THANKS TO OUR CONTRIBUTORS  and ADVISERS DURING  March 2013...

  Brian Carruthers, Eugene Dolan, Eileen Doyle, Tom Doyle, Ciaran Dunne, Ger Franck, John Garrett, 
Brian B. Gormley, Vincent Hall, Paul Heneghan, Mir Harris, Aidan G. Kelly, Liam Kane, Michael Keating, Mick Kelly, Niall T. Keogh, 
Brian McDonnell, Dave MacPherson, Bill Quinn, Adrian Rooney, Matt Silk, Alan Walker

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31 March 2013

Phoenix Park, Oldtown Wood - 1 Jay, 1 Treecreeper, c 40 Redwing.BBG

Siskin in Dublin garden (Photo by Paul Heneghan)



29 March 2013

Blessington Street Basin: 1 Smew (m), 1 Hooded Merganser (m), 39 Tufted Duck, 1 Heron plus several Moorhen, Coot, Mallard and Black-headed Gulls.CD

Rogerstown north hide: Ringtail Hen Harrier, 3 Red Kites, 2 Kestrels, good numbers of Buzzards & Skylark.AR&BC


28 March 2013

Broadmeadows Estuary: 7 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 13 Goldeneye.CD


Long-tailed Tit in Glasnevin Garden (Photo by Vincent Hall)



24 March 2013


Linnets in a Blanchardstown garden (Photo by Liam Kane)




19 March 2013

Goldcrest feeding on a birch tree in Clontarf garden (Photo by Dave MacPherson)




18 March 2013

Red Kite at Swords (Photo by Brian McDonnell)


Grey Wagtail at Swords (Photo by Brian McDonnell)




17 March 2013

This young Water Rail did a flash dance pass the Turvey south hide (Photo by Brian Carruthers)



Red kite & Buzzard in the snow fall over Turvey park at 9am (Photo by Brian Carruthers)


 Buzzard resting at Rogerstown north hide (Photo by Brian Carruthers)


Dublin 5:  I heard a loud thump on the kitchen window this morning and grabbed the camera. At first I thought the Sparrowhawk had hit the window but in fact it was a stunned Pigeon which he was eyeing from the wall. There followed a mighty battle followed by the ignominious demise of the aforementioned pigeon. I didnít think a sparrowhawk would take on something this big. After 15 minutes of plucking and eating, he dragged the bloody remains into the undergrowth.JG


16 March 2013

Ben Head:  A male Surf Scoter was with the Common Scoter flock off Ben Head, between Gormanston and Mosney.  Five Long-tailed Ducks were also present with the Scoter;  and 
Balbriggan:  15 Stock Dove were in a recently sown field at Bremore, Balbriggan.AK

Howth:  Fulmars, Guillemots and Kittiwakes making an awful racket early Saturday.DMacP

Guillemots (1 bridled) on cliffs at Howth (Photo by Dave MacPherson)






13 March 2013

North Bull: The breeding plumaged adult Ring-billed Gull was present again today in the South lagoon at 15:30. Also, an adult breeding plumaged Mediterranean Gull was at the Southern end of Dollymount Strand, a flock of 157 Golden Plover (many in breeding plumage) was in the South lagoon & the hybrid Carrion X Hooded Crow was at the River Santry outflow. NTK

Blackcap in Glasnevin garden (Photo by Vincent Hall)



12 March 2013

North Bull: Two Ring-billed Gulls were in the South lagoon at 15:00 (one was a breeding plumaged adult whilst the other was a non-breeding plumaged adult/near-adult type). Also present were 15 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 5 Little Egrets & a hybrid Carrion X Hooded Crow and large numbers of Common Gulls, Dunlin, Knot, Bar-tailed Godwits & Black-tailed Godwits (many in breeding plumage). Good numbers of Great Crested Grebes, Red-breasted Mergansers & Black Guillemots were seen from the wooden bridge viewing across the mouth of the Tolka Estuary/Dublin Port. NTK

Black-tailed Godwits in breeding plumage at North Bull Island (Photo by Niall T. Keogh)


Three of seven Mandarins on the Dodder river - 5 Male and 2 Female (Photo by Des Fay)



11 March 2013

Clontarf: 20 Waxwings on Kincora Drive, Clontarf.GF

Bull Island: A Common Spoonbill on the Bull Island today - in the channel south of the causeway/mudflats opposite St Anne's pond.GF &TD

 


Common Spoonbill this evening at Bull Island 
(Photo by Tom Doyle)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






Great Crested Grebe at Bull Island (Photo by Dave MacPherson)



10 March 2013

Bull Island:  A Common Spoonbill was found on North Bull Island, north of the causeway by Paul McMahon. It was present to dusk.AGK

Common Spoonbill making a rare visit at North Bull Island (Photo by Aidan G. Kelly)


At Balbriggan there were 3 Eider (2 males and a female) off the Martello tower,  in very rough seas, with the Common Scoter flock.AGK


Killester:  2 Goldcrest in the garden in Killester.MH


9 March 2013

Rogerstown: Ringtail Hen Harrier, female Sparrowhawk, male Kestrel catching a mouse, Little Grebe, Bullfinch & large flock of Reed Bunting at Partridge field.AR

Skerries: The ad. winter Bonaparte's Gull was present from the large lay-by at Barnageeragh, along the coast north of Skerries from 3.15pm until 3.50pm today, when it took off and was lost to sight heading towards Skerries. An adult Summer. Mediterranean Gull was also at Barnageeragh.AGK


8 March 2013

Sparrowhawk is not put off his sparrow-snack by curious Magpie in Clontarf garden (Photo by Tom Doyle)



6 March 2013

Santry:  Great Spotted Woodpecker heard drumming in Santry Demense this morning at 9.15 opposite the Crown-Plaza hotel.MK


5 March 2013

Ballyfermot: 12 Waxwing lunching on Cotoneaster berries in private garden on Le Fanu Road.EDoyle 


3 March 2013

Howth: 9 Purple Sandpipers on the rocks at the base of the Howth Harbour pier. A Stonechat at Balscadden Beach.GF

Purple Sandpiper at Howth Harbour pier (Photo by Ger Franck)



Sandycove: 45 Mediterranean Gulls at Sandycove at 12:00.NTK

Merrion Gates: 2 adult Ring-billed Gulls at Merrion Gates at 14:30.NTK & MS)

Ring-billed Gull at Merrion Gates (Photo by Niall T. Keogh)



2 March 2013

At Skerries south beach: an adult winter Bonaparte's Gull, found about 6pm this evening, and watched for half an hour to dark. Also 4 Eider (3m, 1f) near Colt Island, Skerries... 
At Bremore/Lowtherstown near Balbriggan area there were 2 Short-eared Owls... 
From Ben Head, Co, Meath, huge nos. of Red-throated Divers offshore, many in large groups, with 320+ counted between Mosney and Gormanston. Also a female Long-tailed Duck, pair of Scaup and a Tufted Duck in with the large Common Scoter flocks.AGK

Dipper at the River Tolka in the Botanic Gardens (Photo by Mick Kelly)


Drimnagh:  A flock of 16/17 Waxwing arrived  in Drimnagh this morning. They spent a couple of hours devouring most of the berries in two cotoneaster bushes in my garden. They were sitting on a telegraph pole, swooping down to the two bushes to eat berries and flying back to the pole. When I looked at the rest of the garden, towards rear of my house, a number of Pyrocantha bushes had been stripped of berries.AW


Female and Male Bullfinch on sunflower seed feeder in Howth garden (Photo by Bill Quinn)


Robin at the Botanic Gardens (Photo by Eugene Dolan)

 
 

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