John Brennan, Shay Connolly, Philip Clancy, Frank Doyle. Chris Evans, Shane Farrell,  Gerald Frank, John Fox, 
Kieran Grace, John Hammond, Niall Harmon, Mir Harris, Michael Keating, 
Aidan Kelly, Paul Kelly,  Cian Merne, Heather Quinn, Ian Stephenson

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29 December, 2009
Water Pipit
at Knock Lake. PK Chiffchaff feeding on Ivy fruits at Strandville Avenue, Dublin 3.JB Buzzard given great views all week sitting on the for lease sign just inside the corn-field opposite the entrance to the NCT centre on the m50 Ballymun roundabout. MK

Swan on the frozen Royal Canal. John Hammond 
Birds all over risk starvation so do your best to put food out! 

28 December, 2009
Two Siskins
and three Redpolls in the garden at Whitworth Road. JH A new Black Redstart feeding on white berries at the security fence around the ESB, Poolbeg this morning. LB The Dun Laoghaire Black Red was also seen during the day. NH 

Sunday 27 December, 2009
Reports of plenty of winter thrushes, Fieldfares and Redwings all over Dublin and Wicklow. 12 Common Crossbills at Poulaphouca dam Blessington. 3 Woodcock in woods around the lake. 1 Snipe, 1 Water Rail, 8 Goldeneye. 1 Ravon and about 20 Little Grebe also at the lake. PC Red-necked Grebe still at Dun Laoghaire Harbour.  Also great views of Black Redstart, east pier near cannon ( old baths area) - see photo below. SC

Black Redstart, Dun Laoghaire. Shay Connolly

26 December, 2009
Red-necked Grebe
still at Dun Laoghaire Harbour, between traders wharf and the back of Irish lights. SC The Kildeer reported at Greystones was not seen this afternoon although it was searched for till dusk. LB

25 December, 2009
Blue-winged Teal
south of the causeway on the Bull this morning.KG Buzzard at Rathcoole over the Naas dual carrageway. LB Little Egret on Tolka near Clonliff . JH

24 December, 2009
2 Mediterranean Gulls at outflow across from Garda station on Clontarf road. Also 1 Black Redstart behind the old concrete bus stop on the Clontarf road, between the wooden bridge and the causeway. PC

22 December, 2009

Great Northern Diver at Howth having a  Dublin Bay prawn sandwich.We are reminded that this 
may be an escape from Manchester United's stock of Divers C. Ronaldo sp.
Photo John Fox

21 December, 2009
One Golden-eye seen from the Wooden Bridge, Bull Island. 8 Mergansers were also present at the bridge yesterday morning.  Great Northern Diver at Howth Harbour. JF Over 1000 Brent and one Dark-Bellied Brent at Malahide Castle Golf Course. 150 Oyster Catchers  with the flock.NH Meanwhile 700 Brent at Tymon Park with more Oystercatchers and Redshank among them, FD

Sunday 20 December, 2009
On the canal at Inchicore 20-30 Redwing, large flock of finches (approx 50 -60) mainly of Goldfinch and Linnet but also a few Greenfinch and Chaffinch and a lone female Bullfinch, 2 Kestrel and 2 Snipe, Little Egret also along the canal. IS Four Redwing in the Heather's garden in Howth today. HQ 5 more Redwing in St Annes park while a Little Egret was seen under the trees foraging like a chicken!. MH

18 December, 2009
Black Redstart
today at Balscadden Bay, Howth.CE Two male Blackcaps at Strandville Avenue, North Strand this morning. First this winter for John. JB 2 male and 1 female Blackcaps on the sliver birch in Mir's garden. MH 

16 December, 2009
A Brambling
on the feeders in Clontarf today. GF 

Sunday 13 December, 2009
2 Gadwall, Blue-winged Teal
at the North Bull from the causeway, Scaup and Ruff  at Swords. AK  

Brent at Sundrive Park, Crumlin. Siobhan McNamara   

10 December, 2009
flying at eye level along the pathway through Santry demense. MK

7 December, 2009
100+ Curlew
seen feeding on Starlight's GAA clubs football pitch on Collinstown Road at the back of Dublin airport all this week. MK

Long-tailed Tits, Howth. Bill Quinn

Sunday 6 December, 2009 ( special Atlas report - Square bashing!)
14 Tolka members participated in a fun "roving records " outing as part of 6 teams covering 10km square tetrads in County Meath today.  Many thanks to Brian Caffrey , Birdwatch Ireland for getting up at 4.30am to facilitate the outing and to Sean Kingston for rounding up the troups. Up to 17 new species were added to tetrad lists in Meath including Raven, Yellowhammer and Golden Plover. Thanks to all for participating in this very well worthwhile event. We hope to organise more in the future.

Little Egret
and a female Teal in the Furry Glen, Phoenix Park. SF ( Welcome back Shane and Rob on your brief flying visit and safe trip onwards to India  - keep sending those photos!) Red-necked Grebe and Black Redstart still at Dunlaighaire. AK

Red-necked Grebe at Dun Laoghaire today. Shay Connolly

Saturday 5 December, 2009
28 Great Northern Divers and 6 Red-throated Divers
between Balbriggan and Bremore Point today. AK 
Tolka Branch members were out in force today at the iWebs count on the North Bull. Thousands of Waders, Ducks (Pintail, Shoveler, Wigeon, Teal, Shelduck, Mallard) and Brent Geese - be sure to visit on an incoming tide to increase your chances of good bird viewing. 

4 December, 2009
One 2nd winter Iceland Gull
still present at the Millennium Park Blanchardstown. PC See Philip's photo below with a Hoodie for helpful size comparison.

3 December 2009
Nice start to the month. The Red-necked Grebe and the Black Redstart are still at Dunlaoghaire. JF See John's photos below.