Tuesday 21 November 2017

All ears as twitchers join dawn chorus line

Edel O'Connell

EARLY birds were out in their hundreds all over the country yesterday to catch the dawn chorus.

BirdWatch Ireland's National Dawn Chorus Day saw wildlife enthusiasts set their alarm clocks a little bit earlier than usual to enjoy a morning of birdsong. Branches of the wildlife organisation all over the country organised a series of dawn chorus walks and other birdsong-themed events at woodlands, wetlands and lakesides.

Many of the events were held from 4am onwards so enthusiasts wouldn't miss the very first notes of the chorus as blackbirds, song thrushes and other birds launched into song while it was still dark.

BirdWatch Ireland member Gearoid O Foighill, from Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary, organised the event for his local branch and said that nature walks through Knocknacree Woods started at 4.15am.

"We were treated to some wonderful birdsong despite the cold, overcast weather," he said.

"It is a fantastic family event and a great way of getting kids interested in nature and wildlife."

A bigger and better event was now planned for next year, and evening walks would be organised to capture the summer's evensong, he added.

Irish Independent

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