Monday, 30 March 2015

Cavan Birdwatch Committee

The Cavan Birdwatch branch A.G.M took place on Thursday, 19th March prior to the "Irish Swifts in Decline; What Can We Do?" in the County Museum, Ballyjamesduff.
The committee for the year ahead is as follows:
Chair: Heather Bothwell (Killeshandra)
Secretary: Ashley Wynne (Cavan )
Treasurer: Sean Callaghan (Virginia)

General committee : PJ Byrne, (Vice Chairperson), Michael Mc Kiernan (Vice Secretary), Peadar Reynolds (Vice Treasurer) Liz Mc Kenna, Andrew Carleton  and Nigel Beresford.

New members are always welcome, come along to an outing or meeting; keep an eye on our blog and Facebook page; also check out and their Facebook page for information, news and events.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Spring walk

Birdwatch Ireland:(NH) 
If you're looking for a fun activity this coming Sunday, 29th March and are in the Dublin area, please join me for a woodland birdwatching walk through the Furry Glen in the Phoenix Park. This is the latest in our joint series of monthly nature events with the OPW, and we hope to see a wide range of woodland species, including (with a little luck) this fellow here, the Jay. The walk is free of charge and open to all: simply meet at the Phoenix park Visitors' Centre ( at 11:00am (don't forget that the clocks go forward an hour this weekend!)

Tuesday, 24 March 2015


Michael Casey from Birdwatch Sligo gave an interesting presentation in Cavan county museum recently, on the subject of a declining swift population.
Concerned with the apparent decline in swifts, he and Sligo locals set up the Tubbercurry Swift Project. 

Swifts spend most of their life on the wing, landing only to nest, arriving in Ireland in May, staying until August.
Their Latin name, “Apus apus” means “footless footless”, referencing the fact that their weak and small feet only allow them to cling to vertical surfaces or shuffle akwardly on the ground, being unable to take off in flight from the ground.
They need high buildings and crevices as they drop from the nest before gaining momentum to fly.
There is alot of work being done in Ireland and across Europe to help the swift. If you have any information or are interested in finding out how to get more involved, please contact us!

Monday, 23 March 2015

We are on Facebook too!

Cavan Birdwatch now has a Facebook page, click on the above link to view it.
We will continue using this blog to inform members of events, display photos etc.
If you have Facebook page check us out and like to spread the word!

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Hen harrier Survey

(photo Shay Connolly)

BirdWatch Ireland, alongside the Irish Raptor Study Group and the Golden
Eagle Trust are coordinating the National Hen Harrier Survey 2015.

This survey will begin at the start of April and the project co-ordinators
are running a series of training workshops to ensure all surveyors are
familiar with the methods involved and to offer opportunities for new
fieldworkers to participate to help monitor the Hen Harrier population.

Anyone who is interested is invited to attend the up-coming survey training workshops which
will cover Hen Harrier ecology, methods, reporting and other research
opportunities during the course of the survey. 

In Cavan, you can attend the Errigal hotel, Cootehill, this Wednesday, 25th March from 9.30 a.m. until 1.30 p.m. The workshop is free, however registration prior to the event is requested.

Even if you can’t take on a survey square you can assist by reporting
information and sightings of Hen Harriers in your local area. 

You can submit your sightings through the dedicated survey
website   irishhenharriersurvey

Monday, 2 March 2015

A Presentation "Irish Swifts in Decline: What Can We Do"? on Thursday 19 March

 Swift photo by Micheal Casey

  A Presentation entitled "Irish Swifts in Decline: What Can We Do?" by Micheal Casey (Birdwatch Ireland,Sligo Branch) will take place on Thursday 19 March at 8pm in Cavan County Museum.

This talk will be about the decline of swifts in Ireland,causes of this decline and what we can do about it.

Micheal is a vet with the Dept of Agriculture Food & the Marine's Laboratory Service. His interest in swifts is pursued outside of his work. He is also a bird ringer, with a special interest in swifts, dippers and peregrine falcons.

Micheal is involved with the swift conservation project and hopes to encourage local groups in the County to help out by getting involved in a local project.

Members of Tidy Towns committees and local Heritage groups are very welcome to attend this event!

The Branch AGM will take place prior to presentation at 7pm sharp.

More information on the Swift Conservation project can be found here

Dundalk Bay outing, Sunday 22 February

 The Bird Hide at Lurgangreen

Our outing to Dundalk Bay began with a rainy start but soon cleared as we reached the hide at Lurgangreen.There we were met up with Louth Branch member Gerry O Neill. 
On view were a wide range of waders, ducks and geese. We also caught some wonderful sights of Yellowhammers as they perched in nearby bushes.

 yellowhammer at Lurgangreen

 curlew by Peter Mc Kenna
grey heron by Peter Mc Kenna
greenshank by Peter Mc Kenna

 As we continued on our journey we stopped along the way to watch large groups of wildfowl feeding in local fields.These included Brent,Greylag,White-fronted and Pink-footed Geese.

 Geese flock in fields close to Lurgangreen

The Harbour at Giles Quey by Freddy Mc Gavin

When we reached Giles Quay we were met by marvellous sunshine and caught some great close-up views of Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Sanderling as they sped along the seashore.

 Giles Quay Beach by Freddy Mc Gavin
ringed plover by Peter Mc Kenna
turnstone by Peter Mc Kenna

After a short Coffee break and short visit to Rockmarshall we finished for the day and continued on our journey homeward bound.

watching roosting waders at Rockmarshall 

Rockmarshall  Freddy Mc Gavin.

 A stormy scene at Giles Quay
Photo Freddy Mc Gavin

 All in all it was a most enjoyable day with some breathtaking views and a large variety of birds spotted.Many thanks to Elizabeth,Gerry, PJ and Michael for all their help on the day.

Report by Branch Member Freddy Mc Gavin 

Changes had to be made to our itinerary on the day due to the bad weather. We are very grateful to Gerry for coming along and opening up the hide and for his help on the day

For infomration on bird sightings visit the Louth Birds Blog here 
For information on where to watch birds in Louth click here