The Northern Wren is the only Wren species found in Eurasia; being found in temperate regions from Iceland, western Europe to Japan and eastern Siberia. All other members of this family are native to the Americas. A small bird with a big voice and an inhabitant of thick scrubby vegetation. Early spring is a good time to see and film these great little birds.
Four species of Auks breed on rocky coastlines around Britain and Ireland. During the breeding season in late spring and early summer three species (Atlantic Puffin - Fratercola arctica, Common Guillemot (Murre) - Uria aalge and Razorbill - Alca torda) can be observed at close quarters on Skomer, an island nature reserve off the southwest coast of Wales. Here is a film based on the experiences of visiting this wonderful place on a blustery day in early June 2015.
The aptly named Blackcap is widespread in Europe and common in the UK where this male bird was filmed. Females have a brown coloured 'cap'. Very vocal in early spring when setting up breeding territories, as here, Mostly a summer visitor in Britain but increasingly birds may be present through the winter. Overwintering birds appear apparently to come form Germany, Birds that breed in Britain migrate south for winter. Closely related to the Garden Warbler, with which it competes for territories see: vimeo.com/227983588
The only European example of the Asian Bush Warblers, Cetti's Warbler is found around the Mediterranean and has extended northwards through western and northern France and from about 1973 started breeding in eastern and southern England, where it is now resident. Has also breed in the Netherlands and Belgium. A secretive and skulking bird, that usually sticks to dense vegetation - its whereabouts are usually given away by its strong and distinctive call, heard here. bird filmed on the north coast of Norfolk, England.
Another sulking warbler on the edge of its range in Britain is the Dartford Warbler see: vimeo.com/97391688
A small leaf warbler much better known for its highly distinctive call than its nondescript appearance. A common summer breeding visitor to temperate Eurasia from northwest Europe through to Siberia. Best seen in spring, when they are very vocal and not concealed by leaves! Overwinters in the northern half of Africa, around the Mediterranean through to India. These days, some birds overwinter in coastal western Europe, including southern Britain and Ireland.
At times I visit the UK to see family. The UK is I find an easy and rewarding place for bird and wildlife watching. In particular I want the share some of the more interesting species you can find there