Haith's Wildlife Blog
Autumn is now here and this brings many changes in the natural world. Animals and plants get prepared for the colder months ahead and it’s a great time of year to venture outside.
The Redwing (Turdus iliacus) is a small bird and a member of the thrush family (Turdidae). Its appearance is very similar to the Song Thrush but is distinguished by its dark-brown supercillium, streaked rather than spotted under parts and chestnut red flanks and under wings, so it’s not difficult to see where the Redwing derives its name from.
A new study by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and the University of Exeter has found that bird feeders may favour larger birds like sparrows who then go on to push smaller birds out of the way.
One of the UK’s most popular summer visitors is the Swallow. They arrive here in April and by early June most Swallows have started to breed.
The Swallow (Hirundo rustica) is part of the group of passerine birds in the family Hirundinidae which are characterised by their adaptation to aerial feeding.