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Saturday, May 28, 2016

COMERAGH MOUNTAINS: Male Cuckoo at Kilclooney Wood (@muddybootsguide).

CASTETOWN FEN: Grasshopper Warbler reeling (MC).


WOODSTOWN BOG: Reed Warbler singing (PMW).

Friday, May 27, 2016 

MODELIGO:  Cuckoo this mornign (MC snr).

Thursday, May 26, 2016

DUNGARVAN TOWN:  Grasshopper Warbler near McDonalds, 14:45 (MC snr).

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

DUNGARVAN TOWN:  Grasshopper Warbler near Aldi (per MC snr).

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

ANNESTOWN:  2-3 Reed warblers in song, primarily around the standing stone, also Stock Dove & Redpoll (MC) - apparently a new site for breeding/territorial Reed Warblers in the county, despite suitable habitat and good previous coverage in the breeding season.

WATERFORD CITY:  Spotted Flycatcher at the people's Park (JF).

CASTLETOWN FEN:  Cuckoo calling (").

Sunday, May 22, 2016

HELVICK HEAD:  Great Norther Diver, 2 Spotted Flycatchers & 2 Whitetroats (NR).

BRWNSTOWN HEAD:  8 Great Northern Divers, 5 Red-throated Divers, 2 Whimbrel & an Arctic Skua W (seawatch 08:45-09:45, PMW).

CASTLETOWN FEN:  Cuckoo calling (MC).

Saturday, May 21, 2016

HELVICK HEAD: Adult light-phase Arctic Skua past (JAP, BS).
CASTLETOWN FEN: Cuckoo calling (MC).

Friday, May 20, 2016

KILMEADEN POOLS:  Drake Gadwall (MC).

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

TRAMORE ROAD:  Jay flew over at Halfway house (DS).

WATERFORD HARBOUR:  13 Brent Geese at Woodstown beach - pretty late! (MC).

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

BUNMAHON:  Sub-adult HOBBY briefly flying through & heading W (DW).

HELVICK HEAD: 2 Storm Petrels & c200 manx Shearwaters in a half-hour seawatch this evening; very quiet on land (CF).

KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Whimbrel (unusual sighting here) this evening (MC).

ANNESTOWN:  2nd-calendar-yr Iceland Gull still present (MC).

Monday, May 16, 2016

BALLYSCANLON:  Reed Warbler & Cuckoo caling (AJ).

HELVICK HEAD:  2 Basking Sharks & a Puffin (ADM).

RAM HEAD:  2 Basking Sharks (").

ARDMORE:  2nd-calendar-yr Iceland Gull at Curragh (").

Sunday, May 15, 2016

RAM HEAD:  3 Great Northern Divers W, an adult light-phase Pomarine Skua & 11 Basking Sharks (ADM).

Saturday, May 14, 2016

BUNMAHON:  Immature HOBBY, then flew E (AJ).

HELVICK HEAD: 6 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, Blackcap, 10 Whitethroats and a Basking Shark (J Proudfoot).

 TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: A very tired Cuckoo along the seawall at Lisselan (MC).

Friday, May 13, 2016

CASTLETOWN FEN: MARSH HARRIER flew up out of reeds at 06:35 & back down again (JF, DS); flew up again then high E at 08:45, also a Cuckoo (AJ, PA).

Thursday, May 12, 2016

CASTLETOWN FEN: MARSH HARRIER at 20:40, then went down into reeds (JF).

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Female Pied Flycatcher in garden of 2nd last house on right, later in main willow garden (DS).

HELVICK HEAD:  3 Basking Sharks & a Wall Brown butterfly (JAP).

DUNGARVAN:  6-8 Wheatears (at least soem appearing large) & a Common Blue Butterfly on the Cunnigar, Holly Blue in Dungarvan town (").

MODELIGO:  Cuckoo calling (per MC snr).

Wednesday May 11, 2016

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  SHORT-EARED OWL, 2 Spotted Flycatchers. 7 Whitethroats. Sedge Warbler, 2 Wheatears, Chiffchaff & Willow Warbler (DS).


HELVICK HEAD:  Reed Warbler, 2 Garden Warblers, 10 Blackcaps, 4+ Spotted Flycatchers & a very tired Cuckoo (FO'C, MC snr, MC, CF et al.), also Basking Shark off the head (CF).

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2 Spotted Flycatchers, 3 Whitethroats, 3 Sedge Warblers & a Tree Sparrow (DS, MC).

Monday, May 09, 2016

BLACKWATER VALLEY:  Reed Warbler back singing at Raheen Quay, Clashmore broads (JAP).

KILMURRIN COVE:  2nd-cal-yr Iceland Gull (PV) - late bird.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Female Whinchat (MC), also HOBBY (EAMacL).


WATERFORD CITY:  HAWFINCH in private garden at Congress Place for about a half-hour today.

BALLYVOYLE:  Male Whinchat, Spotted Flycatcher, Whitethroat, Blackcaps, Willow Warblers & Chiffchaffs (FO'C).

Saturday, May 07, 2016

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  HOBBY (2nd-ever site record), 14 Spotted Flycatchers, female Blackcap, Sedge Warbler & 4 Whitethroats (MC et al.)

GARRARUS: Fall of Spotted Flycatchers, with 10+ along road (MC, DW).

ANNESTOWN:  Spotted Flycatcher (").

DUNGARVAN: Spotted Flycatcher at Ballynagaul (JAP).

Friday, May 06, 2016

BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 3 Spotted Flycatchers, 3 Blackcaps, 4 Whitethroats & 30 Whimbrel (AA).

WATERFORD CITY: Treecreeper in People's Park (JF).

KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR: 2 Common Sandpipers (MC).

DUNGARVAN TOWN: Jay flew over Aldi c19:05 heading west (FO'C).

Nr WATERFORD CITY: Wheatear feeding over at the back of Honeywell Aerospace on the IDA industrial estate (KB).

Thursday, May 05, 2016

DUNGARVAN:  Grasshopper Warbler reeling in small trees in town centre (FO'C).

BALLINLOUGH:  Many Sedge Warblers singing this morning (L Ryan).

WATERFORD CITY:  Lots of Swifts over city this (L Roche), including Ferrybank (L Ryan).

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  LESSER WHITETHROAT along main track, then flew to ditch runnign east from end of lane (MC).

DUNGARVAN:  Lots of Swallows, Swifts & House Martins going W over Ballyvoyle c14:15 (FO'C).

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

DUNGARVAN:  Common Sandpiper at Killongford (JAP), 10 Swifts Dungarvan town (FO'C)..

CLONEA:  3 White Wagtails at Ballinclamper (AJ).

LISMORE:  Swifts (ADM).

Monday, May 02, 2016

TRAMORE:  Swifts at two locations (AJ).

DUNGARVAN:  4 Swifts, Dungarvan town at 20:50, 1 W Cois Tra 14:50 (FO'C).

CLONEA:  6+ White Wagtails at Ballinclamper this evening (MC).

Sunday, May 01, 2016

TRAMORE:  Swift over town (DS).

DUNGARVAN:  Swift over town (DW).

KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS: Cuckoo calling & female Hen Harrier (NR).

HELVICK HEAD: 2 Great Skuas, 2 Black Guillemots, 2 Whitethroats & 2-3 Blackcaps (JAP, NJB).
TRAMORE: Swifts over 2 locations in town (DS, AJ) - 1st reports of the year for Co Waterford.

CLONEA: 6+ White Wagtails at Ballinclamper (MC).