The Hinksford hoopoe

A brief visit to a slightly more photogenic location!

A brief visit to a slightly more photogenic location!

Hoopoes are spectacular birds that winter in north Africa and southern Europe – except for one that has found its way to the outskirts of Dudley! The mild weather means that it can look after itself easily, probing the ground for its insect food – but one fears for its survival if there’s to be a cold snap this winter. It’s been around for about three weeks, and has attracted interest from lots of birdwatchers.

For the latest updates, check out the Staffordshire birding website.

Although the hoopoe spent much of the time skulking in the long grass, it did occasionally appear in more open surroundings.

Although the hoopoe spent much of the time skulking in the long grass, it did occasionally appear in more open surroundings.

While I was there the hoopoe spent much of the time preening, so that it would occasionall stretch its muscles and feathers...

While I was there the hoopoe spent much of the time preening, so that it would occasionally stretch its muscles and feathers…

...like this - the hoopoe briefly displaying its crestin all its glory!

…like this – the hoopoe briefly displaying its crest in all its glory!

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