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Dawn Chorus at sunrise

April 27th, 2018|Categories: Dawn Chorus|Tags: , |

Blackbird: a celebrated songster (c. Oran O'Sullivan) With sunrise occurring at about 06.00 at the beginning of May, there’s a great opportunity to witness the dawn chorus, at a reasonable [...]

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Dusk Chorus woodland walk, Thursday 3rd May 2018

April 19th, 2018|Categories: News|

Join us on a dusk chorus woodland walk in Ballyteigue Woods near Rathdrum, county Wicklow.  Meet at the forestry barrier, entrance to Wheeler's Lane at 19.30, Thursday 3rd May.  This event is [...]

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Interview

April 18th, 2018|Categories: News|

Donal O’Donoghue of the RTE Guide interviews Oran O’Sullivan, co-author of Ireland’s Garden Birds and principal of Irish Garden Birds.ie   First published in 2008, Ireland’s Garden Birds has become a bible for birdwatchers and bird [...]

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Colourful Callers

April 9th, 2018|Categories: Gamebirds|Tags: |

All show (c.Oran O'Sullivan) A regular wake-up call (or song) of late, is the early morning crowing of a male Pheasant or two.  The di-syllabic notes 'not unlike clearing one's [...]

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Magnificent Murmurations

December 6th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|

Watching a low stream of about a dozen Starlings skimming in off St. Georges Channel on the south east corner of county Wexford, I wondered at the strength of purpose, the direct [...]

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Garden Bird Survey: Bully for you

November 22nd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|

Male Bullfinch: (c. Oran O'Sullivan) The Garden Bird Survey (GBS) has been running in its current format since winter 1994/1995 and it was business as usual for the top five [...]

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Cache, Carry, Shop and Save

November 4th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|

Coal Tit: Serial hoarder! (c. Oran O'Sullivan) Despite relatively benign weather, so far this winter, the nights are very cool and there is plenty of feeder activity.  The Goldfinches responded [...]

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A Murder of Crows, at dawn.

October 24th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|

                      These dark mornings mean it is no hardship to witness the dawn. In fact, the hardship is perhaps waiting for it [...]

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Birds and Berries

October 13th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|

A female Blackbird devours Haws (c . Oran O'Sullivan) Robins and Blackbirds have a common behavioural trait: In Ireland, they are both established garden dwellers.  By contrast, in Europe these [...]

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Goldcrests: mighty midgets on the move

September 27th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|

Goldcrest on the doorstep (c. Oran O'Sullivan)   One of the most interesting visitors to the garden is the diminutive Goldcrest, all 6 or 7 grams in a rotund ball, [...]

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September Song: Robins and territory.

September 11th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|

Singing Robin (c.Liam Kane) I have discovered a new alarm clock: pleasant on the ear and perfectly reliable to go off each morning, currently at about 6.00 am. The Robin is one [...]

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Swallows gather for the long haul

August 22nd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|

The Gathering: Swallows congregate after leaving the nest and prepare for the journey south (c. Richard Coombes) August usually means one or other set of weather conditions:  prolonged dry, hot [...]

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Willow or Chiff?

August 3rd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|

Chiffchaff: olive tones and black legs. (c .R.Coombes) Just a few short months ago, at the end of March, I waited for the first signs of spring, avian ones that [...]

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Rainy day strategies

July 22nd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|

Rainy days are not unheard of around these parts, though no complaints about the summer, so far. The recent heavy showers must be a little strange and a surprise for young birds [...]

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Summer Sun Bathing

July 13th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|

  Willow Warbler wing stretching (c. Oran O'Sullivan) It's not unusual for folk to indulge themselves and relax in a sunny place to soak up the suns rays, at this [...]

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Song Thrushes: Stop, Look, Listen.. Strike!

July 6th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|

Since early spring  we have got very used to the urgent tones of a few singing Song Thrushes, loud and clear from around 5 am, often starting in the pre-dawn gloom. Stop! [...]

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Starlings: orange crowned nectar hunters

June 29th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|

There's a great buzz or feeling when you think you have found something really exotic and rare, that doesn't seem to feature in any field guide. Starlings wouldn't normally fall into this [...]

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