Now the commonest and most widespread UK bird of prey. It is quite large with broad, rounded wings, and a short neck and tail. When gliding and soaring it will often hold its wings in a shallow ‘V’ and the tail is fanned. Their plaintive mewing call could be mistaken for a cat.
The Green Woodpecker is the largest of the three woodpeckers that breed in Britain. It has a heavy-looking body, short tail and a strong, long bill. It is green on its upperparts with a paler belly, bright yellow rump and red on the top of its head. The black ‘moustache’ has a red centre in males. They have an undulating flight and a loud, laughing call.
Common Blue Butterfly
Living up to its name, this butterfly is the commonest blue found in the British Isles. While the male has bright blue uppersides, the female is primarily brown, with a highly variable amount of blue. This is the most widespread Lycaenid found in the British Isles and can be found almost anywhere, including Orkney.
The barn owl has a heart-shaped face, pure white under parts and a light brown back and wingsbuff back and wings and pure white underparts, it can be a haunting sight flying at night but the the barn owl is a distinctive and much-loved countryside bird. Widely distributed across the UK, the barn own has been affected by pesticides and is in decline.
Taraxacum officinale, common Dandelions grow in all kinds of grasslands from lawns to roadside verges, pastures to traditional meadows and is beneficial to wildlife, providing food for nectar-loving insects.