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Bird reports for September 2010

Waterford bird records September 2010 (details subject to verification or correction)
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September 2010
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Weds 29 Sept:
DUNGARVAN:  2 Mediterranean Gulls & a Ruff at Ballyneety.
RAM HEAD:  Mixed group of 5 Risso's & Bottlenose Dolphins.
MID WATERFORD:  Family group of 5 Buzzards.
Tues 28 Sept:
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  2 female or immature BLUE-WINGED TEAL still present on  the small lake.
Nr BUNMAHON:  Green Sandpiper at Seafield.
Mon 27 Sept:
DUNGARVAN TOWN: Crossbill by pumphouse at Silversprings, behind Nissan garage.
MID WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards (separate locations).
Sun 26 Sept:
KNOCKADERRY RESERVOIR:  2 female or immature BLUE-WINGED TEAL (presumably including yesterday's bird from Ballyshunnock).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Juvenile BARRED WARBLER still present, also Grasshopper Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Blackcaps, 7+ Chiffchaffs, 35+ Lesser Redpoll (28 ringed) & an early Fieldfare.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Pink-footed Goose at Lisselan, 60+ Brent Geese off Saleen.
WEST WATERFORD:  2 Buzzards.
DUNGARVAN:  Adult Ruff at Ballyneety.
CALISO BAY:  Whinchat & female Blackcap.
Sat 25 Sept:
BALLYSHUNNOCK RESERVOIR:  Female or immature BLUE-WINGED TEAL (2nd county record).
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Juvenile BARRED WARBLER (5th or 6th county record), Spotted Flycatcher, female Blackcap, 10+ Wheatears & 2 Tree Sparrows.
Nr WATERFORD CITY:  Green Sandpiper heard regularly at night recently at Ballycanvan.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Pink-footed Goose, 95+ Brent Geese & 270 Mallard at Lisselan.
DUNGARVAN:  3 Ruff (adult & 2 juveniles), Curlew Sandpiper & Green Sandpiper at Ballyneety, Kingfisher at Killongford.
HELVICK HEAD:  Willow Warbler.
OLD PARISH:  Whinchat.
RAM HEAD:   2 Fin Whales, Minke Whale, 40 Common Dolphins, 6 Bottlenose Dolphins & 5 Porpoises - see IWDG website.
Fri 24 Sept:
WHITING BAY:  8 Wheatears.
Thurs 23 Sept:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Pink-footed Goose again at  Lisselan.
Nr BUNMAHON:  Green Sandpiper at Seafield.
CLONEA STRAND:  Juvenile Ruff at Ballinclamper.
Weds 22 Sept:
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Pink-footed Goose at Lisselan, on pool behind seawall.
CLONEA STRAND:  Juvenile Black Tern (flew west offshore), adult Mediterranean Gull & >1000 Black-headed Gulls at Ballinclamper.
Tues 21 Sept:
ARDMORE:  3 adult Mediterranean Gulls.
WHITING BAY:  2nd-calendar-yr Glaucous Gull.
FERRY POINT:  Immature Glaucous Gull (apparently same bird).
Mon 20 Sept:
DUNGARVAN:  Kingfisher at Barnawee.
CLONEA STRAND:  Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Arctic Terns & c25 White Wagtails at Ballinclamper.
Sun 19 Sept:
WHITING BAY:  Juvenile PECTORAL SANDPIPER still present at west end.
HELVICK HEAD:  32 Great Skuas, juvenile Pomarine Skua, 3 Arctic Skuas, a Balearic Shearwater & 4 Bottlenose Dolphins (seawatches 10;20-11:20 & 17:45-19:15).
DUNGARVAN:  6 Curlew Sandpipers at Killongford.
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Balearic Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, 7 Great Skuas & 3 Arctic Skuas west (seawatch 07:50-10:50 & 11:05-12:05).
Sat 18 Sept:
WHITING BAY:  Juvenile PECTORAL SANDPIPER, also an adult Mediterranean Gull.
HELVICK HEAD:  Adult Yellow-legged Gull. Great Skua (east & west),  & an adult Red-throated Diver west.
DUNGARVAN:  Juv Curlew Sandpiper at Killongford, adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballyneety.
CLONEA STRAND:  15 White Wagtails at Ballinclamper.
Thurs 16 Sept:
BUNMAHON:  2 Whinchats.
Weds 15 Sept:
HELVICK HEAD:  5 Arctic Skuas.
DUNGARVAN:  A late Swift at Abbeyside.
Tues 14 Sept:
HELVICK HEAD:  Pomarine Skua, Arctic Skua, 2 Great Skuas, adult summer Red-throated Diver & 2 juvenile Arctic Terns.
CLONEA STRAND:  Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper & c60 White Wagtails at Ballinard.
Mon 13 Sept:
HELVICK HEAD:  Pomarine Skua, Arctic Skua, 2 Great Skuas, adult summer red-throated Diver & 2 juvenile Arctic Terns.
CLONEA STRAND:  2 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers at Ballinclamper.
Sun 12 Sept:
Nr YOUGHAL BRIDGE:  Glaucous Gull.
WHITING BAY:  Juvenile PECTORAL SANDPIPER still present, also a juv Curlew Sandpiper.
ARDMORE:  5 Mediterranean Gulls (4 adults & a 1st-winter ); 6 Bottlenose Dolphins (5 adults 7 a calf) in Ardmore Bay.
DUNGARVAN:  Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper at Barnawee, adult Mediterranean Gull at the Cunnigar.
CLONEA STRAND:  4 juv Curlew Sandpipers at Ballinclamper.
Sat 11 Sept:
WHITING BAY:  Juvenile PECTORAL SANDPIPER, Wood Sandpiper & 2 Whinchats.
ARDMORE:  Green Sandpiper.
DUNGARVAN:  3 juvenile Little Stints, 20+ Curlew Sandpipers & a juv Mediterranean Gull at the Cunnigar; 2 Ruffs, 5 Curlew Sandpipers & a 2nd-summer Mediterranean Gull at Killongford.
Fri 10 Sept:
CLONEA STRAND:  Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper, 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls & many White Wagtails at Ballinclamper.
Thurs 9 Sept:
WHITING BAY:  Juvenile Mediterranean Gull.
ARDMORE:  7 Mediterranean Gulls at Curragh beach.
CLONEA STRAND:  3 Black Terns & 4 Mediterranean Gulls at Ballinclamper.
DUNGARVAN:  5 Curlew Sandpipers at Killongford.
ANNESTOWN:  Hummingbird Hawk-moth.
Weds 8 Sept:
WHITING BAY:  Wood SandpiperWhinchat & adult Mediterranean Gull.
ARDMORE:  5 Curlew Sandpipers & 4 Mediterranean Gulls (2 adult & 2 2nd-summer) at Curragh beach.
DUNGARVAN:  2 SPOONBILLS & 7 Curlew Sandpipers at the Cunnigar.
CLONEA STRAND:  Whinchat, 2 Curlew Sandpipers, & adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballinclamper, 2 Blackcaps along track between Ballinard & Ballinclamper.
Tues 7 Sept:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  3 Wheatears & 3 Willow/Chiffs.
CLONEA STRAND:  2 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers, 2 Black Terns west & adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballinclamper.
DUNGARVAN:  Otter off the Anchor Bar.
HELVICK HEAD:  7 Tree Sparrows.
RAM HEAD:  Minke Whale, Risso's Dolphin & 4 Bottlenose Dolphins.
Mon 6 Sept:
MINE HEAD:  Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warblers & 6 Wheatears.
HELVICK HEAD:  4 Wheatears.
KILMURRAY (nr Dungarvan):  Merlin.
DUNGARVAN:  3 Little Stints, Ruff, 3 Curlew Sandpipers, 2 Kingfishers & a Water Rail at Killongford (MC, CXF, DC).
BALLYNACOURTY POINT / BALLINARD:  Roseate Tern, 4 Whimbrel & 35+ Wheatears.
Sun 5 Sept:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Lapland Bunting (tame individual suggestive of North American / Greenland race subcalcaratus),  Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroats, 2 Reed Warblers (1 ringed), 3 Sedge Warblers, Willow Warbler, 8 + Chiffchaffs, Wheatear & Spotted Flycatcher.
TRAMORE BACKSTRAND:  Green Sandpiper at Clohernagh.
CLONEA STRAND:  Adult Mediterranean Gull at Ballinclamper.
DUNGARVAN:  Female Gadwall at Ballyneety.
Sat 4 Sept:
WHITING BAY:  2nd-summer Mediterranean Gull.
ARDMORE:  Adult Mediterranean Gull, a late Swift, Blackcap, 2 Whitethroats & a Spotted Flycatcher.
HELVICK HEAD:  Spotted Flycatcher & a Clouded Yellow butterfly.
DUNGARVAN:  4 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers at Killongford, Brent Goose at Ballynagaul.
CLONEA STRAND:  6+ Roseate Terns (4 adult, 2 juv), 2 juv Arctic Terns & 20+ White Wagtails, 2 Arctic Skuas west & a Balearic Shearwater on sea at Ballinclamper.
SEAFIELD (nr Bunmahon):  2 White Wagtails.
TRAMORE TOWN:  Adult Mediterranean Gull near the prom; Convolvulus Hawk-moth (also 5 & 6 Sept) & Delicate.
 BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  Turtle Dove, Whitethroat & 3-4 Chiffchaffs; 5 Common Scoter east & 3 Great Skuas west (2 east); Convolvulus Hawk-moth caught tonight.
Fri 3 Sept:
BROWNSTOWN HEAD:  A Death's-head Hawk-moth caught tonight. 
CLONEA STRAND: Arctic Skua , 4 Arctic Terns & 2 Mediterranean Gulls (2nd-summer & adult or 2nd-s) at Ballinclamper.
DUNGARVAN:  Male Common Scoter at Cunnigar point.
Thurs 2 Sept:
CLONEA STRAND:  4 Roseate Terns (2 adults & 2 juveniles) & 2 juvenile Arctic Terns.
KNOCKANORE:  Death's-head Hawk-moth found at an apiary.
Weds 1 Sept:
CLONEA STRAND:  Adult & juvenile Roseate Tern & 2 juvenile Arctic Terns.

.click below for larger images

Ruff, adult, Ballyneety, Dungarvan, 26 Sep 2010 M Cowming

Preliminary breeding distribution 2008-2010 @ 28/09/2010 (Atlas bird of the day)

Barred Warbler, juvenile, Brownstown Head, 25 Sep 2010 M Cowming




Blue-winged Teal (left), Ballyshunnock Reservoir, 25 Sep 2010 M Cowming



Pink-footed Goose, Tramore Backstrand, 22 Sep 2010 D Clarke

Glaucous Gull, 2nd cal-yr, Whiting Bay, 21 Sep 2010 M Cowming

Pectoral Sandpiper, juvenile, Whiting Bay, 12 Sep 2010 M Cowming





Pectoral Sandpiper, juvenile, Whiting Bay, 11 Sep 2010 D Clarke


Whinchats, Whiting Bay, 11 Sep 2010 M Cowming


Little Stint, the Cunnigar, 11 Sep 2010 M Cowming


Black Tern, juvenile, with Sandwich Terns, Ballinclamper, 9 Sep 2010 D Clarke

Kestrel feeding on Common Lizard, Whiting Bay, 9 Sep 2010 D Clarke

Wood Sandpiper, Whiting Bay, 8 Sep 2010 M Cowming

Curlew sandpiper, moulting adult, Curragh strand, Ardmore, 8 Sep 2010 M Cowming

Curlew Sandpiper, 1st-winter, Ballinclamper, 8 Sep 2010 M Cowming

Mediterranean Gull, adult, Ballinclamper, 8 Sep 2010 M Cowming

Wheatear, Helvick Head, 6 Sep 2010 D Clarke

Sedge Warbler, Mine Head, 6 Sep 2010 D Clarke

Raven, Mine Head, 6 Sep 2010 D Clarke

Lapland Bunting, Brownstown Head, 5 Sep 2010 M Cowming

PM Walsh


Reed Warbler, juvenile, Brownstown Head, 5 Sept 2010 PM Walsh

Convolvulus Hawk-moth, Brownstown Head, 4 Sept 2010 PM Walsh

Death's-head Hawk Moth, Brownstown Head, 3 Sep 2010 PM Walsh


Roseate Tern, adult, Ballinclamper, 4 Sept 2010 M Cowming

Sandwich Terns, including colour-ringed juvenile, Ballinclamper, 4 Sept 2010 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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