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County Louth (formerly Dundalk Bay) local patch.

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Old Friday 12th May 2006, 19:09   #226
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I think this is a record for county louth?
Has anyone seen the egrets in the Ballymac area as of late. I've seen up to 5 and I believe up to 7 birds had been present in the area.
Although not the most up to date information, R.F.Ruttledge's book on Irish Birds indicates that there were 52 heronries in Leinster, the biggest being at Bellurgan Park with 20-30 pairs. Surely it's only a matter of time before one or two pairs take up residence here. Has anyone checked?
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Old Friday 12th May 2006, 23:39   #227
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By popular demand the thread title is changed to County Louth Local Patch encompassing all of County Louth from the Boyne Valley to Carlingford Lough.

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Old Saturday 13th May 2006, 10:03   #228
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Just thinking when looking at Black Guillimots at Gyles Quay. This is now one of the larger colonies in the area. Is Louth County Council aware of their presence in the quay walls?
It would be a bit late arriving down some day to find all the holes filled up!
Almost a month ago I wrote this posting. This morning I locate the following tender from Louth Co Council.

Louth County Council seeks expression of interest from competent and experienced civil engineering contractors wishing to tender for improvement and upgrading works at piers and harbours in the Cooley Peninsula area.
Work to include:
Construction of new R.C. slipway
Placement of rock armour
Pointing of masonry
Repairs to masonry steps and quay side capping stones
Interested Contractors must submit an expression of interest in writing to the undersigned at Louth County Council, County Hall, Millennium Centre, Dundalk, Co. Louth no later than Wednesday 17th May at 12.00 noon.


Either as individuals, or as a group, we must state the case on behalf of the black guillimots at Gyles Quay & Greenore. Should we let this work go ahead, together with the on-going works at Clogherhead, there will be no breeding pairs left in the county? Any ideas?

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Old Saturday 13th May 2006, 12:11   #229
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I think this is a record for county louth?
In the latest edition of Wings magazine, there is a question from a reader re Little Egrets and Niall Hatch has replied saying that they are breeding in counties Cork, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow. So this is certainly a first for Co Louth and I take it that it is the first recorded breeding north of Wicklow.
Certainly, it will be well worth watching the more northerly egrets, if they are breeding in Drogheda it would seem likely that they may also be breeding further North.

Hi Simon, nice to have another addition to this thread.
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Old Saturday 13th May 2006, 12:27   #230
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Either as individuals, or as a group, we must state the case on behalf of the black guillimots at Gyles Quay & Greenore. Should we let this work go ahead, together with the on-going works at Clogherhead, there will be no breeding pairs left in the county? Any ideas?
I believe that the works at giles quay will be sensitive to the needs of the black guillemots based on verbal assurances from the council but to express concern about this (and the other sites in County Louth at Greenore and Clogher), email [email protected].

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Old Saturday 13th May 2006, 12:53   #231
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Has anyone seen the egrets in the Ballymac area as of late. I've seen up to 5 and I believe up to 7 birds had been present in the area.
Although not the most up to date information, R.F.Ruttledge's book on Irish Birds indicates that there were 52 heronries in Leinster, the biggest being at Bellurgan Park with 20-30 pairs. Surely it's only a matter of time before one or two pairs take up residence here. Has anyone checked?
The current heronrie is on private land near ballymac bay - i checked it out last year - no little egrets nesting that i could see...might indeed be worth another look this year.
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Old Saturday 13th May 2006, 22:25   #232
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Hi there Simon, and welcome aboard. This forum is growing and it's great to know there is another pair of willing eyes out there. Recently, the members have been sharing contact information (mobile numbers etc.) so that we all know where and when something rare/scarce/interesting turns up. If you wish to do this, please use the private message facility.

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Old Sunday 14th May 2006, 09:42   #233
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We had 20 or so people at the dawn chorus outing this morning at the Park Hotel in Omeath - blackcap, willow warbler and chiffchaff all performed, as well as the usual suspects. A nice treecreeper showed on the way down. Luckily the rain stopped just as we were setting out.

Next there will be a talk at the sprit store in June, exact date to be confirmed.
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Old Monday 15th May 2006, 12:13   #234
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Either as individuals, or as a group, we must state the case on behalf of the black guillimots at Gyles Quay & Greenore. Should we let this work go ahead, together with the on-going works at Clogherhead, there will be no breeding pairs left in the county? Any ideas?
I think it would be worthwhile us contacting the County Council to find out what measures they will be taking to make sure that whoever is awarded the contract will honour their word. The more of us who contact them the better, at least they will know they are being watched. I don't know whether this is better done as a group or individuals. Bord Pleanala's report for the development of Clogherhead made no reference to black guillemots so I doubt that any effort has been made for them.

http://www.pleanala.ie/REP/EF2/REF2011.DOC

So we should probably try to find out if a similar report has been done for these works at Gyles Quay and Greenore.
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An osprey has just been reported at seabank, initially seen at salterstown.
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Old Monday 15th May 2006, 21:28   #236
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An osprey has just been reported at seabank, initially seen at salterstown.
THE OSPREYseems to have gone to roost in trees in the fields behind the marsh hopefully it will fish in the channels on the marsh in the morning.the one 2 years ago hung around at seabank for 4 days heres hoping for the same
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Old Monday 15th May 2006, 21:31   #237
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An osprey has just been reported at seabank, initially seen at salterstown.
I missed it by about 15mins - it headed over fields at Hino Garage inland - probably to roost. The last one hung around for a few days so keep the fingers crossed. Hopefully will get hungry overnight and head back to Seabank / Lurgangreen area for food. Also a chance however that it may continue its way inland and head up the interior of the country as many of them do.
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Old Monday 15th May 2006, 21:33   #238
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I wasn't trying to copy you, just typing much the same thing at the same time!
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Old Monday 15th May 2006, 21:45   #239
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I wasn't trying to copy you, just typing much the same thing at the same time!
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Old Tuesday 16th May 2006, 15:18   #240
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Spent the morning chasing the osprey, initially without luck, until a flurry of texts mid morning reporting the bird at lurgangreen - when i got there from salterstown (10 mins later) it had just flown north, finally caught up with it just north of blackrock, where it sat far out on the mudflat and after 3 minutes flew heavily out to sea (bird #161). A search of marsh south did not turn it up again but did turn up the weird albino crow (which fixed me with a disconcerting binocular stare), 20+ skylarks (an enchantment?) and a lurking peregrine before the rain started up again...

This is probably a young non-breeding wandering bird, maybe fledged from the scottish/english breeding sites, on its way back northwards after wintering in africa.

Later had a large flock of sum plum sanderling and dunlin feeding on the decaying seaweed at templetown beach (if you park there don't leave anything valuable in your car!)

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Old Tuesday 16th May 2006, 19:27   #241
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Spent the morning chasing the osprey, initially without luck)
Spent 3 hrs today chasing it myself - NO LUCK!
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Old Tuesday 16th May 2006, 21:49   #242
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I spent a lot of the afternoon/evening looking for it and no luck either. That bird certainly has given us the run around!
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Spent the evening searching for the osprey, started at Salterstown and finished up at Soldier's Point but had no luck.
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Elusive bird, given the coming rainstorm from the south, it has probably moved off...though you never know. Attached a few photos courtesy of Gerry O'Neill.

This morning again a movement of shearwaters off shelling hill - counted at least 22 + the usual array of confusing glimpses far out at sea: a shearwater with white belly and dark underwings, size of a manx; a sabines-like gull-like bird the size of a GBBG...etc
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Elusive bird, given the coming rainstorm from the south, it has probably moved off...though you never know. Attached a few photos courtesy of Gerry O'Neill.
Excellent photos Gerry. I had another look for it this morning - again no luck. I reckon it will not return. For a closer look at these great birds see http://www.rspb.org.uk/webcams/birds...rey2/index.asp

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International Biodiversity Day

Monday 22 May 2006 is international biodiversity day - i am planning to go on a sort of evening chorus walk at mulahattin between 9 and 10pm on that day - anyone interested is welcome to join. Last year about this time it was possible to have roding woodcock, long eared owls calling and grasshopper warbler, as well as warblers, jay, raven...of course nothing is guaranteed, not even the weather...(i'll be there anyway even if it is raining).

Let me know if anyone needs directions.
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Great idea Breffni, hope to see you there.
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[quote=breffni]Monday 22 May 2006 is international biodiversity day

That walk sounds good, hope to make it. If its where the crossbills were sighted then I'll find it ok.
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That walk sounds good, hope to make it. If its where the crossbills were sighted then I'll find it ok.
Same place Margaret
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3 little terns at Baltray today.
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