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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).