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Bird reports August-September 2014

Waterford bird records August-September 2014 (details subject to verification or correction)


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Tues 30 Sept:
DUNGARVAN:  Adult Mediterranean Gull & juvenile Curlew Sandpiper at Barnawee.

Sun 28 Sept:
CLONEA:  2 juvenile  Little Stints, Curlew Sandpiper & juvenile Ruff.
RAM HEAD:  2 Minke Whales, 100+ Common Dolphins & 4 Porpoises.
WHITING BAY:  3 Mediterranean Gulls.

Sat 27 Sept:
DUNGARVAN:  Juvenile PECTORAL SANDPIPER at Killongford pools.
ARDMORE:  2 adult Mediterranean Gulls at Curragh & later harbour, 4 Tree Sparrows at Goat island road.
WHITING BAY:  1st-winter & 2nd-summer Mediterranean Gull.
ARDMORE/WHITING BAY area:  Juvenile Hen Harrier & 5 White Wagtails, also hundreds of Skylarks W.

Thurs 25 Sept:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  GLOSSY IBIS again at Clohernagh inlet.
KILMEADEN POOLS:  Green Sandpiper.
CLONEA: Juvenile Ruff & adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballinard.
DUNGARVAN:  15 Ravens flew E at Barnawee.

Weds 24 Sept:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  GLOSSY IBIS & Kingfisher at Clohernagh inlet.
CLONEA:  Juvenile Ruff & 3 Mediterranean Gulls (2nd-calendar-yr & 2 adults) at Ballinclamper. 
RAM HEAD:  Minke Whale, 100 Common Dolphins (seawatch 1520-1620) & a Clouded Yellow.

Tues 23 Sept:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  GLOSSY IBIS again at Clohernagh inlet.
CLONEA:  Little Stint & adult Mediterranean Gulls at Ballinclamper.

Mon 22 Sept:
DUNGARVAN:  2 adult Mediterranean Gulls at Ballinclamper.

Sun 21 Sept:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  GLOSSY IBIS again at Clohernagh inlet, 16 Brent Geese at Saleen.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  8 Wheatears, Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Tree Sparrows, 2 Migrant Hawkers & a Clouded Yellow; 2 Red-throated Divers E, 21 Common Scoter E (6 W), Porpoise, 2 White Wagtails, 250+ Meadow Pipits & 720+ Swallows E (seawatch 0815-1015).
DUNGARVAN:  4 Little Stints, 2 Curlew Sandpipers, 8 Brent Geese, Migrant Hawker & Clouded Yellow.
HELVICK HEAD:  Spotted Flycatcher.
RAM HEAD:  7 Common Scoter W, 2 Fin Whales, Porpoise & 20 Common Dolphins.

Sat 20 Sept:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  GLOSSY IBIS at Clohernagh inlet, 32 Brent Geese, Kingfisher & Clouded Yellow at Lisselan.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Adult Mediterranean Gull, 2 Whinchats, 10+ Wheatears, 2 Spotted Flycatchers,  15+ Chiffchaffs, 120+ House Marrins NW, 17 Choughs & a Clouded Yellow.
NEWTOWN COVE:  Common Lizard.
DUNGARVAN: Yellow Wagtail (flyover), 3 Little Stints & Clouded Yellow at the Cunnigar.
HELVICK HEAD:  Spotted Flycatcher.

Fri 19 Sept:
DUNGARVAN:  Short-eared Owl at the Cunnigar, 4 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers, adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballynagaul, juvenile Ruff & a Common Sandpiper at Ballyneety, 2 Common Sandpipers at Killongford pools.
HELVICK HEAD:  Blackcap, 2 Whitethroats & 2 Spotted Flycatchers.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Great Skua (E) & 2 Whinchats.

Thurs 18 Sept:
DUNMORE EAST:  Little Tern.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Short-eared Owl, 2 Great Skuas (E), 2 Whinchats, Spotted Flycatcher, Whitethroat & Blackcap,.
TRAMORE BAY:  Great Northern Diver E & in.
DUNGARVAN:  juvenile Curlew Sandpiper at Ballyneety.

Weds 17 Sept:
DUNGARVAN:  Juvenile Ruff at Ballyneety Bridge, juvenile Little Stint at the Cunnigar.
CLONEA:  Little Stint at Ballinclamper.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 2 Whinchats & a Spotted Flycatcher.

Tues 16 Sept:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Ruff, Kingfisher, female Shoveler & a Clouded Yellow at Lisselan.

Mon 15 Sept:
DUNGARVAN:  Pied Flycatcher at Abbeyside railway track, 2 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers & a Common Sandpiper at Ballyneety.

Sun 14 Sept:
BALLYVOYLE:  3 Clouded Yellows.

Sat 13 Sept:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Yellow Wagtail, 2 Spotted Flycatchers & a Whitethroat.
WATERFORD CITY:  Kingfisher by Courthouse bridge, People's Park.
CLONEA:  WRYNECK found dead at Clonea, 2 juvenile Little Stints at Ballinclamper, 2 Common Sandpipers at Ballinard, 100+ White Wagtails Ballinclamper to Ballinard.
DUNGARVAN:  Juvenile Ruff & 6 Curlew Sandpipers (2 adults & 4 juveniles) at Ballyneety; juvenile Little Stint & 2 Curlew Sandpipers at the Cunnigar; Kingfisher, Water Rail & 2 Common Samdpipers at Killongford.
HELVICK HEAD:  Adult Mediterranean Gull, Swift & Spotted Flycatcher.
FERRY POINT:  2 Clouded Yellows.

Fri 12 Sept:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Pied Flycatcher, Whinchat, 2 Spotted Flycatchers & 2 Clouded Yellows.
DUNGARVAN:  Juvenile Little Stint & 2 Curlew Sandpipers at the Cunnigar.

Thurs 11 Sept:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  WRYNECK along stream/gulley near tip.
CLONEA:  Juvenile Little Stint at Ballinard.

Weds 10 Sept:
ARDMORE:  Mediterranean Gulls & 40 White Wagtails at the Curragh.

Tues 9 Sept:
BALLYVOYLE: Merlin & Clouded Yellow.

Mon 8 Sept:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: GREAT SHEARWATER still present in feeding flock of 4000+ Manx Shearwaters, also a Minke Whale, 8 Common Scoter E, Tree Sparrow, Sedge Warbler, 2 Whitethroats, 10+ Chiffchaffs, a Migrant Hawker, 2 Clouded Yellows & 30+ Red Admirals.
EAST WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards.
CLONEA:  4 Mediterranean Gulls (2nd-summer & 3 adults) at Ballinclamper.
DUNGARVAN:  Green Sandpiper & 2 Common Sandpipers at Killongford pools, juvenile Little Stint & White Wagtail on the Cunnigar.

Sun 7 Sept:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: CORY'S SHEARWATER E, GREAT SHEARWATER feeding, Sooty Shearwater E & 3300 Manx Shearwaters E (seawatch 17:05-17:45): Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackcap, 30+ Willow/Chiffs (c15 each), 250+ Swallows & 23 Red Admirals on land.
DUNGARVAN:  PECTORAL SANDPIPER (juvenile bird), juvenile Little Stint, 3 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers & 12+ Clouded Yellows on the Cunnigar.
ARDMORE: 1st-calendar-year Mediterranean Gull & 20+ White Wagtails on Ardmore beach, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (adult & 1CY) & 8 White Wagtails on Curragh beach.
WHITING BAY:  4 White Wagtails.
WEST WATERFORD:  Buzzard at two locations.
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  Female/immature Hen Harrier.

Sat 6 Sept:
DUNGARVAN:  A new PECTORAL SANDPIPER (juvenile bird), also juvenile Little Gull, juvenile Little Stint, 2 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers, male Pintail & White Wagtail at the Cunnigar; adult Mediterranean Gull at Barnawee.
HELVICK HEAD:  3 Spotted Flycatchers & a Blackcap.
CLONEA:  Adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballinclamper.

Fri 5 Sept:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Juvenile Ruff, 2 Gadwall & 4 Shoveler at Lisselan.
CLONEA:  4 Roseate Tern (2 adults & 2 juveniles), Great Skua, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (adult & 3CY) & 8 White Wagtails at Ballinard.
DUNGARVAN:  Little Stint at the Cunnigar.
WATERFORD CITY:  4 Swifts at Newport Square.

Thurs 4 Sept
CLONEA:  22 Black Terns W (mostly juveniles, flocks 18 & 22) at 20:10.
BUNMAHON:  2 Green Sandpipers, Grasshopper Warbler & a Clouded Yellow.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Reed Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler & Sedge Warbler.
EAST WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards.

Weds 3 Sept
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Juvenile Whinchat, Spotted Flycatcher & Porpoise.
TRAMORE:  Short-winged Cone-head at Pickardstown (first county record of this bush-cricket?).
CLONEA:  2 juvenile Roseate Terns.
DUNGARVAN:  Juvenile Ruff & 2 Common Sandpipers at Killongford pools.
HELVICK HEAD: 2+ Roseate Terns (adult & juvenile) & a Hummingbird Hawk-moth.
LISMORE:  2 Treecreepers at Lady Louisa's Walk.
WEST WATERFORD:  3 Buzzards.

Tues 2 Sept
DUNGARVAN:  2 Clouded Yellows on the Cunnigar.
CLONEA:  3 Roseater Terns (adult & 2 juveniles) at Ballinard.
WATERFORD CITY:  Long-eared Owl at Bilberry.
EAST WATERFORD:  4 Buzzards.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Gadwall at Lisselan.

Mon 1 Sept
RAM HEAD:  GREAT SHEARWATER, Great Skua, 2000 Manx Shearwaters & a Porpoise (seawatch 09:05-10:35).
WHITING BAY:  2 White Wagtails.
ARDMORE:  6 Mediterranean Gulls (4 adult & 2 juvenile) at harbour, 5 Mediterranean Gulls  & 40 White Wagtails at Curragh.
DUNGARVAN:  2 juvenile Ruffs at Killongford. 
TRAMORE:  Ruff at Pickardstown.
WATERFORD CITY:  4 Swifts over Newport Square.

AUGUST 2014:
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Sun 31 Aug:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Merlin, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Sedge Warblers & a Migrant Hawker dragonfly.
EAST WATERFORD:  4 Buzzards.
WATERFORD CITY:  2 Swifts over the Glen.
IDA PARK (nr Waterford city):  Clouded Yellow & 3+ Emperor dragonflies.
CURRAGHMORE:  Kingfisher & 2 Jays.
DUNGARVAN:  Adult Mediterranean Gull at Barnawee.

Sat 30 Aug:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Female Ruff at Pickardstown.
CLONEA:  6 White Wagtails, 2 juvenile Arctic Terns & 330+ Sandwich Terns at Ballinclamper.
DUNGARVAN: White Wagtail & 2 Common Sandpipers at Killongfors, adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballyneety.

Fri 29 Aug:
HELVICK HEAD:  GREAT SHEARWATER W, 2 Great Skuas, Pomarine Skua, Arctic Skua, 3 Puffins & c12,000 Manx Shearwaters (seawatch 07:10-11:20), also an Otter.
DUNGARVAN:  Juvenile female Ruff & adult Mediterranean Gull at Killongford, Swift in town centre.
WATERFORD CITY:  Swift over Cleaboy Road.

Thurs 28 Aug:
HELVICK HEAD:  65 CORY'S SHEARWATERS, Balearic Shearwater, 4 Sooty Shearwater, Great Skua, Arctic Skua, Puffin & 2 Porpoises (seawatch 18:00-20:25). 
DUNGARVAN: PECTORAL SANDPIPER again on the Cunnigar, Wood Sandpiper on River Brickey.
ARDMORE:  Spotted Flycatcher at Dysert.

Weds 27 Aug:
HELVICK HEAD:  2 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Arctic Skuas & 7 Common Scoter (seawatch 18:30-20:00).
DUNGARVAN:  3 Swifts in town.
Nr WATERFORD CITY:  Spotted Flycatcher near River Suir toll-bridge.

Tues 26 Aug:
TRAMORE:  Adult Mediterranean Gull at the promenade, Shoveler at Lisselan.
EAST WATERFORD: 2-3 Buzzards.

Mon 25 Aug:
CLONEA:  Balearic Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, Pomarine Skua, Arctic Skua & Arctic Tern off Ballinard (seawatch 19:20-19:50), 3 Arctic Skuas & 13 Common Terns at Ballinclamper.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  White Wagtail at Lisselan.

Sun 24 Aug:
RAM HEAD:  Balearic Shearwater & Puffin W (seawatch 16:10-18:10).
DUNGARVAN: Green Sandpiper on Colligan river, Swift in town centre.
TRAMORE:  Barn Owl.

Sat 23 Aug:
DUNGARVAN:  Adult PECTORAL SANDPIPER again on the Cunnigar, also an adult Mediterranean Gull at , 2 White Wagtails & 4 Clouded Yellows there; 2 Swifts in town centre.
RAM HEAD:   Arctic Skua , 2 Porpoises & a  Clouded Yellow.
ARDMORE:  5 Mediterranean Gull at harbour.
KNOCKBRACK QUARRY (nr Clashmore):  Clouded Yellow.
TRAMORE:  Common Sandpiper, 14 Wheatears & 3-4 Clouded Yellows at Lisselan, Barn Owl.

Fri 22 Aug:
DUNGARVAN:  PECTORAL SANDPIPER again on the Cunnigar, 11 Swifts in town centre.
MONAVULLAGH MOUNTAINS:  Male & female Hen Harrier.

Thurs 21 Aug:
DUNGARVAN:  Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpipers & a Kingfisher at Killongford pools, 2 juvenile Ruffs & 2 Common Sandpipers at Ballyneety, 10 Swifts in town centre.

Weds 20 Aug:
DUNGARVAN:  PECTORAL SANDPIPER on the Cunnigar, adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballyneety, 4 late Swifts in town centre
RAM HEAD:  5-8 Fin Whales, a Minke Whale & 2 Porpoises.
ARDMORE: Total 14 Mediterranean Gulls - 9 at Curragh (including juvenile & 3+ adults), 5 at harbour (juvenile & 4 adults) - also a Clouded Yellow at Curragh.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  3rd-calendar-yr Mediterranean Gull & Shoveler at Lisselan.
NORTH WATERFORD:  3 Buzzards (also 19th).

Tues 19 Aug:
ARDMORE: 1 adult Mediterranean Gulls in harbour.

Mon 18 Aug:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  2 juvenile Ruff, Common Sandpiper & Shoveler at Lisselan.
Nr WATERFORD CITY:  Spotted Flycatcher family (pair feeding 3 young) & Treecreeper at IDA Park, Cork road.
CLONEA:  221 Sandwich Terns at Ballinclamper.
AGLISH:  Clouded Yellow.

Sun 17 Aug:
DUNGARVAN:  Wood Sandpiper, 3 juvenile Ruff , 6 Common Sandpipers & a Kingfisher at Killongford; 2 Mediterranean Gulls (adult & 2nd-calendar-yr) at Ballyneety.
CLONEA:  150+ Sandwich Terns at Ballinclamper.
AGLISH:  Clouded Yellow.

Sat 16 Aug:
DUNGARVAN: Adult Yellow-legged Gull, juvenile Ruff & 6 Mediterranean Gulls (3 adults including '3H97', 2 2nd-calendar-yrs & juvenile) at Ballyneety; juvenile Ruff, c10 Whimbrel & 6 Clouded Yellow butterflies at the Cunnigar; adult Mediterranean Gull at Barnawee; Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpipers & a Water Rail at Killongford.
CLONEA: Adult Mediterranean Gull  & 120+ Sandwich Terns at Ballinclamper.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  24 Little Egrets roosting at Clohernagh.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2 Clouded Yellow butterflies; Great Skua W, Arctic Skua, 11 Common Scoter W (6 E), 2 Shoveler W, adult Mediterranean Gull W (seawatch 07:20-10:20); 2 Arctic Terns (seawatch 1905-1935).

Fri 15 Aug:
DUNGARVAN: 2nd-calendar-yr  Mediterranean Gull at Ballyneety.

Weds 14 Aug:

Tues 12 Aug:
DUNGARVAN: Adult  Mediterranean Gulls off pitch & putt course.

Mon 11 Aug:
CLONEA:  2 adult Mediterranean Gulls at Ballinclamper.
DUNGARVAN:  Mediterranean Gulls at Barnawee.
Nr DUNHILL CASTLE:  Clouded Yellow.

Sun 10 Aug:
HELVICK HEAD:  Roseate Tern & a Clouded Yellow butterfly.
DUNGARVAN:  Adult Mediterranean Gull at Barnawee, Green Sandpiper at Ballyneety.

Sat 9 Aug:
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  Reed Warbler at Raheen, Clashmore Broads.
ARDMORE:  2 adult Mediterranean Gulls.
OLD PARISH:  5+ Emperor dragonflies.
DUNGARVAN:  Adult Mediterranean Gull at Barnawee.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 3 Common Sandpipers at Lisselan.

Fri 8 Aug:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  47 Little Grebes, 7 Shoveler & a Treecreeper at Lisselan.

Thurs 7 Aug:
ARDMORE:  2 Mediterranean Gulls.
LISMORE:  Clouded Yellow butterfly.
Nr DUNGARVAN:  Clouded Yellow at Kilmurray

Weds 6 Aug:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Female GARGANEY & 2 Shoveler on main lake at Lisselan, also a Common Sandpiper.

Tues 5 Aug:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Juvenile Ruff still present at Lisselan.
Nr TRAMORE:  Adult & 2+ fledgling Long-eared Owls calling (also up to 4-5 owls on previous nights).
BUNMAHON:   Green Sandpiper & 2 Reed Warblers.
Nr BUNMAHON:  Juvenile Long-eared Owl calling the last few nights.
ARDMORE:  3 Mediterranean Gulls (2+ adult) in harbour.

Sun 3 Aug:
RAM HEAD:  Balearic Shearwater (seawatch 06:50-09:50), Clouded Yellow butterfly & Emperor dragonfly.
ARDMORE: 9 Mediterranean Gulls (5 at Curragh including red darvic 'PN19' & 4 at harbour).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Juvenile Ruff at Lisselan. 

Fri 1 Aug:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Eclipse-plumage male GARGANEY & 3 Shoveler at Lisselan

Previous months

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March-May 2014


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photo-gallery August-September

Herring Gull, yellow-legged, possible 'omissus'-type adult, Dunmore East, 25 Sept 2014 K Adams

Glossy Ibis, Clohernagh, Tramore Backstrand, 24 Sept 2014 C Flynn

C Flynn

C Flynn

C Flynn

White Wagtail, Curragh, Ardmore, 21 Sept 2014 AD Malcolm

Linnet, Curragh, Ardmore, 21 Sept 2014 AD Malcolm

Glossy Ibis, Clohernagh, Tramore Backstrand, 21 Sept 2014 PM Walsh

Little Tern, adult winter(?), Dunmore East, 19 Sept 2014 D Clarke

Video: Hoopoe, 16 Sept & Yellow Wagtail, 13 Sept, Brownstown Head (MC)

Yellow Wagtail, Brownstown Head, 13 Sept 2014 C Flynn

C Flynn

Video: Wryneck, Brownstown Head, 11 Sept (MC)

Wryneck, found dead, Clonea, 13 Sept 2014 M Kennedy

Chough, Ram Head, 10 Sept 2014 T Kennedy

Mediyterranean Gull, adult, Curragh, Ardmore, 10 Sept 2014 AD Malcolm

Wheatear, Curragh, Ardmore, 10 Sept 2014 AD Malcolm

White Wagtail, juvenile, Curragh, Ardmore, 10 Sept 2014 AD Malcolm

Curlew Sandpiper, colour-marked juvenile, the Cunnigar, Dungarvan, 6 Sept 2014 C Flynn

This bird was ringed at Revtangen Ornithological Station, Klepp, Rogaland in Norway three days earlier, on 3 September

Little Stint, juvenile, the Cunnigar, Dungarvan, 6 Sept 2014 C Flynn

C Flynn

C Flynn

Little Gull, juvenile, the Cunnigar, Dungarvan, 6 Sept 2014 C Flynn

Arctic Tern, juvenile, the Curragh, Ardmore, 5 Sept 2014 AD Malcolm

Chiffchaff, juvenile, Brownstown Head, 31 Aug 2014 PM Walsh

Goldfinch, juvenile, Brownstown Head, 31 Aug 2014 PM Walsh

Chough, Ram Head, 23 Aug 2014 T Kennedy

Video: Pectoral Sandpiper, the Cunnigar, 23 Aug 2014 (DW)

Video: Pectoral Sandpiper, the Cunnigar, 23 Aug 2014 (MC)

Pectoral Sandpiper, the Cunnigar, Dungarvan, 22 Aug 2014 F O'Connell

F O'Connell

F O'Connell

F O'Connell

Grey Plover, adult, the Cunnigar, 22 Aug 2014 F O'Connell

Mediterranean Gulls, juvenile & adults, Curragh, Ardmore, 20 Aug 2014 AD Malcolm

Manx Shearwaters, Ram Head, 16 Aug 2014 AD Malcolm

Sparrowhawk, male rescued from fruit cage, Carrignagour, nr Lismore, 7 Aug 2014 AD Malcolm

Hen Harrier, moulting male, Knockmealdown Mountains, 7 Aug 2014 AD Malcolm

Clouded Yellow, Ram Head, 3 Aug 2014 AD Malcolm


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