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Bird records June-July 2006

 
Waterford bird records, June-July 2006

 
See migrant lepidoptera page also (highlights below)
 
July 2006
 
Sat 29 July:
HELVICK HEAD:  A Great Shearwater, 8 Storm Petrels, 11 Common Scoter, 3 Great Skuas, 7 Arctic Skuas, 3 Pomarine Skuas & 10 Puffins flew west.
DUNGARVAN:  63 Little Egrets, including 51 at Killongford.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2 Arctic Skuas west, a Great Skua & a Black Guillemot east (1-hr seawatch 1345-1445 hrs); also a Hummingbird Hawk-moth.
 
Friday 28 July:
CLONEA STRAND:  Juvenile Mediterranean Gull at Ballinclamper.
 
Sun 23 July:
Nr LISMORE:  Jay at Ballyrafter House Hotel; Yellowhammer & recently-fledged Spotted Flycatcher at Ballinanchor.
Nr AGLISH: Blackcap & 2 Yellowhammers, also a Clouded Yellow.
 
Sat 22 July:
CLONEA STRAND:  Adult Mediterranean Gull, Ballinclamper.
 
Fri 21 July:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Migrant moths included a Vestal & a Scarce Bordered Straw.
 
Weds 19 July:
Near TALLOW:  3 singing Yellowhammers.
 
Tues 18 July:
Near LISMORE:  Jay found dead.
 
Mon 17 July:
RAM HEAD:  Minke Whale.
 
Sun 16 July:
LOWRY BRIDGE/WHITESTOWN, nr Mothel:  Blackcap singing.
CURRAGHTAGGART, nr Clonea Power:  Spotted Flycatcher, 5+ Emperor dragonflies at a small (artificial?) lake.
 
Sat 15 July:
DUNGARVAN:  Common Sandpiper along Brickey river.
PORTLAW:  Kingfisher carrying food to nest burrow, also 2 Stock Doves, 2 singing Blackcaps.
 
Fri 14 July:
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  Water Rail.
 
Thurs 13 July:
RAM HEAD:  2 Puffins.
ARDMORE:  2 Mediterranean Gulls (adult + 2nd-summer); 2 Stock Doves & a Spotted Flycatcher north of Ardmore.
 
Weds 12 July:
PAULSWORTH, nr Ardmore:  Adult Mediterranean Gull.
 
Sun 9 July:
KNOCKBRACK QUARRY, nr Clashmore:  6+ Emperor dragonflies (including egg-laying).
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  Whimbrel, 2 Great Crested Grebes & a singing Blackcap.
KILMEADEN POOLS:  4 Green Sandpipers & a Stock Dove.
 
Sat 8 July:
HELVICK HEAD:  3-4 Storm Petrels, 2 Pomarine Skuas, 3 Arctic Skuas & 15 Puffins during an evening seawatch.
 
Fri 7 July:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Migrant moths included a Scarce Bordered Straw.
 
Mon 3 July:
DUNGARVAN:  23 Little Egrets in Gold Coast/Barnawee area, 2 Common Sandpipers at Barnawee.
 
Sun 2 July:
ARDMORE:  Adult Mediterranean Gull.
DUNGARVAN:  Possible Great White Egret reported in Barnawee/Gold Coast area.
Nr KILMACTHOMAS:  2 singing Yellowhammers.
Nr KILCLOONEY FOREST:  2 Grasshopper Warblers & 4 Blackcaps singing, 1 Yellowhammer.
 
Sat 1 July:
DUNGARVAN:  7 Common Sandpipers, Ballyneety.
BALLINARD:  1 Common Sandpiper.
BALLYVOONEY COVE:  5 Common Scoter.
KILMEADEN POOLS:  4 Green Sandpipers.
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  Whooper Swan & singing Blackcap; also a Stock Dove nearby.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Whooper/Mute Swan hybrid.
Nr MAHON BRIDGE:  3 singing Blackcaps.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  12 Choughs.

June 2006
 
Fri 30 June:
TINNABINNA area, nr Youghal bridge:   Stock Dove, 2 Yellowhammers & singing Blackcap.
 
Weds 28 June:
BALLYMACART:  Singing Blackcaps at Ballymacart & Ballintlea bridges.
 
Sun 25 June:
NIRE VALLEY:  3 singing Blackcaps.
BOHADOON MOUNTAIN, nr Crohaun:  Grasshopper Warbler & 7 Ravens; also a Clouded Yellow.
Nr CLASHMORE:  3 Emperor dragonflies & 3+ Common Newts at pools in a former quarry, also 3 Hummingbird Hawk-moths.
 
Sat 24 June:
BALLINARD:  A Pomarine Skua & 9 Common Scoters flew west; also a Hummingbird Hawk-moth.
NIRE VALLEY:  Adult + fledgling Dipper nr Hanora's Cottage.
 
Fri 23 June:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Migrant moths included a Scarce Bordered Straw.
 
Sun 18 June:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  3 Pomarine Skuas (2nd- or 3rd-summer birds) flew west in 1 hr (1650-1750 hrs), also a Puffin on the sea.
 
Sat 17 June:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  14 Choughs; migrant moths included 2 Bordered Straws.
KILLONE, nr Knockaderry:  2 Stock Doves, singing Blackcap & a Spotted Flycatcher.
LISNAKILL:  Singing Blackcap & Yellowhammer.
 
Fri 16 June:
GRALLAGH BRIDGE:  Spotted Flycatcher, 2 singing Blackcaps.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Migrant moths included a Cosmopolitan & a Delicate.
 
Weds 14 June:
RAM HEAD:  136 occupied Kittiwake nests in study-plots that held 204 nests in June 2005 - a 33% decline suggesting total population may now be <170 nests (v. 244 in 2005 & >1000 in 1985); also a Minke Whale & 3 Porpoises.
ARDMORE HEAD:  2 Hummingbird Hawk-moths.
KILMACTHOMASD:  Hummingbird Hawk-moth.
 
Mon 12 June:
Nr LISMORE:  Male Hen Harrier.
 
Sun 11 June:
DUNGARVAN:  Apparent hybrid Whooper/Mute Swan at Ballyneety bridge.
GORTNALAGHT WOOD, nr Lemybrien:  6 singing Blackcaps; also a Clouded Yellow.
BALLYGARRAN/LISSAHANE, nr Knockaderry:  2 Yellowhammers; also a Hummingbird Hawk-moth.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  195 Manx Shearwaters east in 20 mins (1710-1730hrs) (585E/hr); migrant lepidoptera included 3 Bordered Straws
 
Sat 10 June:
DUNGARVAN:  Turtle Dove feeding on bird table, Abbeyside.
Nr SUGAR LOAF ROCK:  2 Cuckoos, a singing Blackcap & 2 Yellowhammers; also a Hummingbird Hawk-moth.
LISNAKILL, nr Orchardstown:  Hummingbird Hawk-moth.
Nr MOUNT CONGREVE:  Singing Blackcap.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  An Arctic Skua flew west, a Storm Petrel east and 85 Manx Shearwaters east in 25 mins (200E/hr) afternoon/evening, also 8 Swifts; migrant moths included a Cosmopolitan (3rd county record?).
 
Fri 9 June:
LISMORE to THE VEE:  Male Hen Harrier.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Migrant moths trapped Friday night included a Delicate.
 
Thurs 8 June:
Nr LISMORE:  Crossbills heard.
 
Tues 6 June:
Nr LISMORE:  Female Hen Harrier.
 
Mon 5 June:
Nr LISMORE:  Male Hen Harrier.
Nr KILL:  Singing Blackcap, Bog; another & a singing Yellowhammer, Kilbeg.
 
Sun 4 June:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Highlight was a Quail calling just before midnight, apparently attracted to a mercury vapour light-trap used for moth-catching.  Migrant moths included another Delicate.
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  Summering adult Whooper Swan, 2 Great Crested Grebes & a singing Blackcap.
Nr KILMACTHOMAS:  3 singing Blackcaps & 5 Yellowhammers.
RAM HEAD:  Hummingbird Hawk-moth.
 
Sat 3 June:
WATERFORD CITY:  An unidentified kite species (suspected Black Kite) flew over Collins Avenue, with 3 Buzzards.
FENOR area:  Turtle Dove nr village, singing Blackcap; also 4 Hairy Dragonflies at Fenor Bog.
BALLYSCANLAN LOUGH:  A singing Reed Warbler (1st site record?); also 6 Hairy Dragonflies.
RAM HEAD:  12 Common Dolphins, 7 Porpoises, a Minke Whale & 2 Basking Sharks.
Nr CLASHMORE:  Dragonflies at artificial pools here included an Emperor.
Nr LISMORE:  Bank Vole at Carrignagour.
 
Fri 2 June:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Migrant moths included a Delicate.
 
Thurs 1 June:
TRAMORE TOWN:  Bordered Straw moth.
.click below for larger images

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Jay, near Lismore, 18 July 2006 A. Malcolm

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Common Sandpiper, Brickey river, Dungarvan, 15 July 2006 M. Cowming

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Black-headed Gull, juvenile, Brickey river, Dungarvan, 15 July 2006 M. Cowming

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Emperor dragonfly, female egg-laying, Knockbrack quarry, 9 July 2006 A. Malcolm

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Common Lizard with two tails, west Waterford, 4 July 2006 A.Malcolm

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Mediterranean Gull, Ardmore, 2 July 2006. Note ring on left leg. D. Clarke

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Grey Heron, Ballinard, 24 June 2006 M. Cowming

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Whooper/Mute Swan hybrid, Dungarvan, 11 June 2006 M. Cowming

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Dunlin, Ballinard, June 2006 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.  
 
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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