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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 (").