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Bird reports for February 2012

 
Waterford bird records February 2012 (details subject to verification or correction)
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February 2012
 
Check here for updates or further details
 
Weds 29 Feb:
CLONEA STRAND: Black Redstart & Chiffchaff.
 
Tues 28 Feb:
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Male RING-NECKED DUCKS .
HELVICK HEAD:  Black-throated Diver.
 
Mon 27 Feb:
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  2 RING-NECKED DUCKS (male & female) still present.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Adult dark-bellied Brent Goose near southern embankment.
 
Sun 26 Feb:
EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  2 RING-NECKED DUCKS (male & female).
DUNMORE EAST:  3rd-winter Iceland Gull, 1st-winter Glaucous Gull & a Purple Sandpiper.
WATERFORD HARBOUR:  Adult Iceland Gull at Fornaght Strand, 1st-winter Mediterranean Gull at cheekpoint, 25 Great Crested Grebes, Woodstown / Geneva. 
BOATSTRAND:  1st-winter Iceland Gull & 2nd-winter Glaucous Gull.
BALLYNACOURTY POINT:  8 Common Scoter.
DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL off pitch & putt course, adult Iceland Gull at Ballynagaul, 4 Chiffchaffs (1 singing) at Knockanpower Lower.
 
Sat 25 Feb:
DUNMORE EAST:  Glaucous Gull & Purple Sandpiper.
BALLYSCANLAN LAKE:  2 female or immature Goosanders (video & here).
Nr PORTLAW:  Jay at Mountbolton.
EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Female RING-NECKED DUCK.
BOATSTRAND:  2nd-winter Iceland Gull.
BALLYNACOURTY POINT:  8 Common Scoter off lighthouse.
DUNGARVAN:  1 BLACK-NECKED GREBE in the bay, BLACK BRANT off pitch & putt course, Greylag Goose at Ballyneety, 5 Common Seals near Park Hotel, & SPOONBILL.
HELVICK HEAD:  1st-winter Iceland Gull & 4 Black Guillemots.
WEST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
 
Fri 24 Feb:
CLONEA STRAND:  7 Common Scoter, 16 Great Northern Divers & 4 Common Seals at Ballinclamper.
DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL near pitch & putt course.
Nr ARDMORE:  100+ Brent Geese at Glencorran / Ballyquin.
WEST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
 
Thurs 23 Feb:
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  Male RING-NECKED DUCK still present.
DUNGARVAN:  Chiffchaff & female-type Black Redstart in town centre.
 
Weds 22 Feb:
Nr STRADBALLY:  Woodcock.
 
Tues 21 Feb:
DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL near pitch & putt course, adult Ring-billed Gull & 11 Barnacle Geese at Ballyneety, 2 Common Seals near Park Hotel.  
 
Mon 20 Feb:
EAST WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards.
DUNGARVAN:  4 Common Seals near Park Hotel, Black Redstart in town centre.
 
Sun 19 Feb:
BLACKWATER CALLOWS:  2 Bewick's Swans, 4 Stock Doves & a Jay.
WHITING BAY:  Male Hen Harrier.
RAM HEAD:  3 Red-throated Divers E, 5 Fin Whales & 20+ Common Dolphins.
MONAVULLAGH MOUNTAINS:  Male Hen Harrier.
DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL at western bay, Slavonian Grebe, 1st-winter Iceland Gull & 3 Chiffchaffs at Knockanpower Lower. 
TRAMORE:  870 Brent Geese around backstrand, Shoveler at Lisselan, Spotted Redshank at Pickardstown creek, Common Seal off Saleen, & 28 Gadwall at boating lake.
 
Sat 18 Feb:
TRAMORE:  Shoveler & 2 Gadwall at Lisselan .
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  Male RING-NECKED DUCK.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Female RING-NECKED DUCK.
Nr PORTLAW:  Merlin.
BOATSTRAND:  Iceland Gull & 2nd-winter Glaucous Gull.
SEAFIELD:  2 Green Sandpipers.
CLONEA STRAND:  Whimbrel at Ballinclamper.
FINISK BRIDGE (nr Cappagh):  5 Woodcock.
 
Fri 17 Feb:
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  Male RING-NECKED DUCK & 10 Whooper Swans.
CLONEA STRAND:  Merlin, 4 Great Northern Divers, 5 Red-throated Divers & a Whimbrel at Ballinclamper.
DUNGARVAN (I-WeBS count):  Adult BLACK BRANT inside Cunnigar; 3 Common Seals, 2 adult dark-bellied Brent, 11 Barnacle Geese & a Greylag Goose at Ballyneety; 3 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Divers, 1st-winter Iceland Gull & 135 Great Crested Grebes off Ballynacourty pier; possible hybrid Glaucous/Herring Gull at Ballynagaul.
HELVICK HEAD:  4 Iceland Gulls (adult, 3rd-winter & 2 1st-winters).
 
Thurs 16 Feb:
KILBARRY BOG (Waterford city):  Dead Water Rail dead on Tramore road.
HELVICK HEAD:  Iceland Gull & Glaucous Gull.
ARDMORE:  Iceland Gull at Curragh strand.
 
Weds 15 Feb:
CLONEA STRAND:  Black Redstart at Ballinclamper and (male) at Ballinard.
RAM HEAD:  6 Fin Whales & 50+ Common Dolphins.
 
Tues 14 Feb:
DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL near pitch & putt course, Greylag Goose, 11 Barnacle Geese, adult Ring-billed Gull (video & here) & adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballyneety.
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  Male RING-NECKED DUCK (video & here).
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Female RING-NECKED DUCK.
BOATSTRAND:  1st-winter Iceland Gull.
TRAMORE:  27 Gadwall at boating lake.
 
Mon 13 Feb:
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  Male RING-NECKED DUCK.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Female RING-NECKED DUCK still present.
BOATSTRAND:  1st-winter Glaucous Gull & 2 Iceland Gulls (1st-winter & 2nd-winter).
DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL off the sports centre, Greylag Goose & 11 Barnacle Geese at Ballyneety.
RAM HEAD:  8-10 Fin Whales.
 
Sun 12 Feb:
BLACKWATER ESTUARY:  4 Iceland Gulls (adult, 2nd-winter & 2 1st-winters) & an Otter at Tinnabinna / Kinsalebeg.
CARRIGNAGOUR (nr Lismore):  40 Redpolls.
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  Female Hen Harrier.
WEST WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards.
DUNGARVAN:   2 BLACK-NECKED GREBES at Ballynacourty, adult Ring-billed Gull & 11 Barnacle Geese at Ballyneety, Greylag Goose at Duckspool, Kingfisher at Barnawee.
CLONEA STRAND:   Black Redstart at Ballinclamper.
Nr KILMACTHOMAS:  2 Woodcock.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:   Female RING-NECKED DUCK (new bird, 5th county record).
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  8 Whooper Swans (no sign of male Ring-necked Duck).
TRAMORE:  31 Gadwall at boating lake, Great Northern Diver & 5 Red-throated Divers in bay.
WATERFORD CITY:  Chiffchaff at IDA park.
EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
 
Sat 11 Feb:
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  Male RING-NECKED DUCK still present.
KNOCKADERRY: 2 Shoveler.
SEAFIELD:  Male Pintail.
BOATSTRAND: 1st-winter Iceland Gull & 2nd-winter Glaucous Gull.
BALLYVOYLE: 2 Dippers.
DUNGARVAN:  Adult Ring-billed Gull, Merlin, adult dark-bellied Brent Goose & 11 Barnacle Geese at Ballyneety, Green Sandpiper at Brickey canal.
BLACKWATER ESTUARY: 1st-/2nd-winter Iceland Gull at Tinnabinna (also 1st-winter Iceland Gull and adult Yellow-legged Gull on Cork side of Rincrew).
at Ballyneety.
 
Fri 10 Feb:
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  Male RING-NECKED DUCK.
DUNGARVAN:  11 Barnacle Geese & a Greylag Goose at Ballyneety, SPOONBILL near pitch & putt course, Black Redstart & Chiffchaff in town centre.
 
Thurs 9 Feb:
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  Male RING-NECKED DUCK.
DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL in western bay, 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBES at Ballynacourty, 11 Barnacle Geese at Ballyneety.
 
Weds 8 Feb:
WHITING BAY:  20 Choughs.
HELVICK HEAD:  1st-winter Iceland Gull.
DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL in western bay, 11 Barnacle Geese at Ballyneety.
CLONEA STRAND:  17 Choughs at Ballinclamper.
 
Tues 7 Feb:
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  Male RING-NECKED DUCK still present.
DUNGARVAN:  2 BLACK-NECKED GREBES off Ballynacourty pier.
 
Mon 6 Feb:
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  Male RING-NECKED DUCK (4th county record).
RAM HEAD:  150 Common Dolphins.
ARDMORE:  3rd-winter Iceland Gull off Curragh strand.
HELVICK HEAD:  2 1st-winter Iceland Gulls following trawler.
DUNGARVAN:  Jack Snipe in pool near Cunnigar car-park.
BALLYVOYLE:  Dipper.
SEAFIELD:  Male Pintail.
BUNMAHON:  Green Sandpiper & 2 Red-throated Divers.
TRAMORE:  Black Redstart at west end of beach, 1 Gadwall at boating lake.
 
Sun 5 Feb:
BUNMAHON:  Male Pintail.
BLACKWATER CALLOWS:  72 Whooper Swans (65 at Ballynerroon West), Jay near Towers.
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  62 Whooper Swans at Camphire.
Nr KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  Male Hen Harrier.
 
Sat 4 Feb:
HELVICK:  1st-winter Glaucous Gull & 2nd-winter Iceland Gull.
DUNGARVAN:  Green Sandpiper at Brickey canal, Blackcap at Strandside.
CROHAUN:  2 Woodcock.
BOATSTRAND:  2nd-winter Glaucous Gull & 1st-winter Iceland Gull.
BALLYSCANLAN LAKE:  Jay.
TRAMORE:  25 Gadwall at boating lake, 3 Gadwall & 2 female Shoveler at Lisselan.
DUNMORE EAST:  2  Iceland Gulls (2nd-winter & 3rd-winter ).
 
Fri 3 Feb:
DUNGARVAN: Black Redstart in town centre.
MID-WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards.
 
Thurs 2 Feb:
DUNGARVAN: Male Brambling at Abbeyside, 1st-winter Iceland Gull at Barnawee.
BOATSTRAND:  1st-winter Glaucous Gull.
Off WATERFORD HARBOUR:  6-7 Fin Whales c8 km S-SE of Hook Head.
 
Weds 1 Feb:
DUNGARVAN: 2 Black Redstarts (1 male) in town centre, Greylag Goose with Brent at Abbeyside beach.
SEAFIELD:  3 Pintail (2 males).
BOATSTRAND:  2 1st-winter Glaucous Gull.
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  Green Sandpiper.
TRAMORE:  Adult Mediterranean Gull on beach, 18 Gadwall at boating lake & 3 at Lisselan.
 
Early Feb:
Nr BRANDON HILL (Co Kilkenny):  6 Waxwings & several Woodcock.
 

 
 
 

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or see larger-format photo-gallery (Feb)

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Black Redstart, Ballinclamper, 29 Feb 2012 F O'Connell

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Iceland Gull, 3rd-winter, Dunmore East, 26 Feb 2012 PM Walsh

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Goosander, Ballyscanlan Lake, 25 Feb 2012 M Cowming

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D Weldon

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Buzzard, east waterford, 25 Feb 2012 D Weldon

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Common Scoter, Clonea Strand, 24 Feb 2012 F O'Connell

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Ring-billed Gull, adult, Dungarvan, 21 Feb 2012 F O'Connell

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Spoonbill, Dungarvan, 21 Feb 2012 F O'Connell

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Common Seal, Dungarvan, 21 Feb 2012 F O'Connell

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Brent Geese (1 ringed), Ardmore, 19 Feb 2012 A Malcolm

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Common Seals, Dungarvan, 18 Feb 2012 D Clarke

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gull species (hybrid Herring x Glaucous Gull?), Ballynagaul, Dungarvan, 17 Feb 2012 PM Walsh

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Rock Pipit, Curragh beach, Ardmore, 15 Feb 2012 A Malcolm

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Ring-billed Gull, adult, Dungarvan, 14 Feb 2012 M Cowming

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Ring-necked Duck, male, Ballyshunnock Reservoir, 14 Feb 2012 M Cowming

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Dark-bellied Brent Goose, adult, Dungarvan, 14 Feb 2012 M Cowming

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Ring-necked Duck (male) & Tufted Duck, Ballyshunnock Reservoir, 13 Feb 2012 D Clarke

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Glaucous Gull, 2nd-winter, Boatstrand, 13 Feb 2012 M Cowming

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Iceland Gull, 1st-winter, Boatstrand, 13 Feb 2012 M Cowming

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Glaucous & Iceland Gulls, Boatstrand, 13 Feb 2012 M Cowming

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Ring-necked Duck, female, Knockaderry Reservoir, 13 Feb 2012 M Cowming

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Iceland Gull & gull species (LBb x Herring?), Blackwater estuary, 12 Feb 2012 PM Walsh

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Siskin, male, Strandside, Dungarvan, 11 Feb 2012 D Clarke

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Goldeneye, male, Dungarvan, 11 Feb 2012 D Clarke

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Barnacle Geese, Ballyneety, Dungarvan, 10 Feb 2012 F O'Connell

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Greylag Goose with Brent, Ballyneety, Dungarvan, 10 Feb 2012 F O'Connell

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Spoonbill, Dungarvan, 10 Feb 2012 F O'Connell

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Barnacle Geese, Ballyneety, Dungarvan, 8 Feb 2012 D Clarke

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Choughs, 8 Feb 2012 A Malcolm

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Ring-necked Duck, male, with Tufted Duck, Ballyshunnock Reservoir, 6 Feb 2012 P Archer

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Iceland Gull, 3rd-winter, Ardmore, 6 Feb 2012 A Malcolm

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Woodcock, Crohaun, 4 Feb 2012 D Clarke

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Green Sandpiper, Brickey canal, 4 Feb 2012 D Clarke

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Siskin, female, Strandside, Dungarvan, 4 Feb 2012 D Clarke

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Iceland Gull, 2nd-winter, Helvick, 4 Feb 2012 M Cowming

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Glaucous Gull, 2nd-winter, Boatstrand, 4 Feb 2012 D Weldon

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Snipe, Annestown, 18 Jan 2012 D Clarke

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.  
 
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