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Recent reports (subject to verification or correction)  - see also Archives

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Fri 31 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  FIRECREST still present (main garden) also 3-4 Chiffchaffs & a Hummingbird Hawk-moth.
WATERFORD CITY:  10 Swallows over the Glen.

Thurs 30 Oct:
DUNGARVAN:  Adult Mediterranean Gull & Common Sandpiper at Barnawee, 2 Swallows in town centre, Otter at quay.

Weds 29 Oct:
TRAMORE TOWN:  18 Swallows.
DUNGARVAN:  Otter at quay.
ARDMORE:  Wheatear at Curragh.

Tues 28 Oct:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  GLOSSY IBIS at Clohernagh; Merlin & 2 adult Mediterranean Gull at Saleen; female-type Scaup, 7 Gadwall & 3 Whooper Swans at Lisselan.

Mon 27 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2 Sooty Shearwaters.
CASTLETOWN FEN:  Migrant Hawker.
TRAMIORE BACKSTRAND:  Scaup at Lisselan.
DUNGARVAN:  Ruff at Killongford.
HELVICK HEAD:  Black Redstart,
ARDMORE:  9 Mediterranean Gulls & 2 Sandwich Terns at Curragh strand.
WHITING BAY:  Female Blackcap at Moord.

Sun 26 Oct:
TRAMORE:  Female-type Scaup & 2 Gadwall at Lisselan, adult Mediterranean Gull & 9 Gadwall at boating lake.
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  2 Gadwall & 6 Whooper Swans.
BALLINAMUCK:  Late Swallow.

Sat 25 Oct:
CLONEA:  2 Arctic Skuas off Ballinclamper.
DUNGARVAN:  Kingfisher near Devonshire Bridge.

Fri 24 Oct:
RAM HEAD:  c15 Mediterranean Gulls W, 17 Ravens, Fin Whale & 40-50 Common Dolphins.
ARDMORE:  Another 8+ Mediterranean Gulls & a Redwing at Curragh.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Scaup, 2 Gadwall & 3 Whooper Swans at Lisselan.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2 Clouded Yellows.

Weds 22 Oct:
ARDMORE:  5 Mediterranean Gulls (2 1st-winter & 3 adult) at Curragh.
DUNGARVAN:  Ruff at Killongford.
TRAMORE:  Merlin at landfill site.

Mon 20 Oct:
TRAMORE:  Grey Phalarope, 3 Whooper Swans, 4 Shoveler & 10 Gadwall at Lisselan; Shoveler on boating lake.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Redwing, female Blackcap & 3 Tree Sparrows.
CLONEA:  Merlin & 3 Great Northern Divers at Ballinclamper.
DUNGARVAN:  7 House Martins W over town centre.

Sun 19 Oct:
TRAMORE:  Grey Phalarope, Common Sandpiper, 3 Whooper Swans & 2 Swallows at Lisselan; 450 Brent Geese around Backstrand; eastern-type Jackdaw at Ballycarnane Woods estate, Tramore town.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Great Skua W, Arctic Skua & 2 Common Scoter E (seawatch 08:55-10:55)

Sat 18 Oct:
WATERFORD CITY:  OSPREY W over ring road near Ardkeen.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Wheatear & Hummingbird Hawk-moth.
KILMACTHOMAS to lemybrien:  4 Swallows.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Grey Phalarope & 3 Whooper Swans on main pond at Lisselan.
DUNGARVAN:  3 female Pintail & 6 Shoveler between Quann's & Western Bay, 2 Kingfishers at Killongfordf pools.
HELVICK HEAD:  Pomarine SkuaGreat Skua, Arctic Skua , 2 Storm Petrels & a Merlin.

Thurs 16 Oct:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:   GLOSSY IBIS, 3 Whooper Swans, 8 Shoveler & 4 Gadwall at Lisselan; 12 Pintail (high count) & 306 Brent Geese (10 juvenile) on Backstrand.
CLONEA:  FIRECREST at Ballinard.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Female Blackcap.

Weds 15 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Male Blackcap.

DUNGARVAN:  Kingfisher at town quay, Ruff at Killongford.

Tues 14 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  4 Wheatears.

Sun 12 Oct:
DUNMORE EAST:  Adult or subadult WHITE-TAILED EAGLE flew E past the Shanooan then N towards Creadan Head.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  3 Tree Sparrows & 2 Clouded Yellows.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  6 Whooper Swans, Shoveler & 6 Gadwall at Lisselan; 100+ Brent Geese on backstrand.

Sat 11 Oct:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  DOTTEREL, Short-eared Owl, Merlin, Whinchat, Blackcap, 4+ Chiffchaffs, 10 Tree Sparrows & 6 Clouded Yellows
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  GLOSSY IBIS at Clohernagh, White Wagtail at Saleen.
ARDMORE: 10+ Mediterranean Gulls at Curragh, Great Skua in bay.
RAM HEAD:  Adult & juvenile Fin Whale & 120 Common Dolphins.

Fri 10 Oct:
DUNGARVAN:  25 Brent Geese at Barnawee.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2 Delicate moths trapped tonight.

Thurs 9 Oct:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  GLOSSY IBIS, 5 Shoveler & 2 Gadwall at Lisselan.
EAST WATERFORD:  3 Buzzards.
CLONEA:  Little Stint at Ballinclamper.
ARDMORE:  6 Mediterranean Gulls at Curragh & harbour.
RAM HEAD:  Pomarine Skua.

Weds 8 Oct:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  GLOSSY IBIS at NW side of Backstrand, between Somerville / Ballinattin & old dump.

Tues 7 Oct:
CLONEA:  2 adult Mediterranean Gulls  & 3 Brent Geese at Ballinclamper.

Mon 6 Oct:
CLONEA:  Juvenile Little Stint, 5 Mediterranean Gulls  & >1000 Black-headed Gulls at Ballinclamper.

Sun 5 Oct:
RING-NECKED DUCK still present.
WATERFORD HARBOUR:  Adult Mediterranean Gull at Woodstown beach.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Balearic Shearwater W, 4 Common Scoter E & 275 Gannets E (seawatch 08:40-10:40).
CLONEA:  Ruff at Ballinclamper.
HELVICK  HEAD:   Great Skua W.

Sat 4 Oct:
DUNGARVAN:  Spotted Redshank, Curlew Sandpiper & Common Sandpiper at Killongford.
CLONEA:  Juvenile Little Stint & 2 juvenile Ruff at Ballinclamper.
CLONEA:  6 Mediterranean Gulls at Ballinclamper.
WEST WATERFORD:  4 Buzzards.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  5 Blackcaps, 6 Chiffchaffs, 6 Goldcrests, 145+ Meadow Pipits & 23+ Red Admirals.
EAST WATERFORD:  5 Buzzards.

Fri 3 Oct:
KILMEADEN POOLS:  Green Sandpiper.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  37 Choughs, 2 Red-throated Divers & 2 Porpoises.

Weds 1 Oct:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Curlew Sandpiper at Lisselan.
ARDMORE:  5 Mediterranean Gulls at Curragh stream.
RAM HEAD:  80 Common Dolphins.

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June-July 2014

March-May 2014


.click below for larger images or see:

October 2014 photo-gallery

Arctic Tern, adult, Curragh, Ardmore, 11 Oct 2014 AD Malcolm

Sparrowhawk, Ballinclamper, Clonea, 6 Oct 2014 D Clarke

Little Stint, juvenile, Ballinclamper, Clonea, 6 Oct 2014 D Clarke

D Clarke

D Clarke

Ruff, Ballinclamper, Clonea, 5 Oct 2014 D Clarke

D Clarke

Glossy Ibis & Little Egret, Clohernagh, Tramore Backstrand, 20 Sept 2014 A Allen

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.  
Please email any sightings, or text details of scarcer species to 0861701599.

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