A juvenile Robin ringed in a Waterford City garden on the 21st June 2004 was again trapped in the same place today.
A 6m round log (possibly part of an old ship’s mast) washed ashore at Tramore Strand on Christmas Day, was festooned with in excess of 1,000 Goose Barnacles. In bygone days, theses barnacles were thought to be the eggs of black and white geese that were then named after them – the Barnacle Goose and the Brent Goose, Branta bernicla. These were then thought to be the male and female of the same species.
A number of recent reports are in of butterflies flying in houses or seemingly dead on window sills. These are hibernating Small Tortoiseshells confused by strong sunlight and heat from radiators into thinking that the Spring has sprung! These are not dead. Take them gently and put into a dark safe place (behind a wardrobe or under the bed). They will emerge when natural conditions are amenable and will fly away.
An amazing 35 Basking Sharks were recorded off Ram Head on the 31st May
Images taken from www.baskingshark.ie.
Recent road kills include 2 Foxes on the outer ring road at Kilbarry/ Ballindud and near Williamstown Golf Course; a further Fox on John’s Hill (near St, John’s Collage) in Waterford City and a Red Squirrel at Templemichael on the Blackwater just north of Youghal.
Unusually large numbers of Ladybird beetle species have been reported from several parts of the City and County over the past few days.
A new bird for the Waterford List – an immature Caspian Gull seen at Kinsalebeg on the 24th of February is the first record for the county. See www. Waterford Birds for more details,