Issue 8, May 2010
Welcome to the May 2010 issue of eWings, BirdWatch Ireland's email newsletter.
The nesting season is upon us, the time of year when, all across Ireland, birds are sitting on eggs or are frantically trying to feed hungry mouths. It is also the time of year when BirdWatch Ireland is innundated with emails and phone calls about "abandoned" baby birds. In the vast majority of cases these chicks have not been abandoned at all, and the best course of action is usually to leave them alone and let their parents continue to care for them. We have prepared a special Baby Bird FAQ that we hope will be of help.

Many thanks to all of the eWings readers who contacted us with comments about our new logo, which was announced in last month's issue. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and we are delighted that you all seem to be as pleased with it as we are.

Thanks also to everyone who has become a "fan" of BirdWatch Ireland on Facebook. Its a great way to share your sightings and photos with us, and of course with each other, and to learn more about our work and the world of bird conservation in Ireland. If you'd like to be a part of it, please become our Facebook fan today.
To view the articles and news in full simply click on the link displayed at the bottom of each article summary.
National Dawn Chorus Day 2010
National Dawn Chorus Day is taking place this coming Sunday, 16th May, and BirdWatch Ireland Branches around the country are planning lots of guided walks in celebration of birdsong. It's well worth the early start, and there is bound to be a walk taking place near you: all events are free of charge and open to all. Photo: Robin by John Carey
See a full listing of all our National Dawn Chorus Day events
Twite on the edge
The Twite is a charming though little-known finch that, once common across Ireland, is now staring extinction here in the face. Fewer than 100 pairs cling on, and urgent action is required if they are to be brought back from the brink. Dr. Derek McLoughlin, who has been studying these lovely little birds since 2005, gives us the lowdown in an extract taken from the forthcoming Summer 2010 issue of Wings magazine. Photo: Twite by Mark Carmody
Read about the plight of Ireland's Twite in Derek's exclusive article
Bloom - June Bank Holiday Weekend, Phoenix Park
Bloom, Ireland's largest gardening, food and family event, will be taking place in the Phoenix Park, Dublin from Thursday 3rd to Monday 7th June. BirdWatch Ireland will be running both an educational marquee for children and an information and membership recruitment stand. We have also arranged a discount for all eWings readers who book their tickets in advance using the Bloom website: if you book online and enter our special promotional code BIRD10 you will save 7 euro.
Learn more about Bloom
How did the harsh winter affect our birds?
The winter of 2009-10 was one of the coldest for many years, and no doubt many birds perished. It is usually the smallest birds, such as Goldcrests and Wrens, that fare the worst, and we have had reports from many birdwatchers of local declines of Stonechats. Our Countryside Bird Survey (CBS) is the main way we can scientifically assess such declines, so we would make a special appeal for all CBS volunteers to carry out their first visit on or before Sunday 16th May, their second by the end of June and then to send their data to us as quickly as possible. Photo: male Stonechat by John Fox
Learn more about our Countryside Bird Survey and how you can help
Fantastic Garden Bird Sounds CD
With the dawn chorus now in full swing each morning there is no better time to brush up on bird sounds and to try to put names to all of those little guys (and it generally is guys rather than girls) that are singing outside your window.

BirdWatch Ireland has the perfect thing: an excellent CD called, appropriately enough, Garden Bird Sounds, available from our Wings online shop. It allows you to identify and learn the songs and calls of 70 common garden bird species, and each one is announced and indexed. It's great value for money, and all proceeds go to support our vital conservation work.
Garden Bird Sounds CD available now from the Wings shop for just 20 euro, plus P&P
The Summer 2010 issue of Wings magazine is being posted out this week, so if you are a BirdWatch Ireland member then you should be receiving yours very soon: a special window sticker featuring our new logo is included. Look out also for our best crossword prize yet: a short break stay for 2 at the Sligo Park Hotel and Leisure Club worth 300 euro. Full details are on page 34 of the magazine.

If you are not a BirdWatch Ireland member we would love to have your support, so please consider joining us today. You already know some of the valuable work that we do, and as a charity we rely on the funds we receive from our members to carry it out. There is a lot in it for you too: in addition to the quarterly magazine, BirdWatch Ireland members also receive a membership pack and special gift, as well as the opportunity to attend a huge range of local events and visit our nature reserves.

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