Tolka Branch Trip Report
County Wicklow - 19th May 2012
by Rosemary Doyle
On a nippy May morning,
over 20 Tolka Members met at Glendalough Upper car park and were greeted by
the tamest Chaffinches in Ireland.
A soft drizzle prevailed
as we strolled along the path towards Poulanass Waterfall. We were amidst the
oak woodlands, and the birds, having more sense than to be out in the poor
conditions, proved hard to find. Eventually, an "lbj"
(little brown jobby") was spotted by a few of the gang and we spent many
patient long minutes until we caught sight of it again and it was identified
as a Spotted Flycatcher. He didn't stick around for long but by
that stage, an elusive Jay was keeping our attention. Meanwhile
behind us Treecreepers were actively racing up and down and all around
some craggy and not-so-craggy trees. There were
lots of Blue Tits flitting about also. Further along the trail we heard the
hurried high pitch song of Goldcrest and later we had good views of a
Goldcrest foraging bugs from a holly bush at the river. Along the river, we
spotted a male Blackcap, Blackbirds, Song Thrush, Robin,
and a male and female Mistle Thrush at a nest. A Grey Wagtail
was heard here.
After regrouping for our
packed lunch in the car park, we then made our way to Avoca in the hope to see
the Red Kites that Dr Marc Ruddock had spoken so enthusiastically about at our
Thursday talk in the Botanic Gardens on the 17th of May 2012. We weren't
disappointed. Five minutes after stepping out of the car a beautiful Red
Kite flew closely over our heads. Now that's what I call
birding-to-order - no hanging about. A few moments later we had two
Red Kites to study in all their glory. When we had our fill of that
magnificence, we headed back over to Coronation Wood.
With the weather improving... so too was the birding. On the road toward Sally's gap we saw about thirty Crossbills. At Coronation Wood we had two Whinchat and Grey Wagtail.
Another good day in Wicklow.
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