Thursday, 17 May 2018

Dawn Chorus, Belturbet

A 4.30 a.m start is likely to test the strongest of wills; yet a good turn-out of 11 interested people met at Turbet island carpark to greet the day. A song thrush on a nearby TV aerial  started our listening and was soon followed by the blackbird; with less musical notes from the grey crow in the background!
The walk is an enjoyable loop of a very easy grade and very popular with locals. Bats swooped overhead as we passed through the wooded area. The mist rose off the river and looked very atmospheric as the sun rose. A single grey heron stood still on a tuft mid-stream  looking very statuesque.
The list of heard birds was typical for a dawn walk; robin, wren, rook, blackcap, dunnock, goldcrest, wood pigeon, blue tit, great tit, chaffinch, willow warbler all were heard singing.
With the daylight, visibility improved and we saw pied and grey wagtail, ,mallard, bullfinch, mute swan, swallow, coot, jackdaw, starling sand and house martin.
The walk ended with a much-appreciated mug of tea and scone. Thanks to all who attended and those with sharp ears for identifying individual species out of the vast display of song.


Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Dusk Chorus Event at Holistic Gardens, Shercock


A short walk to listen to the song of blackbird, song thrush and other resident birds will take place on Friday 23rd March at the Holistic Garden Retreat Centre,Glasleck,Shercock.
(A81 CF95)

Following the walk, a talk on Bird Song ID will take place to help us learn and prepare for the arrival of our summer migrants! This event is suitable for beginners.

The walk will commence at 6.15pm. 

Warm waterproof clothing and footwear is recommended and children should be accompanied by an adult.

For information on how to find the Holistic Garden Centre click here or contact Eva on 0871355502

Garden birdwatching during the snow storm



I had many interesting visitors to my feeders during the recent snow storm including fieldfares and song thrush. However, the birds that provided many hours of enjoyable watching were the flocks of starlings that visited the feeders during the four days of snow. My feeders and bird cake provided much needed food. On the first day of the snow a flock of about 20 starlings came to feed and the numbers increased day by day. On the final day of the snow I had a flock of 70 birds visit the garden. It was a real pleasure to help these lovely birds survive the terrible weather and they provided hours of entertainment! 

I miss not having them around anymore but intend to place a couple of nest boxes in the garden to help our breeding birds as starlings are now on the amber list of birds of conservation concern due to a moderate decline of the breeding European population.

Liz Mc Kenna

For information on how to construct a starling nest box click here 

Great footage of a murmuration of starlings can been seen here

Also great to see fieldfares and song thrushes come to the feeders!

song thrush

song thrush


Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Lough Sheelin's shores

We will be meeting at Crover House Hotel, Mountnugent on Sunday, 25th February at 9.30 a.m.
From there we will drive to several points with good viewing of the lake and its birds.
Bring a lunch and dress warmly!
email or phone 087 7735487 for more information or if you have a query.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Dundalk outing

Dundalk is always a favourite with Cavan Birdwatch branch. There is an abundance of waders and migrating birds with great sites to watch them from. 
We will be holding an outing to Dundalk bay on Sunday 26th November. Meet at the docks at 12 noon.
park at Lidl carpark and cross the road to The Spirt Store-- 
Bring a packed lunch and wear warm outdoor gear.
If you have any questions, email

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

On Sunday 22nd October we are meeting up with the Sligo branch to visit some of their favourite sites at this time of year. This is a lovely trip with excellent local guides

Bring a lunch and hopefully we'll have somewhere scenic to have our sandwiches. Wear warm outdoor clothing; it will most likely be cold!

Meet at 11 a.m. at Cartron Car Park, which is just off the main N4 as it travels over Hughes Bridge in Sligo. You take a left for Rosses Point rather than going on to Donegal. Cartron is on the left just before the road narrows with the seashore also on the left. There is a viewing platform there as it is a good spot for waders.
Contact if you have questions or need more information.