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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).

Sunday, May 25, 2014

HELVICK HEAD:  Basking Shark about 50 feet offshore (FO'C).

BALLINCLAMPER:  Turtle Dove present again this morning (DC).

LISMORE:  Spotted Flycatcher by River Blackwater (ADM).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Cuckoo & 6 Tufted Ducks at Lisselan (AJ).

Friday, May 23, 2014

ANNESTOWN:   LITTLE RINGED PLOVER (DC) - 3rd county record.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

HELVICK HEAD:  Spotted Flycatcher just below high car-park (MC snr) - first report of the year (late!).

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

ANNESTOWN BOG:  Water Rail calling & a Long-eared Owl chick (JF, EAMacL).
BALLINCLAMPER:  Turtle Dove still present (MC).

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

BALLINCLAMPER, CLONEA:  Adult LONG-TAILED SKUA flew over high, heading towards Dungarvan c19:20 (MC).

HELVICK HEAD:  2 Arctic Skuas heading south over Helvick Head, c19:45 (MC snr).
BALLINCLAMPER /CLONEA: Turtle Dove seen again this morning, still feeding on seed, very nervous (DC).

Monday, May 19, 2014

Very quiet on land.
Seawatch 16:15-17:15 (JF):
Manx Shearwater: 305 E, 15 W.
Great Morthern Diver: 1 on sea.
Fulmar: 6 E, 1 W.
Kittiwake: 16E, 4 W.
Sandwich Tern: 1 E.
CLONEA: Turtle Dove feeding on seed in garden at Ballinclamper (DC).

Nr WATERFORD CITY: 13 Whimbrel N over Holy Cross (DS).

Sunday, May 18, 2014

SEAFIELD: Reed Warbler (DW).

RAM HEAD: Seawatch 11:00-12:00 (NJB):
Manx Shearwater: 23 W.
Gannet: 175 W.
Large auks: 308 W.

Nr ANNESTOWN BOG:  Cuckoo calling (MC snr).

Saturday, May 17, 2014

CLONEA: Female Whinchat briefly at Ballinclamper at 9 am, chased off by Stonechats and not seen since (CF).

Friday, May 16, 2014

Nr DUNGARVAN: Long-eared Owl c22:05 (MC snr).

CLONEA POWER (inland): Female Wheatear nr church (GW).

CLONEA (STRAND): Black Guillemot off Ballinclamper. (MC)

BALLYSCANLON LAKE: 2 Crossbills. (")

Thursday, May 15, 2014

RAM HEAD:  5 summer-plumage Great Northern Divers, 5 Risso's Dolphins & a Porpoise (seawatch 17:50-19:10).

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

DUNGARVAN:  20 Brent Geese (late) near the Cunnigar; also 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 4 Great Northern Divers & 3 Arctic Terns near Ballynacourty lighthouse (FO'C).

TRAMORE BAY:  2 Red-throated Divers (AJ).

KNOCKANDUFF:  20+ Whitethroats, 5 Sedge Warblers, Grasshopper Warbler & a Stoat (").

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

GLENDALLIGAN: Cuckoo calling (MC snr) - also heard yesterday (PC per MC snr)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

DUNGARVAN: 2 Long-tailed Ducks @ Quann's. (MC)

Monday, May 12, 2014

LEAMYBRIEN: 3 Stock Doves. (MC)

KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR: Grasshopper Warbler. (")
ARDMORE:  2 summer-plumage Great Northern Divers at Curragh (ADM).

Sunday, May 11, 2014


BALLINLOUGH:  Female Tufted Duck (DW) - rarely recorded here.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

TRAMORE: 2 Gadwall @ Lisselan. (MC)

CLONEA: Black Guillemot @ Ballinclamper. (")

DUNGARVAN: 2 Long-tailed Ducks @ Quann's. (")
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 12 Pomarine Skuas W at 14:35, 2 Great Skuas E, Arctic Skua W, 150+ Manx Shearwaters W, Red-throated Diver on sea & 2 Porpoises (seawatch 13:40-15:10, wind 7-8 SW, PMW).

Friday, May 09, 2014

MONAVULLAGH MOUNTAINS:  Male Hen Harrier (MC snr).

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Nr VILLIERSTOWN:  Woodcock roding (SO'C).

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  Cuckoo calling at the Vee road, Co Waterford side (DC).


TRAMORE:  Several small groups of Swifts at Mountfield (AJ).

Monday, May 05, 2014

WATERFORD CITY: 3 Swifts over Ballybricken this am and 10+ over IDA park on the Cork Road this evening (DS); first Swifts also arrived over Ferrybank today (LR).

ARDMORE: Adult summer Red-throated Diver off Curragh (ADM).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Yellow Wagtail flyover, then around farmyard; Great Skua best on seawatch (MC); male Blackcap (PMW).
HELVICK HEAD: Seawatch 10-11am - 1 Ad sum Pom, 2 Bonxie, 26 Puffin, 4 GND, 5000+ Manxies; much smaller passage 12-1.30, only birds of a Bonxie, Common Tern and 69 Puffins (CF).

Sunday, May 04, 2014

DUNGARVAN: 30+ Swifts (FO'C).

Saturday, May 03, 2014

HELVICK: Male Pochard, 2 Arctic Terns, Black Guillemot, Great Skua, Arctic Skua and 4 Puffins during a brief seawatch. (MC, CF)

Friday, May 02, 2014

DUNGARVAN: 2 Swifts over town centre this evening (FO'C).

CARRIGAVANTRY: Common Sandpiper (AJ).

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Nr TALLOW: 3+ Woodcock roding including a pair (SO'C, PMW).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2 Tree Sparrows (MC).

EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard (").