Mon 28 April:
Nr TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 6 CATTLE EGRETS near Clohernagh.
WATERFORD CITY: 4 Swifts over the Industrial Estate.
DUNGARVAN: Swifts over town.
MINE HEAD: Swift.
Sun 27 April:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: TAWNY PIPIT (2nd or 3rd county record)
in the west fields, also 7 or 8 Tree Sparrows.
TRAMORE BAY: 3 Bottlenose Dolphins.
Nr TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 5 CATTLE EGRETS in field between
Clohernagh and Ballynamoyntragh Cross Roads, at grid ref S644024.
ANNESTOWN: Grasshopper Warbler singing at Annestown Bog, Red-throated Diver in the
CLASHMORE BROADS (lower Blackwater): 10 Whimbrel & 3 Sedge Warblers.
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS: 5 Crossbills north of Knockadav
Sat 26 April:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Male LITTLE BITTERN
(3rd county record) found in evening, along stream close to sea, also Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler
& 65 Whimbrel.
WATERFORD CITY: Grasshopper Warbler singing at night nr Collins Avenue.
DUNGARVAN area: 4 Swifts (1st of the year) over Dungarvan town,
also 2 at the Pike east of Dungarvan.
LISMORE TOWN: Swift(s) also heard here.
HELVICK HEAD: 2 Gadwall (west), Pomarine
Skua, Red-throated Diver & 400+ Manx Shearwaters passed during a half-hour seawatch; on land, 2+ Grasshopper
Warblers, 12+ Whitethroats, Sedger Warbler, 2+ Blackcap, 30+ Willow Warblers & 6 Chiffchaffs (1 very brown-plumaged).
RAM HEAD: Grasshopper Warbler singing & Wheatear.
WHITING BAY: 140 Whimbrel & a Common Sandpiper; Merlin at
Fri 25 April:
WHITING BAY: Iceland Gull.
HELVICK HEAD: Merlin, Wheatear, Whitethroat & 4-5 Willow
Thurs 24 April:
LOWER BLACKWATER area: Buzzard.
Weds 23 April:
HELVICK HEAD: Flock of 8 Pomarine Skuas, also 2 Puffins,
but no passerine migrants.
CLONEA STRAND: 170+ Whimbrel at Ballinclamper.
Tues 22 April:
RIVER BLACKWATER: OSPREY refound in same location,
across river from Killahaly Wood.
Nr LISMORE: Long-eared Owls in garden at Carrignagour, including chick(s) giving 'rusty
Nr Dungarvan: Female Hen Harrier.
SALEEN/RINNESHARK (Tramore): *BLUETHROAT still present on sand-dunes just south of Saleen
(2nd county record).
Mon 21 April:
RIVER BLACKWATER: OSPREY between Cappoquin & Camphire.
KILFARRASY: Grasshopper Warbler singing.
DUNGARVAN: Common Seal.
SALEEN/RINNESHARK (Tramore): *BLUETHROAT photographed on
sand-dunes just south of Saleen (2nd county record).
Sun 20 April:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Large arrival of migrants including Pied Flycatcher, female Redstart, 2 singing Grasshopper Warblers, 100+ Willow Warblers,
10+ Blackcaps, 10+ Whitethroats, 2+ Sedge Warblers, 4 Wheatears & dozens of Whimbrel.
BELLE LAKE: House Martins (first reported of year) with Swallows over the lake.
ANNESTOWN BOG: 2 Grasshopper Warblers singing.
MONAVULLAGH MOUNTAINS: First Cuckoo of year heard at Barracreemountain Lower.
CLONEA STRAND: Pair of Common Scoter on sea off Ballinclamper.
DUNGARVAN: Sedge Warbler at the Cunnigar.
HELVICK HEAD: 2 singing Grasshopper warblers, small numbers of Blackcaps, Whitethroats
& Wheatears, & big fall of Willow Warblers.
ARDMORE HEAD: Lots of Willow Warblers & a few Blackcaps.
KILDALTON COLLEGE, PILTOWN (Co Kilkenny): House Martins seen.
Sat 19 April:
Nr CLONEA STRAND: Hoopoe along the walkway between Ballinclamper &
Ballinard, Little Tern, adult dark-bellied Brent Goose, Common Sandpiper
& 55+ Whimbrel at Ballinclamper.
HELVICK HEAD: White Wagtail, Blackcap, 2 Whitethroats (1st
of year), Basking Shark, Porpoises & 7 Bottlenose
DUNGARVAN: Adult BLACK BRANT at the Cunnigar, Common Sandpiper
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 2 Black Terns.
Nr WATERFORD CITY: 2 adult-summer Little Gulls at outfall
opposite Clover Meats.
Thurs 17 April:
MINE HEAD: 4 Puffins flew west.
Nr LISMORE: Barn Owl.
Weds 16 April:
ANNESTOWN: Common Tern.
Tues 15 April:
RAM HEAD: A probable WHITE-TAILED EAGLE flew west c5 km
offshore, apparently heading towards the Youghal Harbour / Blackwater estuary.
STRADBALLY TO BALLYVOYLE: 11 Black Guillemots in early morning survey (4 just
west of Stradbally, 7 at Islandhubbock), Red-throated Diver at Stradbally & 15 Whimbrel flying east at Island.
BALLYVOONEY COVE to STRADBALLY: 8 Brent Geese at Ballyvooney, 6 Black Guillemots
just east of Stradbally.
Sun 13 April:
HELVICK HEAD: 6 Black Guillemots (early morning survey).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Male Blackcap & 5+ Willow Warblers.
RATHMOYLAN: 2 Blackcaps singing & 6 Willow Warblers.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 26 Little Egrets.
FORNAGHT STRAND: 2 Wheatears.
Sat 12 April:
BRIDGEQUARTER (nr Tourig River): 5 CATTLE EGRETS (grid
ref X065804) with cattle, then flew towards Youghal.
Nr GLENDINE: Blackcap singing.
NEWTOWN COVE to KILFARRASY: 10 Black Guillemots (early morning survey).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Merlin.
Tues 8 April:
BLACKWATER VALLEY: WHITE-TAILED EAGLE, presumably one of
the birds released in Killarney National Park (Co Kerry) in August 2007 (see Killarney NP website).
RAM HEAD: Minke Whale & Basking
DUNGARVAN: Merlin over town.
BALLYMACARBRY: Otter in carpark of Pinewood Healthcare.
Sun 6 April:
Nr LISMORE: Whooper Swan somewhat 'out of habitat' on stream below Carrignagour.
Sat 5 April:
WHITING BAY area: Merlin, 75 Sanderling, 9 Chiffchaffs
(7 singing) , a singing Yellowhammer (very scarce south of the N25 in west Waterford), & small numbers of Sand Martins
ARDMORE: 8+ Willow Warblers.
CLONEA STRAND: Purple Sandpiper at Ballinclamper.
Fri 4 April:
DUNGARVAN: *ALPINE SWIFT over the town (5th county record)
- amazingly, the last 2 county records were on almost the same date and both in Dungarvan, on 3 April 2005 & 3 April 2006!
Also a Long-tailed Duck in the bay.
CLONEA STRAND: 2 Swallows, 15 Sand Martins, Wheatear & 2 singing Willow Warblers.
HELVICK HEAD: 2 Wheatears.
MINE HEAD to HELVICK HEAD: 13 Willow Warblers singing.
NORTH COMERAGHS: Male Hen Harrier.
CLONMEL (Co Tipperary): 5 House Martins at old bridge.
TRAMORE TOWN: Moth catches included the rare migrant micro-moth Euchromius ocellea (2nd county & 4th or 5th irish record).
Thurs 3 April:
RAM HEAD: 5 Red-throated Divers , a Great Northern Diver & 300+ Manx Shearwaters.
Tues 1 April:
CLONEA STRAND: 4 Sandwich Terns.
ARDMORE: Chiffchaff singing.
Nr CLASHMORE: 8 CATTLE EGRETS still present at
STRANCALLY: 32 Fallow Deer.