Netted in Waterford City this morning for ringing purposes, this female Goldfinch was already ringed with a closed ring used by illegal trappers. These rings are used on young wild birds when in the nest so that when ‘harvested’ for cages, they can claim that it was bred in captivity.
In the Bulletin of the Irish Biogeographical Society (No. 30) just published, are details of a new Fly found at the Blackwater; details of Otters in Waterford City, Kilmacthomas, Ballyduff, the Mahon River, Dunmore East , Tallow, Tallow Bridge and Cappoquin and a map showing that 80 species of Hoverfly have now been recorded in Waterford City and County.
Clouded Yellows continue to fly between the showers in the areas of Ardmore and Clashmore.
One also seen in Waterford City on the 11th.
On the wing in the Commeragh Mountains on the Bank Holiday. from L to R, the Large White, Red Admiral and the Peacock butterflies.
Waterford’s newest mammal, a Bank Vole was found in a stunned condition on the Vee road outside Lismore at the weekend. It was carefully moved to roadside vegetation where it later recovered.
Just reported from the Clashmore area – the Four Spotted Chaser shown here and the Emperor Dragonfly. Both are extensions to the known range of these insects in Waterford.