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Thursday, December 31, 2015

CLONEA BAY:  1 Purple Sandpiper at Ballinclamper (MN, JP).

WATERFORD CITY: Kingfisher on St John's River at Waterside (LR).
ANNESTOWN:  Grey Phalarope & adult Little Gull still present (MC).

CLONEA BAY:  Chiffchaff at Ballinard (").

DUNGARVAN:  2 Black Redstarts on sea wall by Abbeyside church then moving towards the pond at Abbeyside (FO'C).

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  GLOSSY IBIS flying over Lisselan, also Grey Pharope & dark-bellied Brent Goose there (AJ).

ANNESTOWN:  Grey Phalarope, adult Little Gull, Gannet & Great Northern Diver all by the road (MC).

DUNGARVAN:  Grey Phalarope near Ballynacourty pier, 4 SPOONBILLS on the Cunnigar, 20 Great Northern Divers around bay (12 off Ballynacourty pier, 8 inside the Cunnigar) (FO'C).

Tueday, December 29, 2015

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  19(!) GLOSSY IBISES at Lisselan (JR per AJ, confirmed from photos).

DUNMORE EAST:  1st-winter Iceland Gull & a Purple Sandpiper (MC).

Monday, December 28, 2015

DUNMORE EAST:  1st-winter Iceland Gull still at pier (MC).

DUNGARVAN: Kingfisher at the quay, Dungarvan town (MC snr).

Sunday, December 27, 2015

BLACKWATER CALLOWS: 117 Whooper Swans - 95 Lismore to Nallyduff, 22 W of Ballyduff (TM).

BALLYLEMON, CAPPAGH: Brambling again present in garden, since yesterday (BL).

DUNMORE EAST: 1st-winter Iceland Gull at outer harbour (PA).

CARRIGANORE area: Green Sandpiper (DS).

Thursday, December 24, 2015

NATIONAL BIODIVERSITY DATA CENTRE (nr Waterford city): GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER again present, now confirmed as a male (assuming same bird as original) (MC).


DUNGARVAN: Adult male Long-tailed Duck off the Cunnigar, 7 Shoveler (4 females & 3 males), 4 Pintail (1 male & 3 females) & a 2nd-winter Yellow-legged Gull near pitch & putt course (FO'C).

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

DUNGARVAN: 5 SPOONBILLS in th Cunnigar, adult dark-bellied Brent Goose at pitch & putt course, female/1st-winter Black Redstart nr Barnawee (shoreline where old railway meets road) (MC).

CLONEA: Merlin at Ballinclamper (").

HELVICK HEAD: Great Skua & female/1st-winter Black Redstart (").

TRAMORE: Ruff & c.450 Black-tailed Godwits by Splashworld at boating lake (PA).


Monday, December 21, 2015

DUNGARVAN: probable SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF with Common Chiffchaff in reedbed & rushes at Springfield, behind Nissan garage, also 40+ Siskins in alders there; another Common Chiffchaff at Youghal Road / Western Bay; 5 SPOONBILLS roosting on the Cunnigar opposite sports centre; 12 Great Northern Divers around bay (PMW).

Sunday, December 20, 2015

DUNGARVAN: 4 SPOONBILLS roosting on the Cunnigar (MC).

HELVICK HEAD: Female/1st-winter Black Redstart (").

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 3 Great Northern Divers (2 close to Saleen, 1 west of spits) (PMW).

Friday, December 18, 2015

NATIONAL BIODIVERSITY DATA CENTRE (nr Waterford city): GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER & male Brambling this afternoon (FO'C).

WIT SPORTS CAMPUS (nr Waterford city): Green Sandpiper in small stream in front of campus (").

Thursday, December 17, 2015

ANNESTOWN: GLOSSY IBIS at east side of flooded field, dead LITTLE AUK on beach (AJ).

Monday, December 14, 2015

DUNGARVAN: Kingfisher at Ballyneety (MC snr).
DUNGARVAN:  Adult Mediterranean Gull at Barnawee (MC snr).

Sunday, December 13, 2015

DUNGARVAN: 5 SPOONBILLS at south end of Western Bay, 5 Great Northern Divers off Abbeyside (EB).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Adult Yellow-legged Gull & adult Mediterranean Gull opposite McCarthy Fuels (MC).

BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR: Great Northern Diver on main lake (").

KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR: Great Northern Diver here also shortly afterwards - same or different bird? (").

Saturday, December 12, 2015

KILMACTHOMAS: Report (call-only?) of a GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER opposite Flahavan's Mill (per irishbirding.com).

Friday, December 11, 2015

DUNGARVAN: 6 Long-tailed Tits me Campus service-station, N25 (EN).

Thursday, December 10, 2015

present (LL, DS, KA, JF, AJ).

BLACKWATER CALLOWS: 6 White-fronted Geese & 103 Whooper Swans (84 Lismore to Ballyduff, 19 W of Ballyduff) (TM).

Nr WHITING BAY: 6 Tree Sparrows at usual bird-feeder nr W end of bay (SDM).

ARDMORE: Mediterranean Gull & Great Northern Diver at Curragh (").

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Short-eared Owl & Merlin (JF, AJ).

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Short-eared Owl, female Long-tailed Duck & Great Northern Diver (JF).

Sunday, December 06, 2015


TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  2 Short-eared Owls, 2 Goldeneye (m & f/imm), Merlin & Great Northern Diver (JF).

Saturday, December 05, 2015

HELVICK HEAD: 5 'blue' Fulmars (3 dark 'D', 2 intermediate 'L/D') in brief seawatch 15:10-15:45, mainly Fulmar & Kittiwake passage, also a 1st-winter Blak Redstart (CF).

Friday, 06 December, 2015

N25: Pine Marten dead near the Stradbally exit (MC).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Great Northern Diver (AJ).

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

CARRIGNAGOUR (nr Lismore): 5 Crossbills in garden this morning (ADM).

Sunday, November 29, 2015

TRAMORE: 33 Gadwall (MC).

DUNMORE EAST: Purple Sandpiper (").

BLACKWATER CALLOWS: 6 White-fronted Geese (3 adults, 3 juveniles) still between Lismore & Ballyduff (").

Saturday, November 28, 2015

BLACKWATER CALLOWS: 74Whoopet Swans, 6 White-fronted Geese, Stock Dove, Treecreeper, Jay & Dipper (JAP, FO'C).

CAPPOQUIN: Stock Dove (").

BLACKWATER VALLEY: 25+ Yellowhammers & a Jay, Newport East ().

DUNGARVAN: 5 Pintail (1m 4 f)& a male Shoveler, Western Bay; 5 SPOONBILL roosting on the Cunnigar; 3rd-winter Yellow-legged Gull & Black Redstart at the Lookout; adult Yellow-legged Gull 
Lookout opposite Park Hotel; 5 Goldeneye (4f 1m) at Ballyneety; Water Rail calling behind Nissan garage at Springfield (").

HELVICK HEAD: LITTLE AUK seen in flight & probably landed on sea (").

VARIOUS: 91 species for the day (").

Friday, November 27, 2015

DUNGARVAN: 5 SPOONBILLS roosting off the edge of the pitch & putt course, 0920 (JAP); late House Martin at arhcway near Dungarvan Castle at 16:00 (NJB); female/immature Black Redstart in protestant church graveyard (FO'C).

ARDMORE:  Mediterranean Gull at the boat cove (NJB).

TIBBERAGHNY BOG (Co Kilkenny): >40 swans, probably mainly Whoopers (FJ).

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Nr ARDMORE:  Merlin, Glencorran (JJC, LC, SO'C).

BALLYMACART: Red-throated Diver (").
BLACKWATER CALLOWS: 5 White-fronted Geese between Lismore & Ballyduff (2nd pond on left past Towers on way to Ballyduff), 70 Whooper Swans (59 Lismore to Ballyduff, 11 W of Ballyduff) & 300+ Black-tailed Godwits (TM).

RAM HEAD: Fin Whale, 50 Common Dolphins & a late Red Admiral this afternoon (ADM).

OLD PARISH (Drum Hills):  2 Woodcock (FO'C, JAP, RAW).

WHITING BAY:  5 Tree Sparrows at usual site near W end, adult Mediterranean Gull (").

ARDMORE:  Adult Mediterranean Gull at Curragh strand (").

DUNGARVAN:  5 Pintail (4 f 1 m) & 10 Shoveler (5 m 5 f) in Western Bay; 5 Goldeneye (4 f 1 m) at Ballyneety (FO'C JAP RAW).

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

TRAMORE: GLOSSY IBIS, c2000 Golden Plover & 30 Snipe on Backstrand today (AJ).

Monday, November 23, 2015

DUNGARVAN:  5 SPOONBILLS on I-WeBS count (NT); Brambling in garden by Gold Coast golf-curse (DO'B & LO'B per LO'B).

TRAMORE BAY: Female Long-tailed Duck flew from Backstrand (also seen between the spits there) and landed on sea in the bay, also 2 Common Scoter & a Red-throated Diver in same area (DS).

Sunday, November 22, 2015

DUNMORE EAST:  Adult male Black Redstart at cliff carpark, 17 Common Scoter heading W (JF).

KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR: 7 Tufted Duck but no sign of Great Northern Diver (MC).

DERRIGAL (nr Portlaw): 35 Greylag Geese & 4 Whooper Swans (").

TRAMORE: 31 Gadwall & a 2nd-winter Mediterranean Gull at boating lake (").

Saturday, November 21, 2015

BLACKWATER CALLOWS: 41 Whoopers - 37 between Ballyduff & Lismore, 4 on Cappoquin side of Lismore; also c20 Fieldfares over Ballyrafter, Lismore (TM).
DUNGARVAN: 4 SPOONBILLS on the Cunnigar; adult Yellow-legged Gull at start of Cunnigar; Green Sandpiper at Brickey canal; Black Redstart at St Augustine's church, Abbeyside;  2 Whimbrel at Ballinagaul; Common Sandpiper at Killongford; 3 Pintail (1 m 2 f) & 3 Shover (2 m 1 f) in Western Bay (JAP FO'C RAW).

CLASHMORE: Stock Dove (").

WHITING BAY:  3 Tree Sparrows at usual site nr W end of bay, 1st-winter Mediterranean Gull (").

ARDMORE: Stock Dove at Goat Island, adult Mediterranean Gull at Ardmore(").

HELVICK HEAD: Black Redstarr, Chiffchaff & 2 Red-throated Divers (").

VARIOUS LOCATIONS: 88 species for the day (").
SEAFIELD (nr Bunmahon): Brambling (DW).

KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR: Great Northern Diver (MC) - 1st ever inland record for Co Waterford? - also 6 Tufted Duck (CF).

TRAMORE: Female/1st-winter Black Redstart at W corner of beach (MC).

DERRIGAL (nr Portlaw): 36 Greylag Geese & 4 Whooper Swans (CF).

CLONEA: Chiffchaff, 2 Black Redstart & 47 Choughs at Ballinard (").

Friday, November 20, 2015

DUNGARVAN: adult Long-tailed Duck in channel behind Duckspool bog, Abbeyside (opposite St Augustine's College) (CF).
DUNGARVAN:  3 Whooper Swans flew off back of the Cunnigar & went east at 16:30 (FO'C).

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

DUNGARVAN:  2 female Pintail off pitch & putt course (FO'C).

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

DUNGARVAN:  Late Swallow in Dungarvan town centre, then flew W (FO'C).

Sunday, November 15, 2015

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER still present (PK per irishbirding.com) - its 16th day!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

DUNGARVAN: 2 SPOONBILLS, Western Bay; Common Sandpiper, Killongford pools; 2 Jays, Brickey canal (unusual location); 3+ Chiffchaffs, 2 Redpoll & Water Rail, start of Cunnigar; adult Mediterranean Gulls, Ballyneety & Duckspool (FO'C, JAP).

HELVICK HEAD: Chiffchaff, male Blackcap & Black Redstart (").

VARIOUS: 83 species for the day (").

Friday, November, 2015

CLONEA BAY: 2 Red-throated Diver (FO'C, JAP).

DUNGARVAN: Whimbrel, Ballynagaul; 10 Shoveler (6 m, 4 f) & 3 female Pintail, Western Bay (").

Friday, November 13, 2015

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Late-staying RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER still present! (MDe) - its 14th day (1st seen 31st October).
CLONEA: Male Ring Ouzel (very flightly) with 12+ Song Thrushes at Ballinclamper (FO'C).

Thursday, November 12, 2015

DUNGARVAN:  4 SPOONBILLS again on the Cunnigar but no sign of the Scaup or Common Scoter (FO'C).

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

DUNGARVAN: 4 SPOONBILLS on the Cunnigar, female Scaup & female Common Scoter at Cunnigar side of pitch&putt course, 8 Shoveker (7 m 1 f) in Western Bay, dark-bellied Brent
Goose at Barnawee (FO'C, JAP).

CLONEA: 11 Great Northern Divers (").

Tuesday, November 11, 2015

BLACKWATER CALLOWS:  11 Whooper Swans, Lismore to Ballyduff (TM) - first report here this winter.

Sunday, November 08, 2015

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER still present in main willow garden, calling occasionally (PMW).

DUNGARVAN: 4 SPOONBILLS again at high tide roost on the Cunnigar (JAP).

HELVICK HEAD: 1 Great Skua, moderate passage of large auks & Kittiwakes, small numbers of Fulmars & Gannets (seawatch 10:15-12:15, JAP).

Saturday, November 07, 2015

DUNGARVAN: 3 Whimbrel at Ballinagaul (JAP, FO'C).

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Nr WATERFORD CITY:  Barn Owl (PC per MC).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 2 Short-eared Owls, 16:30-17:30 (JF).
DUNGARVAN: 4 SPOONBILLS roosting on the Cunnigar,  and Otter hunting off the Cunnigar; 4 Shoveler ( 3m 1f ) 2 & female Pintail, Western Bay: Harbour Seal at Ballyneety (JAP FO'C).

CLONEA BAY:  2 Red-throated Divers off Ballyvoyle, male and female Blackcap at Ballyvoyle, 3 Swallows at Clonea (").

STRADBALLY: Red Squirrel (").

HELVICK HEAD: Great Skua,  adult Mediterranean Gull & Black Redstart (").

VARIOUSLY: 85 species of bird for the day (").
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHERS still present in main willow garden, 11:45 (also yesterday at 16:20) (MC).

HELVICK HEAD: 2 Fin Whales off high car-park (JJC, LC).

Thursday, November 05, 2015

DUNGARVAN: Black Redstart in town centre, 13:05 (FO'C).

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

DUNGARVAN:  S Swallows over Abbeyside church at 15:45 (FO'C).
BALLYVOYLE:  11 Great Northern Divers & 4 Red-throated Divers (FO'C).
Nr DUNGARVAN:  Barn Owl road casualty (JJC).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  3 Short-eared Owls (AJ, JF).

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

DUNGARVAN:  4 SPOONBILLS on the Cunnigar; Black Redstart & Kingfisher at Ballynacourty pier;  Black Redstart at the promenade, Abbeyside beach; pair of Shoveler & 3 Pintail (male & 2 females), Western Bay (FO'C).

Monday, November 02, 2015

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER still present but elusive in garden at 13:40 (AJ).
WATERFORD CITY:  4+ Black Redstarts at the back of Honeywell Aerospace at IDA industrial estate, plus a lot of Pied Wagtails accompanyign them (KB, BB).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Total of 5 Black Redstarts this morning (3 at farmyard behind main gardens, 2 at farm about 1 km inland),also 10-15 Chiffchaffs (PA, DS).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Whooper Swan at Lisselan (DS).

Sunday, November 01, 2015

DUNGARVAN: Black Redstart on roof of St Mary's church, the Lookout (PV).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER still present in main willow garden (up to 15:30 at least), also a female/1st-w Black Redstart, female Blackcap, Redwing, 6+ Chiffchaffs & 2+ Swallows (MC, AJ, DS, KA).

TRAMORE BOATING LAKE: 23+ Shoveler, 20+ Gadwall & a Tufted Duck (MC).

BALLYVOYLE: 2 Black Redstarts on roof of house nr railway bridge, 14:45 (FO'C).

Saturday, October 31, 2015

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER still present in main willow garden at 17:00, also a FIRECREST there (MC).
DUNGARVAN: 4 SPOONBILLS & 3 Pintail (1m 2 f) at the Cunnigar; Black Redstart & 2 Swallows at Ballynagaul; Green Sandpiper & calling Water Rail at Brickey canal (FO'C JAP RAW PV).

HELVICK HEAD: Jack Snipe, 4 Blackcaps & 5 Great Northern Divers (").

Total 82 species for the day (").
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER in main ringing/willow garden, calling but elusive (PA) - 2nd Brownstown record this year, 3rd ever. 

HELVICK HEAD: Female/1st-winter Black Redstart (MC).

Friday, October 30, 2015

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Short-eared Owl again (JF).

Thursday, October 29, 2015

HELVICK HEAD: Great Skua W, 16:30 (TM).

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

DUNGARVAN: 3 SPOONBILLS on the Cunnigar (JAP).

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Adult male Black Redstart in last garden on left (AJ).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Short-eared Owl (").

Monday, October 26, 2015

HELVICK HEAD: Juvenile LONG-TAILED SKUA, 2 Arctic Skuas, 1 Pomarine Skua, 4 Great Skuas & 2 Balearic Shearwaters but no other shearwaters or petrels (seawatch 09:30-11:30, CF).

ARDMORE:  Black Redstart at Dysert (NJB).

Sunday, October 25, 2015

DUNGARVAN: SIngle SPOONBILL off the Cunnigar (JAP).

HELVICK HEAD: 4 Great Skuas (")

Saturday, October 24, 2015

DUNGARVAN: 4 SPOONBILLS on the Cunnigar (MC), female Common Scoter off pitch&putt (JAP, BS, MC), male & female Shoveler in Western
Bay (JAP, BS).

Nr BUNMAHON: Short-eared Owl by chimney stack, flew E towards Kilmurrin (MC).

CLONEA: Whimbrel (JAP, BS).
Nr ARDMORE: Female Hen Harrier (SH).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 2 Blackcaps, 7 Swallows, 60+ Skylarks & 6+ Goldcrests (MC, PMW).

Friday, October 23, 2015

TRAMORE BOATING LAKE: 19 Gadwall, 10 Shoveler & an adult Mediterranean Gull (MC).
HELVICK HEAD: 3 Great Skuas (17:00-17:30, TM).

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

HELVICK HEAD: A SPOONBILL flew in off the sea over high car park & landed in Ballynagaul area, Dungarvan bay @14:45 today (JJC, LC, SOC).

DUNGARVAN: Juvenile House Martin in town centre, female Common Scoter & a Wheater at pitch and putt (FO'C).
HELVICK HEAD: Short-eared Owl over sea then landed on Helvick, 13:40 (ADM).

Monday, October 19, 2015

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  YELLOW-BROWED WARLER in sycamores at bottom of 'west boreen', i.e. access road to Rinneshark at base of headland, south of Saleen; also ringtail Hen Harrier, flock of Long-tailed Tits, 2 Merlin, Redwing & male Blackcap (MC).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Adult Yellow-legged Gull & 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls at Saleen (").

Sunday, October 18, 2015

DUNGARVAN:  Shoveler & female Common Scoter off sports centre (MC).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  20+ Redpolls (12 ringed), 2+ Redwings, a Siskin & Chiffchaff (AA, MAD, PMW).

Saturday, October 17, 2015

DUNGARVAN: 2 SPOONBILLS off pitch & putt (KA), Water Rail at Springfield (PMW).

ARDMORE:  3 adult Mediterranean Gulls at Curragh (TM).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Blackcap & 2 Tree Sparrows (AA), Fieldfare & (feeding  offshore among 100s of gulls) a juvenile Mediterranean Gull (MAD, PMW).

Friday, October 16, 2015

ANNESTOWN:  1st-calendar-year Mediterranean Gull (MC).

TRAMORE:  12 Gadwall & a 2nd-winter Mediterranean Gull at boating lake (").

DUNGARVAN:  Kingfisher at Barnawee (MC snr).

Off MINE HEAD:  Single HUMPBACK WHALE & Fin Whale (ADM).
DUNGARVAN:  GREAT WHITE EGRET & 4 SPOONBILLS near pitch & putt course - the GWE flew from inland over main road by Topaz garage & landed in saltmarsh near pitch & putt course (ADM).

Thursday, October 15, 2015

DUNGARVAN:  4 SPOONBILLS & 100+ Brent Geese on the Cunnigar (FO'C).

CARRIGNAGOUR (N of Lismore):  Flock of 30+ Redwing overhead (ADM).

WATERFORD CITY:  Kingfisher along river by Bolton Street carpark.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

TRAMORE:  Pair of Pintail at backstrand, Shoveler & 2 Gadwall at boating lake (MC).


CARRIGNAGOUR (N of Lismore):  Small flock of Redwing overhead (").

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 207 Brent Geese & 52 Sanderling at Saleen, 1000 Golden Plover & 300 Wigeon at Kilmacleague (AJ).
WATERFORD CITY:  2 Kingfishers on river bank in People's Park (LR).
SE of HELVICK HEAD:  3 more Common Scoters going E 3 miles SE of Helvick, also 6 Meadow Pipits (FO'C).
SW of HELVICK HEAD:  3 Common Scoter SW of Helvick (FO'C).

Sunday, October 11, 2015

DUNGARVAN: 4 SPOONBILLS again, at KIllongford (adult & 3 juveniles, MC) & earlier on the Cunnigar (PV).

BUNMAHON: 2 Green Sandpipers (MC).

WOODSTOWN: Adult Mediterranean Gull (").
W of MINE HEAD: Pomarine Skua 2 miles W of Mine Head lighthouse (FO'C).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 60+ Swallows & 12 House Martins at Saleen, 13:30 (KA).
Off RAM HEAD: 3 Great Skuas 3 miles  south of Ram Head, also 2 Rooks going south out to sea a& an Arctic Skua (FO'C).

Saturday, October 10, 2015

DUNGARVAN: 4 SPOONBILLS roosting on the Cunnigar, 15:00 (JAP, FO'C, BS).

BALLYVOYLE: Redwing & Arctic Skua (").

HELVICK HEAD: Great Skua (").

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 7 Mediterranean Gulls (6 adults & a 2nd-winter) (MC) - a site record? - GLOSSY IBIS (AJ, PD), 350 Brent Geese (22 juv) & 800 Golden Plover (AJ).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Merlin, Spotted Flycatcher, Wheatear, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Redpoll, 6 Chiffchaffs & 8 Goldcrests (MC, PMW).

Friday, October 09, 2015

DUNGARVAN: SPOONBILL roosting on the Cunnigar, 15:00 (PMW).

Thursday, October 08, 2015

DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL on the Cunnigar between 12:00 & 14:00 but no sign of the Great White Egret (AJ).

ARDMORE:  5+ Mediterranean Gulls at Curragh strand, including adult with ring no. 'E713' (TM).

Wednesday, October 07, 2015


BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Jack Snipe along main lane (MC).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Whinchat at Lisselan (AJ).

Monday, October 05, 2015

CARRIGNAGOUR (nr Lismore):  20-30 Crossbills (ADM).

Sunday, October 04, 2015

DUNGARVAN:  Jack Snipe & juvenile Curlew Sandpiper on the Cunnigar (FO'C).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Sub-adult Pomarine Skua & 2 Great Skuas W (seawatch 11:30-12:00); 3 Wheatears, 2 Chiffchaffs  & a Redpoll on land (MAD, PMW).

Saturday, October 03, 2015

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  3 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs, 10 Goldcrests & a Siskin on land, c10 unidentified dolphin offshiore (MAD, PMW).

HELVICK HEAD: 8 Porpoises, 50 Common Dolphins & a Minke Whale, & steady passage of several hundred Swallows & House Martins (ADM).
HELVICK HEAD: LESSER WHITETHROAT in sycamores below the greyhound garden, 1225 (CF)

Friday, October 02, 2015

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2 male Blackcaps, Whitethroat, 8+ Chiffchaff & 6 Goldcrests in dense fog (DS).

Off MINE HEAD: 50-60 Swallows & 8 Meadow Pipits 3 miles south of Mine Head lighthouse (FO'C).

Thursday, October 01, 2015


BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Willow Warbler (JF).

ARDMORE:  2 adult Mediterranean Gulls & 2 White Wagtails (TM).

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER at chalet garden along main lane this morning (CFo, DFo), still present pm (EAMacL, MC), also a Grasshopper Warbler same place (MC).

ARDMORE: 2 White Wagtails at Curragh (TM).

Sunday, September 27, 2015

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 108 Brent Geese, 15 Knot & a Kingfisher (AJ).
CLONEA: 3 Mediterranean Gulls (2 adults & 2nd-winter) & 15+ White Wagtails at Ballinclamper (MAD, PMW).

DUNGARVAN: 2 House Martins in town centre (FO'C).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Also 5+ White Wagtails & a Migrant Hawker dragonfly (PMW).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: GLOSSY IBIS showing very well at Clohernagh (MS).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Vey quiet, best a female Blackcap & 2 Redpolls (MAD, JDP, MS, PMW).

Saturday, September 26, 2015

ARDMORE:  2 adult Mediterranean Gulls in bay, 4+ White Wagtails at Curragh (TM).

Off MINE HEAD:  Sooty Shearwater W half mile out (FO'C).

Friday, September 25, 2015

RAM HEAD:  CORY'S SHEARWATER flew from east & landed on sea, also Pomarine Skua & 20 Common Dolphins (ADM).

DUNGARVAN:  Barnacle Goose (flew in from the east), 9 Brent Geese & a female Pintail (FO'C).

Sunday, September 20, 2015

RAM HEAD: Sooty Shearwater, Arctic Skua & just 15 Manx Sheatwaters W (seawatch 17:35-18:35, PMW).

Saturday, September 19, 2015


ARDMORE: At least six Mediterranean Gulls including two first-winter, one second-winter and three adults (TM).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  6 Tree Sparrows & a Clouded Yellow butterfly the best (MC).

HELVICK HEAD:  9 Chiffchaffs, & good numbers of Swallows passing through (AA).

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Juvenile RED-BACKED SHRIKE in usual spot (MC), 20+ White Wagtails (AJ).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Clouded Yellow at Lisselan (AJ).

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

RAM HEAD: 2 DOTTEREL flying east over 1 mile offshore, also 2 very close Balearic Shearwaters flying W only 20 feet from boat (FO'C); 2 distant HUMPBACK WHALES south of the head, multiple breaches (ADM).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Juvenile RED-BACKED SHRIKE still present, near bottom end of gulley (EAMacL); also 6 White Wagtails,4 Willow Warblers, 3 Wheatears & a Sand Martin, plus 80+ Sandwich Terns & 6 Common Scoter in Tramore Bay (JF).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Whimbrel at Clohernagh (").
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  From Lisselan seawall, 8 Brent Geese, 50 Knot, 1000+ Dunlin, Blackcaps & 30 Wheatears (AJ).

Monday, September 14, 2015

TRAMORE:  2 Shoveler on boating lake, Great Northern Diver & Wheatear at E end of beach (AJ).

Sunday, September 13, 2015

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Juvenile RED-BACKED SHRIKE & adult male Yellow Wagtail still present, also 3 Whinchats, 16+ White Wagtails, 3 Whitethroats, Spotted Flycatcher Willow Warbler, several Siskins; 6 Common Scoter E & a Balearic Shearwater W (MC, PMW).

ARDMORE: Adult Mediterranean Gull near Ardmore (TM).

Saturday, September 12, 2015

DUNGARVAN: 3 Green Sandpipers at Civic Amenity Centre (old dump), Ballyneety, 2 Ruff & a Common Sandpiper at Ballyneety bridge, & 3 Dippers upstream from there (PV).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Juvenile RED-BACKED SHRIKE, adult male Yellow Wagtail, c20 White Wagtails, 4 Whinchats, c40 Siskins, juvenile Pied Flycatcher, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 3 Blackcaps, 3 Whitethroats, 2+ Willow Warblers & 6+ Chiffchaffs (MC, PA, AA, MDe, PMW).

HELVICK HEAD: Pied Flycatcher (CF).

CLONEA/BALLYNACOURTY: Pied Flycatcher at Ballinard (").

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 180 Sandwich Terns (AA).

RAM HEAD: 2 Arctic Skuas, 7 Porpoises & a Sunfish (ADM).

Friday, September 11, 2015

DUNGARVAN:  8 Wheatears & 4 Brent Geese at the Cunnigar (PV).


BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Whinchat, 3 White Wagtails, 7_+Wheatears & a Chiffchaff this morning (DS).

Thursday, September 10, 2015

BALLYNACOURTY: Adult Mediterranean Gull & 6 White Wagtails this p.m. (EAMacL).
BROWNSTOWN: 3 Whinchats & 5 Wheatears on head, 2 Arctic Skuas in Tramore Bay (MC).

DUNGARVAN: 2 Whinchats (adult & juvenile) on the Cunnigar (FO'C).

ARDMORE: 7 Mediterranean Gulls - adult & 1st-winter near harbour, 4 adults & a 1st-winter at Curragh (TM).

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Whinchat, Wheatear & Mink (MC).

Monday, September 07, 2015

RAM HEAD:  c200 House Martins in one flock flew out to sea c10:00 (ADM).

Saturday, September 05, 2015

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: GLOSSY IBIS at Clohernagh, 3 Ruff & flock of 40+ Little Grebes on main lake at Lisselan (EAMacL).

DUNGARVAN: SPOONBILL, Black Tern, 3rd-calendar-year Yellow-legged Gull, Ruff, 3 Whimbrel, 12 Knot & 5 early Brent Geese at the Cunnigar, juvenile Spotted Redshank on Killongford pools, adult Yellow-legged Gull at Killongford (CF, BS, FO'C, JAP).

CLONEA: 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls & a Whimbrel (BS, FO'C, JAP).

ANNESTOWN: Kingfisher (MC).

BALLYSCANLON: 2 Migrant Hawkers & 3 Common Darters (EAMacL).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Juvenile Whinchat, 8 Siskins & a flyover Ringed Plover (MC), also a Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Whitethroats, 6+ Chiffchaffs & 3+ Willow Warblers (MAD, PMW).

Friday, September 04, 2015

DUNGARVAN:  Green Sandpiper on pools at the Cunnigar (FO'C).

Thursday, September 03, 2015

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Adult Ruff in front of McCarthy Fuels, Pickardstown; 350 Mallard & 3 Wigeon on the backstrand (MC).

CURRAGHMORE (nr Portlaw):  Dipper on Clodiagh River at Curraghmore Estate.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

CARRIGNAGOUR (nr Lismore):  4 Crossbills in garden (ADM).

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

ARDMORE: Total 12 Mediterranean Gulls - 4 adults & 3 juveniles/1st-winters at harbour (ADM, TM), including red-ringed 'PN19', also 4 adults & a juvenile at Curragh (ADM).

RAM HEAD:  7 Fin Whales, 20 Common Dolphns & a Porpoise (ADM).

 CLONEA:  3 Roseate Terns & 4 juvenile Ruff at ballinard / Ballinclamper (FO'C).

Monday, August 31, 2015

CLONEA:  3+ Roseate Terns (juvenile & 2 adults) with tern flock at Ballinard, plus good numbers of 'Commic' Terns (CF).

WATERFORD CITY:  3 Green Sandpipers over Knockboy this evening (PA).

Sunday, August 30, 2015

CLONEA: Black Tern, Common Sandpiper & Spotted Flycatcher (DC) & 3 adult Mediterranean Gulls (MC snr) at Ballinclamper (DC); 225 Sandwich Terns, 5 Common Terns, 3 Whimbrel & a Common Sandpiper at Ballinclamper / Ballinard at high tide this morning (PV).

MINE HEAD: Black Tern W 3 miles offshore (FO'C).

KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Kingfisher at main lake (MC).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Whitethroat, 3 Willow arblers & 3 Chiffchaffs on land, Porpoise at sea (PMW).

Saturday, August 29, 2015

DUNGARVAN: Juvenile Black Tern feeding inside the Cunnigar, subadult SPOONBILL & juvenile Ruff on the Cunnigar (MC).

Friday, August 28, 2015

DUNGARVAN:   2 adult Mediterranean Gulls at Barnawee, also 34 Little Egrets upriver from Barnawee Bridge, probably a record count for there (MC snr).

CLONEA:  Adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballinclamper ("),

HELVICK HEAD:  3 Great Skuas, 2 Arctic Skuas (adult dark-phase & juvenile) & a Porpoise (seawatch 14:00-16:30, PV).

Thursday, August 27, 2015

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  3 Balearic Shearwaters, an Arctic Skua & an Arctic Tern (seawatch 18:10-19:35, MC).

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  3 Arctic Skuas & 4 Arctic terns (evening seawatch, MC).

HELVICK HEAD:  Sooty Shearwater & a few skuas (CF).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Arctic Skua causing mayhem off Saleen, Kingfisher at Lisselan (AJ).

DUNGARVAN: Whimbrel at the Cunnigar (TM).

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  4 Balearic Shearwaters, Sooty Shearwater, adult Arctic Tern, & a steady stream of Manx Shearwaters W close in (seawatch 18:00-19:45, MC).
CLONEA STRAND: 3 Mediterranean Gulls at Ballinclamper (1 ringed, 1 2nd-summer) (MC).

DUNGARVAN: Fulmar well inside harbour around sports centre this morning (").

Monday, August 24, 2015

ARDMORE: 4+ Mediterranean Gulls near Harbour (TM).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  23 Little Egrets & Kingfisher at Lisselan, Ruff at Pickardstown (AJ).

Sunday, August 23, 2015

DUNGARVAN: 8 Swifts over town, 20:04 (FO'C).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Wood Sandpiper & 21 Snipe at Lisselan (EAMacL), Whimbrel at Clohernagh (JDP).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 'Blue' Fulmar (dark side of 'D' phase) & Sedge Warbler (EAMacL); Migrant Hawker dragonfly (MC).
DUNGARVAN: 3 Swifts over town at 17:00 (FO'C),

Saturday, August 22, 2015

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Ruff at Pickardstown, no sign of Little Ringed Plover at Lisselan (AJ).

CARRIGNAGOUR (nr Lismore): c12 Crossbills in garden, mix of moulting adults & juveniles (ADM).
DUNGARVAN: Juvenile Spotted Redshank & adult Yellow-legged Gull at Killongford (CF).

CARRIGNAGOUR (nr Lismore): A late Swift, also a Spotted Flycatcher (ADM).

Friday, August 21, 2015

DUNGARVAN: 5 Ruffs & 8+ Common Sandpipers at Ballyneety (EAMacL).

Friday, August 21, 2015

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: c500 each of Dunlin & Ringed Plover at south spit, also 5 Turnstone, a Sanderling & a Wheatear (AJ).
COMERAGH MOUNTAINS: ringtail Hen Harrier (PD).

Thursday, August 20, 2015

HELVICK HEAD: CORY 'S SHEARWATER past at 19:15, also 6 Great Skuas, 6 Puffins & light passage of Manx Shearwaters (CF).

RAM HEAD: GREAT SHEARWATER W at 16:15, also  Sooty Shearwater, adult Pomarine Skua, 5 Great Skuas, 2 Puffins & 540 Manx Shearwaters W (seawatch 16:05-18:35, PMW).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Juvenile LITTLE RINGED PLOVER & Wood Sandpiper at Lisselan (AJ).

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

CLONEA: Adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballinclamper (MC snr).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Juvenile LITTLE RINGED PLOVER still present on small pool at Lisselan, also Ruff still present (PL, AJ, CF), another Ruff at Pickardstown (AJ).

HELVICK HEAD:  GREAT SHEARWATER, 13 Great Skuas, 6 Arctic Skuas & 4 Pomarine Skuas (seawatch 07:20-10:20), also Manx Shearwaters W at 2550/hr (EAMacL).

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

ARDMORE: 20+ Mediterranean Gulls (8 adults, 10 juveniles & some 1st- & 2nd-summers) & a Common Tern at Curragh rocks this evening; adult Med Gull 'E713' at Ardmore Harbour, last recorded 2014 (ADM).

RAM HEAD: 22 Common Scoter W, 3 Common Dolphins & 3 Porpoises this morning (").
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Juvenile LITTLE RINGED PLOVER still present at Lisselan, also Ruff & a leucistic Grey Heron but no sign of Wood Sandpipers (EAMacL).

Monday, August 17, 2015

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Juvenile LITTLE RINGED PLOVER still at Lisselan, also 4 Snipe (PV).

DUNGARVAN: 2 Ruff 2 Ballyneety, SPOONBILL at Cunnigar tip (PV), 2 late Swifts over town (FO'C).

Sunday, August 16, 2015

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Juvenile LITTLE RINGED PLOVER still present at Lisselan (MC).
CLONEA STRAND:  Adult Mediterranean Gull (ringed on right leg) at Ballinclamper (MC snr).
CARRIGNAGOUR (nr Lismore): 5 Crossbills (ADM).

Saturday, August 15, 2015

DUNGARVAN: Juvenile Ruff at Ballyneety Bridge, 14:45 (JAP, BS), Green Sandpiper flushed from pond at old dump (PV).

CLONEA: 2 Mediterranean Gulls (adult & 2nd-summer), 5 Common Terns, 1 Arctic Tern & flock of 14 Choughs at Ballinclamper (CF).

Thursday, August 13, 2015


Wednesday, September 11, 2015

WATERFORD CITY:  HOOPOE, Lower Grange area, Ballytruckle (CO'C).

Off MINE HEAD:  GREAT SHEARWATER 1 mile south of head (FO'C).

Off RAM HEAD:  5 Grey Phalaropes flew E 1.5 miles off head (FO'C).

RAM HEAD: large shearwater species (Great or Cory's) (ADM).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  LESSER EMPEROR  dragonfly along W shore of main lake at Lisselan, also lots of Emperor dragonflies (EAMacL).

Sunday, August 09, 2015

RAM HEAD: Arctic Skua & juvenile Mediterranean Gull off-passage, only 65 Manx Shearwaters W (seawatch 17:35-18:05, PMW).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Ruff at flooded area W of main ponds at Lisselan (DS).

Thursday, August 06, 2015

DUNGARVAN: 3 adult Mediterranean Gulls & 18 Little Egrets at Barnawee (MC snr).

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Seawatch 08:00-13:00 (CF, JAP):
GREAT SHEARWATER, Balearic Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwaters. c7500 Manx Shearwaters, 3 'blue' Fulmars, 4 Storm Petrels, adult LONG-TAILED SKUA, 8 Arctic Skuas, 4 Pomarine Skuas, 15 Bonxies, 229+ Puffins, 2 Arctic Terns, 2 Common Terns, 5 'Commic' Terns & 2 Porpoises.

ARDMORE:  7 Mediterranean Gulls (4 adults & 3 juveniles) at the Curragh (ADM),

FERRY POINT:  2 Common Sandpipers (ADM).

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

DUNGARVAN:  3 adult Mediterranean Gulls at Barnawee (MC snr), 5 Wheatears at the Cunnigar (ADM).

ARDMORE:  22 Mediterranean Gulls (11 adults, 10 juveniles & a 2nd-winter) roosting in bay, 19:55-21:15 (PMW).

WHITING BAY:  Adult Mediterranean Gull feeding on beach, 20:25-20:35 (").

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  2 Common Sandpipers at Saleen but no Mediterranean Gulls this evening (AA), likewise no Meds at boating lake, Pickardstown or off Lisselan seawall in afternoon (AJ).

Monday, August 03, 2015


Seawatch (1 hr, AA):
2 Sooty Shearwaters, c100 Manx Shearwaters, Great Skua & Common Tern.
Also a Common Sandpiper & 5 Sanderling at base of head.
Seawatch 06:00-08:30 (CF):
Balearic Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, c3000 Manx Shearwaters, Arctic Skua & 5 Puffins.

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 70 Ringed Plover at south spit (AJ).

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Seawatch 16:00-17:00 (EAMacL):
Adult Pomarine Skua, 2 Bonxies & 19 Puffins.
Seawatch 10:15-16:00 (JAP, BS, FO'C):
Sooty Shearwaters, 2 Balearic Shearwaters, 20+ Puffins, 15+ Bonxies, 20+ Pomarine Skuas, 7+ Arctic Skua, 9 Common Scoters, Storm Petrel & Common Tern.
Also a Hummingbird Hawk-moth.
Seawatch 17:00-19:30 (CF):
Sooty Shearwater, Arctic Skua, 3 Pomarine Skuas, Bonxie & 164 Puffins.
Seawatch 10:15-11:15 (FO'C, BS, JAP):
2 Sooty Shearwaters. Storm Petrel, 2 Bonxies, 3 Pomarine Skuas, 7 Puffins & 9 Common Scoter; also several Pomarine Skuas hunting within Dungarvan harbour.

RAM HEAD: 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 240 Manx Shearwaters, Pomarine Skua, 3 Bonxies & 12 Puffins W (seawatch 17:15-18:15, MAD, PMW).

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

DUNGARVAN: Wood Sandpiper at Killongford pools, 18:30 (JAP).
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

WATERFORD HARBOUR: 16+ Mediterranean Gulls (8 adults, 6 juveniles,  1 1st-summer & 1 2nd-summer) & a 1st-summer Little Gull at Woodstown this evening (PA).

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Seawatch 08:15-10:15 ( FO'C, JAP, PV):
Bonxie 19
Pomarine Skua 14
Arctic Skua 5
Puffin 100+
Common Scoter 9
Arctic Tern 100+
Common Tern 6
Storm Petrel 1-3
Manx Shearwater 1000+
Porpoise 1
TRAMORE BOATING LAKE: 4 adult Mediterranean Gulls (JDP).

ARDMORE (yesterday 25/7): 6 juvenile Mediterranean Gulls at Ardmore harbour near pier (PMW).
HELVICK HEAD: Juvenile LONG-TAILED SKUA past, 08:50 (JAP, FO'C).

Saturday, July 25, 2015

RAM HEAD: Sunfish (ADM); Arctic Skua off-passage, 77 large & near-fledgling Kittiwakes from 145 nests counted in mid June (PMW).
DUNGARVAN: At Ballyneety, Green Sandpiper flushed from ponds (Moorhen breeding there), Dipper on
river & 3 Common Sandpipers at Ballyneety bridge (PV).

Thursday, July 23, 2015

GREAT NEWTOWN HEAD: 2 Arctic Skuas W & a Black Guillemot E (seawatch 15:45-16:15, JF).

WATERFORD CITY: Hummingbird Hawk-moth feeding in garden (DS).

Sunday, July 19, 2015

RAM HEAD: 20 Fin Whales offshore this afternoon, also dark-phase medium
skua species (ADM).

ARDMORE: Adult and juvenile Mediterranean Gull at harbour 

Friday, July 17, 2015

HELVICK HEAD: Dark-phase Pomarine Skua (FO'C, JAP).

BALLYVOYLE:  50+ Choughs (").

CLONEA: 5 Whimbrel & 2 Common Sandpipers at Ballinclamper (").

DUNGARVAN:  5 Common Sandpipers at Killongford pools (").

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Seawatch 19:35-21:10 (CF):
Arctic Skua 4 (2 dark adults, 1 pale adult, 1 juvenile)
Bonxie 1
Puffin 1
Manx Shearwater c4500
Seawatch 16.00-17.45 (JAP):
Bonxie 2
Arctic Skua I dark-phase  adult
Pom Skua 1 light-phase adult
Puffin 3 - 5.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Off HELVICK HEAD:  50 Common Scoter W past boat a half mile offshore (FO'C).

Off MINE HEAD: 5 Pomarine Skyas, 2 Great Skuas & a 1st-yr Mediterranean  Gull 1 mile (").
RAM HEAD: 7+ Fin Whales 15 km
south of head (ADM).

Monday, July 13, 2015

DUNGARVAN: 5+ Common Sandpipers at Killongford (JAP).

Thursday, July 09, 2015

RAM HEAD: Groups of 15 and 16 Common Scoter; several thousand Manx Shearwaters loosely associated with 3 Fin Whales, also 3 Porpoises, this  morning (ADM).

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

ARDMORE: 4 Mediterranean Gulls in harbour including adult 'E666' (ADM).

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Common Tern & Common Sandpiper (AJ).

Sunday, July 05, 2015

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 4 Common Sandpipers & a Mediterranean Gull at Lisselan, 2 Common Sandpipers & an injured Sparrowhawk at Kilmacleague (AJ).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 2 Little Terns at Kilmacleague, 4 Common Sandpipers at Lisselan (AJ).

Saturday, July 04, 2015

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Reed Warbler & 6 Choughs at Lisselan (AJ).

Friday, July 03, 2015

SEAFIELD, BUNMAHON: 3 Green Sandpipers (DW).

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Friday, July 03, 2015

BALLYSCANLAN / CARRIGAVANTRY: Long-eared Owl chicks calling at two locations (MDe).


BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Arctic Skua W, 91 Manx Shearwaters & 2 Mute Swans E, & a Storm Petrel (seawatch 05:45-07:30, JF); 2 pale adult Arctic Skuas E, Bonxie W, 360 Manx Shearwaters E (seawatch 16:00-16:30), Clouded Yellow butterfly & lots of Meadow Brown & Small Tortoiseshells on land (EAMacL).

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Reed Warbler & Common Sandpiper at Lisselan, 06:45 (JF).

Saturday, June 27, 2015

BLACKWATER VALLEY: Red-legged Partridge at Newport East, Otter at Clashmore Broads (JAP, BS).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Mediterranean Gull flew past at Lisselan, up to 200 Curlew on Backstrand (MC).

Friday, June 26, 2015

Thursday, June 25, 2015

ARDMORE:  21 Whimbrel (very late or very early?)  on Curragh strand, Mediterranean Gull '666' in Ardmore Harbour (ADM).

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

HELVICK HEAD: 30 Common Scoter flying W past boat very close to shore at 11:40 (FO'C).

Sunday, June 21, 2015

KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS: Cuckoo calling, male Hen Harrier & 20+ Ravens (JAP, BS).

Saturday, June 20, 2015

KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS: Adult or near-adult WHITE-TAILED EAGLE (NR) & 3 Hen Harriers (pair & ringtail at separate locations) (MC).

COMERAGH MOUNTAINS: Small Heath butterflies common along with small numbers of Green Hairstreaks (JAP, BS).

KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR: Emperor dragonfly, an early(?) Meadow Brown & 3-4 Cryptic Wood Whites (").

Friday, June 19, 2015

Nr DUNHILL: Long-eared Owl fledgling again tonight (JF).

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Nr DUNHILL: 2 Long-eared Owls (chick/fledgling still with some down & adult carrying prey) (JF).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Male & female Wigeon & a Stock Dove at Lisselan (AJ).

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Nr DUNHILL: Long-eared Owl fledgling calling & flying between trees, 22:40 (JF).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Reed Warbler & drake Wigeon at Lisselan (MC).
BALLYSCANLON LAKE: Reed Warbler in song at western end of lake (MC).
CASTLETOWN FEN: Cuckoo again (JF).
RAM HEAD: 145 occupied Kittiwake nests in study plots (>95% of whole colony), a 16% increase from June 2014; also 10 Painted Lady butterflies & a Bordered Straw (scarce migrant moth) (PMW).

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Cuckoos (1 visible, 1 calling), also a Water Rail calling (JF).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Drake Tufted Duck at Lisselan (AJ).
Nr WHITING BAY: Small party of Tree Sparrows including 2 juveniles usual area near west end of Whiting Bay, also 2 Stock Doves in the same area (BS, JAP).

BALLYVOYLE: 2 Spotted Flycatchers actively feeding just above Ballyvoyle bridge (").

FENOR BOG: 6 Cryptic Wood White butterflies (").

VARIOUS: Pristine Painted Lady butterflies at various coastal locations (").
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: GLOSSY IBIS at Clohernagh (EAMacL), Reed Warbler at Lisselan (CF, DW).

CASTLETOWN: 2 Cuckoos (1 at fen, 1 between fen & airport) & a Spotted Flycatcher (CF, DW).

CARRIGAVANTRY: 17 Crossbills nr water treatment plant (DW, CF).

Friday, June 12, 2015

COMERAGH MOUNTAINS:  Cuckoo seen above Kilclooney Wood, 08:00 (NR).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Reed Warbler & Cuckoo at Lisselan again (AJ).
BALLYSCANLON LAKE:  Reed Warbler in song (EAMacL).

CARRIGAVANTRY:  Crossbill but no sign of Hobby up to 0830 (PA).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Reed Warbler again present at 07:30 (JF).

Thursday, June 11, 2015

CARRIGAVRANTRY:  HOBBY again today, flying W at 06:30 (JF) & also present in afternoon (DS).

KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  2 Cuckoos at Glenafallia (NR).

CASTLETOWN FEN:  Cuckoo calling (JF, PA).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Female wigeon species on main pond at Lisselan, male Wigeon flew past over seawall, also a Cuckoo (AJ); Reed Warbler in song at Lisselan, at small reed bed at beginnign of sea wall, also a Cuckoo calling (MC).

BUNMAHON:  Cuckoo around the large pines by Bunmahon bridge (DW).
Nr CARRIGNAGOUR (N of Lismore): Cuckoo heard (ADM).

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Monday, June 08, 2015

Nr DUNHILL: Long-eared Owl chicks calling at two locations (MDe).

Saturday, June 06, 2015

ANNESTOWN: PECTORAL SANDPIPER inside bridge, by river just below pink house (JAP, BS). 

Friday, June 05, 2015

KILMURRIN: Male RED-FOOTED FALCON (FO'C, BS, JAP) - only 2nd Co Waterford record.


Thursday, June 04, 2015

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: GLOSSY IBIS at Lisselan (dog-walker per AJ).

CARRIGAVRANTRY: HOBBY at 13:25 (AJ), still present up to 18:15 at least (MC, JF).

BALLYSCANLON: Yellowhammer (AJ).

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

HELVICK HEAD:  Storm Petrel (EAMacL) - first report of year for Co Waterford.

Monday, June 01, 2015

CLONEA BAY:  Yellow Wagtail still present at Ballinard beach (CF).

HELVICK HEAD:   Great Skua seen from layby at SW side of Helvick (EB).

BLACKWATER VALLEY:  2 Yellowhammer at Villierstown cross on way to quay (").

Sunday, May 31, 2015

CLONEA BAY:  Yellow Wagtail at Ballinard beach (MC).

Sunday, May 24, 2015


Saturday, May 23, 2015

BUNMAHON: Singing Reed Warbler (DW).

Nr WATERFORD CITY: 23 Ravens by WIT west campus this morning (LR).

Friday, May 22, 2015

Nr DUNGARVAN: Barn Owl at 03:30 (JAP).

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

WATERFORD CITY:  2 Spotted Flycatchers along river in the People's Park (LR).

FERRY POINT:  Single Brent Goose still present (ADM).

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Monday, May 18, 2015

BALLYNACOURTY POINT:  Turtle Dove in a garden (TO'B).

Sunday, May 17, 2015

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Turtle Dove on the boreen leading down towards Rinneshark (T. Cunningham).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Female Ruff at Lisselan, on the 'island' between flooded ponds (AJ).

Friday, May 15, 2015

HELVICK HEAD yesterday (14/5): 1 Bonxie, 2 adult Pomarine Skuas W & 3 adults E (probably just 3 individuals), 16:00-16:45; 2 Spotted Flycatchers on land (EAMacL).
 KILMURRAY (nr Dungarvan): Hummingbird Hawk-moth inside garden glasshouse (JAP).

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Pomarine Skua W (seawatch 16:15-16:45), 6 Whimbrel & 4 Red Admirals on land (JF).

Monday, May 11, 2015

HELVICK HEAD:  Great Skua, 2 Pomarine Skuas, 2 Great Northern Divers, Puffin & 3 Black Guillemots (seawatch 13:15-14:15) & a Painted Lady (MC).

CLONEA STRAND: Common Tern, 2 Great Northern Divers, 50 Whimbrel & 2 Wheatears at Ballinclamper (PV, MC snr).

Sunday, May 10, 2015

HELVICK HEAD: Seawatch 15:15-17:15: 17+ Pomarine Skuas including 14 in one group now possibly roosting on Cunnigar sandbar, also 6 Great Skuas, 3-4 Arctic Skuas, 8+ Puffins, 2-3 Porpoises, & lots of Swallows & Swifts in off SE (BS, PV, FO'C, JAP).

RAM HEAD:  c300 Manx Shearwaters W (11:45-12:30) (NJB).
HELVCK HEAD: Another 4 Pomarine Skuas, Arctic Skua, 2 Great Skuas & 10 Puffins, all W, & good passage of Manx Shearwaters & large auks, 12:00-13:15, also 4 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Whitethroats &  Sedge Warbler on land (CF).

KILLURE / KILLCARAGH: c20 Sedge Warblers in reedbeds (AJ).
HELVICK HEAD: 3 Pomarine Skuas, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxies, 1 Black Guillemot & heavy passage of auks (seawatch 11:00-12:00), also lots of Swallows passing west by sea (BS, JAP).

Saturday, May 09, 2015

RAM HEAD: 200 Manx Shearwaters W, 3 Red-throated Diver, a Bonxie & 100 Common Dolphins (seawatch 08:05-09:45).

Thursday, May 07, 2015

MONEYGORM (nr Cappoquin):  Cuckoo (ADM).

FERRY POINT:  A late Brent Goose (").
WATERFORD CITY:  2 Swifts at Hennessy's Road; Herring Gulls nest-building on a chimney at Gracedieu (AJ).

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Nr CARRICK-ON-SUIR:  Swift upstream from Carrick (FJ).

Monday, May 04, 2015

TRAMORE BAY:  Arctic Skua chasing terns off Tramore beach (NMC).

KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS: 2 Red Grouse (separate locations)
(BS, FO'C, JAP).

Nr LISMORE: 2 Red-legged Partridge; 4 Swifts between Lismore & Cappoquin (").

BLACKWATER VALLEY: 2 Red-legged Partridge at Newport East; Stoat near Knockanore (").

HELVICK HEAD: 2 Porpoises (").

DUNGARVAN: 3 Harbour Seals opposite Park Hotel ("); 2 Swifts over town centre at 19:00 (FO'C); pipistrelle bat species active by day at Ballynacourty, 18:10-18:15 (EAMacL).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: GLOSSY IBIS at Clohernagh again today; 213 Whimbrel & a Common Sandpiper at Lisselan (AJ).

GREAT NEWTOWN HEAD:  26 Whimbrel W, 40 Manx Shearwaters & a Black Guillemot (").

CLONEA BAY:  Purple Sandpiper at Ballinclamper (CF).

HELVICK HEAD:  Adult Arctic Skua & 3 Puffins (").

MONAVULLAGH MOUNTAINS:  2+ Crossbills at Bohadoon Mountain (").
BLACKWATER VALLEY: Reed Warbler at Raheen Quay, Clashmore (CF).
Nr WATERFORD CITY: 2 Whimbrel at IDA Park Cork Road; 3 Swifts, Cleaboy Road (DS).

Sunday, May 03, 2015

CLONEA: 2 Great Skuas, a Swift in off sea, a Purple Sandpiper & 8 breeding- plumage Great Northern Divers (EAMacL).
TRAMORE BAY: Great Northern Diver E (16:00-16:30, AJ).
HELVICK HEAD: 2 Pomarine Skuas offshore, Grasshopper Warbler & Whitethroat on land (CF, JAP).

Saturday, May 02, 2015

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Yellow Wagtail on spit between ponds at Lisselan, also a Swift, Common Sandpiper & 3 Wheatears there (AJ).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Single Merlin, Chiffchaff & Willow Warbler before rain cleared (AA).

Friday, May 01, 2015

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 250+ Whimbrel & 6 Gadwall at Lisselan (MC).

KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR: No sign of Ring-necked Duck this evening; Common Sandpiper at big lake, 100s of hirundines (mostly martins) low over lakes (CF).


DUNGARVAN: 1st-summer Mediterranean Gull at the Cunnigar, 2 Black Guillemot, 1 Red-throated Diver & 1 Great Northern Diver at Gold Coast (").

Thursday, April 30, 2015

MONAVULLAGH MOUNTAINS:  Cuckoo just N of Mauma Road opposite Crohaun (MC snr).

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

CARRIGNAGOUR (nr Lismore): Long-eared Owl in garden at 21:45 (ADM).
ARDMORE:  Almost 100 Whimbrel in rocks at Curragh (ADM).

Monday, April 27, 2015

KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Male RING-NECKED DUCK, male Tufted Duck, 3 Sedge Warblers & a Swift (DS).

BALLINLOUGH:  2 Stock Doves & a Sedge Warbler (").

Nr KILL:  Sedge Warbler & 6 Lesser Redpolls at water treatment plant (").

KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS: 2 Cuckoos & 3 Wheatears (ADM).

Sunday, April 26, 2015

CARRIGAVRANTRY:  3 Common Sandpipers & a Sedge Warbler.


WHITING BAY:  Tree Sparrows at 4 locations around the bay, 24 Whimbrel & a Sedge Warbler (NJB).

TRAMORE: Swift over Kennedy Park, Tramore town (JF); Sedge Warbler, 5 Willow Warblers & 100+ Whimbrel at Lisselan(AJ).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Whitethroat, Whimbrel & Wheatear (MDe).

BLACKWATER VALLEY: Reed Warbler at Raheen quay, Clashmore broads (JAP, BS).

GREAT NEWTOWN HEAD: Whitethroat, 4 Black Guillemots, 7 Shelduck, 12 Sandwich Terns & an Otter (AJ).

Saturday, April 25, 2015

WATERFORD CITY:  Whimbrel calling overhead in early hours (PA).

Off MINE HEAD:  Pomarine Skua from boat 1 mile offshore (JK per FO'C).

HELVICK HEAD: Whitethroat & 3 Stock Doves (BS, FO'C, JAP).

OLD PARISH: Whitethroat & 2 Stock Doves (").

BALLYVOYLE: Whitethroat (").

WHITING BAY: Sedge Warbler singing (").

GOAT ISLAND (Ardmore): Basking Shark close inshore, Whitethroat (").

Clashmore village & Clashmore broads (").

Saturday, April 25, 2015

HELVICK HEAD: Grasshopper Warbler singing & showing well this morning (CF).

Friday, April 24, 2015

Nr WATERFORD CITY:  Swift over Cleaboy Road (DS)  - 1st of yr.

HELVICK HEAD: Puffin, 2 Great Skuas & 100+ Manx Shearwaters (CF).

Nr LEMYBRIEN: Kingfisher, 2 Dippers & 6 House Martins house martins at Adramone bridge (DC).

Thursday, April 23, 2015

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 12 Whimbrel & 6 Wheatears at Lisselan (AJ).
DUNGARVAN: Grasshopper Warbler singing at Brickey canal tonight (JAP).
DUNGARVAN: 2 female Long-tailed Ducks off Ballynacourty pier (FO'C).

CLONEA BAY: Basking Shark off Ballinard (").

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

GREAT NEWTOWN HEAD: Red-throated Diver, 4 Manx Shearwaters & 6 Sandwich Terns E (seawatch 19:15-20:00), Black Guillemot in Tramore Bay (JF).

Monday, April 20, 2015

BLACKWATER VALLEY:  3 Common Sandpipers at Dromana (ADM).

CARRIGNAGOUR (nr Lismore): Stock Dove in garden (absent for few years) (").
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 7 Gadwall, 6 Wheatears,52 Whimbrel & a Common Sandpiper at Lisselan (JF).

Sunday, April 19, 2015

WATERFORD CITY:  Whitethroat at Ballinakill (PA) - 1st of yr.

CLONEA BAY: 16 Whimbrel at Ballinclamper (MAD, PMW).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 7 Wheatears, 10 Willow Warblers & 2 Chiffchaffs (").
BLACKWATER VALLEY: Common Sandpiper on River Blackwater near Cappoquin, lots of Sedge Warblers singing around Camphire (ADM).

Saturday, April 18, 2015

BALLYVOYLE: HOOPOE today in a garden that held 2 Hoopoes all week (DC) - the 9th & 10th Hoopoes reported in Co Waterford this spring.


ANNESTOWN: 3 Large Red Damselflies (").
DUNGARVAN: 3 Black Guillemot and 4 Long-tailed Duck near the pier at Ballinacourty (MC snr).

KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS: Cuckoo calling & pair of Hen Harriers interacting this morning (ADM).

Friday, April 17, 2015


Thursday, April 16, 2015


ARDMORE: Grasshopper Warbler at Dysert (1st of year for Co Waterford), 5 Whimbrel at Curragh beach (SH).

WATERFORD CITY:  Sedge Warbler (1st of year for Co Waterford) singing at Knockboy (PA).

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Male SUBALPINE WARBLER still present, also a Blackcap, small numbers of phylloscs & a few Tree Sparrows today (AA).

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Nr WATERFORD CITY:  Another HOOPOE (8th in Co Waterford in last 7 days) in stubble fields at Kilcohan side of Couse Bridge roundabout (south ring road) before being disturbed by a dog-walker (KB, BB).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  HOOPOE still in horse field (PC).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Male SUBALPINE WARBLER still showing well, 07:30-09:30 (PC, RH).

CARRIGNAGOUR (nr Lismore):  HOOPOE back again this morning (not seen yesterday) (ADM).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Yellow-legged Gull & 30+ Sandwich Terns at Saleen (KA).

Monday, April 13, 2015

KILMURRIN:  2 HOOPOES still present this morning (1 bird seen over the weekend) (CN); 1st-winter Little Gull (FO'C).

TRAMORE: Female MARSH HARRIER at Riverstown - headed for Lisselan chased by GBB Gulls; adult Ring-billed Gull at boating lake (MC snr, FO'C).


Sunday, April 12, 2015

HELVICK HEAD:  Male VELVET SCOTER flew W with flock of 23 Common Scoter, also flocks of 19 & 7 Common Scoter W (total 49) (CF).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Probably a second HOOPOE today too, flying in from cliffs, also a male Blackcap (SE, MH).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: HOOPOE again by horses at 19:00 (MC).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Male SUBALPINE WARBLER still on show up to 18:00 (MC).
CARRIGNAGOUR (N of Lismore): HOOPOE still present (ADM).

Nr MINE HEAD: HOOPOE still present on coast road near Mine Head lighthouse (MC snr).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Male SUBALPINE WARBLER still present, 13:00 (KA).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Male SUBALPINE WARBLER still present at 10:00 (DS).

CARRIGNAGOUR (N of Lismore): HOOPOE still present this morning (ADM).

Saturday, April 11, 2014

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Male SUBALPINE WARBLER - entrance after chalet on left, field with ruin at top, far right ditch, showed very well (MC); HOOPOE still present same field this morning, by Brownstown House (pony paddock), also lots of Wheatears (MDe).

Saturday, April 11, 2015

CARRIGNAGOUR (N of Lismore): Yet another new HOOPOE (ADM) - the 6th reported in Co Waterford alone in the last week.

Nr MINE HEAD: HOOPOE at roadside at Loskeran, 07:40 (JAP, BS).

Friday, April 10, 2015

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: HOOPOE found in morning, flighty & flew inland near main gardens (PA, MDe), later seen along west/Rinneshark lane (JG), then relocated at horse paddock by Brownstown House further put head again (DS).

Nr MINE HEAD: Another HOOPOE - flew over road at Loskeran near Mine Head  (EAMacL).


TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  GLOSSY IBIS showing well at Clohernagh (EAMacL).

KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  Cuckoo, plus lots of Willow Warblers all the way from Carrignagour up to the Vee (ADM).

LISMORE:  Cuckoo, same location as yesterday (ADM).

Thursday, April 09, 2015

LISMORE:  Cuckoo - 1st of year for Co Waterford (DM per ADM).

ARDMORE:  17 Sandwich Terns at Curragh (ADM).

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

 KILMURRIN:  2 HOOPOES in garden at Sycamore View, W of crossroads up valley from Kilmurrin Cove; birds then flew down into valley (CN).

Nr CARICK-ON-SUIR:  Several House Martins over the river just upstream from Carrick (FJ).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Sand Martin, Swallow, White Wagtail, female Wheatear, Shoveler & Tufted Duck at Lisselan, also Orange-tip, 2 Peacock & a lot of Small Tortoiseshell butterflies there (AJ).

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

LISMORE:  House Martin on Blackwater - 1st confirmed report of year for Co Waterford (ADM).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  GLOSSY IBIS again at Clohernagh, roosting in trees with Little Egrets; 1st-winter BONAPARTE'S GULL, Ruff, 3 Shoveler (2m & 1 f), pair of Tufted Duck & male Wheatear at Lisselan; male Blackcap & 3 Chiffchaffs along lane to Saleen (DS).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Willow Warbler, 4+ Chiffchaffs, female Blackcap, 3 Swallows & 2 Tree Sparrows (").
TRAMORE ROAD: Jay over Tramore road, between Gracedieu & Halfway house (DS).

Monday, April 06, 2015

Nr TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 5 Yellowhammers (2m 3f) in field opposite entrance to farm between Lisselan & Kilmacleague (JF).
AGLISH:  Swallow (MF).

LISMORE: Swallow, also a Stock Dove along Blackwater (ADM).

BALLYVOYLE: Swalllow, Male & female (JAP, BS).

VARIOUS LOCATIONS: 3 Willow Warblers (").

DUNGARVAN: 4 Long-tailed Ducks opposite pitch & putt course (").

BALLYBRACK: 6 Holly Blue butterflies (").

NEWPORT EAST: Male Orange-tip butterfly (").
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 1st-winter BONAPARTE'S GULL again at Lisselan (IS, AJ, EAMacL), also Willow Warbler in song, Ruff & transition-plumaged Spotted Redshank (EAMacL).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Swallow nr Clohernagh (MC), Ruff & 2 male Wheatears (AJ).

HELVICK HEAD: 7+ Willow Warblers (CF).

MONAVULLAGH MOUNTAINS: Male Hen Harrier & 6 Wheatears (JF).

KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS: Male & female Hen Harrier, pair of Red Grouse, male & female Wheatear (ADM).

WATERFORD CITY: Swallows nr Gracedieu (LR).

HELVICK HEAD:  Swallow & 3 Willow Warblers this morning (CF).

Sunday, April 05, 2015

LISMORE:  10 Sand Martins on Blackwater (ADM).
BUNMAHON: 2 Green Sandpipers, 3 Swallows & a Willow Warbler (DW).

KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS: Jack Snipe, Red Grouse & male Hen Harrier (ADM).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 1st-winter BONAPARTE'S GULL, Ruff & Gadwall at Lisselan main lake (AJ, KA).

Saturday, April 04, 2015

ARDMORE: 6 White Wagtails (JDP).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Short-eared Owl & Spotted Redshank (JAP, FO'C, BS, EAMacL).

BUNMAHON:  2 Common Scoter (").

DUNGARVAN:  6 Long-tailed Ducks at seaward side of the Cunnigar (").

HELVICK HEAD:  Great Skua (").

VARIOUS LOCATIONS:  Total 97 species for the day including 3 Swalows & 10+ Sandwich Terns (").

WATERFORD CITY: Hummingbird Hawk-moth & Peacock butterfly at Arbourmount, Ferrybank (LR).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: GREAT WHITE EGRET flying E past Lisselan c0915 (JAP, FO'C, BS, EAMacL) - only 2nd county record (excluding various unconfirmed reports over the years).

Friday, April 03, 2015

YOUGHAL ESTUARY:  2 1st-winter Iceland Gulls at Kinsalebeg (JAP, BS).

DUNGARVAN:  4 Tufted Duck between the Cunnigar & the pitch & putt club - unusual location (").

CARRIGNAGOUR (nr Lismore): Raven at bird feeder in garden (ADM).

Thursday, April 02, 2015

WATERFORD CITY: Swallow over Francis St this evening (DS) - first report of spring for Co Waterford.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

KILMURRAY (nr Dungarvan): 3+ bats on the wing tonight (JAP).

GLENRIBBON (Lismore): 5 Jays & a Red Squirrel (DC).

Monday, March 30, 2015

DUNGARVAN:  Kingfisher flew up Colligan under N25 bridge & landed by Park Hotel (EB).
DUNGARVAN:  4 Long-tailed Ducks opposite pitch & putt course (JAP).

Sunday, March 29, 2015

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 1st-winter BONAPARTE'S GULL again at main pond at Lisselan, also a Stock Dove there (AJ).

Saturday, March 28, 2015

DUNGARVAN: SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF still behind Nissan garage at Springfield, 4 Pintail in Western Bay (BS, JAP).

CLONEA BAY: Sandwich Tern at Clonea beach, 2 Red-throated Divers at Ballyvoyle (").

ARDMORE: 1st-winter Iceland Gull at Curragh beach (").

WHITING BAY: 1st-winter Glaucous Gull & male Wheatear (").
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 1st-winter BONAPARTE'S GULL & 2 1st-winter Little Gulls at Lisselan (MC, DS); GLOSSY IBIS at Clohernagh, 1st-winter Glaucous Gull at Saleen, Sandwich Tern by spits (MC).

BALLYSCANLON LAKE: Sand Martin [not Sandwich Tern!] (MC).

DUNGARVAN: Adult Ring-billed Gull on fence by duck-pond nr Lidl, Dungarvan town (ADM).

Nr LISMORE: Lots of Chiffchaffs (").
HELVICK HEAD:  Great Skua, 5 Manx Shearwaters & good passage of large auks on a quick seawatch this morning, also an adult Glaucous Gull lingering off the cove before heading W (CF).

Friday, March 27, 2015

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  1st-winter BONAPARTE'S GULL again at Lisselan, also 2 1st-winter Little Gulls & a 1st-winter Mediterranean Gull there (DS).

Thursday, March 26, 2015

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  1st-winter BONAPARTE'S GULL & 2 Little Gulls at Lisselan (SMH, FO'C).

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 1st-winter BONAPARTE'S GULL at end of seawall pond, Lisselan, 11:48 (AJ).

Monday, March 23, 2015

TRAMORE:  1st-winter BONAPARTE'S GULL again at boating lake, Little Gull at Lisselan & GLOSSY IBIS at Clohernagh (CFo, DFo).

DUNGARVAN:  SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF behind Nissan garage at Springfield (").

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  7 Red-throated Divers (AJ).

RATHMOYLAN:  White Wagtail, male Wheatear & 3 Red-throated Divers (AJ).

Sunday, March 22, 2015

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  1st-winter BONAPARTE'S GULL again at Lisselan - flew toward field on hill behind phd with mixed flock of c1500 gulls (GM); GLOSSY IBIS at Clohernagh (JDP).

Saturday, March 21, 2015

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  BONAPARTE'S GULL & Little Gull at Lisselan (EAMacL et al.); Jack Snipe at Kilmacleague saltmarsh (AJ).


DERRIGAL (nr Portlaw):  2+ Pink-footed Geese (").

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2 female Wheatears (MC) & a Chiffchaff (MAD, PMW).

CALISO BAY:  Female Wheatear (MC).

BLACKWATER ESTUARY:  1st-winter Iceland Gull at Youghal Slob, 2nd-winter Iceland Gull at Kinsalebeg, both visible from Ferry Point (").

Friday, March 20, 2015

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  1st-winter BONAPARTE'S GULL at main pond at Lisselan, also 1st-winter little Gull, male Shoveler & 3 Gadwall there; GLOSSY IBIS at Clohernagh; 2 Short-eared Owls at backstrand (AJ, JF).


Thursday, March 19, 2015

KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Drake RING-NECEKD DUCK & 2 drake Shoveler this evening (MC).

TRAMORE: 1st-winter BONAPARTE'S GULL & adult Ring-billed Gull on boating lake, 2 1st-winter Little Gulls at Lisselan (MStewart).
TRAMORE:  1st-winter BONAPARTE'S GULL again at boating lake, 11:35, showing very well (CO'S per irishbirding.com).

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

TRAMORE:  1st-winter BONAPARTE'S GULL still showing at close range on boating lake this morning (PA).

DUNGARVAN:  Peacock butterfly at Brickey canal (FO'C).

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

TRAMORE:  1st-winter BONAPARTE'S GULL again at boating lake, early a.m., before flying N high (CF, DS), back again by 12:20 (AJ), still present 14:45 (PA), then flew again at 17:15 (DDB); also adult Ring-billed Gull at boating lake (DDB), & 1st-winter Little Gull on channel just inside seawall at Lisselan (CF).

BUNMAHON:  Iceland Gull (AJ).

Monday, March 16, 2015

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Also 2 male Wheatears & 3 Short-eared Owls (BS, FO'C, JAP).

DUNGARVAN:  SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF & 2 Common Chiffchaffs behind Nissan garage at Springfield (KA, BS, FO'C, JAP); 3 Shoveler & 4 Pintail in Western Bay; 3 Goldeneye off pitch & putt (BS, FO'C, JAP).

CLONEA BAY:  7 Whimbrel & 1st-winter Glaucous Gull at Ballinard (').

BALLYVOYLE:  11 Common Scoter flying W towards Helvick (").

KILMEADEN:  Jay (").

VARIOUS:  97 species in total (").
TRAMORE:  1st-winter BONAPARTE'S GULL again at boating lake, showing well at Splashworld side before flying high inland, also adult Ring-billed gull, 2 Mediterranean Gulls & 40 Brent Geese there (MC); 1st-winter Little Gull on main lake at Lisselan (DS, CF); SPOONBILL near spits & Spotted Redshank feeding in pool at end of sandhills carpark (DS).

Sunday, March 15, 2015

TRAMORE:  1st-winter BONAPARTE'S GULL at boating lake, showing well at Splashworld side at 18:00 (AJ), still present at 18:50 (JF).

DUNGARVAN:  Kingfisher flew in under new pontoon at Davitt's Quay (EB).

RAM HEAD:  Male Wheatear & 2 Chiffchaffs (NJB).

Saturday, March 14, 2015


BLACKWATER  VALLEY:  3 Jays at Knockanore; 2 Otters at Clashmore Broads (").

ARDMORE:  1st-winter Iceland Gull at Ardmore, female Merlin at Goat Island (").

HELVICK HEAD:  Male Wheatear along road to high car-park, adult Mediterranean Gull & 4 Black Guillemots (").

DUNGARVAN:  3 Whimbrel at Ballynagaul; SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF behind Nissan garage, Springfield; 4 Pintail (male & 3 female) in Western Bay; 2nd-winter Yellow-legged Gull at Lookout (").

Nr WHITING BAY:  2 Tree Sparrows at crossroad between Whiting Bay & Caliso Bay, Caliso Cottage (NJB).

Friday, March 13, 2015

KILMURRAY (nr Dungarvan):  Red Admiral butterfly (JAP).

CLONEA BAY: 2 Sandwich Terns off Ballinard (FO'C) - first of year for Co Waterford.

RAM HEAD: 4 Common Scoter, 10 Red-throated Divers & 4 Common Dolphins (ADM).

IDA PARK (nr Waterford city): Chiffchaff (DS).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Spotted Redshank at first pond in sandhills carpark (AJ).

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: SPOONBILL around the spits today (AJ).

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


BLACKWATER CALLOWS:  126 Whooper Swans (TM).

TRAMORE:  Adult Ring-billed Gull & 1st-winter Glaucous Gull at boating lake (FO'C, SMH).
WATERFORD CITY:  Chiffchaff in garden, Francis Street (DS).

Monday, March 09, 2015

Nr DUNGARVAN: Long-eared Owl flew over N25, c22:50 (MC snr).
DUNGARVAN: Wheatear on beach at Abbeyside Church (FO'C) - first of spring for Co Waterford.

BUNMAHON: 1st-winter Iceland Gull on beach (DW).

TRAMORE: Adult summer Mediterranean Gull & adult Ring-billed Gull at boating lake (AJ).
HELVICK: Adult Iceland Gull still at pier (MC snr).
BROWNSWOOD (opposite Tibberaghny): Jay & 2 Crossbills (PMW).

TIBBERAGHNY (Co Kilkenny): 71 Whooper Swans, 35 Mute Swans & 9 Little Egrets (").

DERRIGAL (nr Portlaw): 48+ Greylag Geese & 17+ Whooper Swans (").

Sunday, March 08, 2015

FERRY POINT:  Iceland Gull (JAP), 2nd-winter Glaucous Gull (NJB).

Nr WHITING BAY: Jay at Moord (JAP), 2 Tree Sparrows nr west end, 58 Brent Geese in field behind the bay (NJB).

CLONEA BAY:  4 Whimbrel at Ballinard (PV).

DUNGARVAN:  SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF on brambles, flycatching at back of Nissan garage, Springfield; Black Redstart on seawall at Abbeyside (").

Saturday, March 07, 2015

BALLYQUIN: Merlin along beach (NJB).

TRAMORE:  Shoveler & adult Ring-billed Gull at boating lake, 1st-winter Glaucous Gull at Pickardstown (BS, FO'C, JAP).

BELLE LAKE:  Water Rail (").

BUNMAHON:  Chiffchaff singing (").

STRADBALLY:  3 Treecreepers (").

DUNGARVAN:  2 SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFFS, 5 Common Chiffchaffs & a Water Rail behind Nissan garage, Springfield; 2nd-winter Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Long-tailed Ducks (maybe not the usual pair), 8 Goldeneye, male Pintail & 7 Shoveler off pitch & putt course; adult Mediterranean Gull at Gold Coast; Kingfisher at Brickey canal (").

HELVICK:  Adult Iceland Gull & 3 summer-plumaged Black Guillemots (").

VARIOUS: Total 93 species including 11 gull species for the day (").
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Sand Martin (1st Co Waterford report of the year) opposite McCarthy Fuels at Pickardstown (BS, FO'C, JAP), also a Ruff there (MC, CF).

Friday, March 06, 2015

DUNGARVAN:  SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF, Common Chiffchaff, male Blackcap & nest-building Long-tailed Tit behind Nissan garage at Springfield, Dungarvan town (EAMacL).

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

Thursday, March 05, 2015

DUNGARVAN:  2 SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFFS behind Nissan garage at Springfield, Dungarvan town (FO'C), JAP).

HELVICK:  Adult Iceland Gull (").

CLONEA:  1st-winter Glaucous Gull off Ballinard (").

BUNMAHON:  2 1st-winter Iceland Gulls (MC snr).

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

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  SPOONBILL at Pickardstown (AJ, LR), 3 (possibly 4) Short-eared Owls (AJ).

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

TRAMORE:  GLOSSY IBIS & SPOONBILL at Pickardstown (KA, AJ), Ring-billed Gull at boating lake (AJ).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  6 Red-throated Divers (AJ).

Sunday, March 01, 2015

DUNGARVAN: Adult Glaucous Gull at the Cunnigar (JAP).

CLONEA: 20+ Great Northern Divers (").

Saturday, February 28, 2015

DUNGARVAN: SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF seen and heard well behind Nissan garage, nr Springfield waterworks; 7 Goldeneye opposite pitch and putt; Kingfisher ballyneety (BS, FO'C, JAP).

BALLYVOONEY COVE: 8-10 Red-throated Divers (").

HELVICK: Summer-plumage Black Guillemot (").

STRADBALLY: Red Squirrel (").

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 2nd-calendar-yr (1st-winter) SPOONBILL & a Spotted Redshank opposite McCarthy Fuels (MC).

RATHMOYLAN: Black Redstart (").

Friday, February 27, 2015


Thursday, February 26, 2015

DUNGARVAN: 2 Long-tailed Ducks showing well off sports centre (IS).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Merlin at Pickardstown (AJ).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  2 GLOSSY IBISES opposite McCarthy Fuels at Pickardstown (IS) - first definite confirmation of >1 bird here this winter.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

HELVICK: Adult Glaucous Gull & 9 Black Guillemots (8 summer plumaged) (JAP, FO'C).

DUNGARVAN: 2 Long-tailed Duck & 4 Goldeneye off lookout, 2 Goldeneye at Ballyneety (").
BALLYVOYLE;  6 Common Scoter & a Red-throated Diver (MC snr).

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

TRAMORE: Black Redstart at W end of strand, male Blackcap at Pickardstown (AJ).

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Nr LISMORE: Barn Owl tonight (ADM).

TRAMORE:  Adult Yellow-legged Gull at boating lake, before flying high & W (").
HELVICK: 1st-winter Glaucous Gull (JAP, BS).
CARRIGNAGOUR (nr Lismore): Long-eared Owl calling in garden again last night after 3 nights' absence (ADM).

Saturday, February 21, 2015

DRUM HILLS:  Woodcock, female Merlin & female Crossbill (RAW, BS, JAP, FO'C).

BLACKWATER VALLEY:  Male Merlin & 2 Red-legged Partridge at Newport East (").

Nr WHITING BAY:  5 Tree Sparrows at usual feeders at W end of bay (").

ARDMORE:  1st-winter Glaucous Gull & 20+ Red-throated Divers off Curragh (").

HELVICK HEAD:  Summer-plumaged Black Guillemot (").

DUNGARVAN:  4 Pintail (1 m, 3 f), 15+ Shoveler & 4 Goldeneye (2 m, 2 f) off Western Bay (").

VARIOUS LOCATIONS:  90 species for the day, including 6 Buzzards, 4 Sparrowhawks & 2 Kestrela (").
DUNGARVAN: Kingfisher at rear of Civic offices, Davitt's Quay, 13:45; also Otter same location yesterday (EB).

Friday, February 20, 2015

YOUGHAL HARBOUR:  1st-winter Iceland Gull, uner JJ's chuck wagon on Co Waterford side (CF).

BALLYVOYLE: 30+ Red-throated Divers & summer plumage Black Guillemot (KA, AJ).

BOATSTRAND:  Adult Great Black-backed Guyll with blue ring '1TP' on right leg (").

TRAMORE:  Eastern-type Jackdaw at bkiating lake (AJ).
Nr WHITING BAY:  2 Tree Sparrows at usual feeders, & 7 Stock Doves (MC snr).

ARDMORE:  2nd-winter Mediteranean Gull on strand (").

Thursday, February 19, 2015

DUNGARVAN: 2nd-winter Yellow-legged Gull at Quann's (FO'C).
CALISO BAY:  Black Redstart (ADM).

TRAMORE:  3rd-calendar-year (2nd-winter) Iceland Gull & 10 Shoveler at boating lake (AJ).

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

DUNGARVAN:  2 Glaucous Gulls off pitch & putt course (JAP).

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  GLOSSY IBIS at Pickardstown, 2 Pintail & c3000 Golden Plover at Kilmacleague (AJ).

ARDMORE:  2 Great Northern Divers (").

Monday, February 16, 2015


BLACKWATER VALLEY:  147 Whooper Swans midway between Cappoquin and Camphire Bridge (MC snr).

Sunday, February 15, 2015

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  3 Short-eared Owls seen together (report per AJ).

DUNGARVAN:  Adult Yellow-legged Gull at the Cunnigar (MC).

Saturday, February 14, 2015

CARRIGNAGOUR (nr Lismore):  Long-eared Owl calling again tonight & last night (ADM).

TRAMORE: Spotted Redshank in saltmarsh between old dump & spits (just NNW of first hillock), 96 Grey Plover W of spits, 2nd-winter Glaucous Gull off Saleen, 2 Pintail (male & female) & 8 Gadwall in Backstrand off N saltmarsh (PMW); adult Ring-billed Gull & 20 Shoveler at boating lake, 16 Gadwall & 27 Little Grebes at Lisselan (AJ, PMW); Whimbrel at Clohernagh, 9 Reed Buntings at N saltmarsh (AJ).
DRUM HILLS:  7+ Crossbills, Jack Snipe & Jay; 2 Yellowhammers between Toor North and Clashmore (JAP, BS).

BLACKWATER VALLEY: 2 Stock Dives near Clashmore Broads (").

Nr WHITING BAY: 10+ Tree Sparrows at usual feeders (").

ARDMORE: 2 Red-throated Divers (").

DUNGARVAN: 2 Long-tailed Duck off pitch and putt (").

VARIOUS LOCATIONS: Total 80 species including 5 Sparrowhawks (").

Thursday, February 12, 2015

DUNGARVAN: 2 SPOONBILLS (adult & 1st-winter) on the Cunnigar, opposite pitch & putt course, also 2 Long-tailed Duck, 4 Pintail (1 male), 17 Shovelet & 6 Goldeneye off P&P; 2 Whimbrel at Ballynagaul; Water Rail at Springfield; 48 Great Crested Grebes & 8 Red-throated Divers around bay (PMW).

CLONEA BAY: 3 Red-throated Divers & 2 Great Northern Divers (").

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

CARRIGNAGOUR (nr Lismore): Long-eared Owl calling again tonight (ADM).

DUNGARVAN:  Jack Snipe at Sallybrook Bog, Clonea Road, Abbeyside (MC snr).


BALLYVOYLE: Black Redstart (").

TANKARDSTOWN (nr Bunmahon): Red-throated Diver (").

Monday, February 09, 2015

ARDMORE:  Mediterranean Gull & 3 Great Norther Divers at Curragh (ADM).

RAM HEAD:  Porpoise & 30 Common Dolphins (").

CARRIGNAGOUR (nr Lismore):  Long-eared Owl hooting in garden the last few nights (").

Sunday, February 08, 2015

COMERAGH MOUNTAINS:  A wing-tagged WHITE-TAILED EAGLE (tag "10") flew N overhead (MMacR); flock of 20 Snow Buntings at Coum Iarthar ridge on Comeragh plateau, grid reference S308125 (MD).

BLACKWATER VALLEY:  Green Sandpiper downriver from old railway bridge, Cappoquin (MC snr).

TRAMORE : GLOSSY IBIS again in channel off The Estuary housing estate, Riverstown area, NW corner of Backstrand (MC, DS); also adult Ring-billed Gull at Riverstown (DS); 2 Iceland Gulls at E end of beach (JB).

DUNGARVAN: Kingfisher at end of pier at Dungarvan Quay,13:30 (EB).

Saturday, February 07, 2015

DUNGARVAN: Also 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 2 Shoveler & 2 Pintail off pitch+putt  (FO'C).
TRAMORE: Black Redsart by Tramore lifeboat, Cove pier (EAMacL).
TRAMORE: GLOSSY IBIS showing well in channel in front of McCarthy Fuels, Riverstown (CF, MC); white 2nd-winter Glaucous Gull off seawall at Backstrand, then flew towards Saleen, Water Rail at Lisselan, adult Ring-billed Gull & adult Mediterranean Gull at boating lake (MC).
DUNGARVAN: Adult Ring-billed Gull at Ballynacourty pier, male Black Redstart at Abbeyside Church grounds (FO'C); Kingfisher at Dungarvan quay before flying under Devonshire Bridge (EB).

Friday, February 06, 2015

Nr GRACEDIEU (Tramore Road): Long-eared Owl at 06:05 this morning (JF).

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

TRAMORE:  Black Redstart at the harbour (KA).

Sunday, February 01, 2015

TRAMORE:  Adult Ring-billed Gull at boating lake (RZ, MC); GLOSSY IBIS at Backstrand (PC per irishbirding.com).

Saturday, January 31, 2015

BLACKWATER CALLOWS:  114 Whooper Swans, also c150 Wigeon (CF).

BLACKWATER VALLEY:  No Whooper at Camphire (") - but usual Bride flock were feeding at one or two other locations nearby in mid January (PS).

HELVICK HEAD:  Glaucous Gull (JAP).

DUNGARVAN:  Whimbrel at Ballynagaul (JAP); Green Sandpiper at Brickey canal (CF); dead Kingfisher at window in Aldi car-park (DC).

CLONEA:  Long-eared Owl at Ballinclamper, also 6 Ravens there including one eating fat balls on garden feeder (DC).

Nr KILMEADEN:  Dead Barn Owl at Kilmeaden end of bypass/toll road (DC).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Kingfisher at Clohernagh (DS).
TRAMORE:  Dead KILLER WHALE still on Saleen beach at Backstrand - looks like a young animal by size but old by teeth (ADM); 64 Shoveler on boating lake, new record count for the county? (MC).