Thrushes, finches and the like
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Avifauna is the scientific name for members of the class of air-breathing vertebrate animals we call birds. This board is specifically for thrushes, finches, warblers, buntings, larks and other small species. To find out more about any of the species click on the link to the Nature of Dorset.
Blue Tit: the entertainer | Nature Notes

The blue tit (Parus caeruleus) is currently (as at number 3 in RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch top

Robin: the gardeners companion | Nature Notes from Dorset

Robin: the gardeners companion

Great Tit: pumping up its tyres | Nature Notes from Dorset

Great Tit: pumping up its tyres

There are eight Pipits seen in Dorset. Four are very uncommon, you are unlikely to see Richards, Tawny, Olive Backed or Red Throated. The Water Pipit is a winter visitor to watercress beds. Tree Pipits are found in summer on heaths, usually perched in trees. The Rock Pipit is found on rocky sea cliffs. This leaves the Meadow Pipit for everywhere else! They have a marked drift towards coastal regions in autumn and winter. It is our most common pipit sometimes appearing in quite large flocks.

There are eight Pipits seen in Dorset. Four are very uncommon, you are unlikely to see Richards, Tawny, Olive Backed or Red Throated. The Water Pipit is a winter visitor to watercress beds. Tree Pipits are found in summer on heaths, usually perched in trees. The Rock Pipit is found on rocky sea cliffs. This leaves the Meadow Pipit for everywhere else! They have a marked drift towards coastal regions in autumn and winter. It is our most common pipit sometimes appearing in quite large flocks.

Dipper: Dipping out | Nature Notes from Dorset

Dipper: Dipping out

Grey Wagtail: bridge over troubled waters | Nature Notes from Dorset

Grey Wagtail: bridge over troubled waters

Reed Bunting: an unfulfilled prophecy | Nature Notes from Dorset

My favourite bird identification book was published back in the year I started 'birding'.

Song Thrush: the herald of spring | Nature Notes from Dorset

Song Thrush: the herald of spring

Wren: small bird but big voice | Nature Notes from Dorset

Wren: small bird but big voice

Dunnock: the hedge accentor | Nature Notes from Dorset

Dunnock: the hedge accentor

Goldfinch: a little red faced | Nature Notes from Dorset

Back in the a goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) in your garden would have been quite an unusual sight.

Greenfinch: the poison challice | Nature Notes from Dorset

Whilst looking at your garden bird feeders you surely cannot over look the greenfinch (Carduelis chloris). It is a bad tempered species that is reluctant to share with anyone and it will stand its ground against all comers!

Chaffinch: feet firmly on the ground | Nature Notes

Chaffinch: feet firmly on the ground

Nature Notes | My daily blog about the nature of Dorset and the best places to see wildlife. See today's nature note below ...

Nature Notes from Dorset

Starling: from the ground up | Nature Notes

Starling: from the ground up

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