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31 July 2011
Little Gull (2nd summer) at Gormanstown Beach (Photo by Mark Carmody)

A Kingfisher at Cave's Marsh, Malahide. A male Kestrel with prey on James Larkin Rd.GF

Juvenile Marsh Harrier, Tacumshin (Photo by Neil O'Reilly)

30 July 2011
There were 3 Curlew Sandpipers in Summer plumage and an Arctic Tern at Broadmeadows Estuary this morning.BK

Red Kite at Newbridge Demesne Donabate (Photo by Shay Connolly)

27 July 2011

A sample of some photos from a trip to the Great Saltee Island, Wexford on the sunniest day this summer...

Wheatear, Great Saltee Island (Photo by Philip Clancy)

Gannet, Great Saltee Island (Photo by John Fox)

Sedge Warbler, Great Saltee Island (Photo by Ger Franck)

Cuckoo, Juvenile - Great Saltee Island (Photo by John Fox)

Rock Pipit, Great Saltee Island (Photo by John Fox)

Willow Warbler, Great Saltee Island (Photo by Rosemary Doyle)

Reed Bunting Juvenile - Great Saltee, Wexford (Photo by John Fox)

Cuckoo on Great Saltee (Photo by Ger Franck)

A male Sparrowhawk on Winton Road (Ranelagh) and a pair of Ravens flew over Leeson Park calling yesterday evening in the mist.MC

One of the 26 Red Kites at Newbridge Demesne this morning (Photo by Brian Keogh)

25 July 2011
The Little Egrets at Broadmeadows this morning have increased to seven. They are amongst the 20 Herons in the long grass. I'm wondering if they could be a family group returning from their breeding grounds?BK

Gormanstown Beach: Great Tern and Gull activity along the beach today. Lots of adult and juvenile Common Tern, Arctic Tern, Roseate Tern, Sandwich Tern. Small number of waders including 25 Dunlin, 6 Greenshank, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, Redshank, 20+ Ringed Plover, Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit and Oystercatcher. Plenty of Gulls as well, Black-headed Gull, Lesser and Great Black-backed Gull and Common Gull all present along with 1 adult winter Little Gull.BS

24 July 2011
Today at Broadmeadows Estuary : 20 Herons, 3 Little Egrets, 3 Knot (2 in Summer Plumage), 2 Ringed Plover and the usual Black-tailed Godwits, Redshank, Dunlin, Lapwing etc.BK

Newcastle, County Wicklow:  3 juv Sedge Warblers;  also 2 Whitethroat.SC

Sedge Warbler, Juvenile - Newcastle (Photo by Shay Connolly)

Whitethroat, Newcastle (Photo by Shay Connolly)

23 July 2011

While hill walking over War Hill (located just south of Djouce) in Co. Wicklow at about 1.00pm I observed a juvenile White-tailed Sea Eagle soaring high over War Hill while being mobbed by 2 Peregines, I watched it for about 10 minutes before it headed north toweards Glencullen.EM

A Heron taking the early morning sun at St Annes, Raheny (Photo by Ger Franck)

Wheatear at Broadmeadows (Photo by Brian Keogh)

Puffins on Skellig Michael, Kerry (Photo by Rosemary Doyle)

Great Black-backed Gull at Bray (Photo by Cian Merne)

21 July 2011

Heron near Wexford Wildfowl Reserve (Photo by E Dolan)

20 July 2011
This morning a young Blue Tit came to the feeder at my first floor office window in Leeson Street, as they have been doing regularly for some years. This time the young bird flew against the window and I thought there he is again attacking his reflection as they did when they were younger, a few weeks ago. I looked up when I heard a second thump against the window a few seconds later, then I noticed that the young Blue Tit was being pursued by a beautiful Sparrowhawk who swept against the window balcony, wings outstretched. Its the first time I have seen this happen in the city centre! The Blue Tit got away. More than curious as to where the Sparrowhawk is nesting.GMC

19 July 2011

Along the Sluice River at Portmarnock, 4 Little Egrets, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Common Sandpipers and a Kingfisher. A Buzzard soaring and calling overhead. Out on Baldoyle Estuary , 4 more Little Egrets, 8 Greenshank and a Whimbrel. 2 Mediterranean Gulls and 20 Sandwich Terns in with a group of resting gulls. 12 Common Sandpipers at Swords Estuary.GF

Naul:  4 newly fledged Swallows were being fed by their parents at Naul today.JC

Swallow feeding young, Naul (Photo by Joe Curtis)

17 July 2011
Wexford:  a rare summer plumaged Spotted Sandpiper from North America. Still presant at Ladys Island, Wexford.PC

Spotted Sandpiper at Lady's Island, Wexford (Photo by Philip Clancy)

11 July 2011
Common Tern in Arklow (Photo by Philip Clancy)

Black Guillemot on the Liffey (Photo by Philip Clancy)

14 July 2011

Mediterranean Gull at Sandycove (Photo by Ger Franck)

13 July 2011
I had great views of Buzzard flying close to Kinsealy Grange driving range, Old Portmarnock, at about 11am this morning (13th). I think that it could have been a juvenile as it had a very distinctive plaintive call as if it was begging to be fed.BQ

Santry Demense:  1 male Blackcap, 3 Bullfinches (1 male, 1 female, 1 juvenile), lots of Great, Blue and some Coal Tits. 10+ Long-tailed Tits, 2 Treecreepers, 10+ Wrens, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Little Grebe, 20+ Mallards, 2 Mute Swans, 3 Sparrowhawks together calling and circling over some woodland. Lots of Blackbirds, Woodpigeon and Black-headed Gulls and a few Herring Gulls. Plenty of Moorhens and Coots also.EK

12 July 2011
Along the Grand Canal walk in Lucan this evening we saw 6-10 Yellowhammers, 6 Tree Sparrows, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, plenty of Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers and Blackcaps, 1 Buzzard as well as Goldfinch, Linnet, Bullfinch and Greenfinch.IS&PV

Swallow harassing a Peregrine at Curraghbristy mountains Co.Tipperary (Photo by Ciaran Walsh)

11 July 2011
Sandycove:  81 Mediterranean Gulls at Sandycove this evening, including 8 juveniles from 2011 and 3 colour ringed French/Belgium birds.SK

Bull Island:  2 adult Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Golden Plovers, 8 Teal and a Whimbrel.GK

Heron having supper at Swords Estuary (Photo by Ger Franck)

10 July 2011
Along the Mayne River at Baldoyle today, Moorhens, Little Egret, pair of Shelduck, Reed Buntings, Meadow Pipits, Pheasants, Swallows, Stock Doves, Redpolls and a Sandwich Tern. In the surrounding scrubland, Linnets, Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Dunnocks, Wrens, Willow Warblers, Whitethroats, Song Thrushes and a juvenile Stonechat.GF

Botanic Gardens:  A Kingfisher flying up-river at speed, several juvenile Greenfinches, Chaffinch and Goldcrests. 3 Bullfinches (2 males and one female) in trees just behind the walled vegetable garden with a quick appearance from a Sparrowhawk. Also plenty of Woodpigeon, Robins and Great and Blue Tits.EK

Juvenile Chaffinch at Botanic Gardens (Photo by Edd Kealy)

9 July 2011

Rogerstown: 3 Green Sandpiper at Rogerstown (one from the south hide and two up river).
Skerries: 3 Mediterranean Gulls  (One 1st Summer and two 2nd. Summers) at Barnageeragh, Skerries.
Swords:  Another Med. Gull  (1st Summer) at Swords estuary, as well as 8 Common Sandpipers.AK

Common Sandpiper at Swords Estuary (Photo by Aidan Kelly)

Bullfinch at Howth (Photo by Ger Franck)

7 July 2011

Jay in Co. Louth (Photo by Joe Curtis)

6 July 2011

At Kilbride/Sallygap:  12 Red Grouse, 2 Raven, 1 Cuckoo.JO'B

Numbers of Mediterranean Gulls are building up at Sandycove, with 76 counted this morning (6.7.11). These were in four clusters, loafing on the rocks between the derelict baths near Dun Laoghaire East Pier and the Forty-foot swimming place near Sandycove Martello Tower. The flocks consisted of everything from juveniles to adults in full summer plumage, so there's a good opportunity to get to know the plumage phases. At least two birds had colour rings -- one English and one French. Danish, German, Dutch, Belgian and Hungarian gulls have been seen here before. These gulls are very tame and will even come to pieces of bread -- so close views and good photos are guaranteed.OM

5 July 2011
At Killester:  12 Swifts flying around over the house Tuesday 5/7/11. The most we ever had was 5.MH

4 July 2011

Spotted Flycatcher at Cahir, Co. Tipperary (Photo by Harry Bailey)

House Martin at Bull Island (Photo by Philip Clancy)

3 July 2011 

Buzzard perched on a lamp post on the M6 at the Moate exit. 21:15hrs.MH

Today in Carton House 3 Jays, lots of Bulfinches, Blackcaps, juv Buzzards calling, Spotted Flycatchers, Little Grebe with chicks.SC

Bullfinch at Carton House (Photo by Shay Connolly)

I was amazed to see a Song Thrush crushing a snail shell on the patio. This was the first time I have ever seen these species do such behaviour.FM

Song Thrush crushing a snail (Photos by Francois Mullan)

1 July 2011 
Wren at Santry Woods (Photo by Harry Bailey)



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