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   First published in 2008, Ireland’s Garden Birds has become a bible for birdwatchers and bird [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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