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Bird records December 2006

Waterford bird records December 2006 

December 2006
Sat 30 Dec:
HELVICK HEAD:  Black Redstart.
DUNGARVAN:  Curlew Sandpiper & male Goosander at Ballyneety, Black Brant in Western Bay, dark-bellied Brent at Abbeyside & Common Sandpiper at Barnawee.
CLONEA STRAND:  Common Scoter off Ballinclamper.
Fri 29 Dec:
DUNGARVAN:  3 Goosanders (2 males, 1 female) at Ballyneety.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  3 Shoveler (male, female & 1st-winter male).
KILMEADEN POOLS:  Male Shoveler.
WATERFORD CITY:  Male Blackcap.
Weds 27 Dec:
ARDMORE:  Adult Mediterranean Gull.
DUNGARVAN:  3 Goosanders (2 males).
BALLINARD:  Whimbrel.
WATERFORD CITY:  About 120 Pied Wagtails roosting in plane tree opposite the Tower Hotel.
Tues 26 Dec:
DUNMORE EAST:  8 Purple Sandpipers off the seawall.
DUNGARVAN:  Male Goosander at Ballyneety, also a Common Seal there.
ARDMORE:  Adult Mediterranean Gull.
Mon 25 Dec:
Sun 24 Dec:
DUNGARVAN:  Black Brant & male Goosander at Ballyneety.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Single Whooper Swan & Shoveler, many Wigeon.
Tues 19 Dec:
WHITING BAY:  Flock of 40+ Choughs.
Sun 17 Dec:
DUNGARVAN:  Green-winged Teal off the pitch & putt club / sports centre, Whimbrel at Knockanpower Lower & Common Sandpiper at Barnawee.
Thurs 14 Dec:
DUNGARVAN:  Dark-bellied Brent Goose at the Sports Centre, 6 Great Northern Divers at Ballynagaul.
Sat 9 Dec:
DUNGARVAN:  BLACK BRANT & 2 Tufted Duck off the Sports Centre.
RAM HEAD:  Great Northern Diver, 2 Porpoises & a Fin Whale.
MONATRAY:  Great Northern Diver.
LISMORE:  6 Shoveler & 2-3 Jays.
Sun 3 Dec:
DUNGARVAN:  Leach's Petrel off the pitch & putt course; Whimbrel & 2 Chiffchaffs at Knockanpower, Ring.
CLONEA STRAND:  Chiffchaff at Ballinclamper.
Sat 2 Dec:
DUNGARVAN:  Adult BLACK BRANT at pitch & putt course, 4 Common Sandpipers & a 1st-winter Iceland Gull at Barnawee.
BUNMAHON:  Green Sandpiper & 2 Kingfishers.
Early Dec:
BUTLERSTOWN:  Kingfisher at the Clashes.

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Dark-bellied Brent Goose, adult, Dungarvan, 30 Dec 2006 M. Cowming


Curlew Sandpiper, Dungarvan, 30 Dec 2006 M. Cowming

Goosander, male, Dungarvan, 29 Dec 2006 M. Cowming

Whimbrel, Ballinard, 27 Dec 2006 M. Cowming

Grey Plover, Ballinard, 27 Dec 2006 M. Cowming

Chough, Ballinard, 27 Dec 2006 M. Cowming

Goosander (male) & Red-breasted Merganser (female), Dungarvan, 26 Dec 2006 M. Cowming

Common Seal, Dungarvan, 26 Dec 2006 M. Cowming

Green-winged Teal, male (at rear), Dungarvan, 17 Dec 2006 M. Cowming

Great Northern Diver, Dungarvan, 17 Dec 2006 M. Cowming

Whimbrel, Dungarvan, 17 Dec 2006 M. Cowming

Treecreeper, Villierstown, 9 Dec 2006 M. Foley

Black Brant, adult, Dungarvan, 2 Dec 2006 M. Cowming

Iceland Gull, 1st-winter, Dungarvan, 2 Dec 2006 M. Cowming


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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