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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

HELVICK HEAD:  Cuckoo calling & sometimes on view (CF).

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  60+ Whimbrel & 2 Barnacle Geese at Lisselan, Wheatear on new link road bhind caravan park (JF).

Monday, April 28, 2014

RAM HEAD:  3 Great Skuas, hundreds of Manx Shearwaters & quite a few Common or Arctic Terns (seawatch 10:00-11:45, ADM).

Sunday, April 27, 2014

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  45 Whimbrel roosting west of the spits (PMW).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Red-throated Diver (W), 19 Whimbrel (8 W), House Martin, 2 Sand Martins, Wheatear, 2 Whitethroats, 3 Blackcaps, 12 Willow Warblers & 2 Tree Sparrows (PMW).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 19 Whimbrel, 2 Barnacle Geese & a Sedge Warbler at Lisselan (JF), 5 Whimbrel at Clohernagh (JDP).

FERRYPOINT: Summer-plumaged Great Northern Diver (ADM).
Near TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  CATTLE EGRET immediately N of Corballymore Wood, nr Saleen, in field with cattle at 10:45, then flew E over road (JDP).

Saturday, April 26, 2014

SEAFIELD (nr Bunmahon):  Swift (DW) - first of year for Co Waterford.

CLONEA:  Roseate Tern & 2 Arctic Terns with Sandwich Terns off Ballinard (CF).

WHITING BAY:  Sedge Warbler singing (NJB).
Seawatch 07.45 - 09.05 (JAP, BS, RAW): 
Great Skua: 8.
Puffin: 2.
Black Guillemot: 2.
Red-throated Diver: 1.
Manx Shearwater, Fulmar, Gannet, Kittiwake, large auks: light passage.
Sandwich Tern: large numbers.

Friday, April 25, 2014

HELVICK HEAD:  Red-legged Partridge today (MW, CF), near top of hill where Red-breasted Flycatcher was seen last autumn; one of at least 3 reported in area in last few days, presumably a gun-club release.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Nr TALLOW: Woodcock roding over forestry in two tetrads tonight (SO'C, PMW).

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

CLONEA:  Several hundred Whimbrel arriving in from sea, adult dark-bellied Brent Goose & 20+ White Wagtails at Ballinard (FO'C).

ARDMORE:  67 Whimbrel landed on rocks at Curragh c1600 (ADM).

CALISO BAY:  Merlin (").
LISMORE:  Common Sandpiper on Blackwater, 3 Whitethroats in disused quarry (ADM).

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

CLONEA:  45 Whimbrel, 2 Wheatears & a Whitethroat around Ballinclamper (MC snr).
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  Cuckoo heard (NR) - first of the year for Co Waterford.

Monday, April 21, 2014

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  23 Wheatears, 4 Willow Warblers, 3 House Martins, 3 Whimbrel & a Golden Plover this evening (MC).

ARDMORE:  3 Wheatears on rough ground at Dysert, 2 Stock Doves at Goat Island (NJB).

Sunday, April 20, 2014

BUNMAHON:  Female MARSH HARRIER around midday today, heading east (NL).

WHITING BAY:  Sedge Warbler singing (NJB).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: female Blackcap, 14 Willow Warblers, 3 Chiffchaffs & a Wheatear the best this afternoon (PMW).

Saturday, April 19, 2014

SOUTH KILKENNY:  Buzzards during last week (PSi).

MONAVULLAGH MOUNTAINS: Pair of Hen Harriers sky-dancing (CF).

CARRIGAVRANTRY: Sedge Warbler singing & Orange-tip butterflies (LRy).

Nr CLASHMORE:  Pair of Yellowhammers (JAP, BS).

WHITING BAY:  2nd-calendar-year Iceland Gull in freshly ploughed field at Whiting Bay (").

BALLYMACART:  6 House Martins (").

BRICKEY CANAL:  Stoat on road (").

Nr CLASHMORE:  Holly Blue buterfly (").

Nr KINSALEBEG:  Orange-tip (").
NEWPORT EAST: Barnacle Goose with  Shelduck (JAP, BS).

WATERFORD NATURE PARK (Kilbarry):  Water Rail (LR).

Friday, April 18, 2014

Off BALLYVOYLE (from boat):  Great Skua & 15 Whimbrel (FO'C).

DUNGARVAN:  3 Long-tailed Ducks near Ballynacourty pier, flying out (").

HELVICK HEAD:  Whitethroat & 2 Willow Warblers (CF).

Thursday, April 17, 2014


TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  2 Barnacle Geese still at Lisselan, also Wheatear & lots of Sand Martins (MDe).

BALLYSCANLAN LAKE: 1st-year Iceland Gull (EAMacL).

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BUNMAHON:  Sedge Warbler (first of year) & Whitethroat (DW).

ARDMORE:  Whimbrel & Common Sandpiper at Curragh (ADM).

WEST WATERFORD:  Buzzard (").

TRAMORE:  Whitethroat (AJ).
Nr BELLE LAKE:  Grasshopper Warbler (first of year) reeling south of Belle Lake, plus lots of Blackcaps in song in that area & around Pickardstown, Tramore (PA).

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

DUNGARVAN: HOOPOE at the Cunnigar at 5 pm today.

EAST WATERFORD:  4 Buzzards (AJ),

TRAMORE TOWN:  3 House Martins (").
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 2 Barnacle Geese again at Lisselan, also 3 Gadwall (MC).
GLENSHELANE:  2 Dippers (NT).

BROWNSWOOD (nr Portlaw):  first House Martin here, nest-inspecting (FJ).

Monday, April 14, 2014

RAM HEAD: >>500 Manx Shearwaters & a Porpoise this morning (ADM).

Sunday, April 13, 2014

RIVER SUIR nr KILSHEELAN:  2 Common Sandpipers (EAMacL).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 2 Barnacle Geese (displaying!), 213 Brent, c200 Swallows & c15 Sand Martins at Lisselan (AJ), also 3 Gadwall there (JF).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Pair of Tree Sparrows & just 1 Willow Warbler (PMW).

Saturday, April 12, 2014

BALLYVOONEY: Great Northern Diver & 2 Red-throated Divers (AJ).

BALLYVOYLE: Willow Warbler, male Blackcap & Dipper (").

STRADBALLY: Dipper (").

MID WATERFORD: Buzzard (").


Friday, April 11, 2014

CALISO BAY:  6+ Blackcaps (ADM).

BALLYVOYLE: 3rd-yr Glaucous Gull (AJ).

GOAT ISLAND: c60 Manx Shearwaters feeding with Gannets (").

DUNGARVAN: 3 Swallows at White Strand, Barnawee (MC snr).
IDA PARK (Cork Road): 3 Willow Warblers singing (DS).

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Nr WATERFORD CITY:  RED KITE flying NW over Holy Cross, Cork Road, c16:00, then headed NE in general direction of Carriganore (DS).
DUNGARVAN:  5 Swallows at Ballynacourty (SMH).

Wednesday, April 09, 2014


TRAMORE:  4 Swallows (AJ).
DUNGARVAN:  5 Swallows over St. Augustine's College, Dungarvan (EC).

BALLINARD:  Adult Glaucous Gull & White Wagtail (MC).

HELVICK:  4 Black Guillemots (").
ARDMORE:  Wheatear, 2 Swallows & an Otter at Curragh (ADM).

CALISO BAY:  an early Whitethroat (ADM) - first Co Waterford record of the year, and earliest in last 10 years at least.*  *First dates reported to waterfordbirds.com from 2005 onwards were: 30 Apr 2005, 30 Apr 2006, 27 Apr 2007, 19 Apr 2008, 23 Apr 2009 (also 14 Apr 2009 south Kilkenny), 24 Apr 2010, 18 Apr 2011, 28 Apr 2012, 20 Apr 2013.

WHITING BAY:  Female Merlin (").
Nr LISMORE:  Blackcap singing (ADM).

Monday, April 07, 2014

ARDMORE:  20+ Sand Martins & 2 Sandwich Terns at Curragh (ADM).

FERRYPOINT:  Wheatear & 2 Sandwich Terns (").

Sunday, April 06, 2014

ARDMORE:  Red-legged Partridge (presumed escaped or released) along New Line road, 5 Sand Martins & 11 Sandwich Terns at the Curragh (NJB).

WEST WATERFORD:  Buzzard (").

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2 Black Guillemots & 10 Sandwich Terns, quiet on land (AJ).

TRAMORE:  2 Chiffchaffs (").

WATERFORD CITY:  Chiffchaff at Arbourmount, Ferrybank (LR).

Saturday, April 05, 2014

HELVICK: 2CY Glaucous Gull. (MC)

Friday, April 04, 2014

KILMACTHOMAS: Swallow & 2 Sand Martins (FO'C).

CLONEA BEACH: 2 House Martins near hotel (").

Thursday, April 03, 2014

TRAMORE:  3 Sand Martins at boating lake, Chiffchaff & 2 Siskins in garden at Cairnwood (JF).
DUNGARVAN:  Female Merlin hunting & 2 Swallows at Ballyneety (JAP).

Wednesday, April 02, 2014


SEAFIELD (nr Bunmahon): 2 Swallows & 2 Sand Martins (DW),
ARDMORE:  21 Sandwich Terns & 3 Sand Martins at Curragh (ADM).
DUNGARVAN:  3 Swallows in town centre (FO'C) - first definite report of the year for Co Waterford.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

CLONEA:  23 Sandwich Terns & 2 Wheatears at Ballinard (FO'C).

EAST WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards (AJ).
NEWTOWN GLEN (Tramore Bay):  3 Chiffchaffs & a Siskin (JF).