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Bird reports for March 2012

 
Waterford bird records March 2012 (details subject to verification or correction)
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March 2012
 
Check here for updates or further details
 
Fri 31 Mar:
BUNMAHON / SEAFIELD:  PURPLE HERON still present, also Green Sandpiper & 3 Swallows.
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  Pair of Hen Harriers displaying.
ISLANDIKANE:  Male Blackcap.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Red-legged Partridge, male Blackcap, 2 Willow Warblers, 4 Wheatears, 4 Common Scoter flew W.
 
Thurs 30 Mar:
BUNMAHON / SEAFIELD:  Adult PURPLE HERON (video).
Nr STRADBALLY:  RED KITE (untagged).
ARDMORE:  2 Iceland Gulls (1st-winter & 2nd-winter) at Curragh strand.
DUNGARVAN:  Swallow & House Martin.
BALLYSCANLAN / CARRICKAVRANTRY:  3 Willow Warblers.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Blackcap, c5 Willow Warblers & c5 Chiffchaffs.
 
Thurs 29 Mar:
BUNMAHON:  Adult PURPLE HERON still present, also a RED KITE (possibly untagged) flew east.
BALLYSCANLAN:  Willow Warbler.
TRAMORE:  Willow Warbler.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  *'SIBERIAN' CHIFFCHAFF still present in gardens area, calling frequently (sound-file), also 2 Wheatears.
 
Weds 28 Mar:
SEAFIELD / BUNMAHON: Adult PURPLE HERON still present, also Green Sandpiper, Willow Warbler & 2 Sand Martins.
BALLYSCANLAN/CARRICKAVRANTRY & FAITHLEGG/MINAUN:  Blackcaps singing in the last few days.
CLONEA STRAND:  3 Sandwich Terns & 3 Great Northern Divers at Ballinclamper.
ARDMORE:  5 Common Scoter flew into bay, Sandwich Tern at Curragh strand.
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  Swallow at Newport East.
WEST WATERFORD:  Pair of Buzzards.
 
Tues 27 Mar:
SEAFIELD / BUNMAHON:  Adult PURPLE HERON (1st county record) (video & here).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  *'SIBERIAN' CHIFFCHAFF again in main garden, heard calling today - further details.
TRAMORE:  2 Sandwich Terns at backstrand.
 
Mon 26 Mar:
LISMORE:  2 Swallows & 5 Sand Martins at River Blackwater.
COMERAGH MOUNTAINS:  Jay & male Crossbill near Boolabrien Upper.
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  Female/immature Hen Harrier at Clashmore, Common Seal at Dromana.
 
Sun 25 Mar:
N of LISMORE:  3 Willow Warblers & 20 Redpolls at Moneygorm North, 2 House Martins (1st of year) & Chiffchaff at Carrignagour.
Nr BALLYNAMULT:  Red Squirrel eating Blackbird eggs from nest at Power's Cross Roads.
HELVICK:  Black Redstart.
DUNGARVAN:  Sandwich Tern at Gold Coast.
CLONEA STRAND:  White Wagtail & Whimbrel at Ballinclamper.
BALLYSCANLON:  5 singing Chiffchaffs & 7 Choughs.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Tree Sparrow, Willow Warbler & 3 Chiffchaffs, including 1 *'SIBERIAN' CHIFFCHAFF (not identified until 27 Mar).
BELLE LAKE:  Willow Warbler singing.
EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
Nr WATERFORD CITY:  2 HOOPOES at Waterford golf course (Co Kilkenny).
 
Sat 24 Mar:
ARDMORE:  WOODCHAT SHRIKE (8th county record) (video), 2 Black Redstarts & a Wheatear along Goat Island road.
WHITING BAY:  2 Iceland Gulls (1st- & 2nd-winter), female Hen Harrier & 2 Sand Martins.
BALLYSCANLAN / CARRICKAVRANTRY:  8 Chiffchaffs.
 
Fri 23 Mar:
DUNGARVAN:  Sand Martin (1st of year).
STRADBALLY COVER:  Willow Warbler (1st of year) & Chiffchaff singing.
SEAFIELD:  Green Sandpiper & 2 singing Chiffchaffs.
BALLINLOUGH:  3 singing Chiffchaffs.
 
Weds 21 Mar:
SEAFIELD:  Swallow (1st of year) & Jack Snipe.
DUNGARVAN: Adult Ring-billed Gull at Ballyneety.
 
Mon 19 Mar:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Spotted Redshank at Pickardstown.
KNOCKADERRY:  Female RING-NECKED DUCK & 2 Gadwall.
EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
COMERAGH MOUNTAINS:  2 Red Grouse .
NIRE VALLEY: 11 Crossbills.
CLONEA STRAND:  8 Whimbrel & 2 Sandwich Terns.
 
Sun 18 Mar:
WHITING BAY:  HOOPOE.
RAM HEAD:  2nd-winter Iceland Gull.
MONAVULLAGH MOUNTAINS:  Male Hen Harrier & male Merlin.
CLONEA STRAND:  Common Scoter, 4 Sandwich Terns & 3 Whimbrel at Ballinard.
WEST WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards.
EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzards at 2 locations.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2 Chiffchaffs.
 
Sat 17 Mar:
CARRIGNAGOUR (nr Lismore):  60 Redpolls.
FERRY POINT:  Male Wheatear.
HELVICK HEAD:  2 Sandwich Terns, Common Scoter & 4 Black Guillemots.
DUNGARVAN:  Black Redstart at Ballynacourty pier, 2 Long-tailed Ducks off pier.
CLONEA STRAND:  Dark-bellied Brent GooseBlack Redstart & male Wheatear at Ballinclamper, 25 Choughs at Ballyvoyle.
Nr CROHAUN:  Flock of 100 Meadow Pipits.
TRAMORE:  2nd-winter Iceland Gull at boating lake.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Chiffchaff, White Wagtail and 3 Black Redstarts (including adult male).
RATHMOYLAN COVE:  Black Redstart  & male Wheatear.
 
Fri 16 Mar:
CLONEA STRAND:  Black Redstart & 2 Wheatears (male & female, 1st of year) at Ballinclamper.
 
Thurs 15 Mar:
DUNGARVAN:  Black Redstart at Gold Coast.
 
Weds 14 Mar:
ARDMORE:  Sandwich Terns, 1st-winter Glaucous Gull & 1st-winter Iceland Gull at Curragh strand.
 
Tues 13 Mar:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Black Redstart & Chiffchaff.
 
Sun 11 Mar:
BALLYVOYLE:  Dipper.
DUNGARVAN:  Slavonian Grebe, 2 Long-tailed Ducks & 4 Common Scoter off Ballynacourty, Greylag Goose & Common Seal off pitch & putt course, 4 Red-throated Divers & 4+ singing Chiffchaffs at Meitheal Tra, Ring.
HELVICK: 4 Black Guillemots.
CARRIGNAGOUR (nr Lismore):  c20 Redpoll.
 
Sat 10 Mar:
CLONEA STRAND:  2 Sandwich Terns (1st of year) at Ballinard, Dipper at Ballyvoyle.
MONAVULLAGH MOUNTAINS:  Male Hen Harrier & 18 Ravens.
ARDMORE:  1st-winter Glaucous Gull at Curragh strand.
RAM HEAD:  50 Common Dolphins.
 
Fri 9 Mar:
NW Waterford:  Buzzard.
 
Weds 7 Mar:
ARDMORE:  1st-winter Glaucous Gull again at Curragh strand.
 
Mon 5 Mar:
ARDMORE:  1st-winter Glaucous Gull on Curragh strand.
RAM HEAD:  Fin Whale & 20 Common Dolphins.
NW Waterford:  Buzzard.
 
Sun 4 Mar:
CARRIGNAGOUR (nr Lismore):  100+ Redpolls.
COUMARAGLIN (nr Monavullagh Mountains): 20+ Stock Doves.
 
Sat 3 Mar:
CARRIGNAGOUR (nr Lismore):  53 Redpolls.
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  Female/immature Hen Harrier at Clashmore Broads.
DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL (video) off pitch & putt course, 2 male Long-tailed Duck & 42 Great Crested Grebes off Ballynacourty pier, adult Ring-billed Gull, 2nd-winter Yellow-legged Gull & 2nd-winter Glaucous Gull at Ballyneety.
CLONEA STRAND:  9 Great Northern Divers off Ballinard / Ballinclamper, Red Admiral at Ballinard.
CARRIGAVRANTRY RESERVOIR:  Greenshank.
BOATSTRAND:  2nd winter Glaucous Gull.
TRAMORE:  4 Gadwall at boating lake, Gadwall & shoveler at Lisselan, 560 Lesser Black-backed Gulls in backstrand.
 
Fri 2 Mar:
CLONEA STRAND:  Adult Dark-bellied Brent Goose & Purple Sandpiper at Ballinard.
 
Early March:
CAPPOQUIN/LISMORE  Chiffchaff heard.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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or see larger-format photo-gallery (Mar)

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Grey Wagtail, Ballydwan Cove, 31 Mar 2012 R Zamora

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Wheatear, Kilmurrin Cove, 31 Mar 2012 R Zamora

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Purple Heron, Bunmahon / Seafield, 30 Mar 2012 C Flynn

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Purple Heron, Bunmahon / Seafield, 30 Mar 2012 D Weldon

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Iceland Gull, 1st-winter, Curragh strand, Ardmore, 30 Mar 2012 AD Malcolm

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Wheatear, Brownstown Head, 29 Mar 2012 R Zamora

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Purple Heron, Bunmahon / Seafield, 27 Mar 2012 P Archer

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Skylark, Ram Head, 28 Mar 2012 AD Malcolm

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Stonechat, female, Curragh, Ardmore, 28 Mar 2012 AD Malcolm

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Sandwich Tern, Curragh, Ardmore, 28 Mar 2012 AD Malcolm

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Raven, the Cunnigar, Dungarvan, 28 Mar 2012 AD Malcolm

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'Siberian' Chiffchaff, Brownstown Head, 27 Mar 2012 P Archer

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K Mullarney

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Purple Heron, Seafield, Bunmahon, 27 Mar 2012 F O'Connell

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see video & here

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Grey Wagtail, male, Carrignagour, 27 Mar 2012 AD Malcolm

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Sand Martin, Lismore, 26 Mar 2012 AD Malcolm

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Hoopoes, Waterford golf course (Co Kilkenny), 25 Mar 2012 M Guinan

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Buzzard, east Waterford, 25 Mar 2012 M Guinan

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Willow Warbler, Moneygorm North, 25 Mar 2012 A Malcolm

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Chiffchaff, Carrignagour, 25 Mar 2012 A Malcolm

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Woodchat Shrike, nr Goat Island, Ardmore, 24 Mar 2012 C Flynn

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Woodchat Shrike, nr Goat Island, Ardmore, 24 Mar 2012 D Weldon

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Woodchat Shrike, nr Goat Island, Ardmore, 24 Mar 2012 M Cowming

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see video

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Hoopoe, Whiting Bay, 18 Mar 2012 Ciaran Foley

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Iceland Gull, 2nd-winter (with Herring Gull), Ram Head, Mar 2012 AD Malcolm

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Kestrel, 18 Mar 2012 R Zamora

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Buzzard, east Waterford, 18 Mar 2012 R Zamora

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Wheatear, male, Ballinclamper, 18 Mar 2012 D Clarke

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Wheatear, male, Ballinclamper, 17 Mar 2012 M Cowming

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Iceland Gull, 2nd-winter, Tramore boating lake, 17 Mar 2012 M Cowming

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Dark-bellied Brent Goose, adult, Ballinclamper, 17 Mar 2012 M Cowming

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Kestrel, Crohaun, 17 Mar 2012 D Clarke

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Preliminary winter distribution 2007/8-2010/11 @ 16 Mar 2012 (Atlas bird of the day)

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Iceland Gull, 1st-winter, Curragh strand, Ardmore, 14 Mar 2012 A Malcolm

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Iceland & Herring Gulls, Curragh strand, Ardmore, 14 Mar 2012 A Malcolm

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Glaucous Gull, Curragh strand, Ardmore, 10 Mar 2012 A Malcolm

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Buzzard mobbed by Raven, NW Waterford, 9 Mar 2012 D Clarke

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Yellowhammer, male, Kilmanahan, 9 Mar 2012 D Clarke

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Buzzard, NW Waterford, 5 Mar 2012 D Clarke

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Glaucous Gull, Curragh strand, Ardmore, 5 Mar 2012 A Malcolm

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Mink, Curragh, Ardmore, 5 Mar 2012 A Malcolm

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Redpolls, Carrignagour, nr Lismore, 4 Mar 2012 A Malcolm

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Dark-bellied Brent Goose, adult, Ballinard, 2 Mar 2012 F O'Connell

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Little Egret, Tramore Backstrand, 1 Mar 2012 M Guinan

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Brent Geese, Tramore Backstrand, 1 Mar 2012 M Guinan

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Redshank, Tramore Backstrand, 1 Mar 2012 M Guinan

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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