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Waterford bird reports for May-June 2013

 
Waterford bird records May-June 2013 (details subject to verification or correction)

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JUNE 2013:
 
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Sun 30 Jun: .
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  5 Puffins W (seawatch 11:30-12:30).
 
Sat 29 Jun: .
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  Reed Warbler singing at Camphire, Spotted Flycatcher at Knockanore.
WEST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  220 Manx Shearwaters & 2 Common Dolphins E (seawatch 20:10-20:55).
 
Thurs 27 Jun: .
BALLYSCANLAN:  Crossbill.
BALLINLOUGH:  Reed Warbler singing.
 
Weds 26 Jun: .
DUNGARVAN;  2 Common Sandpipers at Ballyneety.
VARIOUS:  Buzzards at two locations.
 
Tues 25 Jun: .
DUNGARVAN;  2 Common Sandpipers at Killongford bridge.
 
Mon 24 Jun
ARDMORE:  Common Sandpiper at Curragh, Basking Shark in the bay.
 
Sun 23 Jun
DUNGARVAN: 2 male Scaup off sports centre.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Recently-fledged Tree Sparrow juvenile.
 
Thurs 20 June:
DUNGARVAN: 2 Crossbills at Ballynacourty pier.
HELVICK HEAD:  2nd-summer Glaucous Gull.
Nr CAPPAGH:  2+ Spotted Flycatchers at Ballinameela church.
 
Weds 19 June:
CARRIGAVRANTRY:  Snipe displaying.
WEST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
 
Tues 18 June:
Nr BALLYVOONEY:  Grasshopper Warbler reeling.
 
Mon 17 June:
RAM HEAD:  105 apparently occupied Kittiwakes nests at study plots (most of colony) - 10% lower than 2012 (117 nests).
 
Thurs 13 June:
TRAMORE ROAD:  Long-eared Owl near Gracedieu.
 
Weds 12 June:
RAM HEAD:  2 Storm Petrels & a Minke Whale.
WEST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
 
Tues 11 June:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Arctic Skua E & 500+ Manx Shearwaters (seawatch 1000-1100), 2 Tree Sparrows carrying food.
 
Sat 8 June:
NEWTOWN GLEN (Tramore Bay):  FIRECREST - presumed bird present since 3 April (last reported 19 April). No previous Waterford occurrences outside months August to April.
CARRIGAVRANTRY:  Spotted Flycatcher.
DUNHILL:  Grasshopper Warbler reeling.
BALLINLOUGH:  2 Treecreepers.
COMERAGH MOUNTAINS:  Green Hairstreak butterfly at Coum Araglin.
 
Fri 7 June:
MID-WATERFORD:  3 Buzzards.
 
Weds 5 June:
CARRIGAVRANTRY:  HOBBY.
 
Thurs 4 June:
Nr MULLINAVAT (Co Kilkenny):  Cuckoo heard recently.
 
Mon 3 June:
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  Sandwich Tern upriver at Newport East.
HELVICK HEAD:  2 Pomarine Skuas.
Nr DUNGARVAN:  Long-eared Owl.
CASTLETOWN FEN:  Cuckoo.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  White Wagtail at Clohernagh.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2 Tree Sparrows.
NORTH WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
 
Sat 1 June:
BALLINLOUGH:  Male & female Cuckoo (video).

MAY 2013:
 
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Fri 31 May:
HELVICK HEAD:  Spotted Flycatcher.
 
Thurs 30 May:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Spotted Flycatcher.
 
Mon 27 May:
BALLINLOUGH:  2 GARGANEY (male & female) still present (video), Water Rail, Spotted Flycatcher & 2 Treecreepers.
KILL:  Cuckoo at water treatment plant.
NORTH WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards.
 
Sun 26 May:
BALLINLOUGH:  2 GARGANEY (male & female).
HELVICK HEAD:  2 Puffins on sea.
RAM HEAD:  5 Puffins, 550 Manx Shearwaters & 245 Guillemots W (1-hr seawatch, 16:05-17:05).
 
Sat 25 May:
Off HELVICK HEAD:  Adult Little Gull, Great Skua, 3 Pomarine Skuas & 500+ Common Dolphins 10 miles off Helvick from a fishing boat.
RAM HEAD:  Minke Whale.
MID WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Cuckoo at Lisselan.
WATERFORD CITY:  Hummingbird Hawk-moth at Ferrybank.
 
Tues 21 May:
BELLE LAKE:  Grasshopper Warbler.
Nr BALLYSCANLAN:  Cuckoo calling.
Nr WATERFORD CITY:  2 Dippers at Ballindud.
EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
 
Sun 19 May:
WHITING BAY:  Short-eared Owl (video).
Nr CLASHMORE:  Dipper.
MODELIGO:  Cuckoo calling.
KILL:  Grasshopper Warbler singing at water treatment plant.
EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard at two locations.
 
Sat 18 May:
ARDMORE:  Yellow Wagtail at Curragh strand, Spotted Flycatcher at Goat Island road.
DUNGARVAN:  Adult-summer Black Tern near Cunnigar point.
HELVICK HEAD:  2 Spotted Flycatchers.
ARAGLIN HILLS:  Dipper at Glouncaol Bridge.
WEST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  c500 Dunlin, 2 Cuckoos & 12 Sedge Warblers at Lisselan.
 
Fri 17 May:
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  WHITE-TAILED EAGLE still present.
Nr DUNGARVAN:  Pine Marten found dead on road.
BALLYSCANLAN:  Cuckoo calling.
GREAT NEWTOWN HEAD:  20 Common Scoter E.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Cuckoo calling at Lisselan.
 
Thurs 16 May:
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  WHITE-TAILED EAGLE (young wing-tagged bird).
Nr CAPPOQUIN:  Jay at Toor/Ardaguna forest.
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  37 Whimbrel at Clashmore Broads.
ANNESTOWN BOG:  Long-eared Owl calling, Water Rail & Grasshopper Warbler.
EAST WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards.
 
Weds 15 May:
Nr ANNESTOWN BOG:  Adult Long-eared Owl calling.
 
Mon 13 May:
GREAT NEWTOWN HEAD:  Adult Pomarine Skua W.
NEWTOWN GLEN:  Spotted Flycatcher.
 
Sun 12 May:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2 Pomarine Skuas W (adult & subadult), Storm Petrels & 180+ Arctic Tern s (127 W) (seawatch 09:30-11:30); Tree Sparrow.
NEWTOWN GLEN:  Spotted Flycatcher.
ANNESTOWN BOG:  Grasshopper Warbler & 2 Gadwall.
 
Sat 11 May:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Pomarine Skuas & 40 Arctic Terns W (seawatch 18:35-19:35), & Tree Sparrow.
NORTH WATERFORD:  4 Buzzards.
DUNGARVAN:  35 Whimbrel at Ballyneety.
 
Fri 10 May:
HELVICK HEAD:  5 adult-summer Black TernsArctic Skua & 2 Storm Petrels.
GREAT NEWTOWN HEAD:  Great Skua W, 43 Whimbrel & 2 Common Dolphins.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Tree Sparrow & Arctic Tern.
 
Thurs 9 May:
CLONEA STRAND:  5 Great Northern Divers.
HELVICK HEAD:  3 Storm Petrels feeding (first of year) & 1-4 Great Skuas (seawatch 09:30-10:00).
 
Weds 8 May:
HELVICK HEAD:  4+ Spotted Flycatchers (first of year).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Great Skua E (seawatch 18:20-19:00).
 
Mon 6 May:
DUNGARVAN:  NIGHT HERON flying over Old Hospital Road - 3rd county record.
COMERAGH MOUNTAINS:  Cuckoo & Dipper at Coumtay; male & female Hen Harrier.
ARDMORE:  42 Whimbrel at Curragh.
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  2+ Reed Warblers at Raheen Quay.
 
Sun 5 May:
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  Male Hen Harrier.
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  Reed Warbler at Raheen Qiay, Clashmore; Jay at Villierstown.
BALLYNACOURTY POINT:  2 Little Terns W.
CLONEA STRAND:  35 Whimbrel & 3 White Wagtails at Ballinclamper.
COMERAGH MOUNTAINS:  Ring Ouzel at Coumtay.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  40 Whimbrel.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Arctic Skua & 5 Roseate Terns (seawatch 12:-5-13:05).
 
Sat 4 May:
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  Hen Harrier.
DUNGARVAN:  Male Long-tailed Duck off Quann's.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  300+ Whimbrel.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Great Skua E (seawatch 07:50-09:20) & 2 Tree Sparrows.
DUNMORE EAST:  Porpoise off Black Knob.
PORTALLY:  Common Lizard.
EAST WATERFORD:  3 Buzzards.
 
Fri 3 May:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Great Skua W & Arctic Skua (seawatch 19:00-19:45).
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  2 Gadwall.
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  2 Common Sandpipers.
HELVICK HEAD:  2 Puffins W (seawatch 13:15-13:45).
 
Thurs 2 May:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  4 Whitethroats, Sedge Warbler, 2 Blackcaps & 2 Tree Sparrows.
CARRIGAVRANTRY:  63 Whimbrel.
 
Weds 1 May:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  6-8 Whitethroats, 2 Blackcaps, Sedge Warbler, 10 Wheatears & Tree Sparrow.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  97 Whimbrel & 5 Long-tailed Duck.
WATERFORD CITY:  Grasshopper Warbler singing in Ballygunner.
BALLYVOYLE:  2 Dippers.
Nr TALLOWBRIDGE:  3 Jays at Knockroe wood.
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  2 Reed Warblers at Raheen Quay, Clashmore.
WEST WATEFORD:  Buzzard.

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Swift, Dungarvan town, 29 June 2013 F O'Connell

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F O'Connell

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Yellowhammer, June 2013 D Weldon

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Basking Shark, Ardmore Bay, 24 June 2013 AD Malcolm

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Glaucous Gull, 2nd-summer, Helvick, 20 June 2013 P Veale

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P Veale

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aberrant Sand Martin (extra-long flank feathers?), Curragh, Ardmore, 8 June 2013 AD Malcolm

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Mistle Thrush, Brickey canal, Dungarvan, 5 June 2013 F O'Connell

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Jay, Brickey canal, Dungarvan, 5 June 2013 F O'Connell

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Black Guillemot on Helvick buoy, 3 June 2013 F O'Connell

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Pomarine Skuas, 2nd-summer, off Helvick Head, 25 May 2013 F O'Connell

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2nd-summer F O'Connell

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2nd-summer F O'Connell

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adult & 1st/2nd-summer F O'Connell

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adult & 1st/2nd-summer F O'Connell

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adult & 1st/2nd-summer F O'Connell

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adult & 1st/2nd-summers F O'Connell

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Arctic Tern, off Helvick Head, 25 May 2013 F O'Connell

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Fulmar, off Helvick Head, 25 May 2013 F O'Connell

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F O'Connell

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Hooded Crow v Little Egret, the Cunnigar, Dungarvan, 21 May 2013 F O'Connell

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Sanderling, the Cunnigar, Dungarvan, 21 May 2013 F O'Connell

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Dunlin, the Cunnigar, Dungarvan, 21 May 2013 F O'Connell

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White-tailed Eagle, immature, mobbed by Hoodies, Knockmealdown Mountains, 17 May 2013 AD Malcolm

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White-tailed Eagle, immature, Knockmealdown Mountains, 16 May 2013 AD Malcolm

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AD Malcolm

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Whitethroat, Caliso Bay, 13 May 2013 AD Malcolm

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Grasshopper Warbler, Annestown Bog, 12 May 2013 R Zamora

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Whimbrel (14 of 42), Curragh strand, Ardmore, 6 May 2013 AD Malcolm

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Swift, River Blackwater AD Malcolm

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Skylark, Ram Head AD Malcolm

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unusual nest-site of Hooded Crow, Ferry Point, May 2013 T Kennedy

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T Kennedy

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Blackcap, 1st-summer male, Brownstown Head, 2 May 2013 PM Walsh

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