Species as yet unrecorded in Co. Waterford
There are still plenty of opportunities to add new species to the Waterford list - and some of the species missing (when the list below was originally compiled 31 July 2004) are surprising, e.g. American Wigeon.
The list below attempt to cover all such species reported at least twice in Ireland from 1950 to 2001. Species are ranked by the total number of individuals accepted as having occurred in that period, as published in the IRBC Checklist of the Birds of Ireland and updated in the annual Irish Bird Report. While these rankings may provide some basis for predicting future additions to the Waterford list, factors such as habitat availability, patterns of observer coverage, and pure chance will also play a role. Watch this space...
Latest additions (subject to formal IRBC acceptance of those marked [P]):
Blyth's Reed Warbler [P](Oct 2012), originally unranked (first recorded post-2001)
Gull-billed Tern [P] (Jun 2012), originally ranked =53.
Purple Heron [P] (Mar 2012), originally ranked =23.
Desert Wheatear [P] (Nov 2011), originally ranked =69.
Crane (Nov 2011), recorded in middle ages but not in 'modern' period 1800 onwards
Bee-eater (June 2011), originally ranked =13.
Buff-bellied Pipit (October 2010), originally ranked =99.
Long-billed Dowitcher (October 2010), but dowitcher sp reported previously.
Yelkouan[-type] Shearwater [P] (August 2010), originally unranked (potentially new to Ireland).
Iberian Chiffchaff (June 2010), originally unranked (new to Ireland).
Citrine Wagtail (September 2009), originally ranked =69;
Subalpine Warbler (May 2008), originally ranked 10;
Cattle Egret (December 2007), originally ranked =44;
Caspian Gull (January 2007), unlisted;
Bluethroat (October 2006), originally ranked 8;
Rose-coloured Starling (October 2006), originally ranked 7;
White-rumped Sandpiper (September 2006), originally ranked 1;
Booted Warbler (August 2006), unlisted;
Chimney Swift (November 2005), originally ranked =53.
Bean Goose [P] (December 2003), originally ranked 2;
White Stork [P] (2003), originally ranked =19.
Update 16 Oct 2012.