Just a few of the species to see on our reserves
All of these images have been taken by Langdyke members in Clare Country. You can click on them to enlarge them
A small, dumpy chat, the stonechat is a little smaller than a robin. It has a big head and short tail. It can frequently be seen sitting on the top of gorse bushes, flicking its wings and making a call like two small stones being hit together. Stonechats inhabit heaths, bogs and conifer plantations.
Scientific name: Alectoris rufa. The red–legged partridge is an introduced species that seems to have settled here with little problem.
The Skylark is renowned for its song flight. The male bird rises high in to the air where it remains stationary for several minutes . All the time it is in the air the bird continuously sings its liquid warbling song.
Typically found in wet vegetation but has recently spread into farmland and, in winter, into gardens. When singing the male usually perched on top of a bush, or reed. Reed buntings can be seen all year round.
The diminutive wren can be found in almost any habitat where there are insects to eat and bushes or rock crevices in which to build their domed nest out of moss and twigs. In fact, the wren is the most common breeding bird in in the UK