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Bird records April-May 2006

Waterford bird records, April-May 2006
See migrant lepidoptera page also (highlights below)
 
May 2006
 
Weds 31 May: 
Nr KNOCKMAON BRIDGE (River Brickey):  2 singing Blackcaps.
 
Tues 30 May: 
RAM HEAD:  9 Common Scoters flew past.
BOHADOON (nr Crohaun):  2 Spotted Flycatchers (in mature conifers), high densities of Whitethroats in young conifers (at least 7 singing males), and small numbers of Siskins.
KNOCKACAHARNA WOOD (south of Tooraneena):  Hummingbird Hawk-moth.
 
Mon 29 May:
DUNGARVAN:  A late (summering?) Brent Goose on the Cunnigar.
 
Sun 28 May:
WATERFORD CITY:  Blackcap at St John's College.
RATHGORMUCK/CLONEA POWER area:  2 Blackcaps.
 
Sat 27 May:
HELVICK HEAD:  15 Storm Petrels & 2-3 Puffins.
Nr LISMORE:  Male Hen Harrier between Lismore & the Vee, Jay at Ballyrafter Woods.
COMERAGH MOUNTAINS:  At least 2 Woodcock roding & 2 Grasshopper Warblers singing in young forestry.
ANNESTOWN BOG:  Blackcap.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Migrant moths included a Delicate.
 
Fri 26 May:
CORBALLY:  Yellowhammer.
 
Thurs 25 May:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  An Arctic Skua flew east; also migrant moths including a Delicate.
BALLSCANLAN WOODS:  Long-eared Owl.
TALLOWBRIDGE/LISMORE area:   Stock Dove pair, Spotted Flycatcher, total 18 adult Yellowhammers (singles & pairs).
KILLAHALY WOOD:  2 Blackcaps (also 1 near Cappoquin).
 
Weds 24 May:
Nr KILMACTHOMAS:  Yellowhammer & 2 Dippers.
GORTNALAGHT WOOD (Lemybrien):  4 Blackcaps.
BOOLATIN (nr Farbreaga):  Cuckoo.
TRAMORE TOWN:  Striped Hawk-moth.
 
Tues 23 May:
MONAVULLAGH MOUNTAINS:  Hen Harrier.
CROHAUN:  Cuckoo, 7 Crossbills.
HELVICK HEAD:   Porpoise.
Nr BUNMAHON:  Little Egret along River Mahon.
 
Sun 21 May:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  4 Pomarine Skuas flew east (1415-1455 hrs),  Great Skua offshore.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  23 Little Egrets.
 
Sat 20 May:
RAM HEAD:  A Pomarine Skua flew west, also good numbers of Manx Shearwaters.
AGLISH area:  Stock Dove, Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Blackcaps,  & 3 Yellowhammers; also a Hummingbird Hawk-moth.
VILLIERSTOWN/DROMANA area:  2 Blackcaps.
OWENASHAD RIVER, N of Lismore:  2 Dippers (1 recently fledged) & a Blackcap.
CLONEA STRAND:  9 Whimbrel.
STRADBALLY:  Dipper fledgling.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Migrant moths included 3 Striped Hawk-moths & 1 Delicate.
 
Sun 14 May:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Spotted Flycatcher.
LOWRY BRIDGE/WHITESTOWN, nr Mothel: 7 Stock Doves, Jay, Spotted Flycatcher pair, 6 singing Blackcaps & a Yellowhammer. 
 
Sat 13 May:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2 Turtle Doves & a Spotted Flycatcher.
GARRARUS:  100s of Manx Shearwaters circling & feeding offshore in evening, also 2 Great Northern Divers.
RAM HEAD:  Also 100s of Manx Shearwaters offshore in evening, along with 2 Great Northern Divers, c.40 Common Dolphins & a Minke Whale.
BALLINVELLA, nr Lismore:  2 Spotted Flycatchers and numbers of Yellowhammers.
 
Fri 12 May 2005:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2nd-summer Glaucous Gull (1st known record for here), 2 Whimbrel, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap.
Nr TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Yellowhammer.
CURRAGHMORE area:  Cuckoo, Jay, 12 Blackcaps (10 singing), Red Squirrel & Holly Blue butterfly.
 
Thurs 11 May 2006:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Whimbrel, Turtle Dove, Sedge Warbler; also 2 Common Lizards.
MAHON BRIDGE to KILCLOONEY:  Cuckoo, 2 Spotted Flycatchers & 6 singing Blackcaps.
COMERAGH MOUNTAINS:  Hen Harrier.
 
Weds 10 May:
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  A late (summering?) adult Whooper Swan, 2 Great Crested Grebes & 2 Blackcaps.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2+ Whimbrel.
 
Tues 9 May:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Spotted Flycatcher, otherwise only single Whitethroat & Chiffchaff.
KILMACTHOMAS area:  Spotted Flycatcher (nr Flahavan's Mill), Stock Dove, 5 singing Blackcaps, 3 Dippers & 4 Yellowhammers.
 
Sun 7 May:
Nr KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Stock Dove, Yellowhammer.
POWERSKNOCK:  Cuckoo, 2 Stock Doves, Blackcap
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  5 Whimbrel.
 
Sat 6 May:
TINNABINNA (nr Youghal Bridge):  13 Whimbrel, 2 Blackcaps (Tinnabinna Wood).
KILMALOO:  Blackcap, 2 Yellowhammers.
DUNGARVAN:  31 Brent Geese at Kilminnin.
CLONEA STRAND/BALLINARD:  3 Great Northern Divers, 61 Brent Geese, including a dark-bellied Brent, 68 Whimbrel, 15 Knot & 60 Sandwich Terns.
 
Weds 3 May:
FERRY POINT:  5 Whimbrel.
 
Tues 2 May:
HELVICK HEAD:  Spotted Flycatcher (first of year), small nos of Blackcaps & phylloscs; lots of Sandwich Terns and small nos of Common/Arctic Terns.
 
Mon 1 May:
CALISO BAY:  6 Whimbrel.
HELVICK HEAD to ARDMORE:  Whitethroats at most locations along coast.
CLONEA STRAND:  74 Brent Geese, including a dark-bellied Brent, 14 Whimbrel & 66 Bar-tailed Godwit.
DUNGARVAN:  65 Brent Geese at Kilminnin.
RATHMOYLAN:  Single Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackcap & Yellowhammer.

April 2006
 
Sun 30 Apr:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Swift.
Nr MOUNT CONGREVE:  Jay & Swift.
BALLYGARRAN/LISSAHANE (W of Knockaderry):  2 Sedge Warblers, 2 Whitethroats (first of year), Blackcap & 3 Yellowhammers.
ANNESTOWN BOG:  Whitethroat, 2 Blackcaps & 2 Sedge Warblers.
 
Sat 29 Apr:
RAM HEAD:  Great Northern Diver, 12 Choughs.
BALLYQUIN STRAND:  Shelduck nesting.
Nr KILMACTHOMAS:  4 singing Blackcaps just E & Nof town, Dipper just N of town, pair of Stock Doves & 2 Yellowhammers in Newtown area.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  3 Whimbrel, 5 Wheatears, Sedge Warbler, female Blackcap & 8 Willow Warblers.
 
Fri 28 Apr:
LITTLE ISLAND:  Blackcap.
 
25-28 Apr:
MONAVULLAGH MOUNTAINS:  Male & female Hen Harrier, 26-27 Apr. At Cruachan, Long-eared Owl, 26, 27 & 28 Apr; Grasshopper Warbler, 25 & 26 Apr; & 2 Cuckoos.
 
Fri 28 Apr:
LISMORE:  Swifts seen.
 
Thurs 27 Apr:
CARRIGNAGOUR, nr LISMORE:  Flock of 15-20 Crossbills.
Nr THE VEE:  Female Hen Harrier.
BALLYDUFF:  Yellowhammer.
DUNGARVAN:  2 Swifts (first of year) at Abbeyside.
STONEHOUSE (R. Suir):  Common Sandpiper.
 
19-26 Apr:
EAST WATERFORD:  Up to 2 Buzzards south of Waterford city - 1 on 19 & 25 Apr, 2 on 22 & 26 Apr.
 
Weds 26 Apr:
PAULSWORTH/BALLYQUIN:  2 Blackcaps singing.
 
Mon 24 Apr:
CARRIGNANOUR, nr LISMORE:  Cuckoo.
 
Sun 23 Apr:
Nr LISMORE:  Pair of Jays.
RAM HEAD:  Otter.
BALLINARD:  2 Grasshopper Warblers. several Wheatears.
CLONEA STRAND:  22 Whimbrel.
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  4 Great Crested Grebes, singing Blackcap; also an Otter.
SLIEVNAMONA (nr Ballinlough):  Cuckoo.
BALLINLOUGH:  Grasshopper Warbler & 2 Sedge Warblers.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Wheatear, 3 Willow Warblers & 2 Chiffchaffs.
 
Sat 22 Apr:
VARIOUS:  Lots of Whimbrel & Willow Warblers, & small numbers of Red-throated Divers, along coast.
RAM HEAD:  Minke Whale.
HELVICK HEAD:  Yellow-legged Gull, 3 or 4 Grasshopper Warblers.
DUNGARVAN:  Cuckoo at Ballynacourty, Shoveler in bay, Common Sandpiper at Ballyneety.
CLONEA:  2 Sedge Warblers.
BALLYVOYLE:  Black Redstart.
CRUACHAN:  2 Cuckoos.
BALLINLOUGH/SLIEVENAMONA:  Cuckoo.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  8 Common Sandpipers.
KILMEADEN POOLS:  Green Sandpiper & 5 Wheatears.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Sedge Warbler, male Blackcap, 12 Willow Warblers, 3 Chiffchaffs & a Tree Sparrow.
 
Fri 20 Apr:
THE VEE:  Crossbill pair on road, also heard at nearby Killballyboy Wood (Co Tipperary).
CARRONADAVDERG (Drum Hills):  2 Crossbills.
BALLYMACART:  2 singing Blackcaps.
 
Weds 18 Apr:
WHITING BAY:  1 Whimbrel.
 
Mon 17 Apr:
SUGAR LOAF ROCK:  Blackcap singing.
BALLYHOO, nr Tramore Road:  Dipper.
 
Sun 16 Apr:
WHITING BAY:  2 White Wagtails, 4 Wheatears.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  9 Willow Warblers, 1 Chiffchaff.
KILMURRIN/KNOCKANE area:  4 Yellowhammers
 
Sat 15 Apr:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Merlin, Black Redstart, male Redstart, 3 Wheatears, 2 Grasshopper Warblers, 2 Blackcaps, 8 Goldcrests & good numbers of phylloscs (including 5 Chiffchaffs & 5 Willow Warblers ringed).
HELVICK HEAD: Male Pied Flycatcher.
Nr CLASHMORE:  Blackcap singing along R. Lickey.
Nr YOUGHAL BRIDGE: 9 Crossbills flew over D'Loughtane Crossroads.
 
Fri 14 Apr:
GRALLAGH, R. LICKEY:  Jay.
 
Thurs 13 Apr:
BALLINAMULT/TOORANEENA:  Female Hen Harrier.
 
Mon 10 April:
ARDMORE:  Tree Sparrow at a garden feeder.
 
Sun 9 April:
WHITING BAY:  Jack Snipe, Red-throated Diver, 6 Sandwich Terns, 6 Sand Martins & a Wheatear.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2 Willow Warblers.
BALLYSCANLAN HILLS:  4 Willow Warblers & 4 Chiffchaffs singing; also 4 Sand Martins & 50 Siskins.
VARIOUS LOCATIONS:  Swallows at several sites, including Ram Head.
 
Sat 8 April:
CORRANASKEHA, nr TALLOW:  Willow Warbler & 2 Chiffchaffs singing.
CASTLETOWN FEN:  Snipe drumming, 2 Water Rails calling.
WATERFORD CITY:  Chiffchaff singing, Ardkeen.
VARIOUS LOCATIONS:  Swallows at several sites in west Waterford.
 
Tues 4 April:
BALLYDUFF:  House Martin (1st reported), Barnawee; also Swallows in town.
BALLYDUFF:  2 Swallows.
 
Mon 3 April:
DUNGARVAN:  ALPINE SWIFT over the town, early evening, also Swallows.
RAM HEAD:  4 Sandwich Terns, 16 Choughs.
 
Sat 1 April:
HELVICK HEAD:  3rd-winter Iceland Gull, Great Skua, lots of Manx Shearwaters, & 2 male Wheatears.
DUNGARVAN:  3 Sand Martins, also small numbers of Red-throated Divers & Sandwich Terns in bay.
CLONEA STRAND:  19 Great Northern Divers, 7 Sand Martins.
BUNMAHON:  2 Iceland Gulls (adult & 1st-winter).
BOATSTRAND:  3rd-winter Iceland Gull.
KILMEADEN:  Green Sandpiper, 1 or 2 Water Pipits, 5-6 Sand Martins.
KILMACTHOMAS:  Merlin.

.click below for larger images

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Grey Heron, Ballinard, 24 June 2006 M. Cowming

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Whooper/Mute Swan hybrid, Dungarvan, 11 June 2006 M. Cowming

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Dunlin, Ballinard, June 2006 M. Cowming

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Striped Hawk-moth, Brownstown Hd, 20 May 2006 P.M. Walsh

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The Delicate, Brownstown Hd, 20 May 2006 P.M. Walsh

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Emperor Moth, Brownstown Hd, 20 May 2006 P.M. Walsh

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Yellowhammer, Ballinvella, nr Lismore, 13 May 2006 M. Cowming

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Elephant Hawk-moth, Brownstown Head, 12 May 2006 P.M. Walsh

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Diamond-back Moth, Brownstown Head, 10 May 2006 P.M. Walsh

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Yellowhammer, Ballyduff, 27 Apr 2006 C. Clarke

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Kestrel, Ballyduff, 22 Apr 2006 C. Clarke

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Sandwich Tern, Ballinard, 23 Apr 2006 M. Cowming

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Stonechat, male, Ballinard, 23 Apr 2006 M. Cowming

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Redstart, male, Brownstown Head, 15 Apr 2006 P. Archer

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Pied Flycatcher, 1st-summer male, Helvick Head, 15 Apr 2006 C. Flynn

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M. Cowming

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Alpine Swift, Dungarvan town, 3 Apr 2006 D. Clarke

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Iceland Gull, 3rd-winter, Helvick, 1 Apr 2006 M. Cowming

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Iceland Gull, 3rd-winter, Boatstrand, 1 Apr 2006 C. Flynn

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Iceland Gull, 1st-winter, Bunmahon, 1 Apr 2006 M.Cowming

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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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