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31 May 2014

Tolka River Valley Park: Spotted Flycatcher, female Mandarin with only 2 chicks & Treecreeper spotted at Ashtown bridge area, Tolka River Valley Park, 7.30am. BC

28 May 2014

Glenasmole:  Cuckoo and Spotted Flycatcher.SH

25 May 2014

Ballyfermot:  See photo below of Blackbird with a deformed upper mandible.   This is her second year to visit the garden and has adapted her eating style to turning her head to scoop up food.   She also prises worms out of the soil between the flagstones quite readily with her hooked bill. Needless to say, she has difficulty in picking at apples but her partner feeds on these.  I am not sure how she manages to feed her young (and she does appear to be collecting and bringing food to a nest). Let's hope her offspring haven't inherited her genetic default.RD  

Blackbird (f) with decurved upper mandible in Ballyfermot garden (Photo by Rosemary Doyle)

22 May 2014

Heron resting over the river in the Botanic Gardens (Photo by Andy Friel)

21 May 2014

Killester:  We had our first sighting of 2 Swifts (flying silently) here in Killester this evening.MH

Baldoyle: 12 Sedge Warblers, 2 Grasshopper Warblers, 1 Whitethroat, 2 families of Stonechats, 1 Yellowhammer, 8 Lapwing, 2 Stock Doves, 1 Kestrel. Lots of Greenfinch, Meadow Pipit and Skylark also.EK

Sedge Warbler at Baldoyle (Photo by Edd Kealy)

Grasshopper Warbler at Baldoyle (Photo by Edd Kealy)

Reed Bunting (f) at Bull Island (Photo by Dave MacPherson)

18 May 2014

A Mute Swan pair with 6 Cygnets hitching a ride from mammy on the Royal Canal, Ashtown.BC

Mute Swan with 1 cygnet on Royal Canal, Ashtown...but what's hanging out the back?....   (Photos by Brian Carruthers)

ahhh, that's where the other five are hiding

17 May 2014

Tolka River Park: Noticeable birds...  Kingfisher fly-by, Blackcap (fm), Reed Bunting, Cormorant, Sparrowhawk (fm), Goldcrest, Grey Heron (ringed), Grey Wagtail holding territory from a Dipper.BC

Dipper at Tolka River Park (Photo by Brian Carruthers)

15 May 2014

Celbridge:  A Long-eared Owl hunting from 21:25pm onwards outside of Celbridge.AR

House Martin collecting mud for nest building in Lucan (Photo by Liam Kane)

Spotted Flycatcher at Turvey Park (Photo by Brian Carruthers)

Goldcrest at Turvey Park (Photo by Brian Carruthers)

Dunnock at Turvey Park (Photo by Brian Carruthers)

Treecreeper at Turvey Park (Photo by Brian Carruthers)

13 May 2014

Dun Laoghaire:  2 Wheatear seen on the West Pier.JC

Wheatear on West Pier, Dun Laoghaire (Photo by James Cavanagh)

12 May 2014

Phoenix Park: 2 Sparrowhawks & fleeting glimpse of an adult Long-eared Owl.AR

Tolka Valley Park Finglas: 6 Buzzards, a female Sparrowhawk & a Dipper.AR

Whitethroat at Howth, near cliff path (Photo by Dave MacPherson)

8 May 2014

Howth: Four Swifts flying (silently) over the Baily from 14.30 today.HQ

Tolka River Valley Park:  Little Egrets are still around, so hopefully they could be a nesting pair, and not just resting.  Small male Buzzard out hunting, Grey Wagtails & Dipper fishing. 2 Kingfisher also about.BC

Male Mandarin Duck on Tolka River (Photo by Brian Carruthers)

6 May 2014

Clontarf:  a Cuckoo in garden in Clontarf. Alas, circumstances were a bit unfortunate in that the bird was dead and lay semi-plucked on the lawn I suspect that we may have disturbed a Sparrowhawk who had taken the bird.DF



5 May 2014

Tolka River Valley Park Finglas:  My early morning dog
walk from 6am to 8-30am, on a mild (12c) dry dull day, along the Tolka River Bank Finglas, a total of 6.3 klms.   Birds spotted:  Buzzard over Ashtown with female Mandarin Duck with 6 chicks in river just east of Ashtown bridge, 2 Little Egrets resting/nesting in tree with 2 Bullfinch and a Goldcrest west of Scribblestown estate. 1 Mute Swan, 9 Swallows, 3 House Martins, 2 Swifts in-around the 'Three ponds'.  Numerous Mallards, Coots, a male Mandarin, Little Grebes, Moorhens in East & West ponds with a single Reed Bunting in reedbed. 2 Kingfisher flybys, one @ the Marsh east of Ratoath Road Bridge with 2 Dippers other @ the metal foot bridge west of Ratoath Road Bridge with a hunting Sparrowhawk near by. Numerous Woodpigeons, Collared Doves, Robins, Blackbirds, Song Thrush, Wrens, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Coal Tits, Jackdaws, Rooks, Hooded Crows, Magpies, Starlings, House Sparrows, Chaffinch, Greenfinch along the walk. At least 8 Grey Wagtails along my full walk, with 3 Pied Wagtails & 3 Dunnocks with Pheasants heard calling in the pitch & putt course 2 Mistle Thrush feeding on the football pitches with a small flock of Linnets & Goldfinch and more Swallows overhead. A single Long-tailed Tit, 2 Blackcaps (pair seen) and Chiffchaffs calling @ Tolka Vale wood, Glasnevin.BC


Grey Heron with ring at Tolka River Valley Park (Photo by Brian Carruthers)


4 May 2014

Dublin 8:  Five Swifts flying over Washington Street, SCR @ 7.00p.m. MS

3 May 2014

Barnacle Goose at Broadmeadows Estuary (Photo by Ita Martin)

Great Northern Diver at Malahide (Photo by Ita Martin)

2 May 2014

Balbriggan and beyond:  Walked from Balbriggan Station to Laytown Station. The following birds were seen before reaching the border with Meath: 1 singing Whitethroat, 12 Golden Plovers in a crop field, 19 Whimbrel on the shoreline and 1 Buzzard being mobbed by crows.LO'B

Collared Dove at Malahide (Photo by Ita Martin)

Juvenile Robin at Malahide (Photo by Ita Martin)

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