A single Little Egret and 2 Mediteranean Gulls were seen on Sandymount
Strand late this afternoon.
A Kingfisher was seen today in Bushy Park. Just outside the park, on the
River Dodder behind Rathfarnham shopping centre, there were 2 Dippers and 2
Grey Wagtails. Also on the River Dodder at Firhouse, a single Dipper was seen, with a pair of
Bullfinches and a nice flock of over 10 Long Tailed Tits nearby. A few
Redpoll were heard flying overhead.
A Little Egret and 3 Greenshanks were at Booterstown with a single Stock
Dove on the wires above the carpark.
Again at Rogerstown the Green Winged Teal and the Spotted Redshank were showing well. At
Swords the 1st Winter Long Tailed Duck, Iceland Gull,
Adult Little Gull and a Slavonian Grebe were seen. Also large numbers of
Ad. Dark-bellied Brent with the Brent flock in fields between
Balbriggan and Gormanston.
Carrion Crow seen from the Causeway on the Bull.
The Green Winged Teal and a Spotted Redshank were both showing well from the Birdwatch Ireland hide on the south side of the
Rogerstown estuary. An Iceland
Gull was seen in Bray harbour.
adult Ring-billed Gulls in South Dublin Bay : 2 together at thePoolbeg,
with another bird at Sandymount Strand. Noel Keogh
25 January 2007
Carrion Crow was seen today with 11 Hooded Crows on Sandymount strand, with a
Little Egret and a Kingfisher at Booterstown marsh. Just across the border into Wicklow there were 2
Adult Little Gulls in Bray Harbour.
A report of a possible Iceland Gull in Sandymount this afternoon. Pirmin Nietlisbach
Orlagh O'Farrell tells us there are 4 to 6 Little Egrets regularly at the stream in the park at Cabinteely.
January 2007 Great to see so many Tolka Branch members out today and
thanks for all these reports!
photos from Robert Vaughan
the Bull, from the Causeway looking north, one Carrion Crow
(see above), 2 Little Egrets, 2 Mergansers, 20 Grey
Plover, Pintail and Brent. Looking south from the Causeway,
the Blue-winged Teal is still there swimming with the
Swords estuary, 1 Slavonian Grebe (above left) , 50
Goldeneye and 1 Long-tailed Duck (above right). These
are scarce birds so close to Dublin so see them while you can! At
Rogerstown the Green-winged Teal found yesterday was
seen well today in the flooded field across the channel from the South
If anyone is interested in
seeing Goldfinches up close, they are often on the Driveway of
SportsLink, Santry. They seem oblivious to cars and it's possible
to drive right up and get a really close look at them! Thanks Ger!
today, 118 Greylags, 37+ Whoopers, 171 Teal, 847 Wigeon, 110 Dunlin. Good
numbers for this site . Thanks Oscar.
was a first winter
Beach (Howth) on Saturday afternoon . Seen only briefly – but there is a
good gathering of large gulls there at the moment so good chance it will
be seen again. Dermot O Mahony.
Grey Phalarope at Skerries Harbour
. Julie Roe.
Rogerstown Green-winged Teal seen from the South Hide today. Thanks
the Tolka Branch was delighted to see many new people today and
despite the brisk and bracing weather at Dun Laoghaire (West
Pier ) observed 3 Great Northern Divers, 10 Black Guillemots, 15 Great
Crested Grebes, 2 Common Scoters, flocks of Dunlin and Ringed Plover.
Continuing to Bullock Harbour there was 1 Kittiwake and 12 Mediterranean
Gulls. Further south from Dalkey Harbour out at sea there were at least
300 Guillemots and Razorbills sitting on the water and 4 Brent Geese with
the gulls on Dalkey Island.
Poolbeg at the start of the South Wall there was one Mediterranean
Gull with the Black-headed Gulls around the Outflow.
Vaughan reports that the Red-throated Pipit is still
near the dump area of Rogerstown today together with 13
Yellowhammers, 60+ Tree Sparrows,1 Buzzard, 2
Greenshanks, 5 Turnstones, 2 Bullfinches.
Swords Estuary 32 Goldeneye (very cool ducks!) were seen together with
large numbers of Brent Geese grazing in the early wheat fields
the Arklow Ponds -- Total of 50 Moorhens, 28 of them in a "flock" grazing on
32 Great Crested Grebes in a flock
at Swords Estuary sheltering from the storm!.
Redshank seen outside the hide at Rogerstown today.Photo
- Pat Lenihan
Keogh had 4 adult Little Gulls off Bullock Harbour today. Also at
the Shanganagh Outflow ( between the Killiney and Shankill Dart Stations)
there were c.10 Little Gulls (1 1st winter, the rest
adults). Large numbers of Kittiwakes out to sea all along the South Dublin
coast. This windy weather is just great for Gulls - Get out
there and see them now!
has just seen a Yellow- footed Gull..............in California. We know
you are checking dublinbirding Eric - you are missing lots of Gulls
on Ailesbury Rd, Castle Ave and the Botanic Gardens.
adult Little Gulls and 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls at the
Shanganagh outflow. Noel Keogh
One (possible) Great Northern Diver seen off
the West Pier, Howth. Thanks Gerry.
3 Little Egrets and an adult Mediterranean
Gull on the greens along the river beside Clonkeen College, Deansgrange.
15 January 2007
Lower O' Connell St. 4 Mistle Thrushes, one on song! City
centre newcomers! Thanks Joe
Brent Geese at the western end of Tolka Valley Park at Rathoath Road.
14 January 2007
At Rogerstown, same place ( see
26 December 2006 below) Red-throated Pipit seen again together with 30
Tree Sparrows, 4 Stock Doves, 2 Buzzards and 1 Yellowhammer. Thanks Gerald
At Dundalk Bay there were 38,000
waterbirds with 31 species. Spectacular! Don't miss the
opportunity to see amazing numbers of these birds along the east coast.
They will be gone in a couple of months!!! Golden Plover were most numerous (9467), followed by
Oystercatcher (7711), Dunlin (4362), Lapwing (3670), Bar-tailed Godwit (2566), Black-headed Gull (2270), Knot (1849),
Black-tailed Godwit (1400), Curlew (875).Thanks to Oscar for this
13 January 2007
Long Tailed Tits and a Goldcrest in Albert College Park, Glasnevin.
There were the usual Green Finches, Chaffinches and a Bull Finch. At the
Botanic Gardens today there was a large flocks of Redwing and
Fieldfare. Also at the Bots there was a beautiful
male Bullfinch.Thanks Ger!
Pied Wagtails roosting on the corner or Bachelors Walk and
11 January 2007
Small flock of Redpolls outside the Civic
Offices, Winetaven Street. Thanks Patricia!
10 January 2007
Tern seen again today on west pier Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Thanks
7 January 2007
30 Mediterranean Gulls and a Purple
Sandpiper at Sandycove. 2 Great Northern Divers in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, from the East
Pier. On the Bull Island, 2 Peregrine Falcons and 1
Little Egret. There was another Little Egret at Mount Argus church grounds
Kimmage. At Rogerstown the Red-throated Pipit was again
seen together with 50 Tree Sparrows and a Merlin.
- Photo- Bill Quinn
6 January 2007 - Dublin Bird Race Day
For those who dont know, the Bird Race is a
competition to see who can find the most birds in Co. Dublin in a
day. Niall Keogh has sent us a list of the rare and scarcer birds seen
we bring you an extended and exciting report for today. A
total of 120 species were seen in Dublin in one day!!
8 teams of 4 took part. The winning team which
included Niall was called the Southside Swifts with a score of 105
and a half (half being Water Rail heard at Knock Lake!).
Water Rail, Kingfisher and a Little Egret were all seen at Booterstown
1 adult Ring-billed Gull at Sandymount Strand. (3 different
adults there in
the past week.)
A Peregrine at Sean Moore Park.
Adult Roseate Tern in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, from the East Pier.
2nd winter Yellow-legged Gull at Bullock Harbour.
2 Ravens and a Fulmar were at Vico Road, Killiney.
Chiffchaff by the river at the start of the walkway behind Supervalu at
Female Brambling with c.150 Chaffinches in an estate at Cabinteely.
Treecreeper at Cabinteely Park.
2 Dippers at Brides Glen, Loughlinstown.
A Jay was seen on the M50 alongside Marley Park.
Female Blue-winged Teal, adult Ring-billed Gull and a Carrion Crow were at
the Bull island
A Common Sandpiper was at Balscadden, Howth.
Gannet and Kittiwake were seen out to sea from Howth also.
A flock of c.40 Stock Doves were found in a field on the back roads
Baldoyle and Swords.
A Ruff was at Broadmeadows and the Long-tailed Duck was in Swords
At the north side of Rogerstown there was the Red-throated
Pipit, a Lapland
a Slavonian Grebe, c.50 Tree Sparrows, Yellowhammer, Merlin and 2
A female Eider and Purple Sandpiper were at Skerries.
2 Velvet Scoter were seen off Balbriggan.
Long-tailed Tits, Kestrel, Blackcap and Redwing were all noted as being
common or widespread, whereas Redpoll was rare on the day. No Greylag
or Black Redstarts were seen.
5 January 2007
Male Blackcap on Ailesbury Road. Thanks to
4 January 2007
Grebe at Rogerstown as was the Red-throated Pipit! At Swords
15 Pochard, Red-breasted Mergansers, Goldeneye and Great-crested Grebe. On
the Bull, Carrion Crow and the Blue-winged Teal still
present. Yellow-legged Gull ( atlantis type) at Merrion gates. This bird
was also seen by Noel Keogh on 27 December 2006.
numbers of finches in Clondalkin and Howth. Thanks Heather and Anne
7 Waxwings beside the Casement
Road roundabout, North road, Finglas, D 11. after
lunch today. Big thank-you to Joe Doolan for this very special Tolka BIRD
6 Redpolls off Winetavern Street at
9.20 this morning - Patricia, thank you for this report! One male and one
female Blackcap in a Navan road garden. On the uppr Glen Road car park in
the Phoenix Park an amazing sighting of 135 Hooded Crows with no
other Corvids present.Thanks Dermot!
2 January 2007
Crow still on Bull Island
1 January 2007
One Redpoll at the
peanut feeder in Heather's garden in Howth - a first sighting there this
On the Wexford Wildfowl reserve
there were 2 Snow Geese, Pink-footed Geese, a female Gargany and a
Great Northern Diver present. Thanks Brian !
2006 – Highlights of Dublin Bird Sightings
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FIRST MONTH ON THE INTERNET!
Lorraine Benson, Eoin Bairead, Eric Dempsey, Geraldine Fisk, Kieran
Sean Hogan, Paul Kelly, Nial Keogh, Anna Lloyd, Oscar Merne, Gerard
31 December 2006
1 Peregrine Falcon on the
Central Bank, Dame Street and 2 Song Thrushes in Temple Bar.
30 December 2006
seen at Poolbeg this afternoon. At Swords this morning there were 90 Goldeneye,
1050 Golden Plover,13 Red-breasted Mergansers, 6 Pochard, 385 Lapwing
and 1580 Brent
Geese ( counted in 3 locations at Swords, the largest number 1,450 on the winter wheat field at
At dusk this evening there were 11,645 Black-headed Gulls at
Sandymount at low tide.
Slavonian Grebe seen from the north side of Rogerstown.thanks Sean .
Blackcap present all week in Harolds Cross Garden. Eoin Bairead ( sorry
Eoin - Microsoft, where are your fadas??)
26 December 2006
There is a Ruff at Swords and
the very rare Red-throated Pipit found by Paul Kelly
- a big
Christmas treat - and reported on BINS on Christmas
Eve, is still around the Rogerstown dump area today. You can see a
photograph of this bird on Paul's website www.irishbirdimages.com
The Blue-winged Teal
has returned to the Bull Island. It's quite a well-marked female with a very obvious pale facial spot. It can be seen between the
Causeway and the Wooden Bridge. Also on the Bull was a
Carrion Crow showing extremely well along the causeway and a colour-ringed
Brent Goose fitted with a satellite transmitter. This individual, called Orville, was on the grassy verge just
beyond the sea scouts building along the Bull Wall.
It has been present for two weeks. More info at http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/animals/birds/supergoose/meet/orville.shtml
Thanks to Eugene for this report and photo.
24 December 2006
seen flying overhead in Glasnevin.
Look out - they must have landed somewhere!! Dublinbirding anxiously
awaits further sightings of our BIRD!
23 December 2006
At Kilcoole today
there were 18 Red-throated, 1 Great Northern and 1 Black-throated Divers, 44 Whooper Swans, 417
Brent Geese, 650 Wigeon.
22 December 2006
4 Mediterranean Gulls and 3
Purple Sandpipers today at Sandycove. And it was a beautiful day in Dublin
21 December 2006
Barn Own was seen in Glasnevin
this evening and a Blackcap continues to be seen in a Glasnevin
In Dundalk Bay today there
were 11,765 Oystercatchers, 8,565 Golden Plover, 3,215 Lapwing,1260 Black-
tailed Godwits, 2,425 Knot, 1,070 Curlews, 975 Bar-tailed Godwits.
20 December 2006
Up to 20 Redpols were reported
on the South Quays around the Civic Offices during the week
commencing 11 December. Thanks to Patricia Price.
19 December 2006
Male and female Blackcap in Shankill
Laoghaire Harbour : No sign of the Siberian Chiffchaff at the
the West Pier - this bird was seen first on 17 December and reported on
BINS. Thanks to the Keoghs. Female Blackcap, c.15 Long-tailed Tits
and a few
Goldcrests were with the roving Tit flock in this general area. Scotsman's Bay/Sandycove
: Adult Roseate Tern still present along with 13
Mediterranean Gulls, 6 Purple Sandpipers, a Great-Northern Diver and 8
17 December 2006
6,150 Golden Plover at Swords at dusk.
Two Peregrine Falcons seen
from the causeway on Bull Island. One Peregrine Falcon on the Central Bank
in Dame Street.
16 December 2006
100+ Pied Wagtails roosting on
12 December 2006
Adult Roseate Tern on the rocks at
Sandycove today ( bird in the area since 30 Nov. 2006) Great Northern
Diver at Scotsmans Bay. Carrion Crow and Hybrid Carrion x Hooded Crow at
Sandymount Strand together with 11 Mediterranean Gulls. At Booterstown
Marsh 2 Little Egrets and 110 Black-tailed Godwits. Meanwhile at
Poolbeg 2 Great Northern Divers and a female Long-tailed Duck were seen
today. Thanks Niall et al.
A Spotted Redshank and a Ruff at
Rogerstown today. At Swords there were 9 Great Crested Grebes and a
10 December 2006
Dubs were out of town today and reported 2 Slavonian Grebes with Great
Crested Grebe and Little Grebe together on Lough Owel.
Anna et al. Hope you had a good day!
seen from causeway on the Bull Island. A Slavonian Grebe In
and Redwings reported in Sandymount gardens.
Blue-winged Teal on the Bull Island. Thanks
to Gerard Philips and Brenda for this report.
6 December 2006
Reports of Blackcaps in gardens from Howth to Shankill.
5 December 2006
17,000 Black-headed Gulls on Sandymount Strand at dusk today!
2 December 2006
Lesser Scaup with Greater Scaup, Tufted Ducks and Pochard today at a
Knock Lake ( off the M1, take Balbriggan exit)
Sparrowhawk at Albert College, Glasnevin.
2006 – Highlights of Dublin Bird Sightings
– The Lesser Scaup continues to be showing well at
November 2006 – Lesser Scaup still present at Knock Lake
– Lesser Scaup still present at Knock Lake
– A female duck, present at Knock Lake for the
previous two weeks and under suspicion as being something unusual for
several days was photographed well today and, from the shots, was
identified as Dublin’s first ever Lesser Scaup. This is a North American
species and was with the Tufted Ducks. There was also a female Scaup
present which allowed great comparisons to be made. The Lesser Scaup is
much smaller, with a narrow white border to the bill, a very pointed head
shape and showing a neat black tip to the bill.
– Swords continues to hold three Slavonian Grebes with up to 40
Great Crested Grebes also present. Also at Swords were good numbers of
Red-breasted Mergansers and a Kingfisher. At Rogerstown, a Spotted
Redshank and two Ruff were also seen. 2
Red-breasted Mergansers close to the Causeway on Bull Island. 30+
Pintail Duck and large flocks of Knot also present.
Red-throated Diver in
A dark-bellied Brent was on the outer estuary at
– A dark-bellied Brent was on the flooded field at
23 November 2006
Reports of Blackcaps in gardens in
Glasnevin and Shankill.
Two Slavonian Grebes at Swords and a female Eider off the shelter at
Skerries up to
40 Purple Sandpipers also present.
– a large owl, originally considered to be an escaped
Eagle Owl was seen well at Dalkey and re-identified as a Great Horned Owl.
The fact that the bird is so tame (seen close to people’s houses) suggests
it too is an escape. GH Owls are from North America and are usually
resident (they do not migrate very far) so the chances of this bird being
a genuinely wild bird is very remote.
November 2006 – An Eagle Owl was seen around houses at Dalkey. This
is most likely an escaped bird.
– One Slavonian Grebe is still present at Swords
November 2006 – Up to 25 Little Egrets and a Carrion Crow are on the
North Bull. A remarkable report is of a Jack Snipe seen in a garden in
Rathmines…possibly blown in by the stormy weather conditions.
18 November 2006
One Peregrine Falcon and two Grey Wagtails
at the east end of Temple Bar
At Rogerstown, a Spotted Redshank and a dark-bellied
Brent were seen with a Slavonian Grebe and a Long-tailed Duck at Swords.
November 2006 - At Rogerstown, two dark-bellied Brent were seen on
the outer estuary with a Slavonian Grebe and a Long-tailed Duck at
November 2006 – a very late Swallow was seen flying south past
Balbriggan while at Rogerstown, a Hen Harrier and three dark-bellied Brent
were seen. Three Slavonian Grebes and a Long-tailed Duck were at Swords
while on the North Bull, 67 Little Egrets were seen together. This is the
highest count yet recorded in Dublin.
November 2006 – A dark-bellied Brent was seen today at Donabate.
November 2006 – A Short-eared Owl was seen off Skerries.
2006 – Highlights of Dublin Bird Sightings
The female Hen Harrier was seen again at Rogerstown Estuary.
On the North Bull Island up to 32 Little Egrets and two Mediterranean
Gulls were present.
23 October 2006: Up to eight Mediterranean Gulls were at Sandymount.
22 October 2006:
An amazing total of 46 Little Egrets were seen on the North Bull Island.
Three Ruff, a Spotted Redshank and a hybrid Wigeon (possibly an offspring
of a male American Wigeon/female Wigeon) were at Rogerstown. A Kingfisher
also showed very well from the south hide. At Swords up to 50 Great
Crested Grebes were seen.
19 October 2006:
Two Spotted Redshanks and a Curlew Sandpiper were at Rogerstown with a
Ring Ouzel still on Howth.
Two Ring Ouzels were seen on Howth Head with a Spotted Redshank and a Hen
Harrier at Rogerstown.
A Carrion Crow was reported on the North Bull Island.
October 2006: An early Great Northern Diver was seen at Dun Laoghaire West pier
while Redwings were noted flying over several parts of south Dublin during
the night of 15th/16th
8 October 2006: The Velvet Scoter was seen again at Swords.
October 2006: The Velvet Scoter was still present with the Red-breasted Mergansers
at Swords while a Snow Bunting was on the South Wall.
October 2006: A male Velvet Scoter and a female Goosander were found with the
Red-breasted Mergansers at Swords.
1 October 2006: A Pectoral Sandpiper was reported at Rogerstown.
September 2006 – Highlights of Dublin Bird Sightings
28 September 2006:
3 Black Terns and a Little Stint at Sandymount.
26 September 2006:
3 Green Sandpipers and 6 Curlew Sandpipers were at Rogerstown. A
Kingfisher was again seen at Swords and a ‘dark-hooded’ Yellow-legged Gull
seen off Howth.
A Ruff and a Kingfisher were at Swords. In Rogerstown, 5 Curlew Sandpipers
and 4 Green Sandpipers were seen. A seawatch by Tolka Branch members
produced 1 Pomarine and 22 Arctic Skuas, 2 Leach’s Petrels, 2
Goosanders, 5 Little Gulls and a Black Tern. Seawatching off Dalkey
produced 10 Arctic, 1 Pomarine and 1 Great Skua, 2 Mediterranean and 2
Sooty Shearwaters and a Little Gull with 2 Arctic Skuas and 4 Black Terns
15 Arctic and 3 Great Skuas along with a Black Tern were seen off Bullock
A new Pectoral Sandpiper was seen on the flooded fields at Rogerstown.
3 Green Sandpipers were at Rogerstown.
3 Green Sandpipers were at Rogerstown with a Ruff at Swords.
17 September 2006: A Little Stint was at Swords.
September 2006: 31 Little Egrets, 2 Green Sandpipers and 3 Spotted
Redshanks were at Rogerstown.
14 September 2006: A Corncrake was seen at Rogerstown, with the
Pectoral Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpipers and 3 Curlew Sandpipers also seen.
A Dipper was also seen on the Tolka River, Glasnevin.
2006: At the pools at Rogerstown, a Pectoral Sandpiper was
found. Also present were 2 Spotted Redshanks, 5 Curlew Sandpipers and 2
2006: A Green Sandpiper was at Rogerstown, while 3 Black
Terns were seen off Balbriggan and 28 Little Egrets were on the North Bull
2006: A Black Tern was seen on the North Bull Island.
2006: A high count of 43 Mediterranean Gulls were at
2006: An adult Yellow-legged Gull, 19 Little Egrets and 3
Green Sandpipers were at Rogerstown with 2 Ruff at Swords.
2006: 9 Green Sandpipers and 6 Curlew Sandpipers at
Rogerstown with a Green Sandpiper also noted on the North Bull Island. A
Pomarine Skua, 10 Arctic Skuas, a Mediterranean Shearwater and a Black
Tern were also seen off Skerries.
A single Ruff was at Swords.