Waterford Birds www.waterfordbirds.com

Home | Recent reports | What to report? | Waterford species list | 2014 species list | 2013 species list | Species status summaries | Where to watch | Record & rarity archives | Photo archive | Video archive | Waterford Bird Atlas | Bird ringing | Other surveys/projects | Migrant moths | Miscellaneous | Links

Bird reports for September 2009

 
Waterford bird records September 2009 (details subject to verification or correction)
older records - archive

See migrant Lepidoptera page also (highlights below)

September 2009
 
Click here for further updates or extra details
 
Tues 29 Sept:
DUNGARVAN:  Juvenile/1st-winter CITRINE WAGTAIL still showing very well at Abbeyside; 3 Red-throated Divers & 2 Black Guillemots off Ballynacourty pier.
 
Mon 28 Sept:
DUNGARVAN:  Juvenile/1st-winter CITRINE WAGTAIL still present near Abbeyside prom.
 
Sun 27 Sept:
DUNGARVAN:  Juvenile/1st-winter CITRINE WAGTAIL still present near Abbeyside prom.
CLONEA STRAND:  Adult AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER still present.
ARDMORE:  2 adult Mediterranean Gulls, both Belgian-ringed (metal rings).
Nr PORTLAW:  Buzzard.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Whimbrel at Clohernagh.
 
Sat 26 Sept:
DUNGARVAN:  Juvenile/1st-winter CITRINE WAGTAIL near Abbeyside prom, in flooded field - 1st county record.
CLONEA STRAND:  Adult AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER again at Ballinclamper, also a Whimbrel.
HELVICK HEAD to ARDMORE:  6 Great Skuas, a Storm Petrel, 2 Puffins, a Minke Whale & a Basking Shark.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Merlin, male Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaffs & 10+ Lesser Redpolls.
 
Fri 25 Sept:
WATERFORD CITY:  Hummingbird Hawk-moth in WIT grounds.
 
Thurs 24 Sept:
CLONEA STRAND:  Adult AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER present again at Ballinclamper (its 6th day), also an adult summer Great Northern Diver offshore.
 
Weds 23 Sept:
CLONEA STRAND:  Adult AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER present again, 2 Balearic Shearwaters & 2 Great Skuas offshore.
 
Tues 22 Sept:
HELVICK HEAD:  8 Chiffchaffs & 2 Blackcaps.
DUNGARVAN:  68 Brent Geese at the Cunnigar.
CLONEA STRAND:  Adult AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, Whimbrel & 230 Turnstone at Ballinclamper, 3 Balearic Shearwaters feeding offshore with Manx Shearwaters.
BALLYVOYLE:  8 Chiffchaffs & 2 Blackcaps.
 
Mon 21 Sept:
CLONEA STRAND: Adult AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER & 1st-winter Mediterranean Gull at Ballinclamper.
 
Sun 20 Sept:
CLONEA STRAND: Moulting adult AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER again present, opposite Clonea Hotel; juvenile Ruff, Whimbrel & 120 Turnstone at Ballinclamper; 3 Balearic Shearwaters feeding offshore with 80+ Manx; 2 Whimbrel at Ballinard.
RAM HEAD:  100 Common Dolphins & 8 Porpoises.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  12 Wheatears, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, Whitethroat, 3Willow Warbler, 6+ Chiffchaffs, Siskin & 2 Redpolls.
WATERFORD CITY:  Chiffchaff at Francis Street, nr Ballybricken.
 
Sat 19 Sept:
CLONEA STRAND: Moulting adult AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER (3rd county record), juvenile Ruff, 12 White Wagtails, 3 Mediterranean Gulls (2 adults & a 1st-winter), 2 Whimbrel & 2 male Blackcaps at Ballinclamper; 5 Balearic Shearwaters feeding offshore there with 360+ Manx Shearwaters.  A colour-ringed juvenile Greenshank seen at Ballinclamper today (black over blue right leg, orange over lime-green left leg) had been ringed at Montrose Basin, NE Scotland on 22 August.
HELVICK HEAD:  Willow Warbler & good numbers of Chiffchaffs.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  12 Wheatears, Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Whitethroats, 3 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warblers & 60+ Swallows (west).
 
Fri 18 Sept:
CLONEA STRAND:  2 Balearic Shearwaters close inshore with Manx Shearwater feeding flock off Ballinclamper, also 120 Sandwich Terns & 4 White Wagtails there.
BALLYNACOURTY:  3 Mediterranean Gulls (2 adults & a 1st-winter).
DUNGARVAN:  78 Great Crested Grebes & 45 Brent Geese outside the Cunnigar.
 
Thurs 17 Sept:
BALLYNACOURTY POINT:  Yellow Wagtail at golf-course, by sewage plant, with large flock of Pied/White Wagtails.
CLONEA STRAND:  3 Mediterranean Gulls (1st-winter & 2 2nd-winters) at Ballinclamper.
GREAT NEWTOWN HEAD:  Convolvulus Hawk-moth.
 
Weds 16 Sept:
CLONEA STRAND:  2 Mediterranean Gulls (aduly + 2nd-winter), 140 Sandwich Terns & 4 White Wagtails at Ballinclamper, 280 Manx Shearwaters feeding offshore.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Spotted Flycatcher, Whitethroat, 7 Wheatears, 6 Chiffchaffs & 4 Willow Warblers.
 
Tues 15 Sept:
CLONEA STRAND:  Balearic Shearwater & Great Skua with Manx Shearwater feeding flock offshore, 2 White Wagtails on beach, at Ballinclamper.
 
Sun 13 Sept:
DUNGARVAN:  10 Brent Geese at the Cunnigar.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2 Spotted Flycatchers, 6 Chiffchaffs & 3 Willow Warblers.
 
Sat 12 Sept:
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  Buzzard.
WHITING BAY:  3rd-winter Yellow-legged Gull.
BALLYMACART:  2 Blackcaps (male + female).
ARDMORE:  Adult Mediterranean Gull.
BALLYQUIN (nr Ardmore):  Kingfisher & 2nd-winter Mediterranean Gull.
Nr DUNGARVAN:  Buzzard.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Spotted Flycatcher & Sedge Warbler, also 57 Painted Ladies & 615 Silver Y moths.
BELLE LAKE:  19 Sedge Warblers ringed, Water Rail heard.
 
Thurs 10 Sept:
Nr DUNGARVAN:  Buzzard.
 
Weds 9 Sept:
off MINE HEAD:  Grey PhalaropeArctic Skua, 20 Storm Petrels & 2 Minke Whales east of Mine Head.
CLONEA STRAND:  Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper, adult Roseate Tern & many White Wagtails.
TRAMORE SANDHILLS:  Short-eared Owl.
 
Tues 8 Sept:
DUNGARVAN:  6 adult Roseate Terns & a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper at the Cunnigar.
BALLYVOYLE:  Spotted Flycatcher.
 
Mon 7 Sept:
CLONEA STRAND:  At Ballinclamper, 4 Mediterranean Gulls (adult, 2nd-winter & 2 1st-winters), 2 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers, Roseate Terns (2 at roost & others feeding offshore), 100 Manx Shearwaters & numerous White Wagtails.
DUNGARVAN:  Ruff & Common Sandpiper at Ballyneety, Brent Goose at Abbeyside strand.
SW of CLONMEL:  Buzzard.
 
Sun 6 Sept:
HELVICK HEAD:  Juvenile SABINE'S GULL, juv Little Gull, 2 Balearic Shearwaters, 26 Sooty Shearwaters, Storm Petrel , 2 Arctic Skuas, 3 Great Skuas & 49 Roseate Terns (seawatch 18:00-20:00)
CLONEA STRAND:  Juvenile Little Gull, 5 Mediterranean Gulls (2 adults, 2nd-winter & 2 1st-winters), 6+ Arctic Terns, 12 Roseate Terns (10 adults & 2 juvenile) & 9 White Wagtails at Ballinclamper.
WATERFORD CITY:  A seal species swam upriver under the main bridge, early evening.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  175 Manx Shearwaters west (seawatch 09:10-10:10).
 
Sat 5 Sept:
ARDMORE:  5 Mediterranean Gulls (3 adults, 2nd-winter & juvenile).
NEWPORT EAST:  20+ Stock Doves & a Whimbrel.
DUNGARVAN:  Juv Ruff at Ballyneety, 2 White Wagtails at the Cunnigar.
CLONEA STRAND:  Juvenile Little Gull, 10 Roseate Terns (8 adult & 2 juvs), 3 juv Arctic Terns & 3 White Wagtails at Ballinclamper.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Sooty Shearwater west & Common Scoter east (seawatch 1:50-12:50), 2 Whimbrel.
BELLE LAKE:  Water Rail.
 
Fri 4 Sept:
CLONEA STRAND:  Adult Mediterranean Gull & 15 White Wagtails at Ballinclamper.
DUNGARVAN:  3 White Wagtails at the Cunnigar.
HELVICK HEAD:  130 Great Black-backed Gulls.
 
Thurs 3 Sept:
DUNGARVAN:   Adult Mediterranean Gull & 9 Brent Geese at the Cunnigar.
 
Weds 2 Sept:
CLONEA STRAND/BALLINARD:  Balearic Shearwater, juvenile Little Gull, 2nd-winter Mediterranean Gull, adult Roseate Tern & juvenile Arctic Tern at Ballinclamper / Ballinard.
DUNGARVAN:  Ruff at Ballyneety, 2 Ruff in flooded field inside promenade at Abbeyside.

.click below for larger images

citrinewag_abbeyside_27092009_img_0792s_small.jpg
Citrine Wagtail, juvenile/1st-winter, Abbeyside, Dungarvan, 27 Sept 2009 D Clarke

citrinewag_ballinclamper_27092009_img_0807_small.jpg

peregrine_nrardmore_snv34278.jpg
Peregrine, with Golden Plover prey, nr Ardmore, 27 Sept 2009 M Cowming

peregrine_nrardmore_snv34293.jpg

medgulls_ardmore_27092009_snv34319.jpg
Mediterranean Gulls, ringed adults, Ardmore, 27 Sept 2009 M Cowming

citrinewag_abbeyside_26092009_snv34172-1.jpg
Citrine Wagtail, juvenile/1st-winter, Abbeyside, Dungarvan, 26 Sept 2009 M Cowming

citrine3_abbeyside_26092009.jpg
R McLaughlin

citrinewag_abbeyside_26092009_snv34182.jpg
M Cowming

citrine2_abbeyside_26092009.jpg
R McLaughlin

citrinewag_abbeyside_26092009_p1160755.jpg
M Cowming

agp_ballinclamper_26092009_snv34251.jpg
American Golden Plover, moulting adult, Clonea Strand, 26 Sept 2009 M Cowming

agp1_ballinclamper_26092009.jpg
R McLaughlin

greatskua_helvickardmore_26092009_img_1496_small.jpg
Great Skua, Helvick Head to Ardmore, 26 Sept 2009 D Clarke

minke_helvickardmore_26092009_img_1211_small.jpg
Minke Whale, Helvick Head to Ardmore, 26 Sept 2009 D Clarke

stormie_helvickardmore_26092009_img_1593_small.jpg
Storm Petrel, off Ardmore, 26 Sept 2009 D Clarke

puffin_ardmore_26092009_img_1648_small.jpg
Puffin, off Ardmore, 26 Sept 2009 D Clarke

sanderling_ballinclamper_26092009_dsc_0306x.jpg
Sanderling, Clonea Strand, 26 Sept 2009 PM Walsh

sanderling_ballinclamper_26092009_dsc_0294.jpg

agp_clonea_19092009_p1160719-1.jpg
American Golden Plover, moulting adult, Clonea Strand, 19 Sept 2009 M Cowming

agp_clonea_19092009_p1160707.jpg

agp_clonea_19092009_p1160702.jpg

agp_clonea_19092009_p1160697.jpg

ruffbartg_clonea_19092009_p1160725.jpg
Juvenile Ruff with Bar-tailed Godwits, Ballinclamper, 19 Sept 2009 M Cowming

wheatear_clonea_19092009_p1160732.jpg
Wheatear, Ballinclamper, 19 Sept 2009 M Cowming

waterrail_breeding_britirel_23092009.gif
Preliminary Apr-July 2008-09 distribution @23/09/09

Above: Atlas 'bird of the day' from www.bto.org/birdatlas - see latest date or older maps

markedmoths_angleturnip_15092009.jpg
Angle Shades (left) & Turnip Moth (right), Brownstown Hd, marked for National Moth Nights 18-19 Sept

ylgull_3w_whitingbay_12092009_snv33893.jpg
Yellow-legged Gull, 3rd-winter (nearest bird) with LBB & GBBGs, Whiting Bay 12 Sept 2009 M Cowming

ylgull_3w_whitingbay_12092009_snv33887.jpg

greyphal_minehead_09022009_img_0844_small.jpg
Grey Phalarope, off Mine Head, 9 Sept 2009 D Clarke

greyphal_minehead_09022009_img_0860_small.jpg

bonxie_minehead_09092009_img_0916_small.jpg
Great Skua, off Mine Head, 9 Sept 2009 D Clarke

bonxie_minehead_09092009_img_0928_small.jpg

gannet_minehead_09092009_img_0726_small.jpg
Gannet, off Mine Head, 9 Sept 2009 D Clarke

minke_minehead_09092009_img_0683_small_.jpg
Minke Whale, off Mine Head, 9 Sept 2009 D Clarke

curlewsand_ballinclamper_09092009_snv33835__.jpg
Curlew Sandpiper, juvenile, Ballinclamper, 9 Sept 2009 M Cowming

whitewag_ballinclamper_09092009_snv33859_.jpg
White Wagtail, Ballinclamper, 9 Sept 2009 M Cowming

roseates_ballinclamper_07092009_snv33802.jpg
Roseate & Sandwich Terns, Ballinclamper, 7 Sept 2009 M Cowming

commonsand_ballyneety_07092009_img_0374_small.jpg
Common Sandpiper, Ballyneety, Dungarvan, 7 Sept 2009 D Clarke

whitewag_ballinclamper_06092009_img_0278_small.jpg
White Wagtail, Ballinclamper, 6 Sept 2009 D Clarke

roseates_ballinclamper_06092009_p1160636.jpg
Roseate & Sandwich Terns, Ballinclamper, 6 Sept 2009 M Cowming

medgull_1w_ballinclamper_06092009_img_0344_small.jpg
Mediterranean Gull, juv/1st-winter, Ballinclamper, 6 Sept 2009 D Clarke

medgull_2w_ballinclamper_06092009_img_0317_small.jpg
Mediterranean Gull, 2nd-winter, Ballinclamper, 6 Sept 2009 D Clarke

wheatear_cunnigar_04092009_dsc_0111_.jpg
Wheatear, the Cunnigar, Dungarvan, 4 Sept 2009 PM Walsh

wheatear_cunnigar_04092009_dsc_0152_.jpg

balearicshear_ballinclamper_02092009_img_9976_small.jpg
Balearic Shearwater, Ballinclamper, 2 Sept 2009 D Clarke

gannet_ballinclamper_02092009_img_9828_small.jpg
Gannet, Ballinclamper, 2 Sept 2009 D Clarke

gannets_ballinclamper_02092009_img_9687_small.jpg

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.

Fatbirder's Top
                  500 Birding Websites

waterfordbirds.com