The autum 2018 issue of Wings, the magazine of BirdWatch Ireland, has a piece on the avifauna of University College Dublin‘s Belfield campus. For those unfamiliar this is in the suburbs of South Dublin two or three miles from the city centre.
I grew up here and attended UCD from the mid 90s, and can testify both the campus itself and the surrounding area were a lot more rural then. Still, I was taken aback by this:
A corncrake in 1982 in Dublin seems extraordinary to me now, though on reflection shouldn’t.