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Bird reports for April-May 2009

 
Waterford bird records April-May 2009 (details subject to verification or correction)
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May 2009
 
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Sun 31 May:
RAM HEAD:  50+ Common Dolphins, 3 Porpoises & a Basking Shark.
Nr CROHAUN:  3 or 4 Grasshopper Warblers singing.
PORTLAW / CURRAGHMORE AREA:  Dipper at Portlaw Bridge, Jay nr Lowry Bridge, & 90 Painted Ladies.
GREAT NEWTOWN HEAD:  STRIPED HAWK-MOTH & Bordered Straw trapped overnight 31.5-1.6.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  30 Painted Ladies & 83 Silver Ys by day, 3 STRIPED HAWK-MOTHS trapped overnight 31.5-1.6.
 
Sat 30 May:
MAHON BRIDGE / LEMYBRIEN area:  3 Spotted Flycatchers - near Ballylinch (2) & SE of Mahon Bridge (1); total of 785 Painted Lady butterflies, mosttly flying NNW (including one sample count of 375 NNW across a field in 15 mins = 1500/hr).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  138 Painted Ladies & 81 Silver Y moths.
 
Fri 29 May:
NIER VALLEY:  Dipper near Knockaunbrandaun & Jay near Graignagower.
Nr TRAMORE:  11 Choughs.
VARIOUS LOCATIONS:  Several dozen Painted Lady butterflies, Youghal east to Tramore.
 
Thurs 28 May:
CARRIGNAGOUR (nr Lismore):  Spotted Flycatcher.
 
Mon 25 May:
NIER VALLEY / COMERAGHS:  Spotted Flycatcher near Knockalisheen, Cuckoo near Moanyarha.
 
Sun 24 May:
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  Red Grouse & Cuckoo, Ballysaggart area.
BALLYVOYLE COVE:  Apparent SCANDINAVIAN ROCK PIPIT paired with local Rock Pipit & collecting food (presumably for chicks nearby).  There was a similar occurrence at Goat Island, nr Whiting Bay, in June 2008.
CARRIGCAUM FOREST (SE of Kilsheelan):  3 Jays, a Spotted Flycatcher & 7 singing Whitethroats.
DUNHILL CASTLE:  Spotted Flycatcher.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  15 Whimbrel at Ballinattin.
 
Sat 23 May:
HELVICK HEAD:  5 Spotted Flycatchers & 2 Chiffchaffs.
CLONEA STRAND:  2 late Brent Geese & a summer-plumaged Great Northern Diver.
Nr KNOCKEEN DOLMEN:  A summer-plumaged Great Northern Diver flew west overhead (4-5 km inland from Tramore).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Tree Sparrow & Wheatear on land, 2 Swifts west overhead; a Red-throated Diver, 740 Manx Shearwaters & 164 Gannets west in a 1-hr evening seawatch (20:10-21:10).
 
Weds 20 May:
Nr BALLYNAMULT:  Dipper at Priestown Bridge.
EASTERN KNOCKMEALDOWNS:  Grasshopper Warbler nr Broemountain.
 
Tues 19 May:
HELVICK HEAD:  Pomarine Skua, 2 unidentified skuas (probably Pomarine) & 4 Storm Petrels west (seawatch 18:45-19:15).
DUNGARVAN TOWN:  Tufted Duck again at the new town park.
 
Mon 18 May:
HELVICK HEAD:  8 Pomarine Skuas, 4 Arctic Skuas, 9 Storm Petrels & 2 Puffins west (seawatch 18:45-19:55).
DUNGARVAN TOWN:  Tufted Duck at the new town park nr Lidl.
 
Sun 17 May:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  6 adult Pomarine Skuas & a Storm Petrel east, 780 Manx Shearwaters & an adult-summer Great Northern Diver west (seawatch 07:30-08:30).
KILBARRY BOG:  Grasshopper Warbler.
HELVICK HEAD:  4 Spotted Flycatchers & 2 Blackcaps (male & female) on land; seawatching produced a Storm Petrel west (morning), & 2 1st-summer Little Gulls, 7 Storm Petrels & a diver species west (18:45-20:00).
Nr WHITING BAY:  c20 Tree Sparrows - 4 in Bawnacommera area, c16 Ballysallagh area.
 
Sat 16 May:
HELVICK HEAD:  Female Whinchat (first of year).  Adult SABINE'S GULL, 3 Storm Petrels, 11 Arctic Terns, 1 Great Skua, 3 unidentified skuas (probably Pomarine) & 14 light-phase Pomarine Skuas west during an evening seawatch (19:15-20:45).  The Pomarines were part of a larger total seen off Ballynacourty Point this evening, 14 of which rested in Dungarvan Bay before continuing west.  2 1st-summer Little Gulls, 5 Puffins & 940 Manx Shearwaters west during an earlier seawatch (13:55-14:55).
BALLYNACOURTY POINT:  22+ Pomarine Skuas.
CLONEA STRAND:  2 Spotted Flycatchers at Ballinclamper.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  4 adult light-phase Pomarine Skuas west, 2 Great Skuas east, 495 Manx Shearwaters & 154 Gannets west, also a Black Guillemot on sea (seawatch 18:00-19:00).
 
Fri 15 May:
HELVICK HEAD:  2 Spotted Flycatchers.
CLONEA STRAND:  Spotted Flycatcher at Ballinclamper.
 
Thurs 14 May:
HELVICK HEAD:  6 Spotted Flycatchers.
 
Weds 13 May:
HELVICK HEAD:  Spotted Flycatcher.
 
Tues 12 May:
Nr PORTLAW:  Buzzard.
 
Mon 11 May:
WHITING BAY:  16 Whimbrel.
 
Sun 10 May:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Small arrival of landbird migrants - Grasshopper Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher (1st of year), 2 Sedge Warblers & a Wheatear.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  20 Whimbrel at Ballinattin.
KILCLOONEY FOREST (east Comeragh foothills):  Grasshopper Warbler singing.
CLONEA STRAND:  Merlin (killed House Sparrow on feeder), 18 Whimbrel, 22 Sanderling & 3 Wheatears at Ballinclamper.
 
Sat 9 May:
FORNAGHT:  4 Whimbrel & 11 late Brent Geese on beach, Water Rail calling from bog.
DUNMORE EAST:  6 Whimbrel on rocks.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2 Arctic Skuas & 627 Manx Shearwaters west (seawatch 11.35-12.35); also 3 Swifts, 3 Whimbrels & 2 Chiffchaffs on the head.
BALLYVOONEY:  Ringtail Hen Harrier.
CLONEA STRAND:  4 Wheatears at Ballinclamper.
DUNGARVAN TOWN:  2 Great Northern Divers flew west over town @ 6 a.m.
HELVICK HEAD:  Great Skua west (seawatch 5.05-5.35 p.m.).
RAM HEAD:  Great Northern Diver west.
VARIOUS SITES:  Several Swifts between Dungarvan & Knockaderry Reservoir via coast road.

Fri 8 May:

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Balearic Shearwater & 287 Manx Shearwaters west in an evening seawatch (7.25-8.25 pm); 207 Manx Shearwaters west in a earlier seawatch (10.40-11.40 a.m.).  21 Whimbrel on land.

 

Thurs 7 May:

BLACKWATER VALLEY:  3 Swifts at Dromana House.

HELVICK HEAD:  4 Great Skuas, an unidentified skua, 4 Red-throated Divers, 2 Puffins, a Common Tern & many Manx Shearwaters west (seawatch 6.40-7.50 pm),

Near KILSHEELAN:  16+ singing Blackcaps in woodland from Kilsheelan east to Coolnamuck, & 4 Swifts low over River Suir.

 

Weds 6 May:

DUNMORE EAST:  2 Black Guillemots east of the pier.

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2 Tree Sparrows; a Pomarine Skua east, & 340 Manx Shearwaters, 125 Guillemots & 2 Whimbrel west during a 1-hr seawatch (7-8 pm).

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  7 Whimbrel at Clohernagh.

BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  Whooper  / Mute Swan hybrid (first recorded here in 2006) & a pair of Great Crested Grebes.

KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  2 Whimbrel.

HELVICK HEAD:  2 Puffins on sea, a diver species & good numbers of Manx Shearwaters west.

 

Tues 5 May:

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  An Arctic Skua E, 2 Puffins on sea & 206 Manx Shearwaters W (20 feeding close inshore) in a half-hr seawatch (7.20-7.50 pm). Also 19 Whimbrel.

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  14 Whimbrel on the spits.

CLONEA STRAND:  15 Whimbrel & 20 Sanderling at Ballinclamper.

 

Mon 4 May:

HELVICK HEAD:  Single Cuckoo, Wheatear & Sedge Warbler.

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: Grasshopper Warbler singing at Kilmacleague inlet, 42 Whimbrel visible off Saleen. 

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Pomarine Skua (1st of yr) & Great Skua east during a 1-hr seawatch (10.18-11.18 am); also 39 Manx Shearwaters W (+ 15 feeding). 44 Manx W in 45 mins in evening (6.55-7.40 pm). Also 20 Whimbrel, 8 Swifts & 2 Wheatears.

RATHMOYLAN COVE: 3 Swifts in off the sea.

VARIOUS COASTAL SITES:  Whitethroats & Wheatears widespread today.

 

Sun 3 May:

Nr TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Buzzard.

BALLYSCANLAN LAKE:  1st/2nd-summer Iceland or Glaucous Gull flying west over the lake.

RIVER SUIR near POULDREW:  Reed Warbler singing from Co Waterford bank opposite Portnascully (1st county record of year); also 27 Whimbrel.

BELLE LAKE:  Another Reed Warbler singing here.

WOODSTOWN BOG:  2 Water Rails calling.

WOODSTOWN STRAND:  A late Brent Goose flying towards Duncannon.

 

Sat 2 May:

TOURIG RIVER:  6 CATTLE EGRETS (3 on Cork side, 3 on Waterford side).  Details.

RAM HEAD:  Buzzard, 9 divers (1+ Great Northern) & 5 Porpoises.

HELVICK HEAD:  3 Whitethroats.

BALLYVOYLE:  2 Whitethroats.

Nr COMERAGHMOUNTAIN / MAHON FALLS:  Grasshopper Warbler & Whitethroat singing.

Nr KILROSSANTY:  Dipper at Aughnacurra Bridge.

KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Cuckoo.

CASTLETOWN FEN:  Cuckoo.

 

Fri 1 May:

BALLYSCANLAN HILLS:  Cuckoo heard.

ARDMORE BAY:  42+ Whimbrel, and Manx Shearwaters passing west at c170/hr in evening.

April 2009

 

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Thurs 30 Apr:

RAM HEAD:  300+ Manx Shearwaters in afternoon, good numbers passing west in evening.

ARDMORE BAY:  2 Great Northern Divers (adult summer plus winter/immature bird).

YOUGHAL BAY:  Great Northern Diver.

 

Tues 28 Apr: 

Near BALLYDWAN:  Male WOODCHAT SHRIKE still present.

CLONEA STRAND:  c110 Whimbrel & 5 Wheatears at Ballinclamper.

RIVER DALLIGAN:  Dipper near Killineen.

RINCREW (Tourig estuary): 8 CATTLE EGRETS on Waterford side of Tourig river, 1st-winter Mediterranean Gull off Youghal dump (both sides of Cork/Waterford border).

 

Mon 27 Apr: 

Near BALLYDWAN:  Male WOODCHAT SHRIKE still present at same location as previous days.

CLONEA STRAND:  40 Whimbrel.

DUNGARVAN:  95 Whimbrel at the Cunnigar.

CROHAUN:  Whitethroat.

CAPPAGH:  Red-legged Partridge (escapee from shoot).

 

Sun 26 Apr: 

Near BALLYDWAN:  Male WOODCHAT SHRIKE still present.

CLONEA STRAND: 42 Whimbrel, 110+ Turnstone, 26+ Sanderling & a White Wagtail at Ballinclamper.

BALLYVOYLE:  Whitethroat.
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  White Wagtail.

BALLINLOUGH:  Cuckoo.

KILMOYLIN (nr Kilmacthomas):  Whitethroat singing.
CASTLECRADDOCKBOG (nr Dunhill):  2 Sedge Warblers singing.
BUNMAHON:  Common Sandpiper.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  2 Whimbrel at Clohernagh, 14+ at Lisselan / Ballinattin.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Swift, 4 Willow Warblers & a Chiffchaff.

 

Sat 25 Apr:

Near BALLYDWAN:  Male WOODCHAT SHRIKE refound at same location as on Tues 20th (grid ref X389987).  Seen carrying a Wren on one occasion.  Further details. Also 2 Sedge Warblers.

HELVICK HEAD:  Several Common Terns (first of spring).

DUNGARVAN TOWN:  Swift over the quay (2nd of spring).
CLONEA STRAND:  250 Brent Geese, 5 Common Scoter (flew west), Great Northern Diver, 38 Whimbrel, 26 Sanderling, Swift in off sea & a White Wagtail at Ballinclamper.
BALLYVOYLE COVE:  Common Sandpiper.

BALLYVOONEY COVE:  4 Common Sandpipers & 7 Whimbrel.

KILCANNON, DUNHILL:  Cuckoo (first of spring for Co Waterford), Grasshopper Warbler & many Sedge Warblers.

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  10 Whimbrel at Ballinattin & 3 at Clohernagh.

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Grasshopper Warbler, Whitethroat, 7 Willow Warblers & 2 Wheatears.

 

Fri 24 Apr:

BALLINCLAMPER to BALLINARD:  30+ Whimbrel, Common Sandpiper, 6 White Wagtails, 11 Sanderling and 2 Gadwall (on sea with Shelduck).

HELVICK HEAD:  Noticeable arrival of common migrants including first Swift of the spring, 20+ Willow Warblers and 3 Sedge Warblers (2 in song).
ARDMORE:  30 Whimbrel at Curragh.

GREAT NEWTOWN HEAD:  Diamond-back Moth & 3 Painted Ladies.

 

Thurs 23 Apr:

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Whitethroats & 5 Willow Warblers.

CLONEA STRAND:  3 White Wagtails, 1 Ruff, 45 Whimbrel, 30 Sanderling, 44 Bar-tailed Godwits, and 1 Basking Shark offshore, at Ballinclamper.

 

Weds 22 Apr:

CLONEA STRAND:  63 Whimbrel & a White Wagtail at Ballinclamper.

BROWNSWOOD (nr Fiddown):  House Martins back at last year's nests (occupied by roosting Wrens until recently).

 

Tues 21 Apr:

Nr BALLYDWAN (east of Stradbally):  WOODCHAT SHRIKE (4th county record) at grid reference X389987.

DUNGARVAN:  5 House Martins at Abbeyside, Grasshopper Warbler at Brickey canal.

 

Mon 20 Apr:

CLONEA STRAND:  5 White Wagtails & 26 Whimbrel at Ballinclamper.

DUNGARVAN TOWN:  Holly Blue butterfly.

 

Sun 19 Apr:

CLONEA STRAND:  Purple Sandpiper, 30+ Whimbrel & 3 White Wagtails at Ballinclamper.

Nr KILL:  2 Grasshopper Warblers & 5 Sedge Warblers singing from young forest and waste-treatment ponds just east of the village.

 

Sat 18 Apr:

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Female Redstart, male Blackcap, 7 Willow Warblers, 6 Chiffchaffs & 2+ Whimbrel.

 

Fri 17 Apr:

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Grasshopper Warbler & 2 Sedge Warblers (first of year), several Blackcaps and lots of phylloscs.

CLONEA STRAND:  25 Whimbrel & 2 White Wagtails at Ballinclamper.

 

Thurs 16 Apr:

TRAMORE TOWN:  First Diamond-back Moth of the year.

 

Tues 14 Apr:

BELLVIEW PORT (Waterford/Kilkenny):  Whitethroat singing (first of spring).

LITTLE ISLAND:  Common Sandpiper near the ferry.

 

Mon 13 Apr:

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Merlin, 10 Willow Warblers & 2 Chiffchaffs on land; 3 Puffins, 2 Common Scoters & 16 Manx Shearwaters flew east during a 1-hr seawatch (1025-1125).  Other seawatch totals:  Fulmar 4E/2W; Gannet 34E/4W; Kittiwake 7E/1W; Sandwich Tern 2W; Razorbill 3E/1W; Guillemot 1E.

BROWNSWOOD (nr Fiddown):  Pair of Swallows back at last year's nest.

CLONEA STRAND:  2 SCANDINAVIAN ROCK PIPITS (littoralis subspecies), 22 Sanderling & 2 Great Northern Divers, & an Arctic Skua flying west, at Ballinclamper.

GOAT ISLAND (nr Whiting Bay): House Martin.

 

Sun 12 Apr:

FIDDOWN:  10 Blackcaps singing (9 on Waterford side of river) & 2 Little Egrets.

BROWNSWOOD (nr Fiddown):  Jay.

TIBBERAGHNY BOG (Co Kilkenny):  2 House Martins.

 

Sat 11 Apr:

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2 Tree Sparrows.

SLIEVNAMONA (nr Kill):  10 Willow Warblers singing.

KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  2 Little Egrets & a late Gadwall.

VARIOUS SITES:  Blackcaps, Willow Warblers & Chiffchaffs widespread.

 

Fri 10 Apr:

BELLE LAKE:  Water Rail calling, 3 Blackcaps & 8 Willow Warblers singing.

BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  13+Willow Warblers, 2 Swallows & a Wheatear; also a Red Admiral.

TRAMORE BAY:  Great Northern Diver, 7 Red-throated Divers & 2 Great Crested Grebes in NE corner.

Nr TRAMORE:  Buzzard.

WHITING BAY:  Swallow, 60 Sand Martins & 2 Willow Warblers.

 

Thurs 9 Apr:

CLONEA STRAND:  A Great Skua flew west

 

Weds 8 Apr:

DUNGARVAN:  Willow Warbler singing at GlaxoSmithKline.

WOODSTOWN BOG:  Water Rail.

WATERFORD CITY:  An early fledged Robin at King's Channel.

 

Tues 7 Apr:

DUNGARVAN:  An early Garden Warbler singing at Knockmaun, near Brickey River.

 

Mon 6 Apr:

KILMURRAY (nr Dungarvan):  Male Merlin.

 

Sun 5 Apr:

Nr CAPPAGH:  Several Stock Doves near quarry.

KNOCKMAON area (nr Dungarvan):  2+Swallows, Willow Warbler, 4+ Chiffchaffs, 3+ singing Blackcaps, & 13+ Redpoll.

FENOR:  Willow Warbler singing & 3 Swallows.

ANNESTOWN:  Gannets feeding close inshore.

 

Sat 4 Apr:

WATERFORD CITY:  Blackcap in Waterford Regional Hospital grounds.

DUNMORE EAST:  10 Purple Sandpipers & 6 Sandwich Terns.

TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  2 Sandwich Terns at Saleen.

DUNHILL:  Blackcap & 5+ Willow Warblers.

BALLYSHUNOCK RESERVOIR:  Swallow, singing Blackcap & 3 Otters.

CLODIAGH RIVER (Portlaw):  Green Sandpiper.

CLONEA STRAND:  11+ Whimbrel (early, first obvious arrival of spring), 3 Purple Sandpiper, 10+ Sandwich Terns & a Wheatear.

Nr DUNGARVAN:  Woodcock roding.

BALLYLEMON WOOD:  Blackcap, Willow Warbler & 4+ Chiffchaffs singing, 2 Stock Doves, 2 Jay and a late Redwing.

ARDMORE / RAM HEAD:  4 Red-throated Divers & a Manx Shearwater (first of spring).

INCHINLEAMA to KNOCKANISKA (nr Araglin):  2  Blackcaps & a Willow Warbler singing, also a Jay.

VARIOUS SITES:  Sand Martins & Chiffchaff widespread today.

 

Fri 3 Apr:

LISMORE:  Swallows (earlier than usual for this location).

 

Thurs 2 Apr:

CROHAUN:  Male & female Long-eared Owls calling.

 

Weds 1 Apr:

WEST WATERFORD:  Probable Nightjar (albeit very early in season) seen feeding in a garden near the Knockmleldown foothills.

.click below for larger images

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Scandinavian-type Rock Pipit, Ballyvoyle, 24/05/2009 M Cowming

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Meadow Pipit, Ram Head, 23 May 2009 T Kennedy

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Four-spotted Chaser, Knockbrack quarry, 20 May 2009 L Cahill

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Stonechat, male, Ram Head, 19 May 2009 T Kennedy

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Spotted Flycatcher, Ballinclamper, 16 May 2009 D Clarke

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Meadow Pipit, Ram Head, 11 May 2009 T Kennedy

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Kittiwakes, Ram Head, 10 May 2009 T Kennedy - part of a rapidly declining colony

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House Martins at nest, Kilmeaden, 6 May (fully built 1 May) 2009 D Clarke

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Swallow collecting mud for nest, 2 May 2009 A Malcolm

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Ravens recently fledged, Ram Head, 30 Apr 2009 M Cowming

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Red-legged Partridge (escapee from shoot), Cappagh, 27 Apr 2009 D Clarke

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Woodchat Shrike, nr Ballydwan, 26 Apr 2009 R McLaughlin

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D Clarke

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M Cowming

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R McLaughlin

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R McLaughlin

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White Wagtail, Ballyshunnock Reservoir, 26 Apr 2009 M Cowming

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Mallard variants (with domestic duck genes), Ballyshunnock Reservoir, 26 Apr 2009 M Cowming

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Whimbrel, Ballinclamper, 26 Apr 2009 M Cowming

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Woodchat Shrike, male, near Ballydwan, 25 Apr 2009 M Cowming

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Whimbrel, Ballinclamper, 25 Apr 2009 D Clarke

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Dunlin, summer plumage, Ballinclamper, 25 Apr 2009 D Clarke

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Meadow Pipit, Ballinclamper, 25 Apr 2009 D Clarke

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House Sparrow with mouthful of maggots (yum!), Ballinclamper, 25 Apr 2009 D Clarke

Just a selection of the wader & passerine species feeding recently on fly larvae in the masses of rotting seaweed at Ballinclamper

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White Wagtail, Ballinclamper, 23 April 2009 D Clarke

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Sandwich Terns, Ballinclamper, 19 Apr 2009 M Cowming

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Whimbrel, Ballinclamper, 19 Apr 2009 M Cowming

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White Wagtail, Ballinclamper, 19 Apr 2009 M Cowming

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Goldfinch, Brownstown Head, 18 Apr 2009 P Dwan

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Grey Heron, Tramore Backstrand, 18 Apr 2009 P Dwan

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Brent Geese, Tramore Backstrand, 18 Apr 2009 P Dwan

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Scandinavian Rock Pipit (littoralis subspecies), one of two, Clonea Strand, 13 Apr 2009 PM Walsh

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Robin, Brownstown Head, 10 Apr 2009 PM Walsh

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Willow Warbler, Brownstown Head, 10 Apr 2009 PM Walsh

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.  
 
Please email any sightings, or text details of scarcer species to 0861701599; to report sightings of rarities to the national  Birds of Ireland News Service (BINS), phone 01-8307364.

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