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Waterford bird reports for October 2012

 
Waterford bird records October 2012 (details subject to verification or correction)
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October 2012
 
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Tues 30 Oct:
DUNGARVAN:  Grey Squirrel found dead on road at Ringcrehy.
 
Mon 29 Oct:
BUNMAHON:  Kingfisher.
CLONEA STRAND:  2 Black Redstarts & Whimbrel at Ballinclamper, 4 Great Northern Divers & 2 Fin Whales.
DUNGARVAN:  Female Eider at Ballynacourty, 15 Redwing at Brickey canal, male Hen Harrier at Ring.
HELVICK HEAD:  2 Merlins & 3 Fin Whales.
RING:  RAM HEAD:  2nd-winter Mediterranean Gull & 2 Fin Whales.
ARDMORE:  3 Mediterranean Gulls (2nd-winter & 2 adults) in bay, 15+ Tree Sparrows at Goat Island road.
WHITING BAY:  2 Mediterranean Gulls (adult & 2nd-winter).
 
Sun 28 Oct:
DUNGARVAN:  Red Kite flew east at Cunnigar, female Eider off Gold Coast, 9 Crossbills at Gold Coast golf-course, Black Redstart at Ballynacourty, Kingfisher at Ballyneety, 3 Green Sandpipers at Brickey canal, 2 Shoveler & 2 Spotted Redshanks at Killongford.
HELVICK HEAD:  Fin Whale, Minke Whale & 30-40 Common Dolphins.
DUNMORE EAST:  1st-winter Mediterranean Gull.
 
Sat 27 Oct:
WHITING BAY:  5 White-fronted Geese E & 3 Mediterranean Gulls (adult, 1st-winter & 2nd-winter).
RAM HEAD:  2 Red-throated Divers & Porpoise.
ARDMORE:  30 Tree Sparrows at Goat Island, Merlin at Ballyquin.
EAST WATERFORD:  3  Buzzards.
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  Green Sandpiper & 7 Whooper Swans.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Adult White-fronted Goose, Whooper Swan, 4 Shoveler & 11 Gadwall at Lisselan.
 
Fri 26 Oct:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  2 adult White-fronted Geese, 5 Shoveler, 9 Gadwall & a Merlin at Lisselan.
SEAFIELD:  Crossbill.
NIRE VALLEY:  Merlin.
 
Thurs 25 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER & 4 Blackcaps.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Short-eared Owl at Lisselan.
Nr WATERFORD CITY:  11 Redwing at IDA park, Cork Road.
BUNMAHON:  White-fronted Goose & 32 Greylag Geese E.
AT SEA:  22 Great Skuas, Fin Whale & up to160 Common Dolphins offshore between Helvick Head & Ballycotton.
 
Weds 24 Oct:
LISMORE:  4+ Barnacle Geese (feral/introduced?) & a Jay.
AT SEA (2-7 miles offshore between Hook Head & Helvick Head):  12 Great Skuas, Black Redstart, Blackcap, 2 Redwings, 2 Minke Whales & 18+ Common Dolphins from R.V. Celtic Voyager.
 
Tues 23 Oct:
SEAFIELD:  Ring Ouzel.
HELVICK HEAD:  6 Sooty Shearwaters, 14 Great Skuas & 2 Arctic Skuas.
 
Mon 22 Oct:
CLONEA STRAND:  Great Northern Diver & 15+ Choughs.
 
Sun 21 Oct:
HELVICK HEAD:  15 Great Skuas, 3 Pomarine Skuas, 4 Arctic Skuas, 3 Common Scoter,  large whale species & Ocean Sunfish (seawatch 15:00-17:00).
CLONEA STRAND:  2 Great Skuas, adult Mediterranean Gull, 2 Great Northern Divers, Whimbrel, 27 Choughs & Ocean Sunfish, Ballinclamper. 
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  1st-winter male Eider on sea, 4 Great Northern Divers W (1 E), 4 Red-throated Divers (3 on sea, 1 W), 15 Common Scoter E (1 W) & a 2nd-winter Mediterranean Gull. (seawatch 08:50-11:50), male Blackcap.
 
Sat 20 Oct:
BLACKWATER CALLOWS:  2 drake Shoveler.
CAPPOQUIN:  3 Jays.
WEST WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards.
HELVICK HEAD:  3 Porpoises.
DUNGARVAN:  2 female Common Scoter at Ballinacourty, 2 Green Sandpipers at Brickey canal.
CLONEA STRAND:  Great Northern Diver & Whimbrel at Ballinclamper.
ARDMORE:  6 Mediterranean Gulls (2 adult & 4 1st-winter) & Green Sandpiper at Curragh Beach.
CLONEA:  Great Northern Diver & Whimbrel.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Merlin, 4 Shoveler (1 male), 3 Gadwall & 36 Little Grebes at Lisselan, total 580+ Brent Geese.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Merlin & late Willow Warbler
 
Fri 19 Oct:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Grey Phalarope inside seawall at Lisselan (video), also 2 Kingfishers, 4 Shoveler & 7 Whooper Swans.
CLONEA STRAND:  Merlin, 8+ White Wagtails & 50+ Choughs at Ballinclamper.
DUNGARVAN:  Great Northern Diver at Ballynacourty.
 
Thurs 18 Oct:
CLONEA STRAND:  3+ White Wagtails & 20+ Choughs at Ballinclamper.
AT SEA (Western Approaches off Co Waterford):  Snow Bunting, Merlin, 40 Great Skuas, 3 Sooty Shearwaters & 6 Puffins.
 
Weds 17 Oct:
BUNMAHON:  Juvenile SABINE'S GULL & 1st-winter Little Gull (seawatch 17:00-18:00).
 
Tues 16 Oct:
HELVICK HEAD:  BLYTH'S REED WARBLER still present at same location, also 2 Jays.
TRAMORE:  8 Gadwall at boating lake.
 
Mon 15 Oct:
HELVICK HEAD:  BLYTH'S REED WARBLER (1st county record) at farm along eastern road up to high car-oark, also 2 Ring Ouzels.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  7 Whooper Swans, 2 Shoveler & a Kingfisher at Lisselan.
 
Sun 14 Oct:
ARDMORE:  2nd-winter Mediterranean Gull at Curragh.
RAM HEAD:  4 Fin Whales, 2 Risso's Dolphins & 50 Common Dolphins.
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  Merlin at the Vee.
 
Sat 13 Oct:
ARDMORE:  YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER at the Round Tower, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (adult & 2nd-winter) at Curragh.
WEST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Mediterranean Gull at Riverstown, White Wagtail at  Pickardstown.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Tree Sparrow.
WATERFORD CITY:  2 Jays W over  Collins Avenue.

Fri 12 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Reed Warbler.
 
Thurs 11 Oct:
DUNGARVAN:  Green Sandpiper at Brickey canal.
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  2 Jays near Camphire, Red Squirrel at Newport East.
WHITING BAY:  2nd-winter Mediterranean Gull.
WEST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
 
Weds 10 Oct:
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  OSPREY.
ARDMORE:  YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER & Redstart along Goat Island road, adult Mediterranean Gull at Curragh.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Blackcap.

Tues 9 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Blackcap & Tree Sparrow.
 
Mon 8 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  5 Blackcap, Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaffs, 12 Goldcrests, 60+ Swallows & 5+ House Martins.
 
Sun 7 Oct:
DUNGARVAN:  Spotted Redshank at Ballyneety.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  2 Scaup.
Nr LEMYBRIEN:  Jay.
DUNGARVAN:  16 Wheatears & 2 Blackcaps at the Cunnigar.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Blackcap, 40+ Redpolls (19 ringed) & 3 Siskins.
 
Sat 6 Oct:
ARDMORE:  Pied Flycatcher at St Declan'sWell.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  3 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs, 41 Redpolls, 850+ Swallows (including 800+ E 10:40-11:40); Great Northern Diver & Common Scoter E & W, 28 Brent Geese W, 2 Great Skuas & a Porpoise (seawatch 08:20-10:20).
 
Fri 5 Oct:
RAM HEAD:  2 Great Skuas & 2 Arctic Skuas W, 2 Red-throated Divers E, 20 Common Dolphins & 4 Fin Whales (seawatch 09.50 to 12.50), later a Canada Goose flew past.
ARDMORE:  Adult Mediterranean Gull at Curragh.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  2 Scaup still present.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  10 Crossbills W,  15+ Redpolls & 200+ Swallows.
PORTALLY COVE:  White Wagtail.
 
Thurs 4 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  17 Crossbills W,  Blackcap, 2 Willow Warblers, 5 Chiffchaffs, 75 Meadow Pipits, 2 Siskins & 6+ Redpolls.
KILMEADEN:  Jay.
EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
BALLYMACARBRY:  Long-eared Owl.
 
Weds 3 Oct:
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  2 juvenile Scaup.
BONMAHON:  2 Green Sandpipers.
ARDMORE:  White Wagtail at Curragh.
CLONEA STRAND:  4 White Wagtails at Ballinclamper.
 
Tues 2 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Arctic Skua W, White Wagtail & 26 Choughs.
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS (Co Tipperary):  17 Crossbills & 9 Jays on Tipperary side of the Vee.
 
Mon 1 Oct:
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  2 juvenile Scaup.
RATHMOYLAN:  White Wagtail.

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Mediterranean Gull, adult (metal-ringed), Ardmore, 29 Oct 2012 PM Walsh

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Mediterranean Gull, 2nd-winter, Ardmore, 29 Oct 2012 PM Walsh

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PM Walsh

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Kingfisher, Bunmahon, 29 Oct 2012 D Clarke

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Redwing, Brickey canal, 29 Oct 2012 D Clarke

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Sparrowhawk, Ballynacourty Point, 28 Oct 2012 D Clarke

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White-fronted Goose, adult, Lisselan, Tramore Backstrand, 27 Oct 2012 D Weldon

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Merlin, Nire Valley, 26 Oct 2012 D Clarke

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Kestrel, Nire Valley, 26 Oct 2012 D Clarke

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Yellow-browed Warbler, Brownstown Head, 25 Oct 2012 P Archer

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P Archer

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Barnacle Goose, Lismore, 24 Oct 2012 SM Hogan

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Ringed Plover, col-rgd 1st-winter, Curragh, Ardmore, 20 Oct 2012 SM Hogan green Lbelow blue Rabove

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Mediterranean Gull, adult, Curragh, Ardmore, 20 Oct 2012 AD Malcolm

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Mediterranean Gull, 2nd-winter, Curragh, Ardmore, 20 Oct 2012 AD Malcolm

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Great Northern Diver, Curragh, Ardmore, 20 Oct 2012 AD Malcolm

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Jay, Cappoquin, 20 Oct 2012 D Clarke

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Buzzard, west Waterford, 20 Oct 2012 D Clarke

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D Clarke

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Grey Phalarope, 1st-winter, Lisselan, Tramore Backstrand, 19 Oct 2012 D Sinnott

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D Sinnott

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Mediterranean Gull, 2nd-winter, Curragh, Ardmore, 14 Oct 2012 AD Malcolm

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Sparrowhawk, 2nd-calendar-year male, Brownstown Head, 13 Oct 2012 PM Walsh

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Lesser Redpoll, Brownstown Head, 7 Oct 2012 PM Walsh

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PM Walsh

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Goldcrest, Brownstown Head, Oct 2012 PM Walsh

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Buzzard, east Waterford, 4 October 2012 D Clarke

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D Clarke

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Grey Wagtail, Curragh, Ardmore, 3 October 2012 AD Malcolm

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Scaup, juveniles(?), Knockaderry Reservoir, 2 October 2012 M Dennehy

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