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30 April 2011
Cuilcagh Mountain: Pair of Kestrels & a Raven. AR&GdeL

One of two Treecreeper at Coronation Plantation, Wicklow (Photo by Harry Bailey)

29 April 2011
Slieve Beagh: A Kestrel, 3 Cuckoos heard calling & good numbers of Bullfinches. No Harriers seen.
One Buzzard outside Maguiresbridge. AR&GdeL

Donabate:  2 male and 2 female Eider Duck just off the Martello Tower at Donabate this pm.Mc&MG

One of three Bullfinch at Knock Lake, Balbriggan (Photo by Harry Bailey)

28 April 2011
Bray:  My first Swift flying high over the garden this morning.OM

Male Smew still present in the Blessington Street Basin today.SC

Smew (m) at Blessington Basin, Dublin (Photo by Shay Connolly)

Linnet at Balscaddan, Howth (Photo by Ger Franck)

27 April 2011
A male Smew was present in the Blessington Street Basin this morning at 8.45, I spotted the same bird there last Thursday but it appears to have laid low or moved somewhere else in the interim.EM

How about this for a garden bird, seen this evening in my back garden? It's an Eastern Rosella, from SE Australia. I'm sure it's an escapee, in spite of the recent SE winds -- hardly likely to have been blown here all the way from Australia! OM

Eastern Rosella in Bray garden (Photo by Oscar Merne)

26 April 2011
"Fall" of Whitethroats on east coast with dozens heard/seen between Arklow and Brittas Bay (Co. Wicklow).OM

25 April 2011

One of four Juvenile Robins at Sillogue Gardens, Ballymun (Photo by Jenny Ryan)

Passage Migrants:  8 Whimbrels at Baldoyle this evening.CM

Coolock:   A Blackbird just dipped into Cadbury's factory for easter.  No, it didn't fall into the white chocolate barrel, it's white feathers are the result of leucism, a condition which affects the pigmentation of the skin. Unlike albinism, it does not turn the eyes pink.

Blackbird at Cadbury's (Photo by Brian McDonnell)

24 April 2011
At Seefin Mountain yesterday in West Wicklow: a Peregrine, a male Kestrel, 2 Raven, 3 Jay & a Cuckoo heard calling.
Also, a Sparrowhawk up high over Dublin City Golf Club. AR & GDeL

23 April 2011

In the afternoon 3 Buzzards soaring over the M50/M1 junction.CM

On a boat trip around Dalkey Island and Bray Head the following species were seen nesting: Cormorants, Shags, Fulmars, Guillemots, Black Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes, Sandwich Terns, Herring gulls, Lesser Black-backed and Greater Black-backed Gulls.
Also seen were Shelducks, Oystercatchers, Gannets, Rock Pipits, Turnstones, Black-headed Gulls and a Mallard with 15 ducklings!
The Peregrines are back at their usual nest site on Bray Head.  There were several Porpoises to the south of Dalkey Island.CM

21 April 2011
N. Bull Island today: Plenty of Shelduck, 1 Mallard, feeding all together were Dunlin, Black and Bar-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, Redshank, and a possible Curlew Sandpiper. Also present were the'common' gulls, 2 Grey Heron, 6 Swallows, altogether 55 Brent Geese, and after a while, we were rewarded with the Merlin on a lampost.FM & ES 

A single Buzzard out late last night at 8:30pm over Tolka Valley Park in Mulhuddart.AR

20 April 2011
Poolbeg: 3 Purple Sandpipers, 8 Turnstones, 215+ Sandwich Terns and one Dunlin at Poolbeg.JF

19 April 2011
About 200 Sandwich Terns fighting for perching space on the railing at the outflow at the Poolbeg end of the South Bull Wall at full tide today. Similar numbers were there yesterday.  Many more around the harbour fishing today but so far no Common or Artic Terns. FT

17 April 2011
One Buzzard over Castlecurragh Road in Mulhuddart this afternoon.AR

Balrothery Co. Dublin:  Pied Wagtail with dinner at North County cricket ground today.JC

Pied Wagtail with dinner at Balrothery (Photo by Joe Curtis)

Four of at least a dozen Sandwich Terns at Sandycove today (Photo by Shay Connolly)

16 April 2011
Another successful Tolka Branch outing to Monaghan where we got to see our target birds, male and female Hen Harriers and lots more... Click here to read full report

Cuckoo in Monaghan (Photo by John Fox)

13 April 2011
Along the grand canal walk from Inchicore to Lucan the following was seen: A Grasshopper Warbler reeling and giving great views, 5 Yellowhammers (3 M + 2 F), 6 Buzzards one with a rabbit in it's tallons, there seemed to be Blackcaps calling in every available tree, plenty of Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers, Swallows, Sand Martins as well as my first House Martin this year. Also got good views of 2 Reed Buntings. A great Spring evenings walk.IS

Black-tailed Godwit at Swords (Photo by Dermot McCabe)

12 April 2011

Hooded Crow at Bull Island (Photo by Ger Franck)

10 April 2011
At Balscadden, Howth today a Grasshopper Warbler was singing. Also in the area were about 7 Wheatears.AK

Corkagh Park, Clondalkin:  2 male & 2 female Widgeon & 2 Swallows.SH

9 April 2011
A pair of Little Grebes with 3 downy young already at Kilbogget Park, near Cabinteely. NTK

Two Buzzards over Buzzardstown House in Mulhuddart at 3pm Saturday. One was being mobbed by a Hooded Crow.AR

Rook with deformed beak at Santry (Photo by Rachel Mac)

Buzzard at Santry (Photo by Rachel Mac)

8 April 2011

Wren at Botanic Gardens (Photo by Eugene Dolan)


7 April 2011
On the way to work today I saw a Stonechat which have been thin on the ground this year in the War memorial park. On the Liffey by Heuston station there was a Common Sandpiper present.IS

Sandycove: No Mediterranean Gulls, but 9 Sandwich Terns loafing on the rocks.
Cabinteely: 1 House Martin flying in heavy drizzle.
Bray: 16 Sand Martins hawking over Dargle River in town.OM

Willow Warbler at Blackditch (Photo by John Fox)

Dipper at Dodder River (Photo by Shay Connolly)

6 April 2011

On the Bull Island causeway:  80+ Black-tailed Godwits (I spotted a ringed bird, it had two white rings on the right leg and a red ring over a green ring on its left leg),  60 Redshank, 1 Little Egret, 2 Kestrel 1 male 1 female at different times. The female flying low over the dunes behind Royal Dublin put up a group of 20+ Reed Buntings.  And finally a huge thrill for me when a Merlin zoomed by me close to visitor centre.EK

Sandymount:  1 Swallow and 1 Holly Blue butterfly.
Bray:  1 Swallow and 2 Holly Blue butterflies, 1 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell.OM

5 April 2011
Magpie at Dodder River (Photo by Tom Gregan)

Pink-footed Goose at Swords Estuary (Photo by Harry Bailey)

4 April 2011
Bull Island;   2 Wheatears on the Bull Island saltmarsh between the Bridge and the Causeway.GF

3 April 2011
A Buzzard soaring over Clontarf.GF

Two Sandwich Tern at Sandycove;  2 Raven at Killiney;  4 Swallow at Bray + 3 Dolphin; 6 Swallow, 2 Chiffchaff.SC

Sandwich Terns at Sandycove (Photo by Shay Connolly)

Newcastle Nature Reserve: 3 Garganey (2 males 1 female).   Kilcoole: 6 Swallows, 3 Sand Martins,1 Buzzard, 2 Wheatear, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler,1 Red-throated Diver, Peregrine  4 Snipe.BS

Garganey at Newcastle Nature Reserve (Photos by Brendan Sheils)





2 April 2011
Near the Baily Lighthouse, Howth: A pair of Ravens, a pair of Peregrines soaring together, 2 Swallows. Kittiwakes back occupying their nesting sites on the cliffs.   Meanwhile, over at Red Rock, Howth: 8 Willow Warblers.GF

On the Bull Island on the marshy ground beside Royal Dublin Golf Club - 500+ Brent Geese, 1 male Wheatear, 8 Reed Buntings, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Curlews, 4 Mallard Ducks. Many Black-backed and Black-headed Gulls. Also 1 Gannet diving near the wooden bridge.EK

Wheatear at Bull Island (Photo by Edd Kealy)

Wood Duck at Quarry Pond, Phoenix Park (Photo by Ciaran Walsh)

1 April 2011 
At Broadmeadows Estuary this afternoon approx 12.30pm a most unusual sight of a flock of approx 85/90 Turnstones sheltering from the wind near the roundabout end. Also a large flock of Knot. I was counting the Knot when a Peregrine put everything up.BK

A single Buzzard at Glen of the Downs at 11:30am.  A Reed Bunting & a Raven at Glendalough in extremely blustery conditions.AR & GdeL

Brambling in a Swords garden (Photo by Harry Bailey)


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