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Bird records September-October 2005

Waterford bird records, September-October 2005

October 2005
Mon 31 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  *Western Bonelli's Warbler in the main gardens (2nd county & Brownstown record), also 2 Chiffchaffs & 170 Oystercatchers.
Near LISMORE:  Crossbills again visiting a garden here.
Sun 30 Oct:
DUNGARVAN:  1st-winter Grey Phalarope at Ballyneety bridge.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  3 Great Northern Divers & 6 Wigeon flew E during a 1-hr seawatch (0905-1005 hrs); on land, a Merlin & Chiffchaff.
Sat 29 Oct:
HELVICK HEAD:  6 Manx Shearwaters, a Grey Phalarope, 3 juvenile Long-tailed Skuas, 7 Arctic Skuas, 2 Pomarine Skuas, a Great Skua, 2 juv Sabine's Gulls, 2nd-winter Mediterranean Gull, 1st-w Little Gull & a Little Auk passed during c.4 hrs of seawatching (1000-1430 hrs).
Fri 28 Oct:
HELVICK HEAD:  Sabine's Gull, and a Glaucous or Iceland Gull.
CLONEAD:  Curlew Sandpiper at Ballinclamper.
Near LISMORE (Vee road):  Crossbills present in a garden today.
Weds 26 Oct:
EAST WATERFORD:  Barn Owl seen near western outskirts of Waterford city.
Sun 23 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Merlin, Black Redstart, 2 female Blackcaps, 2 Chiffchaffs & 60 Redpolls.
Sat 22 Oct:
DUNGARVAN:  Barnacle Goose, adult Yellow-legged Gull & 2nd-winter Mediterranean Gull at the Cunnigar;  Great Northern Diver in the bay.
BALLINARD (BALLYNACOURTY POINT):  Purple Sandpiper, 6 Black Redstarts & a Wheatear.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Female Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaffs & 8 Goldcrests.
Fri 21 Oct:
HELVICK HEAD:  2 Merlins & a Ring Ouzel.
Thurs 20 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  40 Siskins, 5 Chiffchaffs & lots of tits in the valley.
HELVICK HEAD:  Merlin; also a Fin Whale.
Near LISMORE:  2 Red-legged Partridges, presumably birds bred & released for hunting. (The species has also been released in east Waterford.)
Tues 18 Oct:
HELVICK HEAD:  Merlin, Black Redstart, & good numbers of Blackcaps, Robins, tits & Siskins.
Sun 16 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Yellow-browed Warbler, unstreaked Acrocephalus (probably Reed Warbler), Merlin, Wheatear, 17 Redwings, 6 Blackcaps (4 males + 2 females), 11 Chiffchaffs, 13+ Redpolls & small numbers of Siskins.
Sat 15 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Hawfinch in the "valley" (2nd county record - part of an influx to Irish south coast today), Redwing, 3 female Blackcaps, 6 Chiffchaffs, Siskin & 2 Redpolls.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  4 Sandwich Terns off Saleen.
WATERFORD CITY:  51 Collared Doves at the Folly.
DUNGARVAN:  Ruff & 1st-winter Mediterranean Gull at Ballyneety.
HELVICK HEAD:  Small numbers of Blackcaps & Siskins.
Fri 14 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Merlin, 5 Chiffchaffs, 9 Goldcrests, 30+ Redpolls, 150+ Linnets; also a Jay found dead (1st record for Brownstown).
DUNGARVAN:  Barnacle Goose (present since a week earlier) & 167 Brent Geese.
Thurs 13 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Long-eared Owl, 2 Merlins, Wheatear, male Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaffs, 8 Goldcrests, 23 Redpolls, & an obvious arrival of Great Tits (22 including 19 ringed) & Coal Tits (12).  Also a Porpoise offshore.
ARDOGINNA, nr Ardmore:  Merlin.
Weds 12 Oct:
ARDMORE HEAD:  Female Blackcap & 3 Chiffchaffs.
HACKETTSTOWN, ne Mine Head:.  Migrant Hawker.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  250+ Skylarks, 7 Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler, 7 Goldcrests & a Redpoll.
Tues 11 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Female Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaffs & 2 Redpolls.
Mon 10 Oct:
HELVICK HEAD:  2 Grey Phalaropes & single Sooty Shearwater, Storm Petrel, Great Skua, Pomarine Skua & Arctic Skua passed during a 1.5-hr seawatch (1030-1200 hrs).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Lapland Bunting, male + female Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaffs; a Great Northern Diver flew E during a 1-hr seawatch (0945-1045 hrs).
Sun 9 Oct:
Near LISMORE (Vee road):  c.20 Crossbills visiting a garden over the last week.
CHEEKPOINT:  4 Jays in a garden here (where up to 2 more usual).
Sat 8 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  1st-year Red-breasted Flycatcher in the main gardens(2nd or 3rd county record & 1st for Brownstown), 2 Crossbills, Wheatear, female Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler, 6 Goldcrests, 18 Redpolls, 4 Siskins; also a Hummingbird Hawk-moth.
BALLYMACAW:  Clouded Yellow butterfly & Migrant Hawker dragonfly.
HELVICK HEAD:  Redstart, Garden Warbler & 4 Blackcaps.
DUNGARVAN:  Ruff at Ballyneety.
Thurs 7 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Long-eared Owl, female/imm Hen Harrier, 70+ Skylarks, Wheatear, female Blackcap, Willow Warbler, 8 Chiffchaffs, 12 Goldcrests, 12 Choughs & 20+ Redpolls.
Weds 6 Oct:
TRAMORE BAY:  Adult Yellow-legged Gull in NE corner of bay, also 22 Sanderling & 47 Sandwich Terns.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Wheatear, 6 Chiffchaffs, 6 Goldcrests, Spotted Flycatcher, 20+ Redpolls & a Migrant Hawker.
RATHMOYLAN:  Female Blackcap.
Nr PORTALLY:  15 Collared Doves.
Tues 4 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  15+ Redpolls & 47 Goldfinches.
DUNGARVAN:  Curlew Sandpiper, 10 Greenshank & 275 Redshank at Ballyneety, 2 Common Sandpipers at Barnawee.
Mon 3 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  180+ Swallows & 170+ House Martins, mainly flying W, also male Blackcap, 22 Redpolls & 2 Siskins.
BALLYMACAW:  200+ Swallows flew E.
Sun 2 Oct:
DUNGARVAN:  1st-winter Lesser Yellowlegs still at Ballyneety (Colligan estuary), also a Curlew Sandpiper & a Blackcap there.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Crossbill, 10 Redpolls & a Siskin.
Sat 1 Oct:
DUNGARVAN:  Ruff, 1200 Black-tailed Godwit & 52 Knot at Ballyneety.
ARDMORE/CALISO BAY area:  Merlin, 2 Wheatears & 3 Blackcaps.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  155 Black-tailed Godwit & 300 Redshank (including a leucistic or partially albinistic individual) at Ballinattin.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  145 Skylarks.

September 2005
Last updated 1 Nov 2005
Thurs 29 Sept:
DUNGARVAN:  Lesser Yellowlegs still present at Ballyneety, also a Curlew Sandpiper.
Weds 28 Sept:
DUNGARVAN:  1st-winter Lesser Yellowlegs at Ballyneety, opposite the Mart (2nd county record), just north of the Park Hotel.
KILMEADEN POOLS:  Female or immature Hen Harrier.
Mon 26 Sept:
HELVICK HEAD:  2 Spotted Flycatchers.
Sun 25 Sept:
HELVICK HEAD:  2 Spotted Flycatchers.
Sat 24 Sept:
HELVICK HEAD:  Whinchat, 2 Spotted Flycatchers & 11 Siskin.
DUNGARVAN:  Ruff, Spotted Redshank, 1st-winter Mediteranean Gull & Kingfisher at Ballyneety.
Fri 23 Sept:
DUNGARVAN:  Curlew Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpipers, 2nd-winter Mediterranean Gull, Kingfisher & 2 White Wagtails at Ballyneety.
Thurs 22 Sept:
HELVICK HEAD:  Balearic Shearwater, Pomarine Skua & 7 Puffins past during a 1.5-hr seawatch.
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  3 Little Egrets & a Kingfisher.
Weds 21 Sept:
DUNGARVAN:  2 Curlew Sandpipers, a Ruff, Spotted Redshank, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Kingfishers & a  Guillemot at Ballyneety.
Tues 20 Sept:
DUNGARVAN:  3 Curlew Sandpipers & 4 Common Sandpipers at Ballyneety.
Mon 19 Sept:
HELVICK HEAD:  2 Storm Petrels W & an Arctic Skua E (seawatch 1500-1600 & 1750-1920 hrs).
Sun 18 Sept:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  c.10 Common Scoters flew W.
TRAMORE: Merlin at sandhills, 60 Sanderling & 2 dead Common Porpoises on the beach, & 2 Whimbrel at Clohernagh.
CLONEA:  23 Wigeon, Ruff & c.30 White Wagtails at Ballinclamper.
DUNGARVAN:  At Ballyneety, Merlin, 3 Curlew Sandpipers, Ruff, 4 Common Sandpipers & 2 Kingfishers.
Sat 17 Sept:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  150 Meadow Pipits, single Sedge Warbler & Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaffs, 24 Choughs, 2 Siskins, Redpoll & 52 Goldfinches; also 3 Migrant Hawkers & a Hummingbird Hawk-moth.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  28 Brent Geese off Saleen.
DUNGARVAN:  At Ballyneety,  single Spotted Redshank, RuffCurlew Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpipers & 2 Kingfishers.
HACKETSTOWN, nr Mine Head:  Blackcap.
CALISO BAY:  Reed Warbler & Whitethroat.
Thurs 15 Sept:
DUNGARVAN:  2 Curlew Sandpipers at Western Bay.
Weds 14 Sept:
BALLYCANVAN (nr Jack Meade's pub):  A flock of 4 or 5 Hen Harriers was seen being mobbed by Rooks.
Tues 13 Sept:
HELVICK HEAD:  Balearic Shearwater & 2 Sooty Shearwaters W during an evening seawatch (1810-1945 hrs); also 430+ Herring Gulls at trawlers.
CLONEA STRAND:  Juvenile Ruff at Ballinclamper.
Sun 11 Sept:
BELLE LAKE:  Juvenile Reed Warbler & 13 Sedge Warblers ringed, Water Rail heard.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Wryneck still present, 250+ Swallows, 30+ House Martins, 10 Wheatears, 9 Willow Warblers, & single Whinchat, Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Pied Flycatcher & Tree Sparrow; also 2 Migrant Hawkers.
DUNGARVAN:  An owl species, probably Short-eared Owl, at the Cunnigar.
Sat 10 Sept:
HELVICK HEAD:  1 Red-throated Diver flew past.
DUNGARVAN:  3 Curlew Sandpipers, 2 White Wagtails & 30+ Wheatears at the Cunnigar; Spotted Redshank, Common Sandpiper & 1000+ Black-tailed Godwits at Ballyneety.
CLONEA STRAND:  2 Curlew Sandpipers & a White Wagtail.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Wryneck still present (since 3 Sept), also a late Swift, 70+ House Martins, 70+ Meadow Pipits, 8 Wheatears & a  Pied Flycatcher.
Weds 7 Sept:
HELVICK HEAD:  Storm Petrel.
Tues 6 Sept:
DUNGARVAN:  50+ Wheatears along the Cunnigar.
Mon 5 Sept:
HELVICK HEAD:  Sooty Shearwater, c.300 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Arctic Skuas and a juvenile Little Gull passed during during a brief seawatch (2000-2030 hrs).
CLONEA STRAND:  Curlew Sandpiper.
Sun 4 Sept:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  On land, single Wryneck, Whinchat, Pied Flycatcher & Willow Warbler; at sea, 2 Balearic Shearwaters, a Sooty Shearwater, 283 Manx Shearwaters and a late Swift flew E during a 1-hr seawatch (1025-1125 hrs).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  61 Little Egrets.
HELVICK HEAD:  2000+ Manx Shearwaters, 3 Sooty Shearwaters, 2 Arctic Skuas, a Great Skua & a juvenile Little Gull passed W during a 2.5-hr seawatch (0830-1100 hrs).
Sat 3 Sept:
HELVICK HEAD:  1500+ Manx Shearwaters, Common Scoter, Great Skua, juvenile Black Tern & 2 Puffins passed during a 2-hr morning seawatch.
WHITING BAY:  Curlew Sandpiper & 2 Mediterranean Gulls (adult + juvenile).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  3 Mute Swans flew E (few if any previous sightings here), 1 Collared Dove, 35+ Meadow Pipits, 15 Stonechats & a Willow Warbler; also a Migrant Hawker.
Fri 2 Sept:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  An Osprey was watched fishing off Saleen.
.click below for larger images

Western Bonelli's Warbler, Brownstown Head, 31 Oct 2005 P. Archer


Grey Phalarope, 1st-winter, Dungarvan, 30 Oct 2005 C. Flynn




Curlew Sandpiper with Turnstones, Ballinclamper, 28 Oct 2005 D. Clarke

Crossbill, male, nr Lismore, 28 Oct 2005 A. Malcolm

Redpolls, Brownstown Head, 23 Oct 2005 - note greyer-headed bird on right P.M. Walsh



Barnacle Goose, Dungarvan, 22 Oct 2005 C. Flynn

Yellow-legged Gull, adult, Dungarvan, 22 Oct 2005 C. Flynn


Mediterranean Gull, 2nd-winter, Dungarvan, 22 Oct 2005 C. Flynn

Jay, adult, found dead Brownstown Head, 14 Oct 2005 P.M. Walsh

Redpoll, adult male, Brownstown Head, 13 Oct 2005 P.M. Walsh

Crossbill, nr Lismore, Oct 2005 A. Malcolm

Red-breasted Flycatcher, Brownstown Head, 8 Oct 2005 P.M. Walsh





Hummingbird Hawk-moth, Brownstown Head, 8 Oct 2005 P.M. Walsh

Sparrowhawk, imm female, Brownstown Head, 2 Oct 2005 P.M. Walsh

Siskin, male, Brownstown Head, 2 Oct 2005 P.M. Walsh

Lesser Yellowlegs, 1st-winter, Dungarvan, 28 Sept-2 Oct C. Flynn


Lesser Yellowlegs, Dungarvan, 28 Sept 2005 D. Clarke


Migrant Hawker dragonfly, male, Brownstown Head, 17 Sept 2005 P.M. Walsh


Wryneck, Brownstown Head, 4 Sept 2005 C. Flynn


Note:  Sightings listed here are reports, not necessarily authenticated records.  * = species for which the Irish Rare Birds Committee currently requires 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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