Friday, 12 September 2014

Shocking Ornithological Ignorance

A reliable source (well, Renée up the road) informs me that the birds I heard (but didn’t see) over my skylight the other morning were not after all Golden Orioles, but Bee-Eaters. I hope they don’t eat too many bees while they’re here as supplies from Dimitri (A.K.A. Honey Boy) have been short this year, owing to a lack of rain and consequent shortage of wild flowers. (Dimitri never resorts, like some other bee-keepers, to putting sugar in the hive to feed his bees.)

Here is a picture of a couple of Bee-Eaters, one of them apparently about to eat a bee:

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