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Bird records April-May 2006

Waterford bird records, April-May 2006
See migrant lepidoptera page also (highlights below)
May 2006
Weds 31 May: 
Nr KNOCKMAON BRIDGE (River Brickey):  2 singing Blackcaps.
Tues 30 May: 
RAM HEAD:  9 Common Scoters flew past.
BOHADOON (nr Crohaun):  2 Spotted Flycatchers (in mature conifers), high densities of Whitethroats in young conifers (at least 7 singing males), and small numbers of Siskins.
KNOCKACAHARNA WOOD (south of Tooraneena):  Hummingbird Hawk-moth.
Mon 29 May:
DUNGARVAN:  A late (summering?) Brent Goose on the Cunnigar.
Sun 28 May:
WATERFORD CITY:  Blackcap at St John's College.
Sat 27 May:
HELVICK HEAD:  15 Storm Petrels & 2-3 Puffins.
Nr LISMORE:  Male Hen Harrier between Lismore & the Vee, Jay at Ballyrafter Woods.
COMERAGH MOUNTAINS:  At least 2 Woodcock roding & 2 Grasshopper Warblers singing in young forestry.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Migrant moths included a Delicate.
Fri 26 May:
CORBALLY:  Yellowhammer.
Thurs 25 May:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  An Arctic Skua flew east; also migrant moths including a Delicate.
TALLOWBRIDGE/LISMORE area:   Stock Dove pair, Spotted Flycatcher, total 18 adult Yellowhammers (singles & pairs).
KILLAHALY WOOD:  2 Blackcaps (also 1 near Cappoquin).
Weds 24 May:
Nr KILMACTHOMAS:  Yellowhammer & 2 Dippers.
GORTNALAGHT WOOD (Lemybrien):  4 Blackcaps.
BOOLATIN (nr Farbreaga):  Cuckoo.
TRAMORE TOWN:  Striped Hawk-moth.
Tues 23 May:
CROHAUN:  Cuckoo, 7 Crossbills.
HELVICK HEAD:   Porpoise.
Nr BUNMAHON:  Little Egret along River Mahon.
Sun 21 May:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  4 Pomarine Skuas flew east (1415-1455 hrs),  Great Skua offshore.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  23 Little Egrets.
Sat 20 May:
RAM HEAD:  A Pomarine Skua flew west, also good numbers of Manx Shearwaters.
AGLISH area:  Stock Dove, Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Blackcaps,  & 3 Yellowhammers; also a Hummingbird Hawk-moth.
VILLIERSTOWN/DROMANA area:  2 Blackcaps.
OWENASHAD RIVER, N of Lismore:  2 Dippers (1 recently fledged) & a Blackcap.
CLONEA STRAND:  9 Whimbrel.
STRADBALLY:  Dipper fledgling.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Migrant moths included 3 Striped Hawk-moths & 1 Delicate.
Sun 14 May:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Spotted Flycatcher.
LOWRY BRIDGE/WHITESTOWN, nr Mothel: 7 Stock Doves, Jay, Spotted Flycatcher pair, 6 singing Blackcaps & a Yellowhammer. 
Sat 13 May:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2 Turtle Doves & a Spotted Flycatcher.
GARRARUS:  100s of Manx Shearwaters circling & feeding offshore in evening, also 2 Great Northern Divers.
RAM HEAD:  Also 100s of Manx Shearwaters offshore in evening, along with 2 Great Northern Divers, c.40 Common Dolphins & a Minke Whale.
BALLINVELLA, nr Lismore:  2 Spotted Flycatchers and numbers of Yellowhammers.
Fri 12 May 2005:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2nd-summer Glaucous Gull (1st known record for here), 2 Whimbrel, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap.
CURRAGHMORE area:  Cuckoo, Jay, 12 Blackcaps (10 singing), Red Squirrel & Holly Blue butterfly.
Thurs 11 May 2006:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Whimbrel, Turtle Dove, Sedge Warbler; also 2 Common Lizards.
MAHON BRIDGE to KILCLOONEY:  Cuckoo, 2 Spotted Flycatchers & 6 singing Blackcaps.
Weds 10 May:
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  A late (summering?) adult Whooper Swan, 2 Great Crested Grebes & 2 Blackcaps.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2+ Whimbrel.
Tues 9 May:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Spotted Flycatcher, otherwise only single Whitethroat & Chiffchaff.
KILMACTHOMAS area:  Spotted Flycatcher (nr Flahavan's Mill), Stock Dove, 5 singing Blackcaps, 3 Dippers & 4 Yellowhammers.
Sun 7 May:
Nr KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  Stock Dove, Yellowhammer.
POWERSKNOCK:  Cuckoo, 2 Stock Doves, Blackcap
Sat 6 May:
TINNABINNA (nr Youghal Bridge):  13 Whimbrel, 2 Blackcaps (Tinnabinna Wood).
KILMALOO:  Blackcap, 2 Yellowhammers.
DUNGARVAN:  31 Brent Geese at Kilminnin.
CLONEA STRAND/BALLINARD:  3 Great Northern Divers, 61 Brent Geese, including a dark-bellied Brent, 68 Whimbrel, 15 Knot & 60 Sandwich Terns.
Weds 3 May:
FERRY POINT:  5 Whimbrel.
Tues 2 May:
HELVICK HEAD:  Spotted Flycatcher (first of year), small nos of Blackcaps & phylloscs; lots of Sandwich Terns and small nos of Common/Arctic Terns.
Mon 1 May:
CALISO BAY:  6 Whimbrel.
HELVICK HEAD to ARDMORE:  Whitethroats at most locations along coast.
CLONEA STRAND:  74 Brent Geese, including a dark-bellied Brent, 14 Whimbrel & 66 Bar-tailed Godwit.
DUNGARVAN:  65 Brent Geese at Kilminnin.
RATHMOYLAN:  Single Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackcap & Yellowhammer.

April 2006
Sun 30 Apr:
Nr MOUNT CONGREVE:  Jay & Swift.
BALLYGARRAN/LISSAHANE (W of Knockaderry):  2 Sedge Warblers, 2 Whitethroats (first of year), Blackcap & 3 Yellowhammers.
ANNESTOWN BOG:  Whitethroat, 2 Blackcaps & 2 Sedge Warblers.
Sat 29 Apr:
RAM HEAD:  Great Northern Diver, 12 Choughs.
BALLYQUIN STRAND:  Shelduck nesting.
Nr KILMACTHOMAS:  4 singing Blackcaps just E & Nof town, Dipper just N of town, pair of Stock Doves & 2 Yellowhammers in Newtown area.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  3 Whimbrel, 5 Wheatears, Sedge Warbler, female Blackcap & 8 Willow Warblers.
Fri 28 Apr:
25-28 Apr:
MONAVULLAGH MOUNTAINS:  Male & female Hen Harrier, 26-27 Apr. At Cruachan, Long-eared Owl, 26, 27 & 28 Apr; Grasshopper Warbler, 25 & 26 Apr; & 2 Cuckoos.
Fri 28 Apr:
LISMORE:  Swifts seen.
Thurs 27 Apr:
CARRIGNAGOUR, nr LISMORE:  Flock of 15-20 Crossbills.
Nr THE VEE:  Female Hen Harrier.
BALLYDUFF:  Yellowhammer.
DUNGARVAN:  2 Swifts (first of year) at Abbeyside.
STONEHOUSE (R. Suir):  Common Sandpiper.
19-26 Apr:
EAST WATERFORD:  Up to 2 Buzzards south of Waterford city - 1 on 19 & 25 Apr, 2 on 22 & 26 Apr.
Weds 26 Apr:
PAULSWORTH/BALLYQUIN:  2 Blackcaps singing.
Mon 24 Apr:
Sun 23 Apr:
Nr LISMORE:  Pair of Jays.
RAM HEAD:  Otter.
BALLINARD:  2 Grasshopper Warblers. several Wheatears.
CLONEA STRAND:  22 Whimbrel.
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  4 Great Crested Grebes, singing Blackcap; also an Otter.
SLIEVNAMONA (nr Ballinlough):  Cuckoo.
BALLINLOUGH:  Grasshopper Warbler & 2 Sedge Warblers.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Wheatear, 3 Willow Warblers & 2 Chiffchaffs.
Sat 22 Apr:
VARIOUS:  Lots of Whimbrel & Willow Warblers, & small numbers of Red-throated Divers, along coast.
RAM HEAD:  Minke Whale.
HELVICK HEAD:  Yellow-legged Gull, 3 or 4 Grasshopper Warblers.
DUNGARVAN:  Cuckoo at Ballynacourty, Shoveler in bay, Common Sandpiper at Ballyneety.
CLONEA:  2 Sedge Warblers.
BALLYVOYLE:  Black Redstart.
CRUACHAN:  2 Cuckoos.
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  8 Common Sandpipers.
KILMEADEN POOLS:  Green Sandpiper & 5 Wheatears.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Sedge Warbler, male Blackcap, 12 Willow Warblers, 3 Chiffchaffs & a Tree Sparrow.
Fri 20 Apr:
THE VEE:  Crossbill pair on road, also heard at nearby Killballyboy Wood (Co Tipperary).
CARRONADAVDERG (Drum Hills):  2 Crossbills.
BALLYMACART:  2 singing Blackcaps.
Weds 18 Apr:
WHITING BAY:  1 Whimbrel.
Mon 17 Apr:
SUGAR LOAF ROCK:  Blackcap singing.
BALLYHOO, nr Tramore Road:  Dipper.
Sun 16 Apr:
WHITING BAY:  2 White Wagtails, 4 Wheatears.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  9 Willow Warblers, 1 Chiffchaff.
KILMURRIN/KNOCKANE area:  4 Yellowhammers
Sat 15 Apr:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Merlin, Black Redstart, male Redstart, 3 Wheatears, 2 Grasshopper Warblers, 2 Blackcaps, 8 Goldcrests & good numbers of phylloscs (including 5 Chiffchaffs & 5 Willow Warblers ringed).
HELVICK HEAD: Male Pied Flycatcher.
Nr CLASHMORE:  Blackcap singing along R. Lickey.
Nr YOUGHAL BRIDGE: 9 Crossbills flew over D'Loughtane Crossroads.
Fri 14 Apr:
Thurs 13 Apr:
Mon 10 April:
ARDMORE:  Tree Sparrow at a garden feeder.
Sun 9 April:
WHITING BAY:  Jack Snipe, Red-throated Diver, 6 Sandwich Terns, 6 Sand Martins & a Wheatear.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  2 Willow Warblers.
BALLYSCANLAN HILLS:  4 Willow Warblers & 4 Chiffchaffs singing; also 4 Sand Martins & 50 Siskins.
VARIOUS LOCATIONS:  Swallows at several sites, including Ram Head.
Sat 8 April:
CORRANASKEHA, nr TALLOW:  Willow Warbler & 2 Chiffchaffs singing.
CASTLETOWN FEN:  Snipe drumming, 2 Water Rails calling.
WATERFORD CITY:  Chiffchaff singing, Ardkeen.
VARIOUS LOCATIONS:  Swallows at several sites in west Waterford.
Tues 4 April:
BALLYDUFF:  House Martin (1st reported), Barnawee; also Swallows in town.
BALLYDUFF:  2 Swallows.
Mon 3 April:
DUNGARVAN:  ALPINE SWIFT over the town, early evening, also Swallows.
RAM HEAD:  4 Sandwich Terns, 16 Choughs.
Sat 1 April:
HELVICK HEAD:  3rd-winter Iceland Gull, Great Skua, lots of Manx Shearwaters, & 2 male Wheatears.
DUNGARVAN:  3 Sand Martins, also small numbers of Red-throated Divers & Sandwich Terns in bay.
CLONEA STRAND:  19 Great Northern Divers, 7 Sand Martins.
BUNMAHON:  2 Iceland Gulls (adult & 1st-winter).
BOATSTRAND:  3rd-winter Iceland Gull.
KILMEADEN:  Green Sandpiper, 1 or 2 Water Pipits, 5-6 Sand Martins.

.click below for larger images

Grey Heron, Ballinard, 24 June 2006 M. Cowming

Whooper/Mute Swan hybrid, Dungarvan, 11 June 2006 M. Cowming

Dunlin, Ballinard, June 2006 M. Cowming

Striped Hawk-moth, Brownstown Hd, 20 May 2006 P.M. Walsh

The Delicate, Brownstown Hd, 20 May 2006 P.M. Walsh

Emperor Moth, Brownstown Hd, 20 May 2006 P.M. Walsh

Yellowhammer, Ballinvella, nr Lismore, 13 May 2006 M. Cowming

Elephant Hawk-moth, Brownstown Head, 12 May 2006 P.M. Walsh

Diamond-back Moth, Brownstown Head, 10 May 2006 P.M. Walsh

Yellowhammer, Ballyduff, 27 Apr 2006 C. Clarke

Kestrel, Ballyduff, 22 Apr 2006 C. Clarke

Sandwich Tern, Ballinard, 23 Apr 2006 M. Cowming

Stonechat, male, Ballinard, 23 Apr 2006 M. Cowming

Redstart, male, Brownstown Head, 15 Apr 2006 P. Archer

Pied Flycatcher, 1st-summer male, Helvick Head, 15 Apr 2006 C. Flynn

M. Cowming


Alpine Swift, Dungarvan town, 3 Apr 2006 D. Clarke


Iceland Gull, 3rd-winter, Helvick, 1 Apr 2006 M. Cowming

Iceland Gull, 3rd-winter, Boatstrand, 1 Apr 2006 C. Flynn

Iceland Gull, 1st-winter, Bunmahon, 1 Apr 2006 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.  
Please email any sightings, or text details of scarcer species to 0861701599; to report sightings of rarities to the national  Birds of Ireland News Service (BINS), phone 01-8307364.

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