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.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

New nest boxes

Replacement of nest boxes in the forest.
After last year's inspection it was agreed to replace the nest boxes this year, as they had been up for some time.
After a period of time we had all boxes replaced, with the good news that all the boxes were used for nesting last year.
Finally I would like to thank Andrew Carlton for helping me both to make and put up the nest boxes.(P.J Byrne)

Monday, 8 February 2016

Dundalk bay outing

On Sunday 14th February, the Cavan branch will be visitng Dundalk bay.
It is a very popular spot and is one of the most important sites in Ireland for migratory coastal birds.
Bring warm clothing and a lunch.
Meeting at the docks at 10.30 a.m.
You can park at Lidl and cross the road to the docks from there.
Anyone wishing to carpool can meet at Bailieborough.