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Common Irish Garden Birds

wren on a tree branch

The Wren: A Guide to Ireland’s Garden Birds

Wrens are tiny birds that are frequent visitors to Irish gardens. Known as the ‘Dreoilín’ in Irish, they normally fly short distances in a steady straight line with rapid wing beats. They are a common resident throughout Ireland and be spotted dashing through bushes, darting back and forth amongst the stems of undergrowth, shying away from other birds and animals. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through how to spot the tiny wren in your garden, how to feed...

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The Siskin: A Guide To Ireland’s Garden Birds

The Siskin is a resident bird in Ireland, and one of Ireland’s most widespread garden birds. Known as a ‘Siscín’ in Irish, it is found in forested areas, both coniferous and mixed woodland, where it feeds on all types of seeds, especially of alder and conifers. Additional birds arrive from Continent during the winter months. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through how to spot a siskin in your garden, how to feed it, and the best way to...

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The House Sparrow: A Guide To Ireland’s Garden Birds

The House Sparrow is one of Ireland’s most recognisable birds and can be found all over Europe. Known as ‘Gealbhan binne’ in Irish, the House Sparrow is the most well-known of the sparrow species. It does not shy away from humans and tends to live close to farms and urban settings. It typically avoids extensive woodlands, grasslands, and areas away from human development. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through how to spot a house sparrow in your garden,...

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song thrush outside in garden on ground

The Song Thrush: A Guide to Ireland’s Garden Birds

The Song Thrush is one of Ireland’s most widespread and popular birds. Known as ‘Smólach ceoil’ in Irish, it is smaller than it's cousins the Mistle Thrush or the Blackbird, and is a familiar sight in Irish gardens. It is a resident species, and can be found all over Ireland throughout the year. During the winter months, the resident birds are joined by migratory birds from northern Europe. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through how to spot a...

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The Great Tit: A Guide to Ireland’s Garden Birds

The Great Tit is the largest of the tit family, and is one of Ireland’s most widespread and common birds. Known as the ‘Meantán Mór’ in Irish, it is a woodland bird which can often be found near man-made habitats and is a regular visitor to garden tables. Although they look charming, they are not fans of sharing the food table, and will fight off smaller tits trying to get their food! In this blog post, we’ll show you how...

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The Goldfinch: A Guide to Ireland’s Garden Birds

The Goldfinch is a beautiful, striking bird, often found in gardens, parks, woodland, heathland and farmlands. Known as ‘Lasair choille’ in Irish, they are a sociable bird, often breeding in loose colonies. They are a resident in Ireland, although some additional birds may arrive from Continent in winter. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through how to spot a Goldfinch in your garden, what to feed it, and the best way to care for it. What Does a Goldfinch Look...

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The Dunnock: A Guide to Ireland’s Garden Birds

The Dunnock is a small brown bird that is often seen in many Irish gardens. Known as a ‘Dunnóg’ in Irish, this shy, little bird is widespread throughout Ireland, with a population of approximately one million and a lifelong travel radius of 1 km. It doesn’t like to venture out in the open too often which is why it is still unknown to many. Often mistaken for a sparrow, upon further examination, it is very much a different creature. In...

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The Collared Dove: A Guide to Ireland’s Garden Birds

Known as ‘Fearán baicdhubh’ in Irish, the Collared Dove has been in Ireland only since 1959. They were formerly found in warm temperature regions and subtropical parts of Asia, but have quickly expanded their range in the 20th century and are now found throughout western Europe. They are now resident in towns and villages throughout Ireland. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through how to spot a Collared Dove in your garden, what to feed it, and the best...

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coal tit on tree branch outside

The Coal Tit: A Guide To Ireland’s Garden Birds

Known as the ‘Meantán dubh’ in Irish, the tiny and small bird known as the Coal Tit is a regular visitor to many bird feeders and tables across Ireland, especially in the winter months when food is scarce and more difficult to find. There are at least eight sub-species of coal tit, with the ‘Periparus ater hibernicus’ exclusive to Ireland. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through how to spot a coal tit in your garden, what to feed...

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The Chaffinch: A Guide to Ireland’s Garden Birds

Known as a ‘Rí Rua’ in Irish, Chaffinches are one of Ireland’s most abundant and widespread species of garden bird. During the winter months, large numbers of chaffinches migrate here from northern Europe, via European countries bordering the south shore of the North Sea. There are estimates that the Irish population are at over 2 million breeding pairs, with a further 5.4 million pairs in Britain. The European population is approximately between 80 million and 96 million breeding pairs. In...

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