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

   Harry Bailey, Brian Carruthers, James Cavanagh, Ciaran Dunne, Jame English, Ger Franck, Andy Friel, Liam Kane, 
Edd Kealy, Dermot McCabe, Cian Merne, Jane O'Hare, Bill Quinn  

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29 November 2013

Dun Laoghaire:  1 Snow Bunting on the East Pier this afternoon.JC

Snow Bunting at East pier Dun Laoghaire (Photo by James Cavanagh)



27 November 2013

Monkstown:  We had a flock of Waxwings in Belgrave Square, Monkstown today.  I heard their chatter and recognised it before I saw them!  A flock visited here at this time last year also. Sorry I have no pictures they were sitting on top of a Lime tree and flying over and back to various bushes with berries.JO'H


Bull Island:  3 Long-tailed Ducks (Sutton Creek Area), 3 Gadwall (River Santry Outflow).EK

Long-tailed Duck (eclipse plumage) at Bull Island (Photo by Edd Kealy)



23 November 2013

Dunlin at Bull Island (Photo by Cian Merne)


Stonechat (m) at Bull Island (Photo by Cian Merne)



Phoenix Park: While walking our 'Mutt' in the phoenix park Dublin, from 7-45am to 11am sightings where - Corvids; Magpies; Woodpigeons; Collared Doves; a Sparrowhawk (fm) chasing Starlings; a Raven calling close to the army stables while I was looking for the elusive Woodpecker (no luck there);  a small flock of Fieldfares raiding a Mistle Thrush's berry stock, what a racket the thrush was making while defending; a Robin trying the same with a large flock of Redwings; Blackcaps, Blackbirds, Thrushes, Wrens, Blue+Great+Coal tits, Goldcrest, and a single Treecreeper in around Ashtown Castle. While our dog was running ahead, he flushed up 3 Jays on the ground collecting nuts the squirrels had hid.BC

Redwing at Phoenix Park (Photo by Brian Carruthers)



22 November 2013


Bull Island:  20 pair of Shoveler among lots of birds including Pintail, Teal, Wigeon, Shelduck, and many hundreds of Brent Geese on the Bull Island today.LK

Shoveler (f&m) at North Bull Island (Photo by Liam Kane)


Little Egret at North Bull Island (Photo by Harry Bailey)


Pintail (m) with Brent Goose at North Bull Island (Photo by Harry Bailey)



21 November 2013

Broadmeadows: >1000 Golden Plover, >300 Lapwing, >40 Teal, plus 3 Greenshank.CD

Malahide Estuary:  >20 Great-crested Grebe, 13 Red-breasted Merganser and 35 Goldeneye.CD

Broadmeadows;  1 male Pintail round the corner from Malahide Yacht Club; 1 Whooper Swan under the M1 overpass and large flock of Golden Plover at same place.
Rogerstown:  1 male Brambling same place as where they were found last year; 
Turvey:  2 Buzzards Turvey.LK


20 November 2013

Bull Island: Third day & third time lucky, with some great help from John Fields, we captured some nice shots this year of 5 Snow Buntings on the strand, between the Wooden bridge south beach car park and the first blue info sign 500m down. For the pass two days all we seen was a Merlin hunting.BC

Snow Bunting at Bull Island south (Photo by Brian Carruthers)



16 November 2013

Rogerstown: A Buzzard acting the 'Kestrel' over a Sparrowhawk A fab sighting of the Merlin preening on the fence the very secretive Water Rail a flight of Greylags with the Canada goose keeping company again And Rogerstown/Turvey Parks first proof shot of the Otter outside the hide (including this just to let all know to keep an eye out for it).BC

Flight of Greylag Geese with the Canada goose keeping company at Rogerstown (Photo by Brian Carruthers)


Merlin at Rogerstown (Photo by Brian Carruthers)


Rogerstown/Turvey Parks first proof shot of the Otter outside the hide 
(including this just to let all know to keep an eye out for it)                                      Water Rail at Rogerstown (Photos by Brian Carruthers)

                      


15 November 2013

Bull Island:    A pair of Gadwall seen today at the Santry River outflow ( just north of the causeway).  Along with the many returning Pale-bellied Brent Geese, other geographical races of the species have also turned up, with 3 Dark-bellied and single Grey-bellied and Black Brant being recorded in recent days. A 1st Winter male Eider is an unusual visitor, and at present can be seen from the north Bull Wall.GF

Gadwall (m) at Bull Island (Photo by Ger Franck)



14 November 2013

Bull Island:  1 Eider (imm. male) feeding just off rocks at tip of Bull Wall. Also noted were 2 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Stonechats and 120 Sanderling feeding along the beach. 5 Little Grebe present on island side of wooden bridge at high tide.CD


13 November 2013

Bull Island: Busy day down the Bull Island today, with 3 Snow Buntings, an Eider, 1 Ring-billed Gull and Black Brant and Grey-bellied Brent Goose. Also 1 Raven and 30 Sanderling. EK

Black Brant at Bull Island (Photo by Edd Kealy)



Sanderling at Bull Island (Photo by Edd Kealy)




11 November 2013

Kestrel posing along the Dart line (Photo by James Cavanagh)




10 November 2013

Rogerstown Estuary/Turvey Park:   Today I went back to Rogerstown & Turvey looking for the Canada Goose and was not disappointed.  It arrived at noon with a large flock (32) of Greylag Geese and stayed for the next 2 hours feeding in the channel 150m from the south hide. The day itself started of well with a mixed flock (80) of mainly Goldfinch, Linnet, Chaffinch, Yellowhammer & Redpoll, feeding on fallen seeds,  After been in the hide for an hour, Niall Griffin & myself spotted 14 Bullfinch gorging on berries outside, the most Bullfinches either of us have ever seen together - when trying to take a photo, they scattered. Other birds that made our day where . . .2 Buzzards, 2 Kestrels, 1200 Golden Plovers, 500 Lapwing, 250 Dunlin, Wigeon, Teal, Black-tailed Godwits, Little Egrets, Little Grebes, Shovelers, Mallards, Greenshank, Redshank, Grey Plovers, Sanderling, Brent Geese, Long-tailed Tits.BC

Canada Goose (with his back to us looking right) amongst the Greylag and Brent Geese at Rogerstown (Photo by Brian Carruthers)


Redpoll and Yellowhammer at Rogerstown (Photos by Brian Carruthers)



9 November 2013

Rogerstown Village Harbour:  1 Canada Goose with a flock of Brent Geese.BC
Turvey (South Hide): 1 Red Kite;  2 Kestrels; 2 Buzzards; 2 Sparrowhawks;  12 Greylag Geese.  A large mixed flock of Linnets, Chaffinches, Yellowhammers & Redpolls feeding along the "Partridge" field fence line.BC&JE


8 November 2013

Sparrowhawk over Rogerstown (Photo by Harry Bailey)


North Bull Island: 
large pockets of Brent Geese today and good scattering of Pintail and Shelduck.AF

Brent Geese at North Bull Island (Photo by Andy Friel)



Blessington Basin: 44 Tufted Duck; 1 Smew (m); 1 Hooded Merganser (m), 3 Wood Duck, 1 Mandarin Duck;  plus several Mallard, Coot, Moorhen and Black-headed Gulls present. CD

Guillemot at Howth (Photo by Bill Quinn)
 



7 November 2013

Howth:  I photographed the 1st year Shag on 7th November. Unusually it was standing at the end of the boat slip between the Yacht Club and the start of the East Pier. The pale tips to the upperwing-coverts are clearly visible. You can't really see them when it is swimming.BQ



North Bull Island:  sighted 60 Pintail; 150 Shelduck; 500 Brent Geese; all 1 hour before high water on Causeway close to the Interpretative centre.LK

Pintail at North Bull Island (one female) (Photo by Liam Kane)



6 November 2013

Phoenix Park: 14 Mandarin and two Wood Ducks at Quarry Lake, Phoenix Park this pm.DMcCabe


2 November 2013

Dollymount Strand: 1 Grey Phalarope on Dollymount Strand today, among a mixed flock of approx 200 Sanderlings and Dunlins.CM 


1 November 2013

Howth Harbour:  I saw Shag and the 2 Little Grebes in Howth Harbour this morning.BQ

Little Grebes at Howth (Photo by Bill Quinn)



Shag at Howth (Photo by Bill Quinn)


 
 

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