by on February 10, 2021
Staycation on Ireland’s East Cork Bird Trail If you’re an East Cork local looking for safe lockdown activities then you’re in luck! There are phenomenal bird watching opportunities stretching over 100km East of the City of Cork. If you’re from further afield, then make sure you add East Cork to your list of birding destinations for when travel is more flexible.    About East Cork Birding is high up on the list of things to do in East Cork, along with the wealth of cultural and hi...
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by on December 22, 2020
Have your birding habits changed this year? Did you see more birds than you thought you would? While we look to the future for more birding trips and travelling, we will always remember 2020 as a distinct one, and the start of a new way of living.  For Chirp it's been an exciting year; great community growth, birding conversations across the globe and a game-changing investment.  Let's take a closer look at some of our highlights...      We are very excited...
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by on May 21, 2020
Congratulations on starting your journey to become one of the millions of birdwatchers across the globe! Apart from being a fun and exciting hobby for people of all ages, the physical and mental activity involved in birdwatching is good for your general wellbeing. Birdwatching doesn’t have to be an expensive hobby so don’t let budget get in the way of making a start. All that you will probably need to buy is a pair of binoculars. You can pick up a pretty decent pair of new entry-level birding...
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by on April 28, 2020
There is a misconception that most birdwatchers are from the blue-rinse retiree section of society. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, when you start digging around, we found that there is a huge diversity of young and old birdwatchers, from presidents and prime ministers to actors, musicians, scientists and royalty. I think you’ll agree it’s a pretty interesting list.    Famous Birdwatching Politicians   Alec Douglas-Home: UK Prime Minister from October 1963 to Oc...
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by on April 28, 2020
Bleary-eyed and still dreaming, I was woken early this morning by my 3-year old daughter who informed that “Mummy, the birds are too noisy, they are waking me from my sleep!”. It was still pitch black and a little after 6am but she was right, the birds were being particularly raucous. For them the day had begun. Sitting here now, in my home office that looks on to a beautiful pepper tree, I’m reminded how lucky I am to have a ring-side seat to the wildlife that is in full flow around me. Here...
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by on April 24, 2020
With winter fast approaching here in Cape Town, bird feeders are a good way to help out our feathered friends when food is more scarce. We already have a wooden birdhouse feeder that is a popular eating spot for some of our regular garden visitors, such as the Swee Waxbill, Red-eyed Dove and Forest Canary, but we decided to give these great craft ideas a go. They are both fairly simple to do with basic household items and such fun for kids to help you create.    1. Hanging Birdseed Ornamen...
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by on April 23, 2020
Bingo or “Beano” as it was originally called in the United States, is a hugely popular numbers game that dates back to the mid-1500’s. It started in Italy as the Italian Lottery or "Lo Giuoco del Lotto D'Italia", where players had cards with numbers in rows, winning numbers were drawn from a sack and players competed to match their numbers first. The game became so popular in Italy that it crossed borders to France in the late-1700’s where it was known as “Le Lotto”. The French altered the game ...
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by on April 8, 2020
It is always great to discover new ideas for keeping your kids busy during holiday times or weekends, but particularly now, when we have been trapped in ‘COVID-19 Lockdown’, for what seems like in an interminable amount of time. And with all the toilet-roll stock piling that’s been happening in recent weeks, we’ve found a great use for all those empty rolls!  Our girls (Christina 3 years, Jessica 22 months) have always had a love of being outside and it’s times like this when we are thankful ...
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by on October 14, 2019
There is nothing like relaxing in a nice bird hide and settling in for a good days birding. If you are living in or visiting Cape Town, there are myriad beautiful places to visit for some great birding. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Table Mountain and Cape Point are all spectacular and well-known locations to spot our feathered friends. There are, however, some other dedicated spaces with the opportunity to see fantastic water birds. These are the top 4 nature reserves with bird hides around C...
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by on October 9, 2019
Many people think that birdwatching is a hobby for the middle-aged or retirees. The 2016 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey, however, paints an entirely different picture. The survey shows that birdwatchers who go birding 'Away-from-Home' have an average age of 49 with 47% being under the age of 45. For ‘Around-the-Home’ birdwatchers, the average age is 54 with 33% being under the age of 45. Wildlife Watchers by Age Age Group Away-from-Home Around-the-Home ...
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by on October 8, 2019
The rare birds of Kruger National Park is a list of South African species that are generally only seen in Kruger National Park. For example, 2,956 of the 2,981 (99%) of Yellow-billed Oxpecker sightings were seen in Kruger National Park. So, it’s safe to say that Kruger is the place to visit if you want a good chance to tick the Yellow-billed Oxpecker on your life list. Although some of these species may be commonly seen in Kruger National Park, all of them will not be commonly seen anywhere else...
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by on October 7, 2019
Someone with a casual interest in birds who likes to quietly observe their garden comings and goings, or who enjoys seeing birds on their Sunday walk is likely to be described as a birdwatcher. Could this sort of activity be considered a sport? No, probably not. And for most of us the idea of ‘sport’ conjures up images of participants at least trying to break into a sweat. Not something you are likely to do from a garden bench with a pair of binoculars. Birding on the other hand is a whole di...
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