Lockdown Birding Part 3
|Hoopoes in dispute (Martin Kelsey)
|Hoopoe singing (Martin Kelsey)
Yet, Hoopoes are busy ooping away, because spring demands it. We must be on the border of two Hoopoe territories because whilst I was watching this singing bird, I sensed a split second of unease, its tail fanned and at the moment a rival flew in and dislodged the singer. Off the two bounded, with their wide fanned wings, flashing black and white.
Spotless Starlings sing from exposed perches too. Bills wide open, lax throat feathers spread like an inverted porcupine, and producing the zany weird series of whoops, whistles and gargles. Some are amassing nesting material, building under the loose tiles of our roof.
|Spotless Starling wth nest material (Martin Kelsey)
Six days into the lockdown and I have recorded 43 species of bird. In a few days time I will take a look at some of the patterns emerging, but readers have requested an update on which species I have seen, so here is the list to date (based on eBird Clements taxonomy):
Eurasian Collared Dove
Black (Cinereous) Vulture
Eurasian Griffon Vulture
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Eurasian Blue Tit
Eurasian Crag Martin
Common House Martin