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Waterford bird reports for January-February 2014

 
Waterford bird records January-February 2014 (details subject to verification or correction)

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FEBRUARY 2014:
 
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Fri 28 Feb:
WHITING BAY:  Iceland Gull & 2 Glaucous Gulls.
DUNGARVAN:  1st-winter Mediterranean Gull nr pitch & putt course.
CLONEA:  Adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballinard.
MID WATERFORD:  Buzzards at two locations (2 + 1).
TRAMORE:  Adult Ring-billed Gull at boating lake.
 
Thurs 27 Feb:
DUNGARVAN:  SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF at Springfield, behind Topaz garage.

Weds 26 Feb:
FERRY POINT:  3 Glaucous Gulls (1st-winter & 2 adults) & a 1st-winter Iceland Gull.
CALISO BAY:  Adult Glaucous Gull.
WHITING BAY:  2 adult Glaucous Gulls.
ARDMORE:  Merlin at Curragh.
WEST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
CASTLETOWN FEN:  Water Rail & 2 Shoveler.

Sun 23 Feb:
TRAMORE: Adult Ring-billed Gull at boating lake.
HELVICK:  2 adult Glaucous Gulls.

Sat 22 Feb:
WATERFORD CITY:  3 Sand Martins (first of year) at River Suir by train station - very early.
TRAMORE:  Merlin, 22 Gadwall & 2nd-winter Glaucous Gull at Lisselan.
CLONEA:  Adult Glaucous Gull at Ballinclamper.
HELVICK: 4 Glaucous Gulls (1st-winter & 3 adults).
WHITING GULL:  Adult Glaucous Gull.
FERRY POINT:  Adult Glaucous Gull.

Fri 21 Feb:
HELVICK:  2 adult Glaucous Gulls.
DUNGARVAN:  1st-winter Glaucous Gull at Ballyneety.

Thurs 20 Feb:
FERRY POINT:  Glaucous Gull.
WHITING BAY:  2 Glaucous Gulls.
RAM HEAD:  Pomarine Skua.
HELVICK:  Glaucous Gull.
 
Weds 19 Feb:
TRAMORE:  2 Glaucous Gulls (1st-winter & 2nd-winter) on beach.
CALISO BAY:  Adult Glaucous Gull.
FERRY POINT:  2 Glaucous Gulls (adult & 1st-winter).

Tues 18 Feb:
FERRY POINT:  Yellow-legged Gull & 3 adult Glaucous Gulls.
RAM HEAD:  9 Great Northern Divers & 200 Common Dolphins.
WATERFORD NATURE PARK (Kilbarry):  Water Rail.

Mon 17 Feb:
TRAMORE:  Adult Ring-billed Gull near boating lake, adult Iceland Gull  & 1st-winter Glaucous Gull on beach.

Sun 16 Feb:
DUNGARVAN:  3 Long-tailed Ducks off the Cunnigar, 10 Great Northern Divers in harbour, Kingfisher at Ballyneety.
CLONEA:  18 Great Northern Divers.
WATERFORD HARBOUR:  62 Great Crested Grebes including 57 off Geneva Strand.

Sat 15 Feb:
YOUGHAL ESTUARY:  4 adult Glaucous Gulls at Ferry Point, 1st-winter Glaucous Gull at Rincrew, Otter at Tinnabinna.
WHITING BAY:  1st-winter Mediterranean Gull, 1st-winter Glaucous Gull & 2nd-winter Iceland Gull.
WEST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
DUNGARVAN:   SPOONBILL at Barnawee near old railway bridge, 3 Long-tailed Ducks off pitch & putt course, 3rd-winter Glaucous Gull at Ballynacourty, Dark-bellied Brent Goose at Ballyneety.
DERRIGAL/COOLFIN:  200+ Greylag Geese & 23 Whooper Swans.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Male RING-NECKED DUCK & a Water Rail.
MID WATERFORD:  Buzzard (").
BALLYVOYLE:  1st-winter Iceland Gull & adult Mediterranean Gull.
BALLYDWAN:  1st-winter Iceland Gull.
TRAMORE:  Short-eared Owl & Gadwall at Lisselan, 1st-winter Glaucous Gull, 2 Shoveler & 14 Gadwall at boating lake, 804 Black-tailed Godwits at Pickardstown, 679 Brent Geese at Backstrand.
CASTLETOWN FEN:  Water Rail & 15 Shoveler.
WATERFORD HARBOUR:  Adult Glaucous Gull at Cheekpoint.
 
Thurs 13 Feb:
FERRY POINT:  2 Glaucous Gulls (adult & 1st-winter) & 1st-winter Iceland Gull.
WHITING BAY:  Adult Glaucous Gull.
DUNGARVAN:  2nd-winter Glaucous Gull.
 
Mon 10 Feb:
DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL off pitch & putt course, 14 Great Northern Divers in bay.
HELVICK HEAD:  3 Great Northern Divers.
CLONEA STRAND:  Adult Glaucous Gull at Ballinard, 7 Whimbrel Ballinard to Ballinclamper, 2 adult or 3rd-winter Yellow -legged Gulls N of Ballyvoyle Cove, 5 Great Northern Divers in bay.
MID WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
 
Sun 9 Feb:
ARDMORE:  Adult Mediterranean Gull.
HELVICK:  Adult Glaucous Gull.
DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL off pitch & putt course, 3 Long-tailed Ducks & 8 Great Northern Divers in bay, Chiffchaff at Southways, Abbeyside.
CLONEA:  Adult Glaucous Gull.
SEAFIELD:  Green Sandpiper.
MID WATERFORD:  5 Buzzards.
TRAMORE:  Adult Ring-billed Gull, adult Glaucous Gull & 21 Gadwall at boating lake, adult Little Gull near dump, Common Scoter & 2 Pintail off Saleen, Chiffchaff at Lisselan.
 
Sat 8 Feb:
TRAMORE:  Adult Little Gull & adult Ring-billed Gull at boating lake.
EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
HELVICK:  2 Glaucous Gulls (adult & 1st-winter).
 
Thurs 6 Feb:
DUNGARVAN:  Adult Glaucous Gull at Poulaphouca / Knockanpower Lower, male Long-tailed Duck inside Cunnigar, Green Sandpiper at Killongford pools.
CLONEA STRAND:  3 Mediterranean Gulls (1st-winter & 2 adults) at Ballyvoyle end.
 
Weds 5 Feb:
DUNGARVAN:  Green Sandpiper at Brickey canal, adult Glaucous Gull at Ballynagaul, 2nd-winter Mediterranean Gull near pitch & putt course.
ARDMORE:  Common Scoter at Curragh.

Tues 4  Feb:
CARRIGNAGOUR (nr Lismore):  7 Crossbills.

Mon 3  Feb:
BUNMAHON:  1st-winter Mediterranean Gull.
WHITING BAY:  2nd-winter Iceland Gull.

Sun 2 Feb:
HELVICK:  Adult KUMLIEN'S GULL.
WEST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.

Sat 1 Feb:
TRAMORE:  Adult Ring-billed Gull, adult Iceland Gull, adult & 1st-winter Glaucous GullMediterranean Gull, 24 Shoveler & 26 Gadwall at boating lake.
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  Male RING-NECKED DUCK.
DUNGARVAN:  Adult Glaucous Gull at Ballynagaul.
WHITING BAY:  6+ Tree Sparrows at Springfield Lower, 1st-winter Glaucous Gull.

JANUARY 2014:
 
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Fri 31 Jan:
DUNGARVAN: 1st-winter Glaucous Gull off Cunnigar car-park.

Thurs 30 Jan:
WATERFORD CITY: Chiffchaff at Francis Street.
TRAMORE:  Gadwall & 11 Shoveler at boating lake.

Weds 29 Jan:
SEAFIELD / BUNMAHON:  CATTLE EGRET still present.
DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL below Killongford bridge.
CLONEA STRAND:  Whimbrel.

Mon 27 Jan:
TRAMORE: Adult Ring-billed Gull., 1st-winter Glaucous Gull  & 6 Shoveler at boating lake.

Sun 26 Jan:
ARDMORE: Female Common Scoter.
WHITING BAY:  Tree Sparrow at Springfield Lower.

Sat 25 Jan:
HELVICK HEAD: 2 LITTLE AUKS W.
KINSALEBEG:  2nd-winter Iceland Gull at Tiknock.
WHITING BAY:  10+ Tree Sparrows at Springfield.
ARDMORE:  Female Brambling at Curragh, 2nd-winter Mediterranean Gull at Ardmore town.
DUNGARVAN:   SPOONBILL in Western Bay, Merlin at Youghal Road.
TRAMORE:  1st-winter Glaucous Gull & adult Ring-billed Gull (video) at boating lake.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Great Skua W & 2 Porpoises (seawatch 14:35-15:20).
 
Fri 24 Jan:
AT SEA:  3 Manx Shearwaters, 10 Great Skuas & 2 'Blue' Fulmars between Mine Head & Dungarvan from R.V. Celtic Explorer, all well within sight of land (further details).
 
Thurs 23 Jan:
BLACKWATER CALLOWS:  Kingfisher at Lismore, 38 Whooper Swans at Ballyduff.
WEST WATERFORD:  Buzzard at 2 locations.
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  Kingfisher.
COOLFIN:  30 Whooper Swans.

Weds 22 Jan:
FERRY POINT:  1st-winter Glaucous Gull, 3+Iceland Gulls  & adult Yellow-legged Gull.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Male RING-NECKED DUCK.
TRAMORE:  1st-winter Glaucous Gull, 10 Shoveler & 18 Gadwall at boating lake, Chiffchaff at west end of beach.

Tues 21 Jan:
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Male RING-NECKED DUCK.

Mon 20 Jan:
HELVICK:  2 KUMLIEN'S GULL (adult & 1st-winter) at pier, also a 1st-winter Iceland Gull of nominate subspecies.
RAM HEAD:  2 Fin Whales, 200 Common Dolphins & an Otter.
 
Sun 19 Jan:
HELVICK:  2 1st-winter Iceland Gulls at pier - one now considered to be KUMLIEN'S GULL (Iceland Gull of subspecies Larus glaucoides kumlieni) - 2nd county record.
SEAFIELD / BUNMAHON:  CATTLE EGRET still present.
MID WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards.
TIBBERAGHNY (Co Kilkenny):  32 Whooper Swans.
DERRIGAL:  also 32 Whooper Swans.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Male RING-NECKED DUCK.
BOATSTRAND:  Adult Mediterranean Gull.
ISLANDIKANE:  71 Choughs.
Nr LITTLE ISLAND:  Common Sandpiper.
 
Sat 18 Jan:
SEAFIELD / BUNMAHON:  CATTLE EGRET.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Male RING-NECKED DUCK.
DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL & 4 Long-tailed Ducks.
Nr WHITING BAY:  10 Tree Sparrows at Springfield.
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  4+ Red Grouse.
BLACKWATER CALLOWS:  c60 Whooper Swans above Ballyduff.
 
Thurs 16 Jan:
TRAMORE: Adult Ring-billed Gull at boating lake.

Weds 15 Jan:
TRAMORE:  Merlin at Lisselan.
WHITING BAY:  2 Tree Sparrows at west end, 9-10 Yellowhammers.

Tues 14 Jan:
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  Male RING-NECKED DUCK.
BUNMAHON:  CATTLE EGRET & adult Mediterranean Gull.
MID WATERFORD:  Buzzard.

Mon 13 Jan:
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  Male RING-NECKED DUCK (last reported here on 13 December).
PORTLAW:  Green Sandpiper below bridge in village.
 
Sun 12 Jan:
SEAFIELD / BUNMAHON:  CATTLE EGRET.
CLONEA:  Whimbrel & Purple Sandpiper at Ballinclamper.
HELVICK HEAD:  Balearic Shearwater E.
ARDMORE:  2 Common Scoter at Curragh beach.
 
Sat 11 Jan:
TRAMORE:  1st-winter Glaucous Gull, 18 Shoveler & 43 Gadwall at boating lake, 3 Shoveler & 658 Brent Geese at Backstrand, 2 Common Scoter in Tramore Bay, Chiffchaff in Tramore town.
DUNGARVAN:  Chiffchaff at the Cunnigar.
RAM HEAD:  30 Common Dolphins.
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  Day-flying bat species at Dromana bridge.
 
Fri 10 Jan:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  5  GLOSSY IBISES.
SEAFIELD / BUNMAHON:  CATTLE EGRET.
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  Gadwall.
KILMEADEN:  Jay.
 
Thurs 9 Jan:
DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL & 3 Long-tailed Ducks inside the Cunnigar, 3 Chiffchaffs (1+ eastern-type) behind Topaz garage at Springfield, 16 Great Northern Divers in bay.
CLONEA:  Whimbrel at Ballinclamper, 8 Great Northern Divers in bay.
BALLYVOYLE COVE:  2 Dippers at bridge.
TRAMORE:  Greylag Goose, Common Scoter & 2 Shoveler at Lisselan.
 
Weds 8 Jan:
SEAFIELD / BUNMAHON: 1 CATTLE EGRET still present.
 
Mon 6 Jan:.
NR WHITING BAY:  2 Tree Sparrows, Springfield area.
 
Sun 5 Jan:.
TRAMORE:  1st-winter Glaucous Gull at boating lake, Merlin at Backstrand.
 
Sat 4 Jan:
BIRD-RACE:  Two teams recorded 103 and 85 species, respectively.
SEAFIELD / BUNMAHON:  2 CATTLE EGRETS.
TRAMORE:  Adult Ring-billed Gull, 1st-winter Glaucous Gull & 1st-winter male Pintail at boating lake; Greylag Goose at Lisselan.
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  Pochard.
DUNGARVAN:  Common Sandpiper at Killongford, adult Yellow-legged Gull off pitch & putt course.
DRUM HILLS:  Woodcock.
 
Fri 3 Jan:
SEAFIELD:  CATTLE EGRET again present.
CLONEA:  Great Skua, Whimbrel & 3 Purple Sandpipers at Ballinclamper.
DUNGARVAN:   SPOONBILL off pitch & putt course, 2 Long-tailed Ducks off Quann's.
HELVICK HEAD:  LITTLE AUK flew W.
ARDMORE:  Adult Mediterranean Gull on beach, female Brambling at Curragh stream.
WEST WATERFORD:  Buzzard at two locations.
LISMORE:  Jay.
 
Thurs 2 Jan:
TRAMORE:  1st-winter Glaucous Gull, adult Mediterranean Gull & 1st-winter male Pintail at boating lake, 3 Common Scoter in Bay.
EAST WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards.
CLONEA:  Whimbrel , 2 Purple Sandpipers & 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls at Ballinclamper.
DUNGARVAN:   SPOONBILL at the Cunnigar, & 2 Long-tailed Ducks.
HELVICK:  2nd-winter Glaucous Gull.

Weds 1 Jan:
BLACKWATER CALLOWS:  119 Whooper Swans.
HELVICK HEAD: Balearic Shearwater & Glaucous Gull.
DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL at the Cunnigar, 3 Long-tailed Ducks off Quann's, & Dark-bellied Brent Goose at Duckspool, Merlin & adult Yellow-legged Gull at Ballyneety.
CLONEA:  Whimbrel & Purple Sandpiper at Ballinard / Ballinclamper.
BALLYDWAN to BALLYVOONEY:  Merlin.
SEAFIELD / BUNMAHON:  CATTLE EGRET still present.
DERRIGAL:  14 Whooper Swans.
TRAMORE:  1st-winter Glaucous Gull at boating lake.
EAST WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards.
 

Previous months
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

.click for larger images or see photo-gallery (January-February)

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Glaucous Gull, adult, Ferry Point, 22 Feb 2014 NJ Bourke

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Glaucous Gull, adult & dolphin), Whiting Bay, 20 Feb 2014 AD Malcolm

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AD Malcolm

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AD Malcolm

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AD Malcolm

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AD Malcolm

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Glaucous Gull, adult, Ferry Point, 18 Feb 2014 AD Malcolm

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AD Malcolm

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Greylag Geese, Derrigal, 18 Feb 2014 D Clarke

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D Clarke

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Goldcrest, Carrignagour, 17 Feb 2014 C Ind

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Goldeneye, male, Ballyneety, Dungarvan, 16 Feb 2014 D Clarke

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Great Northern Diver, Dungarvan, 16 Feb 2014 D Clarke

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D Clarke

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Glaucous Gull, adult, Ferry Point, 13 Feb 2014 AD Malcolm

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AD Malcolm

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Iceland Gull, 1st-winter, Ferry Point, 13 Feb 2013 AD Malcolm

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Glaucous Gull, 1st-winter, Ferry Point, 13 Feb 2013 AD Malcolm

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AD Malcolm

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Great Northern Divers, Helvick, 9 Feb 2014 T Kennedy

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T Kennedy

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Mediterranean Gull, 2nd-winter, Dungarvan, 5 Feb 2014 F O'Connell

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Peregrine, west Waterford, 3 February 2014 AD Malcolm

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Iceland Gull, 2nd-winter, Whiting Bay, 3 Feb 2014 AD Malcolm

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Buzzard, west Waterford, 31 Jan 2014 AD Malcolm

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Oystercatcher, Dungarvan, 25 Jan 2014 F O'Connell

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Redshank, Dungarvan, 25 Jan 2014 F O'Connell

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Glaucous Gull, 1st-winter, Ferry Point, 22 Jan 2014 AD Malcolm

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AD Malcolm

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AD Malcolm

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AD Malcolm

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Yellow-legged Gull, adult, Ferry Point, 22 Jan 2014 AD Malcolm

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Greenshank, 22 Jan 2014 AD Malcolm

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Great Northern Diver, Helvick, 22 Jan 2014 AD Malcolm

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Mute Swan, Brickey canal, Dungarvan, 20 Jan 2014 F O'Connell

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F O'Connell

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Kumlien's Gull, adult, Helvick, 20 Jan 2014 R Zamora

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R Zamora

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R Zamora

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R Zamora

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Iceland Gull, 1st-winter of subspecies kumlieni (Kumlien's Gull), Helvick,19 Jan 2014 R Zamora

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R Zamora

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R Zamora

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R Zamora

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R Zamora

see also video (RZ)

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Jackdaw, possibly 'Eastern' type, Tramore boating lake, 16 Jan 2014 R Zamora

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R Zamora

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R Zamora

see also video (RZ)

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Great Northern Diver, Dungarvan, 13 Jan 2014 F O'Connell

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Great Black-backed Gull, Dungarvan, 13 Jan 2014 F O'Connell

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bat species flying by day, Dromana, 11 Jan 2014 AD Malcolm

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Buzzard, east Waterford, 11 Jan 2013 D Clarke

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aberrant (dark-billed) Black-headed Gull(?), Curragh strand, Ardmore, 11 Jan 2014 AD Malcolm

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Sparrowhawk, Ballinclamper, 5 Jan 2014 D Clarke

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Great Northern Diver, Dungarvan 3 Jan 2014 D Clarke

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hybrid WhooperxMute Swan & Mute Swan, Cappagh, Jan 2014 Anita Walsh

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Glaucous Gull, 1st-winter, Tramore boating lake, 2 Jan 2014 D Sinnott

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