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Bird records November-December 2004

 
Waterford bird records, November-December 2004
 
December 2004
 
Fri 31 Dec:
DUNMORE EAST:  2 Chiffchaffs nr main strand.
 
Thurs 30 Dec:
DUNGARVAN:  1 Goosander.
 
Weds 29 Dec:
Two 'bird-race' teams recorded county totals of 99 and 89 species, respectively, including the following:
KILMEADEN POOLS:  2 Water Pipits*.
COOLFIN/DERRIGAL:  2 Pink-footed Geese.
BUNMAHON:  1 Long-tailed Duck.
CLONEA STRAND:  1 Whimbrel.
DUNGARVAN:  Male Goosander opposite the Mart at Ballyneety, Carrion Crow at the 'Lookout' (near site of old Tannery).
HELVICK HEAD:  1 Black-throated Diver*.
 
Tues 28 Dec:
COOLFIN/DERRIGAL:  2 Pink-footed Geese, 193 Greylag Geese, 6 Whooper Swans at Darrigal Cross-roads (grid ref S490135); 1 Green Sandpiper & 1 Kingfisher at Clodiagh Bridge.
FIDDOWN/TIBBEROUGHNY:  2 Little Egrets, 88 Greylag Geese (additional to Coolfin birds), 32 Whooper Swans, 185 Teal, 750 Golden Plover.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Female Shoveler, 12 Tufted Duck, 27 Wigeon.
DUNGARVAN:  Female/immature Goosander opposite the Mart at Ballyneety.
 
Sun 26 Dec:
DUNGARVAN:  Male Goosander.
BALLYLEMON, CAPPAGH: 1 Blackcap.
 
c.23 Dec:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  18 Little Egrets in Summerville / Ballinattin area.
 
Weds 22 Dec:
KILMEADEN POOLS:  1 Water Pipit*.
 
Tues 21 Dec:
DUNGARVAN (I-WeBS count): Totals included 40 Great Crested Grebes, 799 Brent Geese, 371 Shelduck, 274 Wigeon, 234 Teal, 1 Pintail, 3 Goosanders (2 males & a female at Ballyneety opposite Mart), 1 Long-tailed Duck (Gold Coast/Kilminnin), 1 Common Scoter (Ballynagaul), 118 Ringed Plover, 5800 Golden Plover, 446 Knot, 65 Sanderling, 2342 Dunlin, 559 Black-tailed Godwit, 1083 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1Whimbrel (Ballynagaul), 756 Redshank, 29 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper (Kilminnin), 284 Turnstone (full details).  Also 1 Merlin & 49 Hooded Crows at the Cunnigar.
 
Mon 20 Dec:
KILMEADEN POOLS (grid ref S5108): 1 Water Pipit*
COOLFIN/DERRIGAL: 1 Pink-footed Goose, c.200 Greylag Geese & 8 Whooper Swans.
 
Sun 19 Dec:
BALLYVOONEY COVE:  2 Purple Sandpipers.
DUNGARVAN:  Male Goosander (Ballyneety), 1 Green Sandpiper (Brickey River), 2 Black Redstarts (town quay & Ballynagaul pier, & 4 wintering Common Sandpipers (2 at Barnawee, 2 at Ballyneety).
HELVICK HEAD:  1 Black Redstart.
 
Wed 15 Dec:
ABBEYSIDE, DUNGARVAN:  4 Waxwings still present at Southways estate.
 
Tues 14 Dec:
TRAMORE BAY:  500 Gannets feeding.
 
Sun 12 Dec:
BALLINARD, nr Clonea:  1 Chiffchaff.
 
Wed 8 Dec:
Near CROUGHAUN (Comeragh/Monavullagh Mountains):  7-8 Crossbills.
 
Sun 5 Dec:
ABBEYSIDE, DUNGARVAN:  4 Waxwings still present at Southways estate (grid ref S264937).
BLACKWATER CALLOWS:  4 male Shoveler, 100+ Teal , 300+ Wigeon, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Jays, Lismore-Ballyduff; 202 Whooper Swans, 2 Blackcaps, Ballyduff.
 
Sat 4 Dec:
COOLFIN/DERRIGAL:  1 Pink-footed Goose, 213 Greylag Geese, 6 Whooper Swans at Darrigal Cross-roads; 1 Green Sandpiper at Clodiagh Bridge (S479150).
KILMEADEN POOLS:  Male Shoveler, 1 Water Rail, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 1st-w Mediterranean Gull, 1 Chiffchaff.
BALLSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  1 Otter.
ABBEYSIDE, DUNGARVAN:  4 Waxwings.
 
Fri 3 Dec:
ABBEYSIDE, DUNGARVAN:  4 Waxwings.
 
Thurs 2 Dec:
ABBEYSIDE, DUNGARVAN:  4 Waxwings at Southways estate.
 
November 2004
 
Updated 20 March 2005.
 
Sun 28 Nov:
TRAMORE BOATING LAKE:  1 Little Egret, 1 Pochard, 250 Black-tailed Godwits.
 
Fri 26 Nov:
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  5 Gadwall, 24 Tufted Duck.
 
Sun 21 Nov:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND (I-WeBS count):  Totals included 14 Little Egrets, 427 Brent Geese, 109 Wigeon, 379 Oystercatchers, 200 Grey Plover, c.4000 Golden Plover, 426 Curlews, 378 Black-tailed Godwits, 263 Bar-tailed Godwits, 790 Dunlin, 22 Knot, 1 Little Stint, 304 Redshank, 24 Greenshank (full details).  Also 2 Merlins & 510 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.
 
Sat 20 Nov:
BUNMAHON: 1st-winter Pomarine Skua flew E, 1 Long-tailed Duck.
KILMEADEN POOLS: 1 Shoveler.
CLONEA: 7 Purple Sandpipers at Ballinclamper.
 
Fri 19 Nov:
BALLYVOONEY COVE:  Male Surf Scoter* (presumably last winter's drake returned), 9 female Common Scoters, adult Mediterranean Gull.
BUNMAHON:  2 Mediterranean Gulls (adult & 1st-winter).
CLONEA:  1 Common Scoter.
KILMEADEN POOLS:  1 Green Sandpiper.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  6 Whooper Swans.
 
Thurs 18 Nov:
CLONEA/BALLINARD:  2 Tree Sparrows still present at Ballinard; 2 Purple Sandpipers & 1 Chiffchaff at Ballinclamper.
 
Mon 15 Nov:
BUNMAHON:  3+ 1st-winter Mediterranean Gulls.
 
Sun 14 Nov:
DUNMORE EAST:  26 Purple Sandpipers.
TRAMORE BOATING LAKE:  2 Little Egrets.
COOLFIN/PORTNASCULLY (Waterford/Kilkenny - both sides!):  1 Green-winged Teal, 290 Teal, 120 Greylag Geese, 5 Little Egrets.
FIDDOWN/TIBBEROUGHNEY:  3 Little Egrets on Kilkenny side.
BALLINARD:  2 Tree Sparrows.
 
Sat 13 Nov:
BALLINARD, nr Clonea:  2 Tree Sparrows.
THE CUNNIGAR, DUNGARVAN:  1 Chiffchaff.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  6 Whooper Swans.
 
Sat 6 Nov:
WHITING BAY:  1 Hen Harrier.
ARDMORE:  1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff.
HELVICK HEAD: 1 Black Redstart, 7 Blackcaps, 70+ Magpies.
DUNGARVAN:  l Long-tailed Duck in the bay, 1 Mediterranean Gull at Ballyneety, 320 Brent Geese & 1 Black Redstart at the Cunnigar.
 
Fri 5 Nov:
DUNGARVAN BAY:  1 Long-tailed Duck.
BALLYNACOURTY/CLONEA:  7 Great Northern Divers, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Merlin, 1 Whimbrel, 15 Choughs.

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Pink-footed Goose, Coolfin/Derrigal, 28 Dec 2004 P.M. Walsh

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Waxwing, male + female, Abbeyside, 4-5 Dec 2004 C. Flynn

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Waxwing, male, Abbeyside, 4-5 Dec 2004 C. Flynn

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Waxwing, female, Abbeyside, 4-5 Dec 2004 C. Flynn

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Waxwing, 1st-w male, Abbeyside, 4-5 Dec 2004 C. Flynn

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Pink-footed Goose, Coolfin/Derrigal, 4 Dec 2004 C. Flynn

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Waxwing, Abbeyside, Dungarvan, 3 Dec 2004 C. Flynn

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Note:  Sightings listed here are reports, not necessarily authenticated records (* = species for which the Irish Rare Birds Committee required descriptions up to 31 December 2004).  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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