Look What the Tide Brought in on our Nature Walk on Dublin's North Bull Island

Seashells uncovered on our walk along the beach of Dublin's North Bull Island
When the sun is shining without a cloud in the sky in Dublin (an admittedly rare occurrence), it's important to get outside and soak in some of those rays.  We're not the type to sit around on a beach, but we do love a good walk in an area of natural beauty.  With this in mind, we set out for a hike and a bit of birdwatching on North Bull Island which is located just offshore between Clontarf and Raheny in the suburbs of Dublin.
Chaffinch, old church wall and town sign in Raheny
I've read that the best birdwatching times are a couple hours before high tide.  When we arrived at the entrance to North Bull Island, the grass peeked out in the marshy area below the causeway out to the island.  Dublin's iconic Poolbeg smokestacks stood vigil in the distance.
Poolbeg smokestacks viewed from Bull Island Causeway
On the other side of the Bull Island causeway, I looked out through my binoculars and quickly spotted birds.  They were everywhere!
Flocks of birds viewed from North Bull Island in Dublin
We spotted teals, godwits, barnacle geese, and a curlew on Bull Island.
Birds on North Bull Island - teals, godwits, barnacle geese and a curley
Walking on, we picked our way through tall grasses rustling in the wind moving north toward the tip of Bull Island.
Landscape of North Bull Island
We spotted a reed bunting in the distance balancing precariously.
Reed Bunting on North Bull Island
We spotted more birds in the distance and hiked down off of the Bull Island dunes to water's edge.  The tide was slowly but visibly coming in.
Tide slowing coming in on the northern tip of Bull Island
We crept closer and spotted a group of ringed plovers hanging out on a small patch of dry ground as the tide came in around them.  Such beautiful birds!
Ringed Plovers on North Bull Island
As we were walking around Bull Island, we heard a near constant and beautiful song.  We saw a bird soaring over our heads.  In flight, it sang constantly.  We finally caught a glimpse of this lovely little skylark when it came in for a very brief landing near water's edge on Bull Island.
Skylark on North Bull Island
At the very northern tip of Bull Island, we were rewarded with gorgeous views of Howth Head.
View of Howth Head from North Bull Island
We walked carefully to the edge of the Bull Island and made our way down onto the beach.
The beach on North Bull Island
North Bull Island beach
We strolled back the way we had come and spotted all sorts of amazing shells along the way.
Seashells on the beach - North Bull Island
We even spied a very large jellyfish washed up on shore.
Large jellyfish washed ashore on North Bull Island
By the time we finished our walk around North Bull Island, it was definitely high tide and the channel under the causeway used to walk onto the island was flooded.
Poolbeg smokestacks at high tide viewed from North Bull Island
We finished our afternoon adventure in the suburbs of Dublin with a stop at Perkulicious for coffee and a snack in their outdoor garden.  It was a perfect end to a perfect sunny day on North Bull Island!
Coffee and a cupcake at Perkulicious in Raheny
Here's a map highlighting the walk that we took around Dublin's North Bull Island.

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Sidewalk Safari: Look What the Tide Brought in on our Nature Walk on Dublin's North Bull Island
Look What the Tide Brought in on our Nature Walk on Dublin's North Bull Island
Learn more about a top birdwatching hike through North Bull Island in Dublin, Ireland. A photo-rich post written by Dublin-based travel blogger, Jennifer (aka Dr. J) from Sidewalk Safari.
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