Amid the chaos of life right now, I crept out of the house early on Saturday morning all wrapped up to catch these lovely little birds on camera.
I bring you the Cirl Buntings at Broadsands
A large flock now gather (over 30) and this is I'm sure down to the efforts of Mike Langman who visits regularly to feed them. Mike worked for the RSPB for years, is a bird illustrator, and runs regular courses on photography and bird watching here in Devon.
They are sparrow sized, only found in South Devon and can be seen all year in several spots around the coast here.
They are on the RSPB's red list which means the highest priority for conservation. Open this link to see the RSPBs brilliant information sheet on the Cirl Bunting.
Hey...what are you doing in here?
...and then there were three!
Their rapid decline was due to changes in farming and in 1989 there were only 118 pairs left in the UK.
I follow the West Cornwall Ringing Group Blog as they do some great investigative work with gulls.
Their 'catching antics' were part of a BBC programme on the 25th Jan (which I missed) called Natures Boldest Thieves which you can pick up on iPlayer here.
Really worth a watch, including film of badgers, foxes and squirrels looking for and finding food in urban areas.
Until next time, wishing you all well