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Bird reports for April 2012

 
Waterford bird records April 2012 (details subject to verification or correction)
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April 2012
 
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Sun 29 Apr
DUNGARVAN:  Swift near hospital.
 
Sat 28 Apr
ANNESTOWN:  Common Sandpiper (1st of year), Whitethroat (1st of year) & 2 Grasshopper Warblers.
DUNHILL:  House Martin & 6 Wheatears.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  2 Common Sandpipers, a Swift & 3 House Martins.
BALLINLOUGH:  Common Sandpiper, Sedge Warbler & Grasshopper Warbler.
SEAFIELD/BUNMAHON:  20+ Wheatears & 8 Blackcaps.
BALLYVOONEY:  17 Common Scoter.
BALLYVOYLE:  2 Common Sandpipers.
BALLYNACOURTY POINT:  100+ Whimbrel & 9 Wheatears at Gold Coast golf-course.
HELVICK HEAD:  Blackcap & Wheatear.
CROHAUN:  Long-eared Owl.
ARAGLIN HILLS:  Crossbill at Knockadoonlea, Grasshopper Warbler at Knocknaglogh, Red Squirrel nr Kingston Bridge.
 
Fri 27 Apr:
BALLINLOUGH:  Cuckoo & 2nd-calendar-yr Iceland Gull.
SEAFIELD:  Swift.
 
Thurs 26 Apr:
DUNGARVAN:  Swift (1st of year) over Clonea road.
LICKY RIVER:  Water Rail & c10 Blackcaps nr Ballyheeny bridge.
WHITING BAY:  3 House Martins.
MONATRAY WEST:  17 Whimbrel.
 
Weds 25 Apr:
DUNGARVAN:  11 White Wagtails at the Cunnigar.
HELVICK HEAD:  Blackcap.
 
Sun 22 Apr:
ARDMORE:  23 Whimbrel & 2nd-winter Iceland Gull at Curragh strand.
CLONEA STRAND:  Great Skua W, 4 Great Northern Divers, 104 Whimbrel & 5 White Wagtails at Ballinclamper.
KILFARRASY:  95 Whimbrel W.
Nr FENOR:  16 Chough E of Fenor Bog, Grasshopper Warbler north of Islandtarnsey.
DUAGH (nr Tramore Rd):  Dipper.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 6+ Whimbrel W & 2 Tree Sparrows.
 
Sat 21 Apr:
Nr TALLOW:  7 Crossbills (including pair with 3 juvs) & 2 Jays, Coolbeggan forest.
BLACKWATER/TALLOW FORESTS:  Male Hen Harrier.
WEST WATERFORD:  Buzzard at two locations.
Nr WHITING BAY:  4 Tree Sparrows at Ballysallagh.
BALLYMACART LOWER:  Sedge Warbler .
CLONEA STRAND:  Common Scoter, 23 Whimbrel & 3 White Wagtails at Ballinclamper.
CASTLETOWN / BALLYKINSELLA:  Cuckoo.
MONAMITRA BOG:  Water Rail.
 
Fri 20 Apr:
CARRIGNAGOUR / MONEYGORM:  Grasshopper Warblers more widespread today.
 
Thurs 19 Apr:
BUNMAHON:  PURPLE HERON still present.
CARRIGNAGOUR / MONEYGORM (N of Lismore):  4+ Grasshopper Warblers singing (1st confirmed of year).
 
Weds 18 Apr:
SEAFIELD / BUNMAHON:  PURPLE HERON
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ARDMORE:  9 Whimbrel at Curragh.
 
Tues 17 Apr:
SEAFIELD / BUNMAHON:  PURPLE HERON again present (last seen 1st April, if same bird).
MONEYGORM (nr Lismore):  Woodcock & Jay.
 
Sun 15 Apr:
SEAFIELD:  Sedge Warbler singing (1st of year) & House Martin.
DUNGARVAN:  Adult Ring-billed Gull at Ballyneety.
DRUM HILLS:  2 Crossbills (adult male & female) at Coolroe.
COMERAGH MOUNTAINS:  Crossbills singly nr Knockatedaun and (singing male) nr Barravakeen. 
RAM HEAD:  6 Basking Sharks.
 
Sat 14 Apr:
NIER VALLEY:  Drumming Snipe nr Castlereagh.
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  Sandwich Tern (slightly upriver) at Newport East, also 2 Holly Blue butterflies.
Nr CLASHMORE:  Dipper at Licky Bridge.
WHITING BAY:  2 1st-yr Iceland Gulls (").
ARDMORE:  Whimbrel.
COMERAGH MOUNTAINS:  Male Hen Harrier.
MONAVULLAGH MOUNTAINS:  Female/imm Hen Harrier.
CLONEA STRAND:  7 Whimbrel & 8 White Wagtails at Ballinclamper.
BOATSTRAND:  2nd-winter Glaucous Gull.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2 Blackcaps, 2 Wheatears & 2 Tree Sparrows.
EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
 
Fri 13 Apr:
Nr FEWS:  Long-eared Owl.
 
Weds 11 Apr:
Nr VILLIERSTOWN:  Cuckoo (1st of year).
ARDMORE:  2nd-winter Iceland Gull at Curragh strand.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Long-tailed Duck.
 
Tues 10 Apr:
DUNGARVAN:  Greylag Goose at Ballyneety.
 
Mon 9 Apr:
HELVICK:  Jay.
 
Sun 8 Apr:
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Female RING-NECKED DUCK.
WEST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
BOATSTRAND:  Glaucous Gull.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  'SIBERIAN' CHIFFCHAFF still present, Tree Sparrow & 16 Willow Warblers.
BELLE LAKE:  Water Rail.
 
Sat 7 Apr:
Nr TALLOW:  6 Crossbills.
WHITING BAY:  1st-year Iceland Gull & White Wagtail.
 
Fri 6 Apr:
VARIOUS SITES:  Swallows fairly widespread today, including Aglish (1), Boatstrand (2) Knockaderry Reservoir (3) and Riverstown, Tramore (1). Sandwich Terns, Wheatears, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs and probably Blackcaps & Sand Martins also fairly widespread (as migrants or on territory) by now; House Martins still scarce.
DRUM HILLS:  7 Crossbills & 11+ singing Willow Warblers, near Barranastook (east of Aglish).
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  Blackcap singing at Clashmore broads.
WHITING BAY:  1st-winter Iceland Gull.
ARDMORE:  Female Hen Harrier.
CLONEA STRAND:  5 Great Northern Divers & 2 Whimbrel.
BOATSTRAND:  2nd-winter Glaucous Gull.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Female RING-NECKED DUCK, also 3 newly-hatched Little Grebe chicks (very early).
EAST WATERFORD:  3 Buzzards.
 
Thurs 5 Apr:
ARDMORE:  1st-winter Iceland Gull & 6 Sand Martins at Curragh beach, Swallow & Wheatear at Ballyquin.
EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  10+ Gadwall at Pickardstown.
 
Tues 3 Apr:
EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard at two locations.
BALLYMACARBRY:  Blackcaps singing.
 
Mon 2 Apr:
CLONEA STRAND:  High count of 26+ Black Guillemots off Ballinard.
DUNGARVAN:  Kingfisher at the Colligan.
RAM HEAD:  2nd-winter Iceland Gull, 4 Manx Shearwaters (1st of year), 4 Great Northern Divers & 6 Basking Sharks.
CAPPOQUIN:  Otter & 4 Sand Martins.
 
Sun 1 Apr:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  'SIBERIAN' CHIFFCHAFF still present (1st-summer, ringed today) (video), 3 Willow Warblers, female Ring Ouzel (video & here), Black Redstart & Merlin.
BUNMAHON / SEAFIELD:  PURPLE HERON still present.
WATERFORD HARBOUR:  Swallow at Woodstown.
RIVER BLACKWATER:  3 young Otters at Lismore.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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or see larger-format photo-gallery (Apr)

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Sanderling, summer plumage, Ballinclamper, Clonea Strand, 28 Apr 2012 D Clarke

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Hen Harrier, male, Monavullagh Mountains, 27 Apr 2012 D Clarke

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Black-tailed Godwit, Ballyneety, Dungarvan, 26 Apr 2012 D Clarke

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Great Northern Diver, Ballinard, Clonea Strand, 24 Apr 2012 D Clarke

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Siskin, male, Strandside, Dungarvan, 21 Apr 2012 D Clarke

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tailless Willow Warbler, Carrignagour, 20 Apr 2012 AD Malcolm - lost during territorial dispute?

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Whimbrel, Curragh strand, Ardmore, 18 Apr 2012 AD Malcolm

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Sandwich Terns, Curragh strand, Ardmore, 18 Apr 2012 AD Malcolm

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Purple Heron, Seafield / Bunmahon, 17 Apr 2012 M Cowming

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Woodcock, Moneygorm, 17 Apr 2012 C Ind

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Jay, Moneygorm, 17 Apr 2012 C Ind

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leucistic Starling, Tallowbridge, 7 Apr 2012 PM Walsh

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Kingfisher, Colligan, Dungarvan, 2 Apr 2012 D Clarke

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Otter, Cappoquin, 2 Apr 2012 D Clarke

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Grey Heron, Cappoquin, 2 Apr 2012 D Clarke

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Otters, river Blackwater at Lismore, 1 Apr 2012 AD Malcolm

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Ring Ouzel, Brownstown Head, 1 Apr 2012 M Cowming

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Ring Ouzel, Brownstown Head, 1 Apr 2012 D Weldon

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Siberian Chiffchaff, 1st-summer, Brownstown Head, 1 Apr 2012 PM Walsh

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Note: Sightings listed here are reports, not necessarily authenticated records.  * = species for which the Irish Rare Birds Committee currently requires substantiating descriptions or photographs.  Records are regularly updated, and older records added or amended where necessary .  Many thanks to observers who provided records above - any further records (current or older) would be appreciated.  
 
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