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eBird Day October 2021


On Saturday 9thOctober 2021, birders, ornithologists, and members of the general public from world wide will participate in one of many bi-annual ‘Huge Day’ occasions run by eBird and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The goal of those large day occasions is to encourage as many individuals as attainable to submit their hen sightings on the day utilizing the eBird app or web site. Everyone seems to be welcome to participate. The spring large day in Might of this yr broke a number of information with over 54,000 folks participating throughout 192 international locations, recording over 7,300 species of birds in 24 hours!

Gannet, Celtic Sea, October 2014. Image Credit score:  Niall T. Keogh

With autumn migration in full swing, birders in Eire participating within the large day occasion will seemingly be testing coastal headlands, islands, and wetlands the place fascinating species could be discovered. An thrilling addition to the massive day effort this yr would be the seabird and marine mammal survey workforce on RV Celtic Explorer logging their information for the day whereas heading out on the Celtic Sea Herring Acoustic Survey. This annual survey is of nice curiosity for these eager on birds, as a result of aggregations of herring and sprat discovered off the south coast of Eire at the moment of yr and the variety of seabirds that journey right here to feed on them.

Nice Skua, Celtic Sea, October 2014. Image Credit score:  Niall T. Keogh

Our plan is to start out off in Dunmanus Bay so the fisheries workforce can calibrate their acoustic survey tools. We anticipate to see a number of species of sometimes inshore seabirds akin to Black Guillemot and European Shag whereas there. By lunchtime, we will probably be heading out to sea and steaming east in direction of the Previous Head of Kinsale. The waters off West Cork are famend for his or her abundance of ocean-going seabirds and marine mammals. A number of species of shearwater and a few skuas will hopefully be the highlights together with European Storm-petrel plus good numbers of Gannets, gulls and auks. If we’re fortunate we would even see a couple of massive whales!

So, we’re eager to get on the market and see what there may be to be seen! A weblog submit right here will comply with detailing sightings made on the day.

October Huge Day https://ebird.org/information/october-big-day-2021 

World Huge Day 2021 reaches new heights https://ebird.org/information/global-big-day-2021-reaches-new-heights

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