Monday, 21 January 2013

Snowy weekend

Not a weekend for wildlife watching but sledging!  Leaving work on Friday evening, a barn owl then 2 woodcock flew over the office at Haugh Head.

Saturday morning was spent clearing snow but Glanton's tree sparrows were enjoying commuting between bird feeders.  A walk around Branton Ponds, we managed to locate an Ian Davison and most of the species that he recorded in his earlier blog. 

There was renewed interest in the bird feeder at home with unusual species (for the Dodds') comprising of wood pigeon, great tit and chaffinch.  These are all visitors when it is snowy but are rarely seen at other times.

One of our local starling also decided to break out into song.  This year's song includes extracts from house sparrow, mallard, lapwing, blue tit, greylag and tawny owl.  A few years ago it or another adult starling had at least 10 bird calls or songs in its repetoire including golden plover display song!.

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