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31 October 2011
The Snow Buntings are still around, there were a pair on west pier Dun Laoghaire this morning (31st October), they are quite tame and happily fed on grass seeds less than 2 metres from me. They were on the lower pier on the harbor side about half way between the Motor Yacht Club and the west pier extension (the branch about half way along). I have also seen them on the East pier last Tuesday.NB

County Louth:  1 Merlin from Togher Road, Co. Louth, also good numbers of Common Scoters.SC

Merlin - a bit bedraggled - on the Togher Road Co. Louth (Photo by Shay Connolly)

An unusual looking leucistic Oystercatcher from Baldoyle (Photo by David Dillon)

30 October 2011
Rogerstown:  A Glossy Ibis flew south over Turvey car park near Rogerstown estuary at 09:10am. On the estuary itself there was a juvenile Hen Harrier, 2 Peregrines, 2 Sparrowhawks, 2 Kestrels, 3 Buzzards, 4 Ruff, 530+ Light-bellied Brent Geese, 10 Greylag Geese, 18 Shoveler, 17 Little Grebes, c.65 Golden Plover & 14 Greenshank. Lots of passerine activity around Turvey parklands with good numbers of Goldfinches, Bullfinches, Lesser Redpolls & Skylarks noted whilst a Treecreeper, 3 Stonechats & a Rock Pipit were also seen. (NTK & SK)

Juv Red-Backed Shrike at Churchtown Co. Wexford (Photo by Philip Clancy)

Wheatear at Skerries (Photo by Mick Kelly)                                              Parrot in Poppintree Park, Ballymun (Photo by Mick Kelly)

28 October 2011
Drogheda:  Lots of Redwing present around Drogheda today. Approx 120 seen between 07.00-07.45am this morning flying and calling overhead. Also large flock of 63 Goldfinch in my garden today. Very High numbers along with high numbers of Linnet and Greenfinch in area.BS

Dublin West:  Approx 10 Buzzards between 2 & 3pm today in Westmanstown, Laraghcon & Lucan. Five together over Royal Canal where it meets the R149 at Westmanstown. Three together over St. Catherine's Park in Lucan & countless other sightings in the area. They are thriving here.AR

Dun Laoghaire: I saw 4 Snow Buntings on the West Pier at Dun Laoghaire today. There were also 89 Mediterranean Gulls, 12 Sandwich Terns, 1 Arctic Tern and 5 Purple Sandpipers at the 40 Foot.MC

Four Snow Bunting at West Pier Dun Laoghaire (Photo by Mark Carmody)

Snow Bunting at West Pier Dun Laoghaire (Photo by Mark Carmody)

27 October 2011
At the Causeway at Bull Island this morning: We saw lots of lovely Pintail Ducks and Brent Geese and a huge number of Shelduck but while we were watching the Brent we noticed one Goose which looked different and when we got home we looked up Eric's book and we think it was a DARK-BELLIED BRENT which it says is a rare winter visitor. It was somewhat separate from the pale bellied brent. Do you think it might be a DBB? MC
A. I don't doubt that you spotted a Dark-bellied Brent,Branta bernicula bernicula. They occasionally turn up with our birds, B.b.hrota, perhaps a dozen or so each year in Ireland. Our birds are mostly breeding in the East Canadian high Arctic and Greenland while the dark birds are W. Siberian and Russian Arctic breeders They can get mixed up in the high latitudes and join up with other races. More infrequently we get the Black Brant, B.b.nigricans, which is the American NW version of the other two.DMcC

Merlin at East Pier Dun Laoghaire (Photo by John Fox)

26 October 2011
Malahide Estuary:  1 Kingfisher, 1 Sparrowhawk and a Buzzard.DG

Dun Laoghaire:  3 Snow buntings on the East Pier of Dun Laoghaire at approx 5pm.IS

22 October 2011
Tolka Trip to Wexford:  On a mild but slightly dull day an eager group of 20 set off from the Farmers Kitchen in Drinagh to visit Tacumshin, Our Lady's Island, Churchtown and the North Slobs.  We had plenty to see and weren't disappointed...

Tacumshin 1 Glossy Ibis, 2 Common Snipe, 1 Merlin, 3 Semi-palmated Sandpiper, 1 Gadwall, Little Grebes, Pintail, Lapwing, Common Gulls, Mallard, 6 Little Egrets, 4 Grey Herons, 3 Common Snipe, numerous Dunlin, a few Redshank and Grey Plovers. Ducks on the main lake included Widgeon, Teal and Shoveler together with Mute Swans. Passerines included Reed Bunting and Meadow Pipit.

Our Lady's Island: 1 Merlin, 45 Greylag GeeseKestrel, Mallard, Little Grebe, Bar-tailed Godwit, Coot, Moorhen, Little Egret, Grey Heron.

Churchtown: Gannet, Curlew, Cormorant, Shag, Great Black-backed, Lesser Black-backed, Herring and Black-headed Gulls, Rock Pipit, Song Thrush, Greenfinch, Goldcrest, and Kestrel.

North Slobs (Pat Walsh hide):  1 female Marsh HarrierTufted Duck, Mallard, Mute Swans, 32 Curlew, 25 Lapwing, and possible Water Rail. 

North Slobs (Tower):  c400 Brent Geese. DMcC, JF & RD

Blessington Basin: 2 White-cheeked Bahama Pintail, 1 Silver Bahama Pintail, 2 male Hooded Mergansers, 1 female Hooded Merganser, 1 Grey Heron, 1 male Wooduck and an assortment of Mallard, Black-headed Gulls, Mandarin Ducks, Waterhens, Coots and Pigeons.PF

19 October 2011
Greystones promenade: 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Rock Pipits, 1 Arctic Tern, 1 Wheatear.  
In Kilcoole: 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 8 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Buzzard, 16 Redshanks, 18 Teal, 4 Whooper, 16 Brent Geese, 24 Widgeon, 16 Mallard, 1 Pochard, 4 Razorbill, 1 Guillemot, 3 Red-throated Divers, 2 Stonechat, 2 Blackbird, 2 Little Egret, 6 Heron, 28 Curlew, 3 Great Black-backed Gulls, 81 Black-headed Gulls, 6 Common Gulls, 4 Herring Gull, 1 Arctic Tern, 36 Linnets, 12 Goldfinch and 3 Gannets offshore.SL

Mandarin Duck - leucistic male - in main lake Phoenix Park (Photo by Stephen Lawlor)

17 October 2011

Short-toed Lark at Cape Clear, County Cork (Photo by Philip Clancy)

Red-eyed Vireo at Cape Clear, County Cork (Photo by Philip Clancy)












Red-breasted Flycatcher at Cape Clear, County Cork (Photo by Philip Clancy)

Yellow-browed Warbler being ringed at Cape Clear, County Cork (Photo by Philip Clancy)











16 October 2011

East Coast Nature Reserve, Newcastle, from 7-40am to 10-40am:  Marsh Harrier (f), Goldcrest, 2 Dunnock, Blue Tit, Wren. BC

Marsh Harrier (f) and Blue Tit at Newcastle (Photos by Brian Carruthers) 
Goldcrest and Wren at Newcastle (Photos by Brian Carruthers) 

Red Kite at Redcross, County Wicklow (Photo by Brian McDonnell)

Yellowhammer at Redcross, County Wicklow (Photo by Brian McDonnell)

Sandycove:  64 Mediterranean Gulls roosting on rocks at Sandycove/40-foot between 11.15 and 12.15 hrs (four with colour bands); also one adult Arctic Tern with them.OM

Ballymun:  saw a flock of 20 Oystercatchers on the DCU playing fields off the Ballymun Road today.PF

Photo attached of a winter plumage adult Mediterranean Gull taken about 1 mile out to sea from Bray. This one is often seen at Sandycove. It was ringed on 16.6.07 at Nord, France.CM

Mediterranean Gull off Bray (Photo by Cian Merne)

A pair of Glossy Ibis at Lady's Island Lake in Co. Wexford (Photo by Mark Carmody)

15 October 2011
Two Swallows flying south over Bray garden at 08.30 hrs.OM

Killester:  1 Sparrowhawk cleared all in garden today.MH

Broadmeadow: 50 Great Crested Grebe.CN

Bull Island:  We had 1 Spotted Redshank (see attached photos) & 1 Curlew Sandpiper north of the causeway this morning on the IWebs bird Count. The observers were myself, Philip Clancy & Gerry Power.TD

Spotted Redshank at Bull Island (Photo by Tom Doyle)

Sandycove:  49 Mediterranean Gulls & an adult Arctic Tern were at Sandycove/40-foot whilst a lone Merlin flew inland across Dublin Bay. At Kilcoole, a juv. Merlin, a juv. Light-bellied Brent Goose, 4 adult Whooper Swans, 34 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, a Goldeneye, a Pochard, 4 Black-tailed Godwits, a Bar-tailed Godwit & a Knot were on the marsh. An adult Little Gull was also present offshore. NTK

County Louth:  Forster's Tern showing very well on Cruisetown Strand, Clogherhead this morning. Presumed a returning Bird. Bird has been present the past two days on the south side of the Strand close to the rocks. Also along Cruisetown strand, 6 Mediteranean Gulls, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Lapwing, Golden & Grey Plover. Lots of Skylarks and Tree Sparrows and Linnets in neighbouring fields.    Dunany Point: 2 Great Northern Diver, 50 Common Scoter, 8 Great Crested Grebe, Guillemot, Razorbill and Gannets offshore.BS

11 October 2011
Blessington St. Basin at 8am for 15mins: 1 Smew (female) ringed, only 3 Hooded Mergansers ( 2 male 1 female ringed).  Lots others inc 10 Mandarin Ducks and 4 Wood Ducks (3 males), 1 Heron and lots of Tufties, Mallard, Coots, Moorhens and Black-headed Gulls.CD

9 October 2011

Least Sandpiper at Tacumshin, Co. Wexford (Photo by Mark Carmody)

Blessington Basin, Dublin 7: the two male and one female Hooded Mergansers are still present, along with a new female. All the other such 'exotics' were all present.FM&ES  

Hooded Mergansers at Blessington Basin (Photos by Francois Mullan)

County Louth sightings...

  • Giles Quay: 30 Black Guillemot, 1 Grey Phalarope, 1 Great Northern Diver, 10 Brent Geese at the Quay. 

  • Ballaggan Point: 8 Whooper Swans flying south, 2 Whimbrel and a Common Sandpiper

  • Blackrock: 3 Wheatear and 200 Brent Geese.   Wigeon, Bar-tailed Godwit, Grey Plover Redshank, Dunlin and Curlew all in high numbers along the coast. 

  • At Hermitage: 4 Twite with the Linnets, while 45 Red-breasted Mergansers offshore. 

  • Lots of Brent Geese up around Carlingford 160 and another 150 birds present along Annagassan to Cruisetown Stand. Also small flocks Redwing calling early this morning around Drogheda.BS 

Black Guillemot at Giles Quay, Co. Louth (Photo by Brendan Sheils)

Brent Geese (juveniles) offshore, Co. Louth (Photo by Brendan Sheils)

8 October 2011
Flock of c.20 Swallows on wires at Salterstown, Dundalk Bay. One Wheatear on rocky shore at Blackrock, Dundalk Bay. Flock of seven Fieldfares in hawthorn hedgerows at Lurgangreen. Total of almost 19,000 waterbirds of 35 species in Dundalk Bay between Marsh South and Dunany Point. Top ten species were: 4611 Oystercatcher, 3161 Knot , 3087 Black-headed Gull, 1490 Black-tailed Godwit, 1350 Herring Gull, 1210 Golden Plover, 543 Mallard, 500 Redshank, 490 Curlew and 467 Bar-tailed Godwit. A lone adult Pink-footed Goose was on the saltmarsh at Lurgangreen with seven Mute Swans.OM

Howth:  A Lesser Whitethroat at Howth Head,  beside the ruin in the gully above Balscadden.GF 

Lesser Whitethroat at Howth Head (Photo by Ger Franck)

7 October 2011
Total of 14 Swallows seen moving south along coast between Arklow and Brittas Bay, Co. Wicklow.OM

4 October 2011
Rogerstown this morning: 6 juv. Curlew Sandpipers, 8 juv. Ruff, 1 adult Mediterranean Gull, 1 Peregrine, 1 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawks, 19 Little Grebes, 235+ Teal, 105+ Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, c.130 Black-tailed Godwits, c.185 Curlew, c.250 Redshank, 1 Grey Plover, 9 Little Egrets, 215+ Herring Gulls, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Blackcap, 1 Wheatear & 2 Stonechats. NTK 

Howth:  At Balscadden, Howth today there were 2 Little Gulls flying just off shore. No sign of the lesser Whitethroat that was there the two previous days.PC

3 October 2011
Ballymun:  Nice views of a female Wheatear this morning on the football pitch opposite the Topaz garage on the Ballymun road beside the Ikea entrance.MK

Gormanstown:   A juvenile Baird's Sandpiper seen at Gormanstown Strand this morning, showing well at the outflow on both the Meath & the Dublin sides of the border. A juv. Curlew Sandpiper, a 1st-winter Mediterranean Gull, a Peregrine & c.95 Common Scoter were also present.   At Kilbogget Park, Cabinteely, a total of 34 Mediterranean Gulls (26 adults, 2 2nd-winters & 6 1st-winters) were seen on the football pitches. NTK

Baird's Sandpiper, south of the Devlin River, Gormanstown (Photo by David Dillon)

Least Sandpiper which was found at Carrahane, Co. Kerry (Photo by Mark Carmody)

2 October 2011 
Howth Head - East Pennisula between 12.00 to 16.00: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler, 4+ Blackcap, 20+ Chiffchaff, 15+ Goldcrest, 2 Raven, 3 Swallow, 10+ Redpoll, 200+ Linnet, 40+ Meadow Pipits.DOM

Wheater at North Bull Island (Photo by Brian McDonnell)


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