The epic “viking” saga continues, as we disrupt normal life in Newbridge in order to get pics & views of this iconic vagrant. It has been wonderful meeting all the locals and explaining what’s going on, and LOVELY to meet up with folk , with Martin hosting the show & TONY DIRECTING OPS. Tony has managed to ring re 97% of the 65 visitors, thus allowing us to see where they go and where they come from-amazing travels. Always difficult to envisage the thousands of miles that these wee birds can negotiate-we happily talk about Scandanavia, Fenno-Scandanavia , Siberia etc., but how far away is that? Not so hard to imagine a Bewick’s Swan doing such , but not a bird Starling size, and we really have to thank local guys like Tony X and Paul Leafe for expanding our knowledge in this area. When you see a bird barely 7 inches in length (18 cms for the young!) and imagine them flying back to the far northern areas, it quite grips the imagination…particularly when you have just been within 20 feet / 5 metres of them. Let’s hope they stay a while longer, tho I doubt it.
Meanntime the local Kites want to know why no-one is paying them attention!!!