Happy National Bird Day! There are plenty of Juncos around at the moment, they seem to thrive in ice and snow. I always loved their little pew-pew-pew sounds but this trill was completely new to me. How stinking adorable is that?
To celebrate National Bird Day we're sharing a collection highlight, "Bird in Space" by Constantin Brancusi. This work looks like nothing we would recognize as a bird, but the simplicity of the abstract shape conveys what is truly real for the artist: the essence of the thing, rather than its external appearance. Brancusi explored the theme of the soaring bird in more than thirty marble and bronze versions over the course of four decades.
On #NationalBirdDay we're visiting the Bronx Park East (2,5) Station where Candida Alvarez’s "B is for Birds in the Bronx" (2006) celebrates several types regularly seen in this borough. At least 300 bird species have been recorded by observers in the #Bronx, including a variety of breeding species, including Green Heron, Wild Turkey and Cliff Swallow
Can anyone guess this species? They feed by plunging into the water, stunning small fish with the impact of their bodies and scooping them up in their expandable throat pouches. *Bonus points if you can guess the plumage stage in this photo!*
(Photo: Douglas Croft. Image description: Close up of large bird with an orange bill, reddish/green throat pouch, yellowish head, and blue eyes.)
Well, to be honest, every day is bird day to me but it is nice to see that there is an official date to celebrate our feathered friends too. My personal bird ambassador this year is the Red-breasted Nuthatch because I am so happy to have them back in my yard after a two-year absence. Quick as always, and almost not in frame.
Happy National Bird Day! The past year has really ignited my love for birds of prey, and working closely with raptors has been one of my most rewarding experiences in vet school so far. To brighten your bird day, here is funny Crunch Wrap the Red-tailed hawk before and after surgery to repair the gunshot to her leg. Check out that bed head 😆
05/01/2022-Blog 3 of 3: Cattle Egrets and more at Warblington and Short-eared Owls and more at Thorney Island
The first place we called into this afternoon was Warblington around a few fields which are known to have Cattle Egrets in quite often. We arrived and within minutes were thrilled to spot some, with lots of Little Egrets too. We then spent a wonderful few minutes watching these beautiful birds which I do really like. We got some special views of the Cattle Egrets walking, still and flying around. It was some of my best ever views of Cattle Egrets which was amazing. Like when we saw them here in 2019 Cattle Egret beats the probably I would say commoner Great White Egret onto my chronologically ordered year list and it’s only the second time that has happened for me. A brilliant few minutes in the sun. I took the first five pictures in this photoset of the Cattle Egrets here with some Carrion Crows sneaking into the pictures too.
As I mentioned in my last post here: https://dansnaturepictures.tumblr.com/post/672572897616904192/05012022-blog-2-of-3-hayling-island-knot we then went to Hayling Island oysterbeds today for a walk, I did this post about two call ins to other places before and after the walk and my last post is about the walk as explained in my last post.
The day ended perfectly on our second call in after the walk as we went to Thorney Island just inside West Sussex. It was near to Emsworth as is Warblington and it was nice to see the beautiful Emsworth I hadn’t for a while when getting there. Like Warblington for Cattle Egret before we first went we had heard of others seeing Short-eared Owls here so much when they are here in the season. We tried it out having never been here before and it paid off.
As amazingly as the sun headed down starting to look a little orange in the sky (I took the sixth and ninth pictures in this photoset of this) we spotted a Short-eared Owl, and then another. Over the course of the time watching them two were regularly up with one sat on a post a fair bit too in a splendid pre-dusk showing. Whilst watching them we managed to get some of our best ever views of this amazing bird, one of my favourites. I took the seventh and eighth pictures in this photoset of this top bird. It was amazing and we were just all so stunned and delighted. One of the most incredible experiences of our young birdwatching year.
It’s the first time since 2017 that we have added this bird to our year list somewhere other than the fields of Portland Bill where we were yesterday. It’s my joint earliest ever sighting of one in a year, as six years ago today we saw one at Farlington Marshes not too far away these could be the same ones or in the same group. That was a monumental day in our birdwatching history and history with this species, as with two other owl species Little Owl seen at Portland and Barn Owl I saw on the way home that day they led the way of 2016 being a year we saw some incredible bird species with many we hadn’t often seen before and lots of new ones and it was a year of high calibre species seen and a high total for us all started and inspired by the three owls. I often say that amazing moment at the start of that year brought multiple owl species back into our life after Tawny Owl we saw in 2014 and 2015. There was a big moment with this as I mentioned last year when I saw four species of owl in a year for the first time. And in terms of Short-eared Owl, Barn Owl has had a similar journey, it was a bird I had seen a couple of times in our early birdwatching days but not for a long time as I began to approach the end of teen years in 2016. But that moment six years ago today started us being more aware of them, where they would be and between a few places sparked a run of us seeing them more and I took them right to heart having some of my most amazing wildlife experiences with them today was another and they are one of my favourite birds now. So it was a wonderful experience to have on a milestone with this bird.
A perfect end to a sensational day of birdwatching with wonderful species and precious moments under a bright winter sun. My year list is into the 90s now up to 92 and that makes it the highest any year list of mine had been after five days just ahead of how many I had seen last year and in 2021. A key moment in my week off which will stick with me for a long time I am sure. As I said in my last post, perfect moments for National Bird Day. I took the tenth and final picture in this photoset of a crescent moon at home for a second night running which was nice to see.
Wildlife Sightings Summary: (Warblington): My first Cattle Egret of the year, one of my favourite birds the Little Egret and Black-headed Gull and Kestrel well one we saw a lot today including on journeys as well as the Carrion Crows. (Thorney Island): My first of one of my favourite birds the Short-eared Owl this year, Pheasant, Blackbird, Black-headed Gull, Mute Swan and Canada Goose.