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Bird reports for October 2010

 
Waterford bird records October 2010 (details subject to verification or correction)
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October 2010
 
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Sun 31st Oct:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Adult Yellow-legged Gull at Saleen, Pink-footed Goose & 4 White-fronted Geese (2 adult & 2 juvenile) at Lisselan.
TRAMORE BOATING LAKE:  5 Gadwall (3 males & 2 female).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Male Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaffs & 3 Swallows.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  3 female Scaup & 48 Tufted Duck.
CLONEA STRAND:  Juvenile WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER still present at Ballinclamper, also a Curlew Sandpiper, Merlin & White Wagtail.
BLACKWATER CALLOWS:  24 Whooper Swans at Ballyduff.
 
Sat 30th Oct:
CLONEA STRAND:  Juvenile/1st-winter WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER again at Ballinclamper, also 58 Sanderling, a Black Redstart & 2 Blackcaps.
DUNGARVAN:  2 SPOONBILLS off pitch & putt course, adult BLACK BRANT & juv Common Tern at the Cunnigar.
HELVICK HEAD: 7+ Blackcaps & a Swallow.
STRADBALLY:  Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher & 2 Dippers.
BUNMAHON:  Kingfisher.
Nr BALLYLANEEN:  20+ mixed Swallows & House Martins.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  5 Scaup.
TRAMORE BOATING LAKE:  Adult Mediterranean Gull & 3 Gadwall.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Blackcap.
 
Fri 29th Oct:
DUNGARVAN TOWN:  2 House Martins & a Swallow.
 
Weds 27th Oct:
CLONEA STRAND:  Juvenile/1st-winter WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER still present at Ballinclamper, also Merlin & 3 Red-throated Divers.
BALLYLANEEN:  Jack Snipe.
 
Mon 25th Oct:
CLONEA STRAND:  Juvenile/1st-winter WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER,  2 juv Curlew Sandpipers, Short-eared Owl, Merlin & 20+ Choughs.
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  130 Whooper Swans & a road-casualty Merlin at Camphire, Common Seal at Villierstown.
HELVICK HEAD:  2 Great Skuas (seawatch 17:20-17:50).
DUNGARVAN:  Whimbrel at Ballynagaul.
Nr CROHAUN:  12+ Ravens.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR: 2 female/immature BLUE-WINGED TEAL & 6 Scaup.
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  Shoveler & 7 Whooper Swans.
STRADBALLY:  Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher & 2 Dippers.
Nr STRADBALLY:  Merlin at Carrickahilla.
NORTH WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Pink-footed Goose & female Scaup at Lisselan.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Merlin.
 
Sun 24th Oct:
CLONEA STRAND: Juvenile/1st-winter WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER (2nd county record), BUFF-BELLIED PIPIT, 2 Curlew Sandpipers, Lapland Bunting (flew over), Merlin, 5+ White Wagtails & Tree Sparrow at Ballinclamper.
DUNGARVAN:  Juvenile LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER (video) & adult BLACK BRANT at the Cunnigar, Kingfisher & Common Sandpiper at Barnawee, juv Arctic Tern at Ballynacourty.
WHITING BAY:  Clouded Yellow butterfly.
BALLYLANEEN:  Redwing & 2 Fieldfares.
MID WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
 
Sat 23rd Oct:
CLONEA STRAND:  BUFF-BELLIED PIPIT, 2 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers, Merlin & 1st-winter Mediterranean Gull at Ballinclamper.
DUNGARVAN:  2 juv Curlew Sndpipers at Ballyneety.
 
Fri 22nd Oct:
CLONEA STRAND:  BUFF-BELLIED PIPIT at Ballinclamper.
DUNGARVAN:  LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER still at the Cunnigar.
Nr BUNMAHON:  Woodcock at Seafield.
MID WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards.
 
Thurs 21st Oct:
DUNGARVAN:  LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, Merlin & 280 Brent Geese at the Cunnigar.
CLONEA STRAND:  Adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballinclamper.
North of DUNGARVAN:  Barn Owl seen at 22:45.
 
Weds 20th Oct:
CLONEA STRAND:  BUFF-BELLIED PIPIT still present at Ballinclamper, also 3 Curlew Sandpipers.
DUNGARVAN:  LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER at the Cunnigar, 2 SPOONBILLS & 60+ Little Egreets at Killongford.
RAM HEAD:  2 Fin Whales, probable Humpback Whale & 80 Common Dolphins.
EAST OF RAM HEAD:  Short-eared Owl c1 km from shore (details).
STRADBALLY:  4 Dippers.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  20 Greylag Geese flying over & a Tree Sparrow.
 
Tues 19th Oct:
CLONEA STRAND:  BUFF-BELLIED PIPIT at Ballinclamper. See video P. Archer.
WEST WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards.
 
Mon 18th Oct:
CLONEA STRAND:  BUFF-BELLIED PIPIT again present at Ballinclamper, also 2 Curlew Sandpipers there.
DUNGARVAN:  Juvenile LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER still at the Cunnigar/
WHITING BAY:  20+ Choughs.
DUNHILL:  Female GARGANEY photographed at ponds behind Dunhill Education Centre (record added 14/10/2013!)
WATERFORD CITY:  Barn Owl seen regularly recently.
 
Sun 17th Oct:
CLONEA STRAND:  *BUFF-BELLIED PIPIT  (1st county record) at Ballinclamper.
DUNGARVAN:  Juvenile LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER & 2 Ruddy Shelduck (probably hybrids) at the Cunnigar, 2 SPOONBILLS at Killongford.
TRAMORE BAY: 2 Red-throated Divers, 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls & a Porpoise.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD: 2+ White-fronted Geese, Water Rail, 3 Reed Warbler & male Blackcap; 9 Red-throated Divers west, 4 Great Northern Divers east, 23 Common Scoter west (19 east) & 4 Porpoises (seawatch 08:25-11:25).
 
Sat 16th Oct:
DUNGARVAN:  Juvenile LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, adult dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Ruddy Shelduck (probably hybrids) & a Lapland Bunting at the Cunnigar;  2 SPOONBILLS at Killongford including a "new" colour-ringed bird (yellow over green ring on right leg, yellow flag on left leg)..
AGLISH:  7 Redwings.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  314 Brent Geese.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Reed Warbler (juvenile ringed), 125 Skylarks, Fieldfare, 2 Tree Sparrows, 6 Lesser Redpolls & 2 Siskins.
 
Fri 15th Oct:
DUNGARVAN:  Juvenile LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER still at the Cunnigar.
RAM HEAD:  3-5 Fin Whales, 6-8 Bottlenose Dolphins & 20-30 Swallows.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Reed Warbler & male Blackcap.
 
Thurs 14th Oct:
DUNGARVAN:  Juvenile LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER (video ) at the Cunnigar.
Nr BUNMAHON:  3 Green Sandpipers & 5 Yellowhammers at Seafield.
MID WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
 
Weds 13th Oct:
DUNGARVAN:  Juvenile LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER at the Cunnigar.
 
Tues 12th Oct:
DUNGARVAN:  Juvenile LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER at the Cunnigar.
 
Mon 11th Oct:
HELVICK HEAD:  Female Hen Harrier, Redstart, 2 Black Redstarts, Whinchat, Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler & Pied Flycatcher.
TRAMORE SANDHILLS:  Short-eared Owl & Water Rail.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2+ Sand Martins, Spotted Flycatcher, Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcaps, 6+ Chiffchaffs, 6 Tree Sparrows & 2 Siskins.
 
Sun 10th Oct:
DUNGARVAN:  Juvenile LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER still at the Cunnigar, 2 juv Curlew Sandpipers at Western Bay.
WHTING BAY:  4 Mediterranean Gulls (1st-winter, 2nd-winter & 2 adults).
ARDMORE:  Whinchat & 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls.
GREAT NEWTOWN HEAD:  Redwings heard at night; migrants moths trapped  included single Vestal, Gem, Delicate & Cosmopolitan.
TRAMORE TOWN:  Another Delicate.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Jack Snipe, 2 Red-throated Divers, female/immature Hen Harrier, 2 Wheatears, 2 Pied Flycatchers, 3 Spotted Flycatchers, Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, & 15 Lesser Redpolls (ringed).
 
Sat 9th Oct:
DUNGARVAN:  Juvenile LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER (1st county record) at the Cunnigar.
WHITING BAY:  WRYNECK, Little Stint, Ruff, juvenile Curlew Sandpiper & 5 Mediterranean Gulls.
HELVICK HEAD:  Long-eared Owl, Arctic Skua, 3 Great Skuas & 8 Common Scoter.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Black Redstart, Whinchat, 2 Wheatears, 2 Pied Flycatchers, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 45 Swallows (east), 75 House Martins (east), Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaffs & a late Willow Warbler; Vestal moth caught tonight
 
Fri 8th Oct:
TRAMORE TOWN:  Redwing heard at night.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Merlin, 20 Swallows (east), 2 Wheatears & 2 Spotted Flycatchers & 14 Red Admirals; 2 Arctic Skuas west (seawatch 17:40-18:20).
RATHMOYLAN:  Female/immature Hen Harrier, 110+ Skylarks & 120+ Woodpigeons.
 
Thurs 7th Oct:
CLONEA STRAND:  2 adult Mediterranean Gulls at Ballinclamper.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  2 Green Sandpipers at Clohernagh.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2 Tree Sparrows; a Vestal moth trapped tonight.
 
Weds 6th Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Arctic Skua west (seawatch 10:20-11:20).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Pink-footed Goose (at Lisselsn), 255 Brent Geese, 45 Little Egrets, a Whimbrel & 335 Black-tailed Godwit.
CLONEA STRAND:  adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballinclamper.
WEST WATERFORD:  Long-eared Owl (found dead) & 2 Buzzards.
 
Tues 5th Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Arctic Skua west (seawatch 11:55-12:55) & 2 Tree Sparrows.
 
Mon 4th Oct:
HELVICK HEAD:  Balearic Shearwater, 3 Great SkuasPomarine SkuaArctic Skua & Arctic Tern (seawatch 18:00-19:00).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  15 Lesser Redpolls (ringed), 2 Tree Sparrows & a Wheatear; 150 Gannets west in 1 hr (seawatch 16:40-17:40); White-speck moth trapped.
DUNMORE EAST: Juvenile Arctic Tern.
 
Sun 3rd Oct:
DUNMORE EAST:  Porpoise.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Chiffchaffs, 45+ Skylarks, 5 Lesser Redpolls, a Siskin & 23+ Red Admirals.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Pink-footed Goose & 130 Brent Geese at Lisselan.
DUNGARVAN:  Juvenile Ruff & juv Curlew Sandpiper at Killongford, Kingfisher at Ballyneety.
 
Sat 2nd Oct:
DUNMORE EAST:  Adult SABINE'S GULL.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Balearic Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, 103 Manx Shearwaters & 4 Great Skuas west,  4 Arctic Skuas west (2 east) & a Common Scoter east (seawatch 08:05-12:15).
Nr BUNMAHON:  HOBBY at Seafield.
BALLYNACOURTY POINT:  3 Great Skuas & an Arctic Skua.
DUNGARVAN:  6 Curlew Sandpipers at Killongford.
HELVICK HEAD:  6 Grey Phalaropes, 5 Great Skuas, 2 Arctic Skuas, 3 Pomarine or Arctic Skuas & a Puffin west (seawatch c12:00-13:00).
 

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Otter, Dungarvan quays, 31 Oct 2010 Gavin Clarke

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White-fronted Geese, Lisselan, Tramore Backstrand, 31 Oct 2010 M Cowming

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White-rumped Sandpiper, juv/1st-winter, Ballinclamper, Clonea Strand, 25 October 2010 R McLaughlin

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White-rumped Sandpiper, juv/1st-winter, Ballinclamper, Clonea Strand, 25 October 2010 M Cowming

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Chough, Ballinclamper, Clonea Strand, 25 October 2010 R McLaughlin

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Common Seal, Villierstown, 25 Oct 2010 D Clarke

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, colour-ringed, Whiting Bay, 24 Oct 2010 D Clarke

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Buff-bellied Pipit, Ballinclamper, Clonea Strand, 24 Oct 2010 P & A Kelly

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White-rumped Sandpiper, Ballinclamper, Clonea Strand, 24 Oct 2010 P & A Kelly

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Long-billed Dowitcher, the Cunnigar, Dungarvan, 24 Oct 2010 J Hayes

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Black Brant, adult, the Cunnigar, Dungarvan, 24 October 2010 M Cowming

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Arctic Tern, juvenile, Ballynacourty, Dungarvan, 24 October 2010 D Clarke

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Common Sandpiper, Barnawee, Dungarvan, 24 October 2010 D Clarke

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Greenshank & Kingfisher, Dungarvan, 24 October 2010 D Clarke

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Snipe, Dungarvan, 24 Oct 2010 D Clarke

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White-rumped Sandpiper, juv/1st-winter, Ballinclamper, Clonea Strand, 24 October 2010 D Clarke

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White-rumped Sandpiper, Clonea Strand, 24 Oct 2010 PM Walsh

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Buff-bellied Pipit, Ballinclamper, Clonea Strand, 24 Oct 2010 PM Walsh

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Buff-bellied Pipit, Ballinclamper, Clonea strand, 22 Oct 2010 M Carmody

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Long-billed Dowitcher, the Cunnigar, Dungarvan, 22 Oct 2010 M carmody

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Buff-bellied Pipit, Ballinclamper, Clonea strand, Oct 2010 R McLaughlin

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Buff-bellied Pipit, Ballinclamper, Clonea strand, 18 Oct 2010 D Clarke

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Buff-bellied Pipit, Ballinclamper, Clonea strand, 18 Oct 2010 F O'Connell

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Kestrel, Ballinclamper, Clonea strand, 18 Oct 2010 D Clarke

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Buff-bellied Pipit, Ballinclamper, Clonea Strand, 17 Oct 2010 C Flynn

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Buff-bellied Pipit, Ballinclamper, Clonea Strand, 17 Oct 2010 M Cowming (phonescoped)

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Long-billed Dowitcher & Snipe, the Cunnigar, Dungarvan, 17 Oct 2010 R McLaughlin

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Long-billed Dowitcher, the Cunnigar, Dungarvan, 17 Oct 2010 M Cowming

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Long-billed Dowitcher, the Cunnigar, Dungarvan, 17 Oct 2010 R McLaughlin

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Ruddy Shelduck hybrids, the Cunnigar, Dungarvan, 17 Oct 2010 M Cowming

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Snipe, the Cunnigar, Dungarvan, 17 Oct 2010 M Cowming

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Long-billed Dowitcher, the Cunnigar, Dungarvan, 9 Oct 2010 D Clarke

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Long-billed Dowitcher, the Cunnigar, Dungarvan, 9 Oct 2010 M Cowming

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Wryneck, Whiting Bay, 9 Oct 2010 M Cowming

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Long-eared Owl, Helvick Head, 9 Oct 2010 M Cowming

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Curlew Sandpiper, Whiting Bay, 9 Oct 2010 D Clarke

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Little Stint (with Sanderling), Whiting Bay, 9 Oct 2010 M Cowming

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Little Stint, Whiting Bay, 9 Oct 2010 D Clarke

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Buzzard, NW Waterford, 6 Oct 2010 D Clarke

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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