wood pigeons

Summer Evening

Friday 18th August 2000, West Yorkshire

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willow warbler A SMALL WARBLER perches on the plants behind the pond. It is greenish rather than greyish so I guess that it is a Willow Warbler rather than a chiff-chaff. Without hearing the song I find it impossible to distinguish these two species.

Despite the best efforts of the pigeon shooters, there is still a gentle cooing from the wood. A Wood Pigeon flies in towards the call.

hoverfly Hoverflies tend to dip into flowers several times before they land. It's a repeated stabbing action;

stab, stab, stab, . . . land

Perhaps it is a way of assessing the potential danger, for instance from Crab Spiders that might be waiting in ambush.

house martins House Martins circle above us, chirruping softly to each other. Typically a martin's flight pattern will be to flutter as if to gain height, then, sometimes altering course, to bank smoothly at speed.

kestrel A Kestrel flies into view and hunts above the meadow at the woodland edge, hovering against a pure blue sky. High clouds pattern the sky as the sun gets lower; archipelagoes of small flattened cumulus and standing waves, spaced like the bands on a zebra crossing.

It's good to eat our evening meal, and drink a glass of red wine, with the dome of the sky above us.

Related Link

Birds in a Cheshire Garden, Phil Barnett's award-winning web site from the other side of the Pennines. I'm so envious of his garden list of 112 species of birds, not to mention 166 moths.

Richard Bell
Richard Bell,
wildlife illustrator

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