Wednesday 21 February 2018

BirdWatch Ireland trip to Broadlough

The Wicklow branch of BirdWatch Ireland is organising an outing to Broadlough for next month.

The Carlow branch are also involved in the outing, which takes place on Sunday, November 26.

Broadlough is an intertidal lough that is fed by the Vartry River and drains out to sea at Wicklow Harbour. The aim will be to look for wintering waders, wildfowl and birds of prey. There might also be the possibility of spotting Kingfishers and Otters.

The meeting time is 10 a.m. at the southern end of the lough by the Veolia Water Treatment Plant on the Murrough Industrial Estate road, near Multimetals Recycling Ltd..

There have been recent sightings of an Osprey at Broadlough, with local birdwatchers capturing images of the magnificent bird of prey gripping a mullet fish in its talons while it eats.

Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, a Yellow-legged Gull and a Merlin have also been spotted on the estuary.

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was seen at Tinakilly in Rathnew, while another was spotted in Kilcoole.

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