Friday, 11 June 2010

Back to the churchyard

I've been hanging around in graveyards again! However because churchyards offer great habitat and quietness these places are so full of wildlife, my main target species has been Spotted Flycatchers, but there is a good supporting cast of species, Blackbirds, Song Thrushes, Collared Doves, Goldcrests, Robins and Wrens.
There's also a lot of Butterflies, Moths and other bugs, several of these have been fed to the Flycatchers newly hatched brood.
I've also added more shots of the Common Whitethroats, they are also feeding youngsters, lots of Crane flies, moths and many small spiders that have egg/young cases attached to them, some of these egg cases do look very similar to fecal pellets!

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Prey ID please

I wonder if anyone can ID the grub in this Common Whitethroat's beak, at first I thought it was a fecal sack, however it was clearly alive and wiggly, both adult Whitethroat's bought several back and stuffed them down the necks of their hungry brood!