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Bird reports for September 2011

 
Waterford bird records September 2011 (details subject to verification or correction)
older records - archive

September 2011
 
Check here for updates or further details, also Seawatch summaries.
 
Fri 30 Sep:
TRAMORE TOWN:  Migrant moths trapped tonight included a Tunbridge Wells Gem (2nd Irish record), Antigastra catalaunalis, Palpita vitrealis, Small Marbled, Convolvulus Hawk-moth & 3 Vestal.
 
Thurs 29 Sep:
CLONEA STRAND:  Balearic Shearwater, juvenile SABINE'S GULL, 3 Roseate Terns, 3 Arctic Skuas & 3 Mediterranean Gulls (2 adults & a 2nd-winter) at Ballinclamper.
DUNGARVAN:  2 juvenile Ruffs & 3 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers at Ballyneety.
HELVICK HEAD:  MARSH HARRIER & Arctic Skua.
ARDMORE:  4 1st-winter Mediterranean Gulls at Curragh beach.
WHITING BAY:  Adult Mediterranean Gull & 10+ White Wagtails.
TRAMORE TOWN:  Migrants moths included a Convolvulus Hawk-moth, Small Marbled, Scarce Bordered Straw & Vestal.
 
Mon 26 Sep:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Corncrake heard at Lisselan this afternoon.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Arctic Skua & 12 Wheatears.
CLONEA STRAND:  1st-winter Mediterranean Gull at Ballinclamper.
 
Sun 25 Sep:
HELVICK HEAD:  Juvenile SABINE'S GULL, Great Shearwater, 5 Balearic Shearwaters, 5 Sooty Shearwaters, 'Blue' Fulmar, 4 Storm Petrels, 2 Grey Phalaropes, 20 Great Skuas, 10 Arctic Skuas, 5 juvenile Black Terns, Little Tern, 20+ Roseate Terns, 3 Puffins & 1-2 Porpoises (seawatch 12:00-17:00), also a Merlin.
DUNGARVAN:  SPOONBILL on the Cunnigar.
 
Sat 24 Sep:
CLONEA STRAND:  White Wagtail, 5 Roseate Terns, Arctic Skua and summer plumage Great Northern Diver.
DUNGARVAN:  Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper, juvenile Ruff, adult Mediterranean Gull & Green Sandpiper at Ballyneety.
HELVICK HEAD:  Up to 10 Blackcaps.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Kingfisher at Pickardstown.
 
Fri 23 Sep:
CLONEA STRAND:  6 Arctic Skuas, 2 Storm Petrels, 2 Grey Phalaropes & 2 Roseate Terns (adult & juvenile) off Ballinclamper.
 
Thurs 22 Sep:
KNOCKMEALDOWN MOUNTAINS:  Juvenile Hen Harrier.
 
Tues 20 Sep:
RAM HEAD:  Balearic Shearwater, Great Skua W, Storm Petrel E, 7 Common Scoter E, 100 Common Dolphins & a Fin Whale (seawatch 08:30-10:10), also 13+ Wheatears.
DUNGARVAN:  First Redwing of the autumn, at the Pike.
EAST WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards.
 
Sun 18 Sep:
HELVICK HEAD:  3 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Arctic Skuas & a Great Skua W & 8 Common Scoter W (4 E) (seawatch 07:55-11:00).
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Spotted Redshank west of spits, juvenile Little Stint & 3 White Wagtails off Lisselan, juvenile Ruff at racecourse lake, & 18 Brent Geese.
 
Sat 17 Sep:
SEAFIELD:  Yellow Wagtail flew over.
DUNGARVAN:  1 PECTORAL SANDPIPER, sub-adult SPOONBILL & a Curlew Sandpiper at the Cunnigar.
WHITING BAY:  15 Tree Sparrows at Ballysallagh, 3 White Wagtails & 170 Ringed Plover on beach.
BALLYQUIN:  3rd-winter Yellow-legged Gull.
CLONEA STRAND:  Arctic Skua W & 10+ Arctic Terns at Ballinclamper.
WATERFORD CITY:  2 Swifts W with large numbers of Swallows & House Martins.
 
Fri 16 Sep:
HELVICK HEAD:  2 LONG-TAILED SKUAS (adult & juvenile), 2 juvenile SABINE'S GULLS, 3 Balearic Shearwaters, 10 Sooty Shearwaters, 2 Storm Petrels, 4 petrel sp (probably Storm), 1 Grey Phalarope, 2 Pomarine Skuas, 30+ Arctic Skuas, 8 Great Skuas, 3 juvenile Black Terns & 4 Porpoises (seawatch 09:00-12:30 & 13:15-17:30).
BLACKWATER VALLEY:  Otter opposite Dromana.
 
Thurs 15 Sep:
DUNGARVAN:  2 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS (video), 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, sub-adult SPOONBILL & a Grasshopper Warbler at the Cunnigar; 2 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers & an adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballyneety
HELVICK HEAD:  Male and female Common Scoter at mouth of bay, Spotted Flycatcher & small numbers of Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps & Whitethroats.
CLONEA STRAND:  Juvenile Mediterranean Gull and 1-2 small skuas offshore.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Spotted Redshank at Pickardstown, 2 Spotted Flycatchers at Saleen.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  7 Tree Sparrows & a Spotted Flycatcher .
 
Weds 14 Sep:
DUNGARVAN:  Kingfisher at Barnawee and 2 Mediterranean Gulls (adult '3H97' & juvenile) at Ballyneety.
ANNESTOWN:  Kingfisher.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Kingfisher at Clohernagh; Spotted Redshank (video) & 2 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers at Pickardstown.
EAST WATERFORD:  Wing-tagged Buzzard , ringed as a chick in east Cork.
 
Tues 13 Sep:
DUNGARVAN:  Juvenile Mediterranean Gull & 2 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers.
ARDMORE:  Adult Mediterranean Gull on beach.
WHITING BAY:  Juvenile Mediterranean Gull.
VARIOUS:  White Wagtails at Ballinclamper, Ballyquin, Ardmore & Whiting Bay.
 
Mon 12 Sep:
DUNGARVAN:  2 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS & a PECTORAL SANDPIPER at the Cunnigar.
HELVICK HEAD:  5 Storm Petrel (4 W), 2 Great Skuas W, 4 Arctic Skuas (2 E, 2 W), Little Tern W, 25+ Arctic Terns & a Porpoise (seawatch 09:55-11:55).
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  2 Common Sandpipers & a White Wagtail.
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  Whooper/Mute Swan hybrid (video).
CLONEA STRAND:  4 White Wagtails at Ballinclamper.
WHITING BAY:  2 White Wagtails.
 
Sun 11 Sep:
DUNGARVAN:  2 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS (video), 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS (video), SPOONBILL (video), 3 Curlew Sandpipers, juvenile Mediterranean Gull & a Spotted Flycatcher at the Cunnigar.
HELVICK HEAD:  3 adult SABINE'S GULLS, single Balearic Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, Storm Petrel, Grey Phalarope, small numbers of Arctic Terns, & a Porpoise (seawatch 13:48-14:48).
CLONEA STRAND:  4 Roseate Terns, 2 Arctic Terns & 4 White Wagtails at Ballinclamper.
WATERFORD CITY:  A late Swift over the quay.
 
Sat 10 Sep:
HELVICK HEAD:  CORY'S SHEARWATERGreat Shearwater, 3 Balearic Shearwaters, 30+ Sooty Shearwater, 6+  Storm Petrels, 25+ Grey PhalaropesPomarine Skua, 20+  Arctic Skuas,  12  Great Skuas, 6  SABINES GULLS (3 adults & 3
juveniles), juvenile Little Gull, & 2 Little Terns, also 1000+ Manx Shearwaters W per hour (seawatch 12:00-18:00).
DUNGARVAN:  BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, 3 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS & a Curlew Sandpiper.
WHITING BAY:  3 Great Skuas.
ARDMORE:  2 Mediterranean Gulls (adult & 1st-winter) & Comon Sandpiper at Curragh beach.
 
Fri 9 Sep:
KILMEADEN POOLS:  2 juvenile PECTORAL SANDPIPERS still present, also 3 White Wagtails.
CLONEA STRAND:  12 Arctic Terns at Ballinclamper (video) .
RAM HEAD:  Balearic Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, Great Skua & Puffin W (seawatch 17:10-18:40).
 
Thurs 8 Sep:
KILMEADEN POOLS:  2 juvenile PECTORAL SANDPIPERS (video) & a Chough.
CLONEA STRAND:  Adult Roseate Tern & 4 Arctic Terns at Ballinclamper, 4 Sooty Shearwaters off Ballinard.
ARDMORE:  2 Mediterranean Gulls (adult & 1st-winter) & an Arctic Skua.
GLENDALOUGHIN (nr Nire Valley):  2 Gem moths.
 
Weds 7 Sep:
DUNGARVAN:  2nd-summer Mediterranean Gull at Barnawee.
CLONEA STRAND:  Juvenile Ruff, juvenile Mediterranean Gull & 4 Arctic Terns (2 adults & 2 juveniles) at Ballinclamper.
GLENDALOUGHIN (nr Nire Valley):  Gem moth.
 
Tues 6 Sep:
DUNGARVAN:  3 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, 5 Curlew Sandpipers, juvenile Little Stint & a Pomarine Skua at the Cunnigar; 3 Curlew Sandpipers & an adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballyneety.
SEAFIELD:  3 White Wagtails.
 
Mon 5 Sep:
DUNGARVAN:  Juvenile BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER & 2 juvenile PECTORAL SANDPIPERS still present on the Cunnigar.
WHITING BAY:  6+ Little Stints, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (adult & juvenile), a Merlin & 8+ White Wagtails.
 
Sun 4 Sep:
WHITING BAY:  PECTORAL SANDPIPER, 2 juvenile Little Stints (video), 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls & 2 White Wagtails.
DUNGARVAN:  Juvenile BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER (video) & 2 juvenile PECTORAL SANDPIPERS on the Cunnigar, Little Tern at Ballynacourty.
HELVICK HEAD:  Sooty Shearwater, 305 Manx Shearwaters, Puffin & 2 Arctic Terns W (seawatch 17:20-18:20).
Off BALLYVOYLE:  Pomarine Skua, 5 Sooty Shearwaters & several hundred Manx Shearwaters from boat.
SEAFIELD:  Lesser Whitethroat.
 
Sat 3 Sep:
DUNGARVAN:  2 juvenile PECTORAL SANDPIPERS (video), sub-adult SPOONBILL, 12 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers, juvenile Little Stint (new bird), juvenile Little Gull, 2+ White Wagtails & 50+ Wheatears at the Cunnigar; near-adult Yellow-legged Gull & 3 Green Sandpipers at Ballyneety.
CLONEA STRAND:  10 White Wagtails & 89 Ringed Plover.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Balearic Shearwater, 384 Manx Shearwaters & Great Skua W, 2 Arctic Skuas E (seawatch 07:40-10:40); 2 Tree Sparrows.
 
Fri 2 Sep: 
DUNGARVAN:  10 Curlew Sandpipers & 8 White Wagtails at the Cunnigar.
BALLYMACARBRY:  Kingfisher.
 
Thurs 1 Sep: 
DUNGARVAN:  Juvenile Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpipers, juvenile Arctic Tern & a Whinchat at the Cunnigar.
WATERFORD CITY:  Spotted Flycatcher near the Whitfield Clinic.
 

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Hen Harrier, juvenile, Knockmealdown Mountains, 22 Sep 2011 A Malcolm

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Wheatear, Ram Head, 20 Sep 2011 A Malcolm

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Grey Seal pup temporarily stranded until reunited with mother, Ballyvoyle, 18 Sep 2011 D Clarke

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Buzzard, wing-tagged, east Waterford, 14 Sep 2011 P Archer

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Pectoral Sandpipers, 2 juveniles, Kilmeaden Pools, 8 Sep 2011 M Cowming

also video

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Pectoral Sandpiper, juvenile, Kilmeaden Pools, 8 Sep 2011 P Archer

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more PecSand photos

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Mediterranean Gull, adult, Ardmore, 8 Sep 2011 A Malcolm

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Mediterranean Gull, 1st-winter, Ardmore, 8 Sep 2011 A Malcolm

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Sandwich Tern, Ardmore, 8 Sep 2011 A Malcolm

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Bar-tailed Godwit, Ardmore, 8 Sep 2011 A Malcolm

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2 (of 3) Pectoral Sandpipers, the Cunnigar, Dungarvan, 6 Sep 2011 F O'Connell

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Buff-breasted Sandpiper, juvenile, the Cunnigar, Dungarvan, 5 Sep 2011 C Flynn

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Buff-breasted Sandpiper, juvenile, the Cunnigar, Dungarvan, 5 Sep 2011 F O'Connell

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Buff-breasted Sandpiper, juvenile, the Cunnigar, Dungarvan, 4 Sep 2011 R McLaughlin

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M Cowming

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PM Walsh

more BbSand photos

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Pectoral Sandpiper, juvenile, the Cunnigar, Dungarvan, 4 Sep 2011 R McLaughlin

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Pectoral Sandpiper, juvenile (1st bird), the Cunnigar, Dungarvan, 3 Sep 2011 M Cowming

also video

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C Flynn

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D Weldon

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F O'Connell

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R McLaughlin

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PM Walsh

more photos

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Pectoral Sandpiper, juvenile (2nd bird), the Cunnigar, Dungarvan, 3 Sep 2011 R McLaughlin

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Little Stint, juvenile, the Cunnigar, Dungarvan, 3 Sep 2011 F O'Connell

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Wheatear, the Cunnigar, Dungarvan, 3 Sep 2011 R McLaughlin

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Curlew Sandpipers, juvenile, the Cunnigar, Dungarvan, 2 Sep 2011 F O'Connell

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Little Stint, juvenile, the Cunnigar, Dungarvan, 1 Sep 2011 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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