Sand and House Martin
Constructs a bowl-shaped nest out of mud in suitable spots in barns and other buildings.
Common throughout Ireland in the summer. Large flocks gather at wetland sites prior to migration in autumn.
Spotted Flycatchers are a widespread breeding bird in broadleaf woodlands, well-vegetated hedgerows, parks and gardens. Will use nestboxes.
Widespread in Ireland
Probably the most common bird of prey in Ireland. Widespread in woodland, farmland with woods, larger parks and gardens. Nests in trees. Breeds throughout Ireland but is scarce in the west, where tree cover is low. Formally bird of woodland, it is now als
Many people see these birds in their gardens, where they will be hunting on small birds. Can be difficult to spot in the countryside but will often give good views, when flying over head, where it may on 'prospecting' flights.