Birds on the run
Although I spend much of my time doing natural history illustration, botanical drawing, science art, and natural science illustration I also do my best to try and keep fit.
This is made a great deal easier thanks to the beautiful town where I live, Hay on Wye in the Welsh borders.
One of my favourite jogs is down to the warren; a shingly beach on the banks of the river Wye, and back up through town. Invariably, I see a wide array of animals, but this week the bird count was absurdly high!
So, jogging across the common grazing land I spotted a buzzard overhead, doing its’ cat-like mew.
Buzzard Buteo buteo
By the beach I spied a pair of goosander, then a mute swan
Goosander Mergus merganser
Swan Cygnus olor
Into the beech woodland to be met by a tiny wren, then four fluffed up long tailed tits.
Wren Troglodytes troglodytes
Long tailed tit Aegithalos caudatus
As I came out from under Hay bridge, I heard then saw a pair of glorious bullfinch, bickering.
Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula
Blackbirds and robins sang their territorial songs amongst the horse chestnuts.
Blackbird Turdus merula
Robin Erithacus rubecula
Finally, turning up by the car park to come into town again, I saw a couple of blue tits, in all their finery.
Blue tit Cyanistes caeruleus
I know this blog sounds more like a gloat or a list than anything else, but I really was overcome with joy at all these beautiful animals on my doorstep. It almost made going for a run an enjoyable experience. Almost….