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Old Monday 5th March 2007, 09:20   #701
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2 ruffs at Seabank yesterday afternoon.
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Old Monday 5th March 2007, 09:36   #702
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2 ruffs at Seabank yesterday afternoon.

I had 4 Ruff at Castletown (beside Dundalk docks) around the same time yesterday. Not much else. I was checking the teal for the green winged, no luck,anybody seen this bird lately? Is there anything else about?
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Old Monday 5th March 2007, 10:06   #703
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I can tell you that L.C.C have all the power in their By-Laws when it comes to preventing this type of irresponsible behaviour and can add large boulders to deter 4x4 activity or erect stronger fencing. Last year Fingal did some small works on the broadmeadow estuary where people were driving over the grassed area by the shingle beach and churning up the grasses etc.
It is also an offence under the wildlife act to knowingly disturb nesting birds so use the act and their own Louth Foreshore By- Laws to force them to take action if they seem anyway hesitant. Gardai will also take action if reported.
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Old Monday 5th March 2007, 11:12   #704
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I had 4 Ruff at Castletown (beside Dundalk docks) around the same time yesterday. Not much else. I was checking the teal for the green winged, no luck,anybody seen this bird lately? Is there anything else about?
A green winged teal was seen at Lurgangreen in early January, and I think there was a recent report of one in north Co Dublin, can't remember where. Could be the same bird on the move? We had our last iwebs count of the season yesterday morning in very difficult conditions. There was very little around, they were sheltering I'd imagine. Shovelers were still present in Beaulieu pond. Had a probable argentatus herring gull at Lurgangreen in the afternoon, very few greylags there.


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I can tell you that L.C.C have all the power in their By-Laws when it comes to preventing this type of irresponsible behaviour and can add large boulders to deter 4x4 activity or erect stronger fencing.
I found out since that a removable pillar type thing was erected at the entrance to the beach at Termonfeckin some time back. Seemingly it is rarely in place so we can try to get this reinstated. There is easier access to the beach at Ganderstown (firmer sand) which is further north towards Clogherhead. If they could erect a similar type of removable pillar (allowing access for emergency services) there that might be a help, we can look into that.
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Old Monday 5th March 2007, 16:28   #705
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Might be worth considering lobbying out local TD's and councilor's. They are all more than willing to grab votes with the election looming, and all the would have to do is make provision for some fencing and some signs ??
If a letter was drafted by someone in the Little Tern group outlining briefly the project and its importance, contact details, and what is needed for this season to protect the Terns then we can all download it and hand it to our local reps or email it to them. Surely one of them would take it on ?
Just a thought though, maybe its the wrong angle to go at this time.
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Old Monday 5th March 2007, 18:31   #706
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Might be worth considering lobbying out local TD's and councilor's. They are all more than willing to grab votes with the election looming, and all the would have to do is make provision for some fencing and some signs ??
If a letter was drafted by someone in the Little Tern group outlining briefly the project and its importance, contact details, and what is needed for this season to protect the Terns then we can all download it and hand it to our local reps or email it to them. Surely one of them would take it on ?
Just a thought though, maybe its the wrong angle to go at this time.
Politicians are good for putting pressure on the council if they are being difficult - councils will tend to play very safe as a rule. If we were to really push for 24 hour wardening, caravan, electric fence etc the cost would be significant and we would have to prove that its really worth it (eg right now we have very little evidence that birds have successfully fledged young in the last 10 years). I think that if we can do the daytime thing this year and get a better handle on the numbers we may have a case for next year...notwithstanding the opportunity the election represents...so if they call at the door certainly mention it!

Very quiet birding weekend - four buzzards displaying over ravensdale the best...but i notice on surfbirds www.surfbirds.com that a white-billed diver and a white morph gyr falcon are in cornwall and since both will have to pass this way heading north very soon, keep an eye out!
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Very quiet week-end indeed. Had hoped that the winds might blow in some different and exciting birds!! Had been beefing up on the how to id a black throated diver but visibility in the morning time was very poor with the wind and rain so there could have been whales out there for all that I could see! The highlight of Sunday was the rough tide at Hermitage.
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Not forgetting the lunar eclipse on Saturday night...
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Old Tuesday 6th March 2007, 13:19   #709
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Not forgetting the lunar eclipse on Saturday night...
Nice photo Breffni - here's a red one - would have got a few more but over 120 people turned up at the Eclipse Watch I organised in Blackrock. And for once the Irish weather didn't mess things up.
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Old Thursday 8th March 2007, 09:44   #710
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Checked out Mell Quarry this morning on my way to work. There is a Ring Necked Duck there along with Tufted Ducks, also GC Grebes, Mallards, Little Grebes and Coots.
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Checked out Mell Quarry this morning on my way to work. There is a Ring Necked Duck there along with Tufted Ducks, also GC Grebes, Mallards, Little Grebes and Coots.
How'd you get in?
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Old Thursday 8th March 2007, 14:16   #712
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Checked out Mell Quarry this morning on my way to work. There is a Ring Necked Duck there along with Tufted Ducks, also GC Grebes, Mallards, Little Grebes and Coots.

Well done Margaret!

Very quite between Cruisetown and Hermitage today. Best I had was 3 Buzzard and 64 Whooper Swans 1km west of Keenan's Cross pond, feeding on winter wheat.

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How'd you get in?
Didn't get in Breffni. I stood outside along the road and could see quite well through the grids in the fence and fortunately the duck was in the area of the pond that was within my view. There is still a lot of work going on there, it must be costing a fortune!! Went down there at lunch time and the duck is still there though it was feeding so it was like 'now you see it, now you don't'.
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Very quite between Cruisetown and Hermitage today. Best I had was 3 Buzzard and 64 Whooper Swans 1km west of Keenan's Cross pond, feeding on winter wheat.
Perhaps those are the Whooper Swans that were at Salterstown some weeks ago. They had been in a field with Greylag.
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Saw the ring necked duck at lunchtime. Presuming this is the same bird, anyone know how many years this bird has been returning to Mell?
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Ring Necked Duck still showing at Mell Quarry yesterday. Quiet day out. Approx 80 Greylag Geese and quite a few Brent at Lurgangreen. Quite a few Golden Eye there as well, also Black Tailed and Bar Tailed Godwits, Golden Plover, Knot, Green and Red Shank, Dunlin, Pintail, Curlew, Widgeon, Teal, Mallard, 3 Little Egrets and what we presumed to be a Merlin, the visibility was too poor to see it clearly.
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Took a bunch of kids on an outing around Carlingford - saw fek all - little egrets the best - weather very bad for birdwatching - its amazing how thrilling people still find the little egrets...

I was thinking of planting a few drills of oats, kale, flax, linseed and the like and leave it in the ground for winter feeding, but where can i get seed in kilo type quantaties? Goldcrop only seem to have the oats...
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Took a bunch of kids on an outing around Carlingford - saw fek all - little egrets the best - weather very bad for birdwatching - its amazing how thrilling people still find the little egrets...

I was thinking of planting a few drills of oats, kale, flax, linseed and the like and leave it in the ground for winter feeding, but where can i get seed in kilo type quantaties? Goldcrop only seem to have the oats...

Don't really know who stocks those sorts of seeds Breffni. Power Seeds are wholesalers and would sell Kale as well as Cereal Seeds, perhaps they could point you in the right direction. http://www.powerseeds.ie/seeds/seeds_rootseeds_kale.asp

Strangely enough I did hear about your kids outing which was enjoyed, apparently you had great patience with your audience!!
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Had a Redpoll in my garden at the weekend, still amazed at the diversity of bird life there is in urban areas of Dundalk.
Bought the house in December and since I started feeding the birds there I have a daily visit by up to 4 Goldfinches, countless Chaffinches and Greenfinches as well as the other usual visitors.
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Took a trip out to the beach at Baltray today. The landscape has really changed there after the storms, unfortunately I don't think it will be to the benefit of the little terns. Last year the area they nested on was a raised ridge on the beach, and there was a stretch of sand between the ridge and the dunes which was where the beach naturally led you to walk. That ridge has moved back to join dunes and there is no stretch of sand, and to walk the beach up to the Boyne would now mean walking on the nesting area. I think we'll have our work cut out for us this year! There were at least 10 pairs of ringed plovers there on the nesting area.
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Took a trip out to the beach at Baltray today. I think we'll have our work cut out for us this year! There were at least 10 pairs of ringed plovers there on the nesting area.
I am up for the challange!

Got some 18 inch wavin pipes today 13 in all another 3 or 4 knocking around so I will nab them soon. Only 4 inch diameter -6 inch very scarse.

Good idea re the container at baltray. We will need somewhere to store stuff and shelter in inclement weather. Did you use tents last year, or just got wet?

Migrants are starting to arrive ( Birdtrack) so keep an eye out this weekend.

I have a pair of Collard Doves on week old chicks in the zoo and a Blackbird midway through laying her first clutch. Spring is here at last!

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I am up for the challange!
Good idea re the container at baltray. We will need somewhere to store stuff and shelter in inclement weather. Did you use tents last year, or just got wet?
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We were lucky enough with the weather last year, there were light showers but nothing too bad as I remember, which was just as well as there was no shelter at all. A container would be great all right as shelter would be needed from both the rain and the sun (not to mention the wind!).
The Ring Necked Duck is still showing at Mell Quarry this morning.
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We are organising a guided walk along the Navvy Bank Dundalk to look at the birds that forage along the riverbanks and mudflats in the area. People will be on hand to explain what species are present and to give some information on their natural history and conservation.

To join in, meet at Soldiers Point, Dundalk, at 12 noon on Sunday the 18th of March 2007. All are welcome! Children should ideally be aged 8 or over.

Please forward this message to anybody who may be interested.

See you there!

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We are organising a guided walk along the Navvy Bank Dundalk to look at the birds that forage along the riverbanks and mudflats in the area. People will be on hand to explain what species are present and to give some information on their natural history and conservation.

To join in, meet at Soldiers Point, Dundalk, at 12 noon on Sunday the 18th of March 2007. All are welcome! Children should ideally be aged 8 or over.

Please forward this message to anybody who may be interested.

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Bad timing for Sandra and myself .... Mothers Day will keep us busy until at least 1 pm. How long do you expect the walk to last?
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Got some 18 inch wavin pipes today 13 in all another 3 or 4 knocking around so I will nab them soon. Only 4 inch diameter -6 inch very scarse.
That's great about the pipes Peter, 4'' are fine.

A lot of brent geese on the Boyne the last couple of weeks. I've noticed they only really seem to be there this time of year, I imagine that it must just be a stopping off point for them to feed before they depart. There was one dark bellied among them last week.
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