School: Saints Peter & Paul, Balbriggan

Location:
Balbriggan, Co. Dublin
Teacher:
Bean Uí Chorcoráin

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Bird-Lore

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0783, Page 478

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Bird Lore 23:11:1938

May Slevin, Hampton St, Balbriggan
These facts were told to me by Mr. P. Slevin, Hampton St, Balbriggan.
The birds commonly found in our district are the thrush, blackbird, robin, finch, sparrow, starling, wagtail and the wren. None of those birds migrate. The cuckoo and the swallows are to be found in Summer time, but not in great numbers. They migrate in Winter to warmer climates. Birds nests are to be found in various places, old buildings. Henry's Mill is a favourite spot for the swallow to build its nest.
The thrush and blackbird build in hedges round the fields and lane-ways. Ruins of buildings are usually availed of by them for nest buildings. The nests are not very large but are neatly and strongly built. The eggs vary in size and colour. The blackbirds eggs are blue, the thrushes eggs are brown with spots. The wren is the smallest bird, and therefore the nest and eggs are also small. But the wren

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Collector
May Slevin
Gender
female
Address
Hampton Street, Co. Dublin
Informant
Mr P. Slevin
Relation
unknown
Gender
male
Address
Hampton Street, Co. Dublin
Language
English