Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Dundalk outing

Dundalk is always a favourite with Cavan Birdwatch branch. There is an abundance of waders and migrating birds with great sites to watch them from. 
We will be holding an outing to Dundalk bay on Sunday 26th November. Meet at the docks at 12 noon.
park at Lidl carpark and cross the road to The Spirt Store-- 
Bring a packed lunch and wear warm outdoor gear.
If you have any questions, email cavanbirdwatching@gmail.com

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

On Sunday 22nd October we are meeting up with the Sligo branch to visit some of their favourite sites at this time of year. This is a lovely trip with excellent local guides

Bring a lunch and hopefully we'll have somewhere scenic to have our sandwiches. Wear warm outdoor clothing; it will most likely be cold!

Meet at 11 a.m. at Cartron Car Park, which is just off the main N4 as it travels over Hughes Bridge in Sligo. You take a left for Rosses Point rather than going on to Donegal. Cartron is on the left just before the road narrows with the seashore also on the left. There is a viewing platform there as it is a good spot for waders.
Contact cavanbirdwatching@gmail.com if you have questions or need more information.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Dawn Chorus Bailieborough

Cavan branch Dawn Chorus Day Sunday 14th May
This event will provide a great opportunity to learn about birdsong while enjoying an early morning walk. Come along and bring a friend!

Bailieborough: Meet at the Castle Lake Forest, lakeshore car park, 04.30

At this time (just before dawn) one gets to experience birdsong at its best in the quiet and stillness of the early morning. It provides an opportunity to hear the chorus build from just a lone thrush or blackbird to a full chorus of all the birds in the forest! The walks will last about an hour and we recommend wearing warm clothes and bringing along a snack and hot drink to enjoy afterwards.

Contact  cavanbirdwatching@gmail.com for more information.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Glenfarne Forest Park

The meeting time on this flyer is incorrect: we are meeting at 12.00.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Ballyconnell Woods

What glorious weather we had for our 2nd annual walk in Ballyconnell Woods today!

The walk, starting at the park opposite the Realta Centre takes you along the canal for around 1km before crossing a stile into the woods. 
Many of our records of today are of birds heard and identified by their song and some were spotted as well. With all those trees though, birds have fantastic camouflage!

So, to the list.....(drumroll..)
blue tit
chiff chaff (he made himself heard very early on and then refused to sing until much later)
mistle thrush
dunnock (obligingly came and perched right beside us!)
long-tailed tit (nest-making)
red poll
wood pigeon
little grebe
great crested grebe
hooded crow
tufted duck
mute swans
and a great spotted woodpecker.
We had local reports of a woodpecker from last year so we were keen to investigate further. We hadn't even entered the woods when we heard him drumming. He flew around quite a bit so remained very elusive. We did manage to get the briefest of glimpses of him as he flew close to us and then reconsidered and returned to the cover of the trees. 
Dick Coombes presented a talk to Cavan Birdwatch back in 2013 about how recently these birds have started to breed in Ireland. Have a look at our archive link to read about it: