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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)