Posted by: atowhee | October 2, 2008

Even more English birds

A Mute Swan proving the clear, shallow waters of the Avon to be navigable.







The Mallard must be the most successful duck in the Northern Hemisphere.  This drake and his kin paddles about the mill pond just downstream from The Old Harnham Mill, now an inn and pub.  If the drawk paid attention he might note the 13th Century stone work on the old building. Or he might take a gander (do only geese ‘Gander?”) across the Watermeadows toward Salisbury donwstream.







Most of the small birds moved too fast, eluding my camera: Long-tailed and Great Tits, European Robin, Starlings.  But this one young thrush sat in the sun, unjwiling to abandon his perch as we happened by:

This is an immature Eurasian Blackbird, member of the Genus Turdus.  In all but coloring very much like our American Robin.  Loves those earthworms in the lawn.  A fine singer and inspiration of the Beatles’ lyric “Blackbird singing in the dead of night.”  They can be heard from even the most forlorn shrubbery or park corner signing in a damp spring evening from London to the edge of the moors.  This one has not yet grown a true tail, but has the characteristic bright yellow beak of the species.  In southern England they do not migrate in winter.  The female is a dark brown, not black.  The Blackbirds of northern Scandanavia and much of Russia do migrate to warmer climes in the autumn.














The squirrel is an American Red Squirrel, scourge of the English towns and countryside.  The sheep are Wiltshire Horned Sheep, large and exotic to the American eye.

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