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

  Harry Bailey, Mark Carmody, Brian Carruthers, Philip Clancy, Shay Connolly, Eric Doggett, Jim Duffy, Ciaran Dunne, Nicola Dunphy, 
Linda Farrell, Linda Foley, Tom Gregan, Mir Harris, Vincent Hall, Paul Heneghan, Niall T. Keogh, Sean Kingston,
Eoin McCumiskey, Brian McDonnell, Dave MacPherson, Cian Merne, Oscar Merne, Francois Mullan, Harry Mullan, 
Marie O'Brien,  Adrian Rooney, Brendan Sheils, Ian Stevenson, Ciaran Walsh, James Wood, Patrick Veale

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29 February 2012

Sandycove: 41 Mediterranean Gulls including 9 first winter birds and 5 colour-ringed gulls including Irish Sandycove yellow-ringed birds 2XA0 and 2XA1.SK

Little Egret at Causeway to Bull Island (Photo by Dave MacPherson)



28 February 2012

At Blessington Basin this morning (Tuesday 28th Feb), a Mallard with 5 early chicks! PV

Skylark at North Bull (Photo by Harry Bailey)


Meadow Pipit at North Bull (Photo by Harry Bailey)



Raheny:  4 Stock Doves and Long-tailed Tits gathering nesting material in St. Anne's Park, Raheny.GF

Stock Doves in St. Anne's Park (Photo by Ger Franck)


Long-tailed Tit in St. Anne's Park (Photo by Ger Franck)




27 February 2012

Tacumshin Lake, Wexford: 10 Bearded Reedlings, 1 Water Pipit, 4 Lapland Bunting and 4 Hen Harriers.BS

Bearded Reedling - one of 10 at east end pool at Tacumshin Lake (Photo by Brendan Sheils)




26 February 2012

Merlin at Bull Island 




25 February 2012

Bull Island:  1 Short- eared Owl at 9:30 this morning in northern salt marsh along with a Merlin in the same area.
A Kestrel hunting over the causeway & good numbers of Skylarks.AR

Merlin at North Bull Island (Photo by Brian McDonnell)


Red Kite over Skerries (Photo by Cian Merne)


Grey Partridges are part of a release program in North County Dublin - a bumper day for sightings of them today!

Grey Partridge at Rogerstown (Photo by Shay Connolly)                              Grey Partridge at Skerries (Photo by Cian Merne)
 

Grey Partridge at Rogerstown (Photo by Shay Connolly)


Grey Partridge at Skerries (Photo by Cian Merne)



24 February 2012

Peregrine being mobbed by crows at Bull Island (Photo by Ciaran Walsh)



Peregrine with a kill at Bull Island (Photo by Ciaran Walsh)


Redshank at Bull Island (Photo by Ciaran Walsh)





23 February 2012

Redpoll (Photo by Tom Gregan)



21 February 2012

Dun Laoghaire:  A total of 36 Mediterranean Gulls (28 adults, 5 2nd-winter & 3 1st-winters) were present between the East Pier, Dun Laoghaire & the 40-foot at 10:00am this morning.  A Grey Wagtail & c.110 Shags were also seen at the base of the East Pier.  The 3 Black-necked Grebes were in Dublin Bay at 10:45am, seen from the base of the West Pier, Dun Laoghaire, looking across towards The Poolbeg. Further single Mediterranean Gulls included a Hungarian (red ringed) 1st-winter bird at Seapoint & an adult at Blackrock.  A 2nd-winter Iceland Gull was also seen flying south past Merrion Gates, Sandymount Strand in the late evening. NTK


Robin in full flow, Clontarf (Photo by Dave MacPherson)




Greystones:   9 Snow Buntings seen at the harbour compound.HB

Snow Bunting after taken a bath at Greystones harbour compound (Photo by Harry Bailey)




20 February 2012
Islandbridge:  At the war memorial garden this morning I saw 15 or so Redwing, a flock of 20 to 30 Siskins and an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull.IS


19 February 2012

Long tailed Tit in Clontarf garden (Photo by Dave MacPherson)


Rogerstown: 2 Ringtail Hen Harriers, a female type Merlin, a Sparrowhawk, 2 Red Kites, numerous Buzzards, Kestrels & a Water Rail beside South hide.AR

Kestrel at Rogerstown (Photo by Adrian Rooney)



House Sparrow in Naul Garden (Photo by Joe Curtis)


Yellowhammer in Naul Garden - 1st visit since Dec 2010 (Photo by Joe Curtis)



Chaffinch in Naul Garden (Photo by Joe Curtis)


Kestrel at Turvey Park (Photo by Brian Carruthers)




18 February 2012
Tolka Outing to Kilcoole: 

Despite the forecast for rain, over 20 Tolka Members met at Kilcoole car park this morning.  After getting out of the cars we were straight away greeted by a beautiful Peregrine Falcon doing laps of the car park high above our heads. Other Raptors on the day included 2 Kestrels, Merlin and a ringtail Hen Harrier. Two Stonechat were nice to see at the start of the walk and almost straight away we were greeted by the sound of Skylarks - a wonderful spring sound. Other birds seen included Teal, Shoveler, Wigeon, Mallard, Shelduck, Grey Heron, Little Egret, 5 Red-throated Divers, Little Grebe, Dunlin, Ringed Plover, and Golden Plover which also put on a beautiful display for us in the strong winter sun. The wind as well as the Geese and Swans being so far away lead to distant views on the day and so it was virtually impossible to pick out a Bewick Swan or a Bean Goose. We did however count about 80 Whooper Swans, lots of Greylag & Brent Geese.  Highlights of the day were a Glossy Ibis which was picked up flying towards us. It then went right over our heads and on towards Newcastle. The other highlight was 10 Snow Bunting at Greystones. A great day was had by all.PC

Snow Buntings at Greystones (Photo by Philip Clancy)


Red-throated Diver at Kilcoole  (Photo by Brian Carruthers)




Dundalk: I had a Great White Egret flying over the M1 Motorway at the Dundalk South Turnoff for Dundalk Town at 8am. The bird was flying flow over M1 heading towards the coast. Could possibly be around Lurgangreen or Dundalk Docks!  BS


Baldoyle Estuary: 4 Shelduck, 200+ Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank.    Hole in the Wall beach: 5 Red-breasted Merganser. Gulls: 9 Common, 4 Herring, 4 Black-headed and some territorial Hooded Crows. EMcC


Dn Laoghaire West Pier: 2 Black-necked Grebes gave good, if distant, views - far out at sea.
Bullock Harbour: No white-winged gulls, but plenty of Mediterranean Gulls, plus a ringed Great Black-backed Gull. Also one Gannet.FM, MC, IS & HM


Mediterranean Gull at Bullock Harbour (Photo by Francois Mullan)


A ringed Great Black-backed Gull at Bullock Harbour (Photo by Francois Mullan)


Female Blackcap in Ranelagh Garden (Photo by Nicola Dunphy)


Female Chaffinch in Ranelagh Garden (Photo by Nicola Dunphy)


Male Greenfinch in Ranelagh Garden (Photo by Nicola Dunphy)


Dunnock in Ranelagh Garden (Photo by Nicola Dunphy)



15 February 2012

Blue Tit in Naas Garden (Photo by Marie O'Brien)



14 February 2012

Water Rail at UCD wetlands (Photo by Vincent Hall)



Kestrel at Rogerstown (Photo by Harry Bailey)




13 February 2012

Wigeon at Newcastle (Photo by Harry Bailey)



12 February 2012

Booterstown Marsh:  1 Kingfisher seen today at the Marsh.

Dundalk Bay  -  Between Marsh South and Clogher Head there were 34,894 waterbirds, of 36 species. The top ten were 10,645 Knot, 6,414 Oystercatchers, 5,600 Golden Plover, 3,710 Lapwing, 3,121 Bar-tailed Godwits, 1,191 Brent Geese, 1,066 Common Gulls, 830 Redshanks, 815 Curlews and 815 Common Scoters.OM

Inchicore Road: Male Sparrowhawk;
M1/N1/Donabate area: A Buzzard, a Kestrel & a Red Kite;  
Rogerstown north hide: 3 Buzzards & a female type Merlin; and 
Turvey: A ringtail Hen Harrier, a female Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard & 2 male Kestrels.AR&PH

Ring tail Hen Harrier at Turvey (Photo by Paul Heneghan)


One Turnstone amongst the Redshank at Dun Laoghaire (Photo by Nicola Dunphy)


Mediterranean Gull at Dun Laoghaire (Photo by Nicola Dunphy)


Chaffinch at Ranelagh (Photo by Nicola Dunphy)


Hen Harrier at Rogerstown having a little trouble holding on to his snack (Photos by Brian Carruthers)
 

 

Brent Geese at Seabury, Malahide (Photos by James Wood)

 






11 February 2012

Bray Harbour - 1 Glaucous Gull (immature) and 1 Mediterranean Gull.OM

Booterstown Marsh:  1 Water Rail seen by Frank Doyle.


Colours for Spring?   No, WHITE is all the rage.  We've had Chaffinch, Oystercatcher, Blackbirds all sporting the new look.   Today's latest is a leucistic Black-headed Gull, promenading along Chesterfield Avenue in the Phoenix Park. As you can see it is sporting a bit of "bling" and we think the accessories reveal that it was tagged on Lough Mask. 

Update from Eoin McGreal who ringed this featured BHG:     "Black-headed Gull 252D which was colour-ringed on Lough Mask, County Mayo on 15/06/2008 and this is now the 3rd consecutive winter that it has been re-sighted in the Phoenix Park.

252D 15/06/08  
09/02/10 Phoenix Park San Geraty
10/11/10 Phoenix Park San Geraty
28/12/10 Phoenix Park Stephen Lawlor
11/02/12 Phoenix Park Ciaran Walsh

It is probable that this individual returned as a possible breeding adult to its natal colony in June, 2010 - a leucistic colour-ringed adult was seen briefly at the colony but unfortunately it was not possible to read the ring codes."


Leucistic Black-headed Gull in Phoenix Park (Photo by Ciaran Walsh)



At Rogerstown north hide: Female Merlin, female Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzards & pair of Bullfinch & 3 separate ringtail Hen Harriers at Turvey.AR,BC,LF


Goldfinch in Naas Garden (Photo by Marie O'Brien)




9 February 2012
Drogheda:   4 Chiffchaff present during the afternoon in roving tit flock moving along the hedges at St.Joesph's CBS in Drogheda. Also present was 10 Redwing on the football pitch.BS



7 February 2012
Normally on the playing grounds in Trinity College between November and March Redwing numbers are generally around 25 100 birds however this winter there has been none; that is until today; a single Redwing was with a group of Mistle Thrushes on the Trinity Rugby pitch. Maybe with the cold snap in Europe we might see a few more arriving to our shores. Other birds of note was a flock of approx 25 Siskins in the Alder trees.IS

High Tide counts from the Rogerstown Estuary south hide today included: 295+ Light-bellied Brent Geese, 110 Shelduck, 265+ Wigeon, 820 Teal, 50 Mallard, 2,750+ Lapwing, 420+ Golden Plover, 46 Grey Plover, 355 Curlew, 7 Greenshank, 395+ Redshank, 205+ Black-tailed Godwits, 130 Bar-tailed Godwits, a Ruff, 15 Knot, 230 Dunlin, 440+ Black-headed Gulls, 13 Common Gulls, an adult Mediterranean Gull, 210 Herring Gulls, an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull, a 1st-winter Iceland Gull, a ringtail Hen Harrier, 4 Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrels & a Kingfisher. Skylark in song also! NTK


6 February 2012

Stonechat, female at Greystones (Photo by Harry Bailey)



5 February 2012
Kilcoole:   The 2 Tundra Bean Geese were still at Webb's field, Kilcoole amongst a flock of c.250 Greylag Geese (including a leucistic individual). Plenty of other wildfowl & waders present there at the moment with notable counts of c.650 Light-bellied Brent, 141 Black-tailed Godwits, 5 Bar-tailed Godwits & a Grey Plover. South of The Breaches:  an adult Bewick's Swan was seen with a flock of c.80 Whooper Swans & a ringtail Hen Harrier flew south at 12:35.  A pair of Stonechats were on the track alongside Newcastle Airfield. 
NOTE:
at Kilcoole there is also what appears to be a hybrid Black Brant X Light-bellied Brent Goose (male) paired with a female Light-bellied Brent Goose & accompanied by two 1st-winters exhibiting some hybrid features.NTK



Rogerstown:  2 Hen Harrier; 2 Peregrine; up to 6 Buzzards; 1 Merlin; 2 Kestrels.SC

Hen Harrier at Rogerstown (Photo by Shay Connolly)



Peregrine at Rogerstown (Photo by Shay Connolly)


Hen Harrier at Turvey (Photo by Brian Carruthers)


 
Redpoll and Great Tit in Naas Garden (Photos by Marie O'Brien)
 




4 February 2012

Brent Geese in St Benildus field, Kilmacud from 9am-3pm (Photo by Linda Farrell)


Merlin at Turvey (Photo by Brian Carruthers)



3 February 2012
Botanic Gardens from 11 to 12.30:  3 Bullfinch, 1 Treecreeper and 1 Dipper (giving excellent views from Tolka House bridge).CD


Baldoyle Estuary / Hole in the wall beach:   Waders, circa 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Greenshank, 10 Redshank, Turnstone, Oystercatcher.   Gulls: mostly.. Herring, Black-headed and Greater Black-backed also 1 Common Gull.  Two Great-crested Grebe, 5 Brent Geese and Hooded Crows aerial bombing.EMC


Counts from Rogerstown Estuary south hide today included: 240 Light-bellied Brent Geese, 30 Shelduck, 355+ Wigeon, 360+ Teal, 30 Mallard, 10 Little Grebes, 360 Lapwing, 20 Golden Plover, 175 Curlew, 1 Greenshank, 165 Redshank, 40 Black-tailed Godwits, 7 Bar-tailed Godwits, 510+ Black-headed Gulls, 16 Common Gulls, 720+ Herring Gulls, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls & 75 Great Black-backed Gulls. A ringtail Hen Harrier, 5 Buzzards & a Kestrel were also seen. NTK


Goldcrest at Oldtown Wood, Phoenix Park (Photo by Harry Bailey)




2 February 2012

A 1st-winter Glaucous Gull was day roosting with other large gulls at Bullock Harbour on the low tide exposed rocks. 46 Mediterranean Gulls were also day roosting at Sandycove, comprised of 37 adults, 3 2nd-winters & 6 1st-winters, including birds ringed in France (Green) & Ireland (Yellow). A 2nd-winter Iceland Gull was showing well, circling around Trader's Wharf & West Pier, Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Another 1st-winter Mediterranean Gull was seen at Blackrock strand, this time ringed in Hungary (Red). Over 650 Bar-tailed Godwits were also noted there. NTK

Leucistic Oystercatcher and two regulars at Baldoyle (Photo by Jim Duffy)



1 February 2012

Dublin 2:  Iceland Gull at the Grand Canal Dock.IS

Killester:  We had a Sparrowhawk on the roof of the house in Killester today. Also saw a Buzzard perched on a pole at the Finglas exit M50.MH

Yellowhammer at Swords Estuary (Photo by Dave McPherson)



Greenshank at Swords Estuary (Photo by Dave McPherson)


Redshank at Swords Estuary (Photo by Dave McPherson)

Hen Harrier seen at Rogerstown (Photo by Harry Bailey)


Redpoll in Dublin garden (Photo by Brian Carruthers)                                    Starling in Dublin garden (Photo by Brian Carruthers)


Song Thrush in Dublin Garden (Photo by Brian Carruthers)                           Blackbird, female in Dublin garden (Photo by Brian Carruthers)
 


 
 

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