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Mark Carmody, Philip Clancy, Shay Connolly, E.Dolan, Nicola Dunphy, Chris Evans, Shane Farrell, John Fox, Ger Franck, 
Michael Harris, Mir Harris, Aidan G. Kelly, Michael Keating, Niall T. Keogh, Dermot McCabe, Siobhan McNamara, Cian Merne, Oscar Merne, 
Breandán Ó Braoin, Dermot O'Mahony, Andrew Power, Bill Quinn, Heather Quinn, Adrian Rooney, Julie Roe, Brendan Sheils, Marie Sinnott, Ian Stevenson, Robert Vaughan

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30 September 2010
Today at Tacumshane Co. Wexford we had a female type Hen Harrier, Kestrel, Lesser Yellowlegs, Wilson's Phalarope (See photo in Gallery), 4 Buff-breasted Sandpipers, 6 Ruff, 7 Little Stint and lots of Curlew Sandpiper. PC, GF, JS.

29 September 2010
Along the Grand canal between Inchicore and Lucan the following were sighted:  8 Little Grebes, 10+ Chiffchaff’s, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Reed Bunting, Male Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzards, and 2 Lapwing. IS
This morning
the four Pink-footed Geese were still present in the stubble field at Balbriggan, but there was no sign of them this evening. Attached is
a record shot, digiscoped from my apartment window(!).AGK

28 September 2010
Four Pink-footed Geese at Bremore, Balbriggan in a stubble field. Total of 11 Mediterranean Gulls amongst a gull flock in the same field.AGK

27 September 2010
SPOT THE DIFFERENCE:   These 2 were very close to each other at the southern end of Baldoyle Estuary

Curlew at Baldoyle Estuary (Photo by Bill Quinn)                                                                               Whimbrel  at Baldoyle Estuary (Photo by Bill Quinn)

26 September 2010         
At Tacumshin today the Wilson's Phalarope, Lesser Yellowlegs, Yellow-Legged Gull and 2 Buff-Breasted Sandpiper (Gallery) were all still present. Also good numbers of Curlew Sandpiper and Little Stint.PC

A Buzzard at 4:30pm today over Warrenstown in Blanchardstown.  Also, 3-4 Redpolls feeding in Birch trees Mulhuddart garden for over an hour this afternoon.AR

A single Buzzard seen soaring over Santry Demense this morning. Also seen 2 late House Martins.MK

Check out the Gallery for photos of the following from Connemara:  

Ring-necked Duck found by Michael and Miryam Harris on 19th in a small lake behind Ballyconneely Golf Club Connemara. However he didn’t stay around the next day and hasn’t been seen since. 
The Blue-winged Teal is an Eclipse male and was found in a marsh beside the Machair beside Dun Loughan Ballyconneely. 
The Long-billed Dowitcher is an immature, found in the same place as the Teal and hasn’t been seen since last weekend. MH&MH

Wheatear on Bull Island, Dublin (Photo by Cian Merne)                                                         Brent Geese at Sutton (Photo by Cian Merne)

Curlew on Bull Island (Photo by Nicola Dunphy)

25 September 2010
Dundalk Docks: Black and Bar-tailed Godwits (100s), Knot, Dunlin and 4 Little Egret and 1 Sandwich Tern
Blackrock: 3 Grey Plover,1 Golden Plover, Lapwing, 2 Greenshank,1000's of Knot, Dunlin, Redshank along with 1 Little Stint and 2 Ruff. 1 Peregrine flew at a the wader flock and caught a Lapwing!
Lurgangreen:Lots of waders out on the mudflats. Best were a group of 8 Ruff, 1 Greenshank and a Sparrowhawk. BS

Ruff (Photo by Brendan Sheils)

At Howth today: Wheatear, winter Razorbills, many Rock Pipits, N.European migrants. Photos below show dark legs, strong bill and diffuse
stripes, differentiating Rock from Meadow Pipit.DMcC

A single Buzzard at 11:30 this morning flying over my house in Mulhuddart towards IT Blanchardstown area.AR

Rock Pipits at Howth (Photos by Dermot McCabe)

24 September 2010
Indian House Crow
at Cobh, Co. Cork.DMcC (Photo in Gallery)

Navan Road garden:  1 Chiffchafff, seen and heard.DMcC

Pair of Chiffchaffs in Mulhuddart Garden.AR

Bull Island causeway around high tide: An adult male Peregrine Falcon gave great entertainment for about an hour and a half making several stoops at roosting waders in the saltings, before finally returning to a post to eat something small and unidentifiable.   2 Wheatears on Bull Wall. 1 Kingfisher at the old baths.CE

A Buzzard being mobbed by Jackdaws over Inchicore this morning.IS

20 September 2010
Today at Dun Laoghaire harbour:  2 Wheatears, a Raven and a Whitethroat.GF

Whitethroath at Dun Laoghaire (Photo by Ger Franck)

19 September 2010
Ballyconneely, Connemara: 1 Ring-necked Duck.MH&MH

Baltray, Co. Louth: 200 Golden Plover,1000's of Redshank and large flocks of Black-tailed Godwits.  Large numbers of Brent Geese out on the estuary (at least over 50 geese), 32 Little Egret, 40 Wigeon, 21 Teal, 42 Dunlin, 6 Sanderling, 1 Spotted Redshank (Adult winter) and a Greenshank.  Out on the banks were Lapwing, 18 Curlew and 2 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew Sandpipers and a Female Peregrine.  Also unually a leucistic White-cheeked Pintail.BS
Cruisetown Strand, Co. Louth: Sanderling, Dunlin, Bar-tailed Godwits, Turnstone and Arctic Tern present.BS

A leucistic White-cheeked Pintail at Baltray (Photo by Brendan Sheils)


18 September 2010 - Tolka Branch Trip Report

Swords Estuary:  At the south side of Swords Estuary we saw lots of Redshank, Greenshank, Lapwing and large numbers of Dunlin, Knot and Black-tailed Godwit.  Eight Grey Heron and a couple of juvenile Cormorant remained motionless on the grassy bank.  Later on in the morning we had 4 Snipe showing well on a central sandbar. We had several Golden Plovers with the Redshanks.  Also saw lots of Black-headed Gulls with a few Common Gulls.  A Kestrel was seen off the premises by a mob of very determined Swallows, which must have relieved the small flocks of Linnet and Goldfinch. 
Moving over to the north side of the Estuary 5 Swifts wheeled closely above our heads.  While the resident Bar-headed Goose and Mute Swans competed for our attention, another Snipe and a Greenshank presented good views.
Knock Lake: With the rain getting heavier and colder we went to Knock Lake which was very quiet with Little Grebe, Coot, Moorhen and Mallard on the lake. 
At Skerries: a summer plumaged Red-throated Diver, Guillemot, Razorbill and 2 Mediterranean Gulls and Curlew showed well.
Red Island car park:  a few Purple Sandpiper and Turnstone were a treat to see.
We called it a day there as the weather was awful and headed home.

Swift at Swords (Photo by Brendan Shiels)                                                                                 Bar-headed Goose at Swords (Photo by Bill Quinn)


18 September 2010
Indian House Crow
at Cobh, Co. Cork.MC (Photo in Gallery)

17 September 2010      BRENT ON THE BULL AT 4 P.M. TODAY.  
On Sutton strand opposite Sutton church today at 4.00pm were a total of 26 Brent Geese including 8 juveniles and one ringed bird (T6RY or T6 Red Yellow).JF    

One Wilson's Phalarope in Tacumshane, County Wexford.MS

15 September 2010
10.9.10 Sandycove (East Pier to Forty-foot) Total of 67 Mediterranean Gulls present, two with colour bands (read and reported). Also 44 Sandwich, 6 Common and 1 Arctic Terns loafing on granite rocks. OM

12.9.10 Dundalk Bay (Marsh South to Dunaney Point) 21,459 waterbirds of 34 species counted, with Oystercatcher (8,420), Black-headed Gull (2,813), Knot (2,457), Black-tailed Godwit (2,026), Common Gull (1,351), Redshank (1,159), and Curlew (1,031) being most numerous. OM & JR

14.9.10 Dublin Bay south (Booterstown) Total of 1,170 terns arrived in to roost between 18.55 and 20.05 hours, with (unusually) 50-60% of them being Roseates. Most of rest were Common, but Sandwich and Arctic also detected. At leat three Mediterranean Gulls also arrived. OM


12 September 2010
3 Common & 1 Sandwich Tern, Manx Shearwater (wing only visible) & Razorbill at Gormanstown Beach (Photo by John Fox)

At Gormanstown: Several Mediterranean Gulls, Dunlin,1 Curlew Sandpiper and Bar-tailed Godwit.
At Balbriggan: Several Wheatear at the Car Park,1 Adult winter Mediterranean Gull, 2 Purple Sandpiper on the rocks along with some Turnstones, Redshank.BS

Bull Island: 2 Common Terns, 10 Little Egrets, increasing numbers of Shovellers, Teal and Wigeon, Golden Plover, Dunlin and the first finding of the Blue-winged Teal for me.MH

Waterside House Hotel Donabate: On rocks at beach 12 Wheatear and 1 Stonechat juv.SC

Rogerstown: 14 Curlew Sandpiper from south hide at high tide.DO'M
One Swift still present midday Sunday 12th over Malahide west.DO'M

Wheatear at Balbriggan (Photo by Brendan Sheils)                                                                                                           Wheatear at Donabate (Photo by Shay Connolly)    

Stonechat at Donabate (Photo by Shay Connolly)

Dunlin, Ringed Plover & Sanderling at Gormanstown Beach (Photo by John Fox)


11 September 2010
Sea Road, Malahide: 1 Swift still present this morning with House Martins and Swallows over marsh opposite school.DO'M

The ringed adult Glossy Ibis seen at Portmarnock was seen at Rogerstown today, in the field beside the south hide. Also, great views of a female Kingfisher from the north hide, see pic. below.  Birds of prey: 2 Buzzards, 1 Kestrel and 1 Sparrowhawk over Rogerstown plus 1 Kestrel at Corballis.CM

Three Wheatears at Tolka Basin and 1 Grey Heron. GF

Kingfisher at Rogerstown (Photo by Cian Merne)                                                                                Grey Heron at Tolka Basin (Photo by Ger Franck)

10 September 2010
On the North Bull today:  1 juv Wood Sandpiper, juv Spotted Redshank and adult Mediterranean Gull on the northern part of the saltmarsh;  Spotted Flycatcher in the Aldermarsh; 2 juv Curlew Sandpipers and an adult Roseate Tern on the beach; and 28 Wheatears, mostly on the golfcourse.SF  

Howth, close to the Baily Lighthouse:  Lots of Swallows - all flying south. We also saw Stonechats, 2 Kestrals, and one Northern Wheatear.HQ&BQ

Kestrel at Howth (Photo by Bill Quinn)

Stonechat at Howth (Photo by Bill Quinn)

8 September 2010
This evening, along the shores of Lough Ree: 1 Barn Owl at Portaneena, Ballykeeran, north of Athlone.BO'B
14 Mistle Thrush flying west over Ranelagh this morning.MC

A nice roving flock of Blue, Coal, Great & Long-tailed Tits, Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps & Goldcrests were feeding along the Newcastle Sea Road, Co. Wicklow where a Sparrowhawk, 2 Ravens & a Treecreeper were also present. Offshore from Six Mile Point, 2 juvenile Black Terns were feeding amongst a flock of Herring Gulls & Razorbills, whilst another (adult) Black Tern, a dark phase Arctic Skua, c.20 Roseate Terns & 2 Common Scoter migrated south. Two summer-plumaged Red-throated Divers gave excellent views sitting close offshore from here also. An adult & a juvenile Peregrine were circling about Six Mile Point, whilst some early southward Viz-Mig (visible migration) involved 3 White Wagtails, a Grey Wagtail, flocks of Goldfinches & 25 Bar-tailed Godwits. Another 2 White Wagtails & 10 Wheatears were on the beach between Newcastle & Kilcoole. NTK & AP

7 September 2010
Lots of inshore seabird activity in South Dublin Bay after the weekend's bad weather. Between 14:50 & 15:15 a small feeding flock was observed off Coliemore Harbour, Dalkey consisting of a Balearic Shearwater, 4 juv. Black Terns & 10 Roseate Terns (incl. 1 juv.). A second Balearic Shearwater & a dark phase Arctic Skua were seen further out to sea from here also heading south. Two more juv. Black Terns were in amongst a feeding flock of terns & gulls off the tip of the East Pier, Dun Laoghaire Harbour at 15:45. A total of 50 Mediterranean Gulls were seen between the East Pier (Dun Laoghaire Harbour), Sandycove, Bullock Harbour & Coliemore Harbour (Dalkey), consisting of 22 adults, 5 2nd cal-years & 23 1st cal-years. NK & NTK

A Spotted Flycatcher today at Deerpark, Howth.GF

City Centre: A female Sparrowhawk being mobbed by a Rook as she flew north over Abbey Street in Dublin at 7 this morning.MC

6 September 2010
Howth Harbour:  1st winter Guillemot and 1st winter Razorbill.SMcN 

Guillemot and Razorbill at Howth (Photo by Siobhan McNamara)

5 September 2010
Bull Island: 3 Artic Skuas, 1 Balearic Shearwater amongst feeding Manx and 26 Roseate Terns off the Bull Wall while around the island itself 2 Curlew Sandpipers were with flocks of Dunlin, 5 Pintails added diversity to the growing numbers of Wigeon, Shoveler, Mallard and Teal. Three Lapland Buntings fed on the North Saltmarsh with Skylarks and migrant Meadow Pipits.SF&RV

At Clogherhead: Large passage of Manx Shearwaters, Auks, Gannets close to shore. Down at Cruisetown Strand: Lots of waders including Dunlin, Sanderling, Curlew, Bar-tailed Godwit and Turnstones. At Dunany Point: very quiet, but again large numbers of Manx Shearwaters passing within a few 100 metres of the shoreline. The best birds of the day were 4 Brent Geese at Annagassan feeding with some Wigeon and Shelduck.BS

1st winter Lapland Bunting at Balbriggan Co. Dublin.MC

Lapland Bunting at Balbriggan (Photo by Mark Carmody)


4 September 2010
Sandymount Strand: Bar-tailed Godwit 550, Oystercatcher 350, Terns (mixed) 2000, Knot 78, Sanderling 45, Mediterranean Gull 28
Booterstown Marsh: Curlew Sandpiper 1, Redshank 480, Black-tailed Godwit 250, Knot 140, Little Egret 10, Dunlin 600
Swords (Broadmeadows): Curlew Sandpiper 1, Ruff 2, Swift 1, Med Gull 1, Little Egret 3.MC

A Lapland Bunting around the Baily Lighthouse, Howth, today.  Robin, Blackcap and Song Thrush more abundant than usual. Offshore Manx Shearwaters heard calling throughout the day and seen among feeding flocks of Common, Arctic, Sandwich and (2) Roseate terns, often close in.SF

Curlew Sandpiper (Photo by Philip Clancy)

2 September 2010
Phoenix Park: Furry Glen pond. 1 Little Grebe with 2 large young.
Strawberry Beds. 1 Swift very high.  2 Buzzards soaring over fields near Strawberry Hall pub.CE
Bull Island:  Kestrel hovering at Causeway.EDolan
Lowtherstown: Several Manx Shearwaters feeding off shore with Common and Sandwich Terns also one dark phase Arctic Skua seen close in.JF

Lapland Bunting at north of Balbriggan (Photo by John Fox)

Common Sandpiper, Swords (Photo by Shay Connolly)

1 September 2010
At Swords Estuary tonight, a late Swift, and a juv. Mediterranean Gull. Also 2 juv. Curlew Sandpipers. and about 5 Ruff still present.AGK

Juvenile Wheatear at Bull Island (Photo by E.Dolan)

Black-tailed Godwit (Photo by Shay Connolly)


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