Shanganagh Cliffs, Shankill - 13th June 2021.
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South Dublin Members at Shanganagh, 13th June 2021 (picture: Ronan Browne)
Today we went to say thank you.... 15 months ago nobody imagined that our full day outing to Wexford would be the last one for more than a year... then suddenly the world came to a halt. Those who are not normally bird listers, started counting their garden birds, then checking within two kilometres that after a while became five, and finally throughout the county.
In the last 15 months almost everything we always took for granted wasn't there anymore, except for our birds and they were always there, always. Their presence became one of the most powerful coping mechanisms, even for non birders, in these very challenging times.
Sand Martin at Shanganagh, 13th June 2021 (picture: Ronan Browne)
So this outing to Shanganagh was about celebrating the return of our outdoor events, but more important, to thank each and every one of the birds we met for being there for us when we needed them most.
- To the Jackdaws and Rooks that entertained us at Shankill DART station.
- To the Herring Gulls that kept us company throughout the whole morning.
- To the discreet, calm and somewhat clumsy Woodpigeons.
- To the Robins who jumped out to great us as we walked past.
- To the pair of Linnets pair perched on an Umbellifer.
- To the Dunnocks and their fantastic thin and tinkling song.
- To the recently fledged Starlings, already rehearsing for the winter murmuration.
- To the Common Terns and Shags going and coming from Dalkey Island.
- To the House Sparrows and their constant chirping.
- To the newly wed Collard Doves perching on the cliffs.
- And to the restless Sand Martins doing outstanding work feeding those hungry chicks.
Collared Doves at Shanganagh, 13th June 2021 (picture: Gustavo Zoladz)
The Sand Martin colony has been under significant threat over the last few years, due to planned developments. Its destruction would not only be a blatant and embarrassing breach of EU and Irish Laws, it would also be morally wrong.
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It was such an enjoyable outing, a common theme among the participants was how much we are all looking forward to future branch outings. Its great to be back, enjoy the summer everyone and stay safe!