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

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AUGUST 2014:
 
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Fri 29 Aug:
HELVICK HEAD:  GREAT SHEARWATER W, 2 Great Skuas, Pomarine Skua, Arctic Skua, 3 Puffins & c12,000 Manx Shearwaters (seawatch 07:10-11:20), also an Otter.

Thurs 28 Aug:
HELVICK HEAD:  65 CORY'S SHEARWATERS, Balearic Shearwater, 4 Sooty Shearwater, Great Skua, Arctic Skua, Puffin & 2 Porpoises (seawatch 18:00-20:25). 
DUNGARVAN: PECTORAL SANDPIPER again on the Cunnigar, Wood Sandpiper on River Brickey.
ARDMORE:  Spotted Flycatcher at Dysert.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Great Skua.

Weds 27 Aug:
HELVICK HEAD:  2 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Arctic Skuas & 7 Common Scoter (seawatch 18:30-20:00).
DUNGARVAN:  3 Swifts in town.
Nr WATERFORD CITY:  Spotted Flycatcher near River Suir toll-bridge.
EAST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.

Tues 26 Aug:
TRAMORE:  Adult Mediterranean Gull at the promenade, Shoveler at Lisselan.
EAST WATERFORD: 2-3 Buzzards.
NORTH WATERFORD: 2 Buzzards.

Mon 25 Aug:
DUNGARVAN: PECTORAL SANDPIPER again on the Cunnigar.
CLONEA:  Balearic Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, Pomarine Skua, Arctic Skua & Arctic Tern off Ballinard (seawatch 19:20-19:50), 3 Arctic Skuas & 13 Common Terns at Ballinclamper.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  White Wagtail at Lisselan.

Sun 24 Aug:
RAM HEAD:  Balearic Shearwater & Puffin W (seawatch 16:10-18:10).
DUNGARVAN: Green Sandpiper on Colligan river, Swift in town centre.
TRAMORE:  Barn Owl.

Sat 23 Aug:
DUNGARVAN:  Adult PECTORAL SANDPIPER again on the Cunnigar, also an adult Mediterranean Gull at , 2 White Wagtails & 4 Clouded Yellows there; 2 Swifts in town centre.
RAM HEAD:   Arctic Skua , 2 Porpoises & a  Clouded Yellow.
ARDMORE:  5 Mediterranean Gull at harbour.
KNOCKBRACK QUARRY (nr Clashmore):  Clouded Yellow.
TRAMORE:  Common Sandpiper, 14 Wheatears & 3-4 Clouded Yellows at Lisselan, Barn Owl.

Fri 22 Aug:
DUNGARVAN:  PECTORAL SANDPIPER again on the Cunnigar, 11 Swifts in town centre.
MONAVULLAGH MOUNTAINS:  Male & female Hen Harrier.
NORTH WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards.

Thurs 21 Aug:
DUNGARVAN:  Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpipers & a Kingfisher at Killongford pools, 2 juvenile Ruffs & 2 Common Sandpipers at Ballyneety, 10 Swifts in town centre.

Weds 20 Aug:
DUNGARVAN:  PECTORAL SANDPIPER on the Cunnigar, adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballyneety, 4 late Swifts in town centre
RAM HEAD:  5-8 Fin Whales, a Minke Whale & 2 Porpoises.
ARDMORE: Total 14 Mediterranean Gulls - 9 at Curragh (including juvenile & 3+ adults), 5 at harbour (juvenile & 4 adults) - also a Clouded Yellow at Curragh.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  3rd-calendar-yr Mediterranean Gull & Shoveler at Lisselan.
NORTH WATERFORD:  3 Buzzards (also 19th).

Tues 19 Aug:
ARDMORE: 1 adult Mediterranean Gulls in harbour.

Mon 18 Aug:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  2 juvenile Ruff, Common Sandpiper & Shoveler at Lisselan.
Nr WATERFORD CITY:  Spotted Flycatcher family (pair feeding 3 young) & Treecreeper at IDA Park, Cork road.
CLONEA:  221 Sandwich Terns at Ballinclamper.
WEST WATERFORD:  Buzzard.
AGLISH:  Clouded Yellow.

Sun 17 Aug:
DUNGARVAN:  Wood Sandpiper, 3 juvenile Ruff , 6 Common Sandpipers & a Kingfisher at Killongford; 2 Mediterranean Gulls (adult & 2nd-calendar-yr) at Ballyneety.
CLONEA:  150+ Sandwich Terns at Ballinclamper.
AGLISH:  Clouded Yellow.

Sat 16 Aug:
DUNGARVAN: Adult Yellow-legged Gull, juvenile Ruff & 6 Mediterranean Gulls (3 adults including '3H97', 2 2nd-calendar-yrs & juvenile) at Ballyneety; juvenile Ruff, c10 Whimbrel & 6 Clouded Yellow butterflies at the Cunnigar; adult Mediterranean Gull at Barnawee; Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpipers & a Water Rail at Killongford.
CLONEA: Adult Mediterranean Gull  & 120+ Sandwich Terns at Ballinclamper.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  24 Little Egrets roosting at Clohernagh.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2 Clouded Yellow butterflies; Great Skua W, Arctic Skua, 11 Common Scoter W (6 E), 2 Shoveler W, adult Mediterranean Gull W (seawatch 07:20-10:20); 2 Arctic Terns (seawatch 1905-1935).

Fri 15 Aug:
DUNGARVAN: 2nd-calendar-yr  Mediterranean Gull at Ballyneety.
NORTH WATERFORD: Buzzard.

Weds 14 Aug:
BALLYVOONEY COVE:  Merlin.
NORTH WATERFORD:  Buzzard.

Tues 12 Aug:
DUNGARVAN: Adult  Mediterranean Gulls off pitch & putt course.

Mon 11 Aug:
CLONEA:  2 adult Mediterranean Gulls at Ballinclamper.
DUNGARVAN:  Mediterranean Gulls at Barnawee.
Nr DUNHILL CASTLE:  Clouded Yellow.

Sun 10 Aug:
HELVICK HEAD:  Roseate Tern & a Clouded Yellow butterfly.
DUNGARVAN:  Adult Mediterranean Gull at Barnawee, Green Sandpiper at Ballyneety.

Sat 9 Aug:
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  Reed Warbler at Raheen, Clashmore Broads.
ARDMORE:  2 adult Mediterranean Gulls.
OLD PARISH:  5+ Emperor dragonflies.
DUNGARVAN:  Adult Mediterranean Gull at Barnawee.
BALLYSCANLAN LAKE:  Shoveler.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND: 3 Common Sandpipers at Lisselan.

Fri 8 Aug:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  47 Little Grebes, 7 Shoveler & a Treecreeper at Lisselan.

Thurs 7 Aug:
Nr KNOCMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  Male Hen Harrier.
ARDMORE:  2 Mediterranean Gulls.
LISMORE:  Clouded Yellow butterfly.
Nr DUNGARVAN:  Clouded Yellow at Kilmurray

Weds 6 Aug:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Female GARGANEY & 2 Shoveler on main lake at Lisselan, also a Common Sandpiper.

Tues 5 Aug:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Juvenile Ruff still present at Lisselan.
Nr TRAMORE:  Adult & 2+ fledgling Long-eared Owls calling (also up to 4-5 owls on previous nights).
BUNMAHON:   Green Sandpiper & 2 Reed Warblers.
Nr BUNMAHON:  Juvenile Long-eared Owl calling the last few nights.
ARDMORE:  3 Mediterranean Gulls (2+ adult) in harbour.

Sun 3 Aug:
RAM HEAD:  Balearic Shearwater (seawatch 06:50-09:50), Clouded Yellow butterfly & Emperor dragonfly.
ARDMORE: 9 Mediterranean Gulls (5 at Curragh including red darvic 'PN19' & 4 at harbour).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Juvenile Ruff at Lisselan. 

Fri 1 Aug:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Eclipse-plumage male GARGANEY & 3 Shoveler at Lisselan

Previous months

June-July 2014

March-May 2014

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

.click below for larger images or see:

photo-gallery August-September

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Chough, Ram Head, 23 Aug 2014 T Kennedy

Video: Pectoral Sandpiper, the Cunnigar, 23 Aug 2014 (DW)

Video: Pectoral Sandpiper, the Cunnigar, 23 Aug 2014 (MC)

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Pectoral Sandpiper, the Cunnigar, Dungarvan, 22 Aug 2014 F O'Connell

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F O'Connell

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F O'Connell

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F O'Connell

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Grey Plover, adult, the Cunnigar, 22 Aug 2014 F O'Connell

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Mediterranean Gulls, juvenile & adults, Curragh, Ardmore, 20 Aug 2014 AD Malcolm

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Manx Shearwaters, Ram Head, 16 Aug 2014 AD Malcolm

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Sparrowhawk, male rescued from fruit cage, Carrignagour, nr Lismore, 7 Aug 2014 AD Malcolm

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Hen Harrier, moulting male, Knockmealdown Mountains, 7 Aug 2014 AD Malcolm

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Clouded Yellow, Ram Head, 3 Aug 2014 AD Malcolm

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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