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Published Irish Bird Report / Irish Rare Bird Report records: gamebirds to grebes

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1953-2009 records
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Species Number Location Date Year Comment
Quail 1 near Dungarvan 19-Jan 1953 "flushed"
Quail 1 Dunmore East 22-May 1953 "killed against overhead wires … sent to the National Museum"
Quail several near Dunmore East mid May 1970 "seen and heard"
Quail 2 Ballymacaw 15-Aug 1975
Quail 1 found dead Ballydwan 17-Mar 1981
Quail 1 Mine Head 20-May 1989
Quail up to 3 Portally 15-17 June 1989
Quail 1 Newport 28-Jun 1989
Quail 1 Garrarus 02-May 1994
Quail 1 Helvick Head 08-May 1994
Quail 1 Helvick Head 10-May 1999
Red-throated Diver 107 Tramore Bay 24-Dec 1995 high counts
Red-throated Diver 110 Tramore Bay 28-Dec 1996 high count
Black-throated Diver 1 Dungarvan Bay 24-Dec 1978 [3rd county record]
Black-throated Diver 2 Tramore Bay 17-Mar 1982
Black-throated Diver 1 Clonea 01-Jan 1985
Black-throated Diver adult Ardmore 13-May 1987 "moribund - died later"
Black-throated Diver 1 Dungarvan 03-Jan 1990
Black-throated Diver 2 1st-summers Dungarvan 01-May 1994
Black-throated Diver 1 1st-summer Dungarvan 02-May 1994
Black-throated Diver 1 Clonea 31-Dec 1994 one still present
Black-throated Diver 1 Helvick Head 04-Apr 1998
Black-throated Diver 1 Dungarvan 10-Jan 1999
Great Northern Diver 1 Ardmore 18-Jun 1990 [summer record]

Fulmar 1 Comeragh Mountains 14-Jun 1981 inland; flying over
'Dark-phase'/'Blue' Fulmar 1 Great Newtown Head 26-31 March 1978 [1st county record]
'Dark-phase'/'Blue' Fulmar 1 Brownstown Head 24-May 1980
'Dark-phase'/'Blue' Fulmar 1 Brownstown Head 19-Jul 1980
'Dark-phase'/'Blue' Fulmar 1 Brownstown Head 03-Aug 1980
'Dark-phase'/'Blue' Fulmar 1 Helvick Head 28-Feb 1983
'Dark-phase'/'Blue' Fulmar 1 Helvick Head 22-Apr 1985
'Dark-phase'/'Blue' Fulmar 1 on a ledge Helvick Head 01-Jun 1985 "possibly the same bird"
'Dark-phase'/'Blue' Fulmar 1 [on ledge] Helvick Head 31 May & 18 June 1986 same bird as on 1 June 1985
'Dark-phase'/'Blue' Fulmar 1 Helvick Head 28-Dec 1994
'Dark-phase'/'Blue' Fulmar 1 Helvick Head 14-Aug 2002 ["L" phase]
Fea's or Zino's Petrel 1 Helvick Head 06-Sep 1998 1st county record
Cory's Shearwater 5 a few miles off the Waterford coast 22-Aug 1976 [1st county record]
Cory's Shearwater 1 Dungarvan Bay 11-Aug 1977
Cory's Shearwater 1 Helvick Head 12-Aug 1977
Cory's Shearwater 3 Tramore Bay 21-Aug 1980
Great Shearwater 1 Brownstown Head 17-May 1981 [spring record]
Great Shearwater 20 Helvick Head 15-Aug 1989
Great Shearwater 30 Helvick Head 02-Aug 1999
Great Shearwater 54 Helvick Head 08-Sep 1999
Great Shearwater 11 Helvick Head 14-Aug 2002
Great Shearwater 4 Helvick Head 17-Aug 2002

Gannet "Large numbers" Waterford Harbour late Dec 1985
Gannet 1,000+ Dungarvan Bay 10-Dec 1989
Cormorant about 100 Mount Congreve Oct 1975 roosting in trees
Little Bittern female Dungarvan 24-May 2003 found exhausted, taken into care but died overnight
Little Bittern male Brownstown Head 26-Apr 2008
Night Heron 1 Dungarvan 4-9 July 2000 1st county record
Squacco Heron 2 adults Dungarvan Harbour 2-15 May 1994 1st Irish record of >1 bird [3rd county record]
Squacco Heron 1 adult Dungarvan Harbour 14-Aug 1994 one still present
Cattle Egret 1 Garrarus 25 Dec to 2008 2007 1st county record, to 2 Jan 2008
Cattle Egret 2 Dungarvan 29 Dec to 2008 2007 photographed, nr Killongford 29 Dec-17 Jan, Gortnadiha Lower 17-18 Feb 2008
Cattle Egret 1 Six Cross Roads, Carriganard 04-Jan 2008
Cattle Egret up to 11 Drumlohan Cross / Stradbally 27 Jan-5 Feb 2008 photographed
Cattle Egret 2 Ballysaggart More betw Lismore & Ballyduff 30-Jan 2008
Cattle Egret 2 Bawngarrane, nr Ardmore 8-10 Feb 2008 photographed
Cattle Egret 8 Ballycrompane/Clashmore 16 Feb-1 Apr 2008 photographed
Cattle Egret 5 Tourig estuary 12-Apr 2008 then flew into Co Cork
Cattle Egret up to 6 [nr] Clohernagh, Tramore 27-28 Apr 2008
Cattle Egret 2 nr Waterford Airport 02-May 2008 [presumed part of 6 nr Clohernagh], photographed
Cattle Egret up to 4 Drumlohan, nr Stradbally 29 Dec to 2009 2008 3 into 2009, 2 to 14 Feb 2009, presumed returning
Cattle Egret 1 Annestown /Kilcannon, Dunhill 31 Dec to 2009 2008 to 5 Jan 2009
Cattle Egret up to 4 Scartnacooha, nr Ballyduff Upper 10 Jan-28 Mar 2009
Cattle Egret up to 5 Ballycrompane, nr Clashmore 27 Jan-31 Mar 2009 photographed
Cattle Egret 1 Quilla [nr Tramore Backstrand] 14-Mar 2009 photographed

Little Egret 1 adult near Dungarvan 26-Apr 1970
Little Egret 3 Waterford harbour N of Dunmore East 21-Oct 1970 "together … gone by 15th" [1st county record]
Little Egret 1 Tramore 15-17 Sept 1981
Little Egret 1 Dungarvan 15-May 1984
Little Egret 2 Tramore 4-17 Apr 1990
Little Egret 1 Tramore Feb 1991
Little Egret 1 Dungarvan 4-18 Jan 1992 [also 30 Dec 1991, 30 Jan & 6 Feb 1992]
Little Egret 1 Tramore 4 Jan-18 May 1992
Little Egret 2nd bird Tramore 8 Feb-3 May 1992
Little Egret 2nd bird Tramore from 13 Dec 1992 "seen copulating"
Little Egret 1 Tramore from Nov 1992 to at least April 1993
Little Egret 1 Dungarvan 02-Jan 1993
Little Egret 3 Tramore 28-Mar 1993
Little Egret 1 Tramore 28-May 1993
Little Egret 1 Tramore 16-Oct 1993
Little Egret 2 Tramore 29-Nov 1993
Little Egret 3 Tramore from 28 Dec 1993
Little Egret up to 3 Tramore 1 Jan-7 May 1994
Little Egret 4 Tramore 5-6 Jan 1994
Little Egret 4 Tramore 06-Jan 1994
Little Egret 1 Dungarvan 02-May 1994
Little Egret 2 Tramore from 19 Sept 1994 to 1995
Little Egret 3 Tramore 2-12 Oct 1994
Little Egret 5 Tramore throughout March 1994
Little Egret 2 Tramore 1-7 Jan 1995
Little Egret 1 Tramore 05-Feb 1995
Little Egret 3 Tramore 05-Mar 1995
Little Egret 4 Tramore 12-Mar 1995
Little Egret 1 Tramore 27 Aug-1 Oct 1995
Little Egret 4 Tramore 22-Oct 1995
Little Egret 3 River Suir, nr Waterford city 30-Oct 1995
Little Egret 3 Tramore 30-Oct 1995
Little Egret 4 Tramore 19-Nov 1995
Little Egret 4 Dungarvan 02-Dec 1995
Little Egret 2 Tramore 28-Dec 1995
Little Egret 1 Dungarvan 20-Jan 1996
Little Egret 1 Faithlegg, R. Suir 10 Mar-24 Apr 1996
Little Egret 9 Tramore Backstrand 05-Oct 1996 peak
Little Egret 2 Dungarvan 07-Dec 1996
Little Egret present Tramore Backstrand throughout year 1996
Little Egret 1 Dungarvan 18-Jan 1997
Little Egret 7 Tramore Backstrand 06-Apr 1997 spring peak here
Little Egret 6 Tramore Backstrand 21-Sep 1997 autumn peak here
Little Egret 12 prs bred Co Waterford (one site) 1997 [erroneously attributed to Co Cork previously]
Little Egret present Tramore Backstrand throughout year 1997
Little Egret peak of 17 Tramore Backstrand 13-Sep 1998
Little Egret 19 prs bred Co Waterford (one site) 1998 [erroneously attributed to Co Cork previously]
Little Egret 13 Tramore Backstrand 26-Sep 1999 peak counts
Little Egret 4 Dungarvan 21-Nov 1999 peak counts
Little Egret 31 prs bred Co Waterford (one site) 1999
Little Egret 5 Tramore Backstrand 16-Jan 2000
Little Egret 3 Tramore Backstrand 27-Feb 2000
Little Egret 13 Tramore Backstrand 29-Mar 2000
Little Egret 1 Dungarvan 9 July-5 Aug 2000
Little Egret 8 Tramore Backstrand 26-Aug 2000
Little Egret 1 Tramore Backstrand 22-Oct 2000
Little Egret 34 Tramore Backstrand 23-Sep 2001
Little Egret total of 55 nests Cork/Waterford 2001
Little Egret 33 Dungarvan 19-Aug 2002
Little Egret 40[+] Tramore Backstrand late-Jul- 2002

Great White Egret 1 Blackwater Estuary 04-May 2007 [1st county record]
Glossy Ibis 1 Blackwater River 16-Jan 2008 flew up river from over Youghal dump (Co Cork)
Glossy Ibis 1 Tramore Backstrand 10-May 2008
Spoonbill juvenile [1st-yr] Tramore [Backstrand] 25-May 2002 to 2 June
Spoonbill adult Kilbride South, nr Tramore 05-Dec 2005
Great Crested Grebe 0 "5 additional waters" summer 1975
Great Crested Grebe 2 adults Ballyshunnock reservoir summer 1975
Great Crested Grebe pair built nest Ballyshunnock reservoir 1977 "falling water levels prevented breeding"
Great Crested Grebe pair nested Ballyshunnock reservoir 1978 1st breeding in county; laid 4 eggs; these & subsequent 2 eggs "abandoned due to falling  water-level"
Great Crested Grebe 2 prs Ballyshunnock 1979 1 pr raised 1 yng (1st succesful breeding in county), 2nd pr built nest but left without laying eggs
Great Crested Grebe pr built nest Belle Lake 1979 subsequently abandoned nest
Great Crested Grebe 1 bird summered Ballyshunnock 1980 only 1 bird
Great Crested Grebe 1 pr bred Belle Lake 1980 bred sucessfully
Great Crested Grebe 1 pr nested Ballyshunnock 1981 nested successfully
Great Crested Grebe 40 Dungarvan Bay 17-Nov 1985 maximum
Red-necked Grebe 1 Dungarvan Harbour 29 Oct-14 Dec 1985 [2nd county record]
Red-necked Grebe 1 Knockaderry [Reservoir] 1 Jan-25 Feb 2001 [inland]
Red-necked Grebe 1 Clonea 27-Oct 2001

Slavonian Grebe 5 Dungarvan Bay 24-Dec 1978
Slavonian Grebe 13 Dungarvan Bay 27-Dec 1979 into 1980
Slavonian Grebe 1 Dungarvan 02-Mar 1980 "only one remaining"
Slavonian Grebe up to 3 Dungarvan from 29 Nov 1980 into 1981
Slavonian Grebe up to 13 Dungarvan Jan-Feb 1980 from 1979; "departed during January and February"
Slavonian Grebe 2 Dungarvan 27-Dec 1981
Slavonian Grebe 1 Dungarvan to 15 March 1981 from Dec 1980
Slavonian Grebe up to 6 Dungarvan Bay from 1 Dec 1982 into 1983
Slavonian Grebe 2 Dungarvan Bay from 26 Nov 1983 into 1984
Slavonian Grebe 3 Dungarvan Bay Jan-March 1983
Slavonian Grebe up to 5 Dungarvan Harbour 2-18 Feb 1985
Slavonian Grebe up to 3 Dungarvan Harbour from 29 Oct 1985 into 1986
Slavonian Grebe 4 Dungarvan 15-Nov 1986 maximum
Slavonian Grebe 3 Dungarvan to 16 Feb 1986 from Oct 1985
Slavonian Grebe 1 Dungarvan 15 Aug-7 Oct 1987 [early record]
Slavonian Grebe up to 6 Dungarvan to 4 Apr 1987 peak on 4 Apr; from 1986
Slavonian Grebe 2 Co. Waterford Jan 1988
Slavonian Grebe 3 Co. Waterford Dec 1988
Slavonian Grebe 2 Co. Waterford Jan 1989
Slavonian Grebe 2 Co. Waterford Feb 1989
Slavonian Grebe 3 Co. Waterford March 1989
Slavonian Grebe 2 Co. Waterford Oct 1989
Slavonian Grebe 3 Dungarvan 03-Jan 1990
Slavonian Grebe 2 Dungarvan 23-Sep 1990
Slavonian Grebe 1 Dungarvan 24-Dec 1990
Slavonian Grebe 2 Dungarvan 27-Dec 1991
Slavonian Grebe 2 Dungarvan 04-Jan 1992
Slavonian Grebe 2 Dungarvan 24-Dec 1992
Slavonian Grebe 1 Dungarvan 27-Dec 1993
Slavonian Grebe 2 Dungarvan Dec 1994
Slavonian Grebe 4 Dungarvan 06-Jan 1995
Slavonian Grebe 1 Belle Lake 18-Nov 1995 [inland]
Slavonian Grebe 1 Tramore 18-19 Nov 1995
Slavonian Grebe 2 Dungarvan 02-Dec 1995
Slavonian Grebe 2 Dungarvan 21 Jan-3 Feb 1996
Slavonian Grebe 1 Dungarvan 10-Feb 1996
Slavonian Grebe 2 Dungarvan 16 Nov-30 Dec 1996
Slavonian Grebe 2 Dungarvan 18-Jan 1997
Slavonian Grebe 2 Dungarvan 10-Jan 1999
Slavonian Grebe 1 Dungarvan Harbour 20-Feb 2000

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