Nuthatch and Starling at the Eco Friendly Cafe

Nuthatch (Sitta europaea)
Nuthatch (Sitta europaea)

Saturday afternoon and we moved on from Westhay to the RSPB reserve at Ham Wall. Much standing around in the cold – the sun had gone in – and apart from a couple of Snipe hidding in the reeds and the obligitary Coots nothing much stirred. We could hear dozens of wildfowl out in the reed beds getting on with life, but not one was willing to put in an appearance. Breakfast seemed a long time ago and so we headed for the wonderful Eco Friendly Cafe at the Avalon Marshes Centre at Mere. Proper china mugs and they leave the tea bag in! Fortified by strong tea and toasted cheese and onion sarnies we sat back to reflect on the day so far and decide what to do next. At which point the Nuthatch arrived on a feeder behind us. I have never, ever, been that close to one of these striking birds and so took the opportunity to take its photograph, and then it was gone!

Sturnus vulgaris
Sturnus vulgaris

A few minutes later this adult Starling in winter plumage arrived looking like a pearly king (or queen, both sexes are very similar). Its legs and feet are already changing colour from winter brown to spring pink. Handsome bird.

If you are ever in the area and in need of refreshments, you could do a lot worse than visit the Eco Friendly Cafe.

I recommend the cheese and onion toastie.
I recommend the cheese and onion toastie.
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Author: Hares on the Hill

I am a designer and photographer. I live with my wife and our two dogs in the Welsh Marches, a land full of history, legends, mountains, rivers and dragon's breath; a place where animism thrives. To our north are the Cambrian Mountains, the Elenydd, a vast plateau so ancient that its mountains now have the appearance of steeply rounded moorland hills; to the east is England; to the south stand the Black Mountains and in the west the Brecon Beacons rise around the twin summits of Pen y Fan and Corn Du, the highest mountain in West Wales.

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