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Published Irish Bird Report / Irish Rare Bird Report records: swans, geese, ducks

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1953-2009 records
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Species Number Location Date Year Comment
Bewick's Swan up to 34 Ballinlough Lake Jan-early Mar 1955 "not in previous years"
Bewick's Swan up to 34 Ballinlough Lake Jan-early Mar 1956 "not in previous years"
Bewick's Swan 60 R. Blackwater callows W of Ballyduff 26-Jan 1985
Bewick's Swan 66 R. Blackwater callows W of Ballyduff 14-Dec 1985
Bewick's Swan 139 Blackwater callows nr Lismore 16-Feb 1986
Bewick's Swan 126 Blackwater Jan 1987
Whooper Swan "up to 25" Ballinlough Lake winter 1956 "regular winter haunt"
Whooper Swan 4 Ballyshunnock Reservoir 29-Sep 1974
Whooper Swan 100 R. Blackwater callows 26-Jan 1985 high counts
Whooper Swan 94 R. Blackwater callows 17-Nov 1985 high counts
Whooper Swan 1 summered Knockaderry Reservoir 1990 summer record
Whooper Swan 151 Blackwater callows, nr Lismore 01-Jan 1992 peaks
Whooper Swan 128 Blackwater callows, nr Lismore 29-Dec 1992 peaks
Whooper Swan 1 summered Belle Lake 1998 [presumed injured bird]
Pink-footed Goose 1 Whiting Bay 14-Oct 1981 [1st county record]
Pink-footed Goose 1 Coolfin 02-Jan 1993
White-fronted Goose 2 shot a small lake in Co. Waterford 30-Jan 1954  "in which county … rarely seen"
Greylag Goose 73 near Coolfin Jan 1964 "a regular haunt"
Greylag Goose 64 Coolfin 05-Mar 1966
Greylag Goose 42 Coolfin 25-Nov 1967 "only 42"
Greylag Goose 72 Coolfin 11-Jan 1969
Greylag Goose 64 Coolfin 03-Mar 1969
Greylag Goose 85 Coolfin 17-Jan 1970
Greylag Goose 80 Coolfin 08-Feb 1970 "increased to above average...."
Greylag Goose up to 115 Coolfin Nov-Dec 1972
Greylag Goose up to 199 Coolfin early part of yr 1972
Greylag Goose 147 Coolfin  Feb 1973 max. count here
Greylag Goose 200 Coolfin 18-Jul 1975 "most seen there for many years"
Greylag Goose 120 Coolfin Feb 1976 max counts
Greylag Goose 151 Coolfin Jan 1976 max counts
Greylag Goose 207 Coolfin 26-Dec 1977 max count
Greylag Goose 169 Coolfin 1 & 7 Jan 1978 max count
Greylag Goose 205 Coolfin Feb 1979 peak counts [also 290 23 Feb]
Greylag Goose 186 Coolfin [23] Dec 1979 peak counts
Greylag Goose 286 Coolfin 23-Feb 1980 peak counts
Greylag Goose 285 Coolfin 29-Dec 1980 peak counts
Greylag Goose 381 Coolfin 24-Jan 1981 peak counts
Greylag Goose 489 Coolfin 24-Dec 1981 peak counts
Greylag Goose 430 Coolfin 27-Mar 1982 peak counts
Greylag Goose 584 Coolfin [28] December 1982 peak counts
Greylag Goose 394 Coolfin 13-Feb 1983 peak counts
Greylag Goose 430 Coolfin 10-Dec 1983 peak counts
Greylag Goose 349+ Coolfin 09-Mar 1985
Greylag Goose 324 Coolfin [31] Dec 1985
Greylag Goose 600 Coolfin 20-Jan 1988 "highest count ever at this site"
Greylag Goose 452 Coolfin 21-Dec 1988
Greylag Goose 269 Coolfin Jan 1990 peaks
Greylag Goose 467 Coolfin Dec 1990 peaks
Greylag Goose 568 Coolfin 19-Jan 1991 peak
Greylag Goose 455 Coolfin 26-Dec 1991 peak
Greylag Goose 578 Coolfin 25-Dec 1992 peak
Greylag Goose 330 Coolfin 14-Feb 1993 high conts
Greylag Goose 295+ Coolfin 27-Dec 1993 high conts
Greylag Goose 543 Coolfin 16-Jan 1994 high counts
Greylag Goose 369 Coolfin 24-Dec 1994 high counts
Greylag Goose 624 Coolfin 22-Jan 1995 high counts
Greylag Goose 464 Coolfin 10-Dec 1995 high counts
Snow Goose 2 Tramore 21-Oct 1972 "possibility ... birds were escapes cannot be overlooked"
Canada Goose 1 Tallow 14-Dec 1996 uncertain origin
Barnacle Goose 2 Coolfin Jan-Mar 1976 accompanied Greylags
Barnacle Goose 1 Coolfin 31-Dec 1992

Brent Goose 120 Dungarvan Harbour 19/20 Nov 1960
Brent Goose 110 Tramore back strand 19/20 Nov 1960
Brent Goose 36 Dungarvan Harbour 25/26 Nov 1961
Brent Goose 128 Dungarvan Harbour 21/22 Jan 1961
Brent Goose 11 Tramore back strand 25/26 Nov 1961
Brent Goose 116 Tramore back strand 21/22 Jan 1961
Brent Goose 117 Dungarvan Harbour 20/21 Jan 1962
Brent Goose 72 Tramore back strand 20/21 Jan 1962
Brent Goose 33 Dungarvan Harbour 23-Feb 1964 "only 33"
Brent Goose 135 Dungarvan Bay 04-Apr 1964 "April counts"
Brent Goose 112 Tramore Bay 04-Apr 1964 "April counts"
Brent Goose 65+ Dungarvan Harbour 03-Oct 1964 "First arrivals"
Brent Goose 200+ Dungarvan Harbour 03-Apr 1965
Brent Goose c.150 Tramore backstrand 20-Feb 1966 "flew into the bay"
Brent Goose 104 Dungarvan Harbour 5/6 Feb 1966 part of national counts
Brent Goose 114 Dungarvan Harbour 11/12 Nov 1966 part of national counts
Brent Goose 38 Tramore back strand 5/6 Feb 1966 part of national counts
Brent Goose 158 Dungarvan 31-Dec 1967
Brent Goose 42 Dungarvan Harbour 27/28 Nov 1967 part of national counts
Brent Goose 76 Dungarvan Harbour 11/12 Feb 1967 part of national counts
Brent Goose 92 Dungarvan harbour 11/12 Nov 1967 part of national counts
Brent Goose 74 Tramore back strand 27/28 Nov 1967 part of national counts
Brent Goose 90 Tramore back strand 11/12 Feb 1967 part of national counts
Brent Goose 71 Dungarvan Harbour 16/17 Nov 1968 part of national counts
Brent Goose 317 Dungarvan harbour 17/18 Feb 1968 part of national counts
Brent Goose 100 Tramore back strand 17/18 Feb 1968 part of national counts
Brent Goose c.240 Dungarvan harbour 28-Mar 1970
Brent Goose 126 Dungarvan harbour 08-Nov 1970
Brent Goose up to c.200 Dungarvan harbour winter 1970
Brent Goose 1 Tramore summered 1974 "single birds, possibly injured"
Brent Goose 138 Tramore 07-Dec 1975 maximum
Brent Goose 1 Tramore summered 1975 "single birds, possibly injured"
Brent Goose 320 Tramore 17-Jan 1976 peak counts
Brent Goose 135 Tramore Dec 1976 peak counts
Brent Goose 259 Dungarvan Harbour Jan 1978 national census
Brent Goose 229 Tramore Bay Jan 1978 national census
Brent Goose 261 Tramore 05-Jan 1979 peak counts
Brent Goose 188 Tramore 05-Jan 1980 peak counts
Brent Goose 225 Tramore 29-Oct 1980 peak counts
Brent Goose 249 Tramore Dec 1981 peak count
Brent Goose 404 Tramore 23-Jan 1982
Brent Goose 190+ Tramore 13-Feb 1983 peak counts
Brent Goose [430 quoted incorrectly] Tramore [10 Dec] 1983 count is of Greylags at Coolfin
Brent Goose 513 Tramore 31-Oct 1993 high count
Brent Goose 651 Dungarvan 02-Dec 1995 high counts
Brent Goose 530+ Tramore 31-Dec 1995 high counts
Brent Goose c.25 average Tramore back strand winter 1970/71
Brent Goose 200-300 Dungarvan bay winter pre-1957 "habitually wintering"

'Dark-bellied' Brent Goose 1 Dungarvan Bay 27-Nov 1983 Branta bernicla bernicla [1st county record]
'Dark-bellied' Brent Goose adult Dungarvan from 20 Nov 1986 to 16 March 1987
'Dark-bellied' Brent Goose ad & 4 1st-winters Tramore 12-15 Apr 1991
'Dark-bellied' Brent Goose adult Geneva Strand, Waterford Hbr 28-Dec 1991
'Dark-bellied' Brent Goose adult Dungarvan 01-Jan 1992
'Dark-bellied' Brent Goose adult Tramore 09-Oct 1994
'Dark-bellied' Brent Goose adult Tramore 22-Feb 1998
'Dark-bellied' Brent Goose 1 Dungarvan 16-Feb 2000
'Dark-bellied' Brent Goose 1 Dungarvan 13-Jan 2001
'Dark-bellied' Brent Goose 1 Dungarvan 01-Dec 2003
'Black Brant' adult Tramore from 25 Nov 1978 Branta bernicla nigricans; to 3 March 1979 [1st county record]
'Black Brant' adult Tramore from Sept 1980 to 4 Apr 1981
'Black Brant' adult Dungarvan from 26 Dec 1986 to 3 Jan 1987
'Black Brant' adult Tramore 11-15 Oct 1988 .
'Black Brant' adult Clonea Strand 24-Mar 2000
'Black Brant' 2 adults Dungarvan 13-Jan 2001 [also 1+, 16 Apr & 2, 17 Apr]
'Black Brant' adult Dungarvan 8 Jan-9 Feb 2005 photographed
'Black Brant' adult Tramore Backstrand 01-Nov 2005 photographed
'Black Brant' adult Dungarvan 25 Nov to 2006 2005 to 25 Jan 2006, presumed returning individual, photographed
'Black Brant' adult Dungarvan 1 Nov to 2007 2006 presumed returning individual, to 2 Feb 2007
'Black Brant' adult Dungarvan mid Oct to 2008 2007 presumed returning individual, mid Oct 2007 to 19 Apr 2008, photographed
'Black Brant' adult Dungarvan 4 Oct to 2009 2008 presumed returning individual, photographed, to 28 Feb 2009
'Black Brant' adult Dungarvan: pitch & putt club & Ballyneety 20 Nov to 2010 2009 presumed returning, photographed

Shelduck 3 prs on R. Blackwater, off Strancally Castle 5 & 6 May 1964 "Inland in breeding season. … c. seven miles from sea"
Shelduck 2 Coolfin 28-Dec 1981 [inland; also 2-5 Dec]
Shelduck 1 Ballyshunnock Reservoir 30-Dec 1995 inland
Wigeon 3,135 Blackwater Callows 12-Jan 1986 peak counts
Wigeon 816 Dungarvan 12-Jan 1986 peak counts
Wigeon 2,086 Blackwater Callows 08-Jan 1987
Wigeon 1,014 Dungarvan 08-Jan 1987
Gadwall 3 (1 F shot) R. Suir nr Carrick-on-Suir 01-Dec 1963 "Tipperary/Waterford" - female sent to National Museum
Green-winged Teal male Kinsalebeg 14-Jan 1981 [1st county record]
Green-winged Teal male Knockaderry Reservoir 23 Jan-20 March 1982
Green-winged Teal 1 Kinsalebeg 14-Nov 1984
Green-winged Teal male Blackwater callows nr Lismore 17-Nov 1985
Green-winged Teal male Lismore [Blackwater Callows] 08-Jan 1987
Green-winged Teal male Dromana, River Blackwater 12-Dec 1995
Green-winged Teal male Camphire [R. Blackwater] 22-Dec 1996 presumed returning individual
Green-winged Teal 2 males Blackwater Callows 14-Jan 1997
Green-winged Teal male Lismore 28-Nov 2009 photographed
Garganey 1 adult Clashmore 01-Jan 1964 ringed Braunschweig, Germany, 18 Aug 1963 [1st county record]
Garganey eclipse male Dungarvan 05-Sep 1999
Garganey female Kilmeaden Pools 01-Sep 2000

Blue-winged Teal female shot Blackwater Callows autumn 1994 between Lismore & Ballyduff; 1st county record
Ring-necked Duck female Dawn River [Ballyshunnock] Reservoir 15-Mar 1985 [1st county record]
Ring-necked Duck female Ballyshunnock Reservoir 22-29 Oct 1989
Tufted Duck pr bred Knockaderry 1974 "first known nesting in the county"
Scaup male Ballyshunnock reservoir 24-Mar 1985 inland
Lesser Scaup 1st-w female Ballyshunnock Reservoir 12-27 Nov 1999 [1st county, 6th Irish record]
Lesser Scaup 1st-w female Knockaderry Reservoir 19-21 Nov 1999 [same bird as Ballyshunnock]
Eider female Dungarvan 24-Feb 1980 outside more normal range
Eider 2 Dungarvan from 27 Nov 1987 into 1988
Eider 1 Co. Waterford Jan 1988
Eider 1 Co. Waterford Sept 1988
Eider 1st-w male Tramore 19-20 Dec 1993 [also 18 Dec]
Eider adult male Tramore 01-Jan 1994 different from Dec 1993 bird
Eider ad female Dungarvan 20-Jan 1996 outside normal range
Eider ad male Ballynacourty Point 10-Feb 1996 outside normal range
Eider female & imm male Dungarvan 10-Feb 1996 outside normal range
Eider female & imm male Tramore Bay 03-Mar 1996 outside normal range
Eider ad female Dungarvan 30-Dec 1996 outside normal range
Eider female + 1st-w male Ardmore Bay 13-Oct 2001 outside normal range
Eider imm male Ballynacourty [Dungarvan] 28-Dec 2002
Eider 1st-winter male Clonea 19-Jan 2003 to 14 Feb, outside normal range

Long-tailed Duck F shot Tramore 17-Nov 1959 "in the National Museum, Dublin" [2nd county record]
Long-tailed Duck 1 Ballyshunnock reservoir 28-Feb 1976 inland
Long-tailed Duck female Ballyshunnock reservoir 23-Feb 1980 inland
Long-tailed Duck 1 Ballyshunnock 31 Oct-end of yr 1983 inland record
Long-tailed Duck 1 or 2 [1] Tramore [28 Oct & 23 Dec] 1985
Long-tailed Duck 1 Belle Lake from 24 Dec 1991 to 5 Feb 1992; inland
Long-tailed Duck 18 Dungarvan 27-Dec 1991 high count
Long-tailed Skua juvenile nr Lemybrien 18-Oct 1994 c.4 miles inland, along T12 trunk route [3rd county record]
Long-tailed Skua 3 juveniles Helvick Head 29-Oct 2005
Long-tailed Skua immature Helvick Head 20-Sep 2006
Long-tailed Skua juvenile Helvick Head 23-Sep 2006
Surf Scoter 2nd calendar-yr male Ballyvooney Cove 3 & 4 Apr 1999 [1st county record]
Surf Scoter female/juvenile Bunmahon Bay 30-Jan 2000
Surf Scoter 2 ad males Stradbally 26-Jan 2002 to 17 February
Surf Scoter ad male & female Ballyvooney Cove 9 Jan-18 Feb 2004 one still present 19 March
Surf Scoter adult male Ballyvooney Cove 05-Nov 2005 presumed returning individual
Velvet Scoter male Dunmore East 16-Mar 1974 [1st county record]
Velvet Scoter male Dunmore East 26-Jan 1975
Velvet Scoter 2 females Dungarvan Bay from 20 Nov 1983 into 1984
Velvet Scoter 8 Tramore Bay 24-Dec 1991
Velvet Scoter 5 Tramore 2 Jan-2 Feb 1992
Velvet Scoter 1 Dungarvan from 27 Dec 1993 to 1 Jan 1994
Velvet Scoter 1 Dungarvan 07-Dec 1996

Smew female/imm Knockaderry Reservoir 18-Jan 1987 [2nd county record]
Smew imm male Tramore Boating Lake 14 Nov to 2010 2009 to 2 Mar 2010, photographed
Red-breasted Merganser 70 Dungarvan 11-Apr 1987
Goosander male + female Dungarvan Bay Dec 1953 [3rd county record]
Goosander female Tramore 23-Dec 1983
Goosander female/immature Dungarvan 6-8 Dec 1996
Goosander  2 female/imms Dungarvan 10-Jan 1999
Goosander 2 females Dungarvan 9-29 Dec 2001
Goosander female/imm Dungarvan: Ballyneety 26-Jan 2002 [since Dec 2001, 1 of 2]
Goosander 2 Dungarvan: Ballyneety 16-Nov 2002
Goosander 2 f/imm Dungarvan 25-Jan 2003
Goosander male Dungarvan 18-29 Dec 2003
Ruddy Duck male Knockaderry reservoir 23-Jan 1982 [1st county record]
Ruddy Duck 1 Ballyshunnock Reservoir 24-25 Nov 1984
Ruddy Duck female Belle Lake 31-Dec 1993 to 1 Jan 1994

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