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Bird reports for November-December 2010

 
Waterford bird records November-December 2010 (details subject to verification or correction)
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December 2010
 
Check here for possible updates or further details.
 
Fri 31 Dec:
DUNGARVAN:  Male Velvet Scoter & Slavonian Grebe off Ballynacourty pier; Blackcap at Ballyneety.
BALLYVOYLE:  10+ Great Northern Divers, 8+ Red-throated Divers & a Dipper.
STRADBALLY:  Dipper.
BOATSTRAND:  4 Common Scoters flew east.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Pink-footed Goose, 5 White-fronted Geese & 10 Shoveler at Lisselan; total 45 Gadwall (probably a record count for Waterford).
TRAMORE BOATING LAKE:  Adult Ring-billed Gull & adult Mediterranean Gull.
DUNMORE EAST:  3 Purple Sandpipers.
 
Thurs 30 Dec:
DUNGARVAN:  Slavonian Grebe & 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBES off Ballynacourty pier.
LOWRY BRIDGE:  Red Squirrel.
COOLFIN:  17 Whooper Swans & a Chiffchaff.
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  2 male Pintail, 5 Gadwall, 13 Shoveler & 13 Whooper Swans.
ANNESTOWN:  Great Crested Grebe, male Shoveler & 45 Skylarks.
TRAMORE:  Adult Ring-billed Gull (photo).
 
Weds 29 Dec:
DUNGARVAN:  BLACK BRANT  & 5 Shoveler off pitch & putt course.
COLLIGAN WOOD:  Jay.
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  2 male Pintail, 6 Gadwall, 9 Shoveler & a Kingfisher.
TRAMORE:  Black Redstart at west end of beach.
 
Tues 28 Dec:
RINCREW:  Adult Yellow-legged Gull at Tourig estuary (Waterford & Cork sides).
BLACKWATER VALLEY & CALLOWS:  c280 Whooper Swans.
DUNGARVAN:  Slavonian Grebe & 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBES off Ballynacourty pier; adult dark-bellied Brent Goose at Quann's; Pintail off pitch & putt course; 2 Shoveler in Western Bay; Waxwing at Ballynacourty; 3 Blackcaps (male & 2 female) at Strandside, Abbeyside; Blackcap & 14 Siskins at Springmount.
BUNMAHON:  Coot, 55 Teal & 3 Bar-tailed Godwits.
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  3 Pintail (2 male & 1 female), 3 Gadwall & 8 Shoveler.
 
Mon 27 Dec:
DUNGARVAN:  2 BLACK-NECKED GREBES off Ballynacourty pier; 2 male Tufted Duck at Ballyneety.
STRADBALLY:  2 Dippers.
WATERFORD CITY:  Male Blackcap at Collins Avenue.
 
Sun 26 Dec:
DUNGARVAN:  2 BLACK-NECKED GREBES off Ballynacourty pier; 2 Blackcaps (male & female), Abbeyside for the last 3 weeks. 
TRAMORE:  Blackcap in garden.
 
Sat 25 Dec:
DUNGARVAN: Grey Plover in garden at Seapark, Abbeyside.
Nr BALLYDWAN COVE:  Bar-tailed Godwith & Snipe feeding in garden.
TRAMORE:  Blackcap in garden during the last week.
 
Fri 24 Dec:
DUNGARVAN:  3 Blackcaps (males & female) in town centre; 6 Shoveler at Quann's; Coot & male Tufted Duck at Ballyneety, female Tufted Duck near Lidl.
 
Thurs 23 Dec:
DUNGARVAN:  2 BLACK-NECKED GREBES off Ballynacourty; Black Redstart at Country Life store car-park, Park Hotel roundabout; Coot at the quay.
 
Weds 22 Dec:
WATERFORD CITY:  Male Blackcap at King's Channel.
 
Tues 21 Dec:
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  7 Gadwall & 8 Shoveler.
WATERFORD CITY:  3 Blackcaps (2 males & a female) at Francis Street.
 
Mon 20 Dec:
DUNGARVAN:  Male & female Blackcap in town centre.
 
Sun 19 Dec:
DUNGARVAN:  3 BLACK-NECKED GREBES & female Eider off Ballynacourty pier; female Blackcap in Southways estate.
BALLYNACOURTY POINT:  Otter.
Nr BUNMAHON:  Merlin & 20 Yellowhammer at Seafield.
CARRICKBEG (Co Tipperary / Waterford vice-county):  5 Goosanders on River Suir near the Co Waterford border.
WATERFORD CITY:  Male & female Blackcap at Francis Street.
 
Sat 18 Dec:
DUNGARVAN: Male Blackcap at Southways, Abbeyside; Water Rail & 9 Redpolls at Springmount.
CARRICK-ON-SUIR (Co Tipperary / Waterford vice-county):  6 female or immature Goosanders just upriver.
 
Thurs 16 Dec:
DUNGARVAN: Male & female Blackcap at Strandside, Abbeyside.
WEST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
 
Weds 15 Dec:
DUNGARVAN:  3 BLACK-NECKED GREBES off Ballynacourty.
ANNESTOWN:  Chiffchaff.
 
Tues 14 Dec:
Nr KILMANAHAN:  c45 Whooper Swans at Ballydonagh.
DUNGARVAN:  Blackcap at Strandside, Abbeyside.
BUNMAHON:  Kingfisher.
DUNMORE EAST:  Merlin near Black Knob.
 
Mon 13 Dec:
WATERFORD CITY:  Male Blackcap at Francis Street.
 
Sun 12 Dec:
DUNGARVAN:  Waxwing & Black Redstart at Abbeyside,  BLACK-NECKED GREBE off Gold Coast, Barnacle Goosedark-bellied Brent Goose & 6 Shoveler (2 male, 4 female) off pitch & putt course, & male Gadwall at Killongford.
HELVICK HEAD TO BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  c9 Fin Whales including 1 off Helvick & 2 off Clonea.
BRICKEY RIVER:  Kingfisher.
BALLYVOYLE BRIDGE:  2 Dippers.
STRADBALLY:  5 Red-throated Divers.
BUNMAHON:  45 Common Dolphins.
Nr BALLYDWAN:  Jack Snipe.
RINCREW:  Yellow-legged Gull on Youghal/Cork side.
 
Sat 11 Dec:
BALLINARD (nr Clonea Strand):  Female Eider.
DUNGARVAN:  BLACK-NECKED GREBE off Ballynacourty, Barnacle Goose at Ballyneety & 2 male Shoveler off pitch & putt course.
WEST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
 
Weds 8 Dec:
PORTLAW:  Water Rail.
BALLINLOUGH:  Kingfisher & Water Rail.
Nr BUNMAHON:  20-30 Stock Doves at Seafield; 4 Fin Whales & 2 Minke Whales <1 km off Tankardstown copper mines.
 
Tues 7 Dec:
Nr DUNGARVAN:  Skylark feeding on garden patio at Kilmurray during the continuing cold snap.
 
Mon 6th Dec:
DUNGARVAN:  Barnacle Goose, BLACK BRANT & female Pintail off pitch & putt course. High count of 16 Blackbirds feeding on apples in garden at Shandon.
 
Sun 5th Dec:
Off MINE HEAD:  Male Eider flew east a mile offshore.
DUNGARVAN:  10 Little Grebes at Ballyneety, Great Northern Diver in western bay.
CLONEA/BALLYVOYLE HEAD:  2 Fin Whales.
Off BUNMAHON: 6 Fin Whales & a smaller whale.
 
Sat 4th Dec:
DUNGARVAN:  Barnacle Goose, BLACK BRANT & female Shoveler off the pitch & putt course, 50 Skylarks, a Water Rail & 7 Pintail at the Cunnigar; also a Hooded Crow seen to chase & kill at Redshank at the Cunnigar.
CLONEA:  Fin Whale.
WEST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
 
Fri 3rd Dec:
DUNGARVAN:  Barnacle Goose, male & female Pintail & 2 female Shoveler near the pitch & putt course.
WEST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
 
Weds 1st Dec:
DUNGARVAN:  BLACK BRANT & Barnacle Goose near the pitch & putt course, Kingfisher & Chiffchaff at the Brickey canal.

November 2010
 
Check here for possible updates or further details.
 
Tues 30th Nov:
Nr BUNMAHON:  Merlin, 2 KingfishersBlackcap, Brambling, 6-7 Yellowhammers & an Otter at Seafield.
 
Mon 29th Nov:
Nr BUNMAHON:  Male Blackcap at Seafield.
MID WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
Nr LISMORE:  Jay.
 
Sun 28th Nov:
Nr DUNGARVAN:  Barn Owl seen at 17:40.
CLONEA STRAND:  3 Purple Sandpipers at Ballinclamper.
Nr BUNMAHON:  Kingfisher, c100 Snipe & male Blackcap at Seafield.  4 Fin Whales & a smaller whale off Bunmahon.
WATERFORD CITY:  50+ Goldfinches in garden near Ballybricken.
 
Sat 27th Nov:
DUNGARVAN:  Female Pintail off sports centre, 38 Skylarks arrived in at pitch & putt course.
Nr BUNMAHON:  Male Blackcap at Seafield.
Nr STRADBALLY:  Brambling.
MID WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
 
Fri 26th Nov:
DUNGARVAN:  BLACK BRANT at the Cunnigar.
Nr BUNMAHON:  Male Blackcap at Seafield.
 
Weds 24th Nov:
DUNGARVAN:  2 SPOONBILLS near pitch & putt course, Kingfisher at Barnawee.
PORTLAW:  Kingfisher.
 
Tues 23rd Nov:
Nr STRADBALLY:  Brambling.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  c400 Brent Geese.
 
Sun 21st Nov:
DUNGARVAN:  4 SPOONBILLS at the Cunnigar.
Nr WATERFORD CITY:  Long-eared Owl.
EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
 
Fri 19th Nov:
DUNGARVAN:  3 SPOONBILLS near pitch & putt course.
Nr BUNMAHON:  2 Green Sandpipers at Seafield.
 
Thurs 18th Nov:
DUNGARVAN:  2 SPOONBILLS at the Cunnigar.
 
Weds 17th Nov:
Nr STRADBALLY:  Brambling.
 
Mon 15th Nov:
CLONEA STRAND:  BUFF-BELLIED PIPIT& WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER at Ballinclamper.
Nr ARDMORE:  Hen Harrier.
CO KILKENNY:  GOLDEN EAGLE (reintroduced or escaped bird?).
 
Sun 14th Nov:
CLONEA STRAND:  WATER PIPIT, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER & 4 Purple Sandpipers at Ballinclamper.
DUNGARVAN:  4 SPOONBILLS at the tip of the Cunnigar.
BUNMAHON:  c4 Fin Whales offshore.
 
Sat 13th Nov:
CLONEA STRAND:  BUFF-BELLIED PIPIT & WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER at Ballinclamper, also a Curlew Sandpiper, Slavonian Grebe & 3 Great Northern Divers; a Swallow east at Ballinard.
WHITING BAY:  3 Tree Sparrows.
WEST WATERFORD:  Buzzard (also 2 at same location recently).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  3rd-winter Yellow-legged Gull at Saleen.
RATHMOYLAN:  Female Hen Harrier.
 
Fri 12th Nov:
CLONEA STRAND:  BUFF-BELLIED PIPIT at Ballinclamper (new bird - not the bird seen 17th-24th October) - 2nd county record - also a Whimbrel, 4 Purple Sandpipers & 31 Choughs.
 
Thurs 11th Nov:
WHITING BAY:  3-400 mixed Redwings & Fieldfares in off sea & 4 Yellowhammers.
 
Weds 10th Nov:
Nr KILMACTHOMAS:  Barn Owl flew across road at 18:15.
RAM HEAD:  Red-throated Diver, 200 Common Dolphins & 2 Red Admirals.
 
Mon 8th Nov:
CLONEA STRAND:  Juvenile WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER still at Ballinclamper.
DUNGARVAN:  2 SPOONBILLS by pitch & putt course.
 
Sun 7th Nov:
Nr STRADBALLY:  Brambling, c500 Chaffinches & 3 Red Admirals.
DUNGARVAN:  Swallow at Abbeyside.
MID WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
 
Sat 6th Nov:
CLONEA STRAND:  Juvenile WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER at Ballinclamper, also a Purple Sandpiper.
WEST WATERFORD:  Single Buzzards seen at two locations.
BLACKWATER CALLOWS:  145 Whooper Swans & a Kingfisher at Ballyneroon.
RAM HEAD:  5 Red-throated Divers, 100+ Common Dolphins, 2 Porpoises, a Minke Whale & a large whale species.
ARDMORE:  2 Mediterranean Gulls (1st-winter & 2nd-w).
HELVICK HEAD to MINE HEAD:  2 Fin Whales offshore.
STRADBALLY:  Merlin.
Nr BUNMAHON:  Barn Owl.
PORTNASCULLY (nr Coolfin):  41 Greylag Geese & Greenshanks on Co Kilkenny side,
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Pink-footed Goose, 7 White-fronted Geese, 3 Whooper Swans & a female Scaup at Lisselan.
CORBALLY BEG (nr Tramore Backstrand):  Swallow.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Lapland Bunting, Merlin, 3 Blackcaps & 1+ White-fronted Goose (flew east).
RATHMOYLAN:  Female Hen Harrier.
 
Fri 5th Nov:
DUNGARVAN:  Mediterranean Gull & 20 Snipe at Ballyneety bridge, Swallow at the Quay.
DERRIGAL/COOLFIN (nr Portlaw):  40+ Greylag Geese at Derrigal cross roads. 
Nr BUNMAHON:  Chiffchaff at Seafield.
TRAMORE BOATING LAKE:  Gadwall.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Merlin.
 
Thurs 4th Nov:
WATERFORD CITY:  2 late Swallows at King's Channel.
 
Tues 2nd Nov:
DUNGARVAN:  3 SPOONBILLS flew north high over the pitch & putt course.
 
Mon 1st Nov:
DUNGARVAN TOWN:  Otter walking along road at the Mooring's pub at 13:40 (3 Otters at same location on 28 Oct).
 

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Black-necked Grebes, Dungarvan, 30 Dec 2010 D Weldon

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Pintail, males, Ballyshunnock Reservoir, 30 Dec 2010 M Cowming

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Slavonian Grebe, Dungarvan, 28 Dec 2010 M Cowming

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Preliminary winter distribution 2007/8-2010/11 @ 30/12/2010 (Atlas bird of the day)

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Dark-bellied Brent Goose, adult, Dungarvan, 28 Dec 2010 M Cowming

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Otter, River Bride, 24 Dec 2010 A Malcolm

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Coot, Dungarvan quay, 23 Dec 2010 E Burke

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Yellowhammer, Seafield, nr Bunmahon, 22 Dec 2010 D Weldon

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Goosanders, Carrickbeg, 19 Dec 2010 B White

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Blackcap, female, Strandside, Dungarvan, 19 Dec 2010 D Clarke

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Otter, near Ballynacourty lighthouse, 19 Dec 2010 D Clarke

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Water Rail, Springmount, Dungarvan, 18 Dec 2010 D Clarke

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Common Dolphins, off Bunmahon, 12 Dec 2010 D Clarke

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Eider, female, Ballinard, 11 Dec 2010 M Cowming

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Black-necked Grebe, Ballynacourty, Dungarvan, 11 Dec 2010 M Cowming

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Shoveler, male, Dungarvan, 11 Dec 2010 M Cowming

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Water Rail, Portlaw, 8 Dec 2010 D Clarke

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Barnacle Goose, Dungarvan, 4 Dec 2010 M Cowming

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Snipe, in garden at Kilmurray, nr Dungarvan, 3 Dec 2010 Una Power

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Barnacle Goose, Dungarvan, 1 Dec 2010 F O'Connell

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Kestrel, male, Ballinclamper, 28 Nov 2010 D Clarke

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Jay, near Lismore, 29 Nov 2010 C Ind

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Red Squirrel, near Lismore, 29 Nov 2010 A Malcolm

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Grey Plover, Ballinclamper, Clonea Strand, 28 Nov 2010 D Clarke

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Snipe, Ballinclamper, 28 Nov 2010 D Clarke

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Choughs, Ballinclamper, 28 Nov 2010 D Clarke

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Spoonbills, Dungarvan, 19 Nov 2010 F O'Connell

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2 Fin Whales, off Bunmahon, 14 Nov 2010 D Clarke

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Buff-bellied Pipit, Ballinclamper, Clonea Strand, 13 Nov 2010 M Cowming

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Buff-bellied Pipit (new bird), Ballinclamper, Clonea Strand, 12 Nov 2010 M Carmody

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Spoonbills, Dungarvan, 8 Nov 2010 F O'Connell

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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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