Dublin City, Wicklow – Baby Birds, Insects & Sport – Review of 2010 – May
Many of us get fed up hearing about how it always rains in Ireland. Well it doesn’t. And when it does it is usually not very heavy and not for too long. And sometimes (usually in May) we get some weeks of sunshine! May 2010 was one of those times.
Buildings in Dublin looked at their best. It is amazing though, how little those of us who are used to the city, really see and how seldom we look up! The roofline in some parts of the city is great, particularly in Dame Street (opposite) and Georges Street. Have a look up next time you’re in Dublin but I can’t promise mediterranean style blue skies!
Dublin Castle also looked well with its just opened Garda Memorial Garden. This is an interesting design with a water feature but it’s hardly in keeping with the old castle and Royal Chapel beside it. Still, it has to be better than squeezing another new building in.
Down the road in Trinity College, the magnificient Oregan
Maples were in full leaf and dominated front square. There are many great old trees (and buildings) in Trinity and a walk around the grounds is rewarding – especially when the sun shines.
Sometimes it’s good to be a ‘local tourist’.
I am fundamentally a northsider and it was good to visit my original home area in good weather.
In the sea, sporty folk kite-surfed while in tall trees in the woods. young herons called for thier supper from large stick nests.
May usually brings the height of nature activity and this includes gardens all over the country. Even our own unkempt parcel of private wilderness was looking well and thriving with plants, insects and birds. ‘Friemds’ will understand how wild a garden can be!
Finally a word about the ‘new’ birds of prey. I have seen a buzzard in County Dublin but so far none of the reintroduced species. I took a spin out to the Reddross area of Wicklow in the hope of seeing one of the Red Kites but no joy. Although the scenery was too photegenic to ignore in the sunshine.