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Bird reports for March-April 2011

 
Waterford bird records March-April 2011 (details subject to verification or correction)
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April 2011
 
Check here for updates or  further details.
 
Saturday 30 April:
Nr BUNMAHON:  NIGHT HERON & Grasshopper Warbler at Seafield.
CLASHMORE BROADS:  Female-type MARSH HARRIER.
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  2 male Hen Harriers (1 albinistic).
RUSSELLSTOWN WOOD (SW of Clonmel): 5 Crossbills & 4 Jays.
COMERAGH/MONAVULLAGH MOUNTAINS:  Pair of Hen Harriers & 20+ Green Hairstreak butterflies.
Nr DRUM HILLS:  2 male Hen Harriers.
HELVICK HEAD:  Basking Shark.
DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL at Killongford.
CLONEA STRAND:  SCANDINAVIAN ROCK PIPIT at Ballinclamper.
ANNESTOWN:  Grasshopper Warbler.
FENOR (inland):  12 Choughs
 
Fri 29 Apr:
Nr BUNMAHON:  Adult NIGHT HERON (2nd county record) at Seafield.
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  Male Hen Harrier.
GLENSHASK QUARRY:  Red Squirrel.
DALLIGAN RIVER:  Dipper nr Shanbally.
WATERFORD CITY:  Swift nr Whitfield Clinic.
 
Thurs 28 Apr:
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  Cuckoo calling & Grasshopper Warbler along Melleray road.
WEST WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards.
COMERAGH MOUNTAINS:   Pair of Hen Harriers, also 2 Jays.
Off MINE HEAD:  Basking Shark.
ANNESTOWN BOG:  Female MARSH HARRIER - the 5th sighting in county this spring.
 
Weds 27 Apr:
COMERAGH MOUNTAINS:   Cuckoo calling in Glenary valley.
KNOCKNAGOUR (nr Lismore):  Several Grasshopper Warblers singing.
CLONEA STRAND:  2 Basking Sharks off Ballyvoyle Cove.
MONAMINTRA BOG:  Water Rail calling & Snipe drumming.
CASTLETOWN FEN:  Grasshopper Warbler singing.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  3 Great Northern Divers on sea, a Puffin flew east, 2 Tree Sparrows & a Grasshopper Warbler.
CLONMEL (Co Tipperary):  3+ Swifts.
 
Tues 26 Apr:
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:   Female./immature Hen Harrier.
WEST WATERFORD:  3 Buzzards (2 locations).
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  6 singing Reed Warblers,at Camphire.
DUNGARVAN:  2 Grasshopper Warblers at Brickey canal.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  An adult summer Black-throatd Diver flew east; also Grasshopper Warbler & Hummingbird Hawk-moth.
 
Mon 25 Apr:
HELVICK HEAD:   1st-summer WOODCHAT SHRIKE still present.
Nr DUNGARVAN:  Female Hen Harrier.
KILMURRIN COVE:  Grasshopper Warbler.
BALLINLOUGH:  Singing Reed Warbler, Cuckoo & Water Rail.
CARRIGAVRANTRY:  Cuckoo calling.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  3 male Gadwall at Clohernagh, 10 Whimbrel.
 
Sun 24 Apr:
HELVICK HEAD:  WOODCHAT SHRIKE.
WEST WATERFORD:  2 pairs of Buzzards.
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS: 4 Grasshopper Warblers & a Cuckoo.
LISMORE:  Jay.
Nr CLONMEL: Jay at Glenabbey/Russellstown wood.
BALLYMACART: 2 Grasshopper Warblers & a Whitethroat.
BALLINARID (west of Bunmahon):  Grasshopper Warbler.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Spotted Flycatcher (1st of year) & Grasshopper Warbler.
BELLE LAKE:  Grasshopper Warbler.
 
Sat 23 Apr:
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  1st-summer MARSH HARRIER at Newport Quay; Common Seal at Newport; Reed Warbler singing at Raheen quay, Clashmore.
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  4 Hen Harriers (male & 3 females).
MONAVULLAGH MOUNTAINS:  Long-eared Owl & Grasshopper Warbler at Crohaun; Merlin.
CALISO BAY:  2 Whitethroats.
BALLYMACART:  Whitethroat.
HELVICK HEAD:  1st-summer male WOODCHAT SHRIKE, 3 Whitethroats, 200 Manx Shearwaters, 30 Common Dolphins & a Basking Shark.
DUNGARVAN:   Sub-adult SPOONBILL at Killongford.
BALLINLOUGH:  Cuckoo & Grasshopper Warbler.
MOUNT CONGREVE / KILLOTERAN:  Grasshopper Warbler & 2 Swifts.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  190 Manx Shearwaters west (seawatch 18:20-19:20).
 
Fri 22 Apr:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Pomarine Skua, Arctic Skua, Puffin & 1035 Manx Shearwaters east, Great Skua & 16 Whimbrel west (seawatch 15:30-16:30).
CLONEA STRAND:  Swift (1st of year) nr Clonea Strand Hotel, Grasshopper Warbler at Ballinclamper,
Nr DUNGARVAN:  Barn Owl @ 00:30.
HELVICK HEAD:  WOODCHAT SHRIKE, Tree Sparrow & Whitethroat.
 
Thurs 21 Apr:
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  Reed Warbler (1st of year) & Whitethroat at Raheen quay, Clashmore.
North of LISMORE:   10+ Grasshopper Warblers singing.
HELVICK HEAD:  1st-summer male WOODCHAT SHRIKE still present.
BALLYMACART:  Whitethroat.
BALLYSCANLON:  2 Whitethroats.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  4 Whitethroats & a Grasshopper Warbler.
 
Weds 20 Apr:
HELVICK HEAD:  WOODCHAT SHRIKE.
CLONEA STRAND:  Dippers nesting at Ballyvoyle Bridge, 23 Red-throated Divers offshore.
CARRIGNAGOUR (north of Lismore):  Grasshopper Warbler singing.
Nr BALLINAMULT:  Dipper.
 
Tues 19 Apr:
HELVICK HEAD:  WOODCHAT SHRIKE, also an unidentified harrier species.
DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL at Killongford; Kingfisher & 2 Grasshopper Warblers at brickey canal.
MONAVULLAGH MOUNTAINS:  Green Hairstreak at Coumaraglin.
 
Mon 18 Apr:
HELVICK HEAD:  1st-summer male WOODCHAT SHRIKE still present; a female MARSH HARRIER flew east.
ANNESTOWN BOG:  Male MARSH HARRIER.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Singing Whitethroat (1st of year) & Grasshopper Warbler.
MONAVULLAGH MOUNTAINS:  12 Ravens &  Green Hairstreak butterfly at Coumaraglin; singing Whitethroat at Bohadoon wood; Hen Harrier.
 
Sun 17 Apr:
HELVICK HEAD:  WOODCHAT SHRIKE.
DUNGARVAN:  Sub-adult SPOONBILL & 2nd-summer Mediterranean Gull at Killongford; Water Rail at Brickey canal.
SEAFIELD (nr Bunmahon): Grasshopper Warbler reeling.
ANNESTOWN BOG:  3 Grasshopper Warblers & 3 Sedge Warblers.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: WOODCHAT SHRIKE (1st-summer female) still present.
 
Sat 16 Apr:
HELVICK HEAD:  1st-summer male WOODCHAT SHRIKE (6th county record), Grasshopper Warbler & Sedge Warbler.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Another WOODCHAT SHRIKE, 25 Whimbrels west, 29+ Basking Sharks, Minke Whale & 2 Porpoises.
MID WATERFORD:  Buzzard at two locations.
CROUGHAUN HILL (nr Kilmacthomas):  21+ singing Willow Warblers.
Nr WHITING BAY:  Grasshopper Warbler singing (1st of year) & 20+ Tree Sparrows along Goat Island road.
RAM HEAD: 5 Great Northern Divers, Minke Whale, 12 Porpoises, 5 Common Dolphins & 3 Basking Sharks.
CLONEA STRAND: 150+ Whimbrel & 2 Porpoises at Ballinclamper; Grasshopper Warbler singing at Ballyvoyle.
KILMURRIN COVE: Grasshopper Warbler singing.
 
Fri 15 Apr:
LISMORE to THE VEE:  Cuckoo north of Carrignagour (1st of year).
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  Female Hen Harrier.
CASTLETOWN FEN:  Water Rail.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Striped Hawk-moth light-trapped tonight.
 
Thurs 14 Apr:
DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL at Killongford.
LEMYBRIEN:  Merlin.
 
Mon 11 Apr:
CLONEA STRAND:  Adult Dark-bellied Brent Goose at Ballinard.
MONAVULLAGH MOUNTAINS:  Male Hen Harrier & 5 Wheatears.
 
Sun 10 Apr:
Nr BALLYMACARBRY:  Painted Lady butterfly at Curraghateskin.
MONAVULLAGH MOUNTAINS:  Female Hen Harrier & 10 Wheatears.
Nr TIBBERAGHNY BOG:  Adult Mediterranean Gull.
CLONEA STRAND:  4 Great Northern Divers at Ballyvoyle.
Nr BUNMAHON:  Sedge Warbler singing (1st of year).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  3 Blackcaps, 4 Tree Sparrows & 3 Red Admirals.
 
Sat 9 Apr:
Nr YOUGHAL:  3rd-calendar-year Glaucous Gull.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  3 Common Scoter on sea, 3 Whimbrel east.
CLONEA STRAND:  Whimbrel & 3 Great Northern Divers at Ballinclamper, Common Sandpiper at Ballyvoyle.
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  Water Rail at Killahaly Bridge.
 
Fri 8 Apr:
DRUM HILLS:  Male Hen Harrier.
 
Thurs 7 Apr:
BLACKWATER / BRIDE VALLEY:  Female Hen Harrier.
 
Mon 4 Apr:
MID WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
CLONEA STRAND:  8 Sandwich Terns at Ballinclamper.
 
Sun 3 Apr:
RINCREW:  3rd-calendar-yr Glaucous Gull, 2nd cy Iceland Gull & leucistic Herring Gull on Co Waterford side.
WEST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
BALLYDWAN COVE:  3 Great Northern & 3 Red-throated Divers.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  2 Gadwall.
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  Blackcap & 4 Willow Warblers.
TRAMORE BAY:  5 Gadwall & 20 Sandwich Terns.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Spotted Redshank & Whimbrel at Pickardstown; 5 White-fronted Geese & a Gadwall at Lisselan.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: Blackcap, 2 Willow Warblers & 2 Tree Sparrows.
BELLE LAKE: ringtail Hen Harrier.
 
Sat 2 Apr:
ANNESTOWN BOG (nr Dunhill): Female MARSH HARRIER (first county record since 1997), singing Blackcap & Willow Warbler, House Martin & 2 Orange-tip butterflies.
RINCREW:  OSPREY flew north.
SEAFIELD (nr Bunmahon):  Green Sandpiper.
CLONEA STRAND:  Black-throated Diver (first in several years), 18 Great Northern & 6 Red-throated Divers, 14 Tufted Duck & 2 Sandwich Terns west & 5 Whimbrel in off sea.
DUNGARVAN:  Brambling at Strandside, Abbeyside; 3 House Martins, singing Blackcap & 2 Willow Warblers at Brickey canal.
HELVICK HEAD:  Male Wheatear & female/imm Black Redstart.
BALLYMACART:  Blackcap singing.
ARDMORE:  2 adult male Black Redstarts at Round Tower.
VARIOUS LOCATIONS:  Swallows, Sand Martins & Chiffchaffs widespread.
 
Fri 1 Apr:
ARDMORE:  Black Redstart at the Round Tower.
HELVICK HEAD:  Puffin & 22 Manx Shearwaters (seawatch 17:55-18:30).
DUNGARVAN:  Brambling at Strandside, Abbeyside; House Martin.
KILMACTHOMAS:  Nordic/eastern-type Jackdaw again.
 
Early/mid Apr:
STRADBALLY:  Hoopoe.

March 2011
 
Check here for possible updates or further details.
 
Thurs 31 Mar:
DUNGARVAN:  Great Skua & Sandwich Tern at the Cunnigar.
WEST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
BUNMAHON:  Merlin.
CARRICKAVRANTRY:  3 Willow Warblers & c12 Chiffchaffs.
 
Weds 30 Mar:
DRUM HILLS:  Male Hen Harrier.
Nr BUNMAHON:  5 Kingfishers & 2 Treecreepers along River Mahon.
WATERFORD CITY:  Black Redstart in a city garden.
 
Tues 29 Mar:
DUNGARVAN:  4 Swallows.
HELVICK HEAD:  Sand Martin.
BALLYMACART:  5 Chiffchaffs.
WHITING BAY:  4 Sand Martins.
 
Mon 28 Mar:
DUNGARVAN:  Adult BLACK BRANT at the Cunnigar.

Sun 27 Mar:
HELVICK HEAD:  Swallow, Black Redstart, Wheatear, 2 Willow Warblers & an unidentified harrier species.
Nr BUNMAHON:  2 House Martins (1st of year) & 2 Treecreepers at Seafield.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2 Black Redstarts, 3 Wheatears, 7+ Tree Sparrows, 2 Willow Warblers & 6+ Chiffchaffs.
RATHMOYLAN COVE: 3 Sand Martins.
 
Sat 26 Mar:
CAPPOQUIN:  Sand Martins.
CALISO BAY:  5 Wheatears & a Peacock butterfly.
WHITING BAY:  Willow Warbler nr Ballysallagh, 3 Sand Martins.
ARDMORE:  4 Black Redstarts, 4 Sand Martins & a Merlin.
BALLYMACART:  2 Black Redstarts & 3 Wheatears.
BALLYVOYLE:  2 Sand Martins.
CLONEA STRAND:  Black Redstart at Ballinclamper, Wheatear at Ballinard.
Nr BUNMAHON:  Merlin at Seafield.
VARIOUS SITES:  Chiffchaffs widespread today.
 
Fri 25 Mar:
BALLYMACART:  2 Black Redstarts.
WEST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
DUNGARVAN:  Swallow at Kilmurray.
BUNMAHON:  Willow Warbler (1st of year).
BALLYLANEEN:  2 Swallows.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Chiffchaff & 2 Swallows.
 
Thurs 24 Mar:
KILMURRIN COVE:  4 Swallows.
 
Weds 23 Mar:
DUNGARVAN:  Brambling & Blackcap at Strandside; Kingfisher, Dipper & 7+ Chiffchaffs at Brickey Canal; Sand Martin. 
 
Tues 22 Mar:
RAM HEAD:  33 Red-throated & 2 Great Northern Divers, 40 Common Dolphins, 7 Porpoises & a Basking Shark.
HELVICK HEAD:  12 Small Tortoiseshell & 2 Peacock butterflies.
BALLINAMULT:  8 Green-veined White butterflies.
Nr BUNMAHON:  15+ Yellowhammers.
Nr WATERFORD CITY:  2 Swallows opposite Whitfield Clinic, Cork Road.
 
Mon 21 Mar:
DUNGARVAN:  Male Brambling at Abbeyside.
BALLYMACARBRY & BALLINAMULT:  Small Tortoiseshell butterflies.
 
Sun 20 Mar:
Nr BUNMAHON:  3 Kingfishers on River Mahon, Common Sandpiper at Seafield.
DUNGARVAN:  Male Brambling at Abbeyside.
 
Sat 19 Mar:
EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
BUNMAHON:  Common Sandpiper (1st of year), 2 Sand Martins & 3 Red-throated Divers.
CLONEA STRAND:  Scandinavian Rock Pipit & 15+ Choughs.
DUNGARVAN:  Green Sandpiper, Merlin, Kingfisher & 2 Chiffchaffs at Brickey canal; male Brambling at Abbeyside.
HELVICK HEAD:  An early Puffin & Manx Shearwater west.
ARDMORE BAY:  8 Red-throated Divers.
 
Fri 18 Mar:
COMERAGH MOUNTAINS:  Dipper at Coumshingaun, Chiffchaff on way down.
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  Peacock butterfly at Knockadav.
 
Thurs 17 Mar:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Spotted Redshank at Pickardstown in main channel, 4 White-fronted Geese at Lisselan.
BELLE LAKE:  Chiffchaff.
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  Chiffchaff.
ANNESTOWN:  Chiffchaff.
BOATSTRAND:  1st-winter Iceland Gull.
CLONEA STRAND:  Male Common Scoter.
BALLINARD:  15 Whimbrel (1st obvious arrival of year) & 3 Sandwich Terns.
DUNGARVAN:  2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Water Rails & 2 Kingfishers at Brickey canal.
CROHAUN:  14 Ravens.
ARDMORE BAY:  18 Red-throated & 2 Great Northern Divers.
RAM HEAD:  Manx Shearwater west (1st of year).
WHITING BAY:  2 Shoveler (flew east), 2 Great Northern Divers & 105 Sanderling.
KINSALEBEG:  2 female Pintail.
 
Weds 16 Mar:
KILMEADEN:  Swallow (1st of year).
Nr BUNMAHON:  Chiffchaff (probably 1st migrant individual of the year) & Green Sandpiper at Seafield.
DUNGARVAN:  Another Chiffchaff at the Brickey canal.
 
Tues 15 Mar:
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  High count of 39 Yellowhammers at Cappoquin, Common Seal on River Bride.
FINISK BRIDGE:  2 Dippers.
DUNGARVAN:  Sand Martin.
 
Mon 14 Mar:
Nr BUNMAHON:  Barn Owl.
TRAMORE:  Male Wheatear (1st of year) at the sandhills.
CLONEA STRAND / BALLYNACOURTY POINT:  Sandwich Tern at Ballinard (1st of year).
 
Sun 13 Mar:
WEST WATERFORD:  2 male Hen Harriers & 12 Ravens.
SEAFIELD (nr Bunmahon): 5-6 Yellowhammers & 20+ Reed Buntings.
EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
 
Sat 12 Mar:
WEST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
RINCREW:  leucistic Herring Gull.
WHITING BAY:  Sand Martin (1st of year), Kingfisher & 21 Choughs.
ARDMORE BEACH: Adult intermedius-race Lesser Black-backed Gull & 45 Brent Geese.
DUNGARVAN: Brambling at Strandside, 2 Kingfishers at Brickey canal.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 5 White-fronted Geese at Lisselan.
 
Fri 11 Mar:
YOUGHAL BRIDGE:  Iceland Gull at Co Waterford side.
 
Thurs 10 Mar:
DUNGARVAN:  Green Sandpiper at Brickey canal.
EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
 
Tues 8 Mar:
KILMACTHOMAS:  eastern-type Jackdaw again.
RAM HEAD:  Common Lizard.
 
Sun 6 Mar:
BALLYVOONEY:  Glaucous Gull on Gull Island.
 
Sat 5 Mar:
WHITING BAY:  4 Common Scoter W, Shoveler on sea.
WATERFORD CITY:  Female Blackcap at Morrison's Court.
 
Thurs 3 Mar:
DUNGARVAN:  Red Admiral butterfly.
 
Weds 2 Mar:
WHITING BAY:  Velvet Scoter.
SEAFIELD (nr Bunmahon):  Green Sandpiper.
 
Tues 1 Mar:
RAM HEAD:  13 Red-throated Divers, c120 Common Dolphins & an early Painted Lady butterfly.
 

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Night Heron, adult, Seafield, nr Bunmahon, 30 Apr 2011 D Clarke

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D Weldon

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Hen Harrier, albinistic bird, Knockmealdown Mountains, 30 Apr 2011 D Clarke

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Scandinavian Rock Pipit (littoralis race), Ballinclamper, Clonea Strand, 30 April 2011 M Cowming

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Marsh Harrier, Clashmore Broads, 30 Apr 2011 M Cowming

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Skylark, Knockmealdown Mountains, 29 Apr 2011 A Malcolm

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Night Heron, adult, Seafield,nr Bunmahon, 29 Apr 2011 D Clarke

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M Cowming

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C Flynn

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Basking Shark, off Mine Head, 28 April 2011 F O'Connell

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Reed Bunting, male, nr Ballydwan, 26 Apr 2011 D Weldon

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Woodchat Shrike, 1st-summer male, Helvick Head, 23 Apr 2011 A Malcolm

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N Keogh

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Raven, Helvick Head, 23 Apr 2011 A Malcolm

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Whitethroat, 23 Apr 2011 A Malcolm

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Hen Harriers, male & female, Knockmealdown Mountains, 23 Apr 2011 D Clarke

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Hen Harriers, 2 females or immatures, Knockmealdown Mountains, 23 Apr 2011 D Clarke

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Emperor moth, female, Brownstown Head, 23 Apr 2011 PM Walsh

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Treecreeper, Seafield, nr Bunmahon, 20 Apr 2011 D Weldon

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Kingfisher, Seafield, nr Bunmahon, 20 Apr 2011 D Weldon

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Raven chicks, Bunmahon, 20 Apr 2011 S Corcoran

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Woodchat Shrike, 1st-summer male, Helvick Head, 19 Apr 2011 D Clarke

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regurgitating a pellet

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Spoonbill, sub-adult, Killongford, Dungarvan, 19 Apr 2011 D Clarke

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Green Hairstreak, Coumaraglin, 19 Apr 2011 L Cahill

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Woodchat_ Shrike, 1st-summer male, Helvick Head, 18 Apr 2011 A Malcolm

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Marsh Harrier, female, Helvick Head, 18 Apr 2011 A Malcolm

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mobbed by Raven & Hooded Crow

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Willow Warbler, Carrignagour, nr Lismore, April 2011 A Malcolm

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Blackcap, male, Carrignagour, nr Lismore, April 2011 A Malcolm

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Woodchat_ Shrike, 1st-summer male, Helvick Head, 17 Apr 2011 M Cowming

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Spoonbill, sub-adult, Killongford, Dungarvan, 17 Apr 2011 M Cowming

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Woodchat Shrike, 1st-summer female, Brownstown Head, 17 April 2011 PM Walsh

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contrast between blacker (new) & browner (retained juv) flight feathers indicates first-summer bird

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Woodchat Shrike, 1st-summer male, Helvick Head, 16 Apr 2011 Micheal Cowming

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Mick Cowming senior

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Daniel Weldon

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Hen Harrier, Knockmealdowns, 15 Apr 2011 A Malcolm

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Cormorant & Great Black-backed Gull fighting over Dab, Dunmore East, 14 Apr 2011 D Clarke

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Kittiwake, Dunmore East, 14 Apr 2011 D Clarke

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Willow Warbler, Carrignagour, nr Lismore, 12 April 2011 A Malcolm

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Sparrowhawk, male, nr Lismore, 11 April 2011 C Ind

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Preliminary breeding distribution 2008-2011 @ 12 April 2011 (Atlas bird of the day)

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Sand Martin, Ballyquin, 10 April 2011 A Malcolm

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Wheatear, Ballyquin, 10 April 2011 A Malcolm

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Stonechat, Ballyquin, 10 April 2011 A Malcolm

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Blackcap, male, Seafield, nr Bunmahon, 10 April 2011 D Weldon

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Hen Harrier, Monavullagh Mountains, 10 April 2011 D Clarke

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Wheatear, Monavullagh Mountains, 10 April 2011 D Clarke

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Golden Plover, Whiting Bay, 9 April 2011 D Clarke

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Sand Martin, Ballyquin, 9 April 2011 A Malcolm

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Lesser Redpolls, Strandside, Abbeyside, Dungarvan, 4 April 2011 D Clarke

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note plastic ring on this bird - presumably an escapee from captive stock (or illegally captured?)

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Swallow, Ardmore, 3 April 2011 A Malcolm

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Sandwich Terns, Ardmore, 3 April 2011 A Malcolm

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Linnet, Ardmore, 3 April 2011 A Malcolm

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Pied Wagtail gathering nest-material (Atlas code 'B'), Seafield, 3 April 2011 D Weldon

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Grey Heron roosting on boat, Dungarvan quay, 3 April 2011 D Weldon

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Black Brant, adult, the Cunnigar, Dungarvan, 28 March 2011 A Malcolm

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Turnstone, Ballyquin, March 2011 A Malcolm

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Sanderling, Ballyquin, March 2011 A Malcolm

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Treecreeper, Seafield, nr Bunmahon, 27 March 2011 D Weldon

Treecreeper sightings needed! - still underrecorded for the Waterford Breeding Bird Atlas (see provisional maps 2006-2010)

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pipistrelle bat flying at 1 pm, Carrignagour, nr Lismore, 26 March 2011 A Malcolm

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Black Redstart, male, Ardmore round tower, 26 March 2011 D Clarke

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Black Redstart, female or immature, Ardmore round tower, 26 March 2011 D Clarke

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Kestrel, Ardmore, 26 March 2011 D Clarke

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Buzzard & Hooded Crow, east Waterford, 19 March 2011 D Clarke

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Chiffchaff, Brickey canal, 17 March 2011 D Clarke

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Long-tailed Tit, Brickey canal, 17 March 2011 D Clarke

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Sanderling, Whiting Bay, 17 March 2011 MA Duggan

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Chiffchaff, Seafield, nr Bunmahon, 16 March 2011 D Weldon

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Yellowhammer, Cappoquin, 15 March 2011 D Clarke

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Sparrowhawk, male, Moonlaun, Tramore, 14 March 2011 Mary Mollaghan

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Hen Harrier, male, Monavullagh / Comeragh Mountains, 13 March 2011 D Clarke

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, subspecies intermedius (3rd from left), Ardmore, 12 Mar 2011 PM Walsh

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(bird on left)

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Brambling, male, Strandside, Dungarvan, 12 March 2011 D Clarke

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Chaffinch, male found dead with German ring "Helgoland Germania", Portlaw, 11 Mar 2011 Billy Walsh

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Details received 31/03/2011:  bird was ringed as a 1st-year Chaffinch on 2 Oct 2007 on Helgoland island, Germany.

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Buzzard, east Waterford, 10 Mar 2011 D Clarke

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Curlew, Whiting Bay, 7 Mar 2011 A Malcolm

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Kestrel, male, Whiting Bay, 7 Mar 2011 A Malcolm

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Green Sandpiper, nr Bunmahon, 2 Mar 2011 D Weldon

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Snipe, nr Bunmahon, 2 Mar 2011 D Weldon

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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