Silent, like sorrowing children, the birds have ceased their song, and only the moorhen's plaintive cry and the harsh croak of the corncrake
stirs the awed hush around the couch of waters, where the dying day breathes out her last.
Hence it will cause him no surprise that there should be geese and frigate-birds with webbed feet, either living on the dry land or most rarely alighting on the water; that there should be long-toed corncrakes
living in meadows instead of in swamps; that there should be woodpeckers where not a tree grows; that there should be diving thrushes, and petrels with the habits of auks.
is not the only one of our feathered friends who could vanish from our shores.
Tiffany Graves is a constant delight as Lois (Bianca), aspiring Shakespearean with a corncrake
voice, naive ingenue with a past (and, possibly, a present) and the perfect interpreter of Always True to You.
Michael Reeves, Andrew Grant LLP: Parmjit Gill, Eversheds; Russell Dunleavy, Corncrake
Spring migration has pretty much concluded, but a second Corncrake
was found on Anglesey last week, calling near Penmon, while Bardsey recorded a Common Rosefinch and a Redbreasted Flycatcher.
He tells of the mechanical reaper which once left stubble over 8ins tall, meaning birds like the corncrake
, if they had any sense, simply had to duck when they thing went over.
Rare birds such as the corncrake
and Greenland white-fronted goose also make their home on the island each year and fly across the proposed wind farm site on their annual migration.
Stabilisation of the small corncrake
(Crex crex) population
THE rasping call of the corncrake
was, for centuries, a sound that was synonymous with British summertime.
has been heard calling at Tregele, Anglesey, over the last few evenings.
An award-winning writer and artist, Albus tells the sad tales of the passenger pigeon, great auk, and two other extinct bird species, as well as those of six birds who may soon join them in oblivion, including the numerous macaws, the corncrake
, and the kingfisher.