Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Birds & TV quizzes!

Yesterday, the Eggheads were asked what a Turnstone was (they correctly answered "A bird!"). Today, on Pointless, if either of the finalists had recognised the photo of a Wigeon, they would have got the lowest-scoring 6-letter bird (they didn't!).

First thing yesterday morning the light on the pool in front of Yarmouth Mill was wonderful, and highlighted a number of different bird species that were feeding in the north-eastern corner. On the video below are Turnstone (watch it flick over a relatively large rock as if it was a tiny stone!), several Wigeon (they're the beautifully plumaged ducks!), Ringed Plover (the first species) and Chaffinch...

Just 50 metres away was this small group of Dunlin feeding in the shallows:

The British Trust for Ornithology website informs us that: 'Three races occur in Britain, one of which schinzii breed here, but winter in west Africa; alpina birds from western Siberia winter here, whilst small numbers of Greenland breeders (arctica) pass through in the autumn', which means that these birds will start heading north-west towards Siberia soon....amazing or what!!


  1. Thanks, Toffeeapple....I just love how easy it is to get close to the birds here. Those Dunlin were about 5m away!

  2. What’s up, just wanted to say, I loved this article. It was funny. Keep on posting

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