THE West Cork Branch of Birdwatch Ireland will hold a dawn-to-dusk ‘bird race’ on Sunday January 29th.
Teams of four people will spend the day racing around the defined race area trying to record as many species of birds as possible.
This should be a very exciting day and the list of birds should be more than 100 species. The race area will stretch from Ring Pier in the east to Rosscarbery Pier in the west and south of the R600 & N71.
The race is open to everyone, from the very experienced birder to the newcomer. There will be prizes for the team with the highest score, as well as prizes for several other categories, so everyone is in with a chance of winning something.
It’s a great opportunity for a fun day out for any bird lover and a great opportunity to see lots of bird species and get familiar with one of the best birdwatching locations in the whole country.
Anyone interested in taking part can register by email to the secretary up until 6pm on January 28th, or alternatively on the morning of the race before 8:15am at the starting point.
For those who do not have a team of 4, or are inexperienced and would like someone on their team with a bit more knowledge, early registration is essential so the appropriate arrangements can be made in advance.
A checklist of birds with a list of the rules and a race area map will be provided on the day. The race starts at 8:30am sharp at Scally’s SuperValu car park in Clonakilty and ends at 5:30pm sharp at O’Donovan’s Hotel, also in Clonakilty. Registration is with Nicholas Mitchell at [email protected] or phone 087 121 5256.