Dear Readers, although the Alps are a wonderful place for plants and invertebrates, other animals can be few and far between because the conditions are so harsh. So, this week I’m concentrating on birds that you might see during a walk in the mountains. And, to add an additional frisson, I’d like you to match the bird calls to the birds too (you all did much too well last week). So, here we go.
Part One – Name the Bird
All the birds pictured below can be found in the Alps for at least part of the year. Can you match the name to the photo? So, if you think bird 1 is a snow bunting, your answer is 1) a)
Hint: there are three little brown-ish birds here. Maybe the beak shape will help you out?
a) Snow bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis)
b) Barn swallow (Hirundo rustica)
c) Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria)
d) Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)
e) Alpine accentor (Prunella collaris)
f) Alpine swift (Apus melba)
g) Lesser kestrel (Falco naumanni)
h) White-winged snow finch (Montifringilla nivalis) NB this bird is actually in the sparrow family, so is not really a finch. If that helps. NB 2 It might also help you with the bird calls 🙂
i) Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)
j) Eurasian nutcracker (Nucifraga caryocatactes)
Part Two – Bird calls
Now, I love you all but I think it was a wee bit too easy last week, so have a bash at this. If you manage to get three out of ten I think you’ll be doing well 🙂
So, if you think bird 1) is responsible for call i), your answer will be 1)i). That way even if you didn’t match the right species to the photos, you could still get a mark if you manage to match up the song.
Good luck people! I think this really is a stinker.