Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Some birds

While having a stroll yesterday evening we could hear the song of a European Nightjar. The first I've heard this year. The bird fauna that can be seen in Menorca changes greatly depending on the seasons.

 European Nightjar (Caprimulgus Europaeus)
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Nightjars are nocturnal birds and can be seen hawking for food at dusk and dawn. With pointed wings and a long tails their shape is similar to a kestrel or cuckoo. Their cryptic, grey-brown, mottled, streaked and barred plumage provides ideal camouflage in the daytime. They have an almost supernatural reputation with their silent flight and their mythical ability to steal milk from goats. The first indication that a nightjar is near is usually the male's churring song, rising and falling with a ventriloquial quality.

A few weeks ago in any garden Robins could be seen very often, and on the sidewalks of the roads there were always white wagtails. Today they are not in Menorca. They spent the winter with us but they dont enjoy our summer and return to their Northern breeding places. They will be back in October.

White Wagtail (Motacilla Alba)
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 A delightful small, long-tailed and rather sprightly black and white bird. When not standing and frantically wagging its tail up and down it can be seen dashing about over lawns or car parks in search of food. It frequently calls when in its undulating flight and often gathers at dusk to form large roosts in city centres

European Robin (Erithacus Rubecola)
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Males and females look identical, and young birds have no red breast and are spotted with golden brown. Robins sing nearly all year round and despite their cute appearance, they are aggressively territorial and are quick to drive away intruders. They will sing at night next to street lights

1 comment:

  1. 27--201 Nightjars are frecuently heard during the evenings here in Menorca.Perching in pines and swooping down and hovering near observers. Breeding nearby on scrub ground surrounding the runway near Sant Lluis.
    We have also seen and heard Golden Oriols in the pine copse in midsummer.