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30 September 2012
Sutton:  Kestrel on the mudflats at Sutton today. Also, Brent Goose census today: 1,947 geese recorded in the north Dublin Bay area, but only 25 juveniles.CM

Kestrel at Sutton (Photo by Cian Merne)

27 September 2012
Swords Estuary: 22 Greenshank and 4 Snipe at the kennels this morning with approx 70 Lapwing. Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, 1 Redpoll, c 20 Swallows & 1 Linnet moving overhead.DO'M

26 September 2012
Bull Island:  4 Wheatears at Bull Wall/ Beach;  2 Sandwich Terns (Adult & Juvenile) on the Beach; 100 Sanderling at Bull Wall; and 2 Stonechats at Royal Dublin Golf Course.GF

Juvenile and adult Sandwich Tern on beach at Bull Island (Photo by Ger Franck)

Rook at the causeway at Bull Island (Photo by Ger Franck)

25 September 2012
Bull Island:  A Curlew Sandpiper seen from the Causeway.GF

22 September 2012 - Tolka Trip Report
We couldn't have asked for a better day to start off the new birding year than today; a blue-skied mild day to wean us back and an encouraging start for the new and not so new faces that made up the group of 22 that traipsed about north County Dublin in search of ornithological delights. Our first port of call was...

Swords Estuary:  from the south side of the estuary we viewed 3 Common Snipe (2 sleeping and 1 busily foraging) at the edge of the central sandbar.  In the waters in front of them were plenty of Black-headed Gulls, Lapwing, Redshank and Black-tailed Godwit (still in various degrees of breeding plumage).  Also spotted were 2 Greenshank, Dunlin, several motionless Grey Heron and a couple of juvenile Cormorants.   Approximately 20 Brent Geese were feeding vigorously, all adult birds.

Moving over to the north side of the Estuary the Mute Swans dominated the view.  A Moorhen with 2 juvenile chicks and several pairs of Mallard were the only addition to our list.  So we decided to move further north and head to...

Gormanstown: 3 Red-throated Diver, rafts of Great-crested Grebe and Common Scoter kept us looking at the horizon. Meanwhile, right under our scopes were numerous Ringed Plovers, Dunlin (some still showing breeding plumage).  Plenty more Black-tailed Godwits and Black-headed Gulls, a few Lesser Black-backed Gulls paddled at the shore's edge.  One Mediterranean Gull was amidst them.  A lone Sandwich Tern weaved its way amongst them all, turning over stones, unusual behaviour for a Tern, but he was just copying the several Turnstones present.  Also present, were a few Kittiwake and Common Gulls on the beach. Swallows were flying about over head and there was a singing Robin in the bushes behind.  To the right of the river in the trees 1 Buzzard sat watching the scene below.   Not wanting the day to end we decided to move homeward stopping off at...

Rogerstown:  on our trek to the south hide we espied a few flocks of Goldfinch and a couple of Stock Doves.  In the middle pond there were 7 Little Grebe and 1 Coot.   At hide we had good views of a Buzzard harassing crows across over the old dump and on the mudflats plenty Godwits, Oystercatcher, Redshank, Curlew, and several Teal and a few Widgeon were seen.   As we made our way back a Buzzard flew right over our heads and gave us a cry of 'peeee-uu', which we took as our cue to go home.

Many thanks to all who turned out on the day. Kieran O' Byrne (the New Chairman of BirdWatch Ireland) joined us on the outing and we, as a branch, were delighted to meet him.  If I have omitted any sighting for the trip, please email me at  [Editor]

Raheny:  Kestrel on rocks at James Larkin Road. Harried by a crow after photo was taken, must have been in possession of something edible.DMacP
(Photo by Dave MacPherson)

21 September 2012
Booterstown: 78 Mediterranean Gulls at Booterstown Strand this evening - including 7 ringed birds.SK

20 September 2012
Swords: 4 Great-crested Grebes (1 superb view) at Swords Estuary 1 Little Grebe at  Broadmeadows River.CD

18 September 2012
Glasnevin: many birds in and around the garden the past few weeks, most noticabely though are the large amounts of Mistle Thrushes - I came across a flock of at least thirty birds.FM   

Juvenile Coal Tit in Glasnevin garden (Photo by Francois Mullan)

15 September 2012
Greystones: 2 Buzzards over Greystones Football Club at 5pm.AR

14 September 2012
Maynooth:  I noticed this Swallow nest just under an awning at Maynooth College. There seemed to be four chicks in the nest, and they were getting fed regularly.DG 
(Photo by Donal Glackin)

Donabate: 300 + Brent Geese seen today at Corballis Estuary beside Golf Club entrance.AF 
(Photo by Andy Friel)

Common Tern at Scotsman's Bay, Dun Laoghaire (Photo by James Cavanagh)

13 September 2012

Broadmeadows:  12 Brent Geese at Broadmeadows Estuary this morning.BK

11 September 2012

Little Egrets from the Clontarf Road (Photo by Dave MacPherson)

10 September 2012

Dipper at a weir on the Dodder River, Dublin (Photo by Mark Carmody)

9 September 2012

Magpie with mouse in Rathgar Garden (Photo by Tom Gregan)

8 September 2012
Rogerstown: 3 Gadwall at the south hide and 1 Spotted Flycatcher at the allotments.DO'M

Rogerstown (North Hide):  10+ Curlew, and 2 Collared Doves.AF

Curlew at Rogerstown (Photo by Andy Friel)

Bull Island: a Wheatear, 2 Willow Warblers and 160 House Martins at Royal Dublin Golf Course.  Knot and Dunlin along with 100s of Bar-tailed Godwit to be seen from the Bull Wall as the receding tide exposes the mud flats.GF

The photo below is of a juvenile Knot.  The delicately patterned upperparts and peachy wash on the breast indicate that this Knot is a juvenile.GF

Juvenile Knot at the Bull Wall (Photo by Ger Franck)

Wheatear at Bull Island (Photo by Vincent Hall)

Meadow Pipit at Bull Island (Photo by Vincent Hall)

Mistle Thrush at Ballymun (Photo by Jenny Ryan)

6 September 2012

Swords:  1 Ruff, 1 Buzzard, 9 Dunlin, 6 Knot, >60 Golden Plover at Swords Estuary today.CD

Howth: Good number of Stonechats near Howth cliffs today, sporting a variety of colouring.  Must be recovering from the two bad winters.DMacP

Stonechat (female) at Howth head (Photo by Dave MacPherson)

Turvey allotments:  40+ Swallows.AF

Three juvenile Swallows taking a rest at the Turvey allotments (Photo by Andy Friel)

Robin at Turvey Allotments (Photo by Andy Friel)

5 September 2012

Chaffinch at Rogerstown (Photo by Eugene Dolan)


4 September 2012
Dollymount: 8 Brent Geese spotted at Dollymount today.DO'C

2 September 2012

Brent Geese:  11 at Merrion Gates and 3 at Baldoyle Bay.CM  (Pat Watson had 50+ at Sutton on Friday 31st Aug.) 

Swords: A Buzzard perched on a street light on the M1 at Donabate exit.AR
Rogerstown: 5 Buzzards over north hide.AR

Rogerstown: 5 Sandwich Terns and 3 Wheatears.BC

Sandwich Tern at Rogerstown (Photo by Brian Carruthers)

1 September 2012

Raheny: 3 Swifts flying over Raheny.BO'B


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