Seen and not seen

The birds were very vocal this morning so I took my camera with me as I walked the dogs.  Clipping on their leads in the garden I could hear the call of the collared dove – they are the ones with a black bar around their necks and a tri-syllabic call, with emphasis on the second beat.  I learnt to identify it as a football chant – “U-nit-ed, U-nit-ed”  The call could be plainly heard from the bare tree tops but none were in view.

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Neither were the house sparrows but there were plenty of them chirruping away behind these hedges.

The fields today were empty. apart from other dog walkers and cyclists.  Yesterday I caught the call of a pair of grasshopper warblers – so named because, yes you guessed, their songs sounds like the noise grasshoppers make.  Again they were heard but not seen.  I did disturb them last summer and saw them fly swiftly away, but took quick to take a photo of them.

Wood Pigeons made their presence felt with their audible flop-flop flapping of their wings as they beat their way across the sky and by their rhythmic call of “take-two-cows-Taffy”  The emphasis on the second beat.

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After dropping the dogs back home I wandered down to the Green in the hope of seeing a few Jackdaws – you can always rely on them in making an appearance, but again they were neither to be heard nor seen, so back home once more.  As I entered the gate I heard the song of a starling from the rooftops.

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And one solitary, silent Jackdaw.

 

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