Wednesday, 31 January 2007


Winter birding at St Margaret's is relatively quiet. The range of habitats that we have rules out many species that winter in marshes or tracks of forest. One of those that does spend the winter with us is the Stonechat. Related to the Robin there appear to be two pair wintering along the cliffs from the monument down to Hope point. In summer the males have black heads and I think that this one is a first winter male or a well marked female. Their name derives from their call, that sounds like two stones being knocked together. The bird below is a male.

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