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31 March 2014

Raheny:  2 Jays in St. Anne's Park this morning.GF

One of two Jays in St. Anne's Park, Raheny (Photo by Ger Franck)

30 March 2014

Curlew getting crab at Sutton Creek (Photo by Bill Quinn)

28 March 2014

Clontarf:  1 Lesser Whitethroat on Conquer Hill Road, Clontarf. Last seen flying into a big grove of trees in the green belt, up the lane between Kingcora Road and the cul de sac part of Conquer Hill Road.PC

Bull Island:  3 Long-tailed Duck in Sutton Creek, Bull Island today at 4p.m. JF

3 Long-tailed Duck at Sutton Creek (Photos by John Fox)

27 March 2014

Ranelagh:  About two hundred Brent Geese flying in v-formation down the Grand Canal this morning about 9am - practising for their upcoming migration.ND

26 March 2014

Mandarin (male) on the Dodder in Rathfarnham (Photo by Des Fay)

Mandarin (female) on the Dodder in Rathfarnham (Photo by Des Fay)

25 March 2014

Shag in courtship plumage at entrance to Howth Harbour (Photos by Bill Quinn)

22 March 2014

Tolka Branch outing to Kilcoole:  22 birders and a dog defied the weather forecast for inclement weather and were rewarded with sunshine in Kilcoole this morning.   We were treated to sights of a typical flighty and fidgety Chiffchaff and a male Bullfinch and a Goldcrest at in the Alder Trees to the right of the car park.   Also in that area were: Blue Tits, Blackbirds, Goldfinch, Robin, and a Water Rail and Wren were heard but not seen.   As we made our way along the sea front looking across the railway tracks we spotted 4 Tree Sparrows sunning themselves at the top of the gorse hedges.  In the smaller ponds were a few Teal and 2 Mute Swans and a Little Grebe.  Further along in the larger ponds were 17 Whooper Swan, lots more Teal, a Little Egret, 80 Greylag Geese, 200 Brent Geese.  We got good views of a male Stonechat and 2 Reed Bunting, while behind us a Red-throated Diver flew by, keeping low to the sea.   There were the odd few Lapwing making great displays of courtship, while a flock of Golden Plover kept to the business of feeding and ignoring the solitary Grey Plover in their midst. Several Shelduck and Widgeon and a couple of Little Grebe occupied the left edge of the large pond.  Nearer to the bridge in the mudflats was a hive of activity with 4 Black-tailed Godwit, Turnstone, Redshank, Ringed Plover and Oystercatcher drilling away at the mud. Beyond the railway bridge a perched-upon-a-fence-post Cormorant kept the group puzzled for a while.  The Cormorant had an unually large expanse of white plumage on its head, which is indicates it was an adult male Cormorant in breeding plumage. Sea-ward were a couple of Gannet in the far distance, and the Red-throated Diver right in at the shore line.  Across the fields were 4 Pheasants and one could be heard calling nearby on our return to the car park. Back to the cars for tea just in time before the hail shower.RD

21 March 2014

Black-tailed Godwit in breeding plumage at North Bull Island (Photo by Liam Kane)

Grey Wagtail at Broadmeadows Estuary (Photo by Ita Martin)

White-cheeked Pintail at the People's Park pond in Phoenix Park (Photo by Dermot O'Mahony)

Kingfisher at Broadmeadows Estuary (Photo by Ita Martin)

20 March 2014

Male Sparrowhawk with kill (Goldfinch) in Malahide Garden (Photo by Ita Martin)

Male Sparrowhawk in Malahide Garden (Photo by Ita Martin)

17 March 2014

Wren with very dark underparts at Howth (Photo by Ger Franck)

15 March 2014

Finglas, Tolka River Valley Park at 7a.m.:   A small kettle of Buzzards sailing high in the wind heading south from Elmgreen towards Ashtown side of Phoenix Park, 2 Kingfishers - one @ the Marsh east of RATOATH ROAD Bridge other @ the metal foot bridge west of RATOATH ROAD Bridge; a pair of loving Mandarin Duck just west of the metal foot bridge; a single Chiffchaff (first of the year) foraging through the undergrowth and calling just west of the metal foot bridge.BC

Camera-shy Chiffchaff at Tolka River Valley Park (Photo by Brian Carruthers)

Rush Harbour @ 12 Noon, spotted my first Wheatear of the year on the harbour wall beside Tower Road.BC

Greenshank at Sutton Strand (Photo by Cian Merne)

Redshank at Sutton Strand (Photo by Cian Merne)

Oystercatcher at Sutton Strand (Photo by Cian Merne)

12 March 2014

Brent Geese in flight over Blackrock (Photo by James Cavanagh)

Brent Geese with rings at Blackrock (Photo by James Cavanagh)

10 March 2014

Goldcrest at Riverside Drive, Clonshaugh (Photo by Robert Talbot)

9 March 2014

Fulmar at Loughshinny, Fingal, North County Dublin (Photo by Ciaran Walsh)

Fulmar (ringed) at Loughshinny, Fingal, North County Dublin (Photo by Ciaran Walsh)

7 March 2014

Stock Dove courtship in Glasnevin today (Photo by Ger Franck)

5 March 2014

Turnstone at Howth Pier (Photo by Ciaran Walsh)

Meadow Pipit at Dun Laoghaire Harbour (Photo by Ita Martin)

4 March 2014

Black Swan at Bray Harbour (Photo by Vincent Hall)

Treecreeper in Phoenix Park (Photo by Liam Kane)

1 March 2014

Kestrel at Bull Island (Photo by Des Fay)

Sean Walsh Park, Tallaght:   Blackbirds, Black-headed Gulls, Blue Tits, Caspian Gull, Chaffinches, Collard Doves, Common Gulls, Coots, Dunnock, Goldcrest, Goldfinches, Great Tits, Greenfinches, Grey Herons, Grey Wagtail, Hooded Crows, House Sparrows, Iceland Gull, Jackdaws, Little Egret, Little Grebes, Long-tail Tits, Magpies, Mallards white x domestic hybrid (2), Mallards, Moorhens, Mute Swans, Robins, Rooks, Song Thrushes, Starlings, Tufted Ducks, Woodpigeons, and Wrens.BC&JH

Dun Laoghaire Harbour:  Black Guillemot, Great Black-backed Gulls, Great-crested Grebe, Great Northern Diver, Guillemot, Herring Gulls, Kittiwake, Lapwing, Pied Wagtails, Red-necked Grebe, and Shags.BC&JH

Great south wall Dublin harbour:  Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, Brent Geese, Cormorants, Curlew, Dunlin, Golden Plover, Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Meadow Pipit, Oystercatchers. Peregrine pair, Red-breasted Mergansers, Redshank, Sanderling, Teals, Turnstone, and Wigeons.BC&JH

Cormorant with fish snack at Great South Wall Harbour (Photo by Brian Carruthers)

Great Northern Diver at Dun Laoghaire Harbour (Photo by Brian Carruthers)

Red-necked Grebe at East Pier, Dun Laoghaire Harbour (Photo by Brian Carruthers)

1st Winter Iceland Gull at Sean Walsh Park, Tallaght (Photo by Joe Geraty)

Tufted Duck at Sean Walsh Park, Tallaght (Photo by Joe Geraty)

Little Egret at Sean Walsh Park, Tallaght (Photo by Joe Geraty)

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