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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).