Saturday, April 2, 2011

Another fantastic day in what has turned out to be an exceptional early spring. Over 650 Willow Warblers were counted, along with approximately 80 Blackcap and 60 Chiffchaff. But a major distraction from the masses of common spring migrants came in the form of a Hoopoe feeding on the banks around Carreg Bach. It proved very approachable and we spent a happy hour or so watching it feed. It seemed to be mainly taking leather jackets and worms by probing its spectacular bill into the damp earth. But how it managed to detect them in today's howling winds is what was really impressive.

The second Hoopoe to grace Bardsey in my four springs here. (c) Richard Brown

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