Sunday, 3 June 2018

June 2018

June 16th

Slowly the nesting stage for the mute Swans is coming to an end.  Broombridge Station nest has 6 cygnets.  It was 2 weeks since I last saw the nest and they look about 10 days old.



June 12th

The Tolka Valley Park nest was abandoned last time I checked and the nest record had to be classified as outcome unknown.  However Vincent found a family of Swans 500m down river and the ring on the male confirmed that the 4 cygnets are from that nest, so another success.

June 10th

I received an email from Niall last Thursday with a sighting of 8 Cygnets on the Tolka River at Annesley Bridge.  I was passing today and there are still 8.  Never found a nest on the Tolka but good to see a clutch of 8 doing well.  Both parents are un-ringed which makes me think it could be the pair that nested last year at Fagans Pub further up river.


June 9th

My local nest has finally Hatched.  As both parents only hatched in 2016 they are very very young.  So, Tymon North, 3 cygnets is now added.  Took a while to get a count as they were all on her back.




Tymon Park hatched today.  Both parents are age code 7


3rd June 2018

23.00 - Just been informed of 3 cygnets on Balcarrick Golf Club.  I will have to investigate and see if the parents can be identified

Received text that there are 7 Cygnets in Dublin Zoo, Africans Plain lake.  Great to here they were successful this again.  I will have to see if they are teh ringed pair or a different pair.

Following a report last night that the Grangecastle nest had hatched 5 Cygnets and 1 egg remaining, I went to check it out.  The last egg is abandoned and still 5 cygnets with the pen on the water.  The male is not doing it's job.  Over concerned with other Swans in the top lake, it is ignoring the Gulls and other predators near the nest.  Hopefully, she will do a great job on her own!

Grangecastle Business Park.  CAKC bringing cygnet back to the nest for a rest.
Broadmeadows.

Difficult to work out what is happening here with 4 nests in close proximity.  What I can tell is that there was a Female with 6 cygnets under the Motorway bridge.  She is un-ringed which doesn't help!

Broadmeadows - They look about 2 weeks old.

I have walked many kilometers up and down the Canal banks.  On June 2nd there were Common Bluet Damselflies in abundance on the Grand Canal.  I rarely post anything that is not avian related but here is one photo!  (Male is Blue and Female green).



Sunday, 20 May 2018

2018 Mute Swan Nesting Census - Update 31/05/2018


2018 Mute Swan Nesting Census  31/05/2018

Time for an update!  Nest reports are coming in from Wicklow and they have been added.  There are still many Golf Courses to check.  42 nests is well down on previous years.  I think the snow took it's toll.  

Stlll Swans on nests, Grangecastle due on 6th of June (I think)



Location
Date
Status
Cygs
A
B
DN
Fr Collins Park
07/05/2018
Hatched
6
CAJC
CAJH
DN
Peoples Garden
25/05/2018
Hatched
7
-
-
DN
Poppintree Park
20/05/2018
FAILED
6
CALV
CBAK
DN
Shandon Gardens
14/05/2018
Hatched
2
CASC
CASB
DN
Tolka Valley Park
26/05/2018
Unknown

CAJV

DN
Broombridge
26/05/2018
On Nest



DN
Turvey
13/05/2018
On Nest

CAFV

DN
Santry
15/05/2018
FAILED

CAJS

DN
Blessington Basin
21/05/2018
On Nest

CBFN

DS
Aviva Stadium
30/05/2018
Hatched
5
CAPC
CAVN
DS
Ballycragh Park Firhouse
14/05/2018
Hatched
6
CACJ
CACI
DS
Ballymount Park
27/05/2018
Hatched
6
CABK
CBIB
DS
Bushy Park
20/05/2018
Hatched
5
CBAH

DS
Corkagh Park
25/05/2018
Hatched
5
CBIK

DS
Grand Canal Dock
21/05/2018
FAILED


ZY4379
DS
Grand Canal, Blackhorse
22/04/2018
FAILED

CAVB
CAZL
DS
Grange Castle Bus Park
25/05/2018
On Nest

CAKC
CBIH
DS
Hurbert Park

On Nest



DS
Parkwest
14/05/2018
Hatched
7
-
-
DS
 Sean Walsh Park Lake 3
08/05/2018
Hatched
5
CBSB
CBLK
DS
Sean Walsh Park Stadium
28/05/2018
Hatched
5
CAXF
CAAH
DS
St Stephens Green

On Nest



DS
Tymon Limekiln Mid lake
26/05/2018
Hatched
5
CABD
CABF
DS
Tymon North
18/05/2018
On Nest

CAVI

DS
Tymon Spa Well
30/05/2018
Hatched
6
CABI
CAVC
DS
UCD
16/05/2018
Hatched

-
-
KE
Ardclough
19/05/2018
Hatched
6
-
CALF
KE
Carton House

On Nest



KE
Naas Harbour
20/05/2018
FAILED

CACN
?
KE
Naas Millennium Bus. Park

On Nest



KE
Naas Ponds – Middle lake
20/05/2018
Hatched
4
CBPD
CBXT
KE
Naas Ponds Fair Green

Hatched
8
CABV
CALX
KE
Maynooth Harbour
25/05/2018
Hatched
8


KE
Newbridge Golf Club

FAILED
0
CAPL

KE
Newbridge Lake side
15/05/2018
Hatched
8
CADP
CABZ
KE
National Stud
20/05/2018
On Nest

CAIK
CAIJ
WW
Druids Glen
29/05/2018
On Nest



WW
Kilcoole/Leamore Strand
29/05/2018
Hatched
5
?
-
WW
Kilcoole Breaches
29/05/2018
Hatched
2


WW
Kilcoole Breaches
29/05/2018
Hatched



WW
ECNR
24/05/2018
Hatched
7


WW
Blessington/Kilbride
26/05/2018
On Nest











30/05/2018
Last nest checked tonight was the one beside the Aviva Stadium.  5 Cygnets are all hatched.  Female still on nest with young under wings for protection.  The male was ringed as a Juvenile (5) at Naas Ponds in 2015.




30/05/2018
Nest Tymon Park Spawell has hatched.  Apparently it was earlier in the week. 6 cygnets



Sean Walsh Park, Stadium Lake today



28/05/2018
Sean Walsh Park Stadium nest hatched over the weekend.  5 Cygnets today.

28/05/2018.  Bushy Park last week was unusual.  There were 5 cygnets on the lake with the Cob.  The female was still on the nest.  Just received report from Mary F that there are 9 cygnets on the lake.  First clutch of 9 this year.

27/05/2018 Ballymount Park - Hatched 6 Cygnets.  Apparently they were hatched on 23/05/2018, some one showed me a photo!

26/05/2018 - Tymon Park Limekiln is hatched.  5 Cygnets present.

26/05/2018 - Received news last night that the Peoples Garden nest in the Phoenix Park has hatched - thank you Julia for the news of 7 Cygnets
The nest in Poppintree will still be classed as failed, but the eggs did hatch.  Not sure what happened to them but here is the Newspaper Cutting - Thanks Vincent


25/05/2018 - Corkagh Park - Hatched
25/05/2018 - Maynooth Harbour - 8 Cygnets - Not even on the nest list!
Having investigated the Naas Canal Basin further, the status has changed from Success to failure.  The pair beside the nest with 1 cygnet is not the pair from the nest.  The pair which nested there have no cygnets


The following is the list of the Mute Swan Nests this year that are being observed.
DN - Dublin North, DS = Dublin South and KE = Kildare

There the Swans are colour ringed, the codes are in Yellow.  The date is the last record in my diary.
Currently the BTO nest recording site is temporarily closed, I will update over the coming days when I have cross referenced a few dates and Tags.



Location
Date
Status
Cygnets
A
B
DN
Fr Collins Park
07/05/2018
Hatched
6
CAJC
CAJH
DN
Peoples Garden
26/05/2018
Hatched
7
-
-
DN
Poppintree Park
20/05/2018
FAILED
Gone?
CALV
CBAK
DN
Shandon Gardens
14/05/2018
Hatched
2
CASC
CASB
DN
Tolka Valley Park

FAILED

CAJV

DN
Turvey

On Nest

CAFV

DN
Santry

FAILED

CAJS

DN
Blessington Basin
26/05/2018
On Nest



DS
Aviva Stadium

On Nest

CAPC

DS
Ballycragh Park Firhouse
14/05/2018
Hatched
6
CACJ
CACI
DS
Ballymount Park
27/05/2018
Hatched
6
CABK
CBIB
DS
Bushy Park
20/05/2018
Hatched
5
CBAH

DS
Corkagh Park
25/05/2018
Hatched
5
CBIK

DS
Grand Canal Dock
19/05/2018
FAILED


ZY4379
DS
Grand Canal, Blackhorse
22/04/2018
FAILED

CAVB
CAZL
DS
Grange Castle Bus Park
19/05/2018
On Nest

CAKC
CBIH
DS
Hurbert Park

On Nest



DS
Parkwest

Hatched
7
-
-
DS
 Sean Walsh Park Lake 3
08/05/2018
Hatched
5
CBSB
CBLK
DS
Sean Walsh Park Stadium
18/05/2018
On Nest

CAXF
CAAH
DS
St Stephens Green

On Nest



DS
Tymon Limekiln Mid lake
26/05/2018
Hatched
CABD
CABF
DS
Tymon North
18/05/2018
On Nest

CAVI

DS
UCD

Hatched

-
-
KE
Ardclough
19/05/2018
Hatched
6
-
CALF
KE
Carton House

On Nest



KE
Naas Harbour

FAILED

CACN
?
KE
Naas Millennium Bus. Park

On Nest



KE
Naas Ponds – Middle lake
20/05/2018
On Nest

CBPD
CBXT
KE
Naas Ponds Fair Green

Hatched
8
CABV
CALX
KE
Newbridge Golf Club

FAILED

CAPL

KE
Newbridge Lake side
15/05/2018
Hatched
8
CADP
CABZ