British Birds I

Buteo buteoOn our very first day in Edinburgh, we wandered about the Royal Botanic Garden in a jet-lagged daze. An accipiter profile high overhead was one of the day’s first birds. Sparrowhawk presumably. A Kestrel made an appearance, but more on these anon. And a Buzzard (Buteo buteo) was seen twice, the second time being mobbed by corvids. Prunella modularisMeanwhile a Dunnock (Prunella modularis) crumbed about around our snacks. An old name for this species was Hedge Sparrow.Ardea cinereaGrey Herons (Ardea cinerea) were a daily sight, starting with two on our first day.Corvus coroneCarrion Crow (Corvus corone) youngster being fed.Pica picaAnother Corvidae clan member, a Common Magpie (Pica pica). Columba palumbusWood Pigeon (Columba palumbus), like a giant cousin of the more familiar:Columba liviaThe Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), a.k.a. Feral Pigeon, on more or less native ground.

2 Responses to “British Birds I”

  1. 1 Peggy Herron July 11, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    Thanks for the tour .Have fun

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