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Old Friday 20th April 2007, 12:36   #801
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I got a call saying that starlings had disappeared from centre of Dundalk (around Market Street) - anybody else notice a lack of starlings (and possibly feral pigeons)?

Council knows nothng about it...
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Old Friday 20th April 2007, 14:58   #802
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I noticed on the NI thread that quite a few swifts have been seen up there. Anyone seen any here yet? I haven't.

One little tern on the beach at Baltray today and quite a few sandwich terns. The tide was in and it was quite high. There were a nice lot of waders around in summer plumage including sanderlings, turnstones, dunlins, and nesting ringed plovers.

It appeared this morning that one pair of little egrets might have been attempting to nest. This would be several weeks earlier than last year. The neighbouring heron didn't seem happy with it's new neighbour and there was a lot of squabbling going on, so I wouldn't be surprised if they don't stick it out. Some of the young herons look to be fledged or almost fledged and there are plenty of large nestlings still in nests.
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Old Friday 20th April 2007, 20:09   #803
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I noticed on the NI thread that quite a few swifts have been seen up there. Anyone seen any here yet? I haven't.

One little tern on the beach at Baltray today and quite a few sandwich terns. The tide was in and it was quite high. There were a nice lot of waders around in summer plumage including sanderlings, turnstones, dunlins, and nesting ringed plovers.

It appeared this morning that one pair of little egrets might have been attempting to nest. This would be several weeks earlier than last year. The neighbouring heron didn't seem happy with it's new neighbour and there was a lot of squabbling going on, so I wouldn't be surprised if they don't stick it out. Some of the young herons look to be fledged or almost fledged and there are plenty of large nestlings still in nests.
I have not seen any swifts to date but am keeping my eyes peeled. I counted 238 Sanderling on the beach at baltray the other night also had a Common sandpiper at lurgangreen.

Keep an eye on the coast this weekend. some nice migrants starting to appear ion Cape Clear.

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Old Friday 20th April 2007, 22:20   #804
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I got a call saying that starlings had disappeared from centre of Dundalk (around Market Street) - anybody else notice a lack of starlings (and possibly feral pigeons)?

Council knows nothng about it...
That interesting, what do you think could be possible causes ? I have noticed a lack of Starlings in the garden compared to last year, but thought nothing of it.
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Old Saturday 21st April 2007, 12:05   #805
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That interesting, what do you think could be possible causes ? I have noticed a lack of Starlings in the garden compared to last year, but thought nothing of it.
Hard to say. Councils occasionally control urban feral pigeons using doped seed, they typically use a product called Alpha Chloralose - "sleepy crow", but have not done anything recently in Dundalk. Freelance poisoning is also a possibility. Flocking birds are also occasionally susceptable to various communicable diseases such as trichomonas or salmonella. I suppose its also possible that they have recently changed feeding habits away from seeds/rubbish and more towards insects/invertrebates to feed nestlings...
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Old Saturday 21st April 2007, 13:10   #806
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Guillemots at Clogherhead

Just been in Clogherhead and counted 9 Black Guillemots at the pier. 7 were on the concrete blocks at the back of the pier and 2 in the water. Enclosed photo shows one of them ringed.
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Old Sunday 22nd April 2007, 21:25   #807
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Talk in Spirit Store tomorrow (Monday night)

Peter/Breffni, is it tomorrow night you are both giving a talk in the Spirit Store in Dundalk? Is it at 8pm?
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Old Tuesday 24th April 2007, 21:15   #808
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Red legged Partridge

I had a Red legged partridge in the garden today along with 10 Tree Sparrows. Visited Cortial lake. Between 6-8 Sedge Warblers in song and one new Grasshopper Warbler which gave excellent views.
Thousands of frogs at Cortial!

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Old Tuesday 24th April 2007, 22:45   #809
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Was there much open bank space at available at Cortial? might give it a try for fishing some weekend, I heard it used to be great spot
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Old Wednesday 25th April 2007, 10:09   #810
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Good night at the Spirit Store on Monday, both Breffni and Peter's talks were excellent.

On Sunday had my first common sandpiper, whimbrels and sedge warbler (heard) of the year at Hermitage. There was a willow warbler singing too. Wheatear at Cruisetown.

Later on at Lurgangreen there were 2 pairs of gadwalls. I think Enda had some there a month or two ago too.

Numbers of black guillemots at Clogherhead seem to be down a bit in the last few days. On Monday there was one in one of the new nest holes at the end of the pier.
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Old Thursday 26th April 2007, 06:56   #811
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Was there much open bank space at available at Cortial? might give it a try for fishing some weekend, I heard it used to be great spot
Hi Gareth,

Yes there is access to the shore. Cattle have grazed right to the shore at one location. Access through the fields at the southern end of the lake.

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Old Friday 27th April 2007, 09:00   #812
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Numbers of black guillemots at Clogherhead seem to be down a bit in the last few days. On Monday there was one in one of the new nest holes at the end of the pier.
As laying time moves nearer they may be drawn into the cavities - it will be interesting to see - either way the council has again promised to spend more money next year improving the situation.

Caught up with the yellow wagtail at kilkool, and a passing whinchat last sunday. Big numbers of whimbril in, and still good numbers of white wagtails and the odd wheatear around Balaggan area, also nesting tree sparrows. The day there was fog (Tuesday?) there were a few manx shearwaters offshore. The pioneering sandmartins have now excavated at least 20 holes - most seem to be abandoned for one reason or another. It looks like 8 pairs so far. Yesterday they were gathering bits of straw and dried seaweed for nest lining:
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12 April - no sandmartins
13 April - arrival 6 nesting holes
15 April - 11 nesting holes - 12 birds
22 April - 14 nesting holes - 16+ birds
26 April - about 20 nesting holes - 13 birds counted - collecting straw/dried seaweed - 8 holes definately occupied
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Had a look for sandmartins at the Curly Hole today (part of the Boyne along the Slane Rd opposite Townley Hall). There were at least 5 there and at least 3 active nest holes. The bank they nest in changes every year when the river rises in the winter and generally the previous year's holes more or less disappear.
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Panoramic view

Here is a panoramic view of Cortial Lake.

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Old Sunday 29th April 2007, 08:58   #815
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Loads of whimbrel along Salterstown yesterday.
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Old Sunday 29th April 2007, 10:51   #816
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Saw my first swift of the year at Baltray today.

There were at least 28 little terns out there, some displaying.

Large numbers of waders, particularly sanderlings and dunlins.
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First Swifts of the year spotted over Loch Ross Co.Monaghan on Saturday
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Singing Birds

I went to Cortial lake today with the intention of trying to photograph Grasshopper Warbler. I had no luck so took some of Sedge warbler and chaffinch instead.

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ps Great news about the Little Terns!
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Old Sunday 29th April 2007, 22:04   #819
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Keenan's Pond

Visited Keenan's pond this afternoon. Saw one Common Sandpiper, 2 Whooper Swans, Mute Swans, GC Grebes, Little Grebes, Moorhen and Mallard.
Great to see the Little Terns at Baltray!!

Well done Peter to photograph the Sedge Warbler, we could hear one at Keenan's Pond, but couldn't see any.
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Male Ring Necked Duck in Mell Quarry this morning along with Tufted Ducks, Mute Swan, GC Grebe, Shelduck, Coot, Moorhen and Little Grebe.
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Black Guillemots

I went to Clogher Head today. There were 2 birds in the new holes- facing Cruisetown.

One of the Whoopers at Keenans has been there for a while and looks injured. I wonder if its mate has decided to stay as well!

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I went to Clogher Head today. There were 2 birds in the new holes- facing Cruisetown.
It will be interesting to see how things progress (must get some sort of periscope to keep an eye on things) - i guess if they succeed in not breaking the eggs and they get to hatching, the nestlings should be OK...

At Mulahattin saturday grasshopper warbler, blackcap, chiffchaff and willow warblers - also redpoll breeding in the area (i had not seen redpoll there before)...

Enda had two 1W little gulls at lurgangreen yesterday, later seen between the bridges in dundalk opposite the old dump.
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Was only a couple of feet from this wee blackbird yesterday before I noticed it, too tame for it's own good! My garden isn't doing too badly for a town garden as far as nesting goes, there are 2 pairs of blue tits, 1 pair of coal tits, a pair of robins and a pair of blackbirds in the hedges, the robins being the only ones to use a nestbox, and countless house sparrows in the roof.
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Have a similar problem with an adult Blackbird in my garden. It runs around the garden, as close as a foot or 2 to you. Seems perfectly healthy though. None of the nest boxes I put up have been used this year, there only up since January to maybe next year.
I have a hedgehog in the garden which I found the dog trying to play with one night! not bad for a town centre garden
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At Mell Quarry today I noticed a fulmar back in a crevice in the wall of the quarry. I only saw one in the time I was there but I assume it was one of the pair that was there last year. It will be interesting to see if they nest this year. I've attached an extremely poor photo, it's tricky taking photos at an angle through the railings! Couldn't find the ring necked duck today but there were plenty of other birds around including this nesting great crested grebe.
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