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Thursday, March 31, 2016

DUNGARVAN: WATER PIPIT at Killonford now almost(?) in full summer plumage (EAMacL).

CLONEA:  6 Wheatears (5 male) & 4 Sandwich Terns at Ballinard (FO'C).

FENOR BOG: Chiffchaff (JF).

Nr WATERFORD CITY: Long-eared Owl flying across road near Six Cross-roads business park at 0605 (").

TRAMORE:  6 Wheatears, a Chiffchaff & a Sand Martin (AJ).

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

TRAMORE: WATER PIPIT still at Backstrand (AJ).


WATERFORD CITY: Blackcap singing today (at least one wintered) & lots of Siskin in recent days, Ballinakill (PA).

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 3 Pintail (M & 2 F) at Lisselan (AJ).

Sunday, March 27, 2016

ARDMORE:  2 Great Northern Divers & 5 Sandwich Terns in Ardmore Bay (NJB).

March 24 to 28 2016

To be added.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

CLONEA:  3 male Wheatears (FO'C).

DUNGARVAN:  Wheatear at Ballynacourty pier (").

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  WATER PIPIT still present (EAMacL); 3 Sand Martins heading E over Lisselan at 16:20 (AJ).

DUNGARVAN:  Male Shoveler in pool in field opposite the promenade, Abbeyside (FO'C).

KILBARRY BOG (nr Waterford city): Woodcock on the road at 05:45 (JF).

Monday, March 21, 2016


DUNGARVAN:  Long-tailed Duck showing well in front of pitch & putt club at 14:20 (JAP).

Sunday, March 20, 2016

DUNGARVAN:  BLACK-THROATED DIVER off Ballynagaul (PV, JAP, BS); Sandwich Tern & Whimbel at Abbeyside strand (PV, JAP, FO'C); Green Sandpiper & 2 Dippers at old dump, Ballyneety (PV).

LISMORE: Chiffchaff singing at Ballyrafter (TM) - few or no other reports of singing Chiffchaffs in Co Waterford this March (late arrival?).

CHEEKPOINT: Male Blackcap at garden bird feeder (MC).

WHITING BAY:  Male Wheatear (ED).

ARDMORE:  Black Redstart at Dysert (NJB).

RAM HEAD: Male Common Scoter on sea, then flew E (").

Saturday. March 19, 2016

KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Sand Martin (1st report of year for Co Waterford) & 14 Tufted Ducks (MC).

BOATSTRAND:  2nd-calendar-yr Glaucous Gull still present (").

WHITING BAY:  1st-winter Iceland Gull; 6+ Tree Sparrows at Moord (JAP).

DUNGARVAN:  Yellow-legged Gull, Dungarvan town; 2 gadwall on sea off Gold Coast - unusual location (").

Friday, March 18, 2016

CLONEA: 2 Sandwich Terns off beach ( FO'C) - *1st of the year for Co Waterford.

WHITING BAY:  2 Wheatears (male & female) at west car park - *1st of the year for Co Waterford (also Brownstown head today) - also a female/1st-winter Black Redstart (MC).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  8 male Wheatears - *1st of year - also Great Northern Diver & 2 Red-throated Divers (DS).

ARDMORE:  littoralis (Scandinavian) Rock Pipit at Curragh beach (MC).

Thursday, March 17, 2016

LEMYBRIEN:  Swallow on wire near Crotty's bar (FO'C) - *first Swallow of the year for Co Waterford.

WHITING BAY: Black Redstart & 2 Iceland Gulls (adult & 1st-winter) (JAP).

HELVICK: 2 Red-throated Divers (").

DUNGARVAN: Green Sandpiper at Brickey canal ("),

Wednesday, March 16, 2016


DUNGARVAN: 2 Black Redstarts in town - 1 in town centre, 1 in Protestant graveyard (FO'C).

CURRAGHMORE ESTATE (nr Portlaw): Dipper on River Clodagh (T Murray).

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

DUNGARVAN:  Black Redstart in town centre, 17:55 (FO'C); male & female Crossbill near the Gold Coast (MC snr).

Monday, March 14, 2016

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: GLOSSY IBIS with 30 Little Egrets at Clohernagh inlet at low tide, 12:05 (PMW).

BLACKWATER CALLOWS: The Black Swan present below Cappoquin recently has now moved up the Callows near Ballyduff (EB).

Saturday, March 12, 2016

TRAMORE:  SPOONBILL per Birdguides.com.

LISMORE: 3 Stock Doves at Glencairn (TM).
BUNMAHON: RICHARD'S PIPIT flying E overhead, calling at 08:40 (NL) - only 2nd ever county record; BLACK-THROATED DIVER still present (DW).

BALLINLOUGH: GLOSSY IBIS still present, showing well (").

DUNGARVAN: Yellow-legged Gull at the Lookout, Black Redstart in town centre (FO'C).

Nr BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Short-eared Owl (MC).

Friday, March 11, 2016

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: WATER PIPIT still present just being carpark along way to sandhills (JF, AJ).

Thursday, March 10, 2016

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: WATER PIPIT again, just beyond 1st hillock along route to sandhills 13:55 (JA); also seen later (MC).

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: WATER PIPIT & littoralis Rock Pipit still present along track by saltmarsh between old dump & sandhills, 14:30 (AJ).

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Monday, March 07, 2016

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  WATER PIPIT found in mixed pipit flock moving between the 1st hillock and the carpark entrance along saltmarsh track, 14:00 (AJ); 'Scandinavian' littoralis Rock Pipit found there later (MC).

DUNGARVAN:  WATER PIPIT again at Killongford pools, showing very well (JAP).

Sunday, March 06, 2016

BALLYSCANLON LAKE:  28 Crossbills (EAMacL).

DUNGARVAN:  Yellow-legged Gull at the Lookout, 3 SPOONBILLS off the Cunnigar (JAP); later 3 SPOONBILLS  roosting near mouth of Brickey River (MC); female/immature Black Redstart at Abbeyside Church graveyard (CF).

CLONEA BAY:  PURPLE SANDPIPER at high tide roost at Ballinclamper (MC).

BALLYBOONEY:  2 Black Guilemots (").

BLACKWATER VALLEY:  Black Swan (feral or escapee) with 24 Whooper Swans just outside Villierstown (JAP).

BUNMAHON: BLACK-THROATED DIVER again today, off rocks at east end of beach, also 11 Common Scoter flew W (MC).

BOATSTRAND:  2nd-calendar-year Glaucous Gull still present (").

Saturday, March 05, 2016

BOATSTRAND:  Adult  KUMLIEN'S GULL briefly, then flew inland (MC) - 4th individual for Co Waterford ever. Also 2nd-calendar-year Glaucous Gull at the pier (MC, AJ).

BELLE LAKE:  High count of 12 Goldneye including 4 drakes (MC).

Nr BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Ringtail Hen Harrier flyby at Coolum (").

KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  Black Redstart at Mt melleray cemetery, well inland; Woodcock at the Vee (BS, FO'C, EAMacL, RAW, JAP).

Nr LISMORE:  Treecreeper (").

BLACKWATER VALLEY:  8-10 Stock Doves at Newport East, male Yellowhammer near Knockanore (").

WHITING BAY:  3 Red-throated Divers (").

ARDMORE:  2 Stock Doves (").
DUNGARVAN:  Male Goldeneye & female Merlin at pitch & putt course (").

VARIOUS: Total 80 species for the day including 5 species of birds of prey, plus Red Squirrel and 2 Hares (").

Friday, March 04, 2016


DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL by St Augustine's College, Common Sandpiper at Killongford (").

Wednesday, March 01, 2016

ARDMORE: Mediterranean Gull at the Curragh (ADM).

Tuesday, March 01, 2016


TRAMORE:  1st-winter Glaucous Gull at boating lake (MC).

Saturday, February 27, 2016
DUNGARVAN:  WATER PIPIT at Killongford pools (BS, JAP, FO'C, CF), also Common Sandpiper there (CF); ; 4 SPOONBILLS, adult male Long-tailed Duck, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (3rd-cal-yr & 4th-cal-yr), Cunnigar / Lookout (CF, BS, FO'C, JAP); 7+ Chiffchaffs (2 singing) & a Jay along Brickey River from Twomilebridge to Knockmahon, also 3 Chiffchaffs in Protestant graveyard including 1 very pale bird but not calling (CF)

MOIN NA BRATHAR:  Male Crossbill (BS, JAP, FO'C).


ANNESTOWN:  Adult Mediterranean Gull (MC, KA) & Black Redstart (KA).

BOATSTRAND:  2nd-calendar-yr Glaucous Gull & 3rd-cal-yr Mediterranean Gull (MC).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  GLOSSY IBIS showing well at Clohernagh on the dropping tide, Spotted Redshank & Kingfisher at Lisselan. adult Glaucous Gull resting at tip of southern spit  (MC).

Friday, February 26, 2016
DUNGARVAN:  WATER PIPIT showing very well at KillongforD; 4 SPOONBILLS, male Long-tailed Duck, near-adult Yellow-legged Gull & Kingfisher at Lookout / Cunnigar (JAP).

February 25 - February 21 2016

Records not yet added.