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Bird reports for May 2012

 
Waterford bird records May 2012 (details subject to verification or correction)
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May 2012
 
Thurs 31 May:
Nr DUNGARVAN:  Barn Owl.
 
Weds 30 May:
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  3 GARGANEY (male & 2 females) still present.
BALLINLOUGH:  Reed Warbler.
 
Mon 28 May:
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  2 GARGANEY (male & female).
BALLINLOUGH:  Reed Warbler.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Tree Sparrow.
EAST WATERFORD:   Buzzard.
 
Sun 27 May:
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  2 GARGANEY (male & female).
GREAT NEWTOWN HEAD:  Cuckoo.
NIRE VALLEY:  4 Cuckoos.
DRUM HILLS:  Woodcock & Grasshopper Warbler nr Carronadavderg.

Sat 26 May:
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  3 GARGANEY (male & 2 females) still present.
Nr TRAMORE:  Barn Owl.
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  3 Cuckoos & 20+ Crossbills.
 
Fri 25 May:
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  3 GARGANEY (male & 2 females) on small lake (video).
 
Thurs 24 May:
MONAVULLAGH MOUNTAINS:  Cuckoo, Spotted Flycatcher & 8 Green Hairstreak butterflies at Coumaraglinmountain, 2 Green Hairstreak at Ballintlea.
WEST WATERFORD: Buzzard.
BALLYSCANLAN / CARRICKAVRANTRY:  2 Long-eared Owls.
 
Tues 22 May:
DRUM HILLS: Long-eared Owl & Grasshopper Warbler nr Reamanagh East, Woodcocks nr Reamanagh East & nr Garranagree.
 
Mon 21 May:
RAM HEAD / ARDMORE:  BEE-EATER at coastguard station (2nd county record) - same location as June 2011.
DRUM HILLS:  Woodcock nr Scordaun & Grasshopper Warbler nr Garrynagree.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  6+ Cuckoos at Lisselan.
 
Sun 20 May:
BUNMAHON:  1st-summer Little Gull.
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  6 Cuckoos (female & 5 males).
 
Sat 19 May:
Nr CALISO BAY:  Turtle Dove (video) & Spotted Flycatcher.
RAM HEAD:  Puffin, Short-eared Owl & 2 Tree Sparrows.
DRUM HILLS:  Grasshopper Warbler singing near Barranastook, Spotted Flycatcher near Toor Cross-roads.
HELVICK HEAD:  3 Puffins.
CLONEA STRAND:  Common Sandpiper at Ballinard.
 
Fri 18 May:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  6 Cuckoos at Lisselan.
 
Thurs 17 May:
CARRIGNAGOUR (nr Lismore):  4 Crossbills.
 
Weds 15 May:
EAST WATERFORD:  Pair of Buzzards.
 
Mon 14 May:
CARRIGNAGOUR (nr Lismore):  7 Crossbills in garden.
ARDMORE:  Iceland Gull & 23 Whimbrel at Curragh.
 
Sun 13 May:
MONAVULLAGH MOUNTAINS:  3 Green Hairstreak butterflies.
 
Sat 12 May:
COLLIGAN WOOD:  35 Crossbills flew NW over Colliganmountain.
WEST WATERFORD:  Pair of Buzzards.
BALLYEELINAN (nr Ballyquin):  Spotted Flycatcher.
DUNGARVAN:  Brent Goose at the Cunnigar.
CLONEA STRAND:  20 Whimbrel at Balinclamper.
BALLYVOYLE:  Pair of Dippers.
 
Fri 11 May:
DRUM HILLS:  Male Hen Harrier.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  55+ Whimbrel.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  110 Whimbrel, White Wagtail, 7 Wheatears & a Tree Sparrow.
EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
 
Thurs 10 May:
WOODSTOWN:  Carrion/Hooded Crow hybrid at N end of beach, Reed Warbler singing & Water Rail at Woodstown Bog.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  18 adult Pomarine Skuas W (13 adults E), Great Skua E, 272 Manx Shearwaters E (174 W) & 5 Swifts W (seawatch 17:00-19:00); 1st/2nd-winter Glaucous Gull W & 58 Whimbrel.
 
Weds 9 May:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  198 Common Scoter E (40 W) & 4 Great Northern Divers W (2 E) (seawatch 09:35-10:35); 70 Whimbrel & 2 Tree Sparrows.
NEWTOWN COVE:  Spotted Flycatcher.
BALLYVOYLE:  Dipper at the bridge.
 
Tues 8 May:
RAM HEAD:  2 Great Skuas E, 27 Common Scoter & 120 Manx Shearwaters W.
ARDMORE:  1st/2nd-winter Iceland Gull and 1st-summer male Common Scoter at Curragh.
COMERAGH MOUNTAINS:  Dipper below Crotty's.
CLONEA STRAND:  6 Common Terns (1st of year), 4 Great Northern Divers, 8 Common Scoter (flew SW), 10 Whimbrel & 5 Common Seals off Ballinclamper.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Male Shoveler.
BALLYSCANLAN LOUGH:  Water Rail.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  105 Whimbrel.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  65 Whimbrel.
 
Mon 7 May:
MONEYGORM (nr Lismore):  Spotted Flycatcher.
Nr WHITING BAY:  4 Tree Sparrows at Ballysallagh / Springfield.
ARDMORE / RAM HEAD:  3+ Blackcaps.
HELVICK HEAD:  Garden Warbler (video), female Redstart (video), 7 Spotted Flycatchers, 6+ Blackcaps, 6+ Whitethroats & 5+ Sedge Warblers.
DUNHILL:  Grasshopper Warbler.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  White Wagtail, Sedge Warbler, 2 Whitethroats& 2 Blackcaps.
Nr BALLYMACAW:  2 Tree Sparrows.
 
Sun 6 May:
KILBARRY BOG:  Reed Warbler singing, 14 Sedge Warblers & Water Rail.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  65 Whimbrel, Grasshopper Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 4 Blackcaps & 5+ Whitethroats.
MONAVULLAGH MOUNTAINS:  Cuckoo & pair of Woodcock, Ballintlea / Glendalligan.
CLONEA STRAND:  Several skeins of Brent Geese flying E (high), 25+ Whimbrel.
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  Reed Warbler singing at Raheen quay, Clashmore.
 
Sat 5 May:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  18 Wheatears, 3 Blackcaps & 6 Whitethroats.
ANNESTOWN:  Adult Iceland Gull.
BOATSTRAND:  Swift.
KILMURRIN: 1st-summer Iceland Gull.
BUNMAHON:  Tree Sparrow & 20+ Whimbrel.
KNOCKADERRY RSESERVOIR:  2 Common Sandpipers.
CLONEA STRAND:  2 Great Northern Divers & 2 Whimbrel.
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  Cuckoo.
 
Fri 4 May:
SEAFIELD:  HOBBY & 1st/2nd-winter Iceland Gull.
WATERFORD CITY:  Swifts at IDA park, Cork road (2) and Ballybricken (1).
Nr COMERAGH MOUNTAINS:  Male Hen Harrier.
BALLYVOYLE:  Dipper & Whitethroat.
DUNGARVAN:  20+ Wheatears on the Cunnigar.
HELVICK HEAD:  2 Minke Whales (video)
LISMORE:  Several Swifts.
 
Thurs 3 May:
WATERFORD CITY:  'SIBERIAN' CHIFFCHAFF singing at IDA park on Cork road.
HELVICK HEAD:  2 Spotted Flycatchers (1st of year).
CARRIGNAGOUR / MONEYGORM:  Sedge Warbler & Whitethroat.
 
Weds 2 May:
RAM HEAD:  Whitethroat.
ARDMORE:  Common Sandpiper, 27 Whimbrel & 7 Wheatears at Curragh strand.
COMERAGH MOUNTAINS:  Red Squirrel (Crough forest) & Dipper nr Mahon Falls.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  150+ Whimbrel at Clohernagh.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  19 Wheatears, Whitethroat & 2 Blackcaps, also an unidentified redstart species.
 
Tues 1 May:
HELVICK HEAD:  Sedge Warbler & 2 Blackcaps.
BALLYVOYLE:  Common Sandpiper, 2 Swifts, 3 Wheatears & 2 Blackcaps.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Whitethroat & c10 Willow Warblers.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Red Squirrel, nr Moneygorm, May 2012 C Ind

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Cuckoo, male, Knockmealdowns, 27 May 2012 AD Malcolm

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Green Hairstreak, Monavullaghs, 24 May 2012 F O'Connell

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Bee-eater, Ram Head, 21 May 2012 AD Malcolm

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Crossbill, female, Carrignagour, 14 May 2012 AD Malcolm

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Crossbill, male, Carrignagour, 14 May 2012 AD Malcolm

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Crossbill, juvenile, Carrignagour, 14 May 2012 AD Malcolm

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Dunlin, adult summer, Curragh, Ardmore, 12 May 2012 AD Malcolm

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Whimbrel & Dunlin, Curragh, Ardmore, 12 May 2012 AD Malcolm

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Sanderling, Curragh, Ardmore, 12 May 2012 AD Malcolm

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Great Black-backed Gull & Hooded Crow competing for crab, Curragh strand, 12 May 2012 AD Malcolm

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Yellowhammer, male, near Kilmolash, 9 May 2012 AD Malcolm

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Sand Martin, adult & chick, Curragh, Ardmore 8 May 2012 AD Malcolm

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Iceland Gull, 1st-winter, nr Curragh, Ardmore. 8 May 2012 AD Malcolm

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Cuckoo, Knockmealdown Mountains, 5 May 2012 AD Malcolm

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Dipper, Ballyvoyle, 4 May 2012 D Clarke

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Whitethroat, Ballyvoyle, 4 May 2012 D Clarke

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Wheatear, Curragh, Ardmore, 2 May 2012 AD Malcolm

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Whimbrel, Curragh, Ardmore, 2 May 2012 AD Malcolm

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Common Sandpiper, Curragh, Ardmore, 2 May 2012 AD Malcolm

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Sparrowhawk, nr Lismore, 2 May 2012 C Ind

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Treecreeper, nr Moneygorm, 2 May 2012 C Ind

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Common Sandpiper, Ballyvoyle, 1 May 2012 D Clarke

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.

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