|Recent Reports page: White-tailed Eagle © AD Malcolm
Ardmore, Black Tern, Dungarvan, 18 May 2013. WHITE-TAILED EAGLE, Knockmealdowns,
16-17 May. 5 Black Terns, Helvick Head, 10 May. First Storm
Petrels & Yellow-legged Gull of year, 9 May. First Spotted
Flycatchers of year, 8 May. NIGHT HERON, Dungarvan,
6 May. Ring Ouzel, Comeragh Mountains, first Roseate Terns of year, 5 May.
- Recent reports to 21 May 2013.
- 2013 species list - 162 species to 21 May (165 by same date in 2012), latest additions Yellow Wagtail, WHITE-TAILED EAGLE, Black Tern, Yellow-legged Gull, Storm Petrel,
Spotted Flycatcher, NIGHT HERON, Ring Ouzel & Roseate Tern.
- Video footage - recent additions Short-eared Owl 19 May, Sparrowhawk v Jackdaw 21 April, Hoopoe 17 April, Firecrest 6 April & 30 March, Siberian Chiffchaff 29 March.
- Bird-race 27 April 2013 - details added 30 April (116 species recorded by 3 teams, highest 102).
- Waterford Atlas maps - breeding season maps updated for all regular species including Sparrowhawk, Kestrel,
Water Rail, Snipe, Long-eared Owl, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Spotted Flycatcher, Long-tailed Tit,
Tree Sparrow, Siskin, Crossbill, Yellowhammer, 25 April.
- Brownstown Head ringing totals - updated 17 February (to 2012).
Website policy on rare breeding or other vulnerable
species: Click here for details.
|Guide to bird sites in Waterford
Where to Watch ... Waterford Coast
For a copy of this article, published in the autumn 2008 issue of BirdWatch
Ireland's Wings magazine, click below:
Find a grid reference: See www.gridreference.ie/, zoom & click location on map - useful when reporting sightings.
Online OSi map resource: Click osi to zoom in on Ordnance Survey maps and satellite images for Ireland.
Waterfordbirds on Twitter:
A Twitter news service (waterfordbirds @watbirds) is now available for rapid circulation
of bird news highlights for the county - sign up here to follow. See also @BrownstownBirds for Brownstown Head sightings.
For details of the free BirdTrack app for Android & iPhone, click here - upload records from the field, including GPS coordinates. All records are available to local/county bird recorders if you
select that option when registering for BirdTrack (please do!). See also the new BirdTrack home-page.
BIRD ATLAS - one more year: Fieldwork for the national Bird Atlas 2007-11
project is now completed, but the Waterford Atlas (planned for publication in 2014) will also include
records up to July 2013. Waterford records (preferably for 2-km tetrads or with an OS grid-reference)
can be entered for those seasons via the BirdTrack website, or submitted to atlas @ waterfordbirds.com. Other records submitted to waterfordbirds
will also be used.
Target species for the Breeding Atlas:
Records of all breeding or summering
species are important, but some scarcer or easily-overlooked species are a particular priority in the last season
of Waterford coverage (click for preliminary maps), including:
Irish Birds vol 9 (no. 3) 2012:
Out now - 27 euro incl p&p from BirdWatch Ireland shop, including Irish Rare Bird Report 2011.
records - general request for sightings: The website compilers are always interested in sightings
- not just of scarcer migrant or winter visitors, but also counts or confirmed breeding records of commoner species.
Of particular value are sightings of uncommon residents like Barn Owl (precise breeding locations of sensitive species
will not be published online or elsewhere). In addition to any records included on the website, all records will
be added to a larger database of Waterford sightings, to help with ongoing assessment of local bird status (see What to report?). Please email any sightings (recent or from any year), or digital
photos, to the website compilers. We
would also encourage you to sign up and contribute records to the online BirdTrack recording scheme covering Ireland and Britain.
Click here for a list of those who have submitted records, photographs or other items since the website went
online in September 2004 - many thanks to you all.