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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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Cute as a Coal Tit

June 20th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|

Young Coal Tit flicks the wing, awaiting a feed. (c. Oran O''Sullivan) I have kept the peanut feeder topped up all winter, through to spring and summer.  Many folks drop [...]

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Bullfinch: a bird for all seasons

June 9th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|

One of the commoner garden visitors that has never graced my bird feeders is, the Bullfinch.  I know folk who have them feeding regularly on Sunflower Hearts, an attractive and top grade [...]

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Swifts in a hurry

May 29th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|

Built for speed (c. Oran O'Sullivan) One of our latest returning migrants is the Swift.  I always associate their screaming calls with warm summer evenings..  gathering in chasing groups, seemingly [...]

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Squabbles in Siskin City

May 19th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|

Male Siskin (c.Oran O'Sullivan)  Its quite a few years ago now since a birding  friend who moved out to Ashford, County Wicklow, referred to her garden as 'Siskin City'.  At [...]

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The Cuckoo: cheating by nature

May 6th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|

Cuckoo (c.Liam Kane) The most iconic sound of late spring is undoubtedly that of the calling Cuckoo, one of the most talked about in the countryside. Traditional letter writing to [...]

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Red Kites: Avoca’s garden birds

April 28th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|

After a two hundred year absence, Red Kites were re-introduced to Ireland 10 years ago now: young birds made the relatively short trip across the Irish Sea, this time via ferry and [...]

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Sing off at 05.30

April 21st, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|

Male Blackbird (c. Oran O'Sullivan)  With sunrise officially at about 06.10 at the moment, there’s a great opportunity to witness the dawn chorus, at a reasonable hour (from about 05.30). [...]

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First Swallows, make a Summer!

April 11th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|

When does the bird hide open? (c.OOS) How great it is to see and hear the first Swallows of the season.. I've noticed them around the village for the last [...]

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Sparrows, no butts please..

March 31st, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|

We know for quite a while now that smoking damages your health, in fact it kills. Birds such as sparrows and crows are long known to smoke bathe over chimney pots, in [...]

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First Spring Migrants

March 21st, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|

We had a light dusting of snow last night, and just 2 degrees this morning, but already there are reports of spring migrants arriving in Ireland. Chiff Chaff: a restless olive [...]

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