BirdWatch Ireland’s National Dawn Chorus Day – Sunday 19th May 2013
National Dawn Chorus Day is traditionally the day when wildlife enthusiasts the length and breadth of Ireland set their alarm clocks a little earlier than usual and go out to enjoy a morning of beautiful birdsong. Of course, that isn’t the only day on which you can experience the marvel of the dawn chorus; the birds will be in full voice throughout early summer, and the best time to hear them is in the twilight period just before the sun comes up.
So what is so special about the dawn chorus? Woodland and garden birds sing throughout the day, so why not just listen to them then? Well, that is certainly a very worthwhile thing to do, but the most amazing thing about the period just before dawn is the sheer number of birds that are singing and the high volume of their songs. People who have never before experienced a full dawn chorus in a woodland park or even a well-wooded garden are often astonished by how many birds seem to be involved. You might think that you have a lot of birds in your garden or local park, but until you hear the dawn chorus you honestly have no idea how many are there.
This year BirdWatch Ireland branches all over the country will be holding guided dawn chorus events on and around the 19th May. They are always very popular and are ideal for beginners, so why not come along this year and see what all the fuss is about?Here in West Cork, the local Branch is holding its Dawn Chorus event at INFF, Manch, Ballineen www.inff.ie. Meet at the INFF Centre car park at 4:30am for a prompt start at 4:45am. Manch lies just north of the main Bandon to Dunmanway road (R586), about 2 miles west of Ballineen and 5 miles east of Dunmanway. Entrance to Manch: OSI Map 86 grid reference W 311 532.
This event is free and open to everyone and the walk will be led by David Rees. Tea and coffee will be available afterwards. There will also be some stalls and information about BirdWatch Ireland and INFF.
For further details, please call Nicholas Mitchell at 023 8821640 or 087 1215256