|Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra)|
So, here are the facts:
- They are found all over the UK apart from the ROI and South-East England. They are found in inland East-Anglia though.
|Looking around for dinner|
- They are an Amber Status bird because there has been a recent population decline, between 1995 and 2008...
- ...This was more than a small decline. Between these two points, we lost more than half of our Whinchat population...
- The reasons/causes for this are unknown but, from what I have found on the internet, there doesn't seem to be any threats to them.
- There are about 47,000 breeding pairs in the UK so before the decline, there must have been over 200,000 birds!
- The live mostly in upland moors but they can be found in Heathlands, Marshes and Bogs. Rarely in Towns and Villages.
- Now, usually when I research their local names I can understand where they are coming from, sometimes less so. But the 'Furzechuck'? No idea on that one?!
- They are usually about 12 cm long and they have a 22 cm wingspan. Both Male and Female birds weigh 17g.
- They first breed at one year and their typical lifespan is 2 years but the oldest was 4 years 11 months and 19 days.
|Off to catch another bug.|
- They usually lay about 5-6 eggs and have 1-2 broods. They fledge 14-15 days after their 13 day incubation.
- Whinchats are a migrant bird and arrive in Britain in the Spring from central and southern Africa.
- Their latin name roughly translates to rock dwelling small bird.
- Their diet is small invertebrates and sometimes berries. They generally hunt from a perch which fits what this one was doing - it would occasionally launch itself off of the wire to catch something and then returned to the fence.
Here are some links to some more information:
Hope you enjoyed,