The Oystercatcher

The Oystercatcher is a large, stocky, black and white wading bird. It has a long, orange-red bill and reddish-pink legs. In flight it shows a wide, white wing-stripe, a black tail and a white rump that extends as a ‘V’ between the wings.

Because it eats cockles, the population is vulnerable if cockle beds are overexploited.

The Oystercatcher breeds on almost all UK coasts. During the last 50 years, more birds have started breeding inland. Most UK birds spend the winter on the coast where they are joined on the east coast by birds from Norway.

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[su_carousel source=”media: 1141,1140,1139,1138,1137,1135,1134″ width=”1200″ height=”800″ items=”2″] The Tufted Duck is a small diving duck.

The Tufted Duck is a medium-sized diving duck, smaller than a mallard. It is black on the head, neck, breast and back and white on the sides. The Tufted Duck has a small crest and a yellow eye. In flight it shows an obvious white stripe across the back of the wing. The Tufted Duck breeds in the UK across lowland areas of England, Scotland and Ireland, but less commonly in Wales, with most birds being residents. Numbers increase in the UK in winter because of birds moving to the UK from Iceland and northern Europe.

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Wren

The Wren is a tiny brown bird, although it is heavier and not as slim as the even smaller Goldcrest. For such a small bird it has a remarkably loud voice.

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