'The Wonders of Bird Migration' Course: 20% DISCOUNT!
Date: 10th – 14th September 2012
Location: Cape Clear Bird Observatory, Cape Clear Island, Co. Cork
This course explores the wonders of bird migration in the setting of one of Ireland’s most famous birdwatching sites – Cape Clear Island. September is the prime month to experience migration in action and as the mass southward push of summer visitors gathers momentum, tired migrants make brief stopovers on islands and headlands en route to African wintering grounds. Cape, at the most southerly tip of Ireland, falls right in their path.
This course is delivered in a humorous and enthusiastic manner and will suit all levels. Topics covered will include: Which birds migrate, how do they navigate, where do they go, why do they move, what great journeys do they undertake, why do some species migrate and others don’t?, identification techniques, an introduction to bird ringing, counting methods, the work of the observatory, and the effect of weather on birds and migration are just some of the other topics covered.
Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff and Sedge Warbler are just some of the common migrants likely to be present, but a sharp eye will kept out for scarcer passage species, such as Wryneck, Pied Flycatcher, Redstart and Reed Warbler, which could drop in any time. There will also be the opportunity to witness the migratory movements of seabirds which pass by Cape and gather offshore at this time of year. Amongst the regular Manx Shearwaters, Fulmars, Kittiwakes, Gannets, Skuas and auks, there is a good chance of seeing Storm Petrels and maybe some Southern Ocean visitors too, such as Sooty Shearwater.
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