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The clocks are due to go forward tonight and so the first official day of Spring has brought forward good news on the fishing and wildlife front.
Peter has fished the canal on several occasions only producing a few Roach, but today was excellent with Peter so excited that he nearly took the paint off of the doors rushing round here to show us photos of the first Tench of 2012. He managed 4 great Tench, with a smattering of Roach, he was driven off by the cold evening air. He did have a large 10 lb+ Carp cruise under his rod tip which was a shock. Hopefully we will start seeing an influx of anglers soon as the fishing is sure to improve.
Doonis Bog is alive with Warblers and butterflies. Chiffchaffs appeared yesterday and the Willow Warblers were arriving in droves today, they are helping to add to the large numbers of Wren, Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting, Long Tailed Tit, Redpolls and Linnnet. The first of this year's Brimstones, Tortoiseshell and Peacock Butterflies were out in force as well. Saints Island has got a pair of Oystercatchers present as well as Redshank and Golden Plover in their breeding colours, along with the ever present spring Hares.
We have finally compiled the 2012 St Patricks Day page click here.
8th - 18th March
Happy St Patricks Day
With the weather showing signs of early April showers, we have enjoyed mostly sunny days and cold nights.
St Patricks Day Parade went off very well in Ballymahon and this year features Jimmy Fox with his lovely Jenny. There was an excellent turn out with big crowds from one end of the town to the other. Below are a selection of the photos from the Parade:
Liam Kane was on to us from Dublin where he had great views of a Hen Harrier and a flock of Yellow Hammer with some lovely photos from Rogerstown:
Peter has been down to Tarmonbarry and a few other venues with some success, he has had a few good bags of Roach, Hybrids and Bream, he also had a winter Pike which fell to light tackle.
1st - 7th March
Weather has been bright but cold with showers and sleet. The evenings are drawing out until 7pm. Water levels are low and the water temperatures have dropped due to the frosty nights
Peter has switched venue and has been trying the Canal but he has only managed a few Roach, no Tench so far.
The birds are all into their breeding, Wrens are singing their heads off, the Long Tailed Tits are collecting the bog cotton for lining their nests. The sunny days with showers have provided some stunning Rainbows around the area. Frogs have started their spawning and the Water Rail and Snipe have started coming out to feed:
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