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JANUARY 2015:
 
Check here (Waterford Birds blog) for more recent updates,  further details or fuller species lists

Note: From 1st January, records of Buzzard will no longer be published on the website or blog, but submission of records is still encouraged (precise locations if possible, especially for birds showing evidence of breeding) to allow monitoring of the species in the county. (A similar policy applies to Peregrine, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel.)

Fri 30 Jan:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  GLOSSY IBIS Pickardstown (also Lisselan, possibly different bird), 113 Knot at Pickardstown, Red Admiral at Lisselan seawall.

Weds 28 Jan: 
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Male RING-NECKED DUCK on main lake.

Tues 27 Jan: 
WATERFORD CITY:  Male Merlin with prey at O'Connell Street.

Mon 26 Jan:
RATHMOYLAN:  Black Redstart.
LEMYBRIEN:  Woodcock.

Sun 25 Jan:
SEAFIELD (nr Bunmahon):  2 Woodcock.

Sat 24 Jan: 
WATERFORD BIRD RACE:  Totals of 105 & 101 species recorded by two teams (combined total of 110) - matching previous  team record of 105 set on 2 January 1993.
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  Jay & 2 Woodcock, Newport to Ballynatray.
Nr WHITING BAY:  16+ Tree Sparrows at Moord.
DRUM HILLS:  2 Woodcock near Marine Bar.
HELVICK HEAD:  4 Great Northern Divers.
DUNGARVAN:  2 SPOONBILLS off pitch & putt course, 33 Great Crested Grebes off Ballynagaul, 2nd-winter Yellow-legged Gull & Chiffchaff at Cunnigar base, Common Sandpiper at Killongford bridge, Long-tailed Duck off Cunnigar tip, Kingfisher at Barnawee.
CLONEA:  4 Great Northern Divers.
BALLYVOYLE:  2 Black Redstarts.
Nr LEMYBRIEN:  Dipper.
Nr CARROLL'S CROSS:  Male Blackcap.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Male RING-NECKED DUCK on small lake.
DERRIGAL (nr Portlaw):  2 PINK-FOOTED GEESE., 220+ Greylag Geese & 33 Whooper Swans.
TRAMORE BAY:  Black Redstarts at the Cove & at west end of beach.
RATHMOYLAN:  Black Redstart.

Fri 23 Jan: 
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Male RING-NECKED DUCK.

Weds 23 Jan: 
Nr WATERFORD CITY:  Long-eared Owl near Couse Bridge roundabout.

Tues 20 Jan: 
TRAMORE:  55 Shoveler on boating lake - probably a Tramore (& county?) record count.

Mon 19 Jan:
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Male RING-NECKED DUCK on small lake.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  124 Knot at Lisselan.

Sun 18 Jan:
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Male RING-NECKED DUCK on main lake.
BALLINLOUGH:  Water Rail & Chiffchaff.
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  30 Whooper Swans.
DERRIGAL (nr Portlaw):  3 PINK-FOOTED GEESE, 241 Greylag Geese & 32 Whooper Swans.
TIBBERAGHNY (Co Kilkenny):  6 Greylag Geese & 75 Whooper Swans.
BLACKWATER CALLOWS:  98 Whooper Swans.

Sat 17 Jan:
KINSALEBEG:  Common Sandpiper at Tinnabinna.
RAM HEAD / ARDMORE:  SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF in beet field near Fr O'Donnell's Well.
DUNGARVAN:  2 Long-tailed Ducks, 4 Pintail (male & 3 females) & 9 Shoveler in the bay, 2 Dark-bellied Brent Geese (adult & juvenile) on Christian Brotheres School sports field.
CLONEA:  Chiffchaff at Ballinclamper.
TRAMORE:  Adult Ring-billed Gull, 48 Shoveler, 15 Gadwall at boating lake, Long-tailed Duck on new wetland at Kilmacleague.

Fri 16 Jan:
RATHMOYLAN:  Black Redstart.
TRAMORE:  Black Redstart at pier.

Thurs 15 Jan:
DUNGARVAN:  2 SPOONBILLS (adult & 1st-winter) & 3 Pintail (male & 2 females) off pitch & putt course, 2 Dark-bellied Brent Geese (adult & juvenile) on P&P course with 720 Pale-bellied Brent, 13 Great Northern Divers around bay.
WATERFORD CITY:  Black Redstart again on mudflats by Tower Hotel.

Tues 13 Jan:
TRAMORE:  2nd-calendar-year Glaucous Gull on spits at Backstrand.
WATERFORD CITY:  Black Redstart on mudflats by Tower Hotel.

Mon 12 Jan:
DUNMORE EAST:   2 Glaucous Gulls (1st-winter & 2nd-winter).

Sun 11 Jan:
DUNMORE EAST:  Now 2 Glaucous Gulls (1st-winter & 2nd-winter).
RATHMOYLAN:  Black Redstart.
TRAMORE:  Adult Ring-billed Gull at boating lake, Black Redstart at the Cove, 7 Common Scoter in Tramore Bay.
KILFARRASY:  Black Redstart.
DUNGARVAN:  Male Blackcap in garden at Southways, Abbeyside.
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  Female/immature Hen Harrier.

Sat 10 Jan:
TRAMORE:  GLOSSY IBIS at Clohernagh, PINK-FOOTED GOOSE with 600+ Brent Geese at new wetland between Lisselan & Kilmacleague, Adult Ring-billed Gull at boating lake.
DERRIGAL:  PINK-FOOTED GOOSE.
ARDMORE:  2 Tree Sparrows.
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  2 Jays & 3 Red-legged Partridge at Newport, Jay at Templemichael.

Fri 9 Jan:
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Male RING-NECKED DUCK.

Thurs 8 Jan:
LEMYBRIEN:  Woodcock.
KILMACTHOMAS:  Woodcock.

Tues 6 Jan:
TRAMORE:  GLOSSY IBIS at Clohernagh, Adult Ring-billed Gull, 14 Shoveler & 13 Gadwall at boating lake.

Mon 5 Jan:
TRAMORE:  GLOSSY IBIS near Saleen, male Blackcap at Tramore town.
DUNMORE EAST:  2nd-winter Glaucous Gull.

Sun 4 Jan:
TRAMORE:  Adult Ring-billed Gull at boating lake.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Male RING-NECKED DUCK.
DUNGARVAN:  Green Sandpiper at Brickey canal.

Sat 3 Jan:
Off BALLYVOYLE:  Great Skua from boat 1 mile offshore.
TRAMORE:  6 Shoveler at Lisselan, 12 Shoveler & 20 Gadwall at boating lake.
RATHMOYLAN:  1st-winter male Black Redstart.
DUNMORE EAST:  2nd-winter Glaucous Gull.

Fri 2 Jan:
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  Jay & 2 Red Squirrels at Newport East.
Nr WHITING BAY:  Male Blackcap & 6-7 Tree Sparrows.
OLD PARISH:  Long-eared Owl & Woodcock.
DUNGARVAN: 2 SPOONBILLS on the Cunnigar, 4 Pintail & a Shoveler in Western Bay, 2 Long-tailed Ducks off pitch & putt course, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (adult & near-adult) at Ballyneety, Common Sandpiper at Brickey canal, Whimbrel at Knockanpower Lower, Ring,  male Blackcap at Ballyneety.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Male RING-NECKED DUCK.
DERRIGAL(nr Portlaw):  2 PINK-FOOTED GEESE & a hybrid goose species.
ANNESTOWN:  Water Rail.
TRAMORE:  GLOSSY IBIS at Clohernagh, adult Ring-billed Gull & 12 Shoveler at boating lake, male Blackcap & 2 Chiffchaffs at slip at W end of beach, adult Mediterranean Gull.
RATHMOYLAN:  Black Redstart.
DUNMORE EAST:  2nd-winter Glaucous Gull.

Thurs 1 Jan:
DUNMORE EAST:  2nd-winter Glaucous Gull.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Male RING-NECKED DUCK.
DERRIGAL (nr Portlaw):  PINK-FOOTED GOOSE with c75 Greylag Geese.
DUNGARVAN:  2 SPOONBILLS off pitch & putt course, Whimbrel at Ballynagaul.

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January-February 2015 photo-gallery

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Siberian Chiffchaff, Ram Head, 17 Jan 2015 AD Malcolm

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AD Malcolm

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AD Malcolm

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Little Egret, Dungarvan, 12 Jan 2015 AD Malcolm

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Long-tailed Duck, Dungarvan, 12 Jan 2015 AD Malcolm

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Merlin, Whiting Bay, 12 Jan 2015 AD Malcolm

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AD Malcolm

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Glaucous Gull, 1st-winter, Dunmore East, 11 Jan 2015 M Cowming

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M Cowming

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Glaucous Gull, 2nd-winter, Dunmore East, 11 Jan 2015 M Cowming

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Glaucous Gull, 1st-winter, Dunmore East, 11 Jan 2015 M Cowming

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Red-legged Partridges, Newport, 10 Jan 2015 M Cowming

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M Cowming

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young Grey Seal, Curragh stream, Ardmore, 7 Jan 2015 AD Malcolm

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Red Admiral, Knockmealdown Mountains, 6 Jan 2015 AD Malcolm

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Ring-necked Duck, male, Knockaderry Reservoir, 2 Jan 2015 M Cowming

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M Cowming

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M Cowming

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hybrid goose species (Greylag x ?), Derrigal, 2 Jan 2015 M Cowming

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M Cowming

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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