Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Dawn Chorus Farnham Estate, Cavan

Report by Heather:

We walked from the hotel to Farnham lake through some very nice habitat of old mixed woodland, big mature oak pines and fir. At the beginning all three thrushes and robins were serenading us. As light increased wrens, goldcrests, and the warblers joined in. Chaffinch, bluetit and coal tit near the end. We picked up swans, coots, greatcrested grebes, herons and mallard at the lake. No sign of terns or blackheaded gulls ( this was  a breeding site in the past). The highlight for me was a red squirrel moving about the front lawn of the big house where there are several very old big conifers.

The Cavan branch is very grateful to the Farnham estate for permission to visit such a rich  interesting habitat . It has interesting native flora with a high density of song birds.

Dawn Chorus Castle Lake Woods Bailieborough

Enjoying a teabreak

Olive Mary and Patricia

Report by Elizabeth Mc Kenna

A National Dawn Chorus day outing took place at the Castle Lake Woods on Sunday 15 May. We gathered in the car park at 4.30am. It was great to see such a good turn out so early in the morning. As we began our walk we enjoyed the sight of bats flying overhead and the sound of thrushes and blackbirds which had already begun singing. Over the course of the walk we recorded many species including sedge warbler, blackcap, chiffchaff, willow warbler and reed bunting.  We finished off the morning with a cup of tea and refreshments. Thanks to Mary, Olive and Patricia for the buns and homemade bread!

Friday, 6 May 2011

National Dawn Chorus Day Sunday 15 May

The Dawn Chorus has now reached it’s peak as returning migrants along with our resident birds are in full song.Come along to one of our Dawn Chorus Events to fully appreciate birdsong at it’s best!

Dawn Chorus Walks Sunday 15th May in Co. Cavan.

Castle Lake Woods, Bailieborough.

Meet at the main car park,lear entrance at 4.30am.

Radisson Blu Farnham Estate Hotel (outside Cavan town).

Meet at the front door of hotel at 4.30am.

Breakfast available in hotel restaurant .Pre-booking is essential and bookings must be made through the Botanical Restaurant on 049 4377700.

For more information on the Dawn Chorus click here.