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Bird records Co Waterford July-August 2007

Waterford bird records July-August 2007 (details subject to verification or correction)
older records - archive

See migrant Lepidoptera page also (highlights below)

August 2007
Mon 27 Aug:
CLONEA STRAND:  2 adult Mediterranean Gulls at Ballinclamper.
Sun 26 Aug:
BELLE LAKE: 2 juvenile Reed Warblers & 18 Sedge Warblers ringed, Water Rail calling.
Sat 25 Aug:
HELVICK HEAD:  Spotted Flycatcher.
GLENDOG (nr Ballylemon):  Spotted Flycatcher.
CLONEA STRAND:  2 Roseate Terns (adult + juvenile) at Ballinclamper.
BELLE LAKE: Juvenile Reed Warbler & 20 Sedge Warblers ringed, Water Rail calling.
Sun 19 Aug::
BELLE LAKE:  Water Rail.
Sat 18 Aug:
HELVICK HEAD:  CORY'S SHEARWATER, Balearic Shearwater, 5-6 Sooty Shearwaters. 6-7 Storm Petrels, Arctic Skua & lots of Common Dolphins.
DUNGARVAN:  Ruff & Mediterranean Gull at Killongford, 2 Mediterranean Gulls at Ballyneety.  Also, a colour-marked Black-tailed Godwit seen here today had been ringed as an adult male at the Tagus Estuary, Portugal on 22.02.07 , and was also seen at the Medway Estuary, Kent, SE England on 1 & 4.04.07. 
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Convolvulus Hawk-moth.
Fri 17 Aug:
MINE HEAD:  Leathery Turtle (seen from Ram Head).
Tues 14 Aug:
CLONEA STRAND:  Ruff at Ballinclamper.
Sun 12 Aug:
Nr AGLISH:  Barn Owl.
MINE HEAD:  40 Choughs.
Sat 11 Aug:
HELVICK HEAD:  14 Puffins & a Great Skua flew west.
DUNGARVAN:  4 Mediterranean Gulls  - 1st-summer & 2 juveniles at Ballynacourty, 1st-summer at Ballyneety.
Fri 10 Aug:
RAM HEAD:  Great Skua and 9-13 Porpoises.
Mon 6 Aug:
DUNGARVAN:  1st-summer Mediterranean Gull  at Ballyneety, adult Mediterranean Gull & 2 Kingfishers at Barnawee; also a dead Otter on Barnawee bridge.
CLONEA STRAND:  1st-summer Mediterranean Gull at Ballinclamper.
BELLE LAKE:  14 Sedge Warblers ringed,Water Rail calling.
Sun 5 Aug:
WHITING BAY:  Adult Black Tern & juvenile Mediterranean Gull.
BELLE LAKE:  Water Rail calling.
Sat 4 Aug:
HELVICK HEAD:  Balearic Shearwater (also recorded on various dates sincec 25 July).
DUNGARVAN:  1st-summer Mediterranean Gull at the Cunnigar.
CLONEA STRAND:  Adult Little Gull and 1st-summer Mediterranean Gull at Ballinclamper.
BELLE LAKE:  4 Reed Warblers (2 juveniles & an alarm-calling pair).
Fri 3 Aug:
WHITING BAY:  Juvenile Mediterranean Gull.
HELVICK HEAD:  7 Storm Petrels & 2 Arctic Skuas.
DUNGARVAN:  1st-summer Little Gull at the Cunnigar, adult Mediterranean Gull at Barnawee.
CLONEA STRAND:  1st-summer Mediterranean Gull with white colour-ring '3H97' at Ballinclamper - originally ringed as a chick at Fiskeholm, Helnaes, Bugt, Fyn, Denmark, and previously seen (29/11/2006) at Beauport, Paimpol, Cotes d'Armor, France.
Weds 1 Aug:
CHEEKPOINT:  HOBBY chasing Swallows about the pier (c2000 hrs).
KILMEADEN POOLS:  Green Sandpiper & 15+ Red Admirals.
TRAMORE BAY:  2 Arctic Skuas.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  8 Common Sandpipers at Kilmacleague.

July 2007
Last updated 27 Sept 2007
Tues 31 July:
WATERFORD CITY: 2 Buzzards also calling over the city centre.
WATERFORD HARBOUR:  Humpback Whale between Dunmore East and Hook Head - see Irish Whale and Dolphin Group website for further details.
Sun 29-Tues 31 July:
Nr TRAMORE:  2 Buzzards present, calling, each day; also one at another site in Tramore area, 30 July.
Sun 29 July:
BELLE LAKE:  3 Reed Warblers, 16 Sedge Warblers & 2 Blackcaps ringed.
Sat 28 July:
DUNGARVAN:  1st-summer Mediterranean Gull at Ballyneety.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Delicate moth.
Fri 27 July:
KILMURRAY, nr Dungarvan:  Long-eared Owl.
HELVICK HEAD:  A Sooty Shearwater flew west, also 500+ Manx Shearwaters and 2+ Storm Petrels feeding off the mouth of Dungarvan Bay.
Weds 25 July:
HELVICK HEAD:  Balearic Shearwater, 2 Great Shearwaters, Sooty Shearwater, Arctic Skua & small numbers of Storm Petrels.
RAM HEAD:  Total of 76 large Kittiwake chicks (some very close to fledging) at study plots that held 154 occupied nests in early June - estimated productivity of 0.49 fledglings per nest, down from 0.7 in 2006.
Sun 22 July:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  64 Little Egrets.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Wheatear & 2 Willow Warblers; Delicate moth.
Sat 21 July:
COMERAGH MOUNTAINS:  Good numbers of Ravens & Wheatears.
Fri 20 July:
GREAT NEWTOWN HEAD:  4 Storm Petrels.
Sun 15 July:
DUNGARVAN:  2 Mediterranean Gulls (2nd-summer in bay, 1st-wummer at Ballyneety).
CLONEA STRAND:  3 Great Northern Divers.
Sat 14 July:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  A turtle species close inshore.
Weds 11 July:
Tues 10 July:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2 Delicate moths.
Mon 9 July:
KILBRIDE SOUTH (nr Tramore):  11 Ravens.
Sun 8 July:
BALLINDUD (Outer Ring Road):  Long-eared Owl.
Nr RATHGORMUCK:  Spotted Flycatcher & Dipper.
Sat 7 July:
BALLINARD (nr Clonea):  2 Arctic Skuas & 6 Common Scoter.
nr LISMORE:  Spotted Flycatcher pair.
Nr KNOCKBRACK QUARRY:  3 Yellowhammers.
BALLYSCANLAN:  Long-eared Owl chick calling.
TRAMORE BAY:  Arctic Skua.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2 Delicate moths.
Fri 6 July:
STRANCALLY (lower Blackwater):  Spotted Flycatcher & 2 Jays.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2 Delicate moths.
Weds 4 July:
DUNGARVAN:  A Guillemot found dead at the Cunnigar today had been ringed on Great Saltee island, Co Wexford on 21 June 1993.
CLONEA STRAND:  1st-summer Little Gull still present; also good numbers of Storm Petrels visible offshore from here and HELVICK HEAD.
Nr LISMORE:  Dipper and Spotted Flycatcher.
Sun 1 July:
CLONEA STRAND:  Great Skua, 2 Arctic Skuas & 1st-summer Mediterranean Gull at Ballinclamper.

.click below for larger images

Roseate Terns (adult + juvenile), Ballinclamper, 25 Aug 2007 M Cowming

Convolvulus Hawk-moth, Brownstown Head, 18 Aug 2007 PM Walsh


Reed Warbler, juvenile, Belle Lake, 29 July 2007 PM Walsh

Sedge Warbler, Belle Lake, 29 July 2007 PM Walsh

Blackcap, juvenile, Belle Lake, 29 July 2007 PM Walsh

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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