Birds Of A Feather
Penglais Woods, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales
It’s spring and the birds are singing their hearts out, paring up and building their nests. Its amazing how many birds can be found in such a small remnant of woodland.
Bird song fills the wood, strangely one of loudest songs comes from low down in the thickets of brambles these are Wrens Troglodytes troglodytes (1) and they are one of Britain’s smallest birds. The smallest British bird is a Goldcrest Regulus regulus (3) it’s old english name “woodcock pilot” due to migrating birds preceded the arrival of Woodcocks by a few days.
Robins Erithacus rubecula (2) sweet lyrical song provided a backdrop for many of the other calls, whilst the Chiffchaffs Phylloscopus collybita (7) and Willow Warblers Phylloscopus trochilus (4) calling through the wood allowed me to distinguish easily between the two birds, there is very little difference between them when looking at the drab olive coloured bird, just the colour of their legs and their wing length but their songs couldn’t be any more different.
High up in the top of a large oak tree a Carrion Crow Corvus corone (10) had formed it’s messy nest made of sticks, much more sophisticated nest building was being done by a pair of Long-Tailed Tits Aegithalos caudatus (6) which build their nests of lichen all secured together by spiders webs. A light twinkly song meant that some Goldfinches Carduelis carduelis (9) were about, these were once commonly kept cage birds due to their wonderful song.
With the evening drawing in the last surprise was a male Blackbird Turdus merula (8) calling. It always amazes me how many species can be found in one tiny patch of woodland and how precious these tiny fragments are.