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Waterford bird reports for November-December 2013

 
Waterford bird records November-December 2013 (details subject to verification or correction)

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DECEMBER 2013:
 
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Tues 31 Dec:
HELVICK HEAD: 'Blue' Fulmar, Great Skua & Puffin (1-hr seawatch 11:00-12:00).
DUNGARVAN:  3 Long-tailed Ducks off pitch & putt course, Water Rail at Killongford, & Dark-bellied Brent Goose.
SEAFIELD / BUNM,AHON:  CATTLE EGRET still present.
TRAMORE:  1st-winter Glaucous Gull at boating lake.

Mon 30 Dec:
SEAFIELD:  CATTLE EGRET.
HELVICK HEAD:  LITTLE AUK, adult Yellow-legged Gull & Great Skua.
BLACKWATER CALLOWS:  43 Whooper Swans.
CURRAGHMORE ESTATE (Portlaw):  Treecreeper & 2 Jays.
 
Sun 29 Dec:
SEAFIELD:  CATTLE EGRET.
TRAMORE:  Adult Mediterranean Gull at boating lake.
EAST WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards.
DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL, & Otter below Devonshire bridge.
 
Sat 28 Dec:
SEAFIELD:  CATTLE EGRET (video).
TRAMORE:  Adult Ring-billed Gull, 1st-winter Glaucous Gull (video), 45 Gadwall & 15 Shoveler at boating lake; Greylag Goose, 2 Shoveler & 3 Gadwall at Lisselan.
CASTLETOWN FEN:  Water Rail.
DERRIGAL:  Adult White-fronted Goose, c270 Greylag Geese & 37 Whooper Swans.
PORTLAW:  Jay at Curraghmore Estate, Green Sandpiper at River Clodiagh.
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  38 Whooper Swans & 2 Shoveler.
EAST/MID WATERFORD:  Buzzard at three locations.
Nr LEMYBRIEN:  Woodcock.
CLONEA:  Purple Sandpiper.
DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL, 2 Long-tailed DucksOtter off pitch & putt course, Long-tailed Duck off Ballynacourty pier.
 
Fri 27 Dec:
BUNMAHON/SEAFIELD:  2 CATTLE EGRETS (2nd bird flew into roost in large pines beside bridge at Bunmahon, 15:40).
TRAMORE:  2nd-winter Glaucous Gull at boating lake carpark.
Nr WATERFORD CITY:  Otter at King's Channel opposite Little Island.
DUNGARVAN:  Merlin at Ballyrandle, Chiffchaff & 2 Whimbrel at Knockanpower Lower, Ring.
 
Thurs 26 Dec:
BUNMAHON:  CATTLE EGRET.
ANNESTOWN:  2nd-winter Mediterranean Gull.
MID WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
CLONEA:  Purple Sandpiper.
DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL & 2 Long-tailed Ducks at the Cunnigar, Green Sandpiper at Brickey canal, 2 Otters at Killongford bridge.
 
Weds 25 Dec:
BUNMAHON:  CATTLE EGRET (video).
DUNGARVAN:  4 Long-tailed Ducks & adult Mediterranean Gull '3H97' at Quann's, Water Rail at Killongford.
 
Tues 24 Dec:
BUNMAHON:  CATTLE EGRET.
 
Mon 23 Dec:
BUNMAHON:  CATTLE EGRET.
 
Sun 22 Dec:
BUNMAHON/SEAFIELD:  1 CATTLE EGRET (video).
DUNGARVAN:  Swallow at Abbeyside, 3 Long-tailed Ducks near the Cunnigar, Otter upstream of N25 bridge.
 
Sat 21 Dec:
BUNMAHON/SEAFIELD:  2 CATTLE EGRETS.
 
Fri 20 Dec:
DUNGARVAN:  4 Long-tailed DucksOtter off pitch & putt course.
 
Thurs 19 Dec:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  5 Gadwall & 2 Kingfishers at Lisselan.
EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
CLONEA:  2 Chiffchaffs at Ballinclamper.
DUNGARVAN:  Otter off pitch & putt course.
 
Tues 17 Dec:
WATERFORD CITY:  Kingfisher on St John's River.
DUNHILL:  2 Tree Sparrows.

Mon 16 Dec:
EAST WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards.

Sun 15 Dec:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  3rd-winter Yellow-legged Gull & 620+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls.
 
Sat 14 Dec:
CLONEA STRAND:  11+ Great Northern Divers off Ballinclamper.
 
Fri 13 Dec:
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  Adult male RING-NECKED DUCK.
TRAMORE:  Ring-billed Gull, 42 Gadwall & 9 Shoveler at boating lake.
 
Weds 11 Dec:
Nr TRAMORE:  GLOSSY IBIS flying towards Backstrand over Old Tramore Road just N/NE of Ballinattin junction - same bird as seen flying NW over Backstrand on 10 November?

Tues 10 Dec:
DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL & 2 Long-tailed Duck.
 
Mon 9 Dec:
DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL off pitch & putt course.
TRAMORE:  Ring-billed Gull & Mediterranean Gull at boating lake, Barnacle Goose at Lisselan.
EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.

Sun 8 Dec:
DUNMORE EAST:  2nd-winter Glaucous Gull.
TRAMORE:  Merlin at Lisselan.
EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard at two locations.
 
Sat 7 Dec:
DUNMORE EAST:  5 Purple Sandpipers.
TRAMORE:  Adult Ring-billed Gull, 3 Mediterranean Gulls, 50 Gadwall & 13 Shoveler at boating lake; Ring-billed Gull (different bird?) at Backstrand west of spits; Short-eared Owl, Gadwall & 4 Pintail at Lisselan.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  2 Shoveler.
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  Kingfisher & 52 Whooper Swans.
DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL & 4 Long-tailed Duck off pitch & putt course, Barnacle Goose at Ballyneety, Green Sandpiper at brickey canal.
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  20 Yellowhammers at Newport East.
 
Fri 6 Dec:
DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL, 4 Long-tailed Duck & Barnacle Goose off pitch & putt course. 
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  42 Whooper Swans.
DUNHILL:  2 Tree Sparrows.
TRAMORE:  Adult Ring-billed Gull at boating lake.
DUNMORE EAST:  9 Purple Sandpipers.

Thurs 5 Dec:
TRAMORE:  Adult Ring-billed Gull at boating lake.
DUNMORE EAST:  2nd-winter Glaucous Gull
 
Mon 2 Dec:
DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL, 4 Long-tailed Duck & Otter off pitch & putt course. 
 
Sun 1 Dec:
DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL, Barnacle Goose (video) & 4 Long-tailed Duck from pitch & putt course, Green Sandpiper at Brickey river.
BALLYNACOURTY POINT:  Whimbrel, Otter, Minke Whale & Porpoise from the lighthouse.
TANKARDSTOWN:  Merlin, Minke Whale & 22 Common Dolphins.

NOVEMBER 2013:
 
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Sat 30 Nov:
DUNGARVAN:  Barnacle Goose at Ballyneety; 4 Long-tailed Duck & 2 Shoveler off pitch & putt course.
WEST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
CROHAUN:  Woodcock.
GARRANBAUN:  Merlin.
DERRIGAL:  Adult White-fronted Goose (video), 273 Greylag Geese & 24 Whooper Swans.
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  37 Whooper Swans.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  2 Shoveler.
TRAMORE:  4 Pintail, Gadwall & Chiffchaff at Lisselan; 15 Shoveler & 49 Gadwall at boating lake.
EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
 
Fri 29 Nov:
BUNMAHON:  Kingfisher; 2 Fin Whales offshore.
ANNESTOWN:  Kingfisher.
MID WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
 
Weds 27 Nov:
TRAMORE:  37 Gadwall & 5 Shoveler at boating lake.
BALLYSCANLON:  3 Crossbills.
NEWTOWN CROSS (nr Kilmacthomas):  Woodcock.
HELVICK HEAD:  Merlin & Minke Whale.
 
Tues 26 Nov:
DUNHILL:  Tree Sparrow.
 
Mon 25 Nov:
DUNMORE EAST to MINE HEAD:  6 Great Skuas , 3 Common Scoter, 4 Fin Whales, 5 Minke Whales & 30-40 Common Dolphins from boat.
ANNESTOWN:  Kingfisher.
BUNMAHON:  Kingfisher.
BALLYDWAN:  Adult Iceland Gull.
MID WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
 
Sun 24 Nov:
DUNGARVAN:  Adult Yellow-legged Gull at Ballyneety, 4 Long-tailed Duck off sports centre.
BALLYVOYLE:  3 Fin Whales, 2 Minke Whales & a  Porpoise.
TRAMORE:  4 Shoveler at boating lake.
DUNMORE EAST:  1st-winter Glaucous Gull; also 30+ Common Dolphins between pier & Hook Head.
 
Sat 23 Nov:
TRAMORE:  4 Pintail & 8 Gadwall at Lisselan, Long-tailed Duck (between spits) & adult dark-bellied Brent Goose at Backstrand, 45 Gadwall & 11 Shoveler at boating lake, 33 Common Scoter in the Bay, & 2 Blackcaps at Tramore House.
EAST WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Male Shoveler.
DERRIGAL:  22 Whooper Swans & 5 Greylag Geese.
DUNGARVAN:  4 Long-tailed Ducks off pitch & putt course, 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls & adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballkyneety, HUMPBACK WHALE & 3 Fin Whales off mouth of bay.
 
Fri 22 Nov:
TRAMORE:  24 Gadwall & 2 Shoveler at boating lake.
BUNMAHON: A late Swallow, 27 Common Scoter, 2 Fin Whales & 50 Common Dolphins.
EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard at two locations.
 
Weds 20 Nov:
Nr DRUM HILLS:  Male Hen Harrier.
CARRIGNAGOUR (nr Lismore): Whooper Swans flying over at midnight last night.
 
Tues 19 Nov:
DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL & 3 Long-tailed Duck at the Cunnigar, 2 Whooper Swans W past pitch & putt course.
 
Mon 18 Nov:
MID WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
 
Sun 17 Nov:
DUNGARVAN:  SURF SCOTER in bay.
BALLYDWAN:  Manx Shearwater W.
DERRIGAL:  11 Whooper Swans.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Shoveler.
TRAMORE:  43 Gadwall & 7 Shoveler at boating lake, 4 Gadwall at Lisselan.
EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
 
Sat 16 Nov:
DUNGARVAN:  SURF SCOTER, 3 Long-tailed Ducks , 660 Brent Geese & Lesser Black-backed Gulls off Cunnigar tip, SPOONBILL on the Cunnigar, 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls & adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballyneety.
HELVICK HEAD:  3 Common Scoter, Common Dolphins & Porpoises.
CLONEA:  1st-winter Mediterranean Gull, 16 Great Northern Divers & 250+ Gannets.
BALLYVOONEY COVE:  8 Red-throated Divers.
BUNMAHON:  Mediterranean Gull.
KILMURRIN:  Mediterranean Gull.
TRAMORE:  41 Gadwall, 9 Shoveler & adult Mediterranean Gull at boating lake, Scaup at Lisselan, Merlin at Backstrand.
DUNMORE EAST to W of TRAMORE:  Great Skua, Glaucous Gull, Fin Whale, 7 Minke Whales, 11 Porpoises & 100 Common Dolphins from boat.
EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
 
Fri 15 Nov:
NW WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
COLLIGAN WOODS:  Dipper.
HELVICK HEAD:  2 Great Skuas, 7 Common Scoter & lots of Common Dolphins & Porpoises.
TANKARDSTOWN (nr Bunmahon):  Minke Whale & small numbers of Common Dolphins & Porpoises.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  16 Tree Sparrows.
 
Thurs 14 Nov:
Nr LITTLE ISLAND:  Kingfisher.
 
Tues 12 Nov:
DUNGARVAN (I-WeBS count):  SURF SCOTER again off Ballynacourty pier, SPOONBILL on Cunnigar, 2 Long-tailed Ducks near Cunnigar point, 10 Great Northern Divers & 60 Great Crested Grebes in bay, VAGRANT EMPEROR dragonfly near sports centre, and HUMPBACK WHALE, Fin Whales, Porpoises & Common Dolphins off bay.
HELVICK to CLONEA:  200+ Gannets.
CALISO BAY:  Merlin.
RAM HEAD:  Pomarine Skua, 7 Manx Shearwaters & 200+ Common Dolphins.
MUGGORT'S BAY:  Great Skua W.
TRAMORE:  17 Gadwall at boating lake.
 
Sun 10 Nov:
TRAMORE (I-WeBS count):  GLOSSY IBIS over Kilmacleague / Clohernagh (flew NW), Long-tailed Duck in backstrand, Short-eared Owl & Scaup at Lisselan, 5 Whooper Swans at Riverstown, 22 Gadwall & 8 Shoveler at boating lake, & total 828 Brent Geese.
DUNGARVAN:  SURF SCOTER off Ballynacourty pier, Green Sandpiper at Killongford pools.
EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
HELVICK HEAD:  2 Swallows.
ARDMORE:  2 Mediterranean Gulls (adult & 1st-winter).
Nr WHITING BAY:  2 Tree Sparrows at Moord.
WEST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
 
Sat 9 Nov:
DUNGARVAN:  Female or 1st-winter male SURF SCOTER off Ballynacourty pier, SPOONBILL off pitch & putt course, adult Yellow-legged Gull & adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballyneety.
CLONEA:  Merlin at Ballinclamper.
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  Adult Mediterranean Gull.
DERRIGAL/PORTNASCULLY:  59 Greylag Geese at Derrigal cross, 10 Whooper Swans at Portnascully (Co Kilkenny).
ANNESTOWN:  Merlin & Kingfisher.
TRAMORE BAY:  Great Skua W off Newtown Cove, 
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  14 Common Scoter W.
 
Fri 8 Nov:
TRAMORE:  Scaup, adult Mediterranean Gull, Kingfisher & Chiffchaff at Lisselan; 17 Gadwall & 3 Shoveler at boating lake.
ANNESTOWN:  Kingfisher.
BUNMAHON:  Kingfisher & Fin Whale.
MID WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards.
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  Large flock of Crossbills still at Killballyboy Woods, Co Tipperary.
 
Thurs 7 Nov:
TRAMORE: 35 Gadwall & 3 Shoveler at boating lake.
 
Mon 4 Nov:
RAM HEAD:  2 Great Skuas, Arctic Skua, Merlin, Fin Whale, Minke Whale & 50 Common Dolphins (seawatch 11:00-12:45). 
 
Sun 3 Nov:
BLACKWATER CALLOWS:  115 Whooper Swans, Lismore to Ballyneroon.
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  29 Whooper Swans & 8 Greylag Geese at Camphire.
WEST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
WHITING BAY:  Mediterranean Gull.
DRUM HILLS:  Male Hen Harrier.
HELVICK:  Otter.
TRAMORE:  Scaup at Lisselan, 8 Gadwall at boating lake, 4 Swallows at Ballycarnane Woods.
TIBBERAGHNY (south Kilkenny):  7 Whooper Swans.
 
Sat 2 Nov:
DUNGARVAN:  Swallow at the Lookput.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  4 Great Skuas & 350 Gannets W (seawatch 08:25-11:25).
 
Fri 1 Nov:
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  Male RING-NECKED DUCK, 3 Scaup, 21 Whooper Swans & 6 Stock Doves.
DUNGARVAN:  Hummingbird Hawk-moth at Kilmurray.
BLACKWATER CALLOWS:  89 Whooper Swans west of Lismore.

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.click for larger images or see photo-gallery (November-December)

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Cattle Egret, Bunmahon, 31 Dec 2013 P Archer

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Dark-bellied Brent Goose, adult, Dungarvan, 31 Dec 2013 P Archer

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Spoonbill, Dungarvan, 30 Dec 2013 F O'Connell

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F O'Connell

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Ring-billed Gull, adult, 29 Dec 2013 P Archer

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Cattle Egret, Bunmahon / Seafield, 26 Dec 2013 R Zamora

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R Zamora

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Cattle Egret, Bunmahon / Seafield, 22 Dec 2013 R Zamora

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R Zamora

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D Weldon

See also video (DW)

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Long-tailed Ducks, near the Cunnigar, Dungarvan, 22 Dec 2013 F O'Connell

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Spoonbill, Dungarvan, 9 Dec 2013 R Zamora

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Mediterranean Gull, adult, Tramore boating lake, 9 Dec 2013 R Zamora

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Ring-billed Gull, Tramore boating lake, 7 Dec 2013 A Allen

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Ring-billed Gull, adult, Tramore boating lake, 5 Dec 2013 R Zamora

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Glaucous Gull, 2nd-winter, Dunmore East, 5 Dec 2013 R Zamora

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Buzzard, NW Waterford, 6 Dec 2013 S O'Farrell

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S O'Farrell

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Goldfinches (80+!), Dungarvan town, 5 Dec 2013 F O'Connell

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Goldfinches (& Redpoll), Dungarvan town, 4 Dec 2013 F O'Connell

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F O'Connell

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Iceland Gull, adult, Ballydwan, 25 Nov 2013 D Clarke

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Common Dolphin, 25 November 2013 AD Malcolm

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Fin Whale, 'Scar' (last recorded W Cork Nov 2007), 25 November 2013 AD Malcolm

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Common Scoter, off Helvick Head, 25 November 2013 AD Malcolm

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Pintail, male, Tramore Backstrand, 24 Nov 2013 L Ryan

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Sparrowhawk, male, Carrignagour, 17 November 2013 AD Malcolm

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Glaucous Gull, 1st-winter, Red Head, 16 November 2013 AD Malcolm

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Minke Whale, off east Waterford, 16 Nov 2013 AD Malcolm

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Dipper, Colligan Woods, 15 Nov 2013 L Burgess

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Linnets, Tankardstown, 14 Nov 2013 S Corcoran

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Otter, Barnawee, Dungarvan, 11 Nov 2013 D Clarke

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Surf Scoter, Dungarvan bay, 9 November 2013 M Cowming

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M Cowming

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Yellow-legged Gull, adult, Ballyneety, Dungarvan, 9 November 2013 D Weldon

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Kingfisher, 8 November 2013 D Clarke

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D Clarke

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