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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).