Shay Connolly, Eric Dempsey, Dave Dillon, Kevin Dooney, Tom Doyle, Chris Evans, Shane Farrell. John Fox, Gerald Frank, Kieran Grace, Aidan Kelly, Paul Kelly, Stephen King, Dermot McCabe Cian Merne, Dermot O Mahoney Heather Quinn, Bill Quinn, Emmett Rees, Adrian Rooney

2 October, 2008
2 Buff Breasted Sandpipers
on the Bull Island today. PK

Hobby, Mizen Head  30 September, Owen Foley and Robert Vaughan

Saturday 27 September, 2008
A day for big numbers in Dublin! We were surprised to see 101 Red-breasted Mergansers together at Swords this morning. 70 Little Grebes at Knock Lake with 6 Buzzards soaring overhead. ( No sign of the Ruddy Duck today). On the Bull there were over 2000 Redshank, 51 Little Egrets near the Causeway and 28 Little Egrets at Baldoyle. LB HQ   

24 September, 2008
A Sparrowhawk
was seen over Stephen's Lane, Dublin 8 at 5:30pm today.AR

23 September, 2008
2 Curlew Sandpiper (juvs), 2 Spotted Redshank, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Ruff (male) at Rogerstown between 17.00 and 18.30.DO'M

22 September, 2008
Pied Flycatcher
at Blanchardstown by the Royal Canal this morning. The bird was also present on Sunday 21September.SF The Ruddy Duck was still on Knock Lake this afternoon. JF Two Buzzards over the Tolka at Ashtown today at noon.DMcC

Ruddy Duck, Knock Lake. John Fox 

Sunday, 21 September 2008
Ruddy Duck
at Knock Lake this morning. PK  Buzzard over the Phoenix Park at the Ashtown entrance today.AR

19 September, 2008
seen over Howth Head early this morning.Nice one boys!  100s of Swallows and House Martins passing over Howth and there was one Chiffchaff. GF, JF  3 Arctic Skuas still off Bremore chasing Terns this morning AK.

18 September, 2008
In calm conditions off Bremore, Balbriggan this evening there was one Balearic Shearwater with a group of Manx Shearwaters. Also 4 Arctic Skuas chasing Terns. One Swift still about this morning in Balbriggan.AK Sparrowhawk in the Orchard in Killester. MH

Hygiene obsessed Robin in Heather and Bill's garden. Bill Quinn

16 September, 2008
American Golden Plover at Kilcoole this morning . ED Buff-breasted Sandpiper on Dollymount Strand also this morning. KD 2 Swifts feeding with Swallows over Bremore, Balbriggan this evening. AK  

Buzzards. Rogerstown. John Fox

15 September, 2008
Dublin birders had a rich and wonderful day today with 1 Semi-palmated Sandpiper at Rogerstown, 12 Curlew Sandpipers, 1 Spotted Redshank. PK There were 12 Brent Geese also present , 4 adult and 8 juveniles. Two Buzzards were also seen at Rog yesterday and a Wheatear was one of five seen on the Bull near the Wooden Bridge .JF 2 Mediterranean Gulls at Gormanston. ED

First Brent Geese at Rogerstown incl 3 juveniles on the left. John Fox

14 September, 2008
6 Curlew Sandpipers
at Swords early today and several Black Terns at Cruisetown, Co Louth. PK 4 Juvenile Curlew Sandpipers and a juvenile Wood Sandpiper  at Rogerstown. AK 4 Brent Geese were present today on the Baldoyle Estuary side of Sutton Golf Club.BQ

13 September, 2008
On the Bull Island early this morning iWEBs volunteers counted 3,400 Redshank, 59 Greenshank and 98 Little Egrets and 26 Brent Geese. 2 Siskins  and  a large Sparrowhawk flew over St Anne's Park . DO'M Chifchaff singing for 5 minutes on the Navan Road this morning. First sunshine since April must have confused it! DMc

Photos below from a Trip to Wexford by Tolka Branch members on 13,14 September, 2008.  

Little Stint with Dunlin to compare. John Fox

Pectoral Sandpiper. Eric Dempsey

Grey Phalarope. John Fox

12 September, 2008
1 Buzzard
seen over the Phoenix Park this evening. KG 

11 September, 2008
1 Arctic Skua, 3 Mediterranean Gulls
off Bremore. Also 1 Brent Goose at Gormanston. AK

First 4 Brent on the Bull. Mir Harris

10 September, 2008
2 Mediterrranean Gulls
at Gormanston today. PK Yesterday Kilbogget Park was "full" of Med Gulls. SK  

9 September, 2008
4 Curlew Sandpipers
at Rogerstown today. JF

Curlew Sandpipers at Rogerstown today with Redshank to compare. John Fox  

7 September, 2008
One Kestrel, one Sparrowhawk, one Jay at Church Mountain, West Wicklow today.Also a male Sparrowhawk chasing prey over the Naas Road, Bluebell.AR 1 juv/imm Spotted Redshank west of Bull Island causeway . This bird was reported present also on 22nd August .CE

Arctic Skua off Skerries. Eric Dmpsey

6 September, 2008
We heard that the seabirds were again to be seen around Skerries this morning but the wind had changed this afternoon and a 2 hour seawatch proved fruitless. LB,GF, JF. There was one Ruff at Rogerstown. LB

Our favourite, the beautiful Sabines Gull off Skerries. Dave Dillon

5 September, 2008
CRAZY DAYS   - THE FOUR SKUAS SEEN OFF DUBLIN TODAY!! At Bremore, Balbriggan 6 Great Skuas ( Bonxies), 10 Arctic Skuas, 1 Black Tern, 1 Sooty Shearwater seen offshore.  ( between 5.50 and 8.20 pm) AK  Earlier today off Skerries there were 2 Sabines Gulls, 2 Great Shearwaters, 2 Balearic Shearwaters, 43 Arctic Skuas, 4 Pomarine Skuas, 6 Bonxies, 1 Little Gull and 1 Long- tailed Skua. ED There may be more tomorrow. Drop everything and go seawatching!!!

Dark Drama,  Pomarine Skua off Skerries. Eric Dempsey.

4 September, 2008
There was a single Swift above Fernhill, Arklow at midday yesterday, ER One Ruff at Rogerstown. PK 

Striking wader. Ruff at Rogerstown. Paul Kelly

3 September, 2008
On the Bull Island  there were Teal (30+), Widgeon(100+) and Shoveler(12-14) , more arriving every day. Quite a few Grey Plover dotted around in fabulous summer plumage. 1 solitary Golden Plover at Causeway. Still only 4 Brent which can be seen at low tide on the mud near the landward end of the wooden bridge, below "Bay Restaurant". CM

1 September, 2008

Reed Bunting. Tom Doyle

2 Red Kites
at Snugborough north of Arklow today (see one below). HQ Reed Bunting on the beach at the Bull Wall today. (see above) TD

Red Kite, Arklow. Bill Quinn 

Saturday 30 August, 2008
4 Brent Geese
have arrived already on the Bull Island. MH  At Gormanstown  Mediterranean Gulls 9 - 7 adults and 2juvs/1st winters Little Egret - 1 Terns: c. 400 with about 40 Roseates. At  Swords  1 Kingfisher under the bridge Ruff: 4 Spotted Redshank: 1 Med Gull: 1 - 1st winter see Erics photo below. Swifts seem to have departed. Last seen in Bray on 26 August. OM Any later sightings would be of interest.  

Juv Mediterranean Gull  today. Eric Dempsey

29 August, 2008
6 Brent
at Sandymount Strand this evening. Sean H Stewart Holohan counted 111  Little Egrets on North Bull Island today. 

28 August, 2008
6 Brent Geese,
one adult summer Black Tern,  and 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, also several thousand  ( ??) Terns on Sandymount Strand. SMcA 10 Little Egrets roosting in Booterstown Marsh. There appears to be a significant influx from S. Britain/Europe, as numbers in Ireland this autumn seem higher than the breeding population could account for -- unless they've had a bumper year in spite of the awful weather.OM


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