A Kingfisher bird

Birdwatching

The Kestrel Bird

The Kestrel is a common sight in Milltown

There are several small patches of native woodland in the parish, including stands of wet woodland (mainly Willow and Alder) along the Clare River. There are also several small conifer plantations and shelter belts of various ages around Milltown, at Curraghaderry, Drim, Knock, Carton, Burrish, Carrowntootagh, Kilgeverin, Conagher, Stripe, Belmont and Cloondroon (about 500 acres in total in a recent survey).

Conifer plantations may appear at first glance devoid of much birdlife, but some interesting species can be encountered. Plantations host good numbers of breeding Woodpigeon, Goldcrest and Coal Tit, with both Crossbill and Siskin now probably breeding here as well. Long-eared Owls are regularly seen and heard at several local spots in Milltown and also the Sparrowhawk. In winter, these woods are the daytime roosting places for Woodcock, which winter in the area in quite good numbers thanks to our mainly mild climate.

 

Hedgerows and fields

Field boundaries in the area are a mix of stone walls and native hedgerow. Many of the hedgerows contain mature trees, giving the impression in places of a more wooded landscape than there is in reality. Hedgerows provide wonderful habitat for wildlife as they provide a rich and varied source of food, cover and shelter.

There are still some remnants of the old small field systems, complete with old, wild hedgerows that are composed of hawthorn, hazel, holly and spindle, and overgrown boreens in Milltown. These can provide great nesting habitat for locally common species such as Mistle and Song Thrush, Robin, Bullfinch and Greenfinch. The trees with Ivy growing on them provide berries as food for Woodpigeon, Blackbird, Fieldfare and Redwing, with the last species often using the Ivy as a roosting place in winter.

During winter, many local fields can host literally thousands of Fieldfares, Redwings, Jackdaws, Rooks and Starlings as they search amongst the grass for earthworms and other insects. Some of the larger, wetter, fields still attract good flocks of the ever diminishing Curlew, with 109 found in a field near Bellisland Lough in winter 2011-12.

In spring, between April and early June, the Curlews smaller cousin, the Whimbrel migrate through the area, stopping to feed on insect rich pasture on their way from the wintering grounds in west Africa to the breeding grounds above the Arctic circle. They can sometimes be seen on the return journey in August, especially on freshly cut silage fields. At any time of year, any flooded field can attract large numbers of Gull species, with Black-headed, Common, Yellow-legged, Lesser Black-backed, Herring and Greater Black-backed Gulls all recorded in the area.

Nature in gardens

Any local resident who provides garden bird feeders and replenishes them regularly is usually treated to a wide variety of species, sometimes with the odd surprise thrown in. Local gardens have recorded the uncommon Garden Warbler and a rare wanderer from Asia, the Yellow-browed Warbler. Three species of Tit – Great, Blue and Coal – are common customers in Milltown gardens, as are Greenfinch, Goldfinch and Chaffinch with House Sparrow, Lesser Redpoll and Siskin in smaller numbers. In turn, these birds attract birds of prey like Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and the occasional Merlin. Sometimes they are joined by passing Long-tailed Tits, Treecreepers and wintering Blackcaps, with Brambling also appearing in some winters.

2148 replies
  1. Pick Up Lines
    Pick Up Lines says:

    There are actually fantastic upgrades on the style of your blog, I certainly enjoy this. My own is relating to pickup lines and presently there are plenty of stuff to be done, I’m currently a novice in website development. Take good care!

    Reply
  2. MelissageK
    MelissageK says:

    This message is posted here using XRumer + XEvil 4.0
    XEvil 4.0 is a revolutionary application that can bypass almost any anti-botnet protection.
    Captcha Recognition Google (ReCaptcha-1, ReCaptcha-2), Facebook, Yandex, VKontakte, Captcha Com and over 8.4 million other types!
    You read this – it means it works! 😉
    Details on the official website of XEvil.Net, there is a free demo version.

    Reply
  3. پنجره
    پنجره says:

    You are definitely right, I’d really enjoy to know more on the subject! I am also fascinated by white upvc windows because I believe it is very unique at the moment. Keep doing this!

    Reply
  4. Model Papers
    Model Papers says:

    you are really a good webmaster. The site loading speed is amazing. It seems that you are doing any unique trick. Also, The contents are masterpiece. you have done a magnificent job on this topic!

    Reply
  5. Julietat
    Julietat says:

    This message is posted here using XRumer + XEvil 4.0
    XEvil 4.0 is a revolutionary application that can bypass almost any anti-botnet protection.
    Captcha Recognition Google (ReCaptcha-1, ReCaptcha-2), Facebook, Yandex, VKontakte, Captcha Com and over 8.4 million other types!
    You read this – it means it works! 😉
    Details on the official website of XEvil.Net, there is a free demo version.

    Reply
  6. karaj
    karaj says:

    After examine just a few of the weblog posts in your website now, and I actually like your approach of blogging. I bookmarked it to my bookmark web site checklist and will be checking again soon. Pls take a look at my website as effectively and let me know what you think.

    Reply
  7. Arvind Pandit Kansas
    Arvind Pandit Kansas says:

    I just arrived right here via some other page about Arvind Pandit and considered I may as well look into this. I quite like the things I see therefore now I”m following you. Looking towards checking out your blog again.

    Reply
  8. vshare apk
    vshare apk says:

    You are absolutely correct and I trust you. When you want, we can as well speak about vshare no jailbreak, something that fascinates me. The website is certainly awesome, best wishes!

    Reply
  9. Discount Codes
    Discount Codes says:

    Thank you, I have just been searching for info about this subject for ages and yours is the greatest I have discovered so far. But, what about the conclusion? Are you sure about the source?

    Reply
  10. wealth
    wealth says:

    Your style is so unique in comparison to other folks I have read stuff from. Thank you for posting when you ave got the opportunity, Guess I will just book mark this web site.

    Reply
  11. Son of God
    Son of God says:

    I will immediately grab your rss as I can not find your email subscription link or e-newsletter service. Do you have any? Kindly permit me understand in order that I may subscribe. Thanks.

    Reply
  12. Rubi
    Rubi says:

    Wow! This could be one particular of the most useful blogs We have ever arrive across on this subject. Actually Excellent. I’m also an expert in this topic so I can understand your effort.

    Reply
  13. LGV was formerly known as HGV
    LGV was formerly known as HGV says:

    Our LGV (Large Goods Vehicle) HGV training is based in East London, and our LGV/ HGV courses are taught by qualified DVSA LGV & HGV trainers. LGV was formerly known as HGV, where it used to be referred to as HGV Class 2 (now called LGV Category C) and HGV class 1 (Now called LGV Category C+E).

    Reply
  14. Stream Free movies
    Stream Free movies says:

    Many thanks for discussing this, I bookmarked this webpage. I’m furthermore struggling to find details regarding free movie streaming, have you any idea exactly where I might discover something such as this? I’ll come back in a little while!

    Reply
  15. Chad Boonswang
    Chad Boonswang says:

    I was speaking to a good friend of my own regarding this and even regarding auto accident attorney too. I feel you made a number of good points on this page, we’re excited to find out more stuff from you.

    Reply
  16. best self propelled lawn mower
    best self propelled lawn mower says:

    My family and I really love your site and find the vast majority of the articles to be just what I am seeking. Do you offer people to post information for you? I wouldn’t mind producing a piece of text about electric mower or maybe on many of the subjects you write about on this site. Again, awesome place!

    Reply
  17. vancouver seo
    vancouver seo says:

    Wow, wonderful blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your site is fantastic, let alone the content!. Thanks For Your article about sex.

    Reply
  18. canondriver.net
    canondriver.net says:

    I am really intrigued to discover just what website system you are using? I’m experiencing some minor protection problems with our latest website regarding canon printer support and I’d love to find a thing far more risk-free. Are there any solutions?

    Reply
  19. online betting
    online betting says:

    Wonderful blog! I found it while surfing around on Yahoo News. Do you have any tips on how to get listed in Yahoo News? I ave been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Cheers

    Reply
  20. funny
    funny says:

    I will right away clutch your rss feed as I can not find your email subscription hyperlink or e-newsletter service. Do you ave any? Kindly permit me recognize in order that I may subscribe. Thanks.

    Reply
  21. bukkake
    bukkake says:

    I will immediately grab your rss feed as I can at find your e-mail subscription link or newsletter service. Do you ave any? Please let me know in order that I could subscribe. Thanks.

    Reply
  22. bukkake
    bukkake says:

    No problem, and further more if you want update alerts from this site at that time you have to subscribe for it, it will be a better for you Jackson. Have a lovely day!

    Reply
  23. sexto
    sexto says:

    This particular blog is definitely entertaining and diverting. I have found a bunch of useful advices out of this amazing blog. I ad love to go back over and over again. Thanks a lot!

    Reply
  24. رگ
    رگ says:

    It was wonderful to read this and I feel you’re 100 right. Let me know in the event that you’re considering stream movies, this is my primary competence. I am hoping to check back with you soon enough, take care!

    Reply
  25. Medicare
    Medicare says:

    Good day! This is my very first reply on your site so I simply wanted to give a quick hello and tell you I really enjoy reading through your blog posts. Can you recommend other websites which deal with family dental care? I am likewise pretty hooked on that! Thanks!

    Reply
  26. Aadhar Status
    Aadhar Status says:

    Thank you for every other informative web site. Where else may I get that type of info written in such a perfect way? I have a mission that I’m simply now operating on, and I have been at the look out for such information.

    Reply
  27. animal xxx
    animal xxx says:

    Thank you, I ave just been searching for information about this topic for ages and yours is the greatest I have discovered till now. But, what about the conclusion? Are you sure about the source?

    Reply
  28. website link
    website link says:

    I just want to say I am all new to blogging and site-building and actually savored your web page. Most likely I’m likely to bookmark your site . You really come with good articles and reviews. Kudos for sharing your web page.

    Reply
  29. Insurance
    Insurance says:

    Very nice info and right to the point. I am not sure if this is really the best place to ask but do you people have any ideea where to get some professional writers? Thanks

    Reply
  30. go right here
    go right here says:

    Faytech North America is a touch screen Manufacturer of both monitors and pcs. They specialize in the design, development, manufacturing and marketing of Capacitive touch screen, Resistive touch screen, Industrial touch screen, IP65 touch screen, touchscreen monitors and integrated touchscreen PCs. Contact them at http://www.faytech.us, 121 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013, +1 646 205 3214

    Reply
  31. google SEO
    google SEO says:

    Hello there. I found your site by means of Google whilst looking for a related topic, your website got here up. It seems to be good. I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks to visit then.

    Reply
  32. Get the facts
    Get the facts says:

    MetroClick specializes in building completely interactive products like Photo Booth for rental or sale, Touch Screen Kiosks, Large Touch Screen Displays , Monitors, Digital Signages and experiences. With our own hardware production facility and in-house software development teams, we are able to achieve the highest level of customization and versatility for Photo Booths, Touch Screen Kiosks, Touch Screen Monitors and Digital Signage. Visit MetroClick at http://www.metroclick.com/ or , 121 Varick St, New York, NY 10013, +1 646-843-0888

    Reply
  33. konveksibandungraya.com
    konveksibandungraya.com says:

    Hiya, I’m really glad I have found this information. Today bloggers publish only about gossip and web stuff and this is really annoying. A good site with interesting content, that’s what I need. Thanks for making this web site, and I’ll be visiting again. Do you do newsletters by email?

    Reply
  34. nikahberkah.com
    nikahberkah.com says:

    Hiya, I am really glad I’ve found this info. Nowadays bloggers publish only about gossip and net stuff and this is really irritating. A good site with exciting content, this is what I need. Thank you for making this web site, and I will be visiting again. Do you do newsletters by email?

    Reply
  35. Judi QQ
    Judi QQ says:

    Hello there. I discovered your blog by means of Google whilst searching for a related subject, your website came up. It appears good. I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks to come back then.

    Reply
  36. situs judi poker online
    situs judi poker online says:

    Hiya, I am really glad I have found this information. Today bloggers publish only about gossip and web stuff and this is really annoying. A good blog with exciting content, that is what I need. Thank you for making this site, and I will be visiting again. Do you do newsletters by email?

    Reply
  37. situs judi online terpercaya
    situs judi online terpercaya says:

    Hiya, I’m really glad I’ve found this info. Today bloggers publish only about gossip and net stuff and this is actually annoying. A good website with interesting content, this is what I need. Thank you for making this site, and I will be visiting again. Do you do newsletters by email?

    Reply
  38. Jual pupuk organik cair
    Jual pupuk organik cair says:

    Hiya, I’m really glad I have found this information. Today bloggers publish only about gossip and web stuff and this is actually annoying. A good blog with interesting content, that is what I need. Thanks for making this site, and I will be visiting again. Do you do newsletters by email?

    Reply
  39. podnośnik
    podnośnik says:

    Howdy I am so glad I found your website, I really found you by accident, while I was researching on Aol for something else, Anyways I am here now and would just like to say many thanks for a fantastic post and a all round interesting blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to browse it all at the moment but I have saved it and also added in your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read a great deal more, Please do keep up the fantastic work.

    Reply
  40. cara taruhan bola pur puran
    cara taruhan bola pur puran says:

    Hiya, I am really glad I have found this info. Today bloggers publish just about gossip and internet stuff and this is actually frustrating. A good site with interesting content, that’s what I need. Thanks for making this web site, and I will be visiting again. Do you do newsletters by email?

    Reply
  41. Cara Taruhan Bola Akurat
    Cara Taruhan Bola Akurat says:

    Hiya, I am really glad I’ve found this information. Nowadays bloggers publish just about gossip and net stuff and this is really annoying. A good blog with interesting content, this is what I need. Thank you for making this website, and I will be visiting again. Do you do newsletters by email?

    Reply
  42. Cara Menghitung Mix Parlay
    Cara Menghitung Mix Parlay says:

    Hiya, I am really glad I’ve found this information. Nowadays bloggers publish only about gossip and web stuff and this is really irritating. A good site with interesting content, that’s what I need. Thank you for making this website, and I’ll be visiting again. Do you do newsletters by email?

    Reply
  43. wordpress blogs
    wordpress blogs says:

    MichaelJemery.com is a site with many hypnosis downloads. Whether you are looking for free hypnosis downloads, self hypnosis download for mp3, video and any audio files, Michael Jemery has the downloads for you. You can download hypnosis from apps, audio, mp3 and even youtube !

    Reply
  44. visit this web-site
    visit this web-site says:

    I simply desire to inform you you that I am new to posting and clearly liked your review. Very likely I am likely to store your blog post . You certainly have amazing article content. Admire it for expressing with us your favorite web report

    Reply
  45. Tips pasang taruhan bola
    Tips pasang taruhan bola says:

    Hiya, I’m really glad I have found this information. Nowadays bloggers publish only about gossip and web stuff and this is really annoying. A good web site with interesting content, that is what I need. Thank you for making this web site, and I’ll be visiting again. Do you do newsletters by email?

    Reply
  46. Marquee Offices
    Marquee Offices says:

    Hello there. I found your web site by means of Google at the same time as looking for a related topic, your web site came up. It looks great. I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks to visit then.

    Reply
  47. Hageuy
    Hageuy says:

    Awesome write-up. I am a normal visitor of your web site and appreciate you taking the time to maintain the excellent site. I will be a regular visitor for a long time.

    Reply
  48. extra income
    extra income says:

    Wow, awesome weblog format! How lengthy have you ever been running a blog for? you make running a blog glance easy. The full look of your website is excellent, let alone the content material!

    Reply
  49. harta gono gini dalam islam
    harta gono gini dalam islam says:

    Hiya, I’m really glad I’ve found this information. Today bloggers publish just about gossip and net stuff and this is actually irritating. A good web site with exciting content, this is what I need. Thank you for making this website, and I’ll be visiting again. Do you do newsletters by email?

    Reply
  50. judiqq online
    judiqq online says:

    Hiya, I’m really glad I have found this info. Today bloggers publish just about gossip and internet stuff and this is actually annoying. A good blog with exciting content, that’s what I need. Thanks for making this web-site, and I will be visiting again. Do you do newsletters by email?

    Reply
  51. click here
    click here says:

    Wow, superb weblog structure! How lengthy have you ever been blogging for? you made blogging glance easy. The whole glance of your site is excellent, let alone the content!

    Reply
  52. situs judi online terpercaya
    situs judi online terpercaya says:

    Hiya, I am really glad I have found this info. Nowadays bloggers publish just about gossip and internet stuff and this is actually irritating. A good site with interesting content, that’s what I need. Thank you for making this site, and I’ll be visiting again. Do you do newsletters by email?

    Reply
  53. judi online
    judi online says:

    Hiya, I am really glad I have found this info. Nowadays bloggers publish only about gossip and internet stuff and this is really annoying. A good website with interesting content, that’s what I need. Thank you for making this website, and I will be visiting again. Do you do newsletters by email?

    Reply
  54. judi online terpercaya
    judi online terpercaya says:

    Hiya, I am really glad I have found this information. Today bloggers publish only about gossip and web stuff and this is actually annoying. A good web site with exciting content, that is what I need. Thanks for making this website, and I’ll be visiting again. Do you do newsletters by email?

    Reply
  55. clash of magic
    clash of magic says:

    Hiya, I am really glad I have found this information. Today bloggers publish just about gossip and web stuff and this is actually annoying. A good website with interesting content, this is what I need. Thank you for making this website, and I will be visiting again. Do you do newsletters by email?

    Reply
  56. tempat wisata di malang
    tempat wisata di malang says:

    Hiya, I am really glad I have found this information. Nowadays bloggers publish just about gossip and internet stuff and this is really irritating. A good site with interesting content, that’s what I need. Thanks for making this website, and I will be visiting again. Do you do newsletters by email?

    Reply
  57. judi bola online terbaik
    judi bola online terbaik says:

    Hiya, I am really glad I have found this info. Today bloggers publish only about gossip and net stuff and this is actually annoying. A good site with interesting content, that is what I need. Thank you for making this web-site, and I will be visiting again. Do you do newsletters by email?

    Reply
  58. indomaxbet login
    indomaxbet login says:

    Hiya, I’m really glad I have found this information. Nowadays bloggers publish just about gossip and net stuff and this is actually annoying. A good blog with exciting content, that’s what I need. Thanks for making this website, and I will be visiting again. Do you do newsletters by email?

    Reply
  59. joker123 tembak ikan
    joker123 tembak ikan says:

    Hiya, I’m really glad I have found this info. Today bloggers publish only about gossip and internet stuff and this is actually irritating. A good web site with interesting content, this is what I need. Thanks for making this site, and I will be visiting again. Do you do newsletters by email?

    Reply
  60. daftar akun sbobet indonesia
    daftar akun sbobet indonesia says:

    Hiya, I am really glad I have found this info. Nowadays bloggers publish only about gossip and internet stuff and this is actually irritating. A good website with exciting content, this is what I need. Thank you for making this web-site, and I’ll be visiting again. Do you do newsletters by email?

    Reply
  61. idnplay login
    idnplay login says:

    Hiya, I’m really glad I have found this information. Today bloggers publish just about gossip and net stuff and this is actually irritating. A good blog with exciting content, that is what I need. Thank you for making this web site, and I will be visiting again. Do you do newsletters by email?

    Reply
  62. nonton tv streaming
    nonton tv streaming says:

    Hiya, I’m really glad I have found this info. Nowadays bloggers publish just about gossip and net stuff and this is actually frustrating. A good site with exciting content, this is what I need. Thanks for making this web site, and I’ll be visiting again. Do you do newsletters by email?

    Reply
  63. taruhan sbobet bola online
    taruhan sbobet bola online says:

    Hiya, I’m really glad I have found this info. Nowadays bloggers publish just about gossip and net stuff and this is actually irritating. A good website with exciting content, this is what I need. Thanks for making this site, and I’ll be visiting again. Do you do newsletters by email?

    Reply