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31 December 2013

Stonechat at Bull Wall (Photo by Brian McDonnell)

Pintail and Redshank at Bull Wall (Photo by Brian McDonnell)

22 December 2013
                                                                                                                          Female Scaup at Broadmeadows Estuary (Photo by Brian Carruthers)

Rogerstown Estuary/Turvey Park:  numerous Wigeon, Teal,
Lapwing, Mallard, Brent Geese, Black-tailed Godwit, Golden Plover, Shelduck, Oystercatcher, Redshank, Curlew, Dunlin;  GULLS & a large flock of Finches, Linnets & Buntings (200+) feeding along the path way. With a relatively small selection of Sanderling, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Cormorants, Little Grebe, Shoveler, Greenshank and Ringed Plover. 3 Grey Plover, 3 Buzzards, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk & a Red Kite



Broadmeadows Estuary: spotted among the usual fare were numerous Snipe, Great-crested Grebe in winter plumage, Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser and 2 female Scaup spotted by John Fields the previous day, one still feeding in the same area close to the estuary bank, while the other stayed with some of the Mergansers.BC


Male and female Red-breasted Mergansers at Broadmeadows Estuary (Photo by Brian Carruthers)

19 December 2013

Sutton:  3 Long-tailed ducks (possibly more (didn't have binoculars with me) at rear of Marine Hotel Sutton @ 1-20pm (tide in).BC

16 December 2013

Ballymun:  While driving down the Old Ballymun Road, I spotted 2 Jays flying along the edge of Santry Woods.BC

15 December 2013

Jay at Oldtown Wood, Phoenix Park (Photo by Brian McDonnell)

Treecreeper at Oldtown Wood, Phoenix Park (Photo by Brian McDonnell)

Tolka Valley Park: On my early morning dog walk in Tolka River Valley Park Finglas, birds spotted among everyday species were Kingfisher, Dipper, 2 Grey Wagtails and a Raven been harried by Jackdaws...
Rogerstown:  On my drive to Rogerstown & Turvey, I turned off at Swords after sighting a Red Kite circling over Broadmeadows estuary, with no luck getting a photo. While stopping at the old bridge, spotted a Kingfisher flyby and resting up a bit to far away for a good camera shot. 
Turvey:  Arriving at Turvey South Hide, meeting up with John Fields who had already spotted a Hen Harrier (RT) bracketing the area, other birds of the day were 5 Buzzards (sighted at the same time out different hide windows by spotters) a pair of Peregrines hunting over the dump for a good hour, with 2 Kestrels along with the everyday birds in the area, and then the Hen Harrier (RT) returned and rested up 300m away, giving everyone a good scope view.BC

Hen Harrier at Turvey (Photo by Brian Carruthers)

12 December 2013

Howth:  Four Purple Sandpipers on seaward side of East Pier, Howth.DMacP

One of four Purple Sandpipers at Howth (Photo by Dave MacPherson)

11 December 2013

Bull Island:  6 Long-tailed Ducks (in the channel between the point and Sutton) highest number on the island for a few years; and 6 Red-breasted Mergansers.EK

10 December 2013

  26 Whooper Swan at Gortlum, Mount Seskin, near Brittas, Co Dublin at 3 pm including at least 3 juveniles. My first time seeing them there this year.LO'B

Little Egret on the Deansgrange Stream close to Village (Photo by James Cavanagh)

8 December 2013

Bull Island:  2 Snow Bunting seen near the road down to the beach from the south car park on Bull Island, just before 4pm.BBG

Blackrock:  Mediterranean Gull along with Black-headed Gulls at Sea Point, near Blackrock, Co. Dublin at 2pm.LO'B

7 December 2013

Baldoyle towards Portmarnnock DART station today circa 3.30pm: 2 Buzzards over the estuary between Baldoyle and Portmarnock golf club.DO'C

5 December 2013

Grey Heron on the River Tolka
(Photo by Mick Kelly)

2 December 2013

Mistle Thrush (one of a flock of 6) in the Phoenix Park (Photo by Liam Kane)

Bull Island:  3 Gadwall (River Santry Outflow), 500+Dunlin (North Saltmarsh edges roosting at high tide), 1 Merlin (North Saltmarsh/Alder Marsh), 3 Long-tailed Ducks ( Sutton Creek), 1 Kestrel (Alder Marsh), 4 Stonechats (Alder Marsh), 350+ Mixed Finch Flock (North Saltmarsh- biggest flocks I've seen could be up to 500 birds mostly Linnets but good numbers of Goldfinches). 150 Black-tailed Godwits (North Saltmarsh), 20 Turnstones (North Saltmarsh), 6 Greenshank (Coastal Path), 15 Grey Plover (North Saltmarsh).EK

Black-tailed Godwits at the North Saltmarsh, Bull Island (Photo by Edd Kealy)

Merlin at the North Saltmarsh/Alder Marsh, Bull Island (Photo by Edd Kealy)


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