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28 April 2012

A Peregrine over Inchicore Road gliding east towards Kilmainham at 14:30pm.AR

Whimbrel at Bull Island (Photo by Dave MacPherson)

Grey Partridge at Rogerstown (Photo by Harry Bailey)

Robin in Glasnevin Garden (Photo to Marie O'Brien)

26 April 2012

Three Swifts were moving through north over Lower Lesson Street this morning at 8:45 am. The real sign that summer is coming!! MC

25 April 2012

The male Eider was still present around Dalkey Island today whilst an Arctic Tern & 2 Great Skuas flew North past Sorrento Point. NK

24 April 2012
Broadmeadows between 12 to 12.30 hrs:   1 Little Gull, 4 Turnstone, 1 Teal, approx 80 Black-tailed Godwit.CD

23 April 2012

A male Eider was seen from Coliemore Harbour, day roosting on Dalkey Island & also feeding in the sound during the afternoon. It was not present again at low tide that evening however. Some Sandwich Terns, Manx Shearwaters, a pair of Ravens, two male Wheatears, several pairs of Shelduck, two pairs of Oystercatchers & several pairs of Herring Gulls also noted in the area. No sign of any Common, Arctic or Roseate Terns back at the breeding colony yet. NK & NTK

Swords Estuary:   Iceland Gull and two Common Sandpipers today.DMcC

Iceland Gull at Swords Estuary (Photo by Dermot McCabe)

22 April 2012

Two Whimbrel and 2 Swallows on Bull Island today (just north of causeway).BBG

Kingfisher at the Dodder (Photo by Shay Connolly)

21 April 2012
Tolka Branch April outing: Slieve Bloom Mountains (see trip report)

Buzzard at Carton Demesne, Leixlip;    Female Sparrowhawk soaring over Dolphin Road in Drimnagh.AR

Black Guillemots, Howth Harbour (Photo by Dave MacPherson)

20 April 2012
Baldoyle:   Flock of 20 Whimbrels over Baldoyle Bay today.CM

Grey Heron at Botanic Gardens (Photo by Eugene Dolan)

19 April 2012
Dublin City:  4 Black Guillemots and a pair of Mallard between Butt Bridge and Talbot Bridge on the Liffey this morning.GF

Wren in Ballymun Garden (Photo by Jenny Ryan)

18 April 2012

Killester:  1 Swallow flying over this evening.MH

Guilllemot at Howth (Photo by Ciaran Walsh)

17 April 2012

Castleknock:  A Buzzard over Dunsink Observatory this morning at 9:30.AR

Phoenix Park:  A Great-spotted Woodpecker calling in Phoenix Park this evening close to the Garda Headquarters. Also 3 Mandarin Ducks (2 males 1 Female) on the Liffey close to the Four Courts.IS

Raheny:  Redwing calling as it flew over Raheny tonight.BO'B

Jay in Enniskerry (Photo by Colin Rigney)

16 April 2012
Glasnevin: A leucistic Common Blackbird outside the garden today.FM

15 April 2012
Broadmeadows Estuary: 100+ Black-tailed Godwit;  also a male Kestrel on Bull Island.BS

Black-tailed Godwit at Broadmeadows Estuary (Photo by Brendan Sheils)

14 April 2012
Knock Lake:  3 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 6 Yellowhammer, 2 Tree Sparrow at Knock Lake this morning.BBG

Bull Island:  Whimbrel and Wheatear.SH

Broadmeadow Estuary: 8 Sandwich Terns at Broadmeadow Estuary today.WT

Rogerstown:  8 Blackcaps singing at Rogerstown today. Picking up on the song is often the best way to locate Blackcaps at this time of year as they tend to keep to cover. Also 2 Swallows, 3 Willow Warblers, 3 Stock Doves, 3 Buzzards, a Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk.GF

Male Blackcap at Rogerstown (Photo by Ger Franck)

13 April 2012
Lucan:  A long the grand canal way in Lucan this evening a mixed bag of spring and winter migrants. The spring migrants included 1 Swallow, 1 Sand Martin, numerous Willow Warblers, Chiffchaff’s and Blackcaps. The Winter migrants included 30 or so Redwing and about 20 Fieldfare. Other birds of note were a Buzzard a few Reed Bunting and Goldcrests were in good numbers also.IS

Baldoyle estuary: Black-tailed Godwit, flock circa 200 mixed with Redshank. Oystercatchers on Portmarnock side. 
Gulls: Greater Black-backed, Herring and Common Gull. Brent Geese, circa 30; Shag; and Hooded Crow
Hole in the Wall beach: Turnstone; flock of Sandwich Terns circa 30 near harbour.  Gannet and Razorbills between beach and Ireland's Eye.EMcC

Bull Island:  Lots of Linnets, Reed Buntings, Skylarks, 2 Swallows and 2 Wheatears.EK

Linnet at Bull Island (Photo by Ed Kealy)                                                          Wheatear at Bull Island (Photo by Ed Kealy)

Short-eared Owl at Bull Island (Photo by Paul Heneghan)

Grey Wagtail at Blanchardstown (Photo by Harry Bailey)

Dipper at Blanchardstown (Photo by Harry Bailey)

12 April 2012

Red Grouse in Dublin Mountains (Photo by John Fox)

11 April 2012

Treecreeper in Botanic Gardens (Photo by Harry Bailey)

9 April 2012 

Deansgrange: the Siberian Chiffchaff is still present at Clonkeen Park, Deansgrange. It is beginning to range more widely & often disappears for periods of up to 1 hour.NTK

Mandarin Duck in Phoenix Park (Photo by Barry Gahan)

Wood Duck in Phoenix Park (Photo by Barry Gahan)

7 April 2012

Hooded Merganser at Blessington Basin, Dublin (Photo by Shay Connolly)

6 April 2012

Two pairs of Hen Harrier (both males displaying), 2 Kestrels, a Raven, a Reed Bunting, small numbers of Siskin & Bullfinch and a Hare in Slieve Blooms;   M7 between Emo & Rathcoole: 3 separate Buzzards, a Kestrel & a Sparrowhawk.AR

County Louth -   Hermitage: 2 summer plumaged Black-throated Divers showing well along with several Red-throated Diver, 6 Common Scoter, 15 Great Crested Grebe. 1 House Martin and a group of 9 Whimbrel along shoreline;
Lurgangreen: 1 Canada Goose, 3 Greenland White-fronted Geese with the Pink-foots and Greylags and 10 Pintail. Large numbers of Tree Sparrow and Yellowhammer present at Seabank; 
Cruisetown Strand: 20 Sandwich Tern, 1 Little Stint, Sanderling and 50 summer plumaged Golden Plover. Also high count of 67 Stock Dove in field just off the beach.Very High Count.BS

Royal Dublin Golf Club,  Bull Island.     2 Willow Warblers and a Merlin.GF

Willow Warbler at Bull Island (Photo by Ger Franck)

5 April 2012

Short-eared Owl at Rogerstown (Photo by Brian Carruthers)

April 2012

The Siberian Chiffchaff was still present at Clonkeen Park, Deansgrange this afternoon although elusive at times. Up to 12 migrating Redwing were heard calling last night passing over Cabinteely. NTK

Short-eared Owl at Rogerstown (Photo by Harry Bailey)

Bullfinch in Blackrock (Photo by Colin Rigney)

1 April 2012
Dublin Airport: 2 Buzzards
Rogerstown (South): Pair of Peregrines, 2 Red Kites, female Kestrel, numerous Buzzards & a pair of Grey Partridges.AR&PH

Kestrel at Rogerstown (Photo by Adrian Rooney)

Coal Tits at Dublin Zoo (Photo by Jenny Ryan)


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