Saturday, 16 August 2014

One Hare

There is a nice play on words in Urdu based on the similarity in sound between the name "Iqbal" and the words "ek baal", which literally translated means "one hair". As a result, any man with serious hair loss issues can be referred to as Iqbal, for he is indeed a man with very few hairs left. Since discovering this piece of word play whenever I see a single Brown Hare I play my own version of the game and whisper his name to myself: Iqbal. One Hare. There was an example this morning:
Iqbal in North Field

Also in North Field were 2 Ravens and this pellet. At first I assumed it was an owl pellet, the undigestible regurgitated remains of the last few meals. However, a little research reveals that the size, colour and location mean it is more likely to be a Common Buzzard pellet:

A Treecreeper by the pond was a real surprise, the second of the year, but only the 4th in the last 6 years and the first ever summer record. They are rare birds out here in these arable lands. The local Hobby pair have fledged 2, possibly 3 young, but I was surprised to come across them on the ground, in a recently ploughed field. Searching for insects on foot perhaps? Below is a hastily thrown together montage of the juvenile birds in flight, with an adult, centre:
Within a few weeks these beautiful falcons will have left us for their sub-Saharan wintering grounds.

89 species for the year (no additions since April 21st!)


  1. Hi Tom, living in an equally birdless parish it is interesting that I am also on 89 species for the year to date! I've also just started a blog Birds and Bins on Blogger and to make up for the lack of bird news I've interspersed it with pictures of my favourite vintage binoculars! Excuse the photos not being up to your standard... Nick Morgan

    1. Thanks for getting in touch Nick, lets hope that your bird records are not outnumbered by your binocular records... as is often the case in Cuddesdon! Surely North Yorkshire must be better than South Oxfordshire? Cheers, Tom