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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).