Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Dusk Chorus Event at Holistic Gardens, Shercock

Blackbird 

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 http://holisticgardens.ie/?page_id=485 or contact Eva on 0871355502

Garden birdwatching during the snow storm


starling

starling

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

https://www.rte.ie/news/newslens/2018/0122/935166-starlings/

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


song thrush
fieldfare

song thrush

fieldfare
goldfinch







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 cavanbirdwatching@gmail.com or phone 087 7735487 for more information or if you have a query.
Lough_Sheelin

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 cavanbirdwatching@gmail.com


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 cavanbirdwatching@gmail.com if you have questions or need more information.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Dawn Chorus Bailieborough

Cavan branch Dawn Chorus Day Sunday 14th 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  cavanbirdwatching@gmail.com for more information.