Niall had sent out an email saying Hooded Crows and Rooks were becoming a big problem and the presence of a few more people might help deter them from the colony, so after a highly nutritious dinner (fried egg on toast, you can't beat it), I set off down the N11 and met S down at Kilcoole carpark.
|Kilcoole beach, you can see why it's popular with walkers.|
I stepped into the hide anyway so Niall could go and eat some dinner and S took a walk further down the beach.
After about 15 mins, I noticed all the Terns lifting in alarm. I stepped out to see what they'd seen wot I hadn't, but nothing seemed to be around in the air, but then Jason and Riona pointed out 3 bottle nosed dolphins swimming right in front of us towards greystones. Amazing sight, especially in the strong evening sun. They were swimming really close in near the beach, closest I'd ever seen. Niall and Jason had seen them swimming south earlier in the day and Jason reckons they might be living/ feeding in the sea between Greystones and Wicklow - maybe for the rest of summer.
Everything in the colony is still going well. 2 new nests and an arrival of 20 more adult Little Terns.
|Colony News 24/05/11|
|Little Tern, Kilcoole|
|Reed Bunting (male), Kilcoole|
|Fox. At the mo J said it hasn't ventured near the colony and seems to be sticking in the same area. Unfortunately, once it starts getting closer to the colony, there'll be trouble.|
I'll end the post with a cheery Skylark who was making a right racket singing from the ground.
|Skylark, small in size, x-large on noise.|