Archives for December 2008

The Midwinter merry-go-round

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Jody Bourton Jody Bourton | 09:54 UK time, Monday, 22 December 2008

I was laid low by the wretched flu again last week but being housebound afforded me an unexpected opportunity to do some wildlife watching.

Although winter can be a bit barren, it doesn't mean there aren't things going on out there in the wild. And with lemon and honey drink in one hand and binoculars in the other, I realised there was actually lots of activity happening just outside my window.

Among the garden birds feeding on the rotting apples on next door's trees, there were all the usual contenders such as blackbirds and a robin - but then I noticed a new addition with a gingery cap and pale breast.

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Festive song

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Jody Bourton Jody Bourton | 15:27 UK time, Thursday, 11 December 2008

I've come down with a stinker of a cold and have been up all hours coughing. It was in the early hours that I found myself aware of a bird singing. In winter, and at night - what could it be?


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Why I'm 'quackers' for mallards

Jody Bourton Jody Bourton | 08:54 UK time, Monday, 8 December 2008

This week, Nature's Top 40, continues its countdown to the UK's number one wildlife spectacle.

Wildlife experts have been ranking suggestions from the public in order to compile a list of Britain's most amazing natural sights and sounds - and this got me thinking about what I might pick as my favourite wildlife wonder.


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