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Bird reports March-May 2008

Waterford bird records March - May 2008 (details subject to verification or correction)

See migrant Lepidoptera page also (highlights below)

May 2008
Sat 31 May:
BALLYSCANLAN LAKE:  Cuckoo calling.
Fri 30 May:
CORBALLYMORE:  Grasshopper Warbler singing at night, crossroads nr Saleen.
Thurs 29 May:
Nr MINE HEAD:  Turtle Dove at Ballynamona (grid ref X280837).
Weds 28 May:
BALLYSCANLAN LOUGH:  Reed Warbler singing.
Nr KILMEADEN / BALLYDUFF:  Pine Marten along the N25 near  woodland.
Tues 27 May:
Nr BALLYVOYLE COVE:  Cuckoo seen.
Sun 25 May:
Nr AGLISH:  Spotted Flycatcher pair at Ballynaparka.
DUNMORE EAST:  Preliminary total of 42 pairs of roof-nesting Herring Gulls around the village, including 15 nests on factory / warehouse roofs at the harbour, based on surveys since mid May.
Fri 23 May:
Nr AGLISH:  Spotted Flycatcher pair at Coolahest.
Mon 19 May:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2 Tree Sparrows.
Sun 18 May:
Nr FEWS (Kilmacthomas):  Spotted Flycatcher.
Sat 17 May: 
Nr MINE HEAD:  Turtle Dove still present, along road down to Ballinroad.
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  Female Hen Harrier & a roding Woodcock.
DUNGARVAN:  17+ Little Egret nests at colony.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2 Tree Sparrows.
Fri 16 May:
Nr MINE HEAD:  Turtle Dove still present at Gates, also 4 Arctic Skuas flying east high over the lighthouse, & an Otter, at the Head. 
Thurs 15 May:
Nr MINE HEAD:  Turtle Dove feeding on road at Gates (grid ref X260838), present for about a week.
Nr DUNGARVAN:  Female Hen Harrier.
Nr POULDREW:  Kingfisher & Dipper along the Dawn River.
Weds 14 May:
CLASHMORE area:  Kingfisher near Ballyheeny Bridge (Licky River) and Dipper along stream in Clashmore village.
Sun 11 May:
CASTLETOWN FEN:  Male Cuckoo calling, also a Spotted Flycatcher nearby.
EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard south of the city.
Sat 10 May:
Nr CLONEA STRAND:  Short-eared Owl along track at Ballinclamper.
BUNMAHON:  A HOBBY flew west.
DUNHILL CASTLE:  Long-eared Owl fledgling calling nearby.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  GLOSSY IBIS feeding in saltmarsh SE of the Dump, 1400 hrs, but apparently moved on shortly afterwards; also 55+ Whimbrel.
TRAMORE BEACH:  21 Sanderling, & a Common Seal close inshore.
CASTLETOWN FEN:  Grasshopper Warbler singing at night.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Spotted Flycatcher.
CREADAN HEAD:  6 Black Guillemots on sea close inshore - apparently a new breeding location.
c. 10 May:
Nr BALLYNATRAY:  Cuckoo heard.
Fri 9 May:
HELVICK HEAD:  3 Spotted Flycatchers.
BROWNSWOOD (nr Portlaw):  Cuckoo calling.
BALLYDOWANE BAY:  Common Sandpiper & Spotted Flycatcher.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Spotted Flycatcher, Blackcap & 4 Chiffchaffs.
KILBARRY BOG:  Kingfisher along the St John's River opposite Superquinn.
Thurs 8 May:
HELVICK HEAD:  An OSPREY flew west over the head at 0718 hrs.
PORTALLY COVE:  Common Sandpiper.
Weds 7 May:
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  Red Grouse, Cuckoo & Jay at Knocknanask & 5 Crossbills at Tooranaraheen, NE of Mountmelleray.
Tues 6 May:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  25-30 Common Scoter flew east, also a Porpoise & 45 Whimbrel.
GREAT NEWTOWN HEAD:  Delicate moth.
Nr LISMORE:  Male Hen Harrier.
Mon 5 May:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Female/immature Black Redstart, 46 Whimbrel, 5 Swifts but few other migrants; Otter swimming off west side.
BRICKEY CANAL, nr Dungarvan:  Long-eared Owl.
Sun 4 May:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Adult male SUBALPINE WARBLER (1st county record), Turtle DoveTree Sparrow, 30+ Whimbrel, Swift, House Martin, 2 Spotted Flycatchers (1st of year), 5 Sedge Warblers, 2 Blackcaps, 2+ Whitethroats; & 2 Pomarine Skuas, a Great Skua & 5 Common Scoter east, a Great Northern Diver west, during a half-hour seawatch (0840-0910 hrs).
HELVICK HEAD:  Reed Warbler, Merlin, Spotted Flycatcher (1st of year), Whitethroat & 8 Bottlenose Dolphins.
Sat 3 May:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Turtle Dove, Swift & 2 Tree Sparrows.
TRAMORE SANDHILLS:  Short-eared Owl.
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  Little Egret, Greenshank and pair of Great Crested Grebes (one on nest).
KILBUNNY WOOD (nr Portlaw):  Jay & totals of 10 Blackcaps & 24 Chiffchaffs singing.
Fri 2 May:
Nr WATERFORD AIRPORT:  2 CATTLE EGRETS (apparently part of the flock seen nr Clohernagh 27-28 April).

April 2008
Mon 28 April:
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 Bay.
CLASHMORE BROADS (lower Blackwater):  10 Whimbrel & 3 Sedge Warblers.
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  5 Crossbills north of Knockadav / Ballysaggart.
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 Goat Island.
Fri 25 April:
WHITING BAY:  Iceland Gull.
HELVICK HEAD:  Merlin, Wheatear, Whitethroat & 4-5 Willow Warblers.
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 hinge' call.
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 Dolphins.
DUNGARVAN:  Adult BLACK BRANT at the Cunnigar, Common Sandpiper at Kilminnin.
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).
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 Shark.
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 & Swallows.
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 Ballycrompane.
STRANCALLY:  32 Fallow Deer.

March 2008
Mon 31 March:
Nr LEMYBRIEN:  Willow Warbler (first of year) singing & Swallow.
DUNGARVAN:  Swallow.
MINE HEAD:  Hen Harrier.
Sun 30 March:
DUNGARVAN:  5-6 Sandwich Terns in bay, BLACK BRANT at Western Bay.
CLONEA STRAND:  Scandinavian Rock Pipit & 2 adult dark-bellied Brent Geese.
VILLIERSTOWN QUAY:  Otter (possibly 2).
Weds 26 March:
GOAT ISLAND (nr Ardmore):  Long-eared Owl collided with a window, shortly after dark, but quickly recovered and flew off.
Mon 24 March:
BUNMAHON STRAND:  9 Red-throated Divers & a Great Northern Diver.
CLONEA STRAND:  2 Scandinavian Rock Pipits at Ballinclamper, in full or partial breeding plumage; also an adult dark-bellied Brent Goose.
DUNGARVAN:  Long-tailed Duck near Cunnigar tip.
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  2 Red Grouse on upper slopes between Knockmealdown and Sugarloaf.
Sat 22 March:
WATERFORD BIRD-RACE:  A respectable total of 99 species was notched up in the county by a team of 5 observers today [or 103 species including species seen by <3 observers] - click here for full details.
Highlights were:
KNOCKADAV/BALLYSAGGART:  3 Woodcock, 4 Crossbills
LISMORE:  2 Dippers, 12 Shoveler & 3 Shelduck ( Blackwater Callows). 
CAMPHIRE:  Singing Chiffchaff. 
BALLINVELLA:  1-2 Yellowhammers, 5 Sand Martins. 
NEWPORT:  Buzzard, Merlin, female Hen Harrier, also 8 CATTLE EGRETS opposite side of river, close to usual haunt of Ballycrompane. 
YOUGHAL:  [2 Iceland Gulls on Cork side of Tourig "border".]
LOWER BLACKWATER:  Also single Otters at 3 locations (Villierstown, Templemichael and Old Youghal Bridge).
ARDMORE/WHITING BAY:  9 Tree Sparrows at Springfield / Ballysallagh . 
BRICKEY RIVER:  Green Sandpiper not far from Two-mile Bridge.
DUNGARVAN:  Common Sandpiper at the Barnawee Bridge / Kilminnin.
CLONEA STRAND:  Scandinavian Rock Pipit, also Whimbrel, Purple Sandpiper & Black Guillemot, all at Ballinclamper.
BUNMAHON:  Sandwich Tern (1st of year) & Kingfisher.  
TRAMORE:  Adult Ring-billed Gull. 
Other records:
BALLYMACART:  2 Sandwich Terns (1st of year).
Fri 21 March:
LISMORE:  First Swallows of the year.
CLONEA STRAND:  Scandinavian Rock Pipit in full or partial breeding plumage.
BALLYVOONEY COVE:  Leatherback Turtle swimming west.
Thurs 20 March:
MAHON BRIDGE / ASHTOWN area:  Chiffchaff heard.
Weds 19 March:
KILBARRY BOG:  Water Rail near the Tramore Road walkway.
RINGVILLE:  Chiffchaff singing.
Mon 17 March:
VILLIERSTOWN QUAY (lower Blackwater):  Green-winged Teal & 3 Otters.
Nr CLASHMORE:  8 CATTLE EGRETS at Ballycrompane.
FERRY POINT:  2 Wheatears (first of year) & an Iceland Gull.
Nr WHITING BAY:  10+ Tree Sparrows at usual farm, Springfield / Ballysallagh area.
DUNGARVAN:  Dark-bellied Brent Goose at pitch & putt course, 2 Eider & 2 Black Guillemots at Ballynacourty.
Sun 16 March:
Nr CLASHMORE:  6 CATTLE EGRETS at Ballycrompane (same site where 8 seen in February).
KNOCKLOFTY (Co Tipperary):  Male Black Redstart, just outside the Co Waterford border & well inland.
Sat 15 March:
DUNGARVAN:  Black Guillemot & 2 Sand Martins (first of year) at Ballynacourty, 2 Whimbrel at Knockanpower Lower, and a dead owl (probably Short-eared Owl) near the pitch & putt course.
CLONEA STRAND:  Whimbrel & 2 Sand Martins at Ballinclamper.
Weds 12 March:
HELVICK HEAD:  Female Eider.
Tues 11 March:
LITTLE ISLAND:  Common Sandpiper.
Sun 9 March:
DUNGARVAN:  Long-tailed Duck off pitch & putt course, Common Sandpiper at Barnawee.
CLONE STRAND:   4 Purple Sandpipers at Barnawee.
Sat 8 March:
RINCREW (Tourig/Blackwater estuary):  3 1st-winter Iceland Gulls, including one on Co Waterford side, also a 1st-winter Glaucous x Great Black-backed Gull hybrid on Waterford side (first seen at Rincrew in February).
HACKETSTOWN (nr Mine Head):  Hen Harrier.
Fri 7 March:
MINE HEAD:  Pomarine Skua flying west.
Early March:
Nr WATERFORD CITY:  2 Buzzards, on two dates up to 7 March, just south of Waterford city.
Sun 2 March:
DUNGARVAN:  BLACK-NECKED GREBE, BLACK BRANT, dark-bellied Brent Goose & Common Seal near pitch & putt course, another dark-bellied Brent at Ballyneety.
Sat 1 March:
HELVICK HEAD:  1st-winter Iceland Gull.

.click below for larger images

Turtle Dove, nr Mine Head, 17 May 2008 M Cowming

Wheatear, male, Kilbride South, 3 May 2008 E Power

Tawny Pipit, Brownstown Head, 27 Apr 2008 P Archer

M Cowming


Tree Sparrows, Brownstown Head, 27 Apr 2008 M Cowming



Little Bittern, male, Brownstown Head, 26 Apr 2008 P Archer


T Shevlin per www.irishbirding.com

Cattle Egrets, nr Clohernagh, 27 Apr 2008 PM Walsh


Bluethroat, nr Saleen, 21 Apr 2008 P Power

Osprey, River Blackwater, 21 Apr 2008 D Clarke



Black tern, Brownstown Head, 19 Apr 2008 B Howell

White Wagtail, Helvick Head, 19 Apr 2008 M Cowming

Black Brant (right), adult, the Cunnigar, 19 Apr 2008 M Cowming

Whooper Swan, nr Lismore, 5 Apr 2008 A Trimble

Purple Sandpiper, Ballinclamper, 5 April 2008 M Cowming

Alpine Swift, Dungarvan, 4 April 2008 D Clarke


Hen Harrier, male, north Comeraghs, 4 April 2008 D Clarke

Scandinavian Rock Pipit (littoralis subspecies), Ballinclamper, 30 March 2008 M Cowming



Dark-bellied Brent Goose, adult, Ballinclamper, 30 March 2008 M Cowming

Peregrine, male, west Waterford, 22 March 2008 M Cowming

Cattle Egret (1 of 8), Ballycrompane, 17 March 2008 M Cowming

owl species, Dungarvan, 15 March 2008 M Cowming

Purple Sandpiper, Ballinclamper, 9 March 2008 M Cowming

Redshank, Ballinclamper, 9 March 2008 M Cowming

Glaucous x Great Black-backed Gull hybrid, 1st-winter, Rincrew, 8 March 2008 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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