May 26th   Leave a comment

On the birdsong walk at Cambo this morning the highlight was a starling . As well as its typical scratchy and drumming notes it was imitating a buzzard, jackdaws and a male mallard duck (they go “qweep” rather than “quack”). All three species were in the background as well as real echoes in the soundscape. Most of the other starlings weren’t singing. They were too busy looking after their newly fledged chicks. But there are always some late individuals, or renests after an earlier nest failure. Starlings usually only do one brood in a season, whereas thrushes and robins, for example, may do several regardless of initial successor failure. As the season goes on everything gets less and less synchronised.

A young Crail badger - John has had better luck than me seeing them alive this weekend

A young Crail badger – John has had better luck than me seeing them alive this weekend

Posted May 26, 2013 by wildcrail in Sightings

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