Issue 12, September 2010
Welcome to the September 2010 issue of eWings, BirdWatch Ireland's email newsletter.
We are starting this issue of eWings with an urgent appeal. Zino's Petrel, which is one of the rarest birds in the world, has been dealt a massive blow by forest fires on the Portuguese island of Madeira, the only place on earth where this endangered seabird breeds.

No more than 80 pairs of this enigmatic bird exist, and the August fires killed 65% of this year's chicks; only 13 fledglings survived in their underground burrows. At least 3 adult birds also perished, and the fire also caused widespread soil erosion, destroying many Zino's Petrel nesting burrows.

BirdLife International and SPEA, our BirdLife partner in Portugal, have launched an appeal for funds to carry out emergency conservation work at the petrels' nesting site before the winter sets in. If you would like to learn more about the plight of this special bird and make a donation to the appeal fund, please visit the Zino's Petrel Appeal page.
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Climate change colonist suffers setback
Although it only began breeding here in 1996, the Little Egret is now a familiar sight in many parts of Ireland. It is believed that climate change may very well have played a role in its arrival here, allowing it to overwinter in areas that were once too cold for it. Last winter was one of the harshest in Ireland for many years, and it seems that in some areas at least these warmth-loving birds were badly hit by the prolonged cold spell. We need your help to track their fortunes. Photo: Little Egret by Clive Timmons
Learn more about these gorgeous birds and how you can help
Survey finds that Kingfishers are still widespread in Ireland
It's always nice to bring you some good news. In the current issue of Wings, BirdWatch Ireland's membership magazine, Olivia Crowe reports that a joint BirdWatch Ireland, NPWS and OPW survey has found that the Kingfisher, one of Ireland's favourite birds, is faring well along the country's waterways.
If you don't already receive Wings and would like to, simply join BirdWatch Ireland today.
Photo: Kingfisher by Michael Finn
Read more in an exclusive extract from the Autumn 2010 issue of Wings (PDF: 569KB)
Are you running in the Dublin Marathon this year?
Being a fit and healthy lot, we assume that many eWings readers (well, a few of you at least) will be running in the Dublin Marathon on the October Bank Holiday Monday. If you are, perhaps you might like to consider raising sponsorship funds for BirdWatch Ireland. We can provide T-shirts and sponsorship packs, as well as a special birdwatching prize for whomever raises the most money.
If running is not your thing, perhaps you can think of another reason for your friends and family to sponsor you. A sponsored birdwatch, perhaps, or a week in a bath of baked beans? It's entirely up to you.
Photo: Roadrunner (yes, they really do exist) by Anne Toal
Set up your own personal fundraising page for BirdWatch Ireland at
The Complete Field Guide to Ireland's Birds
This brand new field guide from Eric Dempsey and Michael O'Clery, due our later this month, is without doubt the best guide to Ireland's birds yet produced.
Almost 370 species are illustrated in full, along with key identification features, voice, diet, habitat and status information and highly accurate distribution maps. In addition, over 100 of Ireland's rarest vagrants are also included. It will easily fit into a jacket pocket or a rucksack and is ideal for use in the field.
This book is destined to become an essential part of every nature lover's bookshelf. If you watch birds in Ireland and only buy one book this year, it should be this one.
Order now for delivery end of September/early October - price 20 euro, plus P&P
Would you like to work or volunteer with BirdWatch Ireland?
BirdWatch Ireland frequently looks for prospective staff members, seasonal fieldworkers, specialist contractors and volunteers for a range of projects.

These projects may be a combination of field and/or office-based work, ranging from ongoing projects which are carried out by BirdWatch Ireland from year to year, to one off tasks requiring just a few days input. We also at times require experienced personnel for tender bids.
Click for full details of how you can register your interest
I know we always ask this, but if you are not already a BirdWatch Ireland member perhaps we could persuade you to become a member today. We are a charity and rely massively on the funds our members provide to enable us to conserve Ireland's birds and other wildlife, and we can't do it without you. There is a lot in it for you too: in addition to our quarterly Wings magazine, BirdWatch Ireland members also receive a membership pack, garden bird kit and special gift, as well as the opportunity to go to hundreds of local Branch events around the country each year.

If you are a member, we are very grateful for your support. If you have any friends or family members whom you think might be interested, perhaps you could persuade them to join up too.

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Good Bird Watching,
Oran O'Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer, BirdWatch Ireland
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