Monthly Archives: December 2015

December Bird survey

This is the last bird survey of 2015. The woods on my local patch are surveyed for birds each month by the wood conservation group. Luckily this morning the rain had stopped and the sun had come out just as … Continue reading

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Between Christmas and New Year

Up until Storm Frank hit today, the weather in Oxfordshire has been unseasonably warm and sunny. Walking around my local patch has been more comfortable without a coat. Bumblebees and wasps have been regularly spotted on plants that shouldn’t be … Continue reading

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Bird Advent calendar – Day 24

The Robin has to be the last bird on the Advent calendar. Robin’s are found on Christmas cards to represent the postmen who delivered cards because in Victorian times the postman’s uniform jacket was red the same as a Robin’s … Continue reading

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Bird Advent calendar – Day 23

Day 23 is the Starling. When most people think of Starlings they think of the spectacular murmurations of thousands of Starlings as the sun is setting, but each individual bird is beautiful in its own right. Made up of shimmering … Continue reading

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Bird Advent calendar – Day 22

Only 2 days to go till my countdown to Christmas is over. Day 22 of my countdown to Christmas is the House sparrow. House Sparrows used to be very common in the UK, we trapped them, shot them and even … Continue reading

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Bird Advent calendar – Day 21

Not many birds left now Day 21 of my countdown to Christmas is the Wood pigeon. As the sun rose this morning just after 8am I was sat in my kitchen watching the garden wake up. In fact it had … Continue reading

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Bird Advent calendar – Day 20

With only 5 days until Christmas who will be the last 5 birds? Day 20 of my countdown to Christmas is the Black-headed gull. I saw this Black-headed gull, in winter plumage, down by the River Thames, it was sat … Continue reading

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