Sunday, 7 August 2016

August Coloured Rings

August 22nd

The answer to yesterdays question "Why hadn't I seen this bird before?" was option A. It was ringed only 66 days ago.  Just received verification from Poland.

August 21st

During this summer I am down on the number of Coloured Ringed Black Headed Gulls recorded and not for the lack of effort.  Sean has already recorded 6 individuals at the Sandymount Roost where as I had only recorded 1 - in Sean Walsh Park.  However, when following up on the Mute Swan Nesting Census I was in Bushy Park.  There were only 16 Black Headed Gulls present and I wasn't surprised to see a white Darvic as J1N4 from Norway uses this park.  I was however surprised when I realised there were 2 Black Headed Gulls with coloured rings present!  

J1N4 is from Sweden and has been coming to Ireland since it was Colour ringed 5 years ago.




TUUA is a Polish ring.  As the birds are habitual there are a number of possibilities.

A. It was recently ringed
B. It is just passing through and I will not see it again.
C. It has changed it behavior

Having been observing them for a few years I am opting for A - Recently ringed.  I have inputted the data into the Polish Web site and I will know in a few days.

August 20th Naas Ponds. National Heritage Week - Kildare.

I gave a free walk and talk on the Mute Swans of Kildare for National Heritage Week.  The weather was awful on Saturday but it picked up at 3pm.  After I had talked about the Swans and what we are learning from using coloured rings, with 6 other ringers we hand caught and ringed 11 cygnets and the remaining adult that we missed last year.
Then came the torrential rain again and we retreated for Coffee at (where else would we go) "Swans on the Green"

August 20th Bray Harbour

I was back at Bray Harbour to check on the recently Colour Ringed Swans.  They were again gathering to be fed by passers as usual.  I recorded 24 rings only 12 of which were ringed last week. There are still 30+ without coloured rings at this location and another ringing session is required.

In the photo below is CACD which was ringed in Tymon Park as a Cygnet last year and CABN which was ringed in Ballymount Park, both locations are about 20Km from Bray


August 14th

This morning we had a very successful Mute Swan Ringing session at Bray this morning with 18 more Swans added to the Coloured ring project.  

Please keep the sightings coming in mute.swan.ring"at"gmail.com

On the way home at Sandyford Industrial Estate I stopped to check for CR Mediterranean Gulls. There was only 1, 2XA5, but I also spotted a Herring Gull from The Isle of Man.  


August 13th

Sandycove yet again.  This time I was inspired by the fact that CR Sandwich Terns have been recently recorded there - no joy today.  However 61 med Gulls and 6 Coloured rings.
The photos may not be great today but the birds were 30m away.

Plenty of Sandwich Terns, Juveniles and adults but no Coloured ringed ones today.  Quite a few metal but impossible to read metals

I have included this German Mediterranean Gull AKAJ as I have seen it many times over the previous 4 years but more often 1km down the coast at Bullock Harbour

August 7th

Sandycove again on the way home from a Swan Recce.  You can never be sure what Med Gulls will be around.  Some are just passing through and only sighted once or twice a year.  Today among my new ring readings for the season was this white ring.  The ring is well over 12 years old and from Belguim.


August 6th pm


Sandycove.  Only 31 Mediterranean Gulls present.  It is great to watch the moult of individuals progress. See July 9th for another photo of RJN5!

However my bird of the afternoon was yet another new Med Gull 2XA8.  

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August 6th am

A trip to Howth Harbour to see what large Gulls are still around.  Only read 4 Coloured Rings, but great.


Great also to read a metal ring on a Great Black Backed Gull.  I hadn't seen HT85390 before but HT85358 was ringed in 2002, so it is probably a 15 year old.  I will have to wait and see what comes back from BTO.




August 3rd

In the Parks of Tallaght there is still only the one CR Black Headed Gull so far.  His dark hood has faded quickly.

August 1st


Trip to Broadmeadows to count and read Swans.  Only counted 141 which is 8 less than last time.  However I did read 32 of our coloured rings.  I need to start ringing Swans again.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

July 2016 - The Meds are back!

July 30th


At Bray today the Swan numbers were up to 50.  There was a metal ringed Swan I had not seen before, but discovered later it was only ringed last month.
At Dun Laoghaire, there were Mediterranean Gulls.  There have been 30 ringed individuals recorded in July already but I've only photographed 10 so far.

Mediterranean Gull 2X0J.  Ringed in Dublin

Mediterranean Gull AHLC Ringed in Germany

July 26th

At Sandycove there were Mediterranean Gulls and RE8T was new to me.  The schemes are so prompt at replying, that by the next morning I have the life histories.  It had been seen a couple of times in Dublin last year.
Mediterranean Gull - Ringed in France

Mediterranean Gull - From Poland
 However my bird of the day was my first Black Headed Gull of the Season.  W[27H0] was back in Sean Walsh Park from the UK.

July 22nd

My holiday in Kerry allowed me to watch birds I don't get in Dublin.  No rings to be seen again this year.


July 21st

I came across a moth that I didn't recognize.  Orange under wing.  So I took out the moth books and I am still none the wiser.  If you recognize it, please let me know!!!


July 19th

Holiday time and I was on Valentia Island in South West Ireland.  I am no expert on Gulls and this location always tries me.  There are no rings on any of the hundreds of Gulls so my time is spent often looking at the individual birds, all at different age and at various stages of moult.  Many of the Herring Gull sub Adults are so much darker than the ones I see in Dublin





Herring Gull 3rd Summer - This is what I call standard


July 16th

I have seen no coloured ringed Black Headed Gulls so far this season, so this morning I went to Howth Harbour to see what was around.  I read 11 rings in total between Great Black Backed and Herring Gulls.

Herring Gull 0LT was new to me but judging by the ring sequence, although an adult may have been ringed recently.


Herring Gull 0LV was also a first for me but again probably recently ringed

Great Black backed Gull 2AT I recorded on Irelands Eye last month. 2009

Great Black backed Gull 2EJ 2009

However this was my bird of the day.  It appeared only briefly.  Great Black Backed Gull 3HE is a 2013 bird.  It was also a first sighting for me.

Great Black backed Gull 3JU is a 2015 Great Black Backed that has appeared quite regularilly at this location.

July 10th

At Sandycove, Dun Laoghaire there was a big rowing regatta on, so all the Mediterranean Gulls had been displaced due to the crowds.  I found a few at the base of the East Pier and two were coloured ringed.  Both had been colour ringed in Dublin, but one has been observed in Portugal and the other in France.
Mediterranean Gull

Mediterranean Gull and 1st year in the background.

July 9th

A quick check at Sandycove this morning and there were 29 Mediterranean Gulls and 5 were coloured ringed. They were too far out and standing on Seaweed covered rocks to read the rings. Evertually a Great Black Backed Gull moved them and I read 4 rings.  A Med with a Red Darvic ring escaped my camera by flying out to sea.

Mediterranean Gull RJN5 from France

However bird of the day was a Mediterranean Gull 3KPT!  I had not seen this Dutch Med before.  In fact it was only seen once in Dublin before




July 6th

The number of Black Headed Gulls has shot up from 9 yesterday to 36 this lunch time, including the first juvenile of the year.  However these are probably just passing through


July 1st


The first few Black Headed Gulls have been seen in the Parks of Tallaght.  No signs of any rings yet to work out where these are from.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

June 2016 - Ireland's Eye

29th June

The Black Headed Gulls have started slowly to return to the Parks of Tallaght.  The first 2 appeared a week ago and today up to 9.  There are 5 1st years and the adults will probably be failed breeders, no rings yet to give the origons of these early arrivals.

26th June

At Bray Harbour the long staying Isle of Man Juvenile Herring Gull was still there.  I will not be long till the Adult birds and the foreign Black Headed Gulls return.


25th June

I am still waiting for Cygnets to stop hatching.  I am spending time mopping up the remaining sites. Delighted to find at Booterstown March 5 more cygnets less than a week old. This is family no 47.
The male has a metal ring, although I presume it is W27820 I didn't manage to read it and add it to the RAS totals - yet!

Cygnets following the Cob at Booterstown Marsh

12th June

Mute Swan Nesting Census - Phase 1 is coming to an end.  Currently we are looking at 45 nest have produced cygnets.  This is up on last year, probably because of extra effort put in in checking out Golf Clubs.  It must be noted that the vast majority of Golf Clubs and Green Keepers have been most obliging and many are proud of the wild life on their course which is great.

Mute Swans and Cygnets at Grand Canal Basin.
It is also great to see cygnets at Broadmeadows.  This communal nesting site is not very successful usually.

There are still 12 known nesting sites that the out come is still unknown or eagerly awaited.  Typical of this is my trip to Santry today.  The male was out preening, but the nest site is no longer visible due to vegatation on the Island, so still I do not know if they were successful or if she is still sitting on the nest!

Any observations from the follwing locations would be apprecaited.
Black Rock Park, Herbert Park, St Margarets Golf Club, Red Bog lake, Bushy Park, Fagans Pub, Cross Guns, in fact as we move into phase 2 and observation are most welcome.

Phase 2 is the survical chart.  We look at how many cygnets survive to 12 weeks.  Already some Cygnets are 8 weeks old.  This is where colour ringing on the canals and rivers will make identifying families possible.

6th June - Swan nesting update

The pair of Mute Swans at Maynooth Train Station on the canal has hatched 5 Cygnets about 2 weeks ago as has the fishing club in Maynooth Fishing Lakes, although only 4 left today.  Carton House in Maynooth had no Swans today, so that location is also closed.

4th June 2016

A trip to Ireland's Eye on a fantastic June day and what a day.  I had a plan in mind that went out the window with such mesmerizing bird life on show.  Who could not be distracted by the likes of Puffin, Guillemots, Razorbill, Gannets, Fulmars, Kittiwakes etc The list today was long.

Puffin

Bridled Guillemot 

But I had come to read rings!  And a call from Tom Kealy, who was out counting nests, said there was a CR Cormorant too far away to read.  Out with the big lens and yes, my first CR Cormorant.

CR Cormorant.

As I have been reading the rings in Howth Harbour for a few years, I wanted to see if on Irelands Eye there were Great Black Backed and Herring Gulls who never go to Howth to scavenge.  I only read 9 Coloured Ring and 1 had only been ringed earlier today.  But of the 8, 1 Great Black Backed Gull and 1 Herring Gull were new to me.  Both were were ringed in 2009.  So my bird of the day would have gone to the Great Black Backed Gull 2HK but I only photographed the ring.  So instead the Herring Gull 0AC is bird of the day.  My first sighting, but it was also the first Herring Gull that Chris Coloured ringed.
Herring Gull 0AC

Great Black Backed Gull 2AM

Great Black Backed Gull 2AT

Oystercatcher without rings!


Saturday, 28 May 2016

May 2016 - Swan Update

May 31st

Breaking news!  Sean who has been diligently checking off sites where no or limited reports have been received, not only found another nesting pair with 6 cygnets at Castleknock Golf Club, but also located two of the project coloured rings Swans that hadn't been seen since February 20th on the Grand Canal.

May 28th 2016


May is the month when the majority of hatchings happen and it has certainly been a busy month so far.  Thank you so much for your observations.

The wonderful photo below is by Michael Linehan and shows the Ploopluck Swans (who disappeared last year) on the move.  Using the tow paths to bypass the locks on the Canal they move 2Km from the nest to the Naas Canal Harbour

 Cygnets on the move! Photo by Michael Linehan


The nesting Census boundary is Dublin, North Wicklow and East Kildare.

Currently at least 33 nests hatched.  I say at least, as Broadmeadows is confusing.  It is a communal nesting site and who is who.  There are at least 2 nests hatched but possibly 4.  Two of the nests have have colour rings read on Adults.  Thank you to Tom, Sean, Vincent and Ita for reports from there.

The nesting Census now looks like this.  This couldn't be done without all the reporters  There are 33 nests confirmed hatched, but there are another 24 nest that we are awaiting an outcome.  All sightings - even cygnet numbers of nests that have already hatched are appreciated.

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1
Ashtown
Royal Canal
19/05/2016
1
Cygnet
CALH
CALI
2
Belcamp
Darndale
No report due to access
3
Blanchardstwon
IT
21/05/2016
4
Cygnets
CAJA
CAHK
4
Blessington Basin
Dublin City
Report of Swans present, No nest
5
Broadmeadows 1
Swords
15/04/2016
Pair
Nesting
CADV
?
6
Broadmeadows 2
Swords
15/04/2016
Pair
Nesting
CAPN
?
7
Broadmeadows 3
Swords
15/04/2016
8?
Cygnets
?
?
8
Broadmeadows 4
Swords
15/04/2016
3?
Cygnets
?
?
9
Broadmeadows 5
Swords
15/04/2016
Pair
Nesting
?
?
10
Castleknock Stn
Royal Canal
15/05/2016
4
Cygnets
CALJ
CALK
11
Castleknock C.C
Golf Club
Report of Swans present
12
Clongriffen Park
Fr Collins
03/05/2016
6
Cygnets
CAJC
CAJH
13
Darndale Park
Darndale
20/05/2016
Pair
Nesting
-
-
14
Dublin Zoo
Phoenix Park
Report of Swans present
15
Knock Lake
Dublin North
27/05/2016
5
Cygnets
-
-
16
Luttrelstown
Golf Course
Report of Swans present
17
Northwood Park
Santry
24/04/2016
Pair
Nesting
CAJS
Unringed
18
Peoples Garden
Phoenix Park
19/05/2016
5
Cygnets
Unringed
Unringed
19
Phibsboro
CrossGuns
22/05/2016
Pair
Nesting
CASB
CASC
20
Poppintree Park
22/04/2016
Removed

Nesting
CAPZ

21
Royal DubG.C.
Bull Island
No report
22
Skerries Mill
Dublin
21/05/2016
8
Cygnets
Unringed
Unringed
23
Star Dust Pk
Coolock
24/04/2016
Pair
Failed
CAJP
CAJN
24
Drumcondra, Tolka
Fagans Pub
22/05/2016
Pair
Nesting


25
Tolka, Fairview
Eastwall
Report of Swans present, No nest
26
Tolka Valley Park
Finglas
19/05/2016
7
Cygnets
CAJV
Unringed
27
Tone Resevoir
Dublin North
No report due to access
28
Turvey
Rogerstown
09/04/2016
Pair
Nesting
CAFV

29
Waterville Park
Blanchardstown
28/05/2016
Pair
Nesting
CALL

30
Corrstown G.C.
St Margarets
Report of Swans present
31
Malahide G.C.

20/05/2016
Pair
Nesting


32
Ballycragh
Firhouse
09/05/2016
8
Cygnets
CACI
CACJ
33
Ballymount Park
Dublin
23/05/2016
6
Cygnets
CABK
?
34
Basin
Grand Canal
03/05/2016
Pair
Nesting
Metal
Unringed
35
Blackrock Park
Booterstown
20/05/2016
Pair
Nesting
Metal
Unringed
36
Bushy Park
Rathfarnham
28/05/2016 Pair Nesting
37
Cabinteely Park
Dublin
06/04/2016
1
No Nest


38
Corkagh Park
Fiseries Lake
21/05/2016
5
Cygnets
Unringed
Unringed
39
Corkagh Park
Wildfowl lakes
03/05/2016
Pair
Nesting
Unringed
Metal
40
Grange Castle G.C.
3rd Hole
No swans present - closed
41
Hermatige G.C.
Golf Club
14/05/2016
Pair
Nesting


42
Hurbert Park
Dublin
05/05/2016
Pair
Nesting


43
Marley Park
Lower Lake
06/05/2016
Pair
Nesting


44
Parkwest
Ballyfermot
24/04/2016

Failed
CAKC
CACP
45
Sean Walsh Park 2
Tallaght
18/04/2016
5
Cygnets
Unringed
CAAH
46
Sean Walsh Park 3
Tallaght
18/04/2016
4
Cygnets
CAAI
CALB
47
Sean Walsh Park 5
Tallaght
09/05/2016
3
Cygnets
CALC
CAAB
48
St Stephens Green
Dublin
23/05/2016
Pair
Nesting


49
Tymon Park
Tymon North
23/04/2016
6
Cygnets
CAAL
CAAP
50
Tymon Park
Lime Kiln Mid
17/04/2016
4
Cygnets
CABD
CABF
51
Tymon Park
Spa Well
20/05/2016
6
Cygnets
CABI
Unringed
52
Tymon Park
Lime Kiln Top
26/05/2016
1+
Cygnets
CABA
Unringed
53
UCD Belfield
O'Reilly Lake
09/05/2016
8
Cygnets


54
UCD Belfield
New Lake
20/05/2016
2
Cygnets


55
War Memorial
Island Bridge
17/04/2016
Pair
Gone!
Unringed
Unringed
56
Ard Clough
Kildare, Canal
24/05/2016
5?
Cygnets
CALF
Unringed
57
Athgarvan Bridge
Liffey
No report
58
Carton House
Maynooth
No report
59
Dunmurray Hse
Kildare
25/04/2016
Pair
Nesting


60
Lake Side
 Newbridge
21/05/2016
5
Cygnets
CADP
CABZ
61
Lidl, NB Rd
Naas
14/04/2016
Pair
Nesting
?
?
62
Maynooth
Harbour
05/05/2016
Pair
Nesting


63
Maynooth
Fishing Lakes
05/05/2016
Pair
Nesting


64
Naas Pond 1
Naas
16/05/2016
6
Cygnets
CABS
Unringed
65
Naas Pond 3
Naas,Fair Green
20/04/2016
9
Cygnets
CABV
CALX
66
Newbridge
Golf Club
22/05/2016
6
Cygnets
CAPL
Metal
67
Newbridge
Liffey Bridge
No report
68
Ploopluck Bdge
Naas
21/05/2016
8
Cygnets
?
?
69
Punchardstown RC
Naas
20/04/2016

?


70
Confey Station
Leixlip
17/05/2016
2
Cygnets


71
Red Bog lake
Blessington
16/05/2016
Pair
Nesting


72
Celbridge House
Celbridge
Report of Swans present
73
Ballinastoe G.C.

No report
74
Blackditch ECNR
Newcastle
24/05/2016
4
Cygnets


75
Blainroe Golf Club
13th Hole Par3
Report of Swans present
76
Blessington
Demanse
05/05/2016
Pair
Gone!
Unringed
Unringed
77
Charlesland G.C.
Wicklow
04/05/2016
3
Cygnets


78
Druids Glen
Golf Club
24/05/2016
7
Cygnets


79
Druids Heath
Golf Club
Report of Swans present
80
Druids Heath G.C.
3rd Hole
Report of Swans present
81
Dun Laoghaire 
 Golf Club
Cygnets x 6
82
Glen Mill G.C.

No report
83
Kilcoole
Co Wicklow
06/05/2016
Pair
Nesting


84
Kilcoole Golf Club
3rd Hole
23/05/2016
4
Cygnets


85
Millbrook G.C.

No report
86
Powerscourt G.C.

Report of Swans present
87
Russborough H.se
Blessington
05/05/2016
Uncertain
88
Tulfarris Golf Club

No report
89
Vartry Resevoir

No report
90
Woodenbridge.
 Golf Club
No report