THANKS TO OUR CONTRIBUTORS  and ADVISERS DURING  December 2012...

 Harry Bailey, Helen Burke, Brian Carruthers, Vittorio Caschera, Shay Connolly, Gary de Lacy, Eugene Dolan, Ciaran Dunne, 
John Fields, John Fox, Ger Franck, Andy Friel, Niall Griffin, Brian B Gormley, Paul Heneghan, Gay Hogan, Sean Hogan, 
Michael Keating, Brendan Kneafsey, Eddie Madden, Ita Martin, Brian McDonnell, Cian Merne, Francois Mullan, Harry Mullan, 
Bill Quinn, Adrian Rooney, Brendan Sheils, Patrick Veale

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31 December 2012

Brent Geese flying over Baldoyle (Photo by Cian Merne)




30 December 2012

Rogerstown Estuary:   Hen harrier adult male;  Hen harrier 2nd year male; Hen harrier ring-tail; Red Kite (2) together; Buzzards (3) together; Peregrines (2) together; Sparrowhawk; Merlin Kestrels (2); 550+ Brent Geese; 500+ Golden Plover; and 450+ Lapwings.BC, JF & NG


29 December 2012

Approx. 12 Waxwings perched on trees at St. Annís Park Rose Garden, around 3 p.m.EDolan

Male and female Redpoll in Malahide garden (Photo by Ita Martin)



26 December 2012

Corkagh Park Clondalkin: a Kingfisher & a Little Egret over the sludge pond beside top ponds. A Snipe & Shoveler at lower ponds.AR & GdeL


25 December 2012

Bull Island: A Kestrel at southern end.AR

Rogerstown North Hide:  female Merlin, male Hen Harrier, male Sparrowhawk & a Kingfisher. 2 Red Kites & 4 Buzzards over Balleally Dump; and 
M1/M50: 3 Buzzards. AR & PH 


24 December 2012

Stonechat at Bull Island (Photo by Brian McDonnell)


Meadow Pipit at Bull Island (Photo by Brian McDonnell)




23 December 2012

Broadmeadows Estuary: Large flocks of Lapwing, Oystercatcher and Redshank present along with 6 Snipe, 12 Greenshank, 100+ Black-tailed Godwit, 52 Bar-tailed Godwit,74 Brent Geese with good numbers of Teal, Wigeon. Good sixed gull flocks included approx many Black-headed Gull and Herring Gull with 20 Common Gull, 1 Peregrine, 2 Buzzard over the M1 Motorway. Large finch flock on North side of estuary mainly consisted of 70 Chaffinch with 1 Yellowhammer of note and a count of 19 Tree Sparrow.BS

Black-tailed Godwit at Broadmeadows Estuary (Photo by Brendan Sheils)



Lapwings at Malahide Estuary - total numbers 500-600 (Photo by Cian Merne)


Rogerstown (Turvey):  male Hen Harrier hunting alongside two Red Kites and a Kestrels over the cornfields in Turvey.BK

Male Hen Harrier at Turvey (Photo by Brendan Kneafsey)




22 December 2012

Damastown:  a Kestrel.AR

Birding Turvey south hide: A fabulous day's birding had by all from the Turvey South hide, on a very dull, warm, calm December day (13c) and sorry to say, was a very bad day for photography. As I entered the car park at first light @8.40am, the ring tail Hen Harrier was quartering back of the first field while been harried by Corvids. Two Redwings mixed in with 6 Fieldfares & 4 Collared Doves feeding closer to the walkway. I stopped for fifteen minutes at the bench facing the "Partridge" field, where I laid out some mixed seed below a large flock of Linnets, Goldies, Greenies, Chaffers and at least 2 Brambling, while a large flock of Woodpigeon were still resting in the far tree-line. Has I entered the hide, had a good view of the Merlin resting on the 'postbox' and a Buzzard behind it on the tall post beside the far North hide. The tide was on the way out, the high tide was at 6.50am and the low was at 12.40pm, so the estuary was packed with at least 2000+Golden Plovers, 800+Wigeon, 600+Teal, 550+Lapwings, 500+Oystercatcher, 450+Black-tailed Godwits, 400+Brent, 350+Redshank, 300+ Mallards, 250+Curlew, 150+Shelduck, 100+Dunlin, 5 Red-breasted Merganser in deep water close to the rail line, and 8 Snipe showing well at the edge of the salt marsh. A large concentration of Black-headed Gulls, Common Gulls, Herring Gulls, and Great Black-backed Gulls in the salt marsh. All mixed in with only a few of the usual fare, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Little Grebe, Grey Plover, Greenshank, Shoveler, Cormorant, Knot and Stonechat. On my way to and from my lunch break, I spotted Pheasant, Kestrel, Moorhen, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, a lone Jay flying across to the golf club, 2 Pied Wagtail feeding at the car park, Robin, Wren, Mistle Thrush, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit and Long-tail Tits, Blackbirds, Bullfinches, Reed Bunting, with lots of House Sparrows, Starlings, Magpies, Jackdaws, Hoodies & Rooks galore.  I was delighted for Patrick Veale, Sean & Gay Hogan, for at one stage, we had a "Kettle" of 5 Red Kites & 3 Buzzards in the air over the dump, and Hen Harriers (2nd year male & Ringtail), Sparrowhawk & Merlin came back a couple of times for them to get some cracking views, even in the poor fading light. I left Sean & Gay Hogan looking for the small flock of Siskin & Yellowhammers that normally stay around the north Birch wood close to the car park. Thanks to one and all for the helping hand with spotting and counting, and a big pity that the Short-eared Owl, Peregrine or Water Rail did not show for all to see.BC

21 December 2012

Rogerstown: male and ringtail Hen Harriers, female Merlin, 2 Kestrels and 2 Buzzards
M1 Santry: a Buzzard and a Kestrel;  and 
M1 Donabate: a Buzzard.AR/PH 

Large numbers of Brent Geese seen daily at Seabury Green, Malahide (Photo by Andy Friel) 



18 December 2012

These 2 Redpolls arrived today in our Howth garden and really fancied the nyjer seed. (Photo by Bill Quinn)



17 December 2012

Male and Female Pintails in flight at Bull Island Causeway (Photo by Eugene Dolan)




16 December 2012

Furry Glen in the Phoenix Park: 2 Jays.AR & GdeL 

Male and female Pintail at Bull Island (Photo by Bill Quinn)


Curlew at Bull Island (Photo by Bill Quinn)




15 December 2012

Rogerstown: male Hen Harrier, female Sparrowhawk, a Kestrel, a Peregrine, 4 Red Kites, 2 Buzzards & a female Brambling
M50 at Ballymun: A Kestrel & a Buzzard;
M1 Swords: A Kestrel. AR

Male and female Pintail at Bull Island (Photo by Brian Carruthers)



Teal at Bull Island (Photo by Bill Quinn)


Yellowhammer at Rogerstown (Photo by Brian McDonnell)



11 December 2012

Lucan:  A Mistle Thrush defending its berries from a flock of 160 Waxwings, two Blackbirds and a male Blackcap at Rochford Downs, Lucan.JF

Mistle Thrush defending it's food store at Lucan (Photo by John Fox)



Robin at Rogerstown (Photo by Harry Bailey)


Dunnock at Rogerstown (Photo by Harry Bailey)


Coal Tit at Rogerstown (Photo by Harry Bailey)




10 December 2012

Swords: Lovely winter sunshine at Swords today, good selection of waders with Dunlin (2) Redshank, Turnstone, Golden Plover (500+) Knot (200+) Lapwing, Godwits and at least 20 Snipe present, most openly feeding out on the sand bars or at the fringes.PV

Rogerstown: male Hen Harrier & female Sparrowhawk.PH


9 December 2012

Lucan:  c180 Waxwings at Rochfort Downs in Lucan, at the roundabout on the Balgaddy Road at 3pm.BBG

Rogerstown: 2 Red Kites, ringtail Hen Harrier, female Merlin, 2 Kestrels and good numbers of Buzzards.AR


8 December 2012

Rogerstown:  3 Hen Harriers (2 males and a ring-tail), a Red Kite, 2 Buzzards, 2 Kestrels and a Sparrowhawk. The flocks of finches included 4 Brambling, 4 Redpoll and 2 Yellowhammer.GF

Brambling at Rogerstown (Photo by Ger Franck)



Reed Bunting at Rogerstown (Photo by Brian McDonnell)


Lucan:  200+ Waxwing at Rochfort Downs, Lucan, in a feeding frenzy on the Sorbus berries (Mountain Ash).BC & SC


7 December 2012

Grangegorman: A Sparrowhawk has been hanging around the Hockey pitch in DIT Grangegorman, chasing the local Goldfinches.BBG

Yellowhammer at Rogerstown (Photo by Harry Bailey)



Brambling at Rogerstown (Photo by Harry Bailey)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Chaffinch at Rogerstown (Photo by Harry Bailey)


6 December 2012

Ballygall, Glasnevin: 22 Waxwing feeding briefly with large flock Starlings at 10.15 Griffith Road, Ballygall.  Flew off and disappeared. The berry filled trees around Ballygall/Johnstown Park area seem to be favoured.CD

Lesser Redpoll in Glasnevin garden (Photo by Francois Mullan)

Lesser Redpoll in Glasnevin garden (Photo by Harry Mullan)


5 December 2012

Beaumont: 12 Waxwings seen on Shantalla Road this morning.HB


4 December 2012

St. James's Hospital, Rialto entrance: 100+ Waxwings in tree at entrance making an incredible racket drowning out the noise of the traffic.HelenB


3 December 2012

O'Connell Str. Dublin: 50-60 Waxwings in O'Connell Street this morning 9.00 am perched on aerials over old Carlton Cinema site. At 10.45 am there was smaller flock circling near the O'Connell Bridge end of the street.EM

Raheny: 7 Waxwing seen at Grange Park View Raheny.HB



2 December 2012

Finglas: 80+ Waxwing in the Benevin area of Finglas late this evening at 4.15pm.MK, BC & VC

Booterstown:  15 Snipe at Booterstown Reserve today.SH

Rogerstown: A female Sparrowhawk hunting over the Partridge field. 2 Peregrines, female Merlin, male Hen Harrier, a Kestrel & 3 Buzzards over the flooded field. Also a Hare beside south hide.AR

Song Thrush at Geraldstown Woods, Ballymun Cross this morning (Photo by Michael Keating)

 

 

 

Black-headed Gull at Bray Harbour. 
It was ringed in Norway 
(Photo by Cian Merne)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


1 December 2012
Templeogue: 15 Waxwings on Templeville Road, Templeogue end at 4.30pm.GH

Wren at Rogerstown (Photo by Cian Merne)


 

 
 

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