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Old Saturday 17th March 2007, 07:55   #726
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Sandra, How many pipes do we need?
Hard to say really, your guess would be as good as mine. I checked the Kilcoole warden's manual and they had 50. They cater for far bigger numbers of birds than us so I'd imagine that the number you have should be enough, but if we get more all the better. Anyone else have any thoughts on this?

More signs of spring around yesterday with gannets feeding off Salterstown and Hermitage, and Margaret spotted a tern off Hermitage.
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Forgot to mention there were 6 ruff at Seabank yesterday.
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The horizontal hailstones put us off the walk on the navvy bank today - thanks to everyone who showed up anyway - we could do another one on the 1st April but high tide is around noon (that is 11:50 gmt)...so maybe later on a falling tide eg 1pm or earlier on a rising tide eg 10am?

Saw a hen harrier on marsh south; later checked clogher - no progress with black guillemot holes despite promises - two winter plumage birds hanging around the harbour...
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I'd imagine that the number you have should be enough,
Margaret spotted a tern off Hermitage.
I should be able to get about the same number again so I will have about 25. If Kilcoole need about 50, I would say 20-30 should be plenty.

I would imagine in was a Sandwich Tern. There had been a few in Britain so far.A flock of 80 birds wintered in France this year.

Shame about the Black Guillemots at Clogher Head. I wonder, will thet desert the colony?
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I was on my way for lunch in Dublin with the mother in law and stopped off at Dundalk port and tide was at highest so no luck for me re Dowitcher. Stopped on the way back and no sooner had I got out of the car Peregrine dived into flock of golden plover and everything upped and away so on my third attempt no Dowitcher. Is it still there ?
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Sand Martin's at Keenan's Cross pond

Went out this afternoon. Very cold and windy. Colgher Head:There is access now to the harbour area but only a single Goldcrest in the Youth Hostel garden, no sign of any Chiffchaff yet. Very quiet at Cruisetown. I had two Sand Martins struggling into the northerly breeze over Keenan's Cross pond-my first summer migrants.

The weather looks good for later in the week for some more early migrants.

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Old Monday 19th March 2007, 21:30   #733
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Went out this afternoon. Very cold and windy. Colgher Head:There is access now to the harbour area but only a single Goldcrest in the Youth Hostel garden, no sign of any Chiffchaff yet. Very quiet at Cruisetown. I had two Sand Martins struggling into the northerly breeze over Keenan's Cross pond-my first summer migrants.

The weather looks good for later in the week for some more early migrants.

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Took a stroll down along the coast to-day and boy what a day.Not much flying-Heads down!.Came across a lone Wheatear down on Hineys beach.My first Spring migrant and beats my previous records by a whole 4 days.By far the largest and most interesting sight on view to-day was the naval ship the LE EITHNE anchored close inshore just south of Clogherhead opposite Port Oriel.Great scpoe views were available at Glaspistol on the road to Termonfeckin.
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Came across a lone Wheatear down on Hineys beach.My first Spring migrant and beats my previous records by a whole 4 days..
Welcome to the forum James. Where is Hineys beach?

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I had two Sand Martins struggling into the northerly breeze over Keenan's Cross pond-my first summer migrants.
The weather looks good for later in the week for some more early migrants.
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Well done Peter, it was so cold yesterday that I did most of my birding from the car. A grey wagtail at Dunany (spotted by Sandra) was magnificent in its vibrant yellow. The sea seemed very quiet.

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Took a stroll down along the coast to-day and boy what a day.Not much flying-Heads down!.Came across a lone Wheatear down on Hineys beach.My first Spring migrant and beats my previous records by a whole 4 days.By far the largest and most interesting sight on view to-day was the naval ship the LE EITHNE anchored close inshore just south of Clogherhead opposite Port Oriel.Great scpoe views were available at Glaspistol on the road to Termonfeckin.
Hi James, welcome to the forum, always good to have another contributor, and well done with the Wheatear.
Saw that boat all right. We first saw it on Sunday and it was conveniently anchored in view from our kitchen window, so Tommy had the scope set up but I notice that its gone this morning.
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I was on my way for lunch in Dublin with the mother in law and stopped off at Dundalk port and tide was at highest so no luck for me re Dowitcher. Stopped on the way back and no sooner had I got out of the car Peregrine dived into flock of golden plover and everything upped and away so on my third attempt no Dowitcher. Is it still there ?
Dowitcher is still there - was showing well yesterday between the bouts of hail - the best time seems to be about mid to low tide when it feeds along the edge of the river, as the tide rises it seems to go up the channel and out of sight. At high tide it can sometimes be seen on the fringes of the spartina clumps getting deep into the water.
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Hi Peter-Thanks for the welcome. Hineys beach is just South of Dunany Point.Travelling north from the Port direction before the sharp turn left which leads you up by Dunany Church and the cul-de-sac straight on that brings you down to Dunany House-Turn right ,the lane is about 400 metres long and brings you right to the beach.The beach is named after a man called Hinny Dolan now deceased.Some of his family still live on the lane.
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Hi Peter-Thanks for the welcome. Hineys beach is just South of Dunany Point.Travelling north from the Port direction before the sharp turn left which leads you up by Dunany Church and the cul-de-sac straight on that brings you down to Dunany House-Turn right ,the lane is about 400 metres long and brings you right to the beach.The beach is named after a man called Hinny Dolan now deceased.Some of his family still live on the lane.
Hi James and again welcome to our thread. I know the lane you mean, we call it Dolan's, after the same man!


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The horizontal hailstones put us off the walk on the navvy bank today - thanks to everyone who showed up anyway - we could do another one on the 1st April but high tide is around noon (that is 11:50 gmt)...so maybe later on a falling tide eg 1pm or earlier on a rising tide eg 10am?

Saw a hen harrier on marsh south; later checked clogher - no progress with black guillemot holes despite promises - two winter plumage birds hanging around the harbour...
Should be worth trying to organise that walk again, we couldn't have as bad of luck with the weather again.

I've checked Clogherhead several times over the last few weeks and have only seen one black guillemot in summer plumage on one of those visits, though of course it's not to say there aren't more around. It is a shame they couldn't have had the nest holes ready.
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Well done Peter, it was so cold yesterday that I did most of my birding from the car. A grey wagtail at Dunany (spotted by Sandra) was magnificent in its vibrant yellow. The sea seemed very quiet.


Hi James, welcome to the forum, always good to have another contributor, and well done with the Wheatear.
Saw that boat all right. We first saw it on Sunday and it was conveniently anchored in view from our kitchen window, so Tommy had the scope set up but I notice that its gone this morning.
Hi! Margaret and thanks for the welcome.Hope that ship looking in your Kitchen window did'nt spoil lunch.
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Hi! Margaret and thanks for the welcome.Hope that ship looking in your Kitchen window did'nt spoil lunch.
Birdwatch Ireland publish an annual publication, a bird report, that deals with the east coast of Ireland namely Louth, Dublin, Meath and Wicklow. While Dublin and Wicklow are well represented Louth is not, mainly because there are so few active (outside your garden) birdwatchers. I have suggested to Dick Coombes (Editor) that I would collect the sightings from the forum and send them on to him for publication. There are interested in all bird species, not just rare ones. Some rare species are well documented eg Med Gull but species like Wheatear and Spotted Flycatcher rarely get reported. It would be great if people could report all there first few dates for summer migrants or anything else that might be worth publishing. If you put it on the forum, I will forward all the records and contributors names on to Dick.

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Hi! Margaret and thanks for the welcome.Hope that ship looking in your Kitchen window did'nt spoil lunch.
I must admit that as I was 'spying' through the scope, I did wonder what they were doing and if I could see them ... then just how much could they see!!
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Birdwatch Ireland publish an annual publication, a bird report, that deals with the east coast of Ireland namely Louth, Dublin, Meath and Wicklow. While Dublin and Wicklow are well represented Louth is not, mainly because there are so few active (outside your garden) birdwatchers. I have suggested to Dick Coombes (Editor) that I would collect the sightings from the forum and send them on to him for publication. There are interested in all bird species, not just rare ones. Some rare species are well documented eg Med Gull but species like Wheatear and Spotted Flycatcher rarely get reported. It would be great if people could report all there first few dates for summer migrants or anything else that might be worth publishing. If you put it on the forum, I will forward all the records and contributors names on to Dick.

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Peter, i did a rarity review of 2006 for louth - i'll send it - i just culled the records from birdforum and notes i had taken myself. But you're right, if people would report more detail on birdforum it would make the job easier - longer term we were thinking of doing something like the recent john lovett book on cavan, which reviews cavan birding records, locations etc going back to the 18th centuary...
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Hi Peter-Thanks for the welcome. Hineys beach is just South of Dunany Point.Travelling north from the Port direction before the sharp turn left which leads you up by Dunany Church and the cul-de-sac straight on that brings you down to Dunany House-Turn right ,the lane is about 400 metres long and brings you right to the beach.The beach is named after a man called Hinny Dolan now deceased.Some of his family still live on the lane.
Hi James, I know the spot - once drove down to the beach and found on return that someone had parked in the lane and gone walking their dog...so i spent a bit more time looking at the loafing gulls than planned...
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Second pair of shovelers on Beaulieu pond today. Last year the second pair arrived on 21st March, so both pairs seem to have arrived on roughly the same dates as last year. It'll be interesting to see if they are as regular next year.

Around 500 brent geese on the Boyne at Beaulieu, numbers have been steadily rising in the last week or two.
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Black guillemots back in at Giles Quay. 18 yesterday, 21 today - 20 paired, one apparently unpaired. We managed to get proper nesting cavities in and the birds immediately took to the new cavities (holes drilled in the quay wall and lined with wavan piping.

At Clogher several holes were drilled in the concrete wall at the end of the pier facing out - unfortunately they are a bit shallow but may serve - they are not dissimilar from what the birds were using previously high on the east side of the main pier. Please let me know if anyone sees them being used, date, time, how many birds etc..to date i have seen only a single bird in thea area.
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At Lurgangreen this afternoon there were 59 pinkfooted geese, a lot of them were in the long grass and I'm sure there were more there but 59 was the highest count I got. There were over 400 greylag and around 25 white fronted. Nice number of brent too. There was a flock of tree sparrows on the lane down.
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At Lurgangreen this afternoon there were 59 pinkfooted geese, a lot of them were in the long grass and I'm sure there were more there but 59 was the highest count I got. There were over 400 greylag and around 25 white fronted. Nice number of brent too.
Didn't get as good a count of pinkfeet at Lurgangreen yesterday but heard on bins that someone counted 69. It really takes persistence to spot them through the long grass and I'd imagine that that figure could still rise. Counted 567 greylags, and spotted just one dark bellied brent.
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What a difference the hour change has made - lovely long evenings!!! Took advantage of the longer daylight and went out by Cruisetown, Hermitage and Salterstown. Tide almost in but the sea was quiet enough but plenty of Scoters and quite a few Red Throated Divers, a couple in summer plumage, looking quite magnificent, also just a few Red Breasted Mergansers.
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At Clogher several holes were drilled in the concrete wall at the end of the pier facing out - unfortunately they are a bit shallow but may serve - they are not dissimilar from what the birds were using previously high on the east side of the main pier. Please let me know if anyone sees them being used, date, time, how many birds etc..to date i have seen only a single bird in thea area.
Went out to Clogher Head at lunch time today. Very quiet, a single chiffchaff in the youth hostel garden was the highlight.

Had a look aroud the pier. No sign of any Black Guillemots. Two years ago I counted 12 birds this time of year.

Hermitage and Cruisetown quiet.

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Anybody seen any Swallows ? Haven't seen any myself yet

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