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31 March 2007
At Broad Lough, a Swallow was seeen flying north and more than 150 Common Gulls, mostly first year birds, passed through in one flock.MS 

Spot the Bird!! And what is it?

This is the Editor's attempt at photography!! However, we would welcome suggestions as to what this bird was today in a city centre location. Answers to by 15 April.LB

30 March, 2007
At Kilcoole the Garganey and Green-winged Teal were still present.A pair of Gadwall was at the Breaches as was a female Merlin. A male Tufted Duck was seen and at least ten Sand Martins were flying in the area.MS

29 March, 2007
At Dun Laoghaire, West Pier  4 Common Scoters, 4 Gannets and in the port about a dozen displaying Black Guillemots and 5 Grey Seals. In Kilcoole, 1 male Garganey, a male Green-winged Teal, one Dark-bellied Brent, 6 Red-throated Divers, 16 Whooper Swans, 600 Golden Plovers and  20 Sand Martins. Total of 63 species seen in the day. PM 
Two 1st-winter Iceland Gull at the Shanganagh outflow. Chiffchaff and a Blackcap singing on Killiney Hill, heard from the Vico Road. NK

28 March 2007
Adult Ring-billed Gull in Bray harbour this morning and 2 Sandwich Terns out to sea. Blackcap singing in Stephens Green this afternoon,  but no sign of the Iceland Gull, although there were 6 Lesser Black- backed Gulls.RV 
This evening at  Dun Laoghaire a Sandwich Tern was seen off the East Pier.KG 
The adult Kumlien's Gull was seen feeding along the shore near Blackrock DART Station in the afternoon.NK, HD. 

  Iceland Gull at the Sean O'Casey Bridge

27 March, 2007
Iceland Gull
at Sean O Casey Bridge on the Liffey today at 11.45am. 6 Black Guillemots also present. See Sean Geraty's photos above and below.SG   
Chiffchaff in song today at FitzSimons Wood, Sandyford.CMacL 
And another Chiffchaff in Howth that managed to put Heather off her putt on the 7th green!! HQ 
One Little Egret seen at the Dog Pond on the opposite side of the Main Road from Dublin Zoo.DMcC  
An evening watch at Sandymount Strand produced 1 adult and 2 1st-winter Iceland Gulls, 2-3 Sandwich Terns and good numbers of Mediterranean Gulls (especially 1st-winters). NK and NTK 
A Blackcap was singing in a Glassnevin garden. ED

Black Guilllemot on the Liffey


26 March, 2007
A male Wheatear was seen on the Shelly beach at Poolbeg. NK

Sunday 25 March, 2007
At Rogerstown today there was a Yellowhammer, 4 Greylag Geese, a Glaucous Gull and a Merlin - see Bill Quinn's photo below. BQ,HQ An Iceland Gull was seen this afternoon at the Sean O Casey Bridge on the Liffey.KG Also at Garristown a Chiffchaff was calling. JD Sandymount in the evening produced an adult summer Yellow-legged Gull showing characteristics of atlantis ("Azorean/Atlantic Yellow-legged Gull"), 2 1st-winter Iceland Gulls, a (dark) 1st-winter Glaucous Gull, an adult Ring-billed Gull and 10+ Mediterranean Gulls. NK Bar-tailed Godwit and a Knot were seen at Kilcoole together with the birds recorded present on the 24th (see Tolka trip report).  NTK and NK  
5 Buzzards on M1 Sunday. 1 at airport, 2 at Swords & 2 at Gormanstown. Also 2 Kestrels one at Balbriggan and one at Swords.AR

Merlin in Rogerstown today, Bill Quinn

Saturday 24 March, 2007
Highlight today was the Tolka Branch outing to Kilcoole!  In bright sunshine and calm conditions 25 birdwatchers saw 35 species of sea and wetland birds as well as 23 species of non-wetland birds! We will shortly post a separate trip report with the details on the trip report section of this website. Among the more unusual birds seen were a Garganey, Green-winged Teal, a 1st winter Glaucous Gull and a dark-bellied Brent Goose. OM, LB 
A (pale) 1st-winter Glaucous Gull was at Bullock Harbour. NK

At Swords today 1 ad. Little Gull and 3 Whooper Swans were present. One dark-bellied Brent on Rogerstown outer estuary.AK 
A pair of Goldfinches observed in a Lucan garden feeding on Nyger seed - see photo below. (male left, female right - red does not extent behind the eye in the female)SG

Goldfinches in Lucan, Sean Geraty 

23 March, 2007
A 1st. winter Little Gull was seen this morning on the beach north of Balbriggan and offshore.AK At Sandymount in the afternoon there was a (pale) 1st-winter Iceland Gull, 3 adult Ring-billed Gulls and 10+ Mediterranean Gulls (all 1st-years/2nd-years). NTK

22 March , 2007
Gulls in Dublin Bay at dusk are down to 5,000 now - with fewer Black-headed and more of the larger gulls. Two Iceland Gulls and a Kumlien's Gull were seen at Merrion Gates this evening.OM First winter Iceland Gull seen at the Sean O Casey bridge on the Liffey at noon today. SG At the Poolbeg there was a female Long-tailed Duck and a (pale) 1st-winter Glaucous Gull out in the bay and an adult summer plumaged Ring-billed Gull at the outflow. NK

21 March, 2007
One adult Mediterranean Gull  in Bray harbour today. On Sandymount there were 3 adult  and 1 1st year Ring-billed Gulls and over 100 Sanderlings at high tide. In Booterstown there were 2 Little Egrets. RV 
The 1st-year male Black Redstart still present on the West Pier, Dun Laoghaire. 4 Great Northern Divers were also seen in Dublin Bay from the pier. A pair of Peregrines were on the beach at low tide by the Poolbeg.NK

20 March, 2007
4 Buzzards seen today at Rathcoole off the Naas Road. An amazing sight! Watch out for  displaying raptors at this time of year.JL Having disappeared about 3 weeks ago the Rathfarnham Dippers (pair) are back again under the bridge behind Rathfarnham shopping centre yesterday and again today. RV Surprising what you can see in city parks and ponds.... an Iceland Gull was seen again in St Stephen's Green today.KG  (last reported here on 7 March).

19 March, 2007
30ish Common Scoters at Balbriggan seen from Hampton Cove Housing Estate. HQ LB

18 March, 2007
Today at Killoughter Marshes there were 2 Gadwall (a pair) and one female Hen Harrier. We are delighted to report the first Sand Martins (4 at Killoughter) notified to this website! MS Despite the miserable weather Spring has arrived...!

17 March, 2007
At Kilcoole - Newcastle one male Garganey, a singing Chiffchaff and one female Gadwall MS

16 March, 2007
One Chiffchaff calling at the Birdwatch Ireland Reserve at Blackditch. 20+ Redwings also flying about between the trees there.LB

14 March, 2007
Thanks to members of the Keogh family out birding in Newcastle- Kilcoole we have an excellent variety of sightings for today. Newcastle : 1 Blackcap singing at Newcastle Village. 3 Chiffchaffs (2 singing), a female Hen Harrier, 5 Little Egrets and 2 Ravens at Blackditch (Birdwatch Ireland reserve). At Kilcoole : 1 drake Green Winged Teal, an adult Dark-bellied Brent Goose and a Carrion Crow were in Webb's field. Good numbers of other birds including 175 Greylag Geese, c. 480 Brent Geese, 66 Whooper Swans, c.420 Golden Plover, 9 Shoveler and 53 Black-tailed Godwits also present. 1 Great Northern Diver and c.16 Red-throated Divers were offshore. NTK 
A White Wagtail was also seen in Webb's field.BH Closer to Dublin, an adult Kumliens Gull was found at Shanganagh, Shankill, Co. Dublin at 15:00 this afternoon, along with an adult and a 1st-winter Iceland Gull.Birds were present with the gull flock feeding at the sewage outflow at sea, but were also seen very well on the beach where the Shanganagh River enters the sea. 6 Mediterranean Gulls were also seen there. (NK and NTK)  
Also a Buzzard was seen over Ashtown train station, Dublin 15 this afternoon.AR







Bullock Harbour Iceland Gull. Photo, Pat Lenihan 

13 March, 2007
Female/immature type Black Redstart present about half way up the West Pier, Dun Laoghaire. The Bullock Harbour 1st winter Iceland Gull and 6 Mediterranean Gulls were with the mixed gull flock at the Shanganagh Outflow. NK

12 March, 2007
Two long-tailed Tits
at a peanut feeder in Heather's garden in Howth. Long-tailed Tits and Redpolls also frequenting a garden in Sandyford with a Blackcap present up to yesterday.CMcL 
3 Ruff still present today with Curlew in fields between Balbriggan and Gormanston (Bremore area).AK At Kilcoole-Newcastle a good mix of birds -- 66 Whoopers, over 600 Brents, Greylags, Little Egrets, Shovelers, Wigeon, Teal, Shelduck, Golden Plover and  52 Black-tailed Godwits (a lot for this site). OM

Sunday 11 March, 2007
One Black-throated Diver (rare east coat visitor and last reported to this website on 23 December 2006 by  OM) seen off the Cliff Walk, Bray Head, today at 3pm with a Red-throated Diver nearby. Also present was a Peregrine Falcon. A Harbour Porpoise also seen off the cliff-walk bends.CMcL  
At  Rogerstown this morning one Pink-footed Goose and a female Merlin. At Swords Estuary where there was a female Ruff near the motorway bridge.BG 
A  first -winter Little Gull seen loafing on a shingle bank in the river at Arklow. At Bray Harbour there was a first-winter Ring-billed Gull.OM 1st winter Iceland Gull still at Bullock Harbour. Immature male Black Redstart and Sandwich Tern at the West Pier, Dun Laoghaire Harbour. At Merrion Gates there was 5 Ring-billed Gulls (4 adults and a 2nd year), a 1st winter Iceland Gull, a 1st winter Glaucous Gull, a Sandwich Tern (presumably the West Pier bird) and c.25 Mediterranean Gulls.HD 
At the outflow out from Bray Harbour there was an adult Iceland Gull and a 2nd winter Glaucous Gull. SK

Saturday 10 March, 2007
Two Pink-footed Geese, a Dark-bellied Brent and a Spotted Redshank today at Rogerstown.( see photos of these birds in the January and February listings - links below in underlined blue) ED 
Bird numbers were down to 15,000 at Dundalk Bay. The top five species were all waders -- Knot 3410, Oystercatcher 3030, Golden Plover 2850, Redshank 1385, and Bar-tailed Godwit 1160. There were two adult Pink-footed Geese with 120 Greylags at the Lurgangreen North saltmarsh, a  female Peregrine perched on driftwood, and a pair of Buzzards in courtship flight. At Swords Estuary there were 97 Mute Swans, 310 Black-tailed Godwits, 315 Redshanks, 210 Dunlin and 112 Knot. At Portmarnock there was a tame flock of c.530 Brents, four with colour rings. Gull count  in Dublin Bay down to 4,800. A Barn Owl flew over the M11 just before the Bray turn. OM 
Meanwhile at Merrion Gates, Sandymount Strand this afternoon there was a 1st winter Iceland Gull, c.10 Mediterranean Gulls, c.15 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and a minimum of 6 Ring-billed Gulls!! (2 adult summers, 2-3 adult winters, a 2nd year and a 1st year.). A Little Egret and good numbers of Bar-tailed Godwits were also present. NOTE : The Iceland Gull here is a different bird to that present at Bullock Harbour recently. (NTK) 

9 March , 2007
An adult Yellow-legged Gull was present at Sandymount Strand in the evening. Seen from the last car park towards at the northern end of the strand. The 1st winter Iceland Gull is still present at Bulloch Harbour.


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