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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.
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:
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.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  8 Willow Warblers; migrant moths included 2 Gems.
Weds 16 Aug:
TRAMORE:  Ni Moth.
Mon 14 Aug:
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.
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

Hoopoe, the Cunnigar, 30 Sept 2006 M. Cowming

Hoopoe, the Cunnigar, 24 Sept 2006 M. Cowming

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

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

White Wagtail, Ballinard, 23 Sept 2006 M. Cowming

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

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

Whinchat, Helvick Head, 23 Sept 2006 M. Cowming

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

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

White Wagtail, Kilbride, 16 Sept 2006 E. Power

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

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

M. Cowming

C. Flynn

Redstart, Crobally Lower, 10 Sept 2006 M. Cowming

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


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



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



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

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

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

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

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

Peregrine, west Waterford, 18 Aug 2006 A. Malcolm

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

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


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

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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