BirdWatch group spots 51 species dur­ing Dun­dalk trip

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By MYLES BUCHANAN

THE lat­est out­ing car­ried out by the Wick­low branch of BirdWatch Ire­land in­volved a trip to Dun­dalk to view win­ter­ing wa­ter­birds.

Some lo­cals joined the Wick­low vis­i­tors for a morn­ing bird­watch­ing ses­sions at the Os­car Merne hide in Lur­gan­gree. A group of bird­ers from Ban­gor, County Down were in­volved in the af­ter­noon walk along the Navy Bank.

A to­tal of 51 dif­fer­ent bird species were spot­ted, in­clud­ing Black-tailed God­wit, Blue Tit, Cor­morant, Dun­lin, Golden Plover, Great Black-backed Gull, Grey Heron, Her­ring Gull, House Spar­row, King­fisher, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Mag­pie, Meadow Pipit, Mute Swan, Red­shank, Robin, Black-headed Gull, Black­bird, Buz­zard, Curlew, Feral Pi­geon, Goldfinch, Green­shank, Grey Plover, Hooded Crow, Jack­daw, Lap­wing, Lit­tle Egret, Mal­lard, Mis­tle Thrush, Oys­ter­catcher, Ringed Plover, Rook, Shel­duck, Star­ling, Teal, Wigeon, Wren, Shag, Snipe, Stonechat, Turn­stone, Wood­pi­geon, Brent Goose, Com­mon Gull, Grey­lag Goose, Knot, Chaffinch, Curlew Sand­piper, Dun­nock and Ruff

A re­minder that Steve Wing, Cape Clear Wildlife Of­fi­cer, will de­liver a talk on the birds and other wildlife of Cape Clear at the Glen­view Ho­tel on Tues­day, Novem­ber 13, start­ing at 8 p.m.

There will be a gar­den bird work­shop held at the East Coast Na­ture Re­serve on Satur­day, Novem­ber 24. The meet­ing point is at the main en­trance on Sea Road for 10 a.m.

On Tues­day, December 11, ‘Birds of Twelve Days of Christ­mas’ takes place at the Glen­view Ho­tel from 8 p.m. The talk will in­volve an ex­plo­ration, in word, image and sound, of birds linked to the song, with some po­etic li­cence, such as Tur­tle Doves, Par­tridges and drum­ming Wood­peck­ers.

A bird­watch­ing out­ing suitable for chil­dren takes place at Grey­stones Har­bour on Satur­day, December 15.

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