|Kumlien's Gull, adult © R Zamora
First Wheatear of year, Helvick
Head, 10 March 2014. KUMLIEN'S GULL, Ballyvooney Cove, RING-NECKED
DUCK, Knockaderry Reservoir, 2 March. SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF, Dungarvan town, 1 March. Sand Martins (very early!), Waterford city, 22
February. SPOONBILL, Dungarvan, 9 Glaucous Gulls at 6 locations, 15
February. KUMLIEN'S GULL, Helvick, 2 February (2 on 20 January).
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.
Winter seabird strandings
- request for records: BirdWatch Ireland are looking for for records of dead or dying seabirds
found washed up on
the coast so far this winter or over the coming weeks. For where and what to report see:
Irish Birds vol
9 (no.4) 2013: Out now, 190 pp - 28 euro incl p&p from BirdWatch Ireland shop, including Irish Rare Bird Report 2012.
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.
in local shops (€20)
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: 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:
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.