St. John’s River: Straightening

St. John’s river walk continues 🙂  You will start at Poleberry, walk along the sport grounds and Tramore Road Business Park, cross the Inner Ring road and stop at the Cherrymount foot bridge. I will leave some short captions over the photographs – you can read them as you walk. But first please watch two videos.

A video courtesy of a Friend of St. John’s River Eoin Nevins brings you back to 2007 – it shows the part of the river you have visited in my previous blog posts.


The other video is about the old Waterford-Tramore railway. The part of the cycling/walkway you are on was constructed along the line of this railway and opened in August 2015.


If you want to know more about our birds, here is a helpful link.  When I struggle to identify a bird, I simply send a bird picture to Birdwatch Ireland and always get a prompt reply.

Starlings gather on the sports field netting after the sunset.

Wrens are common on this stretch of the river. They will wait until you walk past, and start singing right behind your back.

Female Blackbird is jerking her tail in annoyance: too many dogs, too many people.

Cormorant is getting ready for his fishing trip.

Cormorants can stay under water a whole minute.

A couple of very shy Moorhens settled at this stretch of the river. They are safe behind the high fencing.

After crossing the Inner Ring road, you are greeted with the bird songs. This is a great bird watching opportunity close to the city boundaries.

Dunnock on the other side of the river sings his head off. Generally shy birds, Dunnocks are seldom seen in the open space. You can read some interesting facts about dunnocks in this article.

A great singer, Eurasian blackcap, could be a winter guest from the Central Europe. Irish population of Blackcaps migrate to North Africa in the autumn.

More wrens in the bushy area. They are one of my favorite birds.

The song thrush is speckled with dark heart-shaped spots, and both male and female look similar. The male Song thrush has a loud and clear song.

You can listen to the Blackbird’s song here to compare. The bird in the picture is a female, you can hear a female song in this video, just wait a couple of  seconds. These birds are very vocal, and they have a range of warning calls.

The Collared dove and Wood pigeon are common along the river walk.

This is a male Collared dove, and he is singing ( look at his throat).

Female Collared dove.

Napping Wood pigeon.

This is our winter guest Redwing, a Thrush family bird from Iceland. More pictures in my blogpost here.

Greenfinch is also a rare guest.

Goldfinches are abundant around the Cherrymount foot bridge. When they are busy, you can come up quite close.

That is it for today. We continue our walk in two weeks. More bird sighting as you move closer to the source. Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. I loved listening to the different bird songs, Inese. Both the thrush and blackbird have such pretty voices. The return of the birds and their songs are one of my favorite parts of spring. Beautiful photos. 🙂 ❤

    1. Thank you so much, Diana! Sorry for the late reply – we are on holidays and there is no reception in the mountains. I will be back in two weeks.
      We are lucky to have the early spring and listen to the bird songs from February 🙂 Hope you have a beautiful month of May! ❤

  2. Your bird pix are fabulous as always Inese! It was fabulous to see the variety – I think we even have a couple of similar ones down here in Florida!

    1. Thank you Syd! It is amazing that a short rivulet and a small bog are a home to many bird species.

    1. The birds beautify the Earth, Uma. Thank you for stopping by and listening to the bird songs. I am generally offline these days, talk to you later this month 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, dear Aquileana! Sorry for the late reply – I am on holidays with my family, and we don’t have coverage here in the mountains. Have to drive to town to get online 🙂 Love and best wishes ❤ xx

  3. Hello dear Inese,
    So happy to “join” you as you continue your walk along St John’s River.
    Each view is precious, and the wren especially touched me.
    I hope you are enjoying a lovely Spring holiday ❤


    1. Thank you, Takami! Wren is a very small bird, but it has a beautiful and strong voice. Kingfishers used to live by the river, but it is years since I have seen one.
      Enjoy the beautiful month of May! ❤

      1. Thank you Inese! Just yesterday, my husband and I saw a female Kingfisher at a pond in our local park. I take this as a good sign that you will see Kingfisher very soon ❤

  4. Inese, a glorious post of your birds along the river! 😀Wrens are one of my favourite birds as well and it’s been a treat to see these stunning images of this sweet bird. In Sweden they hop across the land with peaceful ease. Happy Trails and Photographing! Xx

    1. Thank you so much, Annika! Glad we share the love for wrens 🙂 They have such sweet song.
      I will get in touch after my holidays. Have a lovely month! xx

  5. I had to come back when I had time to watch the vids. A lovely post, made perfect by the birds. I just adore them, especially the wrens.
    You put a lot into your posts, Inese, and I truly appreciate it!
    Ireland is beautiful! xo

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment, Resa! This little river is loved by birds. We don’t have much of wildlife here, and every tiny creature is a joy to see. xx

  6. I have a dunnock hop around my vegetable garden every winter – just out the dining room window. He arrives at exactly the same time every day! There’s only ever just the one. I presume he disappears in the spring to find another!

    1. I didn’t know much about the dunnocks until I read the link I shared in the post. Your dunnock has an interesting life I guess 🙂

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