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30 March,2009
2 Swallows
at Arklow train station this morning and also 3 Waxwings on the southside of Arklow.ER 5 Swallows, near St. Margarets village.GP

Short-Eared Owl. Eric Dempsey

Sunday 29 March, 2009
4 Buzzards soaring together between the bridges at Strawberry Beds. A little interaction and small display dives. 2 Sparrowhawks soaring near them as well.CE 6 Red-Throated Divers at Kilmichael Point, south of Arklow today.ER 2 Short eared Owls present in Ashbourne at teatime today.AR One Redwing in Inchicore . IS

Above and below:Rock Pipit "littoralis". Howth. Bill Quinn

26 March, 2009
2 Waxwings
at Blanchardstown Rd south. SF Iceland and Yellow-legged Gull at Heuston Station. PK male Peregrine Falcon flew over the Methodist Church at the Leeson Park/Dartmouth Road junction at lunchtime today. MC 2 singing Blackcaps in Shankill. KG

Not impressed with the seeds! Nicola Dunphy

25 March, 2009
30 Waxwings
at Brandon Rd Drimnagh. RV ( Rob, I think its a sign! Ed)

24 March, 2009
A Chiffchaff
was singing in the Holfeld estate grounds, Johnstown Road, Cabinteely at 08:25. NTK 2 singing Blackcaps in Shankill this morning. KG

23 March, 2009
Iceland Gull
still at Heuston Station and 40 Waxwings at the Joe Duffy garrage Finglas. PK Peregrine over the Belgard Road at 9.30 this morning. RV

Sunday 22 March, 2009
4 Whimbrel
at the outer end of the Rogerstown estuary. The Red- throated Diver was giving excellent close up views at Swords Estuary yesterday.SK,GFr A Kestrel, 6 Buzzards, and a Hen Harrier at Togher, Co Louth.NO'R

Red-throated Diver at Swords. Brian Keogh This bird seems unusally tame/possibly injured?

Barnacle and Bar-headed Goose at Swords. Brian Keogh ( birds from the Zoo?)

Saturday 21 March, 2009
Red-Throated Diver at Swords today also 1  Barnacle Goose hanging around with a Bar-Headed Goose 1 Wheatear on the Bull . 1 Brambling at Rogerstown . SC

Red-throated Diver. Swords. Eric Dempsey 

Red-throated Diver.Swords. John Fox

Red-throated Diver . Swords. Shay Connolly

Tolka Branch Trip report for Saturday 21 March, 2009
Starting at  Kilcoole on a lovely sunny morning : a single singing Willow Warbler, 4 House Martins, 3 Swallows, 2 Sand Martins, 3 Reed Bunting, 5 Skylarks, 6 Meadow Pipits, 2 Stonechats, 3 Sandwich Terns (moving North),125 Greylag, 250+ Brent incl 1 Dark Bellied Brent, 5 Whooper Swan, some Mute Swans, Shellduck, Mallard, Widgeon and Teal incl 1 Green Winged Teal at the Breaches, 10 Turnstone, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 10 Ringed Plover, some Redshank and Lapwing, 214 Golden Plovers (many in summer plumage), 2 Little Egrets,1 Grey Heron, 1 Greenshank, a few Oystercatcher, 2 Snipe a few Cormorants and a single Sparrow Hawk.

Seen out to sea were 2 Red Throated Divers (1 in breeding plumage), 1 Black Guillemot, 6 Shags, 1 Kittiwake, 2 Mute Swans, 1 Gannet, and a Razorbill. Gulls seen included Great Black-backed, Herring and Common.

At Arklow the group were rewarded with good views of 3 Red Kites (one carrying a stick for a while before dropping it), 1 Merlin and a Peregrine. ( see photos below) 

Green-winged Teal at Kilcoole. Eric Dempsey

Dark-bellied Brent on the left. Kilcoole. Eric Dempsey

Red Kite. John Fox

Peregrine Falcon. John Fox 

20 March, 2009
At Kilcoole this morning the Green-winged Teal, Dark-bellied Brent & a male Wheatear were in Webb's.NK & NJK. The Black Redstart and  a Sandwich Tern were also seen. BH . At the Poolbeg this evening a Sandwich Tern was seen on the Liffey.NK. At the Phoenix Park, from Military Road,  a Sparrowhawk soaring high over Liffey valley. At the Strawberry Beds, between motorway bridge and the old iron frame bridge, 1 Buzzard gliding over the valley at tree top height. 2 Chiffchaffs singing, and 2 Sparrowhawks with no noticeable size difference soaring very high, with some interaction between them.CE One Crossbill flew over Templeogue. RV

Black Redstart. Kilcoole. Shay Connolly

19 March, 2009
2 House Martins
at Seagrange Park and 34 Waxwings at Foxfield Green, Killbarrack.GF JD At Kilcoole this morning a female type Black Redstart was at the Breaches.NK & NJK. Two Crossbills flew over Herbert Park this evening.MC

18 March, 2009
A pair of displaying Sparrowhawks over the Burlington Hotel with high pitched calls.Also, a Chiffchaff giving bursts of song in the Methodist church grounds at Leeson Park/Dartmouth Road.MC At Kilcoole this morning there was a White-fronted Goose with a large flock of Greylag, an a Dark-bellied Brent with the Brent flock. Also there was a Green-winged Teal at the Breaches. No migrants noted but a 1st w Little Gull flew in off the sea.NK

17 March, 2009
First Swallow
of the season near the 12th lock on the Royal Canal. FC Chiffchaffs were singing along the Dodder between Templeogue and Terenure also 2 Kingfishers and a Blackcap.RV On the Bull Salt Marsh there were 6 Wheatears and a Merlin. SF 2 Buzzards over M1 at Balbriggan. 1 female Merlin & 1 Kestrel on northern side of Rogerstown. 3 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Yellowhammer, 1 Reed Bunting, a female Bullfinch & small flock of Linnet on southern side of Rogerstown.AR 1 Buzzard was over the M50 at the Blancharstown exit. RK

Having overdone it with the berries Paddy O' Waxwing decides to go to the parade! 

16 March, 2009
At Bremore Point yesterday there was a Chiffchaff singing away, and 75 Tree Sparrows.OM Singing Chiffchaff on the Burrow Rd, Sutton this morning .GF 2 Wheatears at Kilcoole - see photo below. MN  Also closer to Dublin there was a male & female Wheatear on the beach at the base of the Poollbeg.NK At Rogerstown there was a small mixed flock of Linnet and Chaffinch, 12 Yellowhammer, 1 Brambling, 2 Bullfinches, 2 Tree Sparrow, a pair of Kestrels and a single Buzzard.JF

Wheatears today at Kilcoole. Michael Nolan

  Waxwing today at Willow Park Ave. Eric Dempsey 

Blue-tit. Santry. Rachel Mc Cormack

Sunday 15 March, 2009
 Dundalk Bay there were 37 waterbird species, totalling 18,915 birds, quite a lot for mid-March.  The top ten birds were Knot (6050), Black-tailed Godwit (3272), Oystercatcher (2534), Redshank (1766), Bar-tailed Godwit (1022), Brent Goose (636), Black-headed Gull (561), Greylag Goose (511), Teal (500),Curlew (484). There were 4 Ruffs on the Castletown River at Dundalk.OM  5 Snow Buntings at the summit of Lugnaquilla, associating with over 150 Meadow pipits. Above the valley floor there was; Raven (5), Red Grouse (2), Skylark (14), Reed Bunting (2), Mistle Thrush (8), Peregrine (1) ,and a pair of Sparrowhawks displaying. SF Thanks to Shane for bringing us the latest from the mountain top in Wicklow!

 Flock of  6 Yellowhammer, 3 Linnet and 3 Redpoll seen feeding in Daristown cemetary, Dublin Airport this morning. MK 3 Buzzards soaring over the Strawberry Beds, not far from the motorway bridge.CE An Iceland Gull appeared  in the city centre at the Ha'penny Bridge this afternoon with 10 Herring and Black-headed Gulls while a Cormorant was fishing beneath them. LB  The Iceland was later seen around Heuston Station. RV Later on the Bull there were over 3000 Golden Plover up to 6.15pm when they took off to the north west as the sun was setting.LB

saturday 14 March, 2009
A Sandmartin
has been seen in Portmarnock. First very welcome Spring arrival. DD 2 Short-Eared Owls and 2 Snipe at Kilmichael Point, south of Arklow this afternoon.ER At the Bull Island IWebs count this morning there was one Glaucous Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull and 226 Grey Plover. 2 Buzzards apparently displaying over wetlands/plantation halfway between Kildare Town and Nurney.SO'B

Glaucous Gull at the Bull Causeway outflow with Common and Black-headed Gulls to compare. John Fox 

13 March, 2009
I Buzzard, 2 Kestrels, 2 Peregrine Falcons
on the Sutton side of Howth Head today. SF 300 Redwing passed over Portmarnock between 11.30 and midnight tonight.DDThese birds may be returning to Scandinavia to breed. 

12 March, 2009
A male Blackcap in full song and a pair of Bullfinches feeding on emerging buds in Leeson Park. 2 pairs of Blue Tits were squabbling over territorial rights and a flock of 22 Long-tailed Tits were moving  through the tree tops.MC

11 March, 2009
At Sandymount(Merrion Gates) there were 4 adult Ring-billed Gulls at 1pm. In the evening at the Shanganagh outflow a 1st w Iceland Gull, probably the same bird as at Bray Harbour yesterday.NK Singing male Blackcap in Shankill this morning. KG

 Waxwings up to new tricks. Photo Eric Dempsey

Vale of Clara today: no sign of a GSW but there was 1 Dipper and 2 Grey Wagtails, on the river. Flocks of  Great, Blue, Coal and Longtailed Tits in the woods. Chaffinch, Robin, Wren, Mistle Thrush and Goldcrest also evident. Jay heard but not seen.JF

Grey Wagtail, Clara, Wicklow. John Fox  ( Editor's choice of the week!)

10 March, 2009
On the beach at Bray Harbour this evening a 1st w Iceland Gull and a Shelduck. NK At Dunlaoighre today, highlights were the adult male Black Redstart around the baths and a minimum of 9 Mediterranean Gulls (4 ads,1 2nd year, 4 1st years), 4 Rock Pipits, 3 Meadow Pipits, 2 Grey Wagtailss, a Great Northern Diver and a couple of Razorbills.RV

Black Redstart East Pier Dunlaoghaire. Michael Nolan 

8 March, 2009
Waxwings are still following Rob Vaughan around Dublin! They were outside his door on Brandon Road, Drimnagh this morning.100 more Waxwings were at Willow Park Avenue. BK One of the Temple Bar Peregrines was at the ususal spot on top of the Central Bank this afternoon. LB

Waxwing at Finglas today. Brian Keogh

7 March, 2009
At Lorcan Road, Santry there were 24 Waxwings and 80 on Willow Park Avenue, Finglas. ED 3 Peregrine Falcons seen over Islandbridge this morning. Another individual ( possibly one of the three was hunting Pigeons over Temple Bar.RV LB 4 Short-eared Owls, 9 Buzzards, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Jack Snipe and a flock of Stock Doves were at the north side of Rogerstown at lunchtime. The Ring-billed Gull was again at the outflow north of the Bull causeway at 5pm. RV SF

Ring-Billed Gull on the Bull this evening. Robert Vaughan 

6 March, 2009
First winter Ring-billed Gull at the outflow on the North Bull. Second winter Mediterranean Gulls also present. SF

5 March, 2009

Waxwings mourning their pals in Finglas today. John Fox(see debate on IBN -L)

4 March, 2009- its well and truly Springtime!
Female Mallard with 10 duckings the Grand Canal at Charlemont Street bridge today.ND A male and female Blackbird feeding  newly fledged young in Trinity college today. IS

On the sand bar south of Irishtown(large Gull roost) a 2nd winter Iceland Gull . In the evening.at the base of East Pier Dun Laoghaire a male Black Redstart and a Stonechat (local rarity).NK

3 March 2009
4 Waxwings  in Drimnagh at 7.30 am this morning, then approx 20 on Beechpark Avenue, Castleknock at 8am and then amazingly another group of 13 opposite the Lidl in Finglas (same spot as last week! - see archives). And later in the morning there were 9 birds behind the E.P. Mooney garage feeding on the copious amounts of berries in the Elephant self storage compound Greenhills industrial estate. Photo below. RV

At this stage this bird needs no introduction! Photo Robert Vaughan

2 March, 2009
On the beach at Poolbeg there was a 3rd winter Glaucous Gull in the evening.NK

1 March, 2009
Up to 20 Mediterranean Gulls at Sandycove. Most coming into summer plumage...another week or two and the adults will be superb.ED 7 Red Kites at Wicklow today,  20 Whooper Swans at Kilcoole 300+ Brent, 100+ Greylag  80+ Golden Plover, 8 Snipe and large numbers of Teal and Wigeon. SC 70 Waxwings at the Airport Esso garage. RV 



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