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 saveourswifts.co.uk 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 link...www.thinkwildlife.org

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) jlusby@birdwatchireland.ie
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

Monday, 22 February 2016

Birds of County Cavan

Brian Caffrey from Birdwatch Ireland will be presenting a talk on the birds of town and village habitats.
Join us for an informative evening of birds, nest boxes and wildlife.
This is the ideal opportunity to learn more about the bird species found in your local community with practical tips, advice and guidance on how to better protect them. In particular, we will focus on nest box schemes for threatened species such as Swift, Dipper and Barn Owl and innovative ways to create new bird habitats.
Johnston Library, Farnham St. Cavan 
Thursday 10th March
7.00 - 8.30 all are welcome!

Sunday, 21 February 2016

An apple a day....

Thanks to P.J Byrne for this lovely photo of a female blackbird in his garden.

Monday, 15 February 2016

Dundalk outing

Our outing to Dundalk Bay on Sunday February 14th- 'Valentine's Day' began with a bright sunny start which continued for the duration of our trip.
First stop was Dundalk Docks where a wide variety of Ducks and Waders where on display. These included Teal, Common Sandpiper and Spotted Redshank. Across the motorway in the local park we viewed some less conspicuous types like Rough and Snipe.
As we continued on our journey we stopped at Navy bank and Blackrock were we watched Shellduck, Merganser and Brent geese take to the sea.
After a short 'Coffeee Break' we proceeded to the embankment along Lurgangreen where we saw some marvellous sights of Roosting Oystercatcher, Goldeneye, Pintail and large flocks of Waders and Geese as they broke the skyline.
The day turned out to be a cold one but lighting conditions were excellent for the accompanying photographers.
By the time we started homeward bound we had spent a most enjoyable day in Dundalk with some wonderful sights and a large variety of birds spotted.
Many thanks to all those who attended.

Report by Freddy McGavin.

photos from Dundalk
Clare took some amazing photos there.
Follow the link to see the great variety of birds they saw.