This week I heard the first cuckoo heralding the arrival of the summer migrants. The nightingales have returned and have started their singing. I’ve seen many birds lately on my morning walks and thought I’d share some pictures with you.
Nannie RaRa has narrated both of her stories for younger children and released them on her YouTube channel. The stories are ad-free.
Listen to Nannie RaRa telling the tale of Bobbie Robin’s red feathers:
and you can also listen to the tale of Jason Jay
Nannie RaRa has been out and about with her camera taking photographs of nature both during her morning walks and in her garden. She is lucky in having woods, fields, a river and a wildlife site all nearby.
Here are a few pictures from those walks. I’ve named the birds as best I can, but do correct me if I have them wrong.
First up is a black cap. I heard him singing every day as I walked along the path and managed to get this photo.
Then over the wildlife site I saw a jay. I first noticed it when a lot of the smaller birds were making a ruckus.
Down by the river I stood watching a cormorant drying its wings. It stood there for ages.
On the river one morning when it was as still as a mill pond I watched two great crested grebes doing their neck dance.
The last two photographs are not the clearest as the birds were a long way away.
A goldfinch was perched on the overhead wires.
The next two photos are of a common whitethroat. It was among the brambles which were growing near a small lake on the wildlife site.
This bird looks similar to the common whitethroat. Is it the same or is it a lesser whitethroat?
Also near the lake on an old tree stump was a rook, or was it a crow?
A group of long-tailed tits were in a tree.
A chaffinch was patiently sitting on a twig.
This bluetit was taken in the garden as it was looking for insects among the holly.
Nearby there have been some robins nesting. First I saw the male robin with insects in its beak. Then the baby robins appeared and were fed for a while before finding their own food.
There was a family of starlings in the garden looking for food. The young sat there waiting to be fed, then opend their mouths and squawked when they couldn’t wait any longer.
Finally there are a few photographs of insects found in the garden.
Do let me know if any of the birds are mis-identified. Nannie RaRa is fairly new to birdwatching and to photographing them. There are so many blurry photos I won’t show you.
Let me know if you like these.
Today the weather was perfect: sunny, no wind and warm. Snowdrops, crocuses and the first daffodils are out. I went for a walk to the riverbank and saw several birds that appeared to be posing specially for a photo.
These first birds were in the trees and bushes.
Then at the waterside were curlews, gulls, turnstones and other water birds. The water itself was like a mill pond, so still with brilliant reflections.
I need to learn what the different birds are especially ones by the water. If you know what these are do tell me.
It was indeed a beautiful day for birdwatching.
Spring is upon us and Nannie RaRa has been out and about taking photographs. Here are a few of the favourites so far this year.