Parental investment in nest defense by Stonechats
But the signs had been there a few days before: increasing numbers of Lesser Black-backed Gulls on the estuary and an influx of Stonechats
, including 12 at the reserve on Thursday.
The Siberian stonechat
was spotted in scrub at Hartlepool Power Station at the weekend.
Many insectivores feed in the matorral: the Algerian sand racer (Psammodromus algirus) and spiny-footed lizard (Acanthodactylus erythrurus), as well as the subalpine warbler (Sylvia cantillans), Dartford warbler (Sylvia undata), northern wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe), black-eared wheatear (Oenanthe hispanica) and stonechat
(Saxicola torquata) are all common.
The various habitats are also important for birds, including: woodlarks, Bewick s swan, black woodpeckers, little grebe, black-necked grebe, whinchat, common stonechat
, shovelers, wheatears and teal.
Andrew Smith QC, prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court, said Harli lived with her mother Donnika Reid at her home in Stonechat
George Temperley's book recorded 273 species and a comparison between the two books shows severe declines for species such as raven, stonechat
, lapwing, ringed plover and black grouse, while the hen harrier is on the brink of vanishing.
, mistle thrush and swallow have also recorded significant reductions in sightings.
Several protected birds nest in heather and gorse bushes, including the skylark, stonechat
, red grouse and curlew.
THE following cases were heard at Bridgend Magistrates' Court: David Atkinson, 58, of Stonechat
Close, Porthcawl, was fined pounds 250 with three penalty points on his licence after pleading guilty to speeding on the A48 at Stormy Down, Bridgend.
This issue is full of birdlife, from the colourful stonechat
on our front cover to the long awaited completion of the Saltholme Nature Reserve by the Teesside Environment Trust and the RSPB.
Together with gorse and bilberry, it provides an ideal habitat for a variety of bird species, including the stonechat
, curlew, hen harrier, merlin and black grouse.
Alexander Baratt Segfield, aged 23, of Stonechat
Road, Rugby, using a vehicle without insurance, fined pounds 175.
bollii, the turquoise pigeon of the same islands; the Fuerteventura stonechat
(Saxicola dacotiae); and the recently extinct oystercatcher (Haematopus meadewaldoi).
It is also home to several breeding birds listed in Annex I of the Birds Directive, including the little grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), the bluethroat (Luscinia svecica) and the stonechat