Coal Tits are amusing little birds at the worst of times. Add a little familiarity and they increase their charm a thousand-fold. A group of these tiny avian feather dusters were landing on our hands and head for peanut rewards last month.
In the harbour I could hear a bird above the squalling wind but I couldn’t see it! We eventually found it among crap pots. The Rock Pipit is a dark and moody bird; the black sheep of the pipit clan. Little to commend it on plumage characteristics it makes up for in jaunty character.
Birds are sometimes named for what they do or what they look like. Turnstones for instance turn stones. Red flanked Blue tails have red flanks and a blue tail.
We watched a Treecreeper the other week doing exactly what it shouldn’t have been doing. It was scratting around on the forest floor. A little removed from what it says on the tin … although it was scraping a living.
Talking to the warden at Caerlaverock WWT reserve I enquired of the Green winged Teal that had been frequenting Folly Pond. We were on The Solway Geese Tour and the American cousin of our own Eurasian Teal had been on the reserve a number of weeks. He said the bird had taken to sulking amid the course grass and was not been seen frequently, if at all. Our chances of seeing him were slim. We resigned ourselves for a wait.
As we walked into the hide there was a small close flock of male Teal in front of us and guess what … the Green winged was amongst them … showing extremely well.
The Northern Lights were the best I have seen them from the UK last night. Around 10pm they were at their best.
To the North West they were at their faintest.
To the North they were very green
… but th the North East they were at their best with the green being topped by plumes of red.
Tags: Accompanied Wildlife Tours, barnacle geese, Norfolk Wildlife, North Norfolk Wildlife and Bird Tours, Solway Winter Geese Tour, Wildfowl
On our Solway Geese Tour last weekend we had some terrific views of winter wildfowl. Perhaps the highlight however was the vast flocks of Barnacle Geese; already girding their loins to travel back to Svalbard in a few weeks. The noise and sight were truly breath-taking.