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28 February 2011
Male and female Mandarin Ducks in Liffey River.KB

Pink-footed Goose at Broadmeadows (Photo by Kristina Braz)

Broadmeadows:  The Pink-footed Goose was in the middle of the Mute Swans today taking bread today.BK

Pink-footed Goose at Broadmeadows (Photo by Brian Keogh)

Bewick Swan at Kilcoole (Photo by Pat Lenihan)

27 February 2011
At Swords Estuary today the ad. Little Gull, Pink-footed Goose and 4 Whooper Swans were all still present.AK

26 February 2011
Great-crested Grebe on a small lake near Durnesh lake, Co.Donegal (Photo by Ciaran Walsh)

24 February 2011
My first sighting this year of a Little Egret at Rogerstown Estuary this afternoon.BK

Cormorant at Blessington Basin, Dublin  (Photo by Eugene Dolan)

Brent Geese at Baldoyle (Photo by Cian Merne)

23 February 2011

Robin who's determined to be heard, Howth (Photo by Bill Quinn)

22 February 2011
The 4 Whooper Swans (without the Pink-footed Goose) were showing well at Broadmeadows, Swords today.BK

Two of the 4 Whooper Swans at Broadmeadows, Swords (Photo by Brian Keogh)

Three of the 4 Whooper Swans at Broadmeadows, Swords (Photo by Brian Keogh)

21 February 2011
Roost at 17:65 in Westmoreland Street , Dublin :  Over 100 Pied Wagtails spiralled from the sky and attached themselves leaf-like to the plane trees – akin to autumn in reverse.RD

20 February 2011
There were 12 Great Northern Divers offshore between Balbriggan and Bremore today. An Ad.Mediterranean Gull at Gormanston.   Swords:  4 Scaup, 4 Whooper Swans and an ad. Little Gull. AK

19 February 2011
Today between 12 noon and 12.45 a minimum of 9 Buzzards were soaring over Naul in north County Dublin. They were very high in the sky hence the minimum number being stated.  The group drifted off north from 12.45.JC

Griffith Park: 12 Redwings at the main entrance.  A single Kestrel on a lamp post on the Naas Road.FM

Kilcoole:  2 Bewick Swans, 30 Whooper Swans, 100's of Greylag and Brent Geese and 4 Pintail.  Lots of Teal, Wigeon and Mallard also present.  Down at the Breaches were 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Skylark, 4 Ringed Plover and 1 Reed Bunting.  Out at sea: 12 Red-throated Divers, 1 Great Northern Diver, 6 Shags and 6 Gannets.  At Newcastle:  1 Kestrel.BS

Red-throated Diver, Kilcoole (Photo by Brendan Sheils)

Ringed Plover, Kilcoole (Photo by Brendan Sheils)

18 February 2011
Howth Garden:  A single Brambling was seen on our peanut feeder yesterday and to-day.HQ

17 February 2011
14.00 Finglas:  C. 200 Brent Geese at Tolka Valley Park, Finglas South.DMcC

A calm still day at Swords this afternoon.  Still there the 4 Whooper Swans and Pink-Footed Goose, along with 4 Scaup (3 male and 1 female) and 3 Pochard. Lots of Red-breasted Mergansers and Great-crested Grebes, one in summer plumage. A freshly dead Mute Swan aong roadway, ring tag ZZ9946. IS&PV

16 February 2011
Five Little Egrets, 3 singing Skylarks, 8 Linnets, 1 Merlin and 1 Peregrine seen on the Bull today together with the usual waders and wild fowl.JF

Linnet coming into summer plumage at North Bull, Dublin (Photo by John Fox)

13 February 2011
Ballycon Bog, Co. Offaly:   Hen Harrier and a Merlin seen along a drain, one Golden Plover and a Raven 
At Pollardstown Fen: 6 Redpoll and lots of finches and tits at public entrance.IS&PV

The Blue-winged Teal was still present on the Bull Island today, north of the causeway. Eight Scaup were at Swords estuary.AK

Black-tailed Godwits fighting at Swords (Photo by Aidan Kelly)

Coot at Furry Glen pond, Phoenix Park (Photo by Eugene Dolan)

12 February 2011

At Sandycove at morning low tide, there were 33 Mediterranean Gulls, two with colour bands from NW Germa
ny and NE France.OM

 Buzzards being mobbed by a pair of Hooded Crows at Rush today 
(photo by Cian Merne)


10 February 2011
At Dundalk Bay a total of 28,713 waterbirds of 35 species were counted between Marsh South and Dunany Point. The most numerous were 10,809 Knot, 7,081 Oystercatchers, 2,837 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2,452 Lapwing, 1,020 Golden Plover, 732 Black-headed Gulls, 604 Curlews, 544 Dunlin. There were also 1,675 Knot at Clogher Head.OM



8 February 2011

Blackcap in Dublin garden (Photo by Tom Gregan)

Woodpigeon bathing in the Dodder (Photo by Ger Franck)


6 February 2011

Goldfinch and Redpoll sharing nyger seed and Linnet feeling alone in North Strand (Photos by John Brennan)

At Rogerstown today there was a Dark-bellied Brent with the Brent Geese in the fields up the channel. At Corballis there was an adult Little Gull (probably the same bird as seen yesterday between Malahide and Portmarnock). At Swords Estuary there were 7 Scaup fairly close in from the lay-bys, 5 males and 2 females.AK

On football pitches in St Anne's, Raheny: 165 Curlew, 150 Brent, 44 Black-tailed Godwit and 4 Little Egret, 20 Redwing on the Pitch and Putt Course.GF

Little Egret at St. Anne's Park, Raheny (Photo by Ger Franck)

5 February 2011
An adult Little Gull was present offshore between Portmarnock and Malahide today.AK

Cabinteely: 36 Mediterranean Gulls on the football pitches at Kilbogget Park, Cabinteely this morning.SK

Killester:  2 Male and 1 Female Blackcap in back garden and 2 Mistle Thrush along with 10 Redwing on the green around the corner from the house.MH

Attached is a photo of the Lesser Whitethroat from Drogheda, taken today in miserable conditions!MC

The "Drogheda" Lesser Whitethroat  (Photo by Mark Carmody)

3 February, 2011
Dublin 8:  16 Waxwings seen in a park on Winetavern Street behind Christchurch Cathedral and besides the DCC offices.IS 

2 February 2011

A pair of Gadwall in Corkagh Park(Clondalkin) this morning on the lower lake with the blue bridge going across it, very good views of the birds.
Along with a male Shoveler, around 10 Teal and seven Widgeon. This is a local patch tick for me and i've been birding here for 20 years!! DdeB

1 February 2011
Two Dippers on river Dodder one bringing nest material.TG

Female and Male Brambling in Wicklow (Photos by John Fox)

Goldfinch in Wicklow (Photo by Eric Dempsey)


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