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Bird records August-September 2006

 
Waterford bird records, August-September 2006

See migrant lepidoptera page also (highlights below)

September 2006
 
Sat 30 Sept:
DUNGARVAN:  Hoopoe still present at the Cunnigar.
BALLYVOYLE COVE:  Another Hoopoe found, also a juvenile Black Tern.
HELVICK HEAD:  2 Pied Flycatchers & a Garden Warbler.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Pied Flycatcher, also 5 Delicate moths.
 
Fri 29 Sept:
ARDMORE BAY:  Bottled-nosed Dolphin.
RAM HEAD:  Fin Whale less than 1 km offshore.
 
Weds 27 Sept:
DUNGARVAN:  Hoopoe still present at the Cunnigar.
HELVICK HEAD:  2 Great Skuas flew east, 6 Common Scoters, a Sooty Shearwater & a Great Northern Diver west during a 1-hr seawatch (1220-1320 hrs); on land, a Reed WarblerGarden Warbler, 3 Pied Flycatchers & 2 Spotted Flycatchers.
 
Tues 26 Sept:
DUNGARVAN:  Adult HOBBY at Abbeyside.
ARDMORE:  Little Auk, also good numbers of Spotted Flycatchers.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Scarce Bordered Straw and 3 Delicate moths.
 
Mon 25 Sept:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2 Pied Flycatchers, 4 Blackcaps, c.16 Chiffchaffs.
GLENDALOUGHIN (Comeraghs):  Convolvulus Hawk-moth.
 
Sun 24 Sept:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  4 (update!) Reed Warblers (in main garden), Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, 4 Pied Flycatchers, Whinchat, Whitethroat & 4 Willow Warblers; also a Vestal moth.
TRAMORE TOWN:  Migrant moths included an Old World Webworm (Hellula undulalis) & Antigastra catalaunalis.
DUNGARVAN:  Hoopoe still present at the Cunnigar.
KNOCKANPOWER LOWER, RING:  Pied Flycatcher.
HELVICK HEAD:  Whinchat, Garden Warbler, 4 Pied Flycatchers, also small numbers of Whitethroats & Spotted Flycatchers.
HACKETSTOWN, nr Mine Head:  Pied Flycatcher.
CROBALLY LOWER:  Pied Flycatcher.
 
Sat 23 Sept:
HELVICK HEAD:  Juvenile LONG-TAILED SKUA, 3 Arctic Skuas, Great Skua, juv Black Tern, juv Roseate Tern, c.5 Pied Flycatchers, c.5 Spotted Flycatchers, Whinchat, Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler & up to 6 Whitethroats.
DUNGARVAN: Juvenile SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, Hoopoe & 2 Pied Flycatchers at the Cunnigar.
AGLISH:  An early Fieldfare.
PASSAGE EAST:  Hummingbird Hawk-moth.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Reed Warbler, 3 Whitethroats, 7 Willow Warblers, 4 Chiffchaffs, 3 Pied Flycatchers, 1 Wheatear, also a Bar-tailed Godwit overhead; migrant moths included a Delicate, 2 Scarce Bordered Straw and a Palpita vitrealis.
 
Fri 22 Sept:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Migrant moths included a Scarce Bordered Straw & 6 Delicate.
 
Thurs 21 Sept:
HELVICK HEAD:  Leach's Petrel (killed by a Peregrine), 6 Storm Petrels (at least one also killed by Peregrine), Red-throated Diver, Balearic Shearwater, 2 Great Skuas, Arctic Skua & Pomarine Skua.
CLONEA STRAND:  3 Curlew Sandpipers and a stint species (unidentified) vat Ballinclamper.
 
Weds 20 Sept:
HELVICK HEAD:  A 2nd-summer-type LONG-TAILED SKUA, 4 Arctic Skuas, 220 Manx Shearwaters & 3 Storm Petrels flew west during a 2-hr seawatch (1135-1335 hrs).
LOWER BLACKWATER:  Little Auk off Kilnaclash Quay.
 
Mon 18 Sept:
HELVICK HEAD:  2 Arctic Skuas, Great Skua & 2 Whitethroats.
 
Sun 17 Sept:
DUNGARVAN:  Green Sandpiper at Ballyneety.
CLONEA STRAND:  Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper at Ballinclamper.
BALLYLEMON, CAPPAGH:  Hummingbird Hawk-moth.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Female/immature Hen Harrier, 2 Wheatears, 3 Chiffchaffs.
 
Sat 16 Sept:
BELLE LAKE:  Juvenile Reed Warbler & 10 Sedge Warblers ringed.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2 Wheatears, female Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaffs; migrant moths included a Vestal and 6 Delicate.
TRAMORE BAY:  Arctic Skua, 60 Sandwich Terns and 1+ Arctic Tern.
KILBRIDE, Tramore:  White Wagtail.
 
Fri 15 Sept:
VILLIERSTOWN:  Juvenile HOBBY flew up the River Blackwater.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Migrant moths included a Nutmeg, 6 Delicate, 2 Scarce Bordered Straw & a Convolvulus Hawk-moth.
 
Weds 13 Sept:
CLONEA STRAND:  Juvenile BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER at Ballinclamper (3rd county record).
DUNGARVAN:  2nd-winter Mediterranean Gull at Barnawee.
 
Sun 10 Sept:
ARDMORE:  4 Mediterranean Gulls (1st-winter & 3 adults) & 2 Arctic Skuas.
CROBALLY LOWER:  Redstart, Pied Flycatcher & 4 Spotted Flycatchers.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Pied Flycatcher, Grasshopper Warbler, female Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaffs & 3 Willow Warblers; also 340 Silver Y moths.
 
Sat 9 Sept:
ARDMORE:  2 Mediterranean Gulls (1st-winter + adult), 5 Arctic Skuas; also 3 Hummingbird Hawk-moths (+ 2 elsewhere in west Waterford).
CROBALLY (W of Mine Head):  Pied Flycatcher & Spotted Flycatcher.
WEST WATERFORD:  Auks calling close inshore at various locations; a juvenile Razorbill stranded on the Cunnigar, Dungarvan, was put back to sea, and two young auks were seen being preyed on by Great Black-backed Gulls.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Migrant moths included a Convolvulus Hawk-moth, a Cosmopolitan, 3 Delicate & a Scarce Bordered Straw.
 
Weds 6 Sept:
DUNGARVAN:  2 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers at the Cunnigar.
RAM HEAD:  Bordered Straw moth.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  c.8 Chiffchaffs.
 
Tues 5 Sept:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  *Greenish Warbler refound.
 
c.5 Sept:
Nr DUNMORE EAST:  Hoopoe.
 
Mon 4 Sept:
CLONEA STRAND:  Juvenile Mediterranean Gull at Ballinclamper.
DUNGARVAN:  Green Sandpiper at Ballyneety.
 
Sun 3 Sept:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  *GREENISH WARBLER (2nd county record), 5 Willow Warblers.
Near TRAMORE:  Barn Owl.
 
Sat 2 Sept:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2 Spotted Flycatchers.

August 2006
 
Thurs 31 Aug:
HELVICK HEAD:  3 Balearic Shearwaters (2 close inshore with feeding flock, 1 flew west), also 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 6 Storm Petrels, 3 Common Scoters, 3 Arctic Skuas, a Pomarine Skua & 4 Great Skuas.
CLONEA STRAND:  Mediterranean Gull at Ballinclamper.
ARDMORE:  Storm Petrel & 3 Mediterranean Gulls; Pied Flycatcher nr St Declan's Well, Ardmore Head.
 
Weds 30 Aug:
HELVICK HEAD:  Balearic Shearwater close inshore with a seabird feeding flock; also 2-3 Storm Petrels, 2 Spotted Flycatchers.
 
Mon 28 Aug:
BELLE LAKE:  Reed Warbler & 12 Sedge Warblers ringed; also a Water Rail & Blackcap.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Spotted Flycatcher & 5 Willow Warblers.
DUNGARVAN:  Shoveler at the Cunnigar.
 
Sun 27 Aug:
DUNGARVAN:  *Booted Warbler refound on the Cunnigar.
BELLE LAKE:  Reed Warbler & 26 Sedge Warblers ringed; also a Blackcap, Whimbrel & 2 Water Rails.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Spotted Flycatcher; migrant moths included a Scarce Bordered Straw.
 
Sat 26 Aug:
DUNGARVAN:  *BOOTED WARBLER found on the Cunnigar (4th Irish record).
HELVICK HEAD:  Pomarine Skua.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Spotted Flycatcher, Wheatear & 4 Willow Warblers.
 
Fri 25 Aug:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Migrant moths included a Delicate.
 
Sun 20 Aug:
DUNGARVAN:  Buzzard over town, Green Sandpiper at Ballyneety.
Nr GRACEDIEU (Tramore road):  2 Buzzards.
BELLE LAKE:  2 juvenile Reed Warblers & 11 Sedge Warblers ringed; also a Green Sandpiper, Greenshank & Water Rail.
 
Sat 19 Aug:
DUNGARVAN:  Kingfisher at Ballyneety.
BALLINARD/CLONEA STRAND:  Arctic Skua.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  8 Willow Warblers; migrant moths included 2 Gems.
 
Weds 16 Aug:
TRAMORE:  Ni Moth.
 
Mon 14 Aug:
nr BALLYSCANLAN LOUGH:  Buzzard.
KNOCKBRACK QUARRY, nr Clashmore:  Dragonflies here included many Emperors.
 
Sun 13 Aug:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  52 Little Egrets at high-tide roosts.
BELLE LAKE:  18 Sedge Warblers ringed.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Sedge Warbler, 3 Willow Warblers, 3 Clouded Yellows & a Migrant Hawker dragonfly.
RATHMOYLAN:  2 Yellowhammers, 3 Clouded Yellows & a Migrant Hawker.
 
Sat 12 Aug
COUNTY WATERFORD:  Total 91 bird species seen in a 'big day' today.
ARDMORE:  2 adult Mediterranean Gulls.
KILMEADEN POOLS:  2 Green Sandpipers.
Nr PORTLAW:  Pine Marten road-casualty.
BELLE LAKE:  2 juvenile Reed Warblers & 13 Sedge Warblers ringed, also a Water Rail.
TRAMORE TOWN:  Ni Moth.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Swift, 4 Wheatears, Sedge Warbler, 3 Willow Warblers, & 6 Clouded Yellows.
 
Tues 8 Aug:
DUNGARVAN:  Green Sandpiper at Ballyneety.
TRAMORE:  Ni Moth.
 
Mon 7 Aug:
RAM HEAD & KNOCKBRACK QUARRY:  8+ Clouded Yellows.
SALEEN:  3 Clouded Yellows.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Spotted Flycatcher.
BELLE LAKE:  15 Sedge Warblers & a Blackcap ringed.
 
Sun 6 Aug:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Flock of 24 Choughs; migrant moths included a high total of 173 Dark Sword-grass.
 
Sat 5 Aug:
BRICKEY RIVER, Dungarvan:  Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher & a Clouded Yellow.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2 Wheatears, 2 Willow Warblers.
BELLE LAKE:  13 Sedge Warblers & 2 Blackcaps ringed.
 
Fri 4 Aug:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Migrant moths included a Bordered Straw.
 
Thurs 3 Aug:
TRAMORE:  Ni Moth [1st county record].
 
Weds 2 Aug:
Nr LISMORE:  Female or immature Hen Harrier.
RAM HEAD:  Total of 96 large or recently-fledged Kittiwake chicks at study plots that held 136 occupied nests on 14 June - 0.7 chicks per nest, much higher than usual here (though numbers of nests severely declined).
ARDMORE HEAD:  Hummingbird Hawk-moth.
 
Tues 1 Aug:
Nr LISMORE:  Male Hen Harrier.

.click below for larger images

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Hoopoe, the Cunnigar, 30 Sept 2006 M. Cowming

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Hoopoe, the Cunnigar, 24 Sept 2006 M. Cowming

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Hoopoe, nr the Cunnigar, 23 Sept 2006 D. Clarke

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Semipalmated Sandpiper, the Cunnigar, 23 Sept 2006 D. Clarke

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White Wagtail, Ballinard, 23 Sept 2006 M. Cowming

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Pied Flycatcher, nr the Cunnigar, 23 Sept 2006 D. Clarke

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Pied Flycatcher, Helvick Head, 23 Sept 2006 M. Cowming

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Whinchat, Helvick Head, 23 Sept 2006 M. Cowming

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Palpita vitrealis, Brownstown Head, 23 Sept 2006 P.M. Walsh

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Vestal, Brownstown Head, 16 Sept 2006 P.M. Walsh

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White Wagtail, Kilbride, 16 Sept 2006 E. Power

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Convolvulus Hawk-moth, Brownstown Head, 15 Sept 2006 P.M. Walsh

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Buff-breasted Sandpiper, juvenile, Ballinclamper, 13 Sept 2006 C. Flynn

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M. Cowming

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C. Flynn

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Redstart, Crobally Lower, 10 Sept 2006 M. Cowming

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Convolvulus Hawk-moth, Brownstown Head, 9 Sept 2006 P.M. Walsh

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Booted Warbler, the Cunnigar, 27 Aug 2006 C. Flynn

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Booted Warbler, the Cunnigar, 26-27 Aug 2006 M. Cowming

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Wheatear, Ballinard/Clonea, 19 Aug 2006 M. Cowming

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Common Tern, Ballinard/Clonea, 19 Aug 2006 M. Cowming

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Sandwich Tern, Ballinard/Clonea, 19 Aug 2006 M. Cowming

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Willow Warbler, juvenile, Brownstown Head, 19 Aug 2006 P.M. Walsh

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Gem moth, female, Brownstown Head, 19 Aug 2006 P.M. Walsh

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Peregrine, west Waterford, 18 Aug 2006 A. Malcolm

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Clouded Yellow, west Waterford, 14 Aug 2006 A. Malcolm

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Reed Warbler, juvenile, Belle Lake, 12 Aug 2006 P.M. Walsh

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Sedge Warbler, juvenile, Belle Lake, 12 Aug 2006 P.M. Walsh

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Chiffchaff, Belle Lake, 5 Aug 2006 P.M. 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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