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

   Tom Carroll, Brian Carruthers, Eugene Dolan, Rosemary Doyle, Ger Franck, Mir Harris, 
Bevin Herbert, Sean Hogan, Liam Kane, Sean Kingston, Dave MacPherson, Cian Merne, Liam O'Brien, Ian Stevenson, Nigel Willits

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30 July 2014

Portrane Cliff/Beach walk:  While on my 3hr extended rest break parking up at the waterfront hotel, I took a stroll along the cliff walk looking for the Wall Brown butterfly (Lasiommata megera) happily finding, I came across a Kestrel, Rock Pipit, Meadow Pipit, Robin, Stonechat, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Terns with black bill tips diving out at sea were either Common (most likely), Roseate (likely from rockabill) or Arctic (likely), GULLS, Lapwing, Dunlin, Curlew, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Swallow, House Martin, Pied Wagtail, Blackbird, Jackdaw, Rook, Hooded Crow, Magpie, Starling, House Sparrow, Goldfinch & Linnet.BC


27 July 2014

Booterstown Reserve:  17 Grey Heron and 10 Little Egret.SH


24 July 2014

Blackrock: 10 Mediterranean Gulls at 17.00.  Also 6 Turnstones.LOB


23 July 2014

Adult Common Tern at Grand Canal Dock (Photo by Ian Stevenson)


Common Tern (adult with ring and juvenile) at Grand Canal Dock (Photo by Ian Stevenson)



22 July 2014

Tolka Valley River Park: Cycled along the unpolluted part of the Tolka at Tolka Valley Park this afternoon.  Saw this Little Grebe on a nest in the middle of one of the ponds.  Also a juvenile Moorhen at same place.DMacP

Little Grebe on floating nest in pond of Tolka Valley River Park (Photo by Dave MacPherson)


Juvenile Moorhen in pond of Tolka Valley River Park (Photo by Dave MacPherson)


Puffin near Ireland's Eye (Photo by Liam Kane)



19 July 2014

Tolka Valley River Park: Had a nice surprise among the usual suspects in TRVP this morning @ 8am before the clouds rolled in - a singing Yellowhammer (m) (first of the year) , a Jay (juv) and a small male Buzzard close to its nesting site.BC

Singing Yellowhammer at Tolka Valley River Park (Photo by Brian Carruthers)




17 July 2014

Killester: We had 2 Swifts not calling, just flying around 14/7/1;  3 Swifts calling 16/7/14; and 7 Swifts calling 17/7/14. - all reported to the Swft Survey.MH

14 July 2014

Grand Canal Basin: 12 Common Tern busily patrolling the waters of the basin, flying in criss cross flight patterns, scouring every inch in search of fish.  Meanwhile, the Black-headed, Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gulls harass the locals for their lunch leftovers. Looked to me like the gulls were the most successful feeders.RD

13 July 2014

Juvenile Jackdaw with parent at Bray Harbour (Photo by Cian Merne)



Clontarf: A pair of Ravens flew over St. Anne's Park, Clontarf around lunchtime.NW

Baldoyle: Woodpigeon, Starling, House Sparrow, Blue Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Swift, Swallow and House Martin.TC

Juvenile Starling developing 1st winter plumage in Baldoyle Garden (Photo by Tom Carroll)


Recently fledged Blackbird in Baldoyle Garden (Photo by Tom Carroll)


Juvenile Stonechat at North Bull Island (Photo by Ger Franck)


12 July 2014

A Sparrowhawk eating a wood pigeon in Crumlin garden this evening (Photo by Bevin Herbert)



Tolka Valley Park:  My early morning dog walk from 6-45am to 9am, on a mild (11c) damp overcast morning, along the Tolka River Bank, Finglas, a total of 6.3 klms. 

Just as I entered spotting 2 Sparrowhawks (FM & Juv) feeding on a small rabbit. 

Lots of young uns about... at
least 5 Bullfinches (ad & juv) and 3 Goldcrest, 4 Mute Swan, 5 Grey Herons, Swallows, House Martins, and lots of Swifts in-around the 'Three ponds'. 

Numerous Mallards, Coots, Little Grebes, GULLS, 5 Tufted Duck, Moorhens, with a single juvenile Mandarin in East & West ponds with 4 Reed Bunting in reedbed. 

A single Cormorant drying off on a post, 2 Dippers (ad & juv) at Ratoath Road bridge. 

Numerous Woodpigeons, Collard Doves, Robins, Blackbirds, Song Thrush, Wrens, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Coal Tits, Jackdaws, Rooks, Hooded Crows, Magpies, Starlings, House Sparrows, Chaffinch, Greenfinch along the walk. 2 adult Buzzards calling over nesting site while hearing one or possibly two juveniles returning calls. At least 5 Grey Wagtails along my full walk, with 6 Pied Wagtails, Dunnocks, 3 Blackcaps, Mistle Thrush, Linnets & Goldfinch, with a large family of Long-tailed Tits.BC


A Swift with a full crop at Tolka Valley Park ponds (Photos by Brian Carruthers)


Cormorant out to dry at Rathoath Road Bridge in Tolka Valley Park (Photo by Brian Carruthers)




9 July 2014

Killester:  6 Long-tailed Tits visited our Silver Birch for ages this evening.MH

Ballyfermot: 2 high-flying Swifts at top of Chapelizod Hill 7p.m.RD


7 July 2014

Victora Quay, Dublin:  6 Mute Swans and 1 Black Guillemot on River Liffey at Frank Sherwin Bridge at 7.30a.m.RD


6 July 2014

Three Jays at the Pine Forest (Photo by Dave MacPherson)


4 July 2014

Common Sandpiper, Black Swan and Mediterranean Gull at Swords Estuary (Photo by Brian Carruthers)


Black Swan at Swords Estuary (Photo by Brian Carruthers)



3 July 2014

Mediterranean Gull at Sandycove (Photo by Eugene Dolan)



2 July 2014

Sandycove:  There were 49 Mediterranean Gulls at Sandycove today including six 1st summer and seven 2nd summer birds.SK


One of three juvenile Robins in Kilbarrack Garden (Photo by Cian Merne)


 
 

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