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30 June 2011
Yellowhammers and a male Stonechat at Swords today. Also a Kestrel, Tree Sparrow, Willow Warbler, female Blackcap and a pair of Reed Buntings. A Common Sandpiper at Loughshinney.GF

Stonechat, male at Swords (Photo by Ger Franck)

Black Guillemot at Ringsend (Photo by Harry Baily)

28 June 2011
News from Baltray's Little Tern colony: 77 chicks hatched and 17 eggs remaining and several chicks already fledged and flying. Ringed Plovers plentiful on beach with lots of chicks around to. Other bird activity on site: Grasshopper Warbler (2 males reeling), Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Starling, Linnet, Kestrel, Merlin, Peregrine, Stonechat arond the dunes while lots of plumaged Dunlin and Sanderling along the shoreline and river mouth.BS

Little Tern at Baltray, County Louth (Photo by Brendan Sheils)

Ringed Plover at Baltray, County Louth (Photo by Brendan Sheils)

26 June 2011

Bray Head - 56 occupied Cormorant nests, most with very big chicks (broods up to five). There may have been a small number of addition nests in a blind spot on the cliffs. Female Stonechat and male Whitethroat with food for young.OM

One of two Spotted Flycatchers at South Campus Maynooth College (Photo by Shay Connolly)

Black Guillemot Clogher Head Pier (Photo by Shay Connolly)

Griffith Avenue Garden:  2 ringed Goldfinch.JO'B

Black Guillemots at Howth Pier (Photo by Cian Merne)

Cormorant at Ireland's Eye (Photo by Cian Merne)

Redpoll at Howth (Photo by Bill Quinn)

25 June 2011

Common Tern at Dublin Docks (Photo by Shay Connolly)

24 June 2011

Pied Wagtail (juvenile) at Hills Cricket ground, Skerries (Photo by Joe Curtis)

Blackbird at Hills Cricket ground, Skerries (Photo by Joe Curtis)

23 June 2011
In a Wicklow garden a pair of Spotted Flycatchers have built a nest in the same open fronted nest box for the 5th year in a row. They are however a month later than last year for reasons unknown.PC

Spotted Flycatcher in Wicklow (Photo by Philip Clancy)

22 June 2011

Grasshopper Warbler on The Great Saltee, Wexford (Photo by Ger Franck)

Puffin and Razorbill on The Great Saltee, Wexford (Photos by Philip Clancy)

Reed Bunting on The Great Saltee, Wexford
(Photo by Philip Clancy)

Gannet on The Great Saltee, Wexford (Photo by Marie Sinnott)

20 June 2011
The Bar-headed Goose has returned to Broadmeadows with a "new best friend".BK

Barnacle Goose and Bar-headed Goose at Broadmeadows (Photo by Brian Keogh)

House Martin collecting bedding at Broadmeadows (Photo by Brian Keogh)

Sand Martin at Broadmeadows (Photo by Brian Keogh)

19 June 2011
Ireland's Eye - Gannet colony now up to 504 apparently ocupied nests, with addition of nests seen from the island ferry on the back of the stack and nearby main island cliffs. Cormorants: 272 occupied nests on the north cliff slopes and 145 on Thulla = total 417. Peregrines: pair present at site on main stack, but no sign of young.OM

18 June 2011
Five Buzzards & a male Kestrel in the Leixlip/Westmanstown area on Saturday afternoon.  Also, two Buzzards over the N4 at the Hermitage Golf Club in Lucan.AR

Tolka Branch outing to Howth:  Lots of Sand Martins around the East Pier;  several Black Guillemots in the harbour; good numbers of Gannets, Great-black Backed Gulls, Guillemots spotted nesting across on Ireland's Eye; and close up views of juvenile Gannets diving just off the lighthouse at the end of the harbour wall.   Up past Balscadden on the hill of Howth, the cliffs were host to100s of nesting Kittiwake (one chick spotted), a few nesting Shags (one with two chicks) and a few nesting Fulmar.  A Kestrel made a couple of flypast manoeuvres over the nests causing a little stir amongst the Kittiwakes but left empty-clawed.  Good news for Stonechats, as we saw two juveniles and a male flitting around in Alder trees on the hill.  One female Reed Bunting, a handful of Linnets, Wrens and Robins were seen and heard amongst the ferns.RD  

Juvenile Starling at Howth village (Photo by John Fox)

Herring Gull feeding chick at Howth village (Photo by Ger Franck)

Coconut Shy?   -  No just sheltering from rain 

Juvenile Blue Tit, Dublin (Photo by Rosemary Doyle)

16 June 2011
Dublin Port - 499 Common Tern nests and 37 Arctic Tern nests on mooring dolphins.OM

15 June 2011
One male Cuckoo flying over Herbert Park in Ballsbridge at 8pm.MC

14 June 2011
Two Cuckoos still around the hedges and crop fields at Bremore, Balbriggan, both this evening and yesterday evening. A total of  about 400 Manx Shearwaters flew south in small  groups off Bremore between 6.30pm and 8.30pm this evening.AK

13 June 2011
A Buzzard at the bottom of St. Laurence Road in Chapelizod at 5:30pm beside the Liffey.AR

11 June 2011
Buzzards everywhere:   I was out searching for buzzards this afternoon between 3 & 4pm & came across ten in total. Five individual Buzzards around Leixlip Confey area. Four Buzzards circling over Grange Castle golf club in Clondalkin and 1 Buzzard at the N7 beside Corkagh Park.AR

We had a male and female Bullfinch in the garden in Killester to day. A first for the Harris Dublin Residence.MH

10 June 2011
Seven Buzzards in total at 1pm today over the R149 in the Westmanstown/Leixlip area.  Two were close to Westmanstown & Clonee Road & the other five were circling along with a female Sparrowhawk at Kellystown Lane close to Intel.AR

9 June 2011

Two Cuckoo showing very well at Kilcoole today, both male and Female giving fantastic views all afternoon on the Buckthorn. Also 4 Reed Bunting, Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Wheatear, along the Buckthorn.BS

Cuckoo at Kilcoole (Photo by Brendan Sheils)

Reed Bunting  at Kilcoole (Photo by Brendan Sheils)

8 June 2011
Today in St Annes, Raheny:  a pair of Jays with 3 recently fledged juveniles.

Jay at Raheny (Photo by Ger Franck)

Jay, juveniles, at Raheny (Photo by Ger Franck)

6 June 2011
A Kestrel & a Buzzard over N11 at Wicklow Town.  An untagged Red Kite flying over The Meeting of the Waters.AR & GDeL 

 Peregrine near Avoca (Photo by Adrian Rooney)

5 June 2011
Kestrel hovering over M6 near Athlone.AR & GDeL

4 June 2011
The Gannet colony on the stack at the NE corner of Ireland's Eye had c.450 occupied Gannet nests (visual and photographic count) on Saturday 4th June 2011.OM

3 June 2011

A Buzzard over the M4 at Celbridge & one over M6 at Moate.  A female Sparrowhawk being mobbed over the Morris roundabout in Galway.AR & GDeL

One first summer Whitethroat in song beside East Wall adventure center, Tolka Basin, Clontarf. At the Balscadden side of the Howth cliff walk another two pairs of Whitethroat attending nests. Also one pair of Stonechats with at least three fledglings.PC

Whitethroat at Tolka Basin, Clontarf (Photo by Philip Clancy)

Stonechat (male) at Balscadden - (Photo by Philip Clancy)

Stonechat (female) at Balscadden - (Photo by Philip Clancy)  

Clogherhead: Pair of Whitethroat, singing Skylarks, Meadow Pipits and Linnets.  1 Cuckoo heard singing. 1 Peregrine, Sandwich Tern and pair of Rock Pipit as well. Lots of House Martin, Swifts, Swallows around and Juvenile Starlings and Pied Wagtail.BS

Whitethroat at Clogherhead (Photo by Brendan Sheils)

2 June 2011
Pollardstown Fen, Co. Kildare:  2 Hen Harriers, 2 Buzzards, 1 Kestrel, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Yellowhammers, 3 Sedge Warblers, 7 Mute Swans, 2 Grey Heron.JO'B

Howth garden: We have a family of Redpolls around, and a male & female Bullfinch, apart from the usual tits, greenfinches, chaffinches, goldfinches etc.BQ

Bullfinch (male & female) at Howth - (Photo by Bill Quinn)

Redpoll at Howth - (Photo by Bill Quinn)

Juvenile Goldcrest (Photo by Des Fay)

1 June 2011 

Juvenile Greenfinch at Swords (Photo by Ger Franck)
Juvenile Linnet at Howth (Photo by Ger Franck)

Santry garden:  This is the 4th year we had Blue Tits nest in our garden. Last year we had 9 fledglings. This year only one parent bird was feeding the chicks. Hard work all alone.  There was 4 live chicks in the box last week, however 1 died and 3 lovely little ones flew today.RMac

Blue Tits fledging in Santry Garden (Photos by Rachel Mac)

 Juvenile Goldfinch in Santry garden (Photo by Rachel Mac)


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