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.
It is tiny Argyll island, which is best known for its corncrake
population and large sand dunes.
DONCASTER: 1.40 Buyer Beware, 2.10 Powertrain, 2.45 Grisons, 3.20 La Sioux, 3.55 Celsius, 4.25 Corncrake
, 5.00 Warning Fire.
This most western, faraway reach is one of the last redoubts of the disappearing corncrake
. Catch its calling while you can.
These birds include songbirds, farmland birds, woodland birds and seabirds such as the Curlew, Hen Harrier, Corncrake
, Lapwing, Woodcock, Puffin, Kittiwake, Turtle Dove, Cuckoo, Merlin, Skylark, Starling, Song Thrush, Nightingale, Herring Gull and the Yellowhammer.
The inaugural Corncrake
Festival began yesterday on the island of Inishbofin off the coast of Co Galway.
This does not need to be the case and we can secure populations of species, such as the delightful corncrake
, a bird with a distinctive rasping call.
| While I was watching Wheatear and Jays, the second Corncrake
of the autumn was found across the water on Bardsey.
What sort of creature is a corncrake
? A A snake B A mouse C A weasel D Abird 13.
A chapter on Scottish corncrake
conservation--consisting of the ins and outs of inscribing the actual birds in the socioculture milieus of grass-cutting crofters, research regimes that measure and track corncrake
populations to generate papers and evidence, and how the evidence industry of policy-impacting science eventually leads to building networks of legibility at local and then European Union-wide levels to produce the necessary conservation monies and legislation to harmoniously avert species endangerment--is both entertaining and sadly quixotic.