On 24/04/2016 I did my first trip to Old Moor. As a real novice I had no idea what to expect. By my local bird club had been the week before to see a bittern and had no luck so I went on my own. And I saw one - much to my amazment.
I dont know how many times I have been since - but its a lot! I have learned a bit too. Yesterday the reed bed walk was quiet - that is nt a great variety of birds. But you could not really say quiet! Those gulls are back and there was some great gullantics going on. The noise was amazing and it made me wonder how many bird songs I had learned since my first visit.
1. Black backed gulls go kark kark reggae reggae - well that is what they sound like to me!
2. The "Basil Brush" bird goes Boom Boom.
3. Reed Buntings make a pretty sound including a tweet tweet tweet Twt Twt Twt Tweel
4. Little Grebes - such a delight with their descending slightly frantic warble.
and in the Tree Sparrow Farm was the quiet slightly melancholy whistle of the bull finch.
As there say on Radio 4 its amazing what you hear when you listen. I was not lucky enough to see a hare but a rabbit made an appearance instead. Ive no idea what noise they make if any.
But popping back to the reedbed hide for a moment I was watching a pochard. And a thought struck me. What advantage is there in having red eyes? I know a few species of bird who have these. I googled it and founf the following article - but you have to subscribe to read it all! https://www.newscientist.com/lastword/mg21028134-700-catching-the-red-eye/
Can anyone help me on this question please?
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