Monday, 23 May 2016


"This starling in my garden has his best Sunday suit on"
Thanks to PJ for sending this photo

Saturday, 7 May 2016

AGM and committee for the coming year

Our AGM was held recently in Bailieborough, when the committee and some outings were decided upon.
The committee for the upcoming year was appointed:

Chair:         P.J Byrne                                  vice chair:         Peadar Reynolds
Secretary: Ashley Wynne                             vice secretary:  Michael Mc Kiernan
Treasurer: Séan Callaghan                           vice treasurer:   Heather Bothwell

General committee: Elizabeth Mc Kenna, Andrew Carleton.

This followed by a very interesting talk by Olivia Crowe regarding her involvement in research of the Greenland White-fronted Goose.
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Many thanks to Peadar and Lee for the lovely facility of the Bailieborough Business Centre.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Dawn Chorus 2016

Cavan branch Dawn Chorus Day Sunday 15th May
This event will provide a great opportunity to learn about birdsong while enjoying an early morning walk. Come along and bring a friend!

Bailieborough: Meet at the Castle Lake Forest, lakeshore car park, 04.30

At this time (just before dawn) one gets to experience birdsong at its best in the quiet and stillness of the early morning. It provides an opportunity to hear the chorus build from just a lone thrush or blackbird to a full chorus of all the birds in the forest! The walks will last about an hour and we recommend wearing warm clothes and bringing along a snack and hot drink to enjoy afterwards.

Contact Elizabeth 086 8336675 or for more information.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Dusk Chorus


Cavan Walking Festival – Lakeland Geopark Evening Walk
02 May 2016 @ 7:00pm - Town Lake Car Park, Killeshandra, Co Cavan
Welcome the summer season with an evening walk with local Geopark Guide Heather Bothwell.  
Identify birds and birdsong at evening chorus.  
Please wear sturdy footwear and wear warm waterproof clothing.  
For more information please contact +353 (0) 49 9526121.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Upcoming event

Our AGM will be held on Thursday 21st April in the Bailieborough Business Centre.

The meeting will commence at 7 p.m and will be followed by a talk at 8 p.m  by Olivia Crowe from Birdwatch Ireland;

‘Tracking the fortunes of our Greenland White-fronted Goose’

The iconic "wild geese" of the bogs and wild places of Ireland, including Co. Cavan.

Modern Ireland has an international responsibility as the primary wintering site of these shy and reclusive  long-distance migrants from the high arctic.

(photo John Carey)

Monday, 21 March 2016

Brian Caffrey talk

    (photo: Daniel Downey)

Brian Caffrey from Birdwatch Ireland presented a very interesting and well-attended talk regarding the birds of the towns and villages of county Cavan in the Johnston library recently.
He spoke of how urban areas contained important habitats such as parks, rivers and buildings for several bird species.
Swifts, dippers and grey wagtails are all likely to be found in populated areas but have suffered population decline due to several factors; climate change and building renovation being two.
In Northern Ireland have championed the cause of these birds, giving lots of information regarding how to attract them, build nest boxes and lots of links, videos and things swift-related.
Western Wall, Jerusalem

Maiden Tower, Baku      

Brian gave many interesting examples of the popularity of swifts worldwide, These photos have been taken from this dedicated swift blog:

Barn owls are almost unheard of in Cavan; Birdwatch Ireland has only a record of 2 pairs in the whole county. Their population is being decimated by the misuse of rodenticides.  Find out more about responsible rodenticide use at this

Nestboxes close to or over water will be useful to our dipper and grey wagtail populations; trials have shown that they are readily using boxes under bridges, provided they are above flood levels.
(permisson must be obtained before putting boxes up on bridges).

Here is an article about success with dipper nestboxes. 

Brian asked that any owl sightings be submitted to John Lusby (Birdwatch Ireland)
and that sightings of swifts, dippers and grey wagtails be submitted on Birdtrack.

A previous talk on swifts by Michael Casey is linked here   cavanbranch.blogspot/swifts