM).

Sunday, August 31, 2014

DUNGARVAN: Adult Mediterrean Gull at Barnawee (MC snr).

CURRAGHMORE HOUSE: Kingfisher & 2 Jays (AJ).

WATERFORD CITY: 2 Swifts over the Glen (DS).

IDA PARK (nr Waterford city): Clouded Yellow, 3+ Emperor dragonflies & a Brown Hawker (").

EAST WATERFORD: 4 Buzzards (").

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Merlin, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Sedge Warblers, 2 Whitethroats, 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, Goldcrest & a Migrant Hawker (JDP, PMW).

Saturday, August 30, 2014

WATERFORD: Swift @ Orchardstown, Old Cork Road. (MC)
CLONEA: 6 White Wagtails & 2 juvenile Arctic Terns @ Ballinclamper. (MC)

KILLONGFORD: 2 Common Sandpipers & 1 White Wagtail. (")

DUNGARVAN: Adult Mediterranean Gull @ Ballyneety. (MC, CF)
CLONEA: 330+ Sandwich Terns & 4 Common Terns at  Ballinclamper (MC snr).
TRAMORE: Female Ruff, 2 Whimbrel & 12 Greenshank at Pickardstown (AJ).

Friday, August 29, 2014

DUNGARVAN: Juvenile female Ruff & adult Mediterranean Gull at Killongford (CF).

CLONEA: 2 adult & 2 juvenile Common Terns at Ballinclamper (").
HELVICK HEAD:  final totals (seawatch 07:10-11:20) 1 GREAT SHEARWATER, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 5 Bonxies, 3 Puffins, c12,000 Manx Shearwaters (very few in last hour) & an Otter fishing just below Head on south side (CF).
WATERFORD CITY:  Swift over Cleaboy Road (DS).

DUNGARVAN:  Swift in town centre (FO'C).
HELVICK HEAD: GREAT SHEARWATER W at 0825; also since 0710, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, c.8000 Manx, large passage of Sandwich Terns with some Commics too (CF).

Thursday, August 28, 2014

HELVICK HEAD: 65 CORY'S SHEARWATERS past, 18:00-20:25, also 4 Sooties, 1 Balearic, 1 Puffin, 1 Bonxie, 1 Arctic Skua & 2 Porpoise 18:00-2000 (MC, CF).

DUNGARVAN: PECTORAL SANDPIPER showing well on the Cunnigar, Wood Sandpiper at Brickey River (south of road) (AJ).

ARDMORE:  Spotted Flycatcher at Dysert (SH).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Great Skua past (DS).

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

HELVICK HEAD: 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 3 Arctic Skuas, Black Guillemot & 7 Common Scoter (seawatch 18:30-20:20, MC, CF).
RIVER SUIR BRIDGE:  Spotted Flycatcher at railway tracks by the toll-bridge (AJ).

EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard (").
DUNGARVAN:  3 Swifts in Dungarvan town centre (FO'C).

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Shoveler @ Lisselan. (MC)

TRAMORE: Adult Mediterranean Gull @ the promenade. (")

NORTH WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards (FJ).

EAST WATERFORD:  2 (possibly 3) Buzzards (NP).

Monday, August 25, 2014

CLONEA:  3 Arctic Skuas & 13 Common Terns at Ballinclamper (MC, MC snr); single Balearic Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, juvenile Pomarine Skua, dark adult Arctic Skua, adult Arctic Tern, juvenile Common Tern & 3 'Commic' Terns off Ballinard in half-hour sea watch (19:20-19:50, CF).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  5 Wheatears, White Wagtail & Sedge Warbler at Lisselan (AJ).
DUNGARVAN: PECTORAL SANDPIPER still present at the Cunnigar (SMH).

Sunday, August 24, 2014

DUNGARVAN: Green Sandpiper on Colligan river by Radleys (PV).
RAM HEAD: Balearic Shearwater W, Puffin W, 23 Manx Shearwaters E & 38 W (seawatch 16:10-18:10, PMW).

DUNGARVAN: 1 Swift & lots of House Martins going west (FO'C).

Saturday, August 23, 2014

TRAMORE:  Barn Owl (MM per AJ).

RAM HEAD:  Arctic Skua, 2 Porpoises & a Clouded Yellow (ADM).

ARDMORE:  5 Mediterranean Gulls at harbour (").

KNOCKBRACK QUARRY (nr Clashmore):  Clouded Yellow (").
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Common Sandpiper, 14 Wheatears, Sedge Warbler & 3-4 Clouded Yellows (AJ).

DUNGARVAN:  2 Swifts at town centre this evening (FO'C).
DUNGARVAN: Adult PECTORAL SANDPIPER showing well on the Cunnigar, also an adult Mediterranean Gull, juvenile Common Tern, 2 White Wagtails & 4 Clouded Yellows (MC, CF, DW, IS, PV, JB).

Friday, August 22, 2014

DUNGARVAN:  PECTORAL SANDPIPER again on the Cunnigar (half-way down in muddy pools at 16:00), 11 Swifts in town centre this evening (FO'C).
MONAVULLAGH MOUNTAINS: Male & female Hen Harrier (JF).

NORTH WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards (FJ).

Thursday, August 21, 2014

KILBARRY BOG (Waterford city): 3 Swifts (JF).
DUNGARVAN: Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpipers & a Kingfisher at Killongford pools (JAP); 2 juvenile Ruffs & 2 Common Sandpipers at Ballyneety (MC).
DUNGARVAN:  10 Swifts in town centre (FO'C).

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

DUNGARVAN: PECTORAL SANDPIPER on the Cunnigar (about two-thirds of the way down) (Joe Proudfoot, Gabriel Noonan); adult Mediterranean Gull @ Ballyneety (MC).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Shoveler & 3CY Mediterranean Gull @ Lisselan (MC).

NORTH WATERFORD:  3 Buzzards (also 3 on 19th, 1 on 18th) (FJ).
DUNGARVAN: 4 late Swifts in Dungarvan town centre at 19:10 (FO'C),
RAM HEAD:  5-8 Fin Whales, a Minke Whale & 2 Porpoises (ADM).
ARDMORE: Total 14 Mediterranean Gulls - 9 at Curragh (5 on beach, 3 adults & a juvenile on rocks), 5 at harbour (4 adults & a juvenile) - also a Clouded Yellow at Curragh (ADM).

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

ARDMORE:  2 adult Mediterranean Gulls in harbour (SH).

Monday, August 18, 2014

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 2 juvenile Ruff, Shoveler & Common Sandpiper at Lisselan (MC).
CLONEA: 221 Sandwich Terns at Ballinclamper (MC snr).
IDA PARK (nr Waterford city): Family of Spotted Flycatchers (2 adults feeding 3 young) & a Treecreeper (DS).

Sunday, August 17, 2014

CLONEA: 150+ Sandwich Terns at Ballinclamper (MC snr).
DUNGARVAN: Wood Sandpiper at Killongford pools, aso 3 juvenile Ruff (1m & 2 f), 6 Common Sandpipers & Kingfisher at Killongford; 2 Mediterranean Gulls (adult & 2nd-calendar-yr) at Ballineety (CF).
DUNGARVAN: 2 Ruff at Killongford pools (JAP, BS).

Saturday, August 16, 2014

DUNGARVAN: Adult Yellow-legged Gull at Ballyneety (JAP, BS, RAW), also 6 Mediterranean Gulls (3 adults incl '3H97', 2 x 2cy & a juv) and juvenile Ruff at Ballyneety (MC, MC snr); 2 Common Sandpipers at Killongford (MC).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Female Ruff & colour-ringed Greenshank (blue right leg, red left) at Pickardstown (AJ).

CLONEA: 120+ Sandwich Terns at Ballnclamper (MC snr).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 2 Arctic Terns (adult & juvenile) feeding (PMW).
DUNGARVAN: Adult Mediterranean Gull at Barnawee (MC snr).

CLONEA: Adult Med Gull at Ballinclamper (").
2 Clouded Yellow butterflies.
Seatrack seawatch 07:20-10:20 (JF, AJ, PMW, wind 3-4 W):
Great Skua: 1 E.
Arctic Skua: 1 off-passage.
Mediterranean Gull: 1 adult W.
Shoveler: 2 W.
Common Scoter: 6 E, 11 W.
Manx Shearwater: 71 E, 30 W.
Kittiwake: 22 E, 28 W.
Sandwich Tern:  2 E, 30 W.
Large auk species: 4 E, 1 W.
Razorbill: 1 on sea.
Guillemot: 2 on sea.

Seatrack seawatch (ADM):
Common Scoter: 13 up to 07:55.
Manx Shearwater: >1000 in first half-hour.
DUNGARVAN: Juvenile Ruff near tip of Cunnigar, 6 Clouded Yellows & c10 Whimbrel also at Cunnigar; Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper & Water Rail at Killingford (JAP, RAW, BS).

Friday, August 15, 2014

DUNGARVAN: 2CY Mediterranean Gull @ Ballyneety. (MC)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Ballyvooney Cove:  Merlin (PW per irishbirding.com).

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Main Waterford Birds website is now back online - no thanks to Melbourne IT who cocked up the registration renewal for the sitename!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

DUNGARVAN: Adult Mediterranean Gull off pitch & putt. (MC)

Monday, August 11, 2014

CLONEA: 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls @ Ballinclamper. (MC)

EAST WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards (EB).
DUNGARVAN:  Mediterranean Gull at Barnawee (SMH).

ARDMORE:  2 Stock Doves at Goat Island (").

Sunday, August 10, 2014

DUNGARVAN: Adult Mediterranean Gull @ the Barnawee. Green Sandpiper @ Ballyneety. (MC)
HELVICK: Adult Roseate Tern & Clouded Yellow Butterfly. (MC)

Saturday, August 09, 2014

BLACKWATER VALLEY:  Yellowhammer singing & 3 Stock Dove near Clashmore (X139853), Reed Warbler at Raheen, Clashmore Broads (JAP, BS).

ARDMORE:  2 adult Mediterranean Gulls (").

BALLYMACART:  4 Wall Brown butterflies (").

OLD PARISH:  5+ Emperor dragonflies (").

DUNGARVAN:  2 Whimbrel at Poulaphouca, Ring, 3 Knot at Duckspool (").

CLONEA:  2 Whimbrel at Ballinclamper (").

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Tufted Duck & 3 Common Sandpipers @ Lisselan. (")

DUNGARVAN: Adult Mediterranean Gull @ the Barnawee. (MC)
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS: Clouded Yellow on Tipperary side (ADM).

Friday, 08 August, 2014

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 47 Dabchick, Common Sandpiper, Tufted Duck, 7 Shoveler & Treecreeper at Lisselan (MC).

Thursday, August 07, 2014

ARDMORE:  2 Mediterranean Gulls (DF per irishbirding.com).

LISMORE: Clouded Yellow (ADM).

KILMURRAY (nr Dungarvan): Clouded Yellow butterfly in garden (JAP) - at least the 6th Co Waterford report in last few weeks (see also http://www.butterflyireland.com/RECORDS.aspx).
Waterford Birds website currently offline:  Website is offline at the moment because of some mix-up re domain-renewal by the hosting service - hope to have it online again soon but reports will continue here as usual.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Female GARGANEY stil present 20:00 & a Common Sandpiper (JF).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Female GARGANEY showing well on main lake at Lisselan, also 2 Shoveler (MC).

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

ARDMORE:  3 Mediterranean Gulls (2+ adult) in harbour (BR per irishbirding.com).

Nr TRAMORE:  Family of Long-eared Owls including adult & 2+ calling fledglings tonight, up to 4-5 owls previous nights (NP).

BUNMAHON: Green Sandpiper & 2 Reed Warblers; also a juvenile Long-eared Owl calling near Bunmahon the last few nights (DW).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Juvenle Ruff still at Lisselan (MC).

Sunday, August 03, 2014

RAM HEAD: Balearic Shearwater & good passage of Manx Shearwaters (seawatch 06:50-09:50), also Clouded Yellow & Emperor dragonfly (ADM).

ARDMORE: 9 Mediterranean Gulls (5 at Curragh including red darvic 'PN19', 4 at harbour) (").
TRAMORE: Juvenile Ruff @ Lisselan. (MC)

Friday, August 01, 2014

Nr LISMORE: Green Sandpiper (ADM).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Eclipse-plumage GARGANEY at Lisselan on main pool, also 3 Shoveler (MC)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

TRAMORE: Little Gull still present at boating lake, 06:45 (JF).

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

DUNGARVAN: Adult Mediterranean Gull @ the Barnawee. 6 Common Sandpipers @ Killongford & 11 Common Sandpipers @ Ballyneety. (MC)

Monday, July 28, 2014

CLONEA: Adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballinclamper (MC snr).
KNOCKBOY (Waterford city): 2 Green Sandpipers tonight, birds present past week or so (PA).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: HOBBY at Lisselan, hawking over seawall, ponds & backstrand at 16:45 (AJ); 35 Coot (adults & juveniles), Stock Dove & Wheatear (MC).
PORTLAW VILLAGE: Spotted Flycatcher at bridge (SMH).
TRAMORE: 2nd-calendar-yr Little Gull still on boating lake, 13:20 (CF).
Nr ANNESTOWN: 2-3 Long-eared Owl fledglings calling at 10:30 pm last night (AJ).

Sunday, July 27, 2014

RAM HEAD:  Only 4 Kittiwake chicks (including 1 recent fledgling) in study plots which held 125 occupied nests in June (PMW).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Spotted Flycatcher & Sedge Warbler in main gardens (PMW).
TRAMORE BOATING LAKE:   2nd-calendar-yr Little Gull (JDP, AJ, JF, MC), also 2 Mediterranean Gulls on rooftop (JDP).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Whimbrel at Clohernagh (JDP).

Saturday, July 26, 2014

DUNGARVAN: Green Sandpiper & 3 Common Sandpipers @ Killongford. (MC)

Friday, July 25, 2014

BUNMAHON: Juvenile Mediterranean Gull (MC).

EAST WATERFORD: Buzzard (").
DUNGARVAN:  2 adult Mediterranean gulls at barnawee (MC snr).
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  Several Grasshopper Warblers reeling (ADM).

Thursday, July 24, 2014

SEAFIELD (nr Bunmahon): 2 Green Sandpipers yesterday (DW).

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, White Wagtail & Tufted Duck at Lisselan (AJ).


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

WATERFORD CITY: Spotted Flycatchers by the courthouse grounds (LR).

Monday, July 21, 2014

Nr KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  male & female Hen Harrier (MC snr).
DUNGARVAN: 2CY Mediterranean Gull  & 6 Common Sandpipers @ Ballyneety. (MC)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

BLACKWATER ESTUARY:  13 Common Sandpipers at Youghal Bridge (MC snr).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 6 Common Sandpipers & a Stock Dove at Lisselan (AJ).

GREAT NEWTOWN HEAD:  5 Black Guillemots (").

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Nr KILL: 2 Jays in wood south of Kill (AJ).

DUNGARVAN: Mediterranean Gull (").

Nr YOUGHAL: Barn Owl (not long dead) on road (DMcG).

DUNGARVAN: 3 adult Mediterranean Gulls & 5 Common Sandpipers @ the Barnawee. 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls @ Duckspool. 2CY & 2 juvenile Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Green Sandpipers & 10 Common Sandpipers @ Killongford. 6 Common Sandpipers @ Ballyneety. Stock Dove @ Lacken. (MC, CF, DW)

Friday, July 18, 2014

TRAMORE:  3 adult Mediterranean Gulls at boating lake (MC).

MONAMINTRA:  Yellowhammer (").

CASTLETOWN POOL:  Recently fledged Little Grebe (").

KILMEADEN POOLS:   Recently fledged Little Grebe (").

CLONEA: Adult Mediterranean a Gull at Ballinclamper (MC snr).

DUNGARVAN: Adult Mediterranean Gull at Barnawee (").

Thursday, July 17, 2014

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  21 adult Coot & multiple juveniles at Lisselan (MC).

CARRIGAVRANTRY: 2 Crossbills & 4 Sparrowhawks (2+ fledglings) (AJ).

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

KNOCKMEALDOWNS: Male Hen Harrier. (MC)
ARDMORE:  Red-legged Partridge in front of overgrown ring-fort in Curragh townland (JT).

Monday, July 14, 2014

DUNGARVAN: 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls @ the Barnawee. 2CY Mediterranean Gull @ Killongford. 7 Common Sandpipers @ Ballyneety. (MC)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

TRAMORE: Adult Mediterranean Gull @ Lisselan. (MC)
COMERAGH MOUNTAINS: Cuckoo & reeling Grasshopper Warbler c1 mile from
Mahon Falls (PV).

CLONEA: Mediterranean Gull '3H97' at Ballinclamper (").
CLONEA: 3 Mediterranean Gulls (SMH).
CLONEA STRAND: 4 adult Mediterranean Gulls at Ballinclamper (MC snr).
TRAMORE: Adult Mediterranean Gull at boating lake (JDP).

Saturday, July 12, 2014

DUNGARVAN:  3 Common Sandpipers at Killongford (JAP).

BLACKWATER VALLEY:  Reed Warbler singing at Raheen Quay, Clashmore Broads (").


VARIOUS LOCATIONS:  Mediterranean Gulls & returning Curlew, Redshank & Lapwing (").
DUNGARVAN: 4 adult Mediterranean Gulls at Barnawee (MC snr).

CLONEA: 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls at Ballinclamper (").
TRAMORE: 3 Common Sandpipers @ Lisselan. (MC, CF, DW)

EAST WATERFORD: Buzzard. (")

CLONEA: 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls and a Common Sandpiper @ Ballinclamper. (MC, CF)

DUNGARVAN: 3 adult Mediterranean Gulls including 3H97 @ the Barnawee. 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls @ Killongford. 12 Common Sandpipers @ Ballyneety. (")
ARDMORE: 3 Mediterranean Gulls at Curragh & 3 at harbour inc white ring 'E666' (ADM).

Friday, July 11, 2014

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Juvenile Cuckoo, 5 Common Sandpipers & Coot with 4 chicks at Lisselan (JF).
Nr DUNGARVAN: Barn Owl calling just before midnight (10/7), also 4 Common Sandpipers at Ballyneety earlier in evening (JAP).

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Common Sandpiper, juvenile Cuckoo & Stock Dove  at Lisselan (AJ).
DUNGARVAN: Adult Mediterranean Gull @ Barnawee. (MC)
EAST WATERFORD: 2 Buzzards (DS).

IDA PARK (nr Waterford city): Emperor Dragonfly (").

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

DUNGARVAN: 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls @ Ballyneety. (MC)
BUNMAHON STRAND: Common Sandpiper mobbed by Sand Martins & Ringed Plover (AJ).

Monday, July 07, 2014

KNOCKBRACK QUARRY: Emperor Dragonfly (ADM).
RAM HEAD:  3 Mediterranean Gulls & 20 Common Scoter but no cetaceans (ADM).
ARDMORE:  4 adult Mediterranean Gulls at Ardmore harbour; 2 Mediterranean Gulls at Curragh & an Emperor Dragonfly at Curragh stream, probably a new site for the species (ADM).

Saturday, July 05, 2014

DUNGARVAN: 3 adult Mediterranean Gulls including "E603" and "3H97" white darvic ringed birds @ Ballyneety. (MC)

Friday, July 04, 2014

DUNGARVAN: 2 Common Sandpipers at Ballyneety (MC snr).

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

DUNGARVAN: 2 Mediterranean Gulls at Barnawee this evening (MC).

Monday, June 30, 2014

CLONEA: Adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballinclamper (MC snr).
DUNGARVAN: Adult Mediterranean Gull (White Darvic Ring 3H97) at the Barnawee. (MC)

Sunday, June 29, 2014

DRUM HILLS: Green Hairstreak butterfly on bramble blossom at apparently a new site for the species (JAP, BS).
W of RAM HEAD: lots of feeding seabird activity offshore including Storm Petrels (Martin Colfer).

R SUIR nr MT CONGREVE: 2 Common Sandpipers below Mt Congreve (DS).
RAM HEAD: 125 occupied Kittiwake nests in study-plots, total population 131-136 occupied nests (PMW).
ARDMORE: 2 Mediterranean Gull at Curragh (ADM).

RAM HEAD: 7 Common Scoter past (").
Nr DUNGARVAN: Barn Owl just after midnight (JAP).

Saturday, June 28, 2014

CLONEA: 2CY Mediterranean Gull @ Ballinclamper. (MC)
EAST WATERFORD: 3 Buzzards (LR).

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

CLONEA: 3 adult Mediterranean Gulls @ Ballinclamper including white darvic ring E603. (MC)

Monday, June 23, 2014

ANNESTOWN BOG: Reed Warbler singing briefly, at 2 Long-eared Owl chicks calling, also a Mink along riverbank (DS). 

CARRIGAVRANTRY: 6 displaying Snipe & 3 Crossbills (").
Nr KILMEADAN: dead Jay on hard shoulder c2 km east of the Kilmeaden bypass roundabout (KB).

Sunday, June 22, 2014

STRADBALLY:  Yellowhammer at Sallyfort Farm, juvenile Dipper at Stradbally (AJ).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Tree Sparrow feeding young at nest-site this morning (JDP).
COMERAGH MOUNTAINS:  Cuckoo & 2 Grasshopper Warblers near Coumtay (JAP et al).

Saturday, June 21, 2014

GREAT NEWTOWN HEAD:  2 Grasshopper Warblers reeling near Metal Man (ADM).

DUNABRATTIN HEAD:  Minke Whale, 4 Bottlenose Dolphins& a lot of seabird activity offshore; 16 Chougs (").

Nr LISMORE:  Pair of Spotted Flycatchers & pair of Kingfishers on Blackwater (").

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Tree Sparrow alarm-calling near nest-site (MAD, PMW).

Friday, June 20, 2014

CARRIGNAGOUR (nr Lismore): Hummingbird Hawk-moth (ADM).

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Tree Sparrow carrying food and a Painted Lady butterfly. (MC)

Sunday, June 15, 2014

ANNESTOWN BOG: 2 Grasshopper Warblers reeling (JF).

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Off MINE HEAD: 3 Great Skuas from boat 3 miles W of Mine Head lighthouse (FO'C).

Off HELVICK HEAD: 4 Puffins (1 carrying sandeels) (").

Friday, June 13, 2014

PORTLAW VILLAGE:  2 Spotted Flycatchers (SMH, MC).

POULDREW BRIDGE:  Kingfisher (").

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

WATERFORD CITY: Treecreeper at the People's Park (LR).



Monday, June 09, 2014

BALLYSCANLON: 2 Spotted Flycatchers (DC).

EAST WATERFORD: Buzzard (").
Nr MAHON BRIDGE: Freshly dead Pine Marten on R676 at Coolnahorna ie a few miles north of Mahon Bridge (EAMacL).

Friday, June 06, 2014

Thursday, June 5, 2014

IDA PARK (nr Waterford city): 8 Emperor Dragonflies at the IDA Park on the Cork Road (DS).

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

BALLYSCANLON: 5 Spotted Flycatchers (AJ).

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

2 Red Grouse; also 2 Cuckoo at Kilclooney Wood (NR).

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

BALLYSCANLON: 4 Crossbills (AJ).

KILFARRASY: Merlin (").
DUNGARVAN: Turtle Dove in garden at Shandon, c08:15 (BS).

Monday, June 02, 2014

BLACKWATER VALLEY:  Reed Warbler at Raheen Quay, Clashmore Broads; 2 Jays, Stock Dove & 3 Red-legged Partridge at Ballybrack; Yellowhammer & 6+ Common Blue butterflies at Newport East (JAP, BS).

WEST WATERFORD: Buzzard (").

Nr WHITING BAY: 2 Tree Sparrows at Moord (").

DUNGARVAN: Harbour (Common) Seal at Ballyneety (").

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Saturday, May 31, 2014

COMERAGH/MONAVULLAGH MOUNTAINS: Cuckoo at S246019, 6+ Green Hairstreak butterflies at S282021 & 10+ at Coumaraglin, Stock Dove at Coumaraglin, & male Hen Harrier (BS, EAMacL, JAP).

FENOR BOG: 12+ Cryptic Wood White butterflies (").

STRADBALLY: Holly Blue butterfly (").
BLACKWATER VALLEY:: Reed Warbler singing & showing at Camphire bridge (MC).

KILL: Grasshopper Warbler singing at water treatment ponds (JF).

Saturday, May 31, 2014

WHITING BAY: pair of Great Northern Divers displaying (ADM).

RAM HEAD: 3 Basking Sharks & a Storm Petrel (").

WEST WATERFORD: pair of Buzzards (").
BALLYSCANLON: Treecreeper with 3+ fledglings (AJ).

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

HELVICK HEAD:  2 Roseate Terns with 4 Sandwich Terns on Helvick buoy (FO'C).

COMERAGH MOUNTAINS:  Cuckoo seen below Crotty's (PW).

WEST WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards (").
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  2 Reed Warblers at Raheen Quay, Clasmore (MC snr).

BALLYSCANLON/CARRIGAVANTRY:  Jay, Otter & Mute Swans with 6 cygnets at Ballyscalon Lake, Mutes with 7 cygnets at Carrigavantry Reservoir (AJ).
RAM HEAD:  11 Common Scoter W (1 + 10) & 9 Basking Sharks (seawatch 12:50-14:00).