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Keep up to date with the little chicks

The Terns Finally “Tern Up”

We have had a six little terns flying around the site over the past few weeks. On Friday 16th one bird sat for several hours but no nest. Over the last few days these birds have become more active, chasing terns, displaying and generally looking like they might nest....

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Meadow Pipits and Skylarks

While we wait for something to happen on the tern front it is interesting to observe the huge numbers of meadow pipits and skylarks in the area - skylarks are amber listed and meadow pipits (cold adapted) face a potentially significant threat from climate change. On...

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Easterlies

Similar to last year we have had a sustained period of easterly weather over the last two months. While these unseasonal winds brought warm dry weather, and a host of easterly vagrant migrants, it may also have had the same effect on tern ecology as last year, judging...

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Dawn Chorus 2017

Thanks to everyone who showed up at Creggan at the Poets Glen on 29th April (best bird: a raven giving a strange variety of calls) and Ballymascanlon hotel on 14th May (best bird: several very visible tree creppers). Breffni

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Arrivals

We have 20 to 30 birds flitting around and occasionally landing and prospecting, but little signs of serious courtship as yet. This year the site is particularly challenging in that sand is mounded up on the south end, with a large amount also piled over last years...

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Progress with the Fencing

Work has been steadily progressing with erecting the fencing. Right now mostly in the evenings from 6pm and at the weekends from morning. Wardening has not really started yet. We are seeing a few little terns flapping around and alighting but no sign of prospecting as...

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