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Bird reports for January-February 2010

Waterford bird records January-February 2010 (details subject to verification or correction)
older records - archive

February 2010
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Sun 28 Feb:
BALLYNACOURTY POINT:  Whimbrel at the lighthouse.
DUNGARVAN:  Water Rail, 23 Snipe, 2 Kingfishers & male Blackcap at pool behind Nissan garage on the Youghal Road;
ARDOGINNA (nr Ardmore):  Merlin & 2 Fin Whales.
Sat 27 Feb:
DUNGARVAN:  23 Great Crested Grebes off Ballynacourty pier.
CLONEA STRAND:  12 Great Northern & 17 Red-throated Divers off Ballinclamper.
BALLVOONEY COVE:  1 Great Northern & 33 Red-throated Divers.
BUNMAHON:  2 Great Northern & 22 Red-throted Divers.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  28 Tufted Duck & hybrid Whooper/Mute Swan.
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  27 Whooper Swans & hybrid Whooper/Mute Swan.
COOLFIN/DERRIGAL:  Canada Goose, 32 Whooper Swans & 47 Greylag Geese.
WATERFORD HARBOUR (I-WeBS count):  69 Great Crested Grebes off Geneva & Woodstown, 2 Great Northern Divers off Fornaght, 42 Brent Geese, & an adult Yellow-legged Gull opposite Cheekpoint (at Great Island on Co Wexford side).
Fri 26 Feb:
MOUNT CONGREVE (R. Suir):  Common Sandpiper.
Thurs 25 Feb:
TRAMORE BOATING LAKE:  SMEW & 1st-winter Mediterranean Gull.
WATERFORD CITY:  2 Blackcaps (male & ringed female), Upper Yellow Road.
DUNGARVAN:  2 Kingfishers behind Nissan garage on the Youghal Road.
Mon 22 Feb:
WATERFORD CITY:  Buzzard flew over.
Sun 21 Feb:
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  2 Green Sandpipers (singly at Camphire Bridge and Cappoquin), 80 Whooper Swans & an Otter at Dromana House.
Sat 20 Feb:
DUNMORE EAST:  6 Purple Sandpipers.
KILDERMODY:  Woodcock.
Fri 19 Feb:
COOLFIN:  150+ Greylag Geese, including neck-banded individual ("NBX").
PORTLAW:  Kingfisher.
FIDDOWN BRIDGE:  Kingfisher & Otter.
DUNGARVAN:  Male Blackcap at Strandside, Abbeyside, daily since December.
Weds 17 Feb:
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  Kingfisher at Cappoquin; Jay & 2 Otters at Dromana Bridge.
Tues 16 Feb:
DUNGARVAN:  Kingfisher at Barnawee.
Sun 14 Feb:
DUNGARVAN:  BLACK-NECKED GREBE off Ballynacourty Pier.
COOLFIN:  Canada Goose with Whooper Swans.
TRAMORE BOATING LAKE:  SMEW & 1st-winter Mediterranean Gull.
WATERFORD CITY:  Female Blackcap in garden at Collins Avenue.
Sat 13 Feb:
WATERFORD CITY:  Male Blackcap & up to 25 Goldfinches present daily in garden at Francis Street; another (female) Blackcap in garden at Collins Avenue.
DUNGARVAN:  Curlew Sandpiper at Ballyneety, dark-bellied Brent Goose at Cunnigar tip, 800+ Brent Geese inside Cunnigar, 51 Great Crested Grebes & a Great Northern Diver in bay.
BALLINTLEA (nr Dungarvan):  Jay.
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  Male Green-winged Teal & 2nd-winter Mediterranean Gull at Villierstown; Buzzard;  Yellowhammers at Camphire (6), Newport East (2) & Ballinvella (1).
BLACKWATER CALLOWS:  3 Shoveler; also a Dipper at Ballynerroon East.
KNOCKADAV (Knockmealdown Mountains):  3 Woodcock & a Red Grouse.
RINCREW:  Adult Yellow-legged Gull & 1st-winter Iceland Gull on Cork side.
Weds 10 Feb:
DUNGARVAN:  Kingfisher at Barnawee.
Mon 8 Feb:
DUNGARVAN:  Male Brambling in garden, Abbeyside.
Sat 6 Feb:
TRAMORE:  Buzzard & 2 Gadwall at Boating Lake, another Gadwall off Saleen.
BOATSTRAND:  Adult Mediterranean Gull.
BALLYDWAN BAY:  4 Red-throated Divers.
Nr BALLYDWAN:  4 Yellowhammers.
CLONEA STRAND:  30 Red-throated & 16 Great Northern Divers, 4 Purple Sandpipers & 40 Sanderling.
DUNGARVAN:  BLACK-NECKED GREBE in the bay, Whooper Swan at Ballyneety.
Fri 5 Feb:
Thurs 4 Feb:
WATERFORD CITY:  Black Redstart at the Courthouse.
DUNGARVAN:  Male Blackcap & 6 Siskins at Abbeyside.
Mon 1 Feb:
DUNGARVAN:  Kingfisher at Barnawee.

January 2010
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Sun 31 Jan:
RINCREW (Tourig estuary):  2 adult Mediterranean Gulls.
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  Male Brambling near Villierstown school; Buzzard
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 665+ Brent Geese, 4 Shoveler, 200 Mallard, 1st-winter Mediterranean Gull (at boating lake) & 165 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.
EAST WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards south of Waterford city.
Sat 30 Jan:
DUNGARVAN:  Otter feeding in the harbour, last four days.
Thurs 28 Jan:
Off DUNMORE EAST:  4 Fin Whales and associated feeding seabirds including 60 Gannets & 100+ Guillemots.
Weds 27 Jan:
DUNGARVAN:  1st-winter Glaucous Gull at the Cunnigar.
Sun 24 Jan:
VILLIERSTOWN:  Brambling just below Villierstown school (& for past week).
DUNGARVAN:  BLACK-NECKED GREBE & Common Scoter in the bayBLACK BRANT & Merlin at Ballyneety; Curlew Sandpiper opposite the Park Hotel; Brambling in garden at Clonea Road (& for past week).
TRAMORE BOATING LAKE:  Female/immature SMEW& 1st-winter Mediterranean Gull.
Sat 23 Jan:
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  Merlin at Newport.
DUNGARVAN:  BLACK-NECKED GREBE & Common Scoter in the bay, 2 Jack Snipe at the Cunnigar.
TRAMORE BOATING LAKE:  Female/immature SMEW, 2 Gadwall (male + female) & 1st-winter Mediterranean Gull.
Fri 22 Jan:
BRIDE / LOWER BLACKWATER:  76 Whooper Swans at a new site in field c1 km west of the usual Camphire site, missed on last weekends counts.
Mon 18 Jan:
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  Green-winged Teal at Villierstown Quay.
Sat-Sun 16-17 Jan:
WHOOPER SWAN SURVEY:  Total of 217 Whoopers at sites within Co Waterford, plus a further 88 at adjacent sites in Cos Kilkenny or Cork - further details below.
Sun 17 Jan:
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  Hen Harrier; 8 Crossbills at Knockaunabulloga near the Vee; Woodcock & Dipper at Boggaghdaun.
BLACKWATER CALLOWS:  Total of 192 Whooper Swans at four locations with Co Waterford section of the Callows (54 Glencarin Abbey, 4 Flowerhill, 6 just west of Ballyduff, & 128 at Ballyneroone).  [Also 33 birds at Careysville on the Co Cork section.]
BRIDE / LOWER BLACKWATER:  Only 2 Whooper Swans at Camphire (126 there on 28 Dec 2009); 4 Whoopers west of Tallowbridge.
DUNGARVAN:  Pochard.
BALLYNABOOLA (nr Halfway House):   3 Whooper Swans in flooded field, a new site for the species.
Sat 16 Jan:
TRAMORE BOATING LAKE:  Female/immature SMEW & adult Mediterranean Gull.
CORBALLYMORE WOOD:  220 Woodpigeon.
DERRIGAL / PORTNASCULLY:  15 Greylag Geese, 5 Whooper Swans & 2 Greenshank.
COOLFIN:  93 Greylag Geese & 11 Whooper Swanss.
TIBBERAGHNY BOG (Co Kilkenny):  180 Greylag Geese & 55 Whooper Swans.
BLACKWATER CALLOWS:  100 Whooper Swans & 4+ Shoveler upriver from Lismore.
RINCREW:  1st-winter Iceland Gull, adult Yellow-legged Gull & 2nd-winter Mediterranean Gull (green darvic ring on left leg).
Fri 15 Jan:
CLONEA STRAND:  9 Great Northern Divers.
BUNMAHON:  2 Kingfishers at River Mahon.
Nr PORTLAW:  19 Greylag Geese & 9 Whooper Swans.
Thurs 14 Jan:
PORTLAW:  Kingfisher.
Mon 11 Jan:
DUNGARVAN:  BLACK-NECKED GREBE & 11 Shoveler off Pitch & Putt Course.
Sun 10 Jan:
DUNGARVAN:  BLACK-NECKED GREBE off the Sports Centre, 12 Shoveler off the Pitch & Putt Course, adult BLACK BRANT in fields at Western Bay, male Gadwall at Ballyneety Bridge, male Pochard between pond and Dungarvan castle.
WATERFORD CITY:  2 male Blackcaps , 9 Redwings & a Fieldfare at Francis Street.
Sat 9 Jan:
FERRY POINT:  3 female/immature Black Redstarts.
Nr WHITING BAY:  12+ Tree Sparrows at Springhill Lower.
DUNGARVAN:  3 Barnacle Geese at Duckspool, Abbeyside; 4 Tufted Duck & 2 Great Northern Divers off Abbeyside Church; 4 Shoveler at Killongford; 1st-winter male Common Scoter off Gold Coast Hotel; female Blackcap, 10+ Redwings & 2 Fieldfares at Southways, Abbeyside; 2 Blackcaps (male & female), 10-20 Redwings & a Fieldfare at another garden in town.
CLONEA STRAND:  2+ Whimbrel & 7 Purple Sandpiper at Ballinclamper.
WATERFORD CITY:  12 Redwings & a Fieldfare in garden at Collins Avenue; 10-12 Redwings in garden at King's Channel.
Fri 8 Jan:
DUNGARVAN:  Black Redstart at GlaxoSmithKline.
WATERFORD CITY:  2 Blackcaps (male & female) & 13 Redwings in garden at Upper Yellow Road; male Blackcap in garden at King's Channel (also on 6-7 Jan).
VARIOUS SITES:  Obvious arrival of Redwings into gardens today (also including c6 at Abbeyside, Dungarvan, 7 at Francis Street and 1 at Collins Avenue,Waterford city) and in recent days (including Tramore on 5th and St Herblain Park, Waterford City on 7th Jan).
Thurs 7 Jan:
RAM HEAD:  3+ Fin Whales & 20 Common Dolphins.
HELVICK HEAD:  60 Common Dolphins, 4 Red-throated Divers & an unidentified large falcon.
DUNGARVAN:  Apparently the same large falcon as at Helvick, also seen at Clonea Road; male & female Blackcap at Strandside, Abbeyside.
TRAMORE:  Several Blackcaps daily since 18th December.
WATERFORD CITY:  Female Blackcap still present at St Herblain Park.
Tues 5 Jan:
DUNGARVAN:  Male & female Blackcap daily at Strandside, Abbeyside.
Mon 4 Jan:
DUNGARVAN:  BLACK-NECKED GREBE off Ballynacourty Pier.
CROHAUN:  Long-eared Owl.
Sun 3 Jan:
WATERFORD CITY:  Blackcap & Lesser Redpoll in garden, Francis Street, and up to 3 Blackcaps at bird-table there daily for the last 3 weeks.
TRAMORE BOATING LAKE:  1st-winter Mediterranean Gull.
DUNGARVAN:  Colour-ringed Black-headed Gull ("238B", yellow, left leg) at Gold Coast, ringed at Lough Mask, Co Mayo in 2007) (previously seen at Ballinclamper, Clonea in July 2009). Also a colour-ringed Bar-tailed Godwit at same location, ringed at De Richel, the Netherlands, 30 July 2003.
ARDMORE:  Adult Mediterranean Gull on beach.
WHITING BAY:  Common Scoter flew east; up to 30 Tree Sparrows at Ballysallagh.
FERRY POINT:  3 Black Redstarts.
Sat 2 Jan:
DUNGARVAN:  BLACK BRANT & 3 Barnacle Geese at Ballyneety; Common Scoter the bay; Kingfisher & Green Sandpiper on the River Brickey at Kilongford; Whimbrel at Knockanpower Lower, Ring.
CLONEA STRAND:  Purple Sandpiper at Ballinclamper, 6 Red-throated Divers offshore.
Fri 1 Jan:
WHITING BAY:  Black Redstart.
BRICKEY RIVER:  Dipper near Two-mile Bridge.
DUNGARVAN:  BLACK BRANT, 3 Barnacle Geese & female Merlin at Ballyneety; BLACK-NECKED GREBE in the bay; male Blackcap at Strandside, Abbeyside; Whimbrel & white darvic-ringed Oystercatcher ("N57") at Knockanpower Lower, Ring. The Oystercatcher had been ringed as chick on the roof of Aberdeen Cricket Club, NE Scotland on 31 May 2007.
WATERFORD CITY:  Male Blackcap in garden at King's Channel.

Water Rail, Dungarvan, 28 Feb 2010 D Clarke

Kingfisher, Dungarvan, 28 Feb 2010 D Clarke

Blackcap, male, Dungarvan, 28 Feb 2010 D Clarke

Whooper Swans, Blackwater at Dromana, 21 Feb 2010 D Clarke


Green Sandpiper, Blackwater valley, 21 Feb 2010 D Clarke

Greylag Geese, including neck-band "NBX", Coolfin, 19 Feb 2009 D Clarke

Mediterranean Gull, 1st-winter, Tramore Boating Lake, 14 Feb 2009 M Cowming

Smew, female or imm, Tramore Boating Lake, 14 Feb 2009 M Cowming

Common Dolphin, melanic individual, Ram Head, 1 Feb 2010 A Malcolm

Kittiwake, 1st-winter, off Dunmore east, 29 Jan 2010 (c) D Clarke

Gannet D Clarke

Fin Whale D Clarke


Mink A Malcolm

Goldeneye D Clarke

Greylag Goose D Clarke

Whooper Swan D Clarke

Kingfisher D Clarke


Goldcrest D Clarke

Snipe, Waterford courthouse, 8 Jan 2010 P Dwan

Redwing P Dwan

Mistle Thrush M Cowming

Fieldfare M Cowming


Snipe D Clarke


Fieldfare 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.  
Please email any sightings, or text details of scarcer species to 0861701599.

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