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Bird reports for November 2011

Waterford bird records November 2011 (details subject to verification or correction)
older records - archive

November 2011
Check here for updates or further details, also Seawatch summaries.
Weds 30 Nov:
EAST WATERFORD:  3 Buzzards feeding on earthworms in same tillage field as yesterday.
Tues 29 Nov:
HACKETSTOWN (nr Portlaw):  Merlin.
EAST WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards.
BLACKWATER CALLOWS:  60 Whooper Swans & 500 Black-tailed Godwits between Lismore & Ballyduff.
Mon 28 Nov:
Nr BALLYDUFF:  SPOTTED SANDPIPER again on Blackwater, c1 mile upriver of Ballydiff bridge, also 3 Green Sandpipers & 2 Otters.
Sun 27 Nov:
Nr BALLYDUFF:  SPOTTED SANDPIPER (3rd county record), 2 Green Sandpipers & Kingfisher on River Blackwater at Ballynerroon.
DRUM HILLS:  11 Crossbills near Barranastook.
DUNGARVAN:  Green Sandpiper, 2 Kingfishers & 2 Chiffchaffs (1 eastern-type) at Brickey canal; Common Seal at Barnawee.
CLONEA STRAND:  BUFF-BELLIED PIPIT (in front of Clone Strand Hotel), Black Redstart, 6 Great Northern Divers & 2 Common Seals.
BUNMAHON:  3 Fin Whales.
Sat 26 Nov:
BOATSTRAND:  Late Swallow.
CLONEA STRAND:  5 Purple Sandpipers at Ballinclamper.
ARDMORE:  Adult Mediterranean Gull at Curragh Beach.
FERRY POINT:  Whimbrel.
Fri 25 Nov:
DUNGARVAN:  Adult BLACK BRANT again at pitch & putt course.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  3rd-winter Yellow-legged Gull & 1st-winter Mediterranean Gull off Saleen.
Thurs 24 Nov:
DUNGARVAN:  Adult BLACK BRANT at pitch & putt course.
Weds 23 Nov:
CLONEA STRAND:  BUFF-BELLIED PIPIT (video) & BLUETHROAT still present at Ballinclamper.
Tues 22 Nov:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Female DESERT WHEATEAR (1st county, 8th Irish record).
CLONEA STRAND:  BUFF-BELLIED PIPIT (3rd county record) now present with BLUETHROAT at Ballinclamper, also Curlew Sandpiper & 2 Purple Sandpipers there.
RAM HEAD:  Short-eared Owl, Merlin & Black Redstart.
ANNESTOWN:  4-5 Fin Whales.
Mon 21 Nov:
CLONEA STRAND:  BLUETHROAT (video) & 35+ Choughs at Ballinclamper
Sun 20 Nov:
CLONEA STRAND:  1st-year male BLUETHROAT at Ballinclamper (3rd county record) - video - also Purple Sandpiper & 3 Great Northern Divers.
DUNGARVAN:   Black Redstart & 2 Great Northern Divers at Ballinacourty pier.
ARDMORE:  3 CRANES flew east (first confirmed county record), also Lesser Whitethroat, Brambling, Black Redstart, Tree SparrowHen Harrier; 27 Tree Sparrows at Goat Island.
WHITING BAY:  4 Tree Sparrows at Ballysallagh, 2 Merlins.
Nr CLASHMORE:  CRANES feeding in maize fields.
Sat 19 Nov:
DUNGARVAN:   BLACK-NECKED GREBE & Grey Phalarope at Ballinacourty.
BALLYDWAN:  Black Redstart.
SEAFIELD:  Chiffchaff & 2 Green Sandpipers.
ANNESTOWN:  Merlin & Fin Whale.
KILMACLEAGUE:  2 Yellowhammers.
SALEEN:  Blackcap.
EAST WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards.
DUNMORE EAST:  3 Purple Sandpipers.
Fri 18 Nov:
Nr KILMEADEN:  Jack Snipe & 4 Woodcock.
Weds 16 Nov:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  PALLAS'S WARBLER (3rd county record) in main willow garden.
Tues 15 Nov:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Male Black Redstart.
MUGGORT'S BAY:  2 Fin Whales & 3 Common Dolphins.
Mon 14 Nov:
SEAFIELD:  Woodcock.
Sun 13 Nov:
TRAMORE:  4 Gadwall at boating lake.
CLONEA STRAND:  7 Common Scoter W at Ballinard.
HELVICK HEAD:  9+ Great Skuas, a Manx Shearwater & a Red-throated Diver W (seawatch 15:00-16:30), also a Black Redstart.
ARDMORE:  Adult Mediterranean Gull at Curragh Beach.
WHITING BAY:  Adult Mediterranean Gull.
CALISO BAY:  5 Common Scoter E.
Sat 12 Nov:
Opposite CHEEKPOINT:  CATTLE EGRET at Drumdowney Upper, Co Kilkenny (video). Also Otter at Cheekpoint.
DUNMORE EAST:  5 Purple Sandpipers.
TRAMORE:  RED-NECKED GREBE & 10 Gadwall at Lisselan.
ANNESTOWN:  Kingfisher.
Nr ANNESTOWN:  2 Tree Sparrows at Woodstown.
CLONEA STRAND:  Fin Whale, 4 Great Skuas, 5 Great Northern Divers, 4 Red-throated Divers, adult Mediterranean Gull & 28 Common Scoters off Ballinclamper.
MINE HEAD:  4 Fin Whales.
Fri 11 Nov:
DUNGARVAN:  Merlin at pitch & putt club.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Short-eared Owl near Pickardstown.
Tues 8 Nov:
TRAMORE:  Long-eared Owl found dead on road at Lisselan.
Mon 7 Nov:
DUNGARVAN:  HOBBY at the Cunnigar.
Off MINE HEAD:  6-7 Fin Whales (see IWDG website article Autumnwatch, BBC2 Fri 11 Nov 8:30 pm).
Sun 6 Nov:
WEST WATERFORD (from boat):  6 Great Skuas, a Little Gull, hundreds of thrushes flying in off sea, Fin Whale & c250 Common Dolphins.
HELVICK HEAD:  A late Spotted Flycatcher.
DUNGARVAN:  2 1st-winter Spotted Redshanks at Killongford.
CLONEA STRAND:  5-6 Killer Whales, 6+ Bottlenose Dolphins, 11 Great Northern Divers, 4 Red-throated Divers & a Sandwich Tern off Ballinclamper, also a Purple Sandpiper.
COOLFIN/DERRIGAL:  13 Greylag Geese & 5 Whooper Swans east at Derrigal.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Arctic Skua E, 5 Red-throated divers W (2 E) & 2 Porpoises (seawatch 08:10-10:10); also adult male Black Redstart, Wheatear & 15+ Lesser Redpolls.

Sat 5 Nov:
WHITING BAY:  Whimbrel.
RAM HEAD:  3 Fin Whales.
ARDMORE:  Sandwich Tern
HELVICK HEAD:  5 Blackcaps & a Fin Whale.
DUNGARVAN:  Snow Bunting at the Cunnigar, Curlew Sandpiper at Ballyneety, juvenile Common Tern off pitch &putt course.
CLONEA STRAND:  Short-eared Owl (video) & 3 Swallows at Ballinclamper, 17 Great Northern Divers & a Red-throated Diver offshore.
BALLYVOYLE:  2 Fin Whales.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2 Tree Sparrows.
Fri 4 Nov:
RAM HEAD: Great Northern Diver & Red-throated Diver E, Pomarine Skua, 6 Arctic Skuas, 4 Great Skuas, Fin Whale, Porpoise & 200+ Common Dolphins (seawatch 13:45-15:30).
WATERFORD CITY:   8 Redwing near Whitfield Clinic.
Tues 1 Nov:
ARDMORE:  19+ Mediterranean Gulls at Curragh beach (mostly adult & 1st-winter, 1 2nd-winter) - highest ever Co Waterford count; 1st-winter Ring Ouzel still at St Declan's Well.
BUNMAHON:  Kingfisher on River Mahon, 9 Swallows flying south.


.click below for larger images,
or see larger-format photo gallery

Whooper Swans, Blackwater Callows, 29 Nov 2011 D Clarke

Kingfisher, Brickey canal, 27 Nov 2011 D Clarke

Chiffchaff, 'eastern' type (race abietinus?), Brickey canal, 27 Nov 2011 D Clarke

Bullfinch, male, Brickey canal, 27 Nov 2011 D Clarke

Common Seal, Dungarvan, 27 Nov 2011 D Clarke

Hooded Crow, leucistic, Barnawee, Dungarvan, 27 Nov 2011 D Clarke

Black Brant, adult, Dungarvan, 25 Nov 2011 F O'Connell




Desert Wheatear, female, Brownstown Head, 22 Nov 2011 Maurice Flynn


Buff-bellied Pipit, Ballinclamper, Clonea Strand, 22 Nov 2011 P Archer



Bluethroat, 1st-year male, Ballinclamper, Clonea Strand, 21 Nov 2011 P Archer


Bluethroat, 1st-year male, Ballinclamper, Clonea Strand, 20 Nov 2011 G Clarke



M Cowming


D Weldon

D Clarke


also see video & more photos, irishbirding.com (RMcL, DW/AGK, MC), and photo-sites GC & RMcL

Kestrel, Ballinclamper, Clonea Strand, 20 Nov 2011 D Clarke

Great Northern Diver, Ballynacourty pier, Dungarvan, 20 Nov 2011 D Clarke

Purple Sandpiper, Dunmore East, 19 Nov 2011 D Clarke


Pallas's Warbler, Brownstown Head, 16 Nov 2011 P Archer


Cattle Egret, opposite Cheekpoint, 12 Nov 2011 M Cowming

Long-eared Owl, found dead, Lisselan, 8 Nov 2011 N O'Meara

Great Skua, 6 Nov 2011 D Clarke


Common Dolphin, 6 Nov 2011 D Clarke


Ring Ouzel, 1st-winter, Ardmore, 1 Nov 2011 G Clarke

M Cowming



also see video (MC)

Buzzard, east Co Waterford, 1 Nov 2011 D Clarke

Snipe, Portlaw, 1 Nov 2011 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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