Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Great birdwatch evening

A great time was had by all who attended the Kilcullen Tidy Towns Birdwatch evening yesterday as part of the Kildare Biodiversity week, writes Ray Kelly.

The talk in O'Connells Bar was presented by Neil Bourke and Paddy Kennedy of Birdwatch Ireland's Kildare branch. The large attendance were given a snapshot of the over 40-plus species (yes, 40+) of birds identified in the area between the Valley Park and the Bridge Community River walk.

Neil gave us valuable information on how to recognise various bird calls, where certain birds live and how common or in some cases how rare some birds are.

The talk was followed by a walking tour that commenced at the rear of the Heritage Centre. Just then a large swan appeared magically through the centre arch of the Bridge to create a spectacular start to the walk. The group then traversed both sides of the river for more adventures.

Ducks, wagtails, swifts, swallows, warblers, pigeons, doves, and crows were some of the birds we got to see and hear.

Overall it was a very informative and enjoyable evening, and thanks to Neil and Paddy for the information and their time.

Thanks also to the Bridge Community and Kilcullen Town for what are two fantastic amenities — the Nature Trail and the Valley Park, which are accessible to all residents and visitors to enjoy. Real gems.