Woke up this morning to find the easterly gales overnight have dumped a good layer of the white stuff on us and is still adding to it. It’s being called the ‘Beast from the East part 2’ after the storm of 2018. Well it makes a change from rain, we have just had the wettest Dec/Jan for over 100 years.
Time to put out a post and it’s Lisa’s bird weekly photo challenge.
The Dunnock is a small unassuming ‘little brown job’. It’s quite common and most gardens will have a pair or so creeping about under the hedges. I say a pair or so as the Dunnock has a rather interesting sex life which I will not go into here, if you want to know more ask uncle google. Years back we used to call this bird the Hedge Sparrow but a sparrow it ain’t, this is a member of the Accentor family.
For you Lisa….Dunlin. Got a few shots of these hyperactive little waders mostly, like this trio, in winter plumage. Come spring, before they head back north to their breeding grounds, the wings and back moult to a lovely chequered chestnut and the belly is black.
My last offering for this challenge is a bit of a rarity. The Desert Wheatear normally lives in Nth Africa the Middle East and into Asia. However each autumn usually sees one or two of these birds take a wrong turn and end up here in the UK. This particular one is quite nice as it’s a male in near full adult plumage, the female lacks the black. If you are wondering where the name ‘Wheatear’ comes from well back in the middle ages it was called the ‘White Arse’ as this family has white rump feathers.
So don’t forget to give Lisa’s post a look and check out the other blogs taking part. Why not join in.