Sunday, 27 November 2016

Trip to Shannon Callows

Cavan Birdwatch are visiting the Shannon Callows on Sunday 11th December.
These lands along the shores of the  River Shannon are of international importance for wintering waders. Meet at Supervalu, Banagher, Co. Offaly at 11 a.m or contact 087 7735487 or to discuss travel arrangements.

I am attaching a few links about the callows so you can have an idea of what to expect while there.

If you are interested in going, it would be useful if i could get an idea of numbers so that car-pooling could be arranged if needed.  feel free to contact me either through this email address or phone 087 7735487.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Dundalk docks

The branch outing to Dundalk was held on a crispy midday meet at the docks. It was about mid tide but a good number of waders were feeding away on the mud flats. This area is great for close up views of teal which are there in abundance. Other species included redshank, greenshank, bar tailed and black tailed godwits, grey heron, cormorant, grey plover, curlew, lapwing, mallard, shelduck and even mute swans. A seal pup popped up every now and then.
We went up river to the other side of the bridge where the prize was seven snipe feeding away along with gulls galore at various stages in their maturity. A challenge for even experienced birdwatchers !!.There was definitely black headed gulls and common gulls. The little egret and ruff added to the list.
Out at Giles Quay the red breasted mergansers, great northern diver, common scoter, guillemot and a razorbill were good sightings on a nice calm sea.On the shore a small flock of ringed plover with some sanderling and dunlin kept moving about. The turnstones were busy and well camouflaged. There were linnets in the nearby fields and the starling was also enjoying a bath. Lots of brent geese and other birds were on the move.
As the tide was reaching its peak we went to Lurgangreen. The number of birds here were extraordinary, I would not envy anyone trying to count them. They included oystercatchers, brent geese, greylag geese, godwits, lapwing and golden plover. Some shelduck,wigeon and a few goldeneye. A buzzard kept an eye on things and a hunting peregrine resulted in great numbers of birds on the wing. Watching the flocks twist and turn in the evening sunset was spectacular.
While the glossy ibis and long billed dowitcher were not around, overall a very enjoyable day was had by all.A special thanks to our very knowledgeable guide for the day – Elizabeth. Without her a few species would have went undetected.

Michael McKiernan

photos: Elizabeth Mc Kenna

Grey heron and little egret




Dundalk docks

Sanderling and ringed plover at Gyles Quay

Dundalk docks

Sunset at Gyles quay

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

November outing

 Dear birdwatcher,

Our November outing will take place this Sunday at Dundalk docks.
Meet at the Spirit Store at 12 noon. 
You can park in the Lidl car park just across the road.
For those wishing to car share, meet at the library in Bailieborough at 11 a.m.
Bring warm clothes (it's going to be clear and cold I think!) and a packed lunch. 
If you have not attended an outing before, you are very welcome to come along and try it out!
Here is a map of the location of meeting point-


For anyone who would like to attend, P.J's month's mind will be this Saturday at 7 p.m.