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Old Friday 19th May 2006, 20:03   #251
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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.

I'd be very interested in coming along for this, but have no idea where mulahattin is. Directions please?
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Old Friday 19th May 2006, 22:23   #252
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I'd be very interested in coming along for this, but have no idea where mulahattin is. Directions please?
Forested area in Cooley mountains above Jenkinstown.
From North: Travel south towards Dundalk until you reach the large Ballymac roundabout (approx) 8km South of the border. Take the first left on the roundabout (signs for Carlingford and Greenore). Continue along this road for 4.5km and you will enter a 60kph speed zone. Having passed a church / soccer pitches on left / garage on right, you take the next left (small filter lane). After 150m follow the road round to the right (do not go straight) and continue to next junction. This is a staggered crossroads. Turn right the immediate left up steep hill. After 1.3km take right turn (only right turn on hill). Proceed through forest for c.300m to reach location.
From South: Travel 4km North of Dundalk to Ballymac roundabout then as above.
From Omeath: Proceed up hill at garage in the village towards Long Womans Grave. Pass through the Long Womans Grave, after which take right over bumps on road. Take first right(2km) then first left(further 1.4km), then location 300m.
From Carlingford/Greenore: Head towards Dundalk on main road. Take first right after the turn for Giles Quay. At t-junction turn left, pass sharp 90 degree bend and proceed uphill for 2.5km to location.
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Old Saturday 20th May 2006, 08:43   #253
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[quote=Derek Watters]Forested area in Cooley mountains above Jenkinstown.
From North: Travel south towards Dundalk until you reach the large Ballymac roundabout (approx) 8km South of the border. Take the first left on the roundabout (signs for Carlingford and Greenore). Continue along this road for 4.5km and you will enter a 60kph speed zone. Having passed a church / soccer pitches on left / garage on right, you take the next left (small filter lane). After 150m follow the road round to the right (do not go straight) and continue to next junction. This is a staggered crossroads. Turn right the immediate left up steep hill. After 1.3km take right turn (only right turn on hill). Proceed through forest for c.300m to reach location.


Cheers Derek.Very clear. Will do my best to get there on Monday evening.
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Old Saturday 20th May 2006, 12:11   #254
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Brilliant directions Derek - thanks!

Yesterday looking at small waders off shelling hill, i came across one like a sanderling in summer plumage, not that unusual, there have been a few around, then a dunlin loomed up behind it and i realised it was about 2/3's the size. Anyway to cut a long story short (lost the bird and spent 3 hours searching and finding (presumably) the same bird, telephone consultations with various experts etc), i conclude that it was a little stint (and not a red necked stint!) ...(boy have i got to catch up on work!)

Right now there is seaweed piled high on templetown, whitestown beaches and balaggan from the strong southerlies, if we get a bit of sun and this starts to rot the area will be well worth a visit.

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You's might all be aware already.......Just noticed yesterday while in the Marshes shopping centre that Easons sell birdwatching magazines. Some great articles in them and well worth a read.
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Biodiversity Day outing

Last night turned out to be very cold but thankfully clear, only five of us made it for the walk (I hope nobody got lost!). The evening chorus didn't really get going until about 9:30 and then we only had one blackcap and one willow warbler briefly (great song thrush though). On the way back along the path the promised woodcock showed, grunting along the path at high speed. There ware nine flyovers in all, at least two birds, maybe more. On the way back we had long-eared owlets calling, so they are back breeding this year again. No sign of gropper (gasshopper warbler).

I definately plan to return before they depart - anyone interested, let me know.

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Old Tuesday 23rd May 2006, 21:10   #257
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Last night turned out to be very cold but thankfully clear, only five of us made it for the walk (I hope nobody got lost!).
I definately plan to return before they depart - anyone interested, let me know.
I was sorry to miss your walk Breffni, but family matters took over so there was no choice there. If you do organise another one, I would hope that I could make it (fingers crossed).
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Old Wednesday 24th May 2006, 22:28   #258
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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 article in the local paper Breffni. Well Done
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Great article in the local paper Breffni. Well Done
Well done indeed Breffni, just read it online.

Any sign of that little stint since?
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Old Thursday 25th May 2006, 19:50   #261
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2 spotted flycatchers at Hermitage this morning. Along the little lane that leads to the gate.

Breffni, superb article. Well done mate.
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Great article in the local paper
thanks - though i think the Rev FX Martin (RIP), an Augustinian priest, would be a little alarmed to discover he had a 45 year old son...

I had 50+ PB Brent + 3 DB Brent on Marsh south yesterday, visible from Bellurgan across the channel. The main flock is now in Iceland preparing to cross Greenland - they are expected to depart Monday - so these birds could hardly catch up now - i wonder what they will do....try for migration and breeding or spend the summer here the way Canada geese do in america?

Next clear calm night (hopefully with some moon) i plan to check out mulahattin again - will let folks know seperately.
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Old Saturday 27th May 2006, 18:37   #263
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Well Breffni, after reading the comments re the newspaper article, I just had to get my hands on the Argus and read it myself. So I'd like to add my congratulations, excellent.

Gareth, its good to know where birding mags can be obtained, thanks. Even though the mags that I have seen are U.K. based, they also refer to Ireland so they can be relevant.

Went out today with the scope but it was so blustery that neither the scope nor I could keep still, so I gave it up as a bad job....... there's always tomorrow.
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Hi all, just reporting on what was a really quiet morning; a nice wheatear at Hermitage (photo attached). Very few gulls, mostly sub adult herring and common, but a number of gannets were feeding close to shore. At seabank there was an arctic skua pursuing a sandwich tern and eventually getting a meal out of it. Otherwise pretty quiet.
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Colourful wheatear...other stragglers include at least nine pb brent and one db brent at marsh south, still presumably arguing over wheather they should be heading east or west...
One whooper hanging around ballymac bay - i had a good look around the channels feeding ballymac bay hoping for a sandpiper but very quiet. Later looked in mounthamilton woodland. Buzzards calling loudly in the area, good variety of warblers etc - no gropper though.
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Later looked in mounthamilton woodland. Buzzards calling loudly in the area, good variety of warblers etc - no gropper though.
Where's mounthamilton wood?
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Where's mounthamilton wood?
From the train station in dundalk, exit right, continue about a half mile until you see "willow grove" on the left, drive to the end of the road (100 yards) - the woodland is mainly willow - last year the gropper was at the end near a wet field with a a lot of sedge. You can also enter from the south via a playing field (back the road a bit). This area was slated for housing but some of it might survive...

Another area in Dundalk worth a check is Balmers bog (reed warblers? water rail?), this is the low lieing marshland south of the dublin road (enter from the road behind the louth hospital (priorland?)). Balmers bog was slated for development but is now likely to be spared because it is too lowlieing.

The moon is waxing again next week so might head up to mulahattin late in the week if clear weather - the woodcock will be out less and less as we get further into june.

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The moon is waxing again next week so might head up to mulahattin late in the week if clear weather - the woodcock will be out less and less as we get further into june.
Thanks for the directions - must give it a shout this week. Also hope to make the next Mullahattin outing - should be able to get my hands on an infrared night scope which should help us locate the woodcock and L.E.O's.
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I'll certainly do my best to make Mullahattin this time, lets hope the weather holds out.

Things have been fairly quiet down this end of the county. Little terns are still hanging around Baltray in small numbers. I'm keeping a daily watch on the little egret nest, hatching should be any day now.

Must check out Mounthamilton and Balmers bog, always good to find out about new places.
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Update on the little egrets, at lunchtime there appeared to be another pair starting to nest in the same heronry.
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Update on the little egrets, at lunchtime there appeared to be another pair starting to nest in the same heronry.
these may be the most northernly nesting little egrets ever recorded...

yesterday had three seperate whitethroats, one singing from the top of a bush at the end of my garden + a small flock of tree sparrow...at the beach the starlings feasting on the rotting seaweed appear to just eat the stuff directly, a tarry doughey sort of stuff (as opposed to picking off the insects which is what i thought they were doing)...

(sorry to hear of the passing of Willie McDowell).
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There is a new sculpture/art(?) thing in Baltray on the grassy area before you enter the village. It is 3 large eggs and a stone plinth on the ground beside them with a sort of metal image of an open book showing birds eggs and some text about terns etc. (Sorry about the bad attempt at a description.) I don't know anything about it, who or where it came from.

Nice to see the importance of birds in the area being highlighted.
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There is a new sculpture/art(?) thing in Baltray on the grassy area before you enter the village. It is 3 large eggs and a stone plinth on the ground beside them with a sort of metal image of an open book showing birds eggs and some text about terns etc. (Sorry about the bad attempt at a description.) I don't know anything about it, who or where it came from.

Nice to see the importance of birds in the area being highlighted.
I wonder who erected this statue. I would suggest however that some practical assistance to the birds would be more benificial. I have visited the little tern site at Baltray and was horrified at the levels of disturbance.
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I wonder who erected this statue. I would suggest however that some practical assistance to the birds would be more benificial. I have visited the little tern site at Baltray and was horrified at the levels of disturbance.
Yes indeed Derek. They used to be protected in the past, Freddie might know some more about this?
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Yes indeed Derek. They used to be protected in the past, Freddie might know some more about this?


Sorry guys for the late reply - haven't chipped in for a few days. The colony area was protected some years ago but it only amounted to a single strand wire fence around the perimeter. There was also small posters attached along the wire and at the fence posts alerting people to the presence of the birds. To the best of my knowledge, a few dedicated volunteers manned the colony area in the evenings and at weekends, mainly to try and keep dogs away. I think, as the years went on, the number of volunteers and, unfortunately, the protection dwindled.
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