Waxwing Dundalk 2011

Friday, 27 December 2013

Herring gull hybrid at Ballagan pt.

A interesting gull showing features of herring and lbb gull..Now considered a pos. Lbbg x Herring gull.

Monday, 16 December 2013

Sunday 15 Dec 2013

On Sunday 15 Dec 2013 three Slavonian Grebes and Hen Harrier were seen from the new hide.  Other raptors seen included 3 Buzzards,  a Peregrine, a Merlin, a Sparrowhawk and a Kestrel.  A Harbour Seal was present in the river channel at high tide.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Flamingo seen at Blackrock

A Flamingo has been reported seen out on the mud flats at Blackrock,bad news it was 2 weeks ago, no photos by 2 people non birders but one with some knowledge of birds and described the bird as  still showing some pink on its plumage .A flamingo was reported last year on the Boyne river and one seen at Lurgangreen 2008.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Red Backed Shrike in Cooley

Red backed shrike Enda Flynn
A red backed shrike was found today in birders back garden of Breffni Martin in the Cooley /Templetown area.Photo by B.M.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Spain Trip September 1/15

Sep. .2nd.
Torrmolinos reserve ,Red rumped swallow,Pallid swift,Melodious warbler,Cattle egret,Sardinian warbler,Greenfinch,Little ringed plover,Avocet,Redshank,Auduins gull,Black headed gull,Med gull,Yellow legged gull,Yellow wagtail,Woodchat strike,Mallard,Cetti warbler,Little grebe,Kingfisher,Spotless starling,Monk parakeet,Swallow,Reed warbler,Fan tailed warbler,Dunlin,House Martin.Little bittern,Black winged stilt,Booted eagle,White headed duck,Cormorant,,Greenshank,Black necked grebe,Shoveler,Turnstone,Knot.
Sep.3 rd.
Road to Granada via Motril/Ventra.

Bee eaters,Lesser Kestrel,Bonellis eagle,Coal tit,Long tailed tit,White wagtail,Azure winged magpie,Jay,

,Short toed eagle,Booted eagle,
More to follow.....
September 4th.


Monday, 26 August 2013

White winged black tern and Sabines gull at Clogher hd.

The White winged black tern was seen from cloghef hd on a sea watch from near the pier looking towards cooley point.Also seen was a adult Sabines gull and big  numbers of manx shearwaters  in 3 large flocks.The W.W.B. tern was on the cruiestown beach from about 6,30 pm at the south end in the tern flock.

Tuesday, 30 April 2013



Saturday, 30 March 2013

Redpoll news

The redpoll that was seen in my garden with a bto ring was ring as a 1year bird in 2010 in Doncaster UK.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Redpolls in my garden

A redpoll coming to my feeder had a bto ring on its right leg.I got a friend of mine whose is a ringer to come to my garden to try and catch it.We set up the net  and caught  4 redpolls but no sign of the ringed bird.I keep feeding the birds with up to 21 redpolls coming to the feeder.Today the ringed bird was on site so  I took a few  photos and after reviewing a lot of photos worked out the  ring number.It has been sent to the BTO  and await the results.

Monday, 18 March 2013

Surf Scoter at Salterstown

A Surf scoter was found on Sunday 18 march but did not stay long.It flew out into the bay maybe to join the big flock off the Cooley coast.A white wagtail was at gyles quay today with no other migrants seen.Their have been a few reports of a red kite in the Cooley mountains.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Louth G.S. Woodpeckers

A  review  of  G.S.Woodpeckers seen Co. Louth .

The first report came from the Dunleer area  August 11 2008 of possible juv. G.s.w. seen in a garden .
Then an adult female g.s.w was coming to a feeder at Dromin   a few mile west of Dunleer from August 25 to April 2009.
Next report was from Knock bridge on Oct.10  2010 where the adult female spent a short time along the river bank tree          Then on July 13  2012 a juv. G.s.w was seen in Ravensdale wood from a hide while an photographer was looking for jays.
Later in the year on August 31 at Grangebellew 2 g.s.w were reported a adult female and a juv coming to a nut feeder.
At the end of the year December 30 a ample gsw was at Ballymac woods.
Grangebellew  juv.

Drumin adult
Ravensdale juv.

Friday, 25 January 2013

Osprey reported on Boyne

Photo by p.kelly

Photo by p.kelly
An  Osprey has been reported  on the Boyne over the last week or so.Also a  adult kumliens gull was at Lurgangreen last Saturday and an adult Iceland at Cooley point today.