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Old Monday 3rd May 2010, 10:16   #26
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A good fall of grasshopper warblers has occured over the last few days in parts of the county including one 'reeling' away in a bog on my local patch and in my CBS location.

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It was nice of the weather to stay kind for the Dawn Chorus meetings in the county yesterday. However the public turn outs this year were poor in comparison to recent years. Only 4 turned out for the meeting at Rossmore Park led by myself and John Mckenna [ 25 last year ]. The meeting at the Ballybay Wetlands Centre faired slightly better but again not a good turnout despite much advertising of the events in the local paper, church bulletins and the local radio.
Saw 2 Spotted Flycatchers on my patch this afternoon. Good to see this declining species is back.

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Old Tuesday 18th May 2010, 17:38   #28
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It was nice of the weather to stay kind for the Dawn Chorus meetings in the county yesterday. However the public turn outs this year were poor in comparison to recent years. ..
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It΄s total hit-and-miss, Si. Last year I led one at Killruddery, and 27 people turned up, in howling winds and squalling rain. We had a great morning. This year I led two, one a fortnight ago on a beautiful spring morning, moon almost full, and four people turned up. On Saturday last, I did another, and 34 turned up. A lot of it has to do with word-of-mouth, other events on the day, etc.
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Old Wednesday 19th May 2010, 14:21   #29
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You're probably right Sancho. At Rossmore Park later in the day there was a big sponsored 10km run/walk event which is always popular [ not by me though ]. We in the local Birdwatch Ireland group may just change venues for next years chorus romp.

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Plenty of cuckoos about in the Knockatallon and Slieve Beagh yesterday. These remain the last county strongholds of this bird. I observed a female possibly depositing an egg in a meadow pipits nest. As it flew up from the cover of some heather it was vigourously pursued by a pipit. Also several reeling groppers and drumming snipe on Slieve Beagh. Sadly the hen harriers did not show.

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Old Monday 16th August 2010, 16:45   #31
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Plenty of chiffchaffs and willow warblers visiting my garden in the last few days. Many are probably juveniles. Some are very obliging coming up to the window sills and doorsteps. Some are quite pushy, chacing off finches, tits and swallows that rest on the ESB wires above the garden. Also getting a few blackcaps and spotted flycatchers. They are all gathering and feeding up ready for migration no doubt.

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At the nuremore hotel at the weekend the trees and hedgerows were hopping with warblers including many blackcaps - i thought i had a garden warbler there last year...
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A brambling flew over near my house this morning while I was out walking the dog. Only the second sighting of one of these birds on my patch.

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9 waxwings near Mindszenty Park, Oram Road, Castleblayney this afternoon. The birds were in a row of Poplar type trees behind a block of flats. Best viewed from the lane leading to a trading estate [near a tile shop].

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2 snipe in the garden at midday. Birds like these must be really suffering in this freezing weather. The ground is concrete hard and the temperature has not got above -10C at day time.

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Possibly the first official sighting of a red kite in the county today. One bird flew fairly low over the N2 by-pass near Castleblayney around lunchtime. Did not observe any wing tags as I was driving at the time.

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I forgot to post this, but I had 2 waxwings, 1 first winter male Scaup with 120 Tufted Duck and a Greylag Goose with a few Whoper Swans at Monalty Lough near Carrickmacross last thursday 30th December. Most of the lakes were still frozen over so no duck on most of them. I am not sure how frequent (wild) Greylag Goose is this far inand.
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Hi Peter. Greylags are not frequent on the lakes in this county but small flocks can often be seen flying over from time to time. 2 flew over my house last Tuesday. I generally see them during autumn and spring migration time or when the weather is severe.

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Shelduck

I had a male and female Shelduck fly over the Derry Road at carrickmacross this afternoon. Flying inland.
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Old Wednesday 13th April 2011, 15:22   #40
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While out doing some atlas work I had 8 reeling Grasshopper Warblers and a couple of Water Rail around Castleblaney today also 2 Sedge Warbler 4 Blackcap and about 500 Swallows/martins over the lake as well as good numbers of Willow Warblers and Chiffchaff. Its good to see so much good wetland habitiat still in good order but infilling and drainage is still continuing in some areas.
At Lough Nagarnaman ( south east of Lough Egish) I had 40 Tufted Duck and a late female Scaup and 2 Tree Sparrow here as well. No Yellowhammers yet.

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Wing tagged red kite seen just outside Monaghan town about midday.

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15 hardy souls turned out for the annual dawn chorus meeting. This year there was a change of venue. It was decided to stake out Dartry Forest between Rockorry and Cootehill. This is an excellent place with mixed mature woodland, open scrub and a large lake. Blackbirds were most dominant, but Blackcaps were singing in good numbers as were willow warblers. Highlights included a cuckoo seen flying over the lake and spotted flycatchers in a local churchyard, always good to see these. Oddly there were no song thrushes
On my local patch 2 spotted flycatchers were seen plus a reeling grasshopper warbler in a bog and a male whitethroat, rare on my patch.

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Grasshopper warbler 'reeling' away in a bog on my local patch this morning. Also sedge warblers and willow warblers still surprisingly in good song.

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I have been observing small flocks of crossbills around Monaghan town over the last week. Most seem to be at Rossmore Park where they are very vocal and one or two actually sing. Always a nice bird to see in these parts.

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Reports of a great spotted woodpecker at Dartry Forest, Rockorry today. Could be a first for the county.

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Reports of a great spotted woodpecker at Dartry Forest, Rockorry today. Could be a first for the county.

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Hi Simon,

It was seen by a good friend of mine, Jason McGuirk (fellow BirdWatch Ireland fieldworker).

He managed to get some pics of this female bird using his binoculars & Blackberry (see attached). It's in an area of woodland that Jason keeps a close eye on.

I've been told that they've already been seen at another site in Monaghan so there may be a few about the county already.

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Cheers for that Niall. The oak woods at Dartry would certainly be good habitat for them. There was an unconfirmed report of one being heard there about 2-3 years ago. Must take a look sometime.
There is believed to be a pair at a secret location on the Monaghan/Tyrone border. I cannot give any further details on this.

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Stepped out of my car at work this morning to be greeted by Brambling in some tall beech trees in the grounds of St Davnets Hospital in Monaghan town. A nice way to start the working day.

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Iceland gull at Emyvale today seen by birders Joe Shannon and John McKenna. Could be a first for the county. Has been around for a few days on farmland owned by John's father. Might take a peek there tomorrow during lunch.

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Iceland gull still at Emyvale today. Appears to be a ? 2nd winter individual. A very obliging bird in a stubble field behind farm house. Photo's can be seen on Irish Birding website.

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