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31 December 2011

Bullfinch at Rogerstown, County Dublin  (Photo by Brian McDonnell)

29 December 2011
On a very slow bird news day....

Connemara:  We had 40 ft long male Sperm Whale washed up on the beach in Omey Island here in Connemara. OMG he was massive. Some of his teeth were the size of a child's hand...his tail fin alone was about 10 ft in diameter.!! MH

Sperm Whale on Omey Island, Connemara (Photo by Michael Harris)

..."teeth were the size of a child's hand"...Mir Harris

Some Louth sightings from the 29th Dec 
Salterstown: 1 Black-throated Diver
Hermitage/Dunany Point: 1 female Velvet Scoter, 2 Snow Bunting, 5 Twite
Clogherhead: 500+ Brent Geese, 1 Dark-bellied Brent
Lurgangreen: Lots of White-fonted Geese, Pink-foots and Greylags and 1 Canada Goose,1 Barnacle Goose are present the past week.BS

28 December 2011
M50 at Dunsink: 1 Buzzard.
Rogerstown: A Peregrine, a Merlin, small numbers of Yellowhammer & a Hare.AR

Bull Island: 30 Turnstone, 5 Pintail, 1 Little Egret, 1 Heron.MS

Turnstones busy foraging at Bull Island (Photo by Mark Swords)

Skylark at North Bull Island (Photo by Brian McDonnell)

Brent Geese at North Bull Island (Photo by Brian McDonnell)

27 December 2011
Lucan: Kestrel flew across Adamstown road.
Leixlip: Kingfisher over the River Rye seen from Kellystown Lane bridge.
Palmerstown: Buzzard at rear of Stewart's Hospital.AR

26 December 2011
Oldbridge and Townley woods, Drogheda:  A large flock of approx 200 Fieldfare feeding in fields along with 2 Redwing.BS

Wicklow:   2 Buzzards in Dunlavin Co. Wicklow.MH

Wicklow: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel & 4 Ravens at Church Mountain, west Wicklow.AR&GdeL

Blackcap in Coolock garden (Photo by Brian McDonnell)

Lapwing taking a stretch at Malahide Estuary (Photo by Cian Merne)

Merganser at Malahide Estuary (Photo by Cian Merne)

25 December 2011
Termonfeckin:  Saw 20 Sanderling, 6 Turnstone, 2 Grey Plover, 5 Oyestercatcher, 16 Ringed Plover along Seapoint Beach. Also 30 Black-headed Gull,4 Great Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull and 1 Mediteranean Gull present.BS

Sanderling at Seapoint Beach Termonfeckin (Photo by Brendan Sheils)

24 December 2011
North Bull Island: Short eared Owl at 11:45am at alder marsh.AR
Rogerstown: 3 Kestrels, 1 Buzzard, 1 Merlin & ringtail Hen Harrier between 13:30 & 14:30pm.AR

22 December 2011
Bull Island:  3 Peregrine & 2 Merlin seen from the causeway at 14:00 today.AR

21 December 2011
City Centre: I spied 2 Little Grebes at the Halfpenny Bridge today.MH

Chapelizod:  A Buzzard over the Liffey west of Chapelizod bridge.AR

20 December 2011

Blackcap in Rathgar garden (Photo by Tom Gregan)

19 December 2011
Blessington St. Basin:  at 10.45  1 Smew male and ringed (female prev this autumn), 2 Hooded Mergansers (male and female), approx 60 Tufted Ducks, 3 Mute Swans plus usuals.CD

18 December 2011
The Old Racecourse in Baldoyle: 4 Common Gulls, 2 Buzzards, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Yellowhammer and 20+ Tree Sparrows.EK

One Peregrine Falcon flew over Blessington Basin at 4pm.PV  
Meanwhile out at Rogerstown, the female Hen Harrier gave great views hunting near the car park, also present were Kestrel, Merlin and Sparrowhawk. Great to see big flocks of Finches and lots of Yellowhammer about too. At Knock Lake (partially frozen) were Yellowhammer and a single Tree Sparrow, only ducks present were Teal, Tufted Duck, Mallard and Moorhen. At Balbriggan, lots of close in Scoter and for me at least, the first time to see Mallards at sea. Brrrr, lovely frosty winter weather. Still havenít seen any Dublin Redwings!(PV & IS)

15 December 2011

Sanderling at Dollymount (Photo by Dave MacPherson)

14 December 2011
Ranelagh:  A female Brambling joined the 20 Redpolls and a dozen Chaffinch on my bird table this morning. MC 

13 December 2011
Dun Laoghaire:  A total of 35 Mediterranean Gulls were present between Sandycove & the East Pier, Dun Laoghaire on a rising tide at 11:00. They were comprised of 2 1st-winters, 4 2nd-winters & 29 adults (including a stunning, full breeding plumaged bird). A late 1st-winter Sandwich Tern was also seen at Sandycove whilst & a female/immature type Black Redstart was at the usual haunt at the base of the East Pier. NTK

Shelduck at Dollymount (Photo by Dave MacPherson)

12 December 2011

Black-tailed Godwits in Poppintree Park, Ballymun (Photos by Mick Kelly)

11 December 2011

N7 Newlands Cross: A Kestrel
Corkagh Park: Kingfisher at sludge pond, a Snipe over the reedbed, male Bullfinch & small flocks of Goldfinch & Long tailed tits. Also a Little Grebe & 5 of Tufted Ducks.AR & GdeL

Tufted Ducks at Corkagh Park (Photo by Adrian Rooney)

Greylag Geese at Rogerstown (Photo by Brian Carruthers)

Greenshank and Redshank at Rogerstown (Photo by Brian Carruthers)

Grey Plover and Dunlin at Rogerstown (Photo by Brian Carruthers)

Pheasant (f) at Rogerstown (Photo by Brian Carruthers)

10 December 2011
M1 Airport: 1 Kestrel.    Rogerstown north hide: 2 Buzzards, a Kestrel, a Sparrowhawk, a Kingfisher & a Peregrine hunting in flooded field. A Merlin perched on a post west of south hide.AR

North Bull Island:  
The BirdWatch Ireland Wicklow Branch visited the The North Bull Island in the afternoon where they recorded a total of 43 species. Highlights included the female Blue-winged Teal & a pair of Gadwall south of the causeway, a female Kingfisher, a hybrid Carrion X Hooded Crow & a pair of Red-breasted Mergansers north of the causeway & an adult Peregrine hunting overhead, trying to catch a Teal in full flight! Some nice pics from the outing by James Hayes can be found on the BirdWatch Ireland Wicklow Branch Facebook page:  NTK

Pintail at North Bull Island (Photo by Brian McDonnell)

9 December 2011
Rogerstown north hide: 2 Buzzards, a Kestrel, a Stonechat & a Peregrine. M50 at Finglas exit: 1 Buzzard.AR 

Stonechat at Rogerstown (Photo by Adrian Rooney)


Peregrine at Rogerstown (Photo by Adrian Rooney)








8 December 2011
Bull Island:   Shoveler ducks - 3 male and 1 female at Dollymount causeway.MS

Shoveler at Dollymount Causeway (Photo by Mark Swords)

6 December 2011
DCU playing fields of Ballymun Road: Approx 300 Brent Geese and 20-30 Oystercatchers present today.PF

Rogerstown:   Low tide counts from the Rogerstown Estuary south hide this afternoon produced 50 Light-bellied Brent Geese, 115 Shelduck, 330 Wigeon, 520+ Teal, 70 Mallard, 6 Shoveler, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Little Egrets, 18 Little Grebes, a Buzzard, a Sparrowhawk, a Water Rail, 650 Lapwing, 250 Golden Plover, 90 Curlew, 2 Greenshank, 180 Redshank, 110 Black-tailed Godwits, 275 Black-headed Gulls, 1 adult Mediterranean Gull, 16 Common Gulls, 385 Herring Gulls & 55 Great Black-backed Gulls. Lots of passerine activity on the walk down to the hide through Turvey, most notably 2 Blackcaps & 2 Fieldfares along with good numbers of finches & buntings (100+ Chaffinches, 100+ Greenfinches, 40+ Linnets and <10 of Yellowhammers, Reed Buntings, Bullfinches, Goldfinches & Lesser Redpolls). NTK

5 December 2011
An adult Ring-billed Gull was seen at Merrion Gates (11:00) & a Spotted Redshank was roosting in Booterstown Marsh (12:15). NTK

Drogheda:  2 Waxwing flew over my house calling at 8.30am.BS

4 December 2011
Sonairte, Laytown, Co.Meath:  1 Spotted Redshank, 15 Redshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Turnstone, 1 Snipe,1 Ringed Plover, 1 Sparrowhawk, 30 Teal, 18 Wigeon, 10 Mallard and 1 male Pintail along the nature trail walk. There was no sign of the Spotted Sandpiper.BS 

Oystercatchers, Tolka River Valley Park Finglas (Photo by Brian Carruthers)

3 December 2011
DCU playing fields of Ballymun Road: 50-60 Brent Geese landed for a time at around 4 o'clock before being chased by a dog.PF

1 December 2011

Red Kite, tagged blue&white, at Lusk (Photo by Brian Carruthers)

Red Kite, tagged blue&white, at Lusk (Photo by Brian Carruthers)

Oystercatcher at Dutton (Photo by Dave MacPherson)


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