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30 November 2011
Swords estuary: 2 Buzzards. Rogerstown: Kingfisher at north hide & 4 Buzzards hanging in the wind together over Balleally dump. Female Sparrowhawk at south hide.AR

29 November 2011
at Liffey Valley exit on N4.AR 

28 November 2011
Meath:  A juvenile/1st-winter Spotted Sandpiper showed well throughout the day on the Nanny Estuary near Laytown, viewable from the Sonairte nature trail where a male Pintail, a Kingfisher, a Greenshank & 4 Little Egrets were also present. At Gormanstown, 280 Light-bellied Brent Geese, 15 Great Northern Divers, 300 Common Scoter, 200 Lapwing & 2,000 Golden Plover were recorded at high tide. NTK & OO'S

Raheny:  Dark-bellied Brent Goose in playing fields on Springdale Road, Edenmore with a large Brent flock at lunchtime. Nordic Jackdaw at Portmarnock Public Park late afternoon (striking clearcut individual).MS

Kilmainham:  Mandarin Duck in the Camac river in Kilmainham.MH

26 November 2011
The mild weather must be confusing the migrants as I had a Chiffchaff in Grattan Crescent Park - Inchicore today.IS

Rogerstown:  Counts from the south hide at Rogerstown Estuary on a late morning rising tide included 550 Light-bellied Brent Geese, 150 Shelduck, 190 Wigeon, 540 Teal, 70 Mallard, 24 Shoveler, 10 Little Egrets, 21 Little Grebes, a Buzzard, a Water Rail, 900 Lapwing, 265 Curlew, a Greenshank, 210 Redshank, 300 Black-headed Gulls, 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls, 315 Herring Gulls & 38 Great Black-backed Gulls. NTK

Bull Island:  Blue-winged Teal was showing well in the mid-afternoon.MS

25 November 2011
The morning high tide roost at Merrion Gates, Sandymount Strand produced max. totals of 1500 Knot, 1400 Bar-tailed Godwits, 1100 Dunlin & 900 Oystercatchers whilst a Merlin, a Spotted Redshank, a Kingfisher, an adult Mediterranean Gull & 2 Lapwing were also present.NTK

Portmarnock:  9 Greenshank, Merlin and Little Egret were the highlights viewing from Portmarnock Public Park. Also a colour ringed 2cy Herring Gull (0JN, blue ring, left leg) and a colour ringed 1cy Black-headed Gull (T1PR, white ring, right leg - potentially Polish??).MS

24 November 2011
Bull Island today. Nice views of 2 Peregrine hunting over Salt Marsh. Also good views of a Merlin and Short-eared Owl at the Alder Marsh. No sign of the Desert Wheatear at the point or on the beach.EK

Two Jays & 1 Snipe at Killoughter. Male Hen Harrier at Blackditch 14:00 along with Shoveler. Buzzard on streetlight at junction 16 on M50. No sign of Osprey at Broadlough.AR

At Kilcoole, an adult Dark-bellied Brent Goose, a juvenile Goldeneye, 47 Greylag Geese & 3 Gadwall were the best on the marsh whilst a female type Red-breasted Merganser flying south offshore was also notable. NTK & MS

DCU playing fields off Ballymun road: 5 Brent Geese and approximately 30 Oystercatchers together with an assortment of gulls, crows, jackdaws and magpies.PF

23 November 2011
Ballinafagh Lake (West end): 1 Kestrel, 2 hen Pheasant, good numbers of Linnet, Goldfinch & Long tailed Tits, 1 male Bullfinch, 1 Redwing & 1 Fieldfare. Huge flock of Redpoll close to carpark.   Also 1 Kestrel over N4 Lucan.AR 

Bull Island:   The adult female Blue-winged Teal was showing very well on The North Bull Island today at 11:45 associating with Shoveler, Wigeon & Teal at the outflow south of the causeway opposite St. Anne's Park. A hybrid Carrion X Hooded Crow was also present there (Note: this is a subtle enough hybrid, which looks like a pure Carrion from a distance but on closer inspection some grey streaking to the belly & on the 'thighs' can be seen). An adult Peregrine was seen with a fresh kill on the saltmarsh north of the causeway whilst the 3 Long-tailed Ducks & 2 Common Scoter were off the point in Sutton Creek.  There was no sign of the Desert Wheatear unfortunately. NTK & BP

Baldoyle:  Short-eared Owl high over Baldoyle shortly before 09.30.MS

22 November 2011
Sandycove:  9 Mediterranean Gulls at Sandycove today including 2XA2 and 2XA4 both ringed at Sandycove and HK36 a juvenile Hungarian bird.SK

Broadmeadows:   between 9.30 to 11.20 - 4 Ruff, 1 Whooper Swan and 14+ Goldeneye, thousands Golden Plover, 110+ Brent Geese.CD

Rogerstown:  Great day for raptors today at Rogerstown between 13:45 & 16:45. 1 female Merlin & 1 female Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, Short-eared Owl at 16:00 & ringtail Hen Harrier at 16:40. 1 Snipe, 1 Bullfinch & a Kingfisher.

Dun Laoghaire:  2 Snow Buntings on the West Pier, Dun Laoghaire Harbour today.GF

Snow Bunting at Dun Laoghaire (Photo by Ger Franck)

21 November 2011
Bull Island:  Sightings were 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Sparrowhawk, also 1 Blue-winged Teal (adult female), 1 Spotted-Redshank, 1 Carrion Crow (not the hooded x), 2 Snipe, 1 Grey Wagtail.EK

Merlin at Bull Island (Photo by Edd Kealy)

Bull Island:  5 Common Scoter and 3 Long-tailed Ducks seen in Sutton Creek from the North end of Bull Island opposite the Baldoyle Rd Junction. JF.

Common Scoter at Bull Island (Photo by John Fox)

Long-tailed Ducks at Bull Island (Photo by John Fox) - (from left to right - a juvenile female, a 1st-winter male & an adult female)

20 November 2011
Howth: 1 Common Tern and 1 Red-throated Diver in Howth Harbour.BO'B

Glasnevin:  About two-hundred Brent Geese flying over the Albert College pitches today.FM

Bull Island:  2 possible Nordic Jackdaws seen distantly near the wooden bridge.MS

Bull Island:  Attached are two shots of a Desert Wheatear found by Shane Farrell earlier today. It was seen at the Northern tip of the Bull Island on the city side. This bird is, I understand a first record for The Bull and Co. Dublin and the 6th Irish record.JF

Desert Wheatear at Bull Island (Photo by John Fox)

Desert Wheatear at Bull Island (Photo by John Fox)

Some of the 300+ knot at Togher Road Co. Louth (Photo by Shay Connolly)

19 November 2011
Rogerstown:  1 Water Rail at hide.SC

Water Rail from Rogerstown Hide (Photo by Shay Connolly)

18 November 2011
Bull Island:  Merlin on the Bull.MS

17 November 2011
Cloghran:  Barn Owl at 05:45am at the Cloghran Roundabout on the R132 flying east at streetlight level.GdeL

Bull Island:  3 Snipe, 2 Stonechats, a Merlin and a Short-eared Owl.GF

Short-eared Owl at Bull Island (Photo by Ger Franck)

16 November 2011
Phoenix Park: There were 17 Mandarin Ducks on the Quarry Lake in the Phoenix Park this afternoon.DMcC

Mandarin Ducks at Dublin Zoo (Photo by Marc Swords)

15 November 2011
Bull Island:  On the bull today there were 600+ Shelduck just north of the causeway, 1000+ Brent, including 1 Dark-bellied, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Merlin and 1 Peregrine.PC

Black Redstart at Balscadden Beach, Howth (Photo by Ger Franck)

14 November 2011
Tolka Valley Park, Finglas:   41 Brent Geese feeding on the football playing fields at 8.20am, Tolka valley park.BC

Rogerstown (North hide):   A Kestrel, a Snipe & ringtail Hen Harrier at Rogerstown north hide at 1:15pm.AR
Also 2 Buzzards on M50 today, one perched on light at Ballymun exit & the other on a light at Dunsink.AR

13 November 2011

One of two Desert Wheatears found today on Bray Head, just south of the Cross (Photo by Mark Carmody)

Rogerstown (North Hide):  Ringtail Hen Harrier, 4 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel (male), Merlin (female) & Short eared Owl.  A Merlin caught & ate a Sanderling at 3:15pm in flooded field.AR, BC, BK

M50:  2 Buzzards today over M50 at N2 exit & M1 interchange.AR

Skerries:  43 Purple Sandpipers, 13 behind the RNLI base with another 30 a half mile north opposite Skerries Rock housing estate, roosting with Turnstone, Ringed Plover, Osytercatchers and Cormorants.

Bull Island (North end):  One Short-eared Owl and 1 Merlin.PC & GF
Finglas:   one Long-Eared Owl at the Finglas junction of the M50.PC

Redpoll at Clontarf (Photo by Ger Franck)


12 November 2011

Rogerstown:   photo of the Common Crane which flew into Rogerstown Estuary today. It came in from the north, over the flooded field, looked like it was going to land but every bird took flight and probably spooked it. The bird went on east, over the landfill area kept going. Great buzz.MC 


Also today were a female Merlin, a ringtail Hen Harrier, a Short-eared Owl, 2 Sparrowhawks, a Peregrine falcon, 3 Buzzards, a Tree Sparrow, Greenland White-fronted Goose, 600 Golden Plover, 500 Lapwing, 1000 Wigeon, 10 Little Egrets, 1 Grey Heron, a large finch flock at the old allotments (about 300 birds) and a Fieldfare.MC


1 Crane at Rogerstown today well spotted from Mark Carmody. Also Short-eared Owl showing and Hen Harrier, Merlin, Greylag Geese, 1 White-fronted Goose.SC

Crane, Common - at Rogerstown (Photo by Shay Connolly)

Curlew at Rogerstown (Photo by Shay Connolly)

Pintail at Bull Island (Photo by Dave MacPherson)

10 November 2011
Islandbridge: Highlights this morning in the War Memorial Gardens were 3 Redwing and a Dipper on the Liffey at the weir by the car park.IS

Glasnevin:  Little Egret feeding in the River Tolka at the bridge below Glasnevin Cemetery.PF

Bull Island: 3 Long-tailed Duck on the Bull Is. - seen at high tide from the promenade at Baldoyle Rd.GF&JD

Long-tailed Duck with a Merganser seen on the Bull today near the turn for Baldoyle (Photo by John Fox)

9 November 2011
Porchavodda Carlow:  and despite the hedges being heavy with berry's, winter Thrushes are still fairly thin on the ground. 30 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing and 2 Mistle Thrush today were the highest counts so far this year. Last year at this time counts were in the hundreds. Other birds of note included 1 Merlin, 1 Sparrowhawk and 8 Tree Sparrows.PC

8 November 2011
Wicklow: An adult Dark-bellied Brent Goose was with a flock of 270 Light-bellied Brent Geese at Webb's field, Kilcoole. A juvenile Merlin was seen hunting around the BirdWatch Ireland reserve whilst it or another bird was seen further to the south near Six Mile Point. At least 57 Red-throated Divers offshore was a high count for this site, seemingly attracted by rich feeding in the area at the moment which is also supporting good numbers of Shags, Razorbills, some Kittiwakes & an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull (NTK).

Dundalk Bay:   there were just over 30,000 waterbids counted in the entire bay area. The "top ten" were 4646 Oystercatcher, 4570 Golden Plover, 3536 Lapwing, 3349 Black-tailed Godwit, 2337 Herring Gull, 2045 Dunlin, 1881 Black-headed Gull, 1812 Knot, 1744 Common Gull and 741 Brent Geese. Also of interest were 745 Greylag and 30 Pink-footed Geese at Lurgangreen Fields, two Velvet Scoters, one Long-tailed Duck, and one Twite (Annagassan). Oscar Merne & Breffni Martin.

7 November 2011
Kilcoole:  The Yellow-browed Warbler was at Kilcoole again this morning, calling on the laneway north of the train station car park. A flock of c.10 Goldcrests, Blue Tits, Long-tailed Tits & a Treecreeper was also present along with 2 Sparrowhawks & a Jay. Also present at Kilcoole were 115 Light-bellied Brent Geese, 30 Greylag Geese, 33 Black-tailed Godwits, 9 Shoveler, a male Gadwall, 2 pairs of Stonechats, a Grey Wagtail & a Yellowhammer (NTK & NK).

Rogerstown: 2 Buzzards, 2 Kestrels (male & female) & female Sparrowhawk at North Hide between 12 & 3pm.
Ringtail Hen Harrier at 13:15 & 14:30pm south of hide.  Single Spoonbill came in over North Hide at 12:30 & landed in a ditch northeast of hide then headed south at 14:30.AR

6 November 2011
Lurgangreen: 2 Ruff in a flooded field along with ca 100 Greylag Geese.PV

Bull Island:  1 Curlew Sandpiper and 2 Merlin.TC

3 Buzzards, one Kestrel & one Sparrowhawk in Barberstown Lane area near Confey, Leixlip.AR

Rogerstown: 500+ Brent Geese, 26 Greylag Geese and 4 Whooper Swan.SC

Brent Goose, Juvenile at Rogerstown (Photo by Shay Connolly)

5 November 2011
An adult Iceland Gull on the Avoca River at Arklow this morning, with Herring, Lesser Black-backed and Black-headed Gulls. One Greenland White-fronted Goose at lightly flooded Buckroney Marsh (south of Brittas Bay), with 175 mixed ducks and waders (Mallard, Teal, Wigeon, Shoveler, Lapring and Curlew).OM

Gormanstown: 3 Buzzards, 2 Stonechats, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Great Northern Divers, 30+ Red-throated Divers, 20+ Great-crested Grebes, c.800 Common Scoter & c.900 Knot were at Gormanstown Strand, Co. Meath. 4 more Buzzards were seen along the M1 between Balbriggan & Swords (NTK).

2 Buzzards along N7 in the afternoon, one in Offaly & one at Poitin Still, Rathcoole.AR

Wigeon at Bull Island, Dublin (Photo by Philip Clancy)                                                   Shoveler at Bull Island, Dublin (Photo by Philip Clancy)

Teal at Bull Island, Dublin (Photo by Philip Clancy)    

4 November 2011
66+ Mediterranean Gulls were in South Dublin Bay between Merrion Gates & The 40-foot. A Wheatear was on the sand dunes at Merrion Gates also whilst a lone adult Arctic Tern was on the rocks at Sandycove (NTK). 

At Newcastle, Co. Wicklow a Short-eared Owl was flying around the Airfield, a Pink-footed Goose was with 25 Whooper Swans in the back fields, a White-fronted Goose flew south overhead and a Black Tern & 13 Little Gulls were feeding distantly offshore. A Yellow-browed Warbler showed well at Kilcoole with a roving flock of tits & Goldcrests on the laneway north of the train station car park that runs west along the south end of Ballygannon reedbed (NTK & NK).

Between 10.30 to 12.30 Howth today: 20+ Tree Sparrows Balscadden - hedgerow in horse field. Also 40+ Redpoll over, 11 Skylark over. Otherwise very quiet.DO'M

Pic attached of a Twite from a very sunny Annagasan; one of two at the pier there. There were also an additional 4 with a Linnet flock at Lurgangreen (White House); as the ECBR calls it!DD

Twite at Annagasan, County Louth (Photo by David Dillon)

3 November 2011
Counts from Rogerstown Estuary today included: 260 Light-bellied Brent Geese, 10 Shelduck, 130 Wigeon, 320 Teal, 110 Mallard, 13 Shoveler, a female Red-breasted Merganser, 27 Little Grebes, a ringtail Hen Harrier, an adult Peregrine, a Water Rail, 65 Golden Plover, 250 Lapwing, 3 Ruff, 140 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Greenshank, 410 Redshank, 1 adult Lesser Black-backed Gull, 165 Herring Gulls, 95 Great Black-backed Gulls, 200 Linnets & 5 Bullfinches. NTK


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