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Bird reports for August 2011

 
Waterford bird records August 2011 (details subject to verification or correction)
older records - archive

August 2011
 
Check here for updates or further details, also Seawatch summaries.
 
Weds 31 Aug:
Nr LISMORE:  Greater White-toothed Shrew found dead (also one seen alive on on 26 Aug).
WHITING BAY:  15 White Wagtails & 5 Wheatears.
BRICKEY RIVER:  Kingfisher at Two Mile Bridge.
CLONEA STRAND:  Adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballinclamper.
 
Tues 30 Aug:
DUNGARVAN:  6 Curlew Sandpipers, adult & juvenile White Wagtails, juvenile Mediterranean Gull (white darvic ring) & 2 juvenile Arctic Terns at the Cunnigar.
BALLYVOONEY:  25+ Common Scoters W.
 
Mon 29 Aug:
Nr KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  Male Hen Harrier.
Nr WHITING BAY:  8 Tree Sparrows at Springhill Lower.
RAM HEAD:  Dark-phase Arctic Skua, 2 Great Skuas &  6 Common Dolphins.
DUNGARVAN:  Juvenile Ruff at Ballyneety, 3 adult Mediterranean Gulls at Barnawee.
CLONEA STRAND:  3 Roseate Terns (adult & 2 juveniles) at Ballinclamper.
 
Sun 28 Aug:
DUNGARVAN:  2 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers at Ballyneety, 4 Tufted Ducks in bay.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Common Sandpiper.
 
Sat 27 Aug:
Nr CARROLL'S CROSS:  Wing-tagged RED KITE flying east.
DUNGARVAN: Common Sandpiper at Ballyneety.
CLONEA STRAND:  3 juvenile Arctic Terns.
BUNMAHON:  Arctic Tern.
SEAFIELD:  Green Sandpiper.
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  Whooper/Mute Swan hybrid.
BALLYSCANLAN LAKE:  3 Crossbills.
 
Fri 26 Aug:
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  Red Grouse.
DUNGARVAN:  2 Green Sandpipers, 3 Common Sandpipers & juvenile Mediterranean Gull (white darvic ring 'E336') at Ballyneety.
Nr CALISO BAY:  Another late Cuckoo.
 
Thurs 25 Aug:
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  Cuckoo near the Vee.
 
Weds 24 Aug:
Nr BALLYLANEEN:  Long-eared Owl.
BUNMAHON:  Kingfisher (video).
 
Tues 23 Aug:
SEAFIELD:  Reed Warbler.
 
Mon 22 Aug:
CLONEA STRAND:  Juvenile Mediterranean Gull & juvenile Little Tern at Ballinard.
 
Sun 21 Aug:
DUNGARVAN:  Juvenile SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER still present on the Cunnigar (video); 4 Mediterranean Gulls (juv, 2nd-summer & 2 adults) at Barnawee; 2 Common Sandpipers at Ballyneety; Swift over Abbeyside.
COMERAGH MOUNTAINS:  Hen Harrier.
BUNMAHON:  Kingfisher (video).
KILMEADEN POOLS:  Common Sandpiper.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 200 Manx Shearwaters W (115 E), 290 Gannets E (250 W) & 205 Sandwich Terns W (seawatch 07:00-10:00).
 
Sat 20 Aug:
DUNGARVAN:   Juvenile SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER (4th county record, video) &  Great Skua at the Cunnigar; the adult male SPERM WHALE stranded at the Cunnigar died overnight (further details on IWDG website); also adult Mediterranean Gull at Barnawee & Green Sandpiper at Ballyneety.
HELVICK HEAD:  Storm Petrel & 2 juvenile Puffins W (seawatch 17:15-17:45).
ARDMORE:  Juvenile Mediterranean Gull.
RAM HEAD:  Sooty Shearwater & 350 Manx Shearwaters W (seawatch 14:50-15:50).
 
Fri 19 Aug:
DUNGARVAN:  Adult male SPERM WHALE c10 m in length stranded at the Cunnigar (first seen east of Hook Head, Co Wexford yesterday evening) - further details; also 3 Pomarine Skuas on sandbanks at the Cunnigar, Yellow-legged Gull & female/imm Shoveler at Killongford.
HELVICK HEAD:  Sub-adult Pomarine Skua, Bonxie & 2 Puffins (seawatch 19:45-20:15).
RAM HEAD:  OSPREY.
 
Thurs 18 Aug:
RAM HEAD:  Great Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, Great Skua & 1000+ Manx Shearwaters. 
BALLYNACOURTY POINT:  Jay near the lighthouse.
 
Weds 17 Aug:
WEST WATERFORD PELAGIC (to c. 5 miles south of  Ram Head/Mine Head):  2+ Balearic Shearwaters, 4+ Sooty Shearwaters, 4+ Great Skuas, 8+ Storm Petrels, juvenile Puffin, adult/subadult Mediterranean Gull, 500+ feeding Manxies & 4+ Common Dolphins during boat-trip from Youghal with www.charterangling.ieFurther details.
 
Tues 16 Aug:
BUNMAHON:  3 Kingfishers & a Hummingbird Hawk-moth.
 
Mon 15 Aug:
SEAFIELD:  2 Green Sandpipers.
DUNGARVAN:  Merlin at the Cunnigar, 2 Mediterranean Gulls at the Park Hotel.
 
Sun 14 Aug:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Green Sandpiper & Common Sandpiper at Clohernagh.
KILMEADEN POOLS:  Common Sandpiper.
COMERAGH MOUNTAINS:  2 coveys of Red Grouse.
Nr BUNMAHON:  Barn Owl at 9:35 pm.
 
Sat 13 Aug:
DUNGARVAN:  2 juvenile Reed Warblers & a Water Rail in reedbed at Balyneety dump complex; Green Sandpiper & 2 Common Sandpipers at Ballyneety; Common Sandpiper at Killongford.
BUNMAHON:  Green Sandpiper and 2 Kingfishers.
RAM HEAD:  Sooty Shearwater and Puffin west.
 
Fri 12 Aug:
DUNGARVAN:  Juvenile Ruff at the Cunnigar.
SEAFIELD:  2 Green Sandpipers.
 
Thurs 11 Aug:
DUNGARVAN:  3 Mediterranean Gulls (adult '3H97' & 2 juveniles) & a Common Sandpiper at Ballyneety, 14 Whimbrel at the Cunnigar.
 
Weds 10 Aug:
HELVICK HEAD:  3 Storm Petrels & an Arctic Tern (seawatch 19:10-20:25).
DUNGARVAN:  Adult Mediterranean Gull at Barnawee.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  4 Sooty Shearwaters, Great Skua & Arctic Skua.
 
Tues 9 Aug:
RAM HEAD:  Large shearwater (Cory's/Great) off-passage, a skua species W, immature Great Northern Diver on sea, 5 Bottlenose Dolphins & 2 Porpoises.
 
Mon 8 Aug:
DUNGARVAN:  7 Mediterranean Gulls at Barnawee (2nd-summer + 6 adults including '3H97').
SEAFIELD:  Grasshopper Warbler.
KILMEADEN POOLS:  Ringed Plover.
 
Sun 7 Aug:
DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL at Killongford; 2 Green Sandpipers, a Common Sandpiper & a Merlin at Ballyneety; 34 Great Crested Grebes in bay.
HELVICK HEAD:  2 Puffins W (seawatch 16:30-17:30).
 
Sat 6 Aug:
BUNMAHON:  OSPREY flew east, later seen off Annestown/Kilfarrasy.
LISMORE:  Barnacle Goose (presumed escaped or feral) on canal.
WEST WATERFORD: Buzzard.
DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL & juvenile Mediterranean Gull at Killongford .
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  4 Commons Scoter E & a Porpoise (seawatch 06:50-09:50), & Tree Sparrow.
 
Fri 5 Aug:
RAM HEAD: 3 large shearwaters (Cory's or Great) a& an immature Great Northern Diver.
DUNGARVAN: 3rd-calendar-year Yellow-legged Gull again at Killongford, juvenile Mediterranean Gull at Ballyneety, 2nd-summer Mediterranean Gull at Barnawee, 3 Common Sandpipers off pitch & putt course.
NEWTOWN COVE:  Kingfisher.
 
Thurs 4 Aug:
DUNGARVAN:  3rd-calendar-year Yellow-legged Gull at Killongford.
TRAMORE TOWN:  Owl species (probably Long-eared).
 
Weds 3 Aug:
HELVICK HEAD:  Puffin west.
 
Tues 2 Aug:
BALLYRAFTER (Lismore):  Flock of 70+ Siskins.
Off MINE HEAD:  Immature Puffin & >250 Manx Shearwaters from boat.
 
Mon 1 Aug:
KILMEADEN POOLS:  Wood Sandpiper still present, also an Emperor dragonfly.
DUNGARVAN:  2 Common Sandpipers at Killongford bridge & 1 at the Cunnigar.
CLONEA STRAND:  Adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballinclamper.
COLLIGAN WOOD:  Dipper & a brood of fledged Spotted Flycatchers.

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Buff-tip caterpillar, Tramore, 30 Aug 2011 M Hearne

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Elephant Hawk-moth caterpillar, Seafield, 27 Aug 2011 D Weldon

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Wheatear, Seafield, 27 Aug 2011 D Weldon

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Mediterranean Gull, colour-ringed juv, Ballyneety, Dungarvan, 26 Aug 2011 M Cowming

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Kingfisher & Common Sandpiper, Portlaw, 26 Aug 2011 D Clarke

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Cuckoo, the Vee, Knockmealdown Mountains, 25 Aug 2011 A Malcolm

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Sedge Warbler, Whiting Bay, Aug 2011 A Malcolm

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Kingfisher, Bunmahon, 24 Aug 2011 J Hearne

See video

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Ringed Plover chick (still flightless), the Cunnigar, Dungarvan, Aug 2011 F O'Connell

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Semipalmated Sandpiper, juvenile, the Cunnigar, Dungarvan, 21 Aug 2011 M Cowming

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Kingfisher, Bunmahon, 21 Aug 2011 J Hearne

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Kingfisher, Ballyneety, Dungarvan, 21 Aug 2011 D Clarke

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Semipalmated Sandpiper, juvenile, the Cunnigar, Dungarvan, 20 Aug 2011 F O'Connell

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D Weldon

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Sperm Whale, the Cunnigar, Dungarvan, 19 Aug 2011 A Malcolm

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F O'Connell

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Sooty Shearwater, south of Ram Head, 17 Aug 2011 A Malcolm

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Great Skua, south of Ram Head, 17 Aug 2011 A Malcolm

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Storm Petrel, south of Ram Head, 17 Aug 2011 A Malcolm

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Manx Shearwater, south of Ram Head, 17 Aug 2011 A Malcolm

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PM Walsh

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Fulmar, south of Ram Head, 17 Aug 2011 A Malcolm

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Kittiwake, south of Ram Head, 17 Aug 2011 A Malcolm

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Gannet, south of Ram Head, 17 Aug 2011 A Malcolm

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PM Walsh

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Great Black-backed Gull, south of Ram Head, 17 Aug 2011 PM Walsh

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Herring Gull, south of Ram Head, 17 Aug 2011 PM Walsh

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Grasshopper Warbler, Seafield, 8 Aug 2011 D Weldon

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Gatekeeper, Kilmeaden pools, 6 Aug 2011 C Flynn

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Common Sandpiper, Ballyneety, Dungarvan, 5 Aug 2011 D Clarke

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Chough feeding on sandhoppers, Curragh beach, Ardmore, 5 Aug 2011 A Malcolm

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Yellow-legged Gull, 3rd-calendar-year with GBB Gull, Killongford, Dungarvan, 4 Aug 2011 C Flynn

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Puffin, immature/subadult, off Mine Head, 2 Aug 2011 D Clarke

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Manx Shearwater, off Mine Head, 2 Aug 2011 D Clarke

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Guillemot, adult, off Mine Head, 2 Aug 2011 D Clarke

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Wood Sandpiper, Kilmeaden Pools, 1 Aug 2011 P Archer

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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.  
 
Please email any sightings, or text details of scarcer species to 0861701599.

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