The woodlands are abundant with birds singing and chasing around. It's lovely to walk through them and try to work out birds from their song. I only know "teacher, teacher" and can't remember which bird matches this song. Of course I recongnise the drumming of the Great spotted woodpeckers.
On the Lough tufted ducks, mallards, mute swans frolick away, watching them has a soothing effect on me. Most of all I love being on the water and seeing the moorhens dart in and out of the reeds and seeing the swans at close quarter.
The recent birdcount by the RSPB listed:
Blackbird, Black-headed gull (3), Blue tit, Bullfinch (3), Buzzard (1), Carrion crow, Chaffinch, Coal tit, Coot (35), Dunnock, Gadwall (14), Goldfinch, Great spotted woodpecker, Great tit, Greylag goose (2), Jackdaw, Jay (1), Lesser redpoll, Little grebe (1), Long-tailed tit, Mallard (22+), Mistle thrush (2), Moorhen (14+), Mute swan (18), Nuthatch, Robin, Siskin, Song thrush (2), Starling, Teal (20), Treecreeper (1), Tufted duck (74 = 34m + 40f), Wigeon (~120 missed due to canoe, probably me),Woodpigeon, Wren.