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Bird records October-November 2006

 
Waterford bird records October-November 2006

See migrant lepidoptera page also (highlights below)

November 2006
 
Sun 26 Nov:
DERRIGAL/PORTNASCULLY:  Pink-footed Goose with 117 Greylag Geese on the Co Kilkenny (Portnsacully) side of R. Suir.
COOLFIN:  2 Mediterranean Gulls (1st-winter & 2nd-winter).
FIDDOWN/TIBBERAGHNY:  15 Whooper Swans on Kilkenny side.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  12 Little Grebes, 138 Mallard & 29 Tufted Duck among other species.
 
Sat 25 Nov:
ARDMORE BAY:  Adult Mediterranean Gull, Red-throated Diver.
VILLIERSTOWN (R. Blackwater):  Water Rail, Common Sandpiper & a late Red Admiral.
 
Sat 18 Nov:
KILBRIDE, nr Tramore:  Long-eared Owl.
ARDMORE STRAND:  2 Black Redstarts.
RAM HEAD:  Female Merlin.
 
Thurs 16 Nov:
Nr LISMORE:  A late Red Admiral at Carrignagour.
 
Weds 15 Nov:
CLONEA STRAND:  3 Purple Sandpipers at Ballinclamper.
 
Mon 13 Nov:
WHITING BAY:  4 Whimbrel, 23 Choughs.
BALLYMACARBRY:  Little Egret flying north.
 
Sun 12 Nov:
DUNGARVAN:  Adult BLACK BRANT (1st seen 1st Nov).
CAMPHIRE:  214 Whooper Swans, nr the Bride/Blackwater confluence.
BALLINAMONA:  2 White Wagtails.
 
Sat 11 Nov:
HELVICK HEAD:  Female Blackcap.
DUNGARVAN: Red-throated Diver & Whimbrel at Ballynagaul.
BALLINARD:  Whimbrel.
BALLYVOONEY COVE:  Red-throated Diver.
BUNMAHON:  Red-throated Diver.
 
Thurs 9 Nov:
RAM HEAD:  Great Skua & 50+ dolphins.
 
Weds 8 Nov:
DUNGARVAN:  Snow Bunting at the Cunnigar.
 
Weds 8 Nov:
KNOCKEEN / KILBRIDE NORTH:  Buzzard.
 
Sun 5 Nov:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2 Chiffchaffs; also 5 Bottlenose Dolphins offshore.
TRAMORE BAY:  11 Red-throated Divers & 1 Great Northern Diver.
TRAMORE SANDHILLS:  Owl species seen, most likely Short-eared.
BUNMAHON BAY:  750 Lesser Black-backed Gulls roosting at dusk, 3 Red-throated Divers.
 
Sat 4 Nov:
HELVICK HEAD:  A late Whinchat at the cliff car-park; hundreds of Common Dolphins offshore.
ARDMORE:  Red-throated Diver & 2nd-winter Mediterranean Gull in Bay, male Blackcap and a late Red Admiral at Ardmore Head.
RAM HEAD:  Merlin, also a Humpback Whale, Fin Whale & hundreds of Common Dolphins.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Hummingbird Hawk-moth.
 
Fri 3 Nov:
COMERAGH MOUNTAINS:  Female or immature Hen Harrier on the southern slopes, Jay at Davbeg, & Red Admirals at two locations (up to 450 m).
 
Thurs 2 Nov:
RAM HEAD:  3 Fin Whales & up to 100 dolphins (either Common or Striped Dolphin).
Nr LISMORE:  Small numbers of Red Admirals still present.
 
Weds 1 Nov:
DUNGARVAN:  Adult BLACK BRANT, 2 dark-bellied Brent Geese & 480 light-bellied Brent.
 
October 2006
 
Last updated 13 April 2007
 
Mon 30 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Merlin, 2 Redwings, male Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaffs (including 1 northern/eastern Chiffchaff).
 
Sun 29 Oct:
Nr LITTLE ISLAND:  Common Sandpiper.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Merlin, 2 Reed Warblers, female Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaffs (1 northern/eastern); migrant moths included 3 Cosmopolitan & 2 Gem.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Female/immature Hen Harrier (at Lisselan), 41 Little Egrets, 215 Brent Geese & a late Sandwich Tern.
ANNESTOWN:  Hummingbird Hawk-moth.
 
Sat 28 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Female Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaffs (1 northern/eastern); migrant moths included 3 Cosmopolitan, 6 Delicate, White-speck, Scarce Bordered Straw, 3 Gem & 2 Vestal.
 
Tues 24 Oct:
RAM HEAD:  Small numbers of Porpoises and dolphins, also the latest Clouded Yellow so far in a good year for the species locally (and nationally)
WATERFORD CITY: Hummingbird Hawk-moth at the Ursuline Convent.
 
Mon 23 Oct:
Nr LISMORE:  Lots of Jays at Carrignagour today.
 
Sun 22 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  1st-winter female Bluethroat (1st county record - identification not confirmed until April 2007!), Yellow-browed Warbler still present (trapped & ringed), 8 Chiffchaffs (one northern/eastern Chiff), late Willow Warbler, 3 male Blackcaps, 5 Redwings & 2 Hummingbird Hawk-moths.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  36 Little Egrets.
RAM HEAD:  Pomarine Skua, Fin Whale, 2 Porpoises & 20+ dolphin sp.
 
Sat 21 Oct:
ARDMORE:  4 Mediterranean Gulls.
HELVICK HEAD:  Swallow.
DUNGARVAN:  Kingfisher & Common Sandpiper at Ballyneety.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Willow Warbler & 3 Chiffchaffs (including northern/eastern Chifchaff).
 
Fri 20 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Reed Warblers & 3 Chiffchaffs in main garden.
WHITING BAY:  Wheatear.
 
Weds 18 Oct: 
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Female/immature Hen Harrier, male Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaffs (including a northern/eastern Chiffchaff), & late Willow Warbler.
 
Tues 17 Oct:
ARDMORE HEAD:  Male Blackcap & a Hummingbird Hawk-moth.
 
Mon 16 Oct:
Nr LISMORE:  First Redwings of the autumn, Carrignagour.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2 Blackcaps.
 
Sun 15 Oct:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Total of 128 Brent Geese [none at Dungarvan same weekend].
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Merlin, 2 Reed Warblers, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaffs (including a northern/eastern Chiffchaff), & a Willow Warbler.
HELVICK HEAD:  2 Black Redstarts.
ARDMORE STRAND:  1st-winter Mediterranean Gull.
 
Sat 14 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Merlin, 3 Swallows, Whinchat, Reed Warbler, Whitethroat, 8 Chiffchaffs (including a northern/eastern Chiffchaff), Willow Warbler; also a Hummingbird Hawk-moth, White-speck, 2 Scarce Bordered Straw, 5 Delicate.
HELVICK HEAD:  2 Black Redstarts.
 
Fri 13 Oct;
Nr LISMORE:  c.40 Pied/White Wagtails, Carrignagour.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Delicate moth.
 
Thurs 12 Oct:
DUNGARVAN:  Ruff near the cattle mart, Ballyneety.
 
Weds 11 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Whitethroat, 3 Hummingbird Hawk-moths.
 
Tues 10 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  WRYNECK, female or immature Hen Harrier, 5 Swallows, Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warblers, 4 Chiffchaffs, 12 Goldcrests & 2+ Siskins.
 
Mon 9 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Juvenile ROSY STARLING (1st county record), WRYNECK, 2 Merlins, Whimbrel, 2 Swallows, male Blackcap, Willow Warbler & 7 Chiffchaffs; also 7 Hummingbird Hawk-moths, 2 Vestal, 9 Delicate & a Cosmopolitan.
RATHMYLAN COVE:  4 White Wagtails, 2 Yellowhammers.
RAM HEAD:  100 Swallows, also 100+ Common Dolphins.
 
Sun 8 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  WRYNECK refound, Whimbrel, Willow Warbler; migrant moths included a Hummingbird Hawk-moth, White-speck & 2 Delicate.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  88 Brent Geese.
 
Sat 7 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Female or immature Hen Harrier, 6 Brent Geese (flew NW towards Tramore), 98 Skylarks, 2 Wheatears, Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler & Pied Flycatcher; migrant moths included 2 Cosmopolitan & 4 Delicate.
DUNGARVAN:  Black Redstart at the Cunnigar.
 
Fri 6 Oct :
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Wheatear, male Blackcap.
 
Weds 4 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  WRYNECK still present, 1st-yr Reed Warbler retrapped, Pied Flycatcher, 15+ Lesser Redpolls, 2 Wheatears, 3 Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler; also 3 Delicate moths.
 
Tues 3 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  WRYNECK, Whinchat, Whimbrel, c.50 Skylarks, 24 Long-tailed Tits, 6 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler & 20 Lesser Redpolls; also a Cosmopolitan & 9 Delicate moths.
RAM HEAD:  2 Minke Whales.
 
Mon 2 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  WRYNECK, Whimbrel, 2 Reed Warblers (1st-yr ringed), Pied Flycatcher, 2 Willow Warblers; also a Hummingbird Hawk-moth, Scarce Bordered Straw, 16 Delicate & 2 White-speck moths.
 
Sun 1 Oct:
BALLINARD:  Juvenile BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER in potato field.
CLONEA STRAND:  Whinchat at Ballinclamper.
DUNGARVAN:  Adult Ring-billed Gull at Barnawee.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Pied Flycatcher, 1st-yr Reed Warbler ringed, 3 Chiffchaffs & 2 Willow Warblers; migrant moths included 17 Delicate, a Vestal & a Scarce Bordered Straw.

.click below for larger images

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Sparrowhawk, Dungarvan town, 25 Nov 2006 M. Cowming

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Sparrowhawk, Dungarvan town, 25 November 2006 M. Cowming

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Chough, west Waterford, 25 Nov 2006 A. Malcolm

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Black Redstart, Ardmore, 18 Nov 2006 A.Malcolm

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Stonechat, Ardmore, 18 Nov 2006 A. Malcolm

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Chough, Ardmore, 18 Nov 2006 A. Malcolm

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Kestrel, Ardmore, 18 Nov 2006 A. Malcolm

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Red Admiral, nr Lismore, 16 Nov 2006 A. Malcolm

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Choughs, Whiting Bay, 13 Nov 2006 A. Malcolm

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Black Brant, adult, Dungarvan, 12 Nov 2006 D. Clarke

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Snow Bunting, the Cunnigar, 8 Nov 2006 D. Clarke

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Sparrowhawk, nr Ballinamult, Oct 2006 J.J. Cahill

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Clouded Yellow, Ram Head, 24 Oct 2006 A. Malcolm

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Yellow-browed Warbler, Brownstown Head, 22 Oct 2006 P.M. Walsh

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M.A. Duggan

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Black Redstart, Helvick Head, 14-15 Oct 2006 D. Clarke

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Hummingbird Hawk-moth, Brownstown Head, 8 Oct 2006 P.M. Walsh

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Wryneck, Brownstown Head, 4 Oct 2006 P.M. Walsh

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Long-tailed Tit, Brownstown Head, 3 Oct 2006 P.M. Walsh

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Reed Warbler, 1st-yr, Brownstown Head, 3 Oct 2006 P.M. Walsh

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Whinchat, Ballinclamper, 1 Oct 2006 M. Cowming

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Buff-breasted Sandpiper, juvenile, Ballinard, 1 Oct 2006 M. Cowming

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; to report sightings of rarities to the national  Birds of Ireland News Service (BINS), phone 01-8307364.

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