Swallows by Hannah

We met a man who had found an injured swallow in the woods.

Swallows are small birds. The swallow has a metallic royal blue back and wings, white belly and a brownish red coloured chin.

They come to the UK in April and stay for the summer. By early September most swallows are getting ready to migrate, some stay till October. The way back to Africa takes about six weeks. Swallows from different parts Europe go to different destinations.

Facts about ptarmigans

ptarmigan facts 16-2-18

The rock ptarmigan is a medium sized game bird. It’s a part of the gouse family. The name ptarmigan is known simply in the uk and Canada. Most places know this bird as a diffrent name. In japan it’s known as the meaning of thunder bird. There subspecies are something like 20-30. The rock ptarmigans eat sometimes on birch, willow buds and catkins when available. They also eat various seeds, leaves, flowers and berries of other plant species. The young eat insects rather than anything else.


Rooks wingspan is about 81-99 cm

There is over 1,100,000 breeding pairs in the uk.

They can weigh up to 280-340g

There length is 44-46 cm

We found some on the 2018 BBC big bird watch we found about 6.


Robin Facts by Aaliyah & Emily

Robins life span is about 13 months in captivity.

Juvenile Robins (Baby Robins) have a brown rather than a red breast. They grow red feathers after their first molt.

Until the early years of the 20th century the Robin was usually known as the Redbreast.

The Robin Is a member of the thrush family so is related to the black bird and the nightingale. Both male and female Robins hold their own territories in the Winter so both male and female sing the same Winter song.
The Robin was declared Britain’s National Bird on December 15th, 1960. Ringing recoveries of British ringed Robins have been shown that the most frequent cause of death is being killed by a cat.

The Robin can lay up 5-6 eggs some will die in the egg other will not. Most pairs of Robins will try and raise as many as three broods of chicks a year but some manage as many as five. Robins breed throughout the British Isles and occur on almost all of our offshore island.

Each Robin has a unique breast pattern and can be recognised individually. Robins are omnivorous eating everything from Fruit to spiders. Given a choice of any food most robins like mealworms

Crows by Alexander

Crows are black birds known for their smartness they like to damage crops
The genus Corvus is made up of  crows, ravens and rooks. These birds are all part of the Corvidae family, which includes jays, magpies and nutcrackers. There are about 40 species of crow, according to PBS, so there are many different sizes of crows.

On the BBC big school bird watch we saw 5 crows.

Wood pigeon

In many parts of Europe the wood pigeon is the favourite prey of the goshawk.

The UK’s largest and commonest pigeon, it is largely grey with a white neck patch and white wing patches, clearly visible in flight

(Columba palumbus) is a large species in the dove and pigeon family. It belongs to the Columba genus. All pigeons and doves, belongs to the family Columbidae. It is locally known in southeast England as the “culver”; This name has given rise to several areas known for keeping pigeons to be named after it.

What they eat
Crops like cabbages, sprouts, peas and grain. Also buds, shoots, seeds, nuts and berries.

Where to see them
Found across the UK in fields and woods, and also in towns and cities

Colours on a wood pigeon
The Wood Pigeon is generally grey with a pinkish breast and green, white and purple patch on the neck.
Here’s a picture of a wood pigeon.

we seen 1 wood pigeon on the big Banton bird watch.

The starling 🐦

The starling can be found In a number of locations including Africa Asia china Europe India subcontinent Mediterranean North America Russia United Kingdom wales


Farmland brown field land deserts flooded land and swamps parkland mountain grassland Mediterranean forest broad leaf forest
Coniferous forest temperate grassland
Tropical grassland

Length 22cm
Wingspan 37-42 cm
Weight 75-90 grams
Breeding pairs 1000000
Present all year .
One of the most noisiest birds out of garden birds

when we where in the bird watch we saw 8 starlings

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