Waterford Wildlife

Since 1999

The Wildlife of Waterford City & County

Osprey about the Blackwater


			
			 	
 	
	

A fish-eating Osprey has been about the Blackwater for the past few days.


Sightings Off Ram Head


			
			 	
 	
	

Seen off Ram Head this morning, 9 Harbour Porpoises, 40+ Dolphins, 1 Minke Whale and 9 Basking Sharks.

Record ack. to Andrew Malcolm. Basking Shark image ack. to Jamie Malone.


First Sand Martins


			
			 	
 	
	

The first Sand Martins of the year were seen at Ballynacourty and Clonea Strand on Saturday 15th March.


Buzzards in Waterford City


			
			 	
 	
	

Seen standing on fence poles near the municipal golf course on the outer ring road in Waterford City, two mornings this week, two Buzzards.


Otter Roadkill


			
			 	
 	
	

This Otter was just killed at Sallypark in Waterford City – the first report of an otter road kill this year.


Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly


			
			 	
 	
	

Seen in strong sunshine yesterday, the Small Tortoiseshell butterfly at Boatstrand and in Waterford City.


Irish Biogeographical Society No. 31


			
			 	
 	
	

Just published in the journal of the Irish Biogeographical Society (Bulletin No.31) (NMI, Dublin), details of Waterford distribution of:

  • 20 Amphipods species
  • 5 Donacine Beetles species
  • A Diving Beetle new to Ireland
  • 2 Sawfly species and
  • 29 species of Cranefly

Cranefly image ack. to Stefan Buczack.


Reports of Black Panther Sightings


			
			 	
 	
	

Reports of sightings of a “Black Panther” in the Comeragh and Knockmealdown Mountains were broadcast in the national media today.

Bear in mind that similar reports of “Large Cats” roaming the mountains also occurred in the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s – but these were never confirmed in any way.


3-footed Deer


			
			 	
 	
	

3-footed deer seen in the Knockmealdown Mountains at the weekend.


Return of Ringed Robin


			
			 	
 	
	

A juvenile Robin ringed in a Waterford City garden on the 21st June 2004 was again trapped in the same place today.