I thought Herons only ate fish, but after studying them I realized that they eat pretty much anything. “If you can swallow it, it’s edible”, seems to be their reasoning.
This little Coot is just around one week old. Since the picture was taken today, I’m guessing it’s from the second or perhaps even third litter this year.
A Song Thrush landed only a few meters away from me, and at the same time very loud “wailing” from a nearby tree started. Chicks begging for food! I had to walk away to make sure I didn’t disturb them, in worst case that could lead to the parents not daring to visit the nest and the chicks starving to death.
A Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) singing praise to Spring 😉
This Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) rummaged through leaf-litter seeking potential food items. As you can see, the whole beak went into the mud in hopes of finding an earthworm, a snail or perhaps some nice berries.
About its scientific name: The generic name, Turdus, is the Latin for thrush, and the specific epithet refers to a character in Greek mythology, Philomela, who had her tongue cut out but was changed into a singing bird. Her name is derived from the Ancient Greek philo- (loving) and melos (song).
PS. It can be a bit tricky to identify a Song Thrush since it looks quite similar to some other thrushes. If you see one, you can -besides checking your bird book- keep these general observations in mind: The spots on its breast look a bit like arrows pointing upwards. (Compare with e.g. Mistle Thrush which has more round spots and the Fieldfare which has arrow-shaped spots pointing downwards.) The back has a warm brown colour and part of the chest is warm beige. (The Mistle Thrush’s back has a more cold brown colour and the chest is lighter beige.) The face looks friendly and has warm colour tones. (The Mistle Thrush looks paler.)
Two collages of bird photos, taken today along the Brettenpad nature path outside Amsterdam.
First some warblers: #1 Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin), #2 Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis), #3Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus)
And here is: #1 European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), #2 European Greenfinch (Chloris chloris), #3 Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos)