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  • 04-04-2023 11:58pm
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    Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 9,766 Mod ✭✭✭✭


    I was surprised that this thread hadn't started for 2023 yet, when I came along to record my first swallow sighting of the year!

    This afternoon... one single swallow soaring about! Northeast Offaly. I think the earliest recording here before this was April 11th?

    Heard a chiffchaff a couple of weeks ago too, and several times since.

    How's everyone else doing on the sightings front?😊



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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,722 ✭✭✭Birdnuts


    Got a Swallow last weekend while visiting the Battle of the Boyne site outside Drogheda. Sister in Kildare says the likes Chiffchaff, Blackcaps, Sand Martins etc, have arrived in force near Naas in the last 10 days



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,772 ✭✭✭Bsal


    Had a Chiffchaff in the garden last week and my first Swallow of the year today in North county Dublin.



  • Registered Users Posts: 210 ✭✭x567


    Quite a few swallows in East Clare over the last couple of days (first one seen by me on the 7th, but I was away for much of the preceding week). Noticeably earlier than the last couple of years.



  • Registered Users Posts: 862 ✭✭✭SnowyMuckish


    Spotted my first swallow yesterday NW Donegal



  • Moderators, Politics Moderators Posts: 39,715 Mod ✭✭✭✭Seth Brundle


    Apparently the swifts have reached Ireland and so with that in mind, I put up our second swift box yesterday along with a sound system. For the last few years, they have looked at the first nest box yet still chose to nest in the eaves once the feckin starlings leave (they're there again this year but I'd say that the young will be gone in a week or so).



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  • Registered Users Posts: 862 ✭✭✭SnowyMuckish


    How does the old rhyme go..The cuckoo comes in early May? Heard my first one today bang on queue!



  • Registered Users Posts: 455 ✭✭Ben Done


    Sorry for the bad pics folks, they're just stills from a video of my dog out for his first swim of the year yesterday, but can anyone id the bird on the edge of the per?

    Was thinking a cormorant, but this is very inland lake (Monaghan)




  • Registered Users Posts: 1,772 ✭✭✭Bsal


    Think it's a Cormorant.



  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 9,766 Mod ✭✭✭✭DBB


    I heard my first cuckoo of 2023 a little over a week ago, on April 25th! In woodlands around the bogs between Ballivor and Kinnegad.



  • Registered Users Posts: 350 ✭✭iniscealtra


    Cuckoo is here a week now and the swallows a week before that. West of Ireland



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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,772 ✭✭✭Bsal


    Saw a few swifts flying around the Swords area yesterday.



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,722 ✭✭✭Birdnuts


    Saw big numbers on a visit to Tipp last week in towns like Thurles and Templemore



  • Moderators, Politics Moderators Posts: 39,715 Mod ✭✭✭✭Seth Brundle


    After getting our swift boxes setup (moved one and added a second beside the hole in the eaves that they traditionally nest in plus a call system), there has been very little evidence of swifts here (Leixlip). They usually arrive around May 5th. Ten days later and pretty much nothing.



  • Registered Users Posts: 210 ✭✭x567


    No swifts seen by me in my area either so far - much later than recent years. I did however see a hummingbird hawk moth in my un-mown wildflower area earlier. Probably my lack of knowledge, but didn’t expect to see one here as I’ve only seen them around the Mediterranean before now. Are they resident or some form of summer visitor?



  • Moderators, Politics Moderators Posts: 39,715 Mod ✭✭✭✭Seth Brundle


    Seemingly they migrate from southern Europe...




  • Moderators, Politics Moderators Posts: 39,715 Mod ✭✭✭✭Seth Brundle


    Our swifts arrived yesterday evening (yaay) and appear to be in our eaves again. Hopefully others will take one or other of the two nest boxes. Their arrival here is about ten days late (usually arriving here around May 5th)



  • Registered Users Posts: 862 ✭✭✭SnowyMuckish


    Has anyone noticed less swallows this year? Nowhere near as many here.



  • Registered Users Posts: 21,411 ✭✭✭✭Water John




  • Registered Users Posts: 1,879 ✭✭✭Hippo


    I'm in Co Roscommon and there's been a lot of swallow activity around the house over the past few weeks



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,722 ✭✭✭Birdnuts


    A bit more than last year - but that was the worst year I can remember😒



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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,724 ✭✭✭pawrick


    I see swallows have been sighted in Kerry yesterday going by the Wild Derrynane fb page, time for a new summer page!



  • Moderators, Politics Moderators Posts: 39,715 Mod ✭✭✭✭Seth Brundle


    I'm seeing sightings all over the country on IrishBirding.com (which also lists a few recent Swift sightings)…

    https://www.irishbirding.com/birds/web



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,200 ✭✭✭gzoladz


    Hopefully Corncrakes any time now….



  • Registered Users Posts: 862 ✭✭✭SnowyMuckish


    I heard my first cuckoo call there just now, puts a smile on my face drinking my morning coffee on such a lovely day 😊



  • Moderators, Politics Moderators Posts: 39,715 Mod ✭✭✭✭Seth Brundle


    The starlings in our eaves have seemingly fledged because our swifts are back in there today (normally there is a kerfuffle if the swifts try and move in when the starlings are resident).
    Hopefully the younger ones who were knocking on the two nest boxes last year will take them up.



  • Moderators, Politics Moderators Posts: 39,715 Mod ✭✭✭✭Seth Brundle


    So one of our two nest boxes has a pair of swifts (as well as a pair in the attic) - first time either of the boxes has been occupied. Hopefully the second box has some tenants soon 🤞



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