1 March, 2008
The new Dublin Swallow over James Terrace, Malahide is
being faithful to that area.DdeB
A fine adult Mediterranean Gull was on the playing pitch beside
the bus terminus at UCD early this morning.LB Redpoll on the peanut
feeder in Howth garden. HQ ( a bird friendly prize winning garden of
Golden Plover at Swords today. John Fox
Two Buzzards seen yesterday at Newbridge House (photo one
A lovely spring day in Dublin and at least one lucky birder was out while
the rest of us were at work!!!. One Twite was seen with Linnets and 7 Lapland
Buntings were at north-east end of the field at Lowtherstown. At
least 3 Yellowhammers were singing in the area with over 40 Tree
Sparrows on the track down. 1 adult Peregrine chased a Redshank
into the water and then caught it as it tried to take off again!
Large numbers of Common Scoter were close in. A Water
Pipit was under the M50 bridge on the north side of the estuary at
Swords while a Ruff was on the south
side. 5 Brambling at Rogerstown together with
a pair of Bullfinches showing well and another 10 Yellowhammers.
No sign of the Black Redstart or Glaucous Gull at Balbriggan but 1
Great Northern Diver was close in at Skerries. Rob Vaughan
had a very good day today!! One Swallow does not a summer make .... But there was one hawking flies over the town of Malahide
at 17.00 hrs! Also at Swords Estuary 940 Brents, 210 Black-tailed and 110 Bar-tailed Godwits,
1645 Golden Plovers, 185 Redshanks, 580 Black-headed Gulls, 17 fine adult Lesser Black-backs, 85 Dunlin, 41 Knot, etc.
Up at Lurgan Green in the morning were 390 Greylags feeding on the saltmarsh -- possibly with a few Pink-feet and Greenland White-fronts -- but long range into sun glare made it difficult to be sure.OM
Wagtail, Balscadden. Bill Quinn
24 February, 2008
Little Egret at Tymon Park on Limekiln Road and still reported present
up to 26 February. Rob's Mom.( Mrs Vaughan). A few Tolka Branchers
ventured to Co Fermanagh today and were very pleased to see the
spectacularly colourful male Red Crested Pochard at Lough Barry
which was reported on BINS. One Waxwing was reported in a north facing garden in Churchtown, Dublin
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Iceland Gull, Bullock Harbour. John Fox
Adult Mediterranean Gull, Sandycove. Eric
23 February, 2008
A great day with 22 people enjoying the mild weather on todays Tolka
Branch outing to south Dublin. Gannets diving at Sandymount strand and
Mediterranean Gulls at Sandycove obligingly showing 1st yr., 2nd yr. and adult plumages in various hood
stages too. Iceland Gull was at Bullock Harbour and a Raven at Vico
Road completed the birding. This was followed by lunch at the Queens in
Dalkey. DMcC One adult Mediterranean Gull was on the green behind Crumlin childrens
hospital at lunchtime today. RV 8 Lapland Bunting, flock of 29
Yellowhammer at Lowtherstown & large rafts of Common Scoter offshore.DOM
Scandinavian type Jackdaw seen at Belgard
today. RV In Co Louth a flock of 73 Greylags in a grass field beside the Commons road (between Lurgangreen and the railway line).A very nice and obliging first winter
Glaucous Gull feeding on the beach at Cruisetown, with four Tree Sparrows in a bramble nearby.
In Dublin , a Reeve was at at the top of Swords Estuary, with
945 Brents, 97 Mute Swans, 80 Lapwing, 30 Black-tailed
Godwits, etc. Very high water so few waders about -- probably at Malahide, where the tide was out.OM
Redpoll in Stillorgan today 19 Feb. Manus
Treecreeper, Botanic Gardens 18 Feb. John
Female Blackcap yesterday in Fingal.Dave
17 February, 2008
Twite seen again at Rogerstown. HQ Also Brambling
below. PL 1 Short- eared Owl 1 female Kestrel,1
female Merlin at Newcastle airfield today. AR.
Brambling at Rogerstown today. Pat Lenihan
16 February, 2008
Glaucous Gull and Black Redstart still at Balbriggan. AK Big
news today from Rogerstown, a Twite
was seen with the finches at Rogerstown. Rare on the east coast we believe
that it is 12 years since this species was observed in Rogerstown. Two Jack Snipe
at Portmarnock Marsh this afternoon DD
We could not let the day go by. Happy Valentines Day boys and girls!
Dundalk , numbers of waterbirds are starting to go down, with a total of just over
21,000 (excluding the Cooley Peninsula). The main species were Brents (404), Shelduck (214), Teal (351), Pintail (187), Oystercatcher (4350), Golden Plover (3035), Lapwing (905), Knot (4190), Dunlin (3940), Black-tailed Godwit (440), Bar-tailed Godwit (1040), Curlew (210), Redshank (825), and three
Ruffs in Dundalk Harbour.OM
at Glendalough. John Fox
Fieldfare at Glendalough. John Fox
Serious Tolka Branch birders were up before dawn today at Glendalough!
( we are sooo impressed) There were 13 Goosanders on the upper lake when the sun came
up, 4 male and 9
female, 3 Jays, many Longtailed, Coal and Blue Tits, a few Song and Mistle Thrush a single
Redpoll and a Treecreeper near the upper car park. A Peregrine
Falcon was seen on the dead trees above the lake to the north and a
Raven with nesting material flew over.A Grey Wagtail was seen on the stream to the south of the lake.
A single Yellowhammer near the Mottee stone at Croneban above the Vale of Avoca but no Red Kite.
3 Fieldfare were near Redcross.JF,GFi GFr See photos above.
Scaup with Pochard. John Fox
What a beautiful day in Dublin! A pair of Juvenile Scaup from the North side of Swords Estuary seen with the
Pochard. A mixed flock of finches seen at Rogerstown South Side in the field of flax before the
hide, 5 Brambling. Greenfinches, Chaffinches, and Goldfinches. Linnet and Reed Bunting were also seen.
A number of Yellowhammers were seen on Saturday but not today. A male Sparrow Hawk
which was observed chasing the finches without success at that time.JF
There was a Carrion Crow on the Bull.A "flock" of ten
Red Kites using a gentle updraught were
seen on the hills about 7 km north of Arklow town -- along with a Buzzard and a
Kestrel. A wonderful sight. A local farmer told Oscar he thought they were feeding on squashed frogs and rats on the road.OM
A second year Glaucous Gull was seen today opposite the Marble Arch
pub in Drimnagh between 1-3pm today. RV ( what next ... a Tolka Branch
outing to Drimnagh instead of Bullock Harbour???"!!)1 Siskin this p.m. in Howth on the feeder in
Heather's garden. Phew!
2 Long Tailed Tits still around.HQ At Bullock Harbour 5 Little Gulls (1 ad & 4 first winter ) were off shore.Further south in Killiney Bay at the Shanganagh outflow 10
Little Gulls ( 5 ad & 5 first winter), c80 Fulmars & 2
Med Gulls fed with the gull flock in a fresh SE wind.A flock of 45 Hooded Crows were on the beach &
2 Ravens flew over. NK.
Record shots of Black-throated Diver found
inland at Lough Sheelin.
( note the thigh patch in above shot). Aidan Kelly
10 February, 2008
Male Blackcap and 2 Siskins at Castleknock garden. At
Kilcoole numerous Shags displaying their crests, small number of Red- throated
Divers and a group of approx 40 Whooper Swans.AL Now
for some out- of- town news, there was a very interestng record of a Black-throated Diver
together with a redhead Smew.in the Co. Meath section of Lough Sheelin at Derrysheridan
today. The Diver was seen in both the Meath and Cavan sections of the lake last
month on the I-WeBS count, and was then a first record for Co. Cavan! AK
See record shots above
Lucan. Shay Connolly
9 February 2008
1 Black Redstart, 1 Grey Wagtail
still showing at Balscadden.HQ 40+ Siskins in Lucan garden. SC
At Declan Manley's Ringing Station in Edenderry this morning,
there was an unusually high number of Siskins caught in the mist
nets and ringed. LB 1 male Blackcap 2 Ravens 8 Great
Northern Divers and the Glaucous Gull still at Balbriggan
Harbour seen from Aidan's Bremore Apartment.AK.
at Lucan, Shay Connolly
Circa 20 Mediterranean Gulls in Scotsman's Bay,
Sandycove along with large numbers of gulls feeding on the upwelling due to high tide and strong winds. No further sign of the Red-necked Grebe at the Poolbeg, but two
1st-winter Glaucous Gulls were feeding in the River Liffey from here. NK
Just got a ringing report from the BTO - a Cormorant
chick ringed by Tolka Branch members on Ireland's Eye in June 2007 was
found off the coast of Spain, 1850 km away from Dublin after 135
A winter plumaged Curlew Sandpiper was at the head of
Swords estuary - almost under the Motorway bridge. Also two first winter Scaup
on the open water - one in with the Pochard flock.DOM
The Poolbeg Red-necked Grebe was again present throughout the day. NK, NTK,
EOF Glaucous Gull still present today at Balbriggan Pier.AK
7 Long-Tailed Tits on feeders this p.m. in Howth. HQ
present near the Zoo.SG
Redwing in Phoenix Park. Sean Geraty
Adult Ring-billed Gull
with 2 Common Gulls and a few Black-headed Gulls on a green behind
Crumlin Childrens Hospital . RV A Red-necked Grebe was found off the Poolbeg this evening. NK
View from the base of the pier beside the large square concrete hut. Look north towards the Bull Wall and right of the green lighthouse in the middle of the River Liffey. Present with several Great Crested Grebes. The use of a zoom eye-piece is advised for adequate views. The bird dives in quick succession and may "disappear" for extended
Siskin in Lucan. Sean Geraty
3 February, 2008
Today at Rogerstown there was a 1st.wn. Little
Gull. Also the Spotted Redshank, a Peregrine and a
Buzzard. At least 12 Bramblings were with the large finch flock, some males getting into Summer plumage.
3 Little Gulls (2 ad, 1 1st. wn.) at Swords
and 200 Pink-footed Geese in Malahide area . AK, PK One ad. and the 1st. wn.
Little Gull were still there this evening.
AK 3 Siskins (2 male and 1 female) in Glasnevin garden.GFi
20 Goldfinches, 6 Redpolls and 3 Siskins
at Lucan garden. SG
Little Gull at Swords today. Eric Dempsey
2 February, 2008
1st W. Glaucous Gull
showing very well today in Balbrigan Harbour. Black Redstart
still there too. At least
5 Lapland Buntings
still with the Skylarks
at Lowtherstown/Bremore.AK. Out of town there were 4 Long- tailed
off Salterstown on the Co Louth coast with a flock of 8
Common Scoters, 2 Great Northern Divers, 2 small unidentifiable grebes (probably
Slavonian) and 20 Great-crested
Grebes some of which were coming into breeding plumage.
Excellent close fly-by over the road of a magnificent Buzzard
between Hermitage and Cruisetown. 12 Whooper Swans ( 3 adults and 9
juveniles) in a flooded field in the same area.LB (for directions
pp 105-109 Finding Birds in Ireland, Dempsey and O Clery,2007)
Glaucous Gull, Balbriggan. Aidan Kelly
at Shankill this morning. KG
A first winter male Scaup was with the Pochard flock at Swords estuary.
Female Siskin in Glasnevin garden. GFi 71 Mute Swans
, 72 Mallard, 5200 Golden Plover, 620 Lapwing, 500 Black-headed Gulls, 230 Brents, 160
Dunlin, 110 Bar-tailed Godwits, 210 Black-tailed Godwits.
Golden Plover Flock, Swords. Brian Keogh
A flock of
c.150+ finches and 3 Buzzards were present between Windgates and Greystones today. The finch flock consisted of
42+ Brambling and 26+
Tree Sparrows with the remainder comprised of Chaffinches,
Greenfinches and Linnets. Directions : heading south from Bray on the coast road, go up and over the hill at Windgates and continue downhill towards Greystones. The birds are present in a harvested maize field behind the first bus stop with a lay-by on the right. NK
Drake Mandarin, a pair of Dippers, a Kingfisher and a
Jay on the Dargle River upstream of Bray Town Bridge. OM
Glaucous Gull, Balbriggan. Aidan Kelly
27 January, 2008 Super Sunday - great birds
about for short listers - no excuse!!
A sunny, calm day in Dublin and plenty of birdwatchers out this
morning on the Bull Island causeway with thousands of ducks, gulls,
geese and waders on show! At Sandymount this evening there was
a Slavonian Grebe, a first winter Yellow-legged
Gull, 12+ Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Ring-billed
Gulls. At Sandycove there were 18 more Mediterranean
Gulls. ED,PK At Balscadden, Howth a Chiffchaff was
the Black Redstart was also present.GFr 1st Winter
Glaucous Gull (amazing creature - see Aidan's photo above) at Balbriggan pier today and later at the rocks below the
Martello tower. Male Black Redstart still at Balbriggan Harbour too today.AK
1 Buzzard at Kilcoole.2 Kestrels, 2 Little Egrets, 1
Merlin & 2 Short- eared Owls at Newcastle. AR
there was 1 female Merlin, 1 imm Peregrine, 1 Spotted
Redshank c 10 Redpoll c20 Siskin 74 Greylag
Geese plus a further 28 flew over in the morning. In with the big mixed big mixed flock of
Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch & Linnet were 4 Brambling, 4
Bullfinch, 2 Yellowhammer.DOM
Also three birders had nice views of 3 Stoats in various parts of the
Blackcap, Santry. Brian Keogh
Linnet at Dun Laoghaire. Manus Curran
A 1st-winter Glaucous Gull was at the Poolbeg. It looks similar to the bird seen recently around the Killiney Bay area.NK
Bramblings today at Phoenix Park. Sean
20 January, 2008
3 Lapland Buntings showing well on
the ground at Lowtherstown with the Skylarks. At sea 6 Great Northern
Divers and the Pink-footed Goose is still
at Bremore. Adult male Black Redstart
still at Balbriggan Harbour. About 12
Fulmars are back inspecting
breeding sites on the cliffs along the beach just south of Balbriggan
Harbour. AK One Short- eared Owl at Newcastle airfield .AR
19 January, 2008
At a flooded Kilcoole today the following were the highlights:2 Short-eared Owls over Newcastle airfield. A female Common
Pochard was among the Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, Whooper Swans, Mute Swans, Lapwing, Curlew
and Coot and around 20 Northern Shovelers. Four Bewick's Swans
(two adults and two juveniles) over flew heading south. Among the Pale-bellied
Brent were two Dark-bellied specimens, one of which had some characteristics of a
Black Brant. Offshore, many Shags and Red-throated Divers were supplemented
by three Great Northern Divers. A Peregrine was also present.MS
on the Bull, John Fox
Climate change news. We dont
generally do environment news . There are many others who do. But in case
you missed the headline elsewhere today " Pintails and
Common Scoter facing extinction" Yikes.. Not good ...You may
wish to look at the new BTO Atlas survey http://www.rspb.org.uk/Images/birdsonthemove_tcm9-180310.pdf
like we should set the table for more than just Cattle Egrets
escaping changing environments .
More space perhaps needed for Scops Owl, Purple Heron, Serin and
Hoopoe? They may be looking for new territory in Ireland??
A search for the Lapland Buntings in Lotherstown was not productive
today but there were 200+ Brent with the Pink-footed
Goose, good numbers of Chaffinch and Goldfinch, 15+ Yellowhammer, 25+
Tree Sparrow, a few Reed Bunting, and an interesting
record of 75+ Skylarks, 3 Meadow Pipits, 1 Kestrel, , 100+
Lapwing. Offshore there were 20+ Common Scoter, 5 Red-
throated Diver, 1 Guillemot with good numbers of Shag, Cormorant, Oyster Catcher and Turnstone.GFi
A 1st winter Glaucous Gull, 2 Little Gulls, 4 Mediterranean Gulls
and 2 Kittiwakes were
with the gull flock at the Shanganagh outflow in Killiney Bay. NK.
An enormous high spring tide in Dublin Bay today (earth and moon at their closest, low atmospheric pressure, seiche effect of SE gales, etc.) and all the flats at Sandymount/Merrion were covered for nearly three hours either side of high tide. All the south side waders were crammed on what little of the Merrion/Booterstown spit remained above water -- 290 Oystercatchers, 125 Ringed Plovers,
2,710 Knots, 1,415 Dunlins, 435 Bar-tailed Godwits, 50 Turnstones, etc. Booterstown Marsh was very flooded, but the new islands held 225 Redshanks.OM
possible Twite on the Bull Island causeway may be a Mealy Redpoll. MH Worth
checking this bird out if you are on the Bull over the next few
2 Red Grouse at Sally Gap/Luggala.AR
760 Common Scoters offshore at Dundalk Bay today and flocks of 56 and 27
Whooper Swans onshore. OM
waterbirds in the main part of Dundalk Bay of which the following were the main species: Brent Goose (690), Shelduck (285), Mallard (525), Teal (600), Wigeon (245), Pintail (380), Oystercatcher (4,810), Lapwing (2,035),
Knot (6,450), Dunlin (4,050),Curlew (320), Black-tailed Godwit (1,320), Bar-tailed Godwit (2,625), Redshank (395). Strangely, there were only 340 Golden Plover, 360 Black-headed Gulls and 40 Common Gulls. However, the "missing" gulls were on the shore north of Clogher Head, where 3,500 Common Gulls and 1,000 Black-headed Gulls (along with 250 Herring Gulls, 760 Knot and 780 Oystercatchers) were feasting in a feeding frenzy on hundreds of thousands of freshly dead Common Otter Shells
Lutraria lutraria washed up on the tide line. These are big bivalves, up to 130 mm long, from burrows in muddy sands in the lower shore and the sublittoral, with syphons that can extend over 200 mm to the sediment surface. Plenty of meat for the birds to eat! I don't know what caused the mass mortality -- perhaps the severe storm on Tuesday night churned up the sediments and washed them ashore.
are grateful to Oscar Merne for these interesting observations from
his iWebs count.
Black Redstart, Balscadden. John Fox
Blackcaps also appearing in Rathmines garden over past few days. AF
Large mobile flocks of winter thrushes are currently present in the fields northeast of the Vartry Reservoir. One field held c.200+ thrushes of which c.80% were
Fieldfare with the rest being made up of Redwing and a few
Mistle Thrushes. 2 Little Egrets making use of the very low water levels in the mid-section of the reservoir is an interesting record for the site. NK NTK
The finch flock is still feeding at the north end of Blackditch ECNR but there is no sign of the Brambling. A hybrid
Carrion X Hooded Crow is present here. A 1st-winter Greenland White-fronted Goose was with c.65
Greylag Geese in the back fields just north of Newcastle Airfield. Large numbers of Wigeon and c.20 Shoveler are present in the flooded channels south of The Breaches. Webb's field is inundated with water and as a result the
Whooper Swans and Brent Geese are feeding out of sight in the fields inland from here.
Lapwing and Golden Plover are present in good numbers along with a few
Black-tailed Godwits and singles each of Grey Plover and Knot which are scarce birds in Wicklow. A minimum of 35
Red-throated Divers are offshore along with a single Great Northern
An adult Carrion Crow is at Cabinteely Park. NK
(This bird is different to the one seen recently in Keogh's garden, which we believe to be a 1st-winter.)
7 January, 2008:
A large adult Ring-billed Gull was at the Poolbeg. NK
The Pink-footed Goose has now moved in with the Brent flock in the fields at
Bremore, just south of Lowtherstown.AK Also remember that 5-6 Lapland Buntings
have been seen up to recently in the big field at
Lowtherstown over recent days /weeks so chances are they are still there!.
Tolka Branch's HOT
NEW bird race
team - the Northside
Nightjars - scored well today with 86
birds seen in the day. Congrats to Ger, Mir, Gerald and John!! Well done.
to Niall Keogh we are delighted this year to once again bring
you this special report of the Bird Race sightings.
Dublin Bird Race 2008
6 teams took part with a grand total of 118 species seen on the day. The winning team (Raving Loons) set a new record with 110 species!
Some notable sightings reported on the day include :
Pink-footed Goose at Cardy Rocks near Balbriggan.
2 Lapland Buntings and a Merlin at Lowtherstown.
The female Blue-winged Teal was again on the Bull, seen south of the causeway at the outflow with the
Shoveler flock. A Gadwall, a Peregrine and a Carrion Crow
were also seen north of the causeway.
(Note : The Carrion Crow has a hint of grey on the 'trousers'...indicating some Hooded Crow genes?)
Great Northern Divers were seen at both Skerries and Howth.
Single Black Redstarts were seen at Balbriggan and Balscadden.-
see photo above
A 1st winter Glaucous Gull and 2nd winter Iceland Gull were at Skerries.
c.10 Brambling are still present at Rogerstown with 2 Ruff and the
Spotted Redshank being seen from the hide.
Treecreepers were reported from Cabinteely Park, St. Anne's Park and the Botanic Gardens.
2 Fulmars were seen off Howth, 2 Gannets were flying north at Sorrento Point and Kittiwakes were seen at Howth and Killiney Bay.
Kingfishers were seen at Deansgrange and the Botanic Gardens.
Adult Ring-billed Gulls were seen at Merrion Gates and Irishtown.
A Water Rail was seen at dusk at Knock Lake.
Tree Sparrow flocks were present on the north side of Rogerstown and on the back roads between Baldoyle and Swords.
A Buzzard at Lehaunstown was a notable sighting for the southside.
Jay was seen at Hellfire Wood.
A Ruff, a Mediterranean Gull and a Little Egret were at Swords along with a nice flock of
Pochard with some Tufted Duck in the estuary.
2 Little Gulls were at the outflow at Shanganagh with another seen nearby at Coliemore Harbour.
Purple Sandpipers were seen at the East Pier, Dun Laoghaire.
No Greylag Geese were seen and both Dunnock and Collard Dove were hard to find on the day!!!
c.30 Little Gulls (2 1st winters), c.50
Kittiwakes, a dozen Fulmars and a dozen Mediterranean Gulls were in Killiney Bay sheltering from the strong SW gales. NK
Springtime already in Glasnevin?! Male and female Blackcaps in
Eric's garden. A Carrion Crow visited
the Keogh's garden at Johnstown near Cabinteely. NK NTK
18 Mediterranean Gulls were seen in Kilbogget Park. The group comprised of 11 adults, 3 2nd winters and 4 1st winters. NK
A Ruff was present at Swords and a 1st winter Glaucous Gull was seen late evening flying over Red Island at Skerries going to roost on Colt Island. Several
Brambling were still to be found at Rogerstown. NTK & B P
at Swords on 1st Jan, scoped from the seat on
the southside of the estuary. It was seen doing its characteristic "bouncing" action at the edge of the vegetation. Unfortunately the
tide was a little bit high for Snipe on Saturday 5 January so this bird
was not seen on the Bird Race. AK Large numbers of Teal and Lapwing were present in Webbs' field, Kilcoole this afternoon. Smaller numbers of Wigeon, Brent Geese and Golden Plover added to the masses utilizing the now nicely flooded pasture. A drake
Green-winged Teal was seen well here and is most likely a returning individual. Also of note were 19
Shoveler (a high count for the site), 100+ Greylag Geese in the back fields and 3 Little Egrets.
At Blackditch ECNR there is a large flock of Greenfinches feeding in the seed patch at the north end of the reserve, by the road. A female
Brambling, Chaffinches, Linnets, Goldfinches and a
Redpoll were also with the flock. A small group of Siskin and a
Kestrel were also seen here. NTK
On the last day of 2007 at Rogerstown the Spotted Redshank was showing well. There was a flock of
Brambling, Reed Bunting, and all the finches also Long tailed
Tits, a Buzzard and Peregrine Falcon. GF 120 Brent
Geese on the soccer pitches next to the Ashleaf Centre in
Walkinstown.RV Black Redstart at Balscadden today. AK
December , 2007
The winter gulls are in Dublin now so great opportunity to see them
over the holiday period. First winter Glaucous Gull and
sub-adult Iceland Gulls at Sandymount this
shot of Snipe on the Bull. Mir Harris
Male Blackcap in Santry. Brian Keogh
An adult Dark-bellied Brent Goose was with the Brent flock at Sean Moore Park. NK At least 5 Lapland Buntings at
Female Blackcap in Ger's garden in Glasnevin. GF 2 Snipe
were seen on the Bull on the north side of the Causeway - see Mir Harris'
photo above. Black Redstart at Balscadden today. AK
Hen Harrier over rough ground beside the hangars at Newcastle.AR
Blackcaps are beginning to come into gardens now with cooler weather
and less food about. A beautiful Christmas day photo of a welcome visitor
to Brian's garden in Santry is above. BK 4 Black Guillemots chasing each other and calling in squeaky insistent
fashion at the Sean O Casey Bridge, beside the Docklands offices in the
early morning sunshine today. LB
said ducks were boring?? We love Pintails and there are well over
200 at the Bull, north of the causeway, at the moment. Photo, Cian Merne.
At the Glen of the Downs and Delgany this morning nice to find Jays, lots of
Long-tailed Tits, a couple Treecreepers, a flock of Siskins
and Redpolls. Blackbirds were the most numerous birds at these
locations. OM One male Kestrel on the N3 Mulhuddart, 54 Mute
Swans on the Grand Canal at Harold's Cross bridge.AR
A Black Redstart has been seen on and off
over the past few weeks in Balscadden, Howth. HQ The bird seems to prefer
sunny conditions and an empty beach (dont we all...). The bird has been
seen on the left of the beach under the apartments. Nice bird to get if
you are out birding in Howth over Christmas. There were 410 Brents feeding on the playing fields at Sean Moore Park, Irishtown.OM
2 Ravens at the top of Powerscourt waterfall.AR Adult male Black Redstart at Balbriggan
Goldcrest, Botanic Gardens. John Fox
Male Blackcap singing at Shankill this morning. KG
Female Blackcap in a Santry garden this morning eating the remains of the
Pyracantha berries.BK A Little Egret flew east-southeast at Johnstown, near Cabinteely this morning. Most likely heading for Kilbogget Park where they occur occasionally during the winter months. Female
Blackcap still present at Johnstown, Cabinteely, although not taking to apples provided just yet. Still foraging in trees and shrubs.NTK
350 Brent Geese flew up the Liffey this morning in spectacular V
formation turning south-west at the Four Courts.LB. After a very
good breeding season these may be adventurous juveniles leaving the
parents on the Bull to seek new feeding grounds of their own.
16 December, 2007
An northern/eastern race Jackdaw was seen
in Cabra near Quarry Road junction this morning.KG This bird has a white
patches on the side of the neck looking like a shawl.Overall the bird is
more grey than our local Jackdaws.
15 December, 2007
At Dundalk Bay today there were c.31,000 birds, the main species being
Great Northern Diver (18), Brent Goose (339), Shelduck (193),
Wigeon (356), Teal (383), Mallard (512), Pintail (80), Oystercatcher (5,700), Ringed Plover (130),
Golden Plover (7,044), Lapwing (2,739), Knot (4,323), Dunlin
(1,760), Black-tailed Godwit (1,401), Bar-tailed Godwit (811), Curlew (290), Redshank (243), Black-headed Gull (3,552), Common Gull (251), and Herring Gull (393). Nice to see Little Egrets, Merlin, Peregrine and Sparrowhawk too.OM
Arklow earlier this week a Peregrine, a Buzzard and a Red Kite
were present.OM 2 Male Blackcaps in a Mulhuddart garden AR.
12 Brent Geese seen over Kildare Street at 8.30am flying inland.LB 30 Brent
Geese flying inland over Harolds Cross early today and
yesterday. Would be interesting to know where they are going? 2
Cormorants and 8 or 9 Tufted Duck are new in to the canal
also at Harrolds Cross.RV
Swan at Swords. Brian Keogh