Saturday 30 August, 2008
4 Brent Geese
have arrived already on the Bull Island. See Mir's photo below. At Gormanstown
Mediterranean Gulls 9 - 7 adults and 2juvs/1st winters Little Egret -
1 Terns: c. 400 with about 40 Roseates. At Swords 1 Kingfisher
under the bridge Ruff: 4 Spotted Redshank: 1 Med Gull: 1 - 1st winter
see Erics photo below. Swifts seem to have departed. Last seen in
Bray on 26 August. OM Any later sightings would be of
First Brent of the season.Mir Harris
Juv Mediterranean Gull today.
29 August, 2008
6 Brent at Sandymount Strand this
evening. Sean H Stewart Holohan counted 111
Little Egrets on North Bull Island today.
28 August, 2008
6 Brent Geese,
one adult summer Black
Tern, and 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, also several thousand
( ??) Terns on Sandymount Strand. SMcA 10 Little Egrets roosting in Booterstown Marsh.
There appears to be a significant influx from S. Britain/Europe, as numbers in Ireland this autumn seem higher than the breeding population could account for -- unless they've had a bumper year in spite of the awful weather.OM
27 August, 2008
This morning in Swords there was no sign of the Little Ringed Plover.
However, there were 3 Ruff, a Kingfisher and a Buzzard. Good numbers of Dunlin and
Black-tailed Godwits.GFi Two Ravens in the Phoenix Park near the Ordinance Survey this morning.D
Mc C 2 possibly 3 Buzzards over Palmerstown Demense near Kill Co. Kildare.SO'B
26 August, 2008
Ringed Plover seen at Swords today. John Fox
25 August, 2008
Tonight at Swords there were 2 male Ruddy Ducks
visible from the first lay-by down from the kennels or from the point on the northern shore. Also 4
Ruff. AK 1 Swift flying south low over the sea c.10 KM east of Dunany Point, Louth.
2 Juvenile Black Terns in a roost of about 4,800 Common, Arctic &
Roseate's at Sandymount with considerably more waders around
including 89 Black-tailed Godwits in Booterstown Marsh including the 11 juveniles, 1st of the year.
Sunday 24 August, 2008
In Wicklow there was a large flock of Crossbills
in the Conifer wood at the north end of Broadlough (over 120 birds). Also a female
Marsh Harrier between Killoughter and 5-Mile Point.
Saturday 23 August, 2008
at Swords and 2 Juv. Med Gulls.
Also a Green Sandpiper
showing well from the southern hide at Rogerstown.AK 3 Swifts
and a Willow Warbler
in Killester today. MH
Warbler, Killester. Mir Harris
22 August, 2008
Good variety of waterbirds at Kilcoole today, including 66 Cormorants,
13 Little Egrets, 5 Grey Herons, 12 Little Grebes, 187 Mallard (a lot for this site), 20 Mute Swans (incl. families of 1 and 5 cygnets), 8 Coots, 9 Oystercatchers, 4 Lapwings, 53 Dunlin, 10 Curlews, 110 Black-headed Gulls,
7 Sandwich Terns, and a very large female Peregrine. Also
4 Wheatears, flocks of Linnets, a couple of Stonechat families, and a northward trickle of c.110 Swallows, with a few Sand and House Martins. Lots of Common Blues (>25) and small number of Large and Small Whites, Small Tortoiseshells and Meadow Browns.
heard flying over Glassnevin. ED and there was a Willow Warbler
and a Buzzard in Mulhuddard. AR
21 August, 2008
There was a group of eight Buzzards at Kilteel, Co
Kildare. We presume this was two pairs with their newly fledged
20 August, 2008
heard flying over Caninteely. Over 4,300 birds in the Tern
roost at Sandymount together with 2 Black Terns,
one adult and one juvenile. 5 Swifts were hawking over Booterstown
Marsh and in the south bay there were 118 Great Crested Grebes.HD.
At Dundalk Bay there were 17,000 birds (excluding Ballymascanlan
Bay and south side of Cooley Peninsula), mainly the following: Little
Egret 25, Mallard 372, Oystercatcher 5310, Knot 529, Dunlin 660, Ruff 1,
Black-tailed Godwit 1150, Curlew 400,Redshank 2074, Mediterranean Gull
1, Black-headed Gull 5487, Common Gull 145, Herring Gull 575, Great
Black-backed Gull 71 . 1
Mediterranean Gull (adult) also at Delvin River mouth.OM
19 August, 2008
Large flock of Swifts screaming and
gathering over Balbriggan late lthis evening, between 35 and 40 birds.
Would expect them to be heading off very soon. AK
18 August, 2008
2 Arctic Skuas
chasing terns off Bremore/Cardy Rocks, and settling on the water
occasionally, before finally heading off south. AK
in the Tern roost ( c.6,200 Common, Arctic & Roseate's).
260 Kittiwake roosting were very unusual for Sandymount, indicative no
doubt of the weather we're having, or going to be having! HD Ringed Plover
also nesting in the area.
Juvenile Robin, Blessington Street. Denis
Sunday 17 August, 2008
The juvenile Black Tern came in
again at 20.15 to the evening roost at Gormanston, also there
were 4 Mediterranean Gulls ( 2 adults and 2 juveniles). Earlier
today there were 60 Little Egrets on
the Bull. AK .At Swords today 2 pairs of Shoveler
in eclipse plumage, also a lone Kingfisher was scooting
up and down the river. There were plenty of recently fledged Long-
tailed Tits and Great Tits in the trees along the road.MH North of Arklow, 2 Red Kites(and possibly a 3rd),
2 Kestrels and an amazing aerial fight between a Sparrowhawk and a Hooded
Juvenile Cuckoo. Emmett Rees
Saturday 16 August, 2008
At Kilmichael Point(south of Arklow), a Cuckoo gave very
good close-up views as it hunted for food after a downpour, with great
success.ER See photo above.
15 August, 2008
A juvenile Black Tern came in to roost at Gormanston this
evening also a first year Little Gull and 2 adult Mediterranean
14 August, 2008
At least 3,400 Terns were present in the Sandymount roost at
9pm this evening as the moon rose over Dunlaoghaire. The roosting seabird
event is is a spectacular sight not to be missed these evenings. LB HD At
Gormanston large numbers of
Terns gathering also here including some lovely adult and juv Roseates also
were three Little Terns including a nice young bird (a Baltray bird?). At
Swords there were four Ruff also a lovely Green Sandpiper and a
Kingfisher was perched below the bridge .Also at Swords 2 Common Sandpiper, 8 Lapwing, 5 Grey Herons, 1 Little
Egret, and good numbers of Redshank and Black-tailed Godwit ED JF
2 Ruff at Swords today. John Fox
13 August, 2008
in the evening roost at Sandymount, including a near full-summer Black
Tern. Terns comprised fairly evenly of Common and Arctic (with slightly more Common), at least
250 Roseate's and 1 Whimbrel
Female Sparrowhawk again hunting the area along the Sea Wall Path,
Tolka Basin, Fairview giving good views perched out on steel fences.JG
12 August, 2008
Continuing our Tern roost count recording at Sanymount from last
year, this evening there were 2800 Terns with good numbers of
Roseates (estimated at 275), including lots of juveniles, 34 Mediterranean
Gulls and a female Tufted Duck in Booterstown Marsh.HD A minimum of 76 Mediterranean Gulls (52 adults, 5 2nd years, 4 1st years and 15 juveniles) were in Kilbogget Park this afternoon, between Ballybrack and Cabinteely. These birds were part of a large flock of gulls feeding on worms driven up to the surface of the football pitches by the rain. The flock also consisted of
c.400 Black-headed Gulls and c.20 Herring Gulls. NK NTK
At Swords today there were 5 Common Sandpipers, 1
crisp, buffy juvenile Ruff
also 4 Common Sandpipers, 2 Greenshanks, 3 Knots, 2 Dunlin, 1 Gray Wagtail,
and good numbers of Black -Tailed Godwits and Redshanks.
JF, GFi, BK
11 August, 2008
There were 3 Red Kites North of Avoca around 11am this morning, one remained in the sky despite heavy rain showers.ER
Sunday 10 August, 2008
Red Kite at 7.30 this morning North West of Arklow. ER Reports of Swifts
still around Dublin. They will be gone any day now so enjoy! 5 Tufted
Ducks, 1 eclipse male, 2 females and 2 small chicks outside the
Portabello College on the Grand Canal, the female and 2 chicks were present since
Willow Warbler, Santry. Brian Keogh
Saturday 9 August, 2008
Three Buzzards, (2Ad. 1 Juv.) flying around Clearwater on the N2 just past 50 interchange this morning. The pair have been observed for some months but the Juvenile seems to suggest breeding in the Tolka Area.TC
8 August, 2008
1 Female Northern Wheatear on the Sea Wall, Tolka Basin also 1 Greenshank and 1 Female Sparrowhawk patrolling the area around the Tolka Bridge. JG
5 August, 2008
At Kilcoole today there were 2 Green Sandpipers, 3 Common Sandpipers, 2 Peregrine Falcons, 1 Merlin
and 1 Sparrowhawk, all around Webbs field, while a single Greenland White-fronted Goose
(a new return or just forgot to go back home?? Ed) was in the channels south of the Breaches and a juvenile
Long-eared Owl was noted in the Birdwatch Ireland reserve.MS 200 Sanderling
on Dollymount Strand today ( in the rain!). SH
Green Sandpipers, Rogerstown. John Fox
4 August, 2008
An amazing total of 54 Little Egrets were seen on the Bull today including the colour ringed individual which has been seen around for the past month.SF
Sunday 3 August, 2008
61 Mediterranean Gulls ( we received a separate late report of 75 SH) in and around Dun Laoghaire Baths, including at least 9 juveniles.HD 2
Red Kites today at Pollaphuca/Ballinastraw (near Glenteige - see
Red Kite. Emmett Rees
Saturday 2 August, 2008
Long eared Owl in a Larch plantation on the Curragh(Kildare Town end) Barn Owl in same area on the 20th of July. Another
Barn Owl seen flying over the Portlaoise bypass on the 21st of July. SO'B
Redkites showing well North West of Arklow today. NO'R
30 Crossbills seen flying over Cabinteely Avenue. HD Is there a bit of an invasion going on? 3 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 adults and a 2nd year on the field by the Kylemore road. In the evening Sparrowhawks were calling in Mount Argus church grounds with a male seen flying in with some prey item.RV Two juvenile
Buzzards showing very well today in Kilruddery estate (near Bray); also a juvenile
Kingfisher on one of the woodland ponds.CMacL
1 August, 2008
2 Sparrowhawks, an adult female and a probable juv female in lakelands behind Terenure college. Across the road in Bushy Park, atl east 2 juvs were heard in the woods with a female
Kingfisher also present. RV At Rogerstown today there were 4
Green Sandpipers, 2 Kestrels, 17 Little Egrets and 4 Bullfinches. At Swords there were 10
Common Sandpipers. JF,GFr
A juvenile Mediterranean Gull
with a green darvic ring (ringed in France) has been seen around Sandycove and Dalkey in the past few days. NK
Cormorants, Howth. Eric Doggett
At Kilcoole there was no sign of the Orange-billed Tern sp. seen here the previous day. The gull and tern flock in Webb's Field contained
c.50 Sandwich Terns, 2 Arctic & a Common Tern, plenty of Black-headed Gulls and a few Herring Gulls.
41 Cormorants, an eclipse male Wigeon, 3 Teal & 10 fledged Shelduck were also in Webb's. There were 10 or so
Little Egrets in the general area with several juveniles seen. Returning waders included at least
6 Common Sandpipers, a Green Sandpiper, a female Ruff (both in Webb's), 10 Dunlin, 11 Ringed Plover, 5 Turnstone, a few Curlew, Oystercatchers, Lapwing and 2 juvenile Redshank. An immature type
Marsh Harrier was hunting the fields between the Breaches and Newcastle. The
Little Tern colony has done well despite the many setbacks earlier in the year. It is estimated that upto 115 chicks have fledged with a further 10 still unfledged and 2 eggs yet to hatch! NTK
( Note :for Atlas records - there may be some
overlap in the following sightings).A Buzzard, a juvenile Peregrine and 2 Stock Doves were seen at the Motte Stone near Redcross. A single
Red Kite was seen at Glenteige. Yellowhammers were noted singing in good numbers in the Redcross/Motte Stone/Glenteige area. NK NTK
Nrth West of Arklow today raptor fans will be delighted to hear today
there were 4 Red kites -- to far away to ID any tags, 2 Peregrines,
1 Buzzard and 1 Kestrel. Also numerous Yellowhammers. NO'R Very
good to see these Yellowhammer sightings which have been scarce in recent
years. The Bird survey may tell us if they are on the increase. Ed. ( see
Tolka events page for Autumn talk on this subject)
Yellowhammer, Arklow. Neil O Reilly
A beautiful warm evening at Dollymount Strand at full tide where there
were 15 Manx Shearwaters and 17 Great Crested Grebes off the
beach lazing on the calm water.
Common Terns in abundance feeding offshore and performing aerial
acrobatics overhead. LB JF
We dont usually publish out of town birds
but this was a special rarity exception. A Glossy Ibis, in Ennis Co Clare
taken today by Tolka Branch member John Fox.
2 Yellowhammers at the Grange Driving Range in Kinsealy. HQ 5 Crossbills seen flying over the Royal Canal at Blanchardstown. SF
Mediterranean Gull at Gormanstown. Eric
Great Skua seen sitting on the beach north of
the Martello Tower from Balbriggan Railway Station this evening. AK This
is a great opportunity to see one of these sea birds close to
Grasshopper Warbler, Portumna Forest Park on
22 July. Chris Martin
Great viewing of two Gannets diving just off Red Island and Colt
Island in Skerries today,also 22 Common Terns seen diving. Rock
Pipit feeding young in same area.MK
Where in the world would you get this list of sightings on a single day?!
5 species of
Tern feeding off Bremore, Balbriggan including a few Roseate
Terns and 4 Little Terns, one of which was a fledged juvenile,
possibly from Baltray?. ( If you dont know the other three email us and we
will let you know discretely!!) Single Little Egret also present along the shore line. A few
Common Scoter and Manx Shearwaters moving offshore. AK A near-adult
Glaucous Gull was seen from the Poolbeg looking south towards Sandymount Strand in the evening. NK
Sparrowhawk fledgling calling in Bushypark. Along the Dodder
there was a Kingfisher, 2 Dippers and several Long-tailed Tits. RV
Adult Mediterranean Gull bathing in the Tolka at East Point Business Park Bridge with Black-Headed Gulls, this evening about 7pm.
Little Tern, Kilcoole today. John Fox
20 July, 2008
On the Bull 1st summer Little Gull also an Adult Mediterranean
Gull and 11 Little Egrets. SF 58 Mediterranean Gulls at Sandycove today. Largest count this year. ED
2 Mediterranean Gulls at Gormanston ( 1 adult and 1 2nd
Summer bird.). Also good to see a very large flock of about 250 House Sparrows feeding around the hedges at Lowtherstown/Bremore with a few
Tree Sparrows present with them. House Sparrows seem to be making a major come-back here.AK
In the city centre the original Temple Bar 12 (House Sparrows) have now
expanded their numbers to 18 emptying feeders rapidly. LB Also 3 Common
Sandpipers along the shore at Bremore.AK
Male House Sparrow and Greenfinch. Finglas.
19 July, 2008
Peregrine Falcon flying low over Lighthouse Apartments, Church Road, East Wall around 8pm.
JG Red-throated Diver at Dun Laoghaire harbour today in winter plumage, slightly oiled and apparently unwell.
Wheatear and Mediterranean Gull on West Pier.CmC L
This Buzzard was spotted hunting very low, about 30ft in the air at St.Margerets at the back of Dublin airport.CW
Buzzard, Ciaran Walsh
3 Common Sandpipers evening at the Tolka basin opposite Fairview Park.JG
Rosemary correctly reminds us that we must be careful not to cut
hedges at this time of year. There are still young birds about like the
Ballyfermot Wren below and new broods on the way .RD
Wren, Ballyfermot. Rosemary Doyle
at Swords also up to 30 Dunlin
and a summer Greenshank. ED Kingfisher on the Tolka in Tolka Valley Park near Broombridge
Gate this evening.DMcC
13 July, 2008
seen over Shankill this evening with over 100 Swifts. KG Another
Hobby was sighted near the Curragh race course stand.
the Slieve Blooms 2 Hen Harriers, one male & one ringtail, 2 Sparrowhawks,
1 Kestrel. AR
Spotted Flycatcher. Glendalough. John Fox
Barn Owl was seen flying from the Curragh into some fields near Kildare Town.
SO'B North of Arklow today four Red Kites and a pair of Buzzards. Also two pairs of
Spotted Flycatchers. 50-60 Swifts wheeling over Bray this week, in the evenings with low cloud (i.e. most evenings). They'll be off to Africa soon!
over Tallaght Village seen heading towards the Square at 18.30. RV
A nice selection of birds around Dalkey & Killiney this morning. The pair of
Roseate Terns on Maidens rock have two well grown young who are busy exercising their wings. The
Common Terns are well behind however with just two small chicks seen being fed. Five other Common Terns are still sitting on nests, out in the open and not in the nest boxes provided! The
Arctic Tern colony on Lamb Island is still at 3 pairs (two terns sitting on nests and another pair with a small chick). The five juvenile
Herring Gulls are still on the rocks at Lamb Island (three broods consisting of 2, 2 and 1.). Another four large but unfledged Herring Gull chicks are on Muglins (two broods consisting of 3 and 1). At least
24 Black Guillemots were loafing around Colliemore Harbour (including 1st-summer birds as well as birds coming in with fish, perhaps nesting in the walls?). A summer plumaged
Knot, a 2nd-summer Mediterranean Gull and a Storm Petrel
flew north at sea. At the Vico Road, the female Peregrine
is still present with her two juveniles. A
Whitethroat and a Chiffchaff were singing here also. Other sightings of interest include 16 Grey Seals hauled up on the rocks at Dalkey and 2 Harbour Porpoises feeding in Killiney Bay. NK NTK
A Long-eared Owl flew over Johnstown road in Cabinteely at 01.46 a.m, flying from Pottery Road
direction. HD A female Sparrowhawk seen carrying prey over the Stillorgan dual carriageway early in the morning.
As things are quite at the moment we thought
we would bring you some interesting recent news about the age of birds.
Here is the list from the latest edition of the BTOs publication Ringing
1. Razorbill M23170, 41 years (recaught at its home colony in Gwynedd).
2. Curlew FS408787, 31 years (ringed in Clwyd, seen breeding in Germany).
3. Black-headed Gull EH42857, 27 years (ringed in Hyde Park and seen in St Jamesí Park, London).
4. Canada Goose 5084137, 27 years (ringed in Nottinghamshire and found dead at the same site).
5. Knot CE25745, 27 years (ringed in Highland, seen in The Netherlands).
6. Turnstone XS56243, 20 years (ringed and recaught at the same site in Clywd).
7. Little Tern NV41214, 17 years (ringed in Suffolk, recaught in Belgium).
8. Mediterranean Gull EN84043, 15 years (ringed in Kent, recaught in The Netherlands).
9. Carrion Crow FR82480, 15 years (ringed in Nottinghamshire and found dead 10km away).
10. Common Sandpiper NV54164, 14 years (recaught 3km from where it was originally ringed in Derbyshire).
11. Barn Owl GH72337, 13 years (ringed on the Isle of Wight and found dead 12km away).
12. Lesser Whitethroat N439903, 7 years (ringed and recaught at the same site in Norfolk).
BTO, Wednesday 9th July 2008
First Autumn flock of Golden Plovers(12 approx) wheeling above the Curragh(a tradtional wintering ground).
5 July, 2008
Kingfisher and a Sparrowhawk in Bushypark.RV
& numerous Sedge Warblers
at Pollardstown Fen today.Buzzard, a Kestrel, a male Sparowhawk & a couple of
Redpolls at Ballinafagh Lake Co.Kildare.Numerous common blue damselflies, froglets & orchids too.AR
Little Egret at the N. Bull Is. causeway
with a red plastic ring above the "knee" was seen a few days ago.If
anyone is in the area and sees this bird can you try to read the number of
the ring with you telescope or any other details and let us know.
July , 2008
Adult Summer Mediterranean Gull
at Bremore, Balbriggan this evening. Also 4 Common Scoter seen
At Casement, Baldonnel, 2 Buzzards, a Kestrel and a large female
Peregrine. Later in the evening at around 11. 20pm a Barn Owl was
seen near the church.SD
On Gormanstown beach two full adult summer Mediteranean Gulls and lots of
Roseate Terns. Also present were two Little Terns which have
not to our knowledge been recorded there up to now. ED. 2 Storm Petrels off Bremore/Cardy rocks at Balbriggan this evening.
AK Seen at Swords Estuary today were 4 Common Sandpiper, ( see
photo below) 34 Blacktailed Godwit, 5 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 12 Sandwich Terns, several
Lapwing, good numbers of Mute Swans, Black Headed Gulls together with a few Common, Great Black Backed, and a Lesser Blackbacked Gull but no sign of the Sabine's Gull reported
yesterday. Swift, Swallow, House and Sand Martin all hawking about low down. 4 Grey and 2 Pied Wagtails along the road north side of the Estuary.JF
Common Sandpiper, Swords. John Fox
1st summer Sabines Gull at Swords. PA
6 Strom Petrels in the distance off Bremore, Balbriggan this evening as well
as 20 + Roseate Terns and an adult Mediterranean
Gull. AK 1 Mediterranean Gull on the Mudflats about 200 metres opposite Bilash
Tandoori on Clontarf Road. JG This evening at Dalkey there was plenty of seabird activity off
Collimore Harbour. A pair of
Roseate Terns and c.40 Common Terns were at Maidens Rock with two small Common Tern chicks
seen clambering around here. 3 pairs of
Arctic Terns are nesting on Lamb Island and there were 5 well grown Herring Gull chicks there also. A 1st-summer Arctic Tern was also in the area. At sea there was a steady passage of
Manx Shearwaters, Gannets, 19 Common Scoter, a Storm Petrel, a Whimbrel, 2 adult summer Mediterranean Gulls and Sandwich Terns going south. At the Vico Road, Killiney Hill a female
Peregrine with 2 fledged juveniles were in the area. One of the juvs. was feeding on a passerine in the tall trees above White Rock whilst the other youngster was flying around with the adult. NK NTK
Moorhen on the canal, Mespil Road - the
Victoria Beckham of the waterfowl set! Rosemary Doyle
Common Terns hawking in the Tolka basin between East Point and
Fairview also juvenile Linnets around the footpath. JG
29 June, 2008
Adult Peregrine Falcon present on a ledge at the top of the east side
of the Central bank on Dame Street for an hour this evening.
Ruff at Swords. Eric Dempsey
28 June, 2008
At Swords today were two adult Ruffs...a male and female.ED
See Eric's photo of moulting male above. A tercel Peregrine flew south-east over our garden near Cabinteely. NK NTK
Good news from the Kilcoole
Little Tern colony. 41 chicks have hatched so far and there are still 106 eggs from a total of 67 nests. 140 adults altogether. Numbers of
Sandwich Terns resting in Webb's field have been building up with 130+ there today. There was a 1st-summer
Little Gull with them also. The Lapwings nesting in Webb's have successfully raised 2 juveniles. A
Common Sandpiper and 2 Black-tailed Godwits were the only waders of note. At Broadlough there was
15+ Little Egrets, 4 Common Sandpipers, 45+ Sandwich Terns and the regular hybrid Carrion X Hooded Crow. There were plenty of Viviparous Lizards about the dunes today also. NTK
Marsh Harrier hunting between Five Mile Point & Killoughter yesterday.Also 2
Cuckoos. One Buzzard over N11 near Glen of the Downs.AR
2 Arctic Skuas
(a dark phase adult and a pale sub-adult type) were harassing terns trying to enter the Liffey at
At Swords today a first summer Greenland White-fronted Goose,
possibly a feral bird?Also 3 Common Sandpipers. RV At
Bremore this morning early there were at least 3 Storm Petrels feeding fairly close in offshore.
This evening 3 Arctic Skuas together offshore at Bremore chasing Terns for a
while, before drifting south. Also 1 Storm Petrel, 1 Roseate Tern and the
Little Egret still in the area.AK Sand Martins are nesting in cliffs along the beach North of the Martello Tower at Ballbrigan.Tree Sparrow
seen a little further north west of the beach.Shellduck family with ten chicks seen from the hide at Rogerstown.
Sparrow. John Fox
Baltray Little Terns
got hit badly early this morning by avian predators...gulls are main suspect. From an impressive colony total of 34 nests (up from last year's 21 nests), they've lost 44 eggs and 2 chicks. Only 21 eggs left.HB
At Bremore/Cardy Rocks an adult summer Mediterranean Gull flew south. An
adult winter plumage Red-throated Diver was offshore and the Little Egret was still present.AK
Shelduck Family Party. John Fox
A herd of 8 Mute Swans under the Ha'penny bridge in the gloaming this
evening. LB Two juvenile Dippers on the Dodder near the Blue Haven
pub being fed by adults. Blackcaps still singing there also . RV
all about colour - love your Linnets!
Linnet at Howth. One of a pair nesting. More colour from Bill Quinn
Male Sparrowhawk flew into Tolka Valley Park at Mulhuddart. AR
At Dublin Port today 183
Common Terns ringed (182 chicks, 1 adult)
64 chicks found dead (mainly under one week, due to recent very
heavy rain and gales). OM