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Bird records August 2008

Bird reports August 2008 (details subject to verification or correction)

See migrant Lepidoptera page also (highlights below)

August 2008
Sun 31 Aug:
Nr WOODSTOWN:  Buzzard.
BALLINARD:  Juvenile Mediterranean Gull.
CLONEA STRAND:  2 Mediterranean Gulls (adult & a different juvenile) at Ballinclamper; adult had white darvic ring '3H97' on right leg.   This had been ringed as a chick in Denmark on 4 June 2005, and subsequently resighted in France in 2006 and at Clonea in August & September 2007.
Sat 30 Aug:
CLONEA STRAND:  Juvenile Black Tern at Ballinclamper.
BALLINARD:  Brent Goose.
DUNGARVAN:  Green Sandpiper at Ballyneety. 
HELVICK HEAD:  Spotted Flycatcher.
WHITING BAY:  2 juvenile Little Gulls.
Weds 27 Aug:
DUNGARVAN:  Green Sandpiper & Kingfisher at Ballyneety.
CLONEA STRAND:  Adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballinclamper.
Tues 26 Aug:
HELVICK HEAD:  Great Skua and a 'ringtail' harrier species (probably Hen Harrier).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Pied Flycatcher.
Sun 24 Aug:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  56+ Little Egrets;  Buzzard nearby.
BELLE LAKE:  Water Rail.
Sat 23 Aug:
HELVICK HEAD:  12 Sooty Shearwaters, 3 Storm Petrels, 5 Great Skuas, 2 Pomarine Skuas & an Arctic Skua, and c150 Manx Shearwaters per hour (2 hrs seawatch 1300-1500 hrs).
DUNGARVAN;  Juvenile Mediterranean Gull & c20 Common Terns.
CLONEA STRAND:  2 Great Skuas & 6 Arctic Terns at Ballinclamper.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Green Sandpiper at Clohernagh.
Fri 22 Aug:
Nr TRAMORE:  Buzzard.
Thurs 21 Aug:
Nr TRAMORE:  4 Buzzards.
Mon 18 Aug:
HELVICK HEAD:  4 Sooty Shearwaters, 5 Storm Petrels, a Great Skua & 7 Common Scoter (seawatch 1830-2000 hrs).
Nr WATERFORD CITY:  Buzzard south of the city.
Sun 17 Aug:
BELLE LAKE:  Water Rail calling.
Sat 16 Aug:
HELVICK HEAD:  3 Great Shearwaters & a Sooty Shearwater in a strong passage of Manx Shearwaters, also 5 Great Skuas, 2 Arctic Skuas & 50+ Storm Petrels.
BALLINARD:  5 Common Scoters flew west.
ANNESTOWN STRAND:  Common Sandpiper.
Thurs 14 Aug:
CLONEA STRAND:  3 Mediterranean Gulls (adult + 2 juveniles).
Weds 13 Aug:
HEVICK HEAD:  4 Storm Petrels.
Mon 11 Aug:
KNOCKNAGOUR, nr Lismore:  Crossbill in garden.
Sun 10 Aug:
HELVICK HEAD:  16+ Storm Petrels flew west in an hour (1725-1825 hrs).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  2 Green Sandpipers & 4 Common Sandpipers at Clohernagh.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Hummingbird Hawk-moth.
Sat 9 Aug:
HELVICK HEAD: CORY'S SHEARWATER, Storm Petrel, Common Scoter, Great Skua, 3 Arctic Skuas, 5 Arctic Terns & a Puffin (seawatch 0715-1100 hrs); also a Common Sandpiper.
DUNGARVAN:  Juvenile Mediterranean Gull at Killongford estuary.
Fri 8 Aug:
WATERFORD CITY:  Hummingbird Hawk-moth.
Thurs 7 Aug;
DUNGARVAN:  Juvenile Mediterranean Gull at Barnawee.
Weds 6 Aug:
ARDMORE:  Adult Mediterranean Gull at Curragh beach.
DUNGARVAN:  3 Mediterranean Gulls (juvenile & 2 adults) at Barnawee.
CLONEA STRAND:  Juvenile Mediterranean Gull at Ballinclamper.
Mon 4 Aug:
CLONEA STRAND:  2 Mediterranean Gulls (adult & 2nd-summer) at Ballinclamper.
BELLE LAKE:  16 Sedge Warblers ringed.
Sun 3 Aug:
BELLE LAKE:  Adult Reed Warbler ringed.
Sat 2 Aug:
HELVICK HEAD:  Pomarine Skua, Arctic Skua & Storm Petrel.
RAM HEAD:  2 Storm Petrels & a Porpoise.
Fri 1 Aug:
HELVICK HEAD:  11 CORY'S SHEARWATERS & 2 Arctic Skuas flew west (1755-1940 hrs).

.click below for larger images

Coal Tit, Belle Lake, 17 Aug 2008 PM Walsh

Mediterranean Gull, juvenile, Ballinclamper, 6 Aug 2008 M Cowming

Common Tern, adult, Ballinclamper, 6 Aug 2008 M Cowming

Sege Warbler, juvenile, Belle Lake, 3 Aug 2008 PM Walsh


Reed Warbler, adult, Belle Lake, 3 Aug 2008 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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