In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- What a difference it is to wake up to the sound of new lambs calling their mothers, seals barking in the bay, and oystercatchers and curlews singing their morning chorus, with a backing track of the sea pounding the cliffs and the beaches.
- With the mussel stuck in the open position, the oystercatcher can pull out the contents with the tip of its chisel-like bill.
- Below Greyabbey, I watched the oystercatchers breaking cockle shells on the rocks.
- The lines of supporting buoys have been adopted by cormorants, gulls, guillemots, eider ducks, oystercatchers and even the odd heron.
- Among the other unusual aspects of bird behaviour on the Clyde are oystercatchers which normally nest on the ground, but at Faslane have taken to nesting on roofs and carrying their young to the ground at the appropriate time.
- Shore bird numbers are declining, he says, particularly among oystercatchers, red-capped dotterels and beach thick-knees.
- Shorebirds, for those of you who want to know but are afraid to ask, comprise many families of birds, including oystercatchers, stilts, avocets, plovers, turnstones, sandpipers and phalaropes.
- As we paddled across clear water, we caught sight of purple jellyfish below us, herons and oystercatchers on adjacent rocks and flocks of seagulls.
- The swelling population of hedgehogs on the Scottish islands of North and South Uist and Benbecula has been devouring birds' eggs and chicks, leading to a big decline in the population of rare waders - like oystercatchers and redshanks.
- The ‘conservationist’ fields covered practices such as late mowing of grass to allow the hatching of birds like the godwit and oystercatcher, leaving a perimeter strip untouched and using less fertiliser and weedkillers.
- Similarly, oystercatchers forced to forage for shorter periods of time increased food intake to a level that maintained the same mean consumption over a longer period.
- Football Hole, just around the corner, is a small sandy bay that's perfect for a picnic while you watch turnstones, oystercatchers and female eider ducks that bring their crèches of ducklings here to learn crab-catching skills.
- Similar behavioral flexibility has been observed in oystercatchers in response to experimental variation in tide length.
- Scottish Natural Heritage says the creatures prey on eggs and are jeopardising the populations of birds such as lapwings and oystercatchers.
- Field walls dip below the surface, old railway sleepers rot in the grass, lapwings and more oystercatchers paddled in the shallows with their young.
- Where once you could stand and hear the sound of curlews and oystercatchers, all you can hear now is the roar of engines.
- Currently, visitors to the flats are likely to see sandpipers, avocets, oystercatchers, godwits, dowitchers, plovers and other shorebirds on their way south.
- The curlew and oystercatcher are back and the great spotted woodpeckers have chosen the oldest telegraph poles in the village for best quality drumming sounds.
- Researchers say that odd behavior by oystercatchers in Britain in the late 1990s indicated the collapse of shellfish beds in the Wash, off England's east coast.
- Although the breeding success remained low, number of breeding pairs increased markedly, suggesting that the absence of gulls made the nesting area more attractive for oystercatchers.
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