Posts Tagged ‘bird’

The Sparrowhawk

December 1, 2014

A drab and drizzly November day is not the best kind for bird spotting or taking photos. But modern cameras can do quite well at coping with poor conditions. So here we have, on just such a day, a sparrowhawk which perched for a while in our curator’s garden.

A sparrowhawk in Market Lavington - November 2014

A sparrowhawk in Market Lavington – November 2014

These are not everybody’s favourite bird. They prey on smaller birds and have the speed, in flight, to catch them on the wing. If ever you see this happen you’ll realise it is such a sudden event. A flying bird is just plucked out of the air by this high speed bird of prey.

But of course it is just nature at work and it can’t be denied that the sparrowhawk is a handsome beast.

Many don't like their eating habits but they are handsome birds.

Many don’t like their eating habits but they are handsome birds.

Yes, she’s really quite a beauty.

So, for a second time in quick succession, we ask for other local residents to be on the look out for wild life – do send us any photos.

Recent wildlife sightings

October 15, 2013

We haven’t featured our wildlife book for some time so here are a couple of recent photos we have received. They all help to build a picture of 21st century wildlife in our parish.

We’ll start with a long tailed tit. These delightful little birds are now flitting about sometimes in single species groups but at other times in mixed groups with their cousins the blue tits and great tits. This photo, which wouldn’t win any prizes at Lavington Show, was taken up on the sands.

A long tailed tit in market Lavington

A long tailed tit in Market Lavington

Next we have a vole, also spotted up on the sands.

 

A vole but is it a bank or a field vole?

A vole but is it a bank or a field vole?

We are not sure if this is a bank vole or a field vole. Maybe a reader can help us on that.

Do, please, offer us any wildlife photos you may have – just as long as they were taken in Market Lavington or Easterton. We are not only after mammals and birds we would like a record of all sorts of animal and plants as well.

The Jay

February 10, 2013

 

This winter a jay has started visiting the garden of our curator and here it is.

A jay visiting a garden in Market Lavington

A jay visiting a garden in Market Lavington

Jays have not been uncommon in the village for we have plenty of woodland. That was, traditionally, their favoured habitat. They are omnivores and will eat almost anything, but acorns and beech mast are staples in the jay diet.

You can see, in the picture, that jays have a crest on top of the heads which they are able to raise. This has led to them being mistaken for the very uncommon visitor, the hoopoe. For the record, a hoopoe has been known to visit Market Lavington for, many years ago, one flew over the curator’s garden. It handily did an about turn, giving enough time to get a witness out to see it as well – but no camera!

Here we have another photo for our 21st century wildlife survey. Do let us have a copy if you get a photo of wildlife in Market Lavington or Easterton.