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FEATHER WATCH

“Teach the art of creating islands of stillness In which I can absorb the beauty of everyday things- Clouds, trees and the music of birdsong” Marion Stroud

It is difficult to feel a burst of optimism as we move into a New Year, with those people in Westminster putting us through their own brand of hell. But life must get better with a new decade and hope for all. We birdwatchers are a hardy lot!

As the mornings become lighter ,birds are singing again .Song thrushes, robins and great tits can all be heard these winter mornings Playing a recording of birdsong (RSPB website) will help you identify individuals and will thus make listening to the sounds of spring a more rewarding experience.

Small clusters of snowdrops and the bright yellow flowers of winter aconite make a welcome splash of colour ,lifting the spirit on these cold, damp days. Catkins (country name ‘lamb’s tails’ in times gone by) can also be seen in sheltered parts of the hills.

Waxwings from Scandinavia are with us again. Small flocks can often be seen in the car parks of your favourite supermarket., feeding on rowan berries. The birds are pink in colour with black wing tips and a small crest. It is rare to see them—a real treat!

With the new government, we hope this year will deliver fresh vision for our hard pressed natural world and measures to prevent over-development, intensive farming and fly tipping—just a few of the issues that matter to us all.

Come on kids—start taking an interest in nature. The future of the natural world will be in your hands. Remember—every little helps.

Philip Kedward      

 

  

 

 

 

 

           

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