18 May 2009

Oystercatcher goes off the rails!

An Oystercatcher has been spotted nesting between the railway tracks of a busy train station in Cumbria. An email was sent to the BTO yesterday morning detailing that the track is used by commuter trains, freight trains and nuclear flask trains from Sellafield!

The Oystercatcher is incubating three eggs and presumably it sits tight and tucks its head down whenever a train comes! Only a few hundred yards away from the railway is a far more suitable breeding habitat of coastal sand dunes and riparian land. What a silly bird!

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