Bird News from Robin Newlin, Subhojit Chakladar and Marco Della Seta
We three made an early morning trip to the mountain. Water everywhere: in the air, dripping from trees, gurgling in rivulets, squelching underfoot. The sky brightened as the morning advanced, and temperatures rose in tandem. Birds responded, with many (e.g. Marsh, Great, Long-tailed and Varied Tits, Yellow-throated Buntings, Bramblings, Grey-headed and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Hawfinch, Vinous-throated Parrotbills, Eurasian Nuthatches, a Pheasant) breaking into calls or full-throated song. Also calling with their high piercing voices were Hazel Grouse: we saw two different individuals and heard a third.
Hazel Grouse Tetrastes bonasia ©Robin Newlin