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Bird reports for January 2012

 
Waterford bird records January 2012 (details subject to verification or correction)
older records - archive

January 2012
 
Check here for updates or further details
 
Mon 30 Jan:
TRAMORE: Black Redstart at west end of boating lake.
BOATSTRAND:  1st-winter Glaucous Gull & 2 1st-winter Iceland Gulls.
 
Sun 29 Jan:
DUNMORE EAST:  4 Iceland Gulls (2 1st-winter & 2 2nd-winter) & a 1st-winter Glaucous Gull.
TRAMORE: 1090 Brent Geese in Backstrand, 2 Gadwall at Lisselan & 1 Gadwall on boating lake.
TIBBERAGHNY (Co Kilkenny):  Pink-footed Goose, 364 Greylag Geese, hybrid (Bar-headed-type) goose & 56 Whooper Swans.
DERRIIGAL / PORTNASCULLY:  28 Greylag Geese & 12 Whooper Swans at Portnascully (Co Kilkenny).
MID-WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
DUNGARVAN:  Male Blackcap at Strandside, Abbeyside.
 
Sat 28 Jan:
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  4 Red Grouse calling.
GLENMORE (nr Lismore):  5 Jays.
BLACKWATER CALLOWS:  2 adult Bewick's Swans and 2 Green Sandpipers at Ballyneroon, west of Ballyduf.
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  Female Hen Harrier & 3 Yellowhammers at Newport East, Yellowhammer at Cappoquin.
BLACKWATER ESTUARY:  1st-winter KUMLIEN'S GULL & 2 1st-winter Iceland Gulls at Tinnabinna / Kinsalebeg.
Nr WHITING BAY:  20+ Tree Sparrows at Springfield/Ballysallagh, male Hen Harrier.
RAM HEAD:  Pomarine Skua, 42 Common Scoter E (4 flocks), 13 divers W, Fin Whale, Minke Whale & 100 Common Dolphins.
HELVICK HEAD:  1st-winter Glaucous Gull & adult Iceland Gull, 15 Common Scoter W.
DUNGARVAN:  2 BLACK-NECKED GREBES & 2 Long-tailed Ducks at Ballinacourty, 2 Chiffchaffs in town, 9 Chiffchaffs at Knockanpower Lower, Ring.
CLONEA STRAND:  3 Black Redstarts at Ballinclamper, 1 Black Redstart at Ballynacourty lighthouse, 2 Whimbrels at Ballinard.
WEST WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards.
Off DUNMORE EAST:  Adult Mediterranean Gull, HUMPBACK WHALE & 4 Fin Whales.
 
Fri 27 Jan:
DUNGARVAN: 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBES  at Ballynacourty, 2 Black Redstarts in town.
 
Tues 24 Jan:
Nr KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  Female/immature Hen Harrier.
DUNGARVAN:  Black Redstart in town.
 
Mon 23 Jan:
DUNGARVAN:  Green Sandpiper at Ballyneety bridge, Kingfisher at Barnawee.
RAM HEAD:  Fin Whale & 100 Common Dolphins.
 
Sun 22 Jan:
DRUM HILLS:  Male Hen Harrier.
HELVICK HEAD:  1st-winter Glaucous Gull.
DUNGARVAN: 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBES, 109 Great Crested Grebes, Long-tailed Duck & 3 Red-throated Divers off Ballynacourty pier; SPOONBILL inside Cunnigar; 2 Black Redstarts in town centre; Chiffchaff at Knockanpower Lower, Ring; adult dark-bellied Brent Goose at Ballyneety; total 1870 Brent Geese around the bay (incl 890 at Ballyneety & 625 at Duckspool).
CLONEA STRAND:  5 Great Northern Divers offshore, Purple Sandpiper & adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballinclamper, 3 Whimbrel at Ballinard, & a Common Scoter SW past Ballyvoyle.
 
Sat 21 Jan: .
DUNMORE EAST:  Merlin.
TRAMORE:  1st-winter Iceland Gull (video) & 25 Gadwall at boating lake, 2 Gadwall & a Shoveler at Lisselan.
EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard most days recently.
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  4 Shoveler & 2 Otters.
BOATSTRAND:  1st-winter Iceland Gull & 1st-winter Glaucous Gull.
CLONEA STRAND:  Black Redstart at Ballinclamper.
DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL at Cunnigar tip, 3rd-winter Yellow-legged Gull at Killongford.
HELVICK HEAD:  1st-winter Iceland Gull & 1st-winter Glaucous Gull.
CARRIGNAGOUR (nr Lismore):  32 Redpoll.
 
Fri 20 Jan: .
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Shoveler, 10 Whooper Swans & an Otter.
EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
ANNESTOWN:  Kingfisher.
 
Mon 16 Jan: .
DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL on Cunnigar opposite sports centre.
CLONEA STRAND:  Black Redstart at Ballinclamper.
TRAMORE:  1st-winter Iceland Gull at boating lake, Merlin at Backstrand.
 
Sun 15 Jan: .
BLACKWATER ESTUARY:  1st-winter KUMLIEN'S GULL (video), 1st-winter Glaucous Gull & 2 1st/2nd-winter Iceland Gulls at Tinnabinna pier.
BLACKWATER CALLOWS:  33 Whooper Swans & 2 Bewick's Swans (video) east of Ballyduff.
CARRIGNAGOUR (nr Lismore):  2 Crossbills in garden, including singing male.
HELVICK HEAD:  1st-winter Glaucous Gull at pier (video) .
DUNGARVAN:  5 GLOSSY IBISES (4 still in field opposite Friary College, 1 flying over Country Life shop), SPOONBILL off pitch & putt course, adult dark-bellied Brent Goose at Ballyneety, 6 Great Northern Divers off Ballynacourty pier, Green Sandpiper at Brickey canal.
CLONEA STRAND:  5 Great Northern Divers & a Black Redstart at Ballinclamper.
TRAMORE:  1st-winter Iceland Gull at boating lake, 800-1000 Brent Geese at Lisselan.
 
Sat 14 Jan: .
DUNGARVAN:  4 GLOSSY IBIS (video - also here) at Duckspool, near Kilminnin.
BLACKWATER ESTUARY / YOUGHAL HARBOUR:  1st-winter KUMLIEN'S GULL (video), 3 Iceland Gulls (2 1st-winter & a 2nd-winter), 2 1st-winter Glaucous Gulls & 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (adult and 3rd-winter) at  pier on Co Waterford side of Youghal bridge.
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  76 Whooper Swans at Camphire.
BLACKWATER CALLOWS:  39 Whooper Swans & 2 Bewick's Swans (video) between Lismore and Ballyduff - apparently first confirmed Bewick's in Co Waterford in over 11 years. Total of 85 Whooper Swans along Callows, also 6 Shoverer, & 2 Green Sandpipers at Ballynerroon, west of Ballyduff.
 
Fri 13 Jan:
EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
DUNMORE EAST:  Great Skua & 3 Common Scoter offshore, 1st-winter Glaucous Gull.
ANNESTOWN:  Kingfisher.
DUNGARVAN: Green Sandpiper at Brickey canal.
 
Thurs 12 Jan:
BLACKWATER ESTUARY:  KUMLIEN'S GULL on Co Waterford side, just SE of bridge - 1st county record of this subspecies of Iceland Gull.
DUNGARVAN: Green Sandpiper over town, Blackcap at Strandside
 
Weds 11 Jan:
DUNGARVAN:  BLACK-NECKED GREBE, Slavonian Grebe & 2 Long-tailed Ducks off Ballynacourty.
CLONEA STRAND:  Whimbrel at Ballinclamper.
TRAMORE:  31 Gadwall at boating lake.
 
Tues 10 Jan:
Nr CARRIGNAGOUR:  Male Merlin found dead.
 
Mon 9 Jan:
DUNMORE EAST: 1st-winter Glaucous Gull & 2 Iceland Gulls (1st-winter & 3rd-winter).
TRAMORE BOATING LAKE:  1st-winter Iceland Gull.
DUNGARVAN: Adult Mediterranean Gull at Barnawee.
RAM HEAD: Red-throated Diver, Fin Whale, 30 Common Dolphins & 2 Porpoises.
 
Sun 8 Jan:
DUNGARVAN:  BLACK-NECKED GREBE & Slavonian Grebe off Ballynacourty, adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballyneety, 3 Otters between pitch & putt course and the Cunnigar.
DUNMORE EAST to BROWNSTOWN HEAD (from boat):  Fin Whale, 2 Porpoises, 2-3 Great Skuas, 6 Common Scoter, Great Northern Diver & Red-throated Diver. (Also 3 Fin Whales, 30+ Common Dolphins & 3-5 Great Skuas SE of Hook Head, Co Wexford.)
DUNMORE EAST:  1st-winter Glaucous Gull.
 
Sat 7 Jan:
DUNMORE EAST:  Grey Phalarope (video), 1st-winter Glaucous Gull (video) & adult argentatus-race Herring Gull at pier.
TRAMORE:  1st-winter Iceland Gull (video) at boating lake.
EAST WATERFORD:  3 Buzzards.
DRUM HILLS:  2 Crossbills near Knocknaglogh Lower.
ARDMORE:  Adult Mediterranean Gull at harbour.
CARRIGNAGOUR (nr Lismore):  20+ Redpoll.
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  Red Grouse & a Red Deer stag (escapee?).
 
Fri 6 Jan:
CLONEA STRAND:  BLUETHROAT at Ballinclamper.
WATERFORD CITY:  Chiffchaff in garden.
PORTLAW:  Green Sandpiper.
TRAMORE:  1st-winter Iceland Gull at boating lake.
ANNESTOWN:  Kingfisher.
BUNMAHON:  Kingfisher.
SEAFIELD:  Green Sandpiper.
DUNGARVAN:  Male Brambling at Strandside.
CARRIGNAGOUR (nr Lismore):  ChiffchaffRed Admiral.
 
Thurs 5 Jan:
CLONEA STRAND:  BLUETHROAT & 3 Black Redstarts at Ballinclamper.
DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL near the Cunnigar.
 
Weds 4 Jan:
CLONEA STRAND:  BLUETHROAT & 2 Black Redstarts.
 
Tues 3 Jan:
DUNMORE EAST:  2 Glaucous Gulls (1st-winter & 2nd-winter) & a 3rd-winter Iceland Gull.
CLONEA STRAND:  BLUETHROAT & 2 Black Redstarts.
DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL in western bay, 2nd-winter Mediterranean Gull at Ballynacourty.
ARDMORE:  Adult Mediterranean Gull in harbour.
WHITING BAY:  20+ Tree Sparrows at Sprngfield Lower.
 
Mon 2 Jan:
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  3 Woodcock near Ballysaggart, Red Grouse calling (also fresh droppings).
CARRIGNAGOUR (nr Lismore):  7 Crossbills in garden.
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  c30 Whooper Swans at Camphire, c10 Yellowhammers at Ballynabrack (nr Clashmore).
DRUM HILLS:  5 Crossbills between Toor North & Ballynaparka.
DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL at the Cunnigar, Slavonian Grebe at Gold Coast, female Pintail off pitch & putt, adult dark-bellied Brent Goose at pitch & putt, 3 Chiffchaffs at Knockanpower, Blackcap at Abbeyside.
CLONEA STRAND:  BLUETHROAT (video), 3 Black Redstarts & 2 Purple Sandpipers at Ballinclamper.
SEAFIELD:  Merlin & 2 Chiffchaffs.
 
Sun 1 Jan:
DUNMORE EAST:  2 1st-winter Glaucous Gulls & 8 Purple Sandpipers.
WOODSTOWN BOG:  Water Rail.
TRAMORE:  37 Gadwall & Merlin at boating lake, dark-bellied Brent Goose at Lisselan, 2 Shoveler in backstrand, 2 Black Redstarts at west end of beach.
COOLFIN: Greylag Goose with neck-collar 'NBX' - previously seen here in December 2005 and December 2009, originally ringed as an adult female in Iceland in July 2000.
CLONEA STRAND:  BLUETHROAT, 3 Black Redstarts, 4 Purple Sandpipers, 5 Great Northern Divers & 2 Common Seals at Ballinclamper.
BALLYNACOURTY POINT:  Great Skua.
DUNGARVAN BAY:  SPOONBILL near Youghal road, BLACK-NECKED GREBESlavonian Grebe & Merlin off Ballynacourty pier, 2 Long-tailed Ducks of pitch & putt course, dark-bellied Brent Goose at Ballyneety, 3 Chiffchaffs at Knockanpower Lower.
ARDMORE:  23 Tree Sparrows.

 

 
 
 
 

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Iceland Gull, 1st-winter, Boatstrand, 30 Jan 2012 D Clarke

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Glaucous Gull, 1st-winter, Boatstrand, 30 Jan 2012 D Clarke

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Humpback Whale, off Dunmore East, 28 Jan 2012 D Clarke

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Mediterranean Gull, adult, off Dunmore East, 28 Jan 2012 D Clarke

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Red-throated Diver, off Dunmore East, 28 Jan 2012 D Clarke

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Razorbill, off Dunmore East, 28 Jan 2012 D Clarke

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Iceland Gull, adult, Helvick Head, 28 Jan 2012 M Cowming

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Black-necked Grebes, Dungarvan, 28 Jan 2012 M Cowming

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Black Redstarts, Dungarvan town, 27 Jan 2012 F O'Connell

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Spoonbill with Grey Herons, Dungarvan, 22 Jan 2012 A Malcolm

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Black-necked Grebes, Dungarvan, 22 Jan 2012 M Cowming

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Glaucous Gull, Boatstrand, 21 Jan 2012 M Cowming

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Buzzard, east Waterford, 18 Jan 2012 D Clarke

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Kestrel, Ballyvoyle, 16 Jan 2012 D Clarke

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Bewick's Swan, Blackwater callows, 15 Jan 2012 D Weldon

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Glossy Ibises, Dungarvan, 15 Jan 2012 D Clarke

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Glaucous Gull, 1st-winter, Helvick, 15 Jan 2012 D Weldon

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M Cowming

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Great Northern Diver, 1st-winter, Dungarvan, 15 Jan 2012 D Clarke

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Green Sandpiper, Brickey canal, 15 Jan 2012 D Clarke

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Black Redstart, Clonea Strand, 15 Jan 2012 D Clarke

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Kumlien's Gull, Blackwater estuary, 15 Jan 2012 D Weldon

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PM Walsh

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Iceland Gull, 1st-winter, Blackwater estuary, 15 Jan 2012 PM Walsh

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Glossy Ibis, Dungarvan, 14 Jan 2012 M Cowming

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Kumlien's Gull, 1st-winter, near Youghal bridge, 14 Jan 2012 M Cowming

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Bewick's Swan, Blackwater Callows, 14 Jan 2012 M Cowming

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ewick's & Whooper Swans, Blackwater Callows, 14 Jan 2012 M Cowming

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Great Skua, off Dunmore East, 13 Jan 2012 A Malcolm

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Great Skua & Great Black-backed Gull, off Dunmore East, 13 Jan 2012 A Malcolm

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Kestrel, Waterford city dump, 12 Jan 2012 D Clarke

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Merlin, adult male, Carrignagour, 10 Jan 2012 A Malcolm

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Kittiwake, 8 Jan 2012 A Malcolm

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Great Skua, SE of Hook Head, 8 Jan 2012 A Malcolm

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Fin Whale, SE of Hook Head, 8 Jan 2012 A Malcolm

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Fin Whale, SE of Hook Head, 8 Jan 2012 A Malcolm

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Common Dolphin, SE of Hook Head, 8 Jan 2012 A Malcolm

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MA Duggan

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Grey Phalarope, Dunmore East, 7 Jan 2012 M Cowming

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Iceland Gull, 1st-winter, Tramore boating lake, 7 Jan 2012 M Cowming

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Kingfisher (spitting up pellet), Annestown, 6 Jan 2012 D Clarke

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Red Admiral, Carrignagour, 6 Jan 2012 A Malcolm

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Iceland Gull, 3rd-winter, Dunmore East, 3 Jan 2012 P Archer

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Glaucous Gull, 1st-winter, Dunmore East, 3 Jan 2012 P Archer

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Glaucous Gull, 2nd-winter, Dunmore East, 3 Jan 2012 P Archer

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Crossbill, male, Carrignagour, 2 Jan 2012 A Malcolm

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Tree Sparrow, Ardmore, 1 Jan 2012 D Clarke

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Kestrel, Ardmore, 1 Jan 2012 D Clarke

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Blackcap, female, Abbeyside, Dungarvan, 1 Jan 2012 D Clarke

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.  
 
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