Saturday, 19 January 2008
Special birds: Corncrake
Though they can often be tricky birds to actually see, Corncrakes Crex crex are in fact not uncommon in much of Eastern Europe. From April through summer their rasping calls can be heard in wet or damp hay meadows, pastures, bogs and flood-plains in every country in the region, in both uplands and lowlands. Occasionally some individual birds are very confiding and walk out from undergrowth or fly into the open. Ultimately the best time to see Corncrake is in spring, whem they have just arrived back from the wintering areas and are most vocal. Actual numbers fluctate locally from year to year, depending upon water levels, and some birds that call in a place in spring may move on after a few weeks to other areas.