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Thursday, August 4, 2011


The starlings likes to eat bread, apples, insects, peanuts, oats and bird seeds.  Brown bread is the best for birds. They also eat bird suet.
Starlings are common in urban areas, and are frequent visitors to gardens and parks.
Starlings like to fly in groups.  They are noisy, lively birds.  A group of starlings is called a "murmuration".

The starling has a sharp beak.   It is brownish black, but it has oily feathers so it sometimes looks greenish-blue. It has a speckled breast and back.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Sharing our Research on our Wiki

Hello all,
We have a new Wiki site,
A wiki is a website that allows it's followers to add and edit information, pictures, videos, website links ...etc. 
Using this Wiki we will create an interactive encyclopedia of facts relating to the birds in our local area.  We hope the wiki will help us to share our learning with others and to learn from others. 

We look forward to having plenty of followers for our wiki. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A Summer Project for you.

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While you are all on holidays I would like you to watch out for a very interesting bird which visits Ireland in the summer. This bird is called the Common Swift and you can see his picture on some Dublin buses. Swifts are the most aerial birds. They live entirely on flying insects and their legs are so short that, if thy land on the ground, they cannot get into the air again.The only time they land is to build a nest, usually under the roof of older buildings.The young Swifts that are just about ready to fly now will not touch the ground again until they make their first nest in two years time. They can sleep in the air by flying very high and drifting about. Swifts look black and scream as they fly chasing eachother. You will see them in the town centre. Early in August they all leave Ireland for Africa and will not be here again until next May.
Good birdwatching,