Trip reports

Wednesday Walk: Hooe Levels

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

A very overcast and windy day with more than a hint of rain in the air as 19 of us set off from Cooden on a new walk for the group. We skirted Cooden Moat before heading across fields at Barnhorn Manor before joining farm tracks and out onto the Hooe Levels. Despite the weather there was quite a bit of activity on the Levels including a small group of curlews. We then returned across Cooden Beach Golf course doing our best to avoid the golfers - although a mixed flock of swallows and house martins did detain the group much to the amusement of a golfer who was waiting to "tee off".

A total of 19 bird species were observed - crow, curlew (pictured), goldfinch, herring gull, jackdaw, jay, magpie, house martin, sand martin, robin, starling, swallow, mute swan, blue tit, great tit, pied wagtail, yellow wagtail, green woodpecker and woodpigeon. Butterflies included red admiral and purple hairstreak.

An interesting walk enjoyed by all despite the weather- which turned decidedly wet shortly after getting back to our cars.

Tony Vass