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Bird records September-October 2004

 
Waterford bird records, September-October 2004
 
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Firecrest, 1st-yr female, Brownstown Head, 30 Oct 2004 P.M. Walsh

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Ring Ouzel, Helvick Head, 31 Oct 2004 D. Clarke

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Black Redstart, ad male, Brownstown Head, 30 Oct 2004 P. Archer

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Black Redstart, Helvick Head, 28 Oct 2004 C. Flynn

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Black Redstart, Helvick Head, 28 Oct 2004 D. Clarke

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Little Gull, 1st-winter, Helvick Head, 28 Oct 2004 D. Clarke

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Little Gull, 1st-winter, Helvick Head, 28 Oct 2004 C. Flynn

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Firecrest, Helvick Head, 28 Oct 2004 C. Flynn

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Firecrest, Helvick Head, 28 Oct 2004 D. Clarke

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Redstart, Helvick Head, 23-25 Oct 2004 C. Flynn

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Treecreeper, Brownstown Head, 10 Oct 2004 P.M. Walsh

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Pectoral Sandpiper, juv, Knockaderry Reservoir, 6 Oct 2004 P.M. Walsh

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Ruff, juv male, Knockaderry Reservoir, 6 October 2004 P.M. Walsh

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Sabine's Gull, adult, Clonea Strand, 27 Sept 2004 C. Flynn

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Sabines' Gull, with Black-headed Gulls, Clonea, 27 Sept 2004 C. Flynn

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Yellow-legged Gull, adult, Ballyneety (Dungarvan), 22 Sep 2004 P.M. Walsh

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Yellow-legged Gull, 22 Sep 2004
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Yellow-legged Gull (rear) with Lesser Black-backed Gull (foreground), 22 Sep 2004

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Reed Warbler, 1st-yr, Brownstown Head, 15 Sept 2004 P.M. Walsh

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Curlew Sandpiper, juv, the Cunnigar, 5 Sept 2004 C. Flynn

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C. Flynn

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Mediterranean Gull, Dungarvan, Aug/Sept 2004 C. Flynn

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October 2004
 
Updated 20 March 2005.
 
Sun 31 Oct 2004:
COMERAGH MOUNTAINS: 1 Black Redstart north of the Mahon Falls.
HELVICK HEAD: 1 Ring Ouzel.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 1 Firecrest (possibly a different bird from yesterday), 1 Great Northern Diver (flew E), 1 Merlin, 2 Fieldfares, 4 Redwings, 1 Black Redstart, 4 Blackcaps, 6 Chiffchaffs, 5 Goldcrests, 12 Tree Sparrows.
 
Sat 30 Oct:
HELVICK HEAD: 1 Black Redstart, 2 Blackcaps.
THE CUNNIGAR, DUNGARVAN: 1 Redstart, up to 10 Black Redstarts, 1 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 1 Firecrest (trapped & ringed), 4 Black Redstarts (including an adult male), 1 Fieldfare, 2 Redwings, 4 Blackcaps, 2 Chiffchaffs, 13 Goldcrests.
 
Thurs 28 Oct:
HELVICK HEAD: 1 Firecrest, 1 Swallow, 6+ Black Redstarts, 6+ Blackcaps, 5+ Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 1st-winter Little Gull, 1 Common Scoter.
ARDMORE: 1 Black Redstart.
 
Mon 25 Oct:
HELVICK HEAD: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, also 1 Redstart still present.
THE CUNNIGAR, DUNGARVAN: 1 Shoveler, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Wheatears.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 1 juv Corncrake, 2 Swallows, 565+ Skylarks, 4 Goldcrests, 7 Redpolls.
 
Sun 24 Oct:
DUNGARVAN: 2 Little Auks* off the Lookout/Tannery area.
HELVICK HEAD: 2 Little Auks* flew past, also 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Sandwich Tern.
 
Sat 23 Oct:
HELVICK HEAD: Female Redstart.
DUNGARVAN: 1 Common Scoter.
ARDMORE: 1 Merlin.
 
Wed 20 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 21 Snipe, 3 Goldcrests, 10 Redpolls.
CLONEA STRAND: 2 Little Egrets, 3 Sandwich Terns.
 
Tues 19 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 1 Merlin, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrests.
CLONEA STRAND: 1 Red-throated & 1 Great Northern Diver, 4 Sandwich Terns.
BALLYNACOURTY POINT: 1 Merlin, 2 Swallows.
 
Mon 18 Oct:
BRICKEY RIVER, DUNGARVAN: 1 Green Sandpiper, 13 Stock Doves, 1 Dipper.
 
Sun 17 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 5 White-fronted Geese flew E, 1 Redwing, 35+ Redpolls.
BUNMAHON: 1 Little Egret.
BALLYNACOURTY POINT: 1 Wheatear.
 
Sat 16 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 1 Merlin, 4 Swallows, 2 Chiffchaffs, 5 Goldcrests, 10 Redpolls.
 
mid Oct:
FIDDOWN, R. SUIR: 4 Little Egrets.
 
Sun 17 Oct:
WOODSTOWN STRAND:  3 Little Egrets.
 
Fri 15 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 1 Firecrest still present, 1 f/imm Hen Harrier, 260 Skylarks, 7 Swallows, 1 Wheatear, 2 Blackcaps, 1 Chiffchaff, 13 Goldcrests, 1 Tree Sparrow, 36 Redpolls.
 
Thurs 14 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 1 Firecrest, 1 Merlin.
 
Wed 13 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 1 Firecrest, 7 Goldcrests, 2 Chiffchaffs, 60+ Skylarks.
HELVICK HEAD: 1 Chiffchaff, 12 Goldcrests.
 
Tues 12 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 1 Wheatear, 3 Chiffchaffs, 19 Goldcrests, 24 Redpolls.
TRAMORE BAY: 5 Red-throated Divers, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Sandwich Tern.
DUNGARVAN: 107 Brent Geese.
 
Mon 11 Oct:
ARDMORE HEAD: 1 Turtle Dove, 13 Goldcrests, 2 Siskins, 15 Redpolls.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 1 Whinchat, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 12 Goldcrests, 4 Redpolls.
 
Sun 10 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 2 Chiffchaffs, 6 Goldcrests, 1 Treecreeper (trapped & ringed - only the 2nd ever for the headland), 50+ Redpolls (47 ringed).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 22 Little Egrets, 153 Brent Geese, 6 Sandwich Terns.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR: 1 Little Egret.
 
Sat 9 Oct:
HELVICK HEAD: 1 Short-eared Owl flew E past the headland, 1 Wheatear.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 1 Little Egret, 3 Merlins, 1 Redstart, 1 Wheatear, 2 Redwing, 6 Chiffchaffs, 10+ Goldcrests, 50+ Redpolls (42 trapped & ringed).
 
Fri 8 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaffs, 25 Goldcrests, 29 Swallows, 4 Redpolls.
 
Thurs 7 Oct:
CLONEA: 1st-winter Red-backed Shrike*, 4 Whooper Swans, 1 Clouded Yellow butterfly.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR: Juv Pectoral Sandpiper & 1 juv Ruff still present.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 1 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Chiffchaffs, 5 Goldcrests, 45 Swallows, 10 Siskins, 4 Redpolls, 30+ Chaffinches.
DUNGARVAN: 1 Common Scoter.
 
Wed 6 Oct:
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR: Juv Pectoral Sandpiper, 2 juv Ruffs, 1 Common Sandpiper, 97 Teal, 2 White Wagtails.
KILMEADEN POOLS: 4 Green Sandpipers.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 173 Skylarks, 5 Goldcrests.
 
Tues 5 Oct:
HELVICK HEAD: 1 Snow Bunting.
ARDMORE HEAD: 4 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler, 13+ Goldcrests.
 
Mon 4 Oct:
HELVICK HEAD: 1 Great Skua, 1-2 Chiffchaffs, 10+ Goldcrests.
ARDMORE HEAD: Locustella warbler species (probably Grasshopper Warbler).
 
Sun 3 Oct:
HELVICK HEAD: 1+ Storm Petrel, 1 1st-yr Little Gull, 1 juv Black Tern; Great, Pomarine & Arctic Skuas.
DUNGARVAN: 30 Little Egrets roosting nr Killongford.
TRAMORE BOATING LAKE:  1 Little Egret, 260 Black-tailed Godwits.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 1 Merlin; 5 Common Scoters flew E (1220-1250 hrs), 2 Common Porpoises.
 
Sat 2 Oct:
ARDMORE HEAD: 2 Willow Warblers, 1 Chiffchaff, 20+ Goldcrests.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 1 Merlin, 1 Long-eared Owl, 1 Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrests.
 

September 2004
 
Wed 29 Sept:
KILMEADEN POOLS: 5 Green Sandpipers.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR: 1 Ruff, 42 Golden Plover.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 1 Long-eared Owl, 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaffs, 8 Goldcrests.
DUNGARVAN:  1 juv Curlew Sandpiper at the Cunnigar; 6 Little Egrets, 360 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpipers at Kilminnin.
 
Tues 28 Sept:
CLONEA STRAND: Adult Sabine's Gull still present, 220 Turnstones.
 
Mon 27 Sept:
CLONEA STRAND: Adult Sabine's Gull close inshore, 1 Whimbrel.
BALLYNACOURTY POINT: 1 Clouded Yellow butterfly.
 
Sun 26 Sept:
CLONEA STRAND: Adult Sabine's Gull (feeding with Black-headed Gulls close to shore), 1st-w Mediterranean Gull, juv Ruff, 1 Little Stint, 25 Sanderlings, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Arctic Skuas, 80 Sandwich, 12 Common Terns & 1 Arctic Tern, juv Black Tern.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 16 Little Egrets, 20 Brent Geese, 112 Mallard, 12 Greenshank, 55 Sandwich Terns.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaffs, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Goldcrests, 1 Redpoll.
 
Sat 25 Sept:
BALLYMACART: 1 Monarch butterfly.
 
Fri 24 Sept:
CLONEA STRAND/BALLYNACOURTY POINT: 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 11 Tufted Duck, 2 Arctic Skuas, 3 Wheatears.
BALLYNEETY, DUNGARVAN: 1st-winter Mediterranean Gull.
 
Thur 23 Sept:
CLONEA STRAND: Juv Pomarine Skua, 7 Arctic Skuas, 1 Great Skua.
 
Wed 22 Sept:
TEMPLEMICHAEL, nr BALLYNATRAY (R. Blackwater): 1 Pied Flycatcher.
HELVICK HEAD: 5-6 Arctic Skuas, 3 Great Skuas.
DUNGARVAN: Adult Yellow-legged Gull (at Ballyneety), 27 Little Egrets, 450 Bar-tailed Godwits, 1100+ Black-tailed Godwits, 435 Redshank, 51 Knot.
CLONEA STRAND: Juv Ruff (unringed), juv Little Stint, 26 Sanderling, 2 Arctic Skuas, adult Roseate Tern, 6 Arctic Terns, 30 Common, 240 Sandwich Terns, 8 White Wagtails.
CLOHERNAGH, TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 16 Greenshank.
 
Tues 21 Sept:
CLONEA STRAND: 4 Arctic Skuas.
BARNAWEE/KILMINNIN, DUNGARVAN: Juv Ruff (with metal ring on left leg), 1 Whimbrel, 3 Common Sandpipers.
 
Mon 20 Sept:
HELVICK HEAD: 1 Sooty Shearwater, c.12 Arctic Skuas, 2 Roseate Terns.
 
Sun 19 Sept:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Single Whinchat, Spotted Flycatcher, Wheatear, Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrests, 19 Choughs; at sea, 4 Sooty Shearwaters & 156 Manx Shearwaters flew W, also 1 Common Porpoise (seawatch 1400-1500 hrs).
CLONEA STRAND: Adult Roseate Tern.
HELVICK HEAD: 1 juv Sabine's Gull, 2 Sooty Shearwaters & 40 Manx Shearwaters flew W, also 5 Arctic Skuas (1 W), 1 Great Skua & 3 Common Porpoises (seawatch 1745-1900 hrs).
 
Sat 18 Sept:
HELVICK HEAD: 3 Arctic Skuas.
DUNGARVAN: 1150 Black-tailed Godwits (mainly at Ballyneety), 16 Knot.
 
Fri 17 Sept:
HELVICK HEAD: 1 Sooty Shearwater & 76 Manx Shearwaters flew W, also 12 Arctic Skuas (8 W), 3 Arctic Terns, 24 Common & 100+ Sandwich Terns (seawatch 1940-2040 hrs).
 
Thur 16 Sept:
HELVICK HEAD: 3 Leach's Petrels, c.80 Storm Petrels, 1 juv Sabine's Gull, 1 Sooty Shearwater, & 15 Arctic Skuas (1.5 hr seawatch, evening).
 
Wed 15 Sept:
BALLYMACART: Probable juvenile Honey Buzzard*.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 1 juv Reed Warbler trapped & ringed, also 2 Whinchats, 8 Wheatears, 1 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler, 8 Goldcrests, & 2 Clouded Yellow butterflies.
LISSELAN, TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 31 early Brent Geese (14 adults + 17 juveniles), 27 Little Egrets, 270 Redshank, 2 White Wagtails.
KILMEADEN POOLS:  Female/immature Hen Harrier, 20+ Sand Martins, & a late Swift.
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR: 40 Teal, 1 Dunlin.
 
Tues 14 Sept:
DUNGARVAN: 16 Little Egrets roosting between the Cunnigar and Killongford.
 
Sun 12 Sept:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 14 Sooty Shearwaters, 300 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Great Skuas, 1 Arctic Skua & 1 Puffin flew W in 2 hrs (1000-1200).
KILMINNIN/BARNAWEE, DUNGARVAN: 9 Little Egrets, 475 Black-tailed Godwits, 425 Redshank, 24 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpipers.
CLONEA STRAND: 5+ White Wagtails.
HELVICK HEAD: 1 Balearic Shearwater, 3 Sooty Shearwaters, 128 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Storm Petrels, 2 Great Skuas & 1 Puffin flew W in 1.5 hrs (1720-1850).
 
Sat 11 Sept:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  1 Balearic Shearwater, 3 Sooty Shearwaters, 240 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Common Scoters, 1 Arctic Skua & 7 Roseate Terns flew W in 2 hrs (0910-1110); on land, 7 Wheatears, 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Goldcrests & 18 Choughs.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 20 Little Egrets.
 
Sun 5 Sept:
BELLE LAKE: 3 juv Reed Warblers trapped & ringed.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Single Pied Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher, Sedge Warbler & Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warblers, 3 Goldcrests, 1 Redpoll.
THE CUNNIGAR, DUNGARVAN: 2 juv Curlew Sandpipers.
 
Sat 4 Sept:
CLONEA STRAND: 16 White Wagtails.
BALLYNEETY, DUNGARVAN: 590 Black-tailed Godwits, 23 Knot, 1 Common Sandpiper.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 1 Migrant Hawker dragonfly.

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Note:  Sightings listed here are reports, not necessarily authenticated records (* = species for which the Irish Rare Birds Committee required descriptions up to 31 December 2004).  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.  
 
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