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30 May 2012

Lucan N4: Kestrel at exit 3; 
Phoenix Park: 2 Jays & a female Sparrowhawk at Oldtown Wood; and 
Ashtown, 2 Buzzards up high. AR & PH

29 May 2012

BREAKING NEWS:   Ireland's first ever Collared Flycatcher was found today. It is apparently a 1st summer male and was found on Tory Island today by Robert Vaughan. A great bird and a great find. Well done Robert.

28 May 2012

Dublin City Centre: One Black Guillemot under the Ha'penny Bridge early this morning. LB

Swords:  4 Kingfishers at Spittal Hill Bridge, Swords -  1 male & 1 female and a 2 juvenile males.BC

Kingfisher at Spittal Hill Bridge, Swords (Photo by Brian Carruthers)

27 May 2012

Treecreeper at Bushy Park (Photo by Shay Connolly)

Glasnevin:  Among the nesting birds in the garden include Common Blackbird, European Starling, Eurasian Robin, House Sparrow (two nests), and Common WoodPigeon, while a few weeks ago, we were visited by a male Eurasian Sparrowhawk.FM&HM

Blue Tit in Glasnevin Garden (Photo by Francois Mullan)

25 May 2012

Shelduck taken from Clontarf Road (Photo by Dave MacPherson)

23 May 2012

Robin Chick casualty to this female Sparrowhawk in Dublin Garden (Photo by Dermot McCabe)

Kestrel along Contarf seafront (Photo by Paul Henegan)

Juvenile Goldfinch (Photo by Des Fay)

22 May 2012

Buzzard over Inchicore Road.PH

20 May 2012

National Dawn Chorus Day:  Many thanks to Dr Matthew Jebb of the Botanic Gardens for permitting us 
entry to the gardens at 4 a.m. and greeting us at such an early time.

An especially big thank you to all those who joined us for the Dawn Chorus at the Botanic Gardens at "yawn o'clock" to hear a Song Thrush open the concert which was just the start of a magnificant chorus of birdsong on a beautiful mild fresh morning.   Dermot McCabe, John Fox and Ger Franck were our most helpful birdsong identifiers.  Species heard and seen:  Song Thrush, Blackbird, Magpie, Robin, Goldcrest, Woodpigeon, Blackcap, Pheasant, Rooks, Blue Tit, Mistle Thrush, Wren, Moorhen, Chaffinch, Mallard, Dunnock, Great Tit, Goldfinch and Treecreeper.  Swifts and Swallows were also see also circling the Gardens.  

Donabate:  2 Buzzards, a Kestrel & a Sparrowhawk over M1 at Donabate.AR

19 May 2012
Tolka Branch May outing: Wicklow woodland walk on Sat. (see trip report)

Bull Island / Sutton: Just 1 Brent Goose left at Bull Island/Sutton today.CM

16 May 2012

I am happy to report the Dolphins Barn Swifts and the St James's Hospital Swifts arrived this morning. A clear sign of summer, brrrrrr! MS

Bull Island:  House Martins have returned and are rebuilding their nests on the Royal Dublin Golf Course clubhouse. Six Hundred and fifty summer-plumaged Dunlin on the mud flats, along with Sanderling and Ringed Plovers. Many of the Sanderling also coming into summer plumage.GF

Sanderling at Bull Island (Photo by Ger Franck)

14 May 2012

Killester at 09:00:  5 Swifts over the green in Killester.CN

Broadmeadows: flock of about 12 Dunlin by the shore at Broadmeadows this afternoon.DMacP

Dunlin at Broadmeadows (Photo by Dave MacPherson)

13 May 2012

Rogerstown:  Pair of Bullfinch and a Hare.AR

Swords:  Seen first Swifts over Swords today,unfortunately also found dead one in green open space,when out with dog. Will put up 2 Swift boxes today.LF   

Dipper preening between dives at Tolka Valley Park (Photo by Dave MacPherson)

Song Thrush singing in the rare sunshine at Tolka Valley Park (Photo by Dave MacPherson)

12 May 2012

Buzzards galore:  8 Buzzards between Clonsilla & Leixlip;  2 Buzzards
at St. Mochta's soccer pitch Clonsilla;   3 Buzzards over Luttrellstown Castle;  and 3 Buzzards around Carton Demesne.AR

Rogerstown:  3 Short-eared Owls seen at Rogerstown today.SC

Short-eared Owl at Rogerstown (Photo by Shay Connolly)

11 May 2012

Male and female Bullfinch in Howth Garden (Photo by Bill Quinn)   Not much talking at the bird table - not with beaks full!

Male Sparrow with fledgling in Glasnevin (Photos by Marie O'Brien)

10 May 2012
Dublin 8:  Finally the Washington Street Swifts have returned. Just two flying high at 8pm this evening, two days later than last year.MS

9 May 2012

Kingfisher at Swords (Photo by Harry Bailey)

7 May 2012

Donabate.Turvey reserve/ Rogerstown estuary:  Chaffinch, Blackcap, Long-tailed Tit, Stonechat, Moorhen, Little Egret, mixed Whimbrel & Black-tailed Godwit flock, Shelduck, Cormorant, Black-headed Gull, Greater Black-backed Gull.EMcC

Also at Turvey:  Female Sparrowhawk, male Kestrel & large Peregrine in flight.AR

Juvenile Long-tailed Tit at Rogerstown (Photo by Brian McDonnell)

Bullfinch at Rogerstown (Photo by Brian McDonnell)

6 May 2012

Turvey:  3 Wheaters on Turvey Allotments also Short-eared Owl near hide.LF

Robin in Coolock Garden (Photo by Brian McDonnell)

5 May 2012
A Buzzard & a female Sparrowhawk over the R149 at the back of Leixlip.AR

Wren in Rathgar (Photo by Tom Gregan)

Male Phesant at Botanic Gardens (Photo by E Dolan)

Juvenile Stonechat at Rogerstown (Photo by Brian Carruthers)

Buzzard at Rogerstown (Photo by Brian Carruthers)

Curlew at Rogerstown (Photo by Brian Carruthers)

4 May 2012

Juvenile Grey Heron at Botanic Gardens (Photo by John Fox)

3 May 2012
Broadmeadows 11.45 - 12.30:   2 Common Sandpipers, 4 Sandwich Terns;  also 
Bull island 18.45 - 19.30:  34 Brent Geese, 8 Little Egrets feeding on south side mudflats.CD

2 May 2012
Inchicore:  A couple of unusual sighting close to Dublin City centre - a Wheatear and Raven in Inchicore this morning.IS

1 May 2012

Killester at 08:50:  Chiffchaff singing at Killester Dart station.CN

Glasnevin:  We have Common Starlings nesting in our gutters - this has been the third consecutive year of which this has happened.FM&HM

Common Starling (Photo by Harry Mullan)

Glasnevin:  discovered this Sparrowhawk feeding today on the footpath outside Botanical Gardens. It was unfazed as I pulled up in the car beside it, and continued to feed while I watched.RS

Sparrowhawk feeding outside Botanical Gardens (Photo by Robert Smith)

Sparrow gathering nesting material in Glasnevin (Photo by Mick Kelly)

Blackbird with leucism at Glasnevin (Photo by Mick Kelly)



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