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Bird reports for March 2010

 
Waterford bird records March 2010 (details subject to verification or correction)
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March 2010
 
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Tues 30 Mar: 
LISMORE to CAPPOQUIN:  Swallow.
CARRIGNAGOUR (nr Lismore):  2 Red-legged Partridges (presumably escaped / introduced).
Nr CLONMEL (Co Tipperary side): A Greater White-toothed Shrew (Ireland's newest land-mammal) found dead.
 
Sun 28 Mar: 
CARRIGANORE (nr Waterford city):  Jay.
COMERAGH MOUNTAINS:  16 Ravens at Coum Iarthar.
BALLYVOYLE:  3 Chiffchaffs.
CLONEA:  2 Chiffchaffs at Ballinclamper.
HELVICK HEAD:  60 Common Dolphins.
BALLYMACART:  Swallow (first of year).
 
Sat 27 Mar: 
CALISO BAY:  Whimbrel (first spring arrivals today?).
Nr WHITING BAY:  Merlin & 20+ Tree Sparrows.
BALLYMACART:  Chiffchaff & 2 Dippers.
CLONEA STRAND:  3 Whimbrel, 3 Purple Sandpipers & a dark-bellied Brent Goose at Ballinclamper, Dipper at Ballyvoyle; totals of 15 Great Northern Divers, 33 Red-throated Divers & 8 Black Guillemots offshore.
BALLYVOONEY COVE:  25 Red-throated & 3 Great Northern Divers, & a Porpoise.
TANKARDSTOWN:  Wheatear.
ANNESTOWN:  Wheatear & 200+ Brent Geese on beach, 3 singing Chiffchaffs at Annestown Bog & Dunhill Castle.
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  Canada Goose & 18 Whooper Swans.
TRAMORE:  6 Gadwall at boating lake; Great Northern Diver, Whimbrel & 520 Brent Geese at Backstrand.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Chiffchaff.
 
Fri 26 Mar: 
Nr CROHAUN:  2 Wheatears.
DUNGARVAN TOWN:  Blackcap at Strandside, Abbeyside.
 
Weds 24 Mar: 
FENOR (nr Tramore):  HOOPOE in a garden.
DUNGARVAN: 2 Barnacle Geese opposite Park Hotel.
ARDMORE:  12 Choughs at cliffs.
WHITING BAY:  Female Wheatear.
FERRY POINT:  Male Wheatear.
 
Mon 22 Mar: 
COMERAGH MOUNTAINS:  WHITE-TAILED EAGLE on the plateau - presumably a wanderer from the population reintroduced to Co Kerry.
DUNGARVAN: 2 Barnacle Geese at Ballyneety.
 
Sun 21 Mar: 
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  Adult male RING-NECKED DUCK & Canada Goose. RIVER MAHON:  Kingfisher.
 
Sat 20 Mar: 
BLACKWATER CALLOWS:  Sand Martin & 80 Whooper Swans.
RINCREW:  1st-winter Glaucous Gull on Co Cork side.
DUNGARVAN: 2 Barnacle Geese at Ballyneety.
CLONEA STRAND:  Sandwich Tern.
 
Fri 19 Mar: 
Nr PORTLAW:  Buzzard.
 
Thurs 18 Mar: 
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  4 Sand Martins (first of year) and adult male RING-NECKED DUCK.
DUNGARVAN:  2 Barnacle Geese & adult dark-bellied Brent Goose at Ballyneety, 2 Sandwich Terns in the bay, off Ballynagaul pier.
 
Weds 17 Mar: 
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  Adult male RING-NECKED DUCK, Canada Goose & hybrid Whooper/Mute Swan.
Nr TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Merlin east of Lisselan.
TRAMORE BOATING LAKE: Adult Ring-billed Gull &1st-winter Mediterranean Gull.
ANNESTOWN:  Chiffchaff (first spring arrival?).
BUNMAHON:  Kingfisher.
BALLYVOONEY:  Black Redstart.
DUNGARVAN:  2 adult Barnacle Geese at Ballyneety, female Blackcap in garden at Abbeyside.
HELVICK HEAD:  Porpoise.
ARDMORE:  Sandwich Tern.
FERRY POINT:  Black Redstart.
 
Mon 15 Mar: 
WATERFORD CITY:  Buzzard soaring overhead.
CARRICKAVRANTRY:  Willow Warbler singing (first of spring).
CROHAUN:  12 Ravens.
 
Sun 14 Mar: 
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  Adult male RING-NECKED DUCK (3rd county record - the last was in 1989), Canada Goose & 33 Whooper Swans.
TRAMORE BOATING LAKE:  Adult Ring-billed Gull & 5 Gadwall.
ANNESTOWN:  145 Brent Geese.
Nr BUNMAHON:  Merlin.
WHITING BAY:  SCANDINAVIAN ROCK PIPIT & 19 Sanderling.
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  115 Whooper Swans on river at Dromana.
 
Sat 13 Mar: 
KNOCKNAGLOGH LOWER:  Woodcock.
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  83 Whooper Swans on river under Dromana House.
RINCREW:  1st-winter Iceland Gull & 1st-winter Mediterranean Gull.
WHITING BAY:  2nd-winter Mediterranean Gull.
ARDMORE VILLAGE:  Male Blackcap.
DUNGARVAN:  Kingfisher at Barnawee.
BRICKEY CANAL (nr Dungarvan):  Kingfisher.
CLONEA STRAND:  Whimbrel at Ballinard.
 
Fri 12 Mar: 
DUNGARVAN:  Adult dark-bellied Brent Goose at Ballyneety.
WATERFORD CITY:  Female Blackcap again at Collins Avenue.
 
Thurs 11 Mar: 
WHITING BAY:  Wheatear & Black Redstart.
WATERFORD CITY:  Female Blackcap at Collins Avenue.
 
Mon 8 Mar: 
WATERFORD CITY:  Female Blackcap at Collins Avenue.
 
Sun 7 Mar: 
DUNGARVAN:  Sandwich Tern off Ballynagaul pier - first of the year.
BRICKEY CANAL (nr Dungarvan):  Green Sandpiper & 2 Kingfishers.
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  Male Green-winged Teal at Camphire.
WATERFORD CITY:  Male Blackcap at Collins Avenue.
 
Sat 6 Mar: 
DUNGARVAN: Adult Mediterranean Gull at Barnawee, Whimbrel at Knockanpower Lower, 2 Gadwall at Killongford, BLACK BRANT at the Cunnigar, and Kingfishers at Barnawee & behind Nissan garagae on Youghal Road.
WHITING BAY:   Male Wheatear & 18 Sanderling.
 
Fri 5 Mar: 
WHITING BAY:  Wheatear - first of the year.
Nr KILMACTHOMAS: 10-15,000 Starlings at dusk.
 
Thurs 4 Mar: 
DUNGARVAN:  Adult Ring-billed Gull at Ballynagaul.
BRICKEY RIVER (nr Dungarvan):  Green Sandpiper.
 
Tues 2 Mar: 
Nr DUNGARVAN:  2 Buzzards east, high overhead.
Nr BUNMAHON:  Male Grey Partridge (ringed bird), presumably escaped or released.
 
Mon 1 Mar: 
DUNGARVAN:  Kingfisher at Barnawee.
RAM HEAD:  3 Fin Whales & 20 Common Dolphins.

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Red-legged Partridge, Carrignagour, nr Lismore, 30 March 2010 A Malcolm

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Greater White-toothed Shrew, nr Clonmel, 30 March 2010 A Malcolm

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Chiffchaff, Dunhill Castle, 27 March 2010 N McCarthy

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Wheatear, female, Whiting Bay, 24 March 2010 D Clarke

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Sparrowhawk, Whiting Bay, 24 March 2010 D Clarke

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Reed Bunting, male, Tramore saltmarsh, 21 March 2010 N McCarthy

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Linnet, male, Tramore saltmarsh, 21 March 2010 N McCarthy

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Chough with yellow bill, Tramore dump, Jan-early March 2010 N McCarthy

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Buzzard, nr Portlaw, 19 March 2010 D Clarke

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Barnacle Goose, Dungarvan, 18 March 2010 D Clarke

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Ring-billed Gull, adult, Tramore boating lake, 17 March 2010 M Cowming

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Barnacle Goose, Ballyneety, Dungarvan, 17 March 2010 M Cowming

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Raven, Crohaun, 15 March 2010 D Clarke

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Ring-necked Duck, adult male (2nd left), with Tufted Ducks, Ballyshunnock, 14 March 2010 M Cowming

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Canada Goose & Whooper Swans, Ballyshunnock Reservoir, 14 March 2010 M Cowming

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Whooper Swan, Dromana, 14 March 2010 D Clarke

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Bullfinch, male, Brickey canal, 14 March 2010 D Clarke

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Bullfinch, female, Brickey canal, 14 March 2010 D Clarke

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Mediterranean Gull, 2nd-winter, Whiting Bay, 13 March 2010 M Cowming

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Whooper Swans, Dromana House, 13 March 2010 M Cowming

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Little Grebe, Tramore boating lake, 7 March 2010 N McCarthy

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Kingfisher, Brickey canal, 7 March 2010 D Clarke

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Snipe, Brickey canal, 7 March 2010 D Clarke

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Wheatear, male, Whiting Bay, 6 March 2010 D Clarke

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Black Brant, adult, the Cunnigar, 6 March 2010 M Cowming

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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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