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31 March 2012

N4 at Liffey Valley: A Buzzard at 09:30am.AR&PH

Kilcoole nature reserve: Low numbers of Shelduck, Teal & Mallard, large flock of Brent Geese, Mute Swan, 1 Little Grebe, and Skylark.  Waders: Lapwing, Ringed Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, roosting 'flock' of Shags with 1 Little Egret, Great Northern Diver. Others, not 100% confident about id: Small groups Common Terns heading north,  3 Goosander.EMcC

Tachumshin, Co. Wexford: Black-Winged Stilt still present at Tacumshin today.PC

Black-winged Stilt at Tachumshin (Photo by Philip Clancy)

Greenfinch in Dundalk garden (Photo by Brendan Shiels)

30 March 2012
Deansgrange:  A Siberian Chiffchaff (subspecies tristis) gave excellent views this afternoon as it fed in the trees along the stream that runs through Clonkeen Park, between Supervalu Deansgrange & Meadowvale Tennis Club from 14:15 to 15:00. It was very vocal, repeatedly giving the distinctive, plaintive '(h)eep' or '(s)eep' call which was useful in locating the bird as it flit about. This call is markedly different to that of our own Chiffchaffs (subspecies collybita) which gives a more drawn out, di-syllabic 'hu-weet' call. It is also in active moult, looking rather messy around the face, is growing its central tail feathers & looks set to drop some of its upper tertials. This state of moult for the time of year is another feature which can help distinguish tristis from collybita. The bird is a much colder grey-brown overall, with green edged flight feathers, jet black legs & feet, a very dark bill & strikingly pale underparts compared to collybita. A little cracker! NTK & NK

29 March 2012
This morning at Poolbeg along the Great South Wall in addition to the usual Brent Geese, Kittiwakes and Black Guillemots(10), we were treated to a feeding frenzy just south-east of the Half Moon swimming club. We counted 30 Great-crested Grebes in all their summer finery, 30+ Sandwich Terns and 5 Gannets. A little further on there were 2 Razorbills and a Red-throated Diver coming into summer plumage.AT&FT

Bunnmahon, Co. Waterford:  saw a Purple Heron that was found by Daniel Weldon (1st county record). Other birds seen on the day included an untagged Redkite (1st in 31years in Waterford), 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Whimbrel, Kingfisher, Water Rail and 2 Swallows.PC

Hen Harrier at Rogerstown (Photo by Harry Bailey)

28 March 2012
Wicklow:  20 Sandmartins digging at nest holes and 1 Willow Warbler singing in west Wicklow today.PC

Malahide private garden:  We have seen today a Wren, our usual pair of Collared Doves, pair of Goldfinches, Sparrows, Greenfinch, Robin, Blackbird, Magpies, Chaffinch, Blue Tit and Coal Tit.MaryannH

Curlew flying over Bull Island (Photo by Eric Doggett)

Short-eared Owl at Rogerstown (Photo by Harry Bailey)

27 March 2012
ECNR news:  I spent the day birding around the BirdWatch Ireland East Coast Nature Reserve, Six Mile Point & Five Mile Point area along the Wicklow coastline, clocking up a list of 64 species in 10 hours. ECNR produced a single Swallow flying north, 3 Willow Warblers, a Chiffchaff & a Blackcap all in song, 3 Buzzards, a singing Yellowhammer, 16 Stock Doves, 2 Little Egrets, 2 Little Grebes, 21 Teal, a pair of Shoveler, 3 Greylag Geese, 2 Water Rail, 6 Ravens & a male Stonechat. Good numbers of divers were present offshore from Six Mile Point consisting of 35+ Red-throated (including many in full summer plumage) & a single Great Northern. 9 Sandwich Terns, 7 Turnstone & a Lesser Black-backed Gull were also seen migrating north along the coast. A further 5 Buzzards, a Kestrel & 2 pairs of Stonechats were seen at the reedbed south of Five Mile Point. Highlight of the day however was the rather unexpected finding of a Siberian Chiffchaff that spent two hours (10:45-12:45) ranging between the reedbed boardwalk in ECNR & the garden at Six Mile Point. It showed very well at times, called frequently & gave some snatches of song allowing for the identification to be confirmed. NTK

Male Linnet

Female Linnet

26 March 2012

A touch of winter and summer in west Wicklow today with 40 Fieldfare and 1 Swallow seen.PC

Bull Island: 13 Sandwich Terns at the South Lagoon. A Snipe in the Reed Marsh near the Bull Wall.GF

25 March 2012
County Wicklow:  Willow Warblers were singing at Trooperstown (Laragh) and Kilmacanogue, this afternoon.OM

County Wicklow:  Avoca & Meeting of the Waters: 2 Red Kites, 2 Raven, a Peregrine, a Sparrowhawk & 6 Buzzards; also N11/Redcross: 5 Red Kites over N11 close to “The Tap” pub, a Sparrowhawk, a Kestrel & 4 Buzzards.AR&GdeL

Clogerhead, Co. Louth: 20+ Chiffchaff, 20+ Willow Warbler, 1 Tree Pipit (showing well at garden hedgerow beside Car Park),  5 Stonechat, 10 Whimbrel passing south. Also a possible 1 female Ring Ouzel (possible flushed along headland track), when bird flushed it showed quite pale wings which stood out quite distinctivley in contrast to dark body in flight.BS

In Wexford today:  2 Chiffchaff, 1 Black Redstart, 10 Swallows & 1 House Martin at Churchtown;
Lady's Island:  50 Mediterranean Gulls, 200+ Sandwich Terns;  Also seen at 
Lingstown in the evening:  4 Hen Harrier and then the best birds of the day flew by, 2 Spoonbill flying over the reed bed heading inland.PC

Reed Bunting at The Royal Canal near Enfield  (Photo by Jenny Ryan)

24 March 2012
Rogerstown: 1 Hen Harrier (female), 1 Kestrel, 1 Chiffchaff in song, 2 Ruff, 1 Greenshank;
Baltray: 1 Ruff present out on the estuary,  2 Rock Pipit. Baltray. Scarce bird for this area. My first sighting of Rock Pipit at Baltray Estuary; and 
Drogheda: Had a Swift flying over my house during the afternoon.BS

Strawberry Beds: A female Sparrowhawk, a Kestrel, a Jay & 5 Buzzards soaring over Liffey; also
Leixlip Confey: 2 Buzzards.AR&GdeL

Rock Pipit at Baltray (Photo by Brendan Sheils)

23 March 2012
Rogerstown:  5 Avocets at Rogerstown today (first spotted by Sean Cullen) as well as 1 Short-Eared Owl, 3 Swallows; also
Howth: 2 Snow Bunting at Howth.PC,GF,EK

Four of the 5 Avocets at Rogerstown (Photo by Philip Clancy)

Snow Bunting at Howth (Photo by Edd Kealy)

Grey Partridge at Rogerstown (Photo by Philip Clancy)

Inchicore:  Nice sighting of a male Kingfisher this morning along the Camac River in Inchicore. This river has made a remarkable recovery over the last 3 years after years of pollution; there are now regular sightings of Grey Wagtails, plenty of trout and even an otter and now a lovely Kingfisher.IS

Kestrel at Sutton Dart station.CM

Flock of 500-600 Black-tailed Godwits at Baldoyle being harassed by a male Peregrine Falcon.  Flock included 4 colour ringed birds.CM

Black-tailed Godwits at Baldoyle  (Photo by Cian Merne)

Sparrowhawk with Blue Tit(-bit) at the Naul (Photo by Joe Curtis)

Wren in Rathgar Garden (Photo by Tom Gregan)

Heron at Rogerstown (Photo by Harry Bailey)

22 March 2012

Little Egret at Ballinteer, Dublin (Photo by Gerard Keogh)

21 March 2012

Deerpark, Howth: 2 Chiffchaffs singing.GF

Chiffchaff at Howth Head (Photo by Ger Franck)

Grey Wagtail at Tolka Valley Park (Photo by Dave MacPherson)

20 March 2012

Black-tailed Godwits at Baldoyle including a colour ringed one (Photo by Cian Merne)

Bullfinch at Rogerstown (Photo by Vincent Hall)

19 March 2012

Rogerstown:  3 Kestrels, 4 Buzzards & a ringtail Hen Harrier at Rogerstown today.AR

Drogheda:   Common Crane showing well at Beaulieu Pond, Drogheda. Bird showing well in Stubble field at rear of the pond throughtout the morning and also viewed out on the estuary, giving superb views.BS

Common Crane seen in Drogheda (Photo by Brendan Sheils)

Grey Heron at Grand Canal Naas (Photo by Marie O'Brien)

18 March 2012

Howth Harbour: 2 Snow Buntings at Howth Harbour.DMacP

Snow Bunting at Howth Harbour (Photo by Dave MacPherson)

Stonechat (f) at Howth Head cliff walk (Photo by Dave MacPherson)

Short-eared Owl at Rogerstown (Photo by Neil O'Reilly)

17 March 2012

Slieve Blooms, Co. Laois: Flock of 10 Raven in Glendine Gap;  also 2 male Hen Harriers (one skydancing), 3 Buzzards, 2 Kestrels & a Sparrowhawk at Ridge of Capard. AR

Ballinclamper, Co. Waterford:   1 Black Redstart, 1 Northern Wheater, 22 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 6 Greenshank, 46 Brent Geese. RD

Bray Harbour:  A fine adult Ring-billed Gull (nearly finished coming out of winter plumage, with just a few grey feathers at the back of its head) at Bray Harbour at half tide (10.00 hrs).OM

Newcastle Nature Reserve, Co. Wicklow:  Several Buzzards, 6 Shoveler, 20+Teal, 1 Wigeon, 2 Little Egret, 8 Mallard, 5 Chaffinch,2 Bullfinch, 1 Songthrush.BS

Buzzard at Newcastle Nature Reserve (Photo by Brendan Sheils)

16 March 2012
Broadmeadows estuary in Swords: Sightings of note were 1 Jack Snipe (feeding briefly in the open), 1 Snipe, 1 1st-winter Iceland Gull, 1 Buzzard. Also lots of Redshank, 30 Brent Geese, 4 Greenshank, 5 Great-crested Grebes, Dunlin, Black and Bar-tailed Godwits.ED, JF, GF

Iceland Gull, 1st Winter,  see at Broadmeadows estuary (Photo by Edd Kealy)

14 March 2012

Reed Bunting seen at Bull Island near St. Annes Golf Club (Photo by Vincent Hall)

Skylark seen at Bull Island near St. Annes Golf Club (Photo by Vincent Hall)

13 March 2012

Dublin Garden:  Blackcap singing in my garden this am, I thought my Robin had upgraded. Blackbird and Robin nestbuilding is very advanced.DMcC

Dipper in Tolka Valley Park, on the Tolka River (Photo by Vincent Hall)

11 March 2012

Drumcondra: I saw a Little Egret on the bank of the Tolka river at Drumcondra to day.MirH

Hen Harrier hunting at Turvey (Photo by Neil O'Reilly)

Rogerstown - Turvey Hide:   Brian Carruthers wardening was joined by Ann Hegerty & Friends, John Fields, Adrian Rooney & Liam Kane
Some of the birds we spotted from hide & two walks were Water Rail, Grey Plover, Starlings, Magpies, Long-tailed & Blue & Coal & Great Tits, Song Thrush, Goldcrest, Linnets, Dunnocks, Jackdaws, Hoodies, Rooks, House Sparrows, Moorhen, Black-tailed & Bar-tailed Godwit, Redshank & Greenshanks, Lapwing, Sanderling, Gulls, Cormorants, Fieldfare, Blackbird, Grey Partridge, Brent Geese, Curlew, Wigeon, Teals, Little Egrets, Shelduck, Mallard, Pheasants, Heron, Hen Harrier, Buzzards, Kestrel, Merlin, Peregrine, Oystercatchers, Chaffinch & Greenfinch & Bullfinch & Goldfinche, 60+Redpolls, Collard Doves, Woodies, Mipits, Pied Wagtails, Wrens, Robins, Reed Buntings, Yellowhammers. With the two stand out sightings of a male Wheatear & a great display by a hunting Short-eared Owl and the 3 birds that were seen, but not by me, where Red Kites, Bramblings & Ruffs.BC

Skylark at Bull Island (Photo by Brian Carruthers)

10 March 2012

Arklow:  One Chiffchaff singing beside Arklow Pond.OM

M50 at Finglas: A Kestrel. AR

Strawberry Beds: A Buzzard. AR

Rogerstown: A ringtail Hen Harrier, a Kestrel, 5 Buzzards over Baleally Dump, a Peregrine & 2 released Red Kites in flooded field.AR   
Also at Rogerstown while Adrian was looking at the Peregrine...a Short-eared Owl at 11:15am west of north hide.VT & SM 

Kestrel at North Bull Island (Photo by Brian McDonnell)

Merlin at Bull Island (Photo by Brian Carruthers)

8 March 2012
Tolka Valley Park:  1 Yellowhammer in Tolka Valley Park near the Ashtown end. Also 1 Little Egret right near the ponds at the Dublin City parks depot in Tolka Valley and also, our resident Grey Heron.MH

Mirror, Mirror on the garden wall....

Long-tailed Tit in Dublin garden (Photo by Dave MacPherson)

Blue Tit in Dublin garden (Photo by Dave MacPherson)

Wren at Oldtown Wood, Phoenix Park (Photo by Harry Bailey)

7 March 2012

Chough at Barley Cove, Co.Cork (Photo by Ciaran Walsh)

6 March 2012

Bull Island:  Seen this morning around 8-15am at northern saltmarsh, Bull Island 2 Stonechats (pair), 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine,  200+ Golden Plovers, and 2 Short-eared Owls.BC&TC

Short-eared Owl at North Bull Island (Photo by Brian Carruthers)

5 March 2012

Robin at Howth Head (Photo by Harry Bailey)

4 March 2012

Bull Island:  2 Short-eared Owls & a Merlin at northern saltmarsh this afternoon.AR&PH

Baldoyle:   2 Buzzards, 1 Peregrine, 10 Reed Buntings, 2 Greenshank, 2 Stonechat.EK

Buzzard - neck turned for better view at Baldoyle (Photo by Edd Kealy)

Blackrock, County Louth: 8 Twite showing very well along the beach. Dunlin and Golden Plover with some summer plumaged adults. Giles Quay: 15 Black Guillemot in full summer Plumage. Clogherhead + Baltay: Skylark, Reed Bunting and Meadow Pipit in Song.BS

Twite at Blackrock County Louth (Photo by Brendan Sheils)

Glasnevin:  Last year, in our garden, we had up to six resident Collared Doves. Now, we have only two.FM

Collared Dove in Glasnevin Garden (Photo by Francois Mullan)

Blackbird basking in the Spring sunshine in a Glasnevin Garden (Photo by Francois Mullan)

3 March 2012

Strawberry Beds:  3 Buzzards, 1 Sparrowhawk & 1 Kestrel in the Stawberry Beds around the West Link Toll Bridge area.AR

Water Rail at Turvey hide Rogerstown (Photo by Brian Carruthers)

Grey Partridges at Rogerstown (Photo by Dave MacPherson)

Blackcap (female) at Blackrock (Photo by Colin Rigney)

1 March 2012

Brent Geese at Rogerstown Estuary (Photo by Jenny Ryan)

Yellowhammer at Rogerstown Estuary (Photo by Jenny Ryan)

Tree Sparrow in Swords Garden (Photo by Harry Bailey)

Greenfinch in Swords Garden (Photo by Harry Bailey)

Chaffinch in Swords Garden (Photo by Harry Bailey)


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