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Bird reports for January-February 2011

 
Waterford bird records January-February 2011 (details subject to verification or correction)
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February 2011
 
Check here for possible updates or further details.
 
Mon 28 Feb:
RAM HEAD:  13 Red-throated Divers & c120 Common Dolphins.
DUNGARVAN:  Small Tortoiseshell butterfly on main street.
KILMACTHOMAS:  Jackdaw showing characters of one of the Nordic/eastern European races monedula/soemmerringii.
 
Sun 27 Feb:
THE VEE:  Female Crossbill on Co Waterford side.
WEST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
DUNGARVAN:  Green Sandpiper at Brickey canal.
GREAT NEWTOWN HEAD:  6 Red-throated Divers.
GARRARUS:  15 Red-throated Divers.
KILFARRASY:  10 Red-throated Divers.
ANNESTOWN BOG:  2 Water Rails calling.
TRAMORE BOATING LAKE:  29 Gadwall.
EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
 
Sat 26 Feb:
Nr BALLYLANEEN:  3 Woodcock.
SEAFIELD (nr Bunmahon):  Woodcock.
MID WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards.
DUNGARVAN:  Kingfisher at Barnawee, 3 Pintail off pitch & putt course.
WHITING BAY:  Merlin.
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  Water Rail at Killahaly Bridge.
 
Fri 25 Feb:
CLONEA STRAND:  5 Slavonian Grebes & a Little Gull.
Nr COMERAGH MOUNTAINS:  Male Hen Harrier.
Nr BUNMAHON:  Otter.
 
Thurs 24 Feb:
TRAMORE:  Black Redstart at west end of beach; 36+ Gadwall at the boating lake; 550 Brent Geese & 600 Black-tailed Godwits at Lisselan.
CORBALLY:  2 Tree Sparrows.
BELLE LAKE:  Water Rail calling.
 
Tues 22 Feb:
Nr DUNGARVAN:  Long-eared Owl at Brickey canal, Merlin at Kilmurray.
 
Mon 21 Feb:
Nr DUNGARVAN:  4 bats (species unclear) flying over Brickey canal & Kilmurray.
WEST WATERFORD:  High count of 7 Buzzards soaring at one location.
 
Sun 20 Feb:
DUNGARVAN:  Adult Little Gull at Ballynacourty pier; Jack Snipe at Abbeyside prom.
HELVICK HEAD:  4 Great Northern Divers.
Nr DUNGARVAN:  Long-eared Owl at Knockmaun.
 
Sat 19 Feb:
WHITING BAY: 1st-winter Mediterranean Gull.
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS: 2 Red Grouse.
STRANCALLY: Woodcock.
COOLNASMEAR: Brambling.
DUNGARVAN: Merlin in Dungarvan town; 2 Slavonian Grebes & 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBES off Ballynacourty; male Shoveler off pitch & putt course; Green Sandpiper at Ballyneety; 3 Bramblings at Abbeyside.
SEAFIELD (nr Bunmahon): Green Sandpiper & 2 Kingfishers.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR: 2 Whooper / Mute Swan hybrids.
COOLFIN: 405 Greylag Geese & 39 Whooper Swans.
POLLRONE (nr Mooncoin, Co Kilkenny): 2 Tree Sparrows.
MID WATERFORD:  Buzzard
 
Friday 18 Feb:
DUNGARVAN:  2 BLACK-NECKED GREBES & 2 Slavonian Grebes off Ballynacourty pier; Brambling at Strandside.
 
Thurs 17 Feb:
DUNGARVAN:  Brambling at Strandside.
FINISK RIVER:  Green Sandpiper.
Nr BUNMAHON:  Green Sandpiper at Seafield.
 
Weds 16 Feb:
DUNGARVAN:  Male Brambling & 2 Blackcaps at Strandside.
 
Thurs 15 Feb:
AGLISH:  Long-eared Owl.
 
Mon 14 Feb:
DUNGARVAN (I-WeBS count): Totals included 835 Brent Geese, 57 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Great Northern Divers; a Jack Snipe (at the Cunnigar); 5 female/immature Pintail & an imm male Shoveler off the pitch & putt course; also a male Brambling at Strandside.
CLONEA STRAND:  3 Purple Sandpipers at Ballinclamper, 18 Great Northern Divers & 32 Red-throated Divers, Ballinard to Ballyvoyle.
ARDMORE BAY:  4 Great Northern Divers & 8 Red-throated Divers.
FINISK BRIDGE:  Green Sandpiper.
CAPPOQUIN:  Kingfisher & Otter.
 
Sun 13 Feb:
BALLYSCANLAN LOUGH:  3 female/immature Goosanders again present.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Merlin, hybrid Whooper / Mute Swan & 98 Tufted Duck.
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  30 Whooper Swans.
TRAMORE:  Black Redstart at western end of strand.
ANNESTOWN:  Kingfisher.
Nr BUNMAHON:  Green Sandpiper at Seafield; 50+ Stock Doves.
STRADBALLY:  Dipper.
CLONEA STRAND:  Whimbrel & 3+ Purple Sandpipers.
DUNGARVAN:  2 BLACK-NECKED GREBES at Ballynacourty; 2 Barnacle Geese & probable Barnacle hybrid at Ballyneety.
ARDMORE BAY:  6 Great Northern Divers, 1st-winter Mediterranean Gull & 620 Common Gulls.
BLACKWATER CALLOWS:  166 Whooper Swans at Ballynerroon West, near Ballyduff.
ARAGLIN HILLS:  1 Crossbill near Cronohill (Co Cork side).
 
Sat 12 Feb:
BALLYSCANLAN LOUGH:  3 female/immature Goosanders.
EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
DUNMORE EAST:  6 Purple Sandpipers outside seawall.
TRAMORE:  Black Redstart at west corner of beach, 5 White-fronted Geese at Lisselan, 32+ Gadwall at boating lake, 80 Hooded Crows off Saleen.
BUNMAHON:  1st-winter Mediterranean Gull.
DUNGARVAN: 2 Little Gulls (adult & 1st-winter) off Ballynacourty pier; Kingfisher & adult Mediterranean Gull at Barnawee; Kingfisher at Brickey canal.
FINISK BRIDGE: Green Sandpiper & 2 Dippers.
CAPPOQUIN: Kingfisher.
 
Mon 7 Feb:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Spotted Redshank again at Pickardstown / Ballinattin.
 
Sun 6 Feb:
HELVICK HEAD:  2+ adult light-phase Pomarine Skuas (1 E, 2W), 48 Red-throated Divers W, 60 Fulmars W & 490 large auks W (seawatch 13:40-15:10, wind 6-7 SW); also 12 Red-throated Divers & 6 Great Northern Divers & on sea.
DUNGARVAN:  2 Green Sandpipers & 2 Kingfishers at Brickey canal; Barnacle Goose at pitch & putt club; male Shoveler off Quann's.
SEAFIELD (nr Bunmahon):  4 Woodcock.
 
Sat 5 Feb:
HELVICK HEAD:  Adult Pomarine Skua (seawatch 09:00-11:00).
 
Fri 4 Feb:
DUNGARVAN:  2 Blackcaps & 4 Tree Sparrows at Strandside, Abbeyside.
 
Thurs 3 Feb:
Nr DRUM HILLS:  Male Hen Harrier.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Spotted Redshank at Pickardstown / Ballinattin.
 
Weds 2 Feb:
DUNGARVAN:  Green Sandpiper at the Brickey canal.
 
Tues 1 Feb:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  3 Long-tailed Ducks (2 males & a female).
KILMANAHAN:  25 Whooper Swans.

January 2011
 
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Mon 31 Jan:
DUNGARVAN: Curlew Sandpiper in front of Park Hotel; 2 Blackcaps at Strandside.
KILMANAHAN:  7 Whooper Swans.
WEST WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards.
 
Sun 30 Jan:
TRAMORE:  3 Waxwings at Ard na Groi estate; 40 Gadwall & 9 Shoveler on boating lake; 5 White-fronted Geese at Lisselan; 3 Shoveler on backstrand; 4 Common Scoter, 17 Red-throated Divers & 4 Great Northern Divers in outer bay.
COOLFIN/DERRIGAL/PORTNASCULLY:  320 Greylag Geese & 34 Whooper Swans.
TIBBERAGHNY (Co Kilkenny):  61 Whooper Swans.
STRADBALLY:  2 Dippers.
 
Sat 29 Jan:
ARDMORE BAY: Red-throated Diver.
DUNGARVAN: Curlew Sandpiper nr Fraher field, 7 Shoveler off pitch & putt course, adult dark-bellied Brent Goose nr Cunnigar tip, 38 Great Crested Grebes & a Great Northern Diver off Ballynacourty pier.
CAPPOQUIN: 20 Yellowhammers opposite Cappoquin Chickens factory.
Nr BUNMAHON:  2 Water Rails & 2 Kingfishers.
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR: 2 Shoveler.
COOLFIN: 29 Greylag Geese.
FIDDOWN: Jay.
 
Fri 28 Jan:
Nr LISMORE:  Barn Owl.
DUNGARVAN:  3 Barnacle Geese & a  Bar-headed Goose (presumed escaped).
ANNESTOWN:  Merlin & Kingfisher.
BUNMAHON:  Kingfisher.
TRAMORE:  Blackcaps still present.
 
Thurs 27 Jan:
TRAMORE:  3 Waxwings still at Ard na Groi estate.
CLONEA STRAND:  Great Skua off Ballinclamper, 30 Rock Pipits at Ballinclamper / Ballinard, adult argentatus Herring Gull at Ballyvoyle.
DUNGARVAN (I-WeBS count): Slavonian Grebe& 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBES off Ballynacourtypier; 9 Pintail & 5 Shoveler off the pitch & putt course; Barnacle Goose at Ballyneety; 2 more Barnacle Geese (tame birds) & a Bar-headed Goose at the Cunnigar; totals of 40 Great Crested Grebes & 1040+ Brent Geese.
 
Tues 25 Jan:
EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
Nr BUNMAHON:  Merlin & Kingfisher at Seafield.
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  4 Pink-footed Geese.
 
Mon 24 Jan:
RAM HEAD:  2 Fin Whales.
 
Sun 23 Jan:
TRAMORE:  3 Waxwings again at Ard na Groi estate.
EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
Nr BALLYDWAN:  Jack Snipe.
BALLINARD:   Adult Mediterranean Gull.
DUNGARVAN: Slavonian Grebe, 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBES, 55 Great Crested Grebes & a Red-throated Diver at Ballynacourty; 2-3 Jack Snipe at the Cunnigar; adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballyneety; Blackcap & Brambling at Abbeyside. 
COLLIGAN WOOD:  Dipper.
LOWER BLACKWATER:  Otter at Camphire bridge; ringtail Hen Harrier.
WEST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
 
Sat 22 Jan:
TRAMORE:  3 Waxwings at Ard na Groi estate behind racecourse;  3 Long-tailed Ducks, 5 White-fronted Geese (at Lisselan), 4 Shoveler & 4 Gadwall at backstrand; adult Ring-billed Gull, 59 Gadwall & 8 Shoveler at boating lake.
DUNGARVAN: 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBES at Ballynacourty; Barnacle Goose at Quann's; Green Sandpiper at Brickey River; adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballyneety.
WHITING BAY:  13 Choughs.
RIVER BLACKWATER:  3 Green Sandpipers at Cappoquin.
 
Fri 21 Jan:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD to DUNMORE EAST:  3 Great Skuas, 11 Red-throated Divers, 5 Fin Whales & a Humpback Whale.
TRAMORE:  4 Blackcaps in garden.
DUNGARVAN:  Woodcock near Kilmurray.
 
Thurs 20 Jan:
TRAMORE TOWN:  3 Waxwings in housing estate behind racecourse.
CLONEA STRAND:  Little Gull.
 
Tues 18 Jan:
RAM HEAD: Pomarine Skua, Arctic Skua, Red-throated Diver & 2 Porpoises.
DUNGARVAN:  3 Blackcaps at Strandside, Abbeyside.
WEST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
 
Sun 16 Jan:
DUNGARVAN: Barnacle Goose at Ballyneety, male Velvet Scoter, Slavonian Grebe, 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBES & 2 Great Northern Divers at Ballynacourty, adult Mediterranean Gull opposite Fraher field, Blackcap & 20 Siskins at Springmount.
Nr BALLYDWAN:  3 Woodcock.
Nr ANNESTOWN: 80 Skylarks.
TRAMORE BOATING LAKE: 52 Gadwall.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND (I-WeBS count): Totals included 814 Brent Geese, 5 Shoveler, 10 Gadwall, 2 male Long-tailed Ducks, a Jack Snipe, 130 Grey Plover & 322 Black-tailed Godwit.
 
Sat 15 Jan:
LISMORE:  Waxwing.
HELVICK HEAD:  Red-throated Diver, 500+ Fulmars, 6 Purple Sandpipers & 3 Black Guillemots (seawatch 12:30-13:30).
 
Thurs 13 Jan:
DUNGARVAN:  3 Blackcaps (2 male, 1 female) at Strandside, Abbeyside.
 
Weds 12 Jan:
DUNGARVAN:  2 Blackcaps at Strandside, Abbeyside.
 
Tues 11 Jan:
DUNGARVAN:  Male Velvet Scoter, Slavonian Grebe & 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBES at Ballynacourty.
Off WATERFORD HARBOUR:  Humpback Whale west of Dunmore East (new individual for ireland - details at IWDG website), also 3 Great Skuas, an Arctic Skua & 2 Red-throated Divers off the harbour.
 
Sun 9 Jan:
DUNGARVAN:  Male Velvet Scoter, Slavonian Grebe & 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBES at Ballynacourty; 2 Jack Snipe at the Cunnigar.
CARRICKBEG (Tipperary/Waterford border):  4 female/immature Goosanders on River Suir.
CLONEA STRAND:  Purple Sandpiper at Ballinclamper.
Nr BALLYDWAN:  Jack Snipe.
Nr BUNMAHON:  4 Woodcock.
 
Sat 8 Jan:
DUNGARVAN: Slavonian Grebe & 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBES at Ballynacourty; Barnacle Goose at pitch & putt course; adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballyneety; 2 female Blackcaps at Ballinroad.
Nr BUNMAHON:  Blackcap (singing) at Seafield.
TRAMORE BOATING LAKE: Adult Mediterranean Gull, adult Ring-billed Gull & 4 Shoveler.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 23 Tufted Duck, 2 Shoveler, 15 Gadwall, 5 White-fronted Geese & 3 Otters at Lisselan.
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR: 11 Gadwall, 11 Shoveler & hybrid Whooper/Mute Swan.
DERRIGAL: c270 Greylag Geese. 
 
Fri 7 Jan:
DUNGARVAN:  Blackcap & 2 males Bramblings, Abbeyside; Merlin, Kilmurry.
BLACKWATER RIVER:  Green Sandpiper & Otter at the Kitchen Hole, Cappoquin to Lismore.
 
Tues 4 Jan:
Nr BUNMAHON:  Brambling at Seafield.
 
Mon 3 Jan:
Nr WHITING BAY:  10 Tree Sparrows at Ballysallagh.
RAM HEAD:  2 Fin Whales, 6 Red-throated Divers & a skua species (Pomarine or Arctic).
DUNGARVAN:  Velvet Scoter, Slavonian Grebe & 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBES at Ballynacourty; Barnacle Goose at CBS pitch.
Nr BUNMAHON:  2 Woodcock, Kingfisher & Chiffchaff at Seafield.
 
Sun 2 Jan:
TRAMORE TOWN:  3 Waxwings, 2 Brambling & a Blackcap; also several Waxings a few days earlier.
DUNGARVAN:  Slavonian Grebe & 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBES, 34 Great Crested Grebes & a Great Northern Diver off Ballynacourty pier. 
CLONEA STRAND:  6 Great Northern Divers & 3 Red-throated Divers.
WEST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
 
Sat 1 Jan:
TRAMORE:  Black Redstart in western corner of beach.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  21 Tufted Duck, 29 Gadwall, 9 Shoveler & 5 White-fronted Geese at Lisselan.
DUNGARVAN:  Velvet Scoter, Slavonian Grebe & 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBES at Ballynacourty. 
CLONEA STRAND:  Whimbrel & Purple Sandpiper at Ballinclamper.
BALLINROAD-DURROW:  5 Woodcock.
STRADBALLY COVE:  Dipper.
ANNESTOWN:  Kingfisher.
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  35 Whooper Swans, hybrid Mute/Whooper Swan, 2 drake Pintail, 8 Shoveler & 8 Gadwall
COOLFIN / DERRIGAL:  35 Whooper Swans.
EAST / MID WATERFORD:  Buzzard at two locations.

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Chough, Whiting Bay, 28 Feb 2011 A Malcolm

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Sparrowhawk, female carrying Rook, Cappoquin, 22 Feb 2011 D Clarke

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Buzzard, Feb 2011 D Weldon

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Brambling, male, Strandside, Dungarvan, 14 Feb 2011 D Clarke

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Stoat, Dromana Bridge, 14 Feb 2011 D Clarke

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Dipper, Stradbally, 13 Feb 2011 D Clarke

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Raven, Ballyvooney, 13 Feb 2011 D Clarke

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Goosanders, Ballyscanlan Lough, 13 Feb 2011 D Weldon

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Goosanders, Ballyscanlan Lough, 12 Feb 2011 M Cowming

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Green Sandpiper, Finisk Bridge, 12 Feb 2011 D Clarke

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Redwing, Cappoquin, 12 Feb 2011 D Clarke

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Tree Sparrows, Strandside, Dungarvan, 4 Feb 2011 D Clarke

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Spotted Redshank, Pickardstown / Ballinattin, Tramore Backstrand, 3 Feb 2011 N McCarthy.

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Buzzard, west Waterford, 31 Jan 2011 D Clarke

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Yellowhammer, Cappoquin, 29 Jan 2011 M Cowming

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Kingfisher, Annestown, 29 Jan 2011 D Clarke

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Kingfisher, Seafield, nr Bunmahon, 29 Jan 2011 D Weldon

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Curlew Sandpiper, Dungarvan, 29 Jan 2011 M Cowming

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Pintail, male, Dungarvan, 29 Jan 2011 M Cowming

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Barnacle Goose & Bar-headed Goose, Dungarvan, 27 Jan 2011 S O'Rourke

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Waxwing, Tramore, 27 Jan 2011 D Clarke

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Herring Gull of race argentatus (bird at left), Ballyvoyle, 27 Jan 2011 B Sheridan

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Brambling, Abbeyside, Dungarvan, 23 Jan 2011 D Clarke

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Waxwing, Tramore, 22 Jan 2011 D Weldon

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Waxwing, Tramore, 22 Jan 2011 M Cowming

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Siskin, Abbeyside, Dungarvan, 22 Jan 2011 D Clarke

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Chough, Whiting Bay, 22 Jan 2011 A Malcolm

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Great Skua, Brownstown Hd to Dunmore East, 21 Jan 2011 A Malcolm

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Great Skua harassing Great Black-backed Gull, 21 Jan 2011 A Malcolm

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Humpback Whale, Brownstown Hd to Dunmore East, 21 Jan 2011 A Malcolm

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Waxwings, Tramore town, 20 Jan 2011 Sara Connor

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Velvet Scoter, male, Ballynacourty, Dungarvan, 16 Jan 2011 C Flynn

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Great Northern Divers, Ballynacourty, Dungarvan, 16 Jan 2011 D Clarke

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Fulmar, Bunmahon, 16 Jan 2011 D Clarke

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Blackcap, Dungarvan, 16 Jan 2011 D Clarke

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Lesser(?) Redpoll, Seafield, nr Bunmahon, 16 Jan 2011 D Weldon

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Humpback Whale, nr Dunmore east, 11 Jan 2011 A Malcolm

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Goosanders, Carrickbeg, 9 Jan 2011 B White

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Velvet Scoter, male, Ballynacourty, Dungarvan, 9 Jan 2011 M Cowming

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Greenshank, Ballyquin, nr Ardmore, 3 Jan 2011 A Malcolm

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Buzzard, 1 Jan 2011 M Cowming

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Skavonian Grebe, Ballynacourty, Dungarvan, 1 Jan 2011 M Cowming

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Velvet Scoter, male, Ballynacourty, Dungarvan, 1 Jan 2011 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.  
 
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