It's important to me that I wish all the faithful followers of Birds2blog a Very Happy Christmas and Good Wishes for the New Year. Providing I can maintain the blog, I hope you will continue to follow it in 2013, and that you enjoy the birds as much as I do, in trying to find where they all are, what they are doing there, and when they are there, to build a picture of how they are faring and - in many cases - failing.
For my part this holiday week will put a dampener on the whole birding scene, though if the weather forecasters are anything to go by it looks like 'dampener' is going to be the operative word. So at the very earliest it will be Friday before I get any realistic chance, but worse still it could be more than a week away....who knows. Meanwhile, whether or not I can come up with any 'gap in my birding fillers' for Birds2blog remains to be seen.
But here are a couple of images to put us on for a few days until things get back to something like normal, but not birds your likely to be seeing soon in the UK I don't think....
Willet Tim Kuhn
The Willet is the largest of the N.American 'shanks' its closest relative being the Lesser Yellowlegs.
Clark's Grebe Tim Kuhn
Another N.American bird the Clark's Grebe, until the 1980's was thought to be a pale morph of the Western Grebe which it resembles in size, range, and behaviour. The bird is named in honour of John Henry Clark, a 19th century surveyor who was a naturalist.
If you'd like your Christmas to begin with a smile I'd suggest you 'clik the pik' below....its much better if you have the sound on.