The Birds

Posted in Life on April 5th, 2020 by steve

“One of the far from unpleasant side-effects of the lockdown here in Maynooth is that you notice the birds much more. For one thing the marked decrease in traffic means that birdsong a lot more audible, which is very pleasant; for another, some otherwise rather shy species are to be seen out and about …” (more)

[In the Dark, 5 April]

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Birds of Play

Posted in Life on June 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“As if it weren’t enough to have a celebrity cat, Maynooth University now also has a celebrity bird. Or birds. I’m not absolutely sure that it’s the same Jackdaw that is a frequent visitor to offices on the South Campus, as they are so many around, but here are a few pictures …” (more)

[In the Dark, 23 June]

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Mandarin ducks, UCD lake

Posted in Life on February 14th, 2012 by steve

“Des saw 2 Mandarins swimming out in the middle of the lake!! Typically I chose this lunchtime to work through, but when I saw his email, I looked at my work, thought sod that and pulled on my jacket. Didn’t see any Mandarins swimming around in the open by the time I got over, but a closer look on the little island where the swans always nest gave a glimpse of a male mandarin’s head! …” (more, video)

[Drimnagh Birdwatch, 14 February]

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Water rail, UCD, Dublin

Posted in Life on January 20th, 2012 by steve

“Exactly a year ago today (19 Jan) I spotted a Water rail in UCD down by the ‘secret lakes’, it was a great find but was to be my only sighting for the whole year, though Billy did see it again a couple of days later. This winter I scanned the area again …” (more, pictures)

[Drimnagh Birdwatch, 19 January]

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An hour’s walk in UCD = 27 different bird species

Posted in Life on January 9th, 2012 by steve

“2012 means the start of a new UCD list. The Grand Total for 2011 was 50 different bird species (that I saw). It was quiet enough at work last week to fit in just over an hours walk, and in that hour I saw all of these: …” (more)

[Drimnagh Birdwatch, 9 January]

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UCD Total for 2011 = 50 Species

Posted in Legal issues on December 16th, 2011 by steve

“… Whilst I’m here, only 5 days left at work and I’m not sure I’ll get to see any new species, so I think its safe to say that my Species count for UCD in 2011 is a very round numbered 50. This is my summary of the 50 species I saw in 2011: …” (more)

[Drimnagh Birdwatch, 15 December]

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Curlew and Med gull in UCD

Posted in Life on July 19th, 2011 by steve

“I heard a Curlew in ucd! One morning a couple of weeks ago, as I walked from the car park into work, I heard a Curlew call from over near the Quinn building, it was lovely to hear, I’ve never seen one on campus, but imagined I might …” (more)

[Drimnagh Birdwatch, 19 July]

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Drimnagh Birdwatch: UCD chicks

Posted in Life on June 3rd, 2011 by steve

“Tonight I stayed after work and took some photos of some of the chicks which have been born on campus over the last few weeks.” (photos)

[Drimnagh Birdwatch, 2 June]

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Birds @ UCD

Posted in Life on January 5th, 2010 by steve

“Never seen so many birds so close as I have walking through NUIG today. All out hunting down food I guess.” (tweet)

[Mr. Ebby, Twitter, 5 January]

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