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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).