Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), and the public health measures put in place by the Government, our Dawn Chorus Walk was cancelled. This event has always been one of the most looked forward to events of the year by members and non-members alike so it was decided that we would ask as many as possible to go out into their gardens, or an area within 5km of home, at 4.30am and come together in spirit to enjoy the bird song. In doing so we wanted to remember and show our appreciation for the health care staff and workers who continuously contribute to the functioning of the country and also remember all those who have died or lost loved ones.
The morning was cool with a strong north-easterly breeze which resulted in fewer birds in some areas. For those in more sheltered areas quite a number of species were heard. We received records from Ballycullane, Bridgetown, Castlebridge, Duncormick, Foulksmills and around Wexford Town, to name but a few. Robin, Blackbird or Song Thrush were the first to be heard in most areas. Bats, foxes, hares and an early foraging bumblebee were also recorded.
There were a number of early morning texts and phone calls as members shared their experiences. Thanks to everyone who got up early and headed out to enjoy this wonderful cacophony of bird song.
Birds recorded (not all birds were recorded at all sites):
Pheasant, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Skylark, Swallow, House Martin, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Goldcrest, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Hooded Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer.
Report, Mary Foley & photos, Brian O’Connor.