THANKS TO OUR CONTRIBUTORS  and ADVISERS DURING  December 2014...

   Harry Bailey, Tom Carroll, Brian Carruthers, Frances Collins, Joe Delaney, Mir Harris, Richard Hennessy, Rachel Hynes,
Dermot McCabe, Brian McDonnell, Adrian Rooney, Peter Wright

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31 December 2014

North Dublin:  Got my last yearly TICK while out birding on this the last Day of 2014 with Steve Valasek & Paul Lynch on a very wet and dull overcast day here in North Dublin. Birds sighted today...Mute Swan, Brent Geese, Mallards, Teal, Tufted duck, Ruddy Duck (Irish tick for BC) Red-breasted Mergansers, Cormorants, Shags, Little grebes, Guillemot, Great Black-backed Gulls, Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Herring Gulls, Common Gulls, Black-headed gulls, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Coot, Moorhen, Water Rail, Oystercatchers, Lapwings, Ringed Plovers, Sanderlings, Curlews, Redshanks, Turnstones, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, (sat and watched... Two Short-eared Owls), Woodpigeons, Feral pigeon, Collared Doves, Kingfisher, Pied Wagtails, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Robins, Blackbirds, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Redwings, Wrens, Blue Tits, Jackdaws, Rooks, Hooded Crows, Magpies, Starlings, House Sparrows, Linnets, Yellowhammers.BC


29 December 2014

Reed Buntings at North Bull Island (Photo by Brian McDonnell)


Red-breasted Merganser at North Bull Island (Photo by Brian McDonnell)


Greenshank at North Bull Island (Photo by Brian McDonnell)



28 December 2014

Swords Estuary:  On walk along south side of Swords Estuary between Rail line and Broadmeadows - Mallard, Greenshank, Redshank, Wren, Great-crested Grebe, Common Buzzard, Greater Scaup, Little Grebe, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Brent Goose, Oystercatcher, Black-headed Gull, Turnstone, Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, House Sparrow, Bar-tailed Godwit, Grey Plover, Rook, Great black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Teal, Lapwing, Snipe, Stonechat, Mute Swan, Red-breasted Merganser.TC

Greater Scaup (m&f) at Sailing Club on Estuary Road (Photo by Tom Carroll)


25 December 2014

Rogerstown: Female type Merlin on mill wall, a Buzzard on the posts in front of North hide & Bullfinch.AR


20 December 2014

Branch Visit to Bull Island:  2 Common Crane flew north to south over us on the causeway after 12 noon.  Also seen from the causeway were Grey PloverGreenshank, Redshank, Brent Geese - several ringed, Dunlin, Shelduck, Pintail, Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit,- several ringed, Teal, Curlew, Wigeon, Little Egret, Grey Heron and Rock Pipit.  Over at the Wooden Bridge:  large flock of Knot with Golden Plover amongst them and Bar-tailed Godwit. TC

Common Crane over Bull Island (Photo by Tom Carroll)


Light-bellied Brent Goose at Bull Island  - Ring Resightings Database: Band details PXRR 20-12-14  - first ringed 22/3/2014 on Bull Island
(Photo by Brian Carruthers)


Rogerstown: 2 Common Crane, 4 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk hunting finches.BMcD

Common Crane over Rogerstown (Photo by Brian McDonnell)



Buzzard at Rogerstown (Photo by Brian McDonnell)



17 December 2014

Kimmage: 150 Brent Geese at Sundrive Park (the first Park report this season).RH


15 December 2014

Tree Sparrows (approx. 50 seen) at Balheary Road dump (Photo by Harry Bailey)


14 December 2014

Phoenix Park: A ringed leucistic Black-headed Gull.JD  (this must be the regular bird that shows up in the Phoenix Park - check out our "Ringing" page)

Leucistic Black-headed Gull walking along the cycle path in the Phoenix Park (Photo by Joe Delaney)



13 December 2014

Walk between Rush and Swords:  Mute Swan, Brent Geese, Shelduck, Wigeon, Mallard, Teal, Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser, Scaup, Cormorant, Shag, Great-crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Great Black-backed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Black-headed Gull, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Moorhen, Kestrel, 11 Buzzard, Peregrine, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Ringed Plover, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Dunlin, Sanderling, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Greenshank, Redshank, Turnstone, Pheasant, Woodpigeon, Feral Pigeon, Kingfisher, Collared Dove, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Rock Pipit, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Redwing, Fieldfare, Stonechat, Black Redstart, Wren, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Jackdaw, Rook, Hooded Crow, Magpie, Starling, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Dunnock, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Linnet, 9 Yellowhammer in one tree & Reed Bunting.BC&RH

Black Redstart at Rush (Photo by Brian Carruthers)


Fieldfare (Photo by Brian Carruthers)



12 December 2014

Bull Island:  Spotted near Causeway - Shoveler (group of 8 male and female, feeding in shallow water).  Large numbers of Brent Geese, Shelduck, Redshank. Black-tailed Godwit, and 1 Curlew managing to blend into the background of dried grass.  Spotted on Strand: Sanderling, Turnstone, Common Gull and 1 Hooded Crow feeding on shellfish.TC

Female and male Shoveler at Bull Island (Photo by Tom Carroll)


Hooded Crow at Bull Island (Photo by Tom Carroll)


Blue Tit
at Rogerstown (Photo by Harry Bailey)


Bulfinch
at Rogerstown (Photo by Harry Bailey)


Linnet
at Rogerstown (Photo by Harry Bailey)



10 December 2014

Blanchardsown:  A single Raven was feeding with Jackdaws and a Hooded Crow in Whitestown Avenue, Blanchardstown.DMcC


8 December 2014

Loughshinny, Co. Dublin: 2 Short-eared Owls at Drumanagh Martello Tower and a Black Redstart.BC

Rogerstown: 2 Common Crane flew in from the north together at 13:30 and then headed westward in the direction of the Esso Station at Blake's Cross.   Also a female type Merlin beside the north hide.AR

Blessington Street Basin: 1 Hooded Merganser - the bird has been in the Basin for a couple of weeks. There were also the resident Coots, Water Hens, Tufted Ducks, Wood Ducks, Mute Swans, Black-headed Gulls and Herring Gulls.FC

Hooded Merganser at Blessington Street Basin (Photo by Frances Collins)



7 December 2014

Killester:  1 Grey Wagtail and a female Blackcap in a Killester garden.MH

Walkinstown:  Sparrowhawk eating a pigeon in a Templeville Road garden.PW


2 December 2014

Rogersto
wn:  3 Buzzard, 1 female Sparrowhawk and 6 Fieldfare.HB

Buzzard at Rogerstown (Photo by Harry Bailey)


1 December 2014

Stonechat (m) at Rogerstown North Hide (Photo by Brian McDonnell)


 

 
 

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