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    Posted by hollybeau (U13700692) on Wednesday, 2nd October 2013

    Utterly wonderful, the BBC doing what it does best.The camera work was breath taking, the voice over clear and not intrusive, as was the music that accompanied it, not to loud.Just a joy to watch!

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    Posted by Geometry_Man (U12739007) on Wednesday, 2nd October 2013

    Utterly wonderful, the BBC doing what it does best.The camera work was breath taking, the voice over clear and not intrusive, as was the music that accompanied it, not to loud.Just a joy to watch! 
    Sorry, but I only 50% agree.

    As far as quality goes, this programme is the most incredible contradiction.

    The photography is absolutely superb.

    The narration is appallingly facile and obvious. I doubt if there is more than 5% of it that all primary school children don't already know. What on earth is the point of it?

    It would have been better to show the whole thing with no commentary at all, like the excellent French 'Winged Migration' of 12 years ago very nearly did.

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    Posted by hollybeau (U13700692) on Wednesday, 2nd October 2013

    Utterly wonderful, the BBC doing what it does best.The camera work was breath taking, the voice over clear and not intrusive, as was the music that accompanied it, not to loud.Just a joy to watch! 
    Sorry, but I only 50% agree.

    As far as quality goes, this programme is the most incredible contradiction.

    The photography is absolutely superb.

    The narration is appallingly facile and obvious. I doubt if there is more than 5% of it that all primary school children don't already know. What on earth is the point of it?

    It would have been better to show the whole thing with no commentary at all, like the excellent French 'Winged Migration' of 12 years ago very nearly did. 


    I take it you won't be watching the rest of the series then Geometry-Man? smiley - erm Sorry but I totally disagree and think you're nit-picking for the sake of it.I've lived in the country for years and still haven't known about some of the things in this programme and I bet school children would love it.I hope it's repeated at an earlier time for them to watch.

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    Posted by deansay (U5811575) on Wednesday, 2nd October 2013

    This was indeed breath taking.

    Clever chaps these camera men.

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    Posted by poshHebeJeebie (U9319867) on Wednesday, 2nd October 2013

    I thoroughly enjoyed it, and thought the camera work was superb. I didn't expect new revelations in the commentary, but was enthralled with what seemed a fresh way of presenting the countryside at its best. Looking forward to future episodes.

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    Posted by Geometry_Man (U12739007) on Wednesday, 2nd October 2013

    Utterly wonderful, the BBC doing what it does best.The camera work was breath taking, the voice over clear and not intrusive, as was the music that accompanied it, not to loud.Just a joy to watch! 
    Sorry, but I only 50% agree.

    As far as quality goes, this programme is the most incredible contradiction.

    The photography is absolutely superb.

    The narration is appallingly facile and obvious. I doubt if there is more than 5% of it that all primary school children don't already know. What on earth is the point of it?

    It would have been better to show the whole thing with no commentary at all, like the excellent French 'Winged Migration' of 12 years ago very nearly did. 


    I take it you won't be watching the rest of the series then Geometry-Man? smiley - erm Sorry but I totally disagree and think you're nit-picking for the sake of it.I've lived in the country for years and still haven't known about some of the things in this programme and I bet school children would love it.I hope it's repeated at an earlier time for them to watch. 

    I might watch it with the sound off.

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    Posted by hollybeau (U13700692) on Wednesday, 2nd October 2013

    Utterly wonderful, the BBC doing what it does best.The camera work was breath taking, the voice over clear and not intrusive, as was the music that accompanied it, not to loud.Just a joy to watch! 
    Sorry, but I only 50% agree.

    As far as quality goes, this programme is the most incredible contradiction.

    The photography is absolutely superb.

    The narration is appallingly facile and obvious. I doubt if there is more than 5% of it that all primary school children don't already know. What on earth is the point of it?

    It would have been better to show the whole thing with no commentary at all, like the excellent French 'Winged Migration' of 12 years ago very nearly did. 


    I take it you won't be watching the rest of the series then Geometry-Man? smiley - erm Sorry but I totally disagree and think you're nit-picking for the sake of it.I've lived in the country for years and still haven't known about some of the things in this programme and I bet school children would love it.I hope it's repeated at an earlier time for them to watch. 

    I might watch it with the sound off. 


    So, not that bad then.smiley - winkeye

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    Posted by the_cleaner (U3423083) on Wednesday, 2nd October 2013

    A joy from start to finish.

    smiley - bubbly

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    Posted by fishplate (U15522541) on Thursday, 3rd October 2013

    I normally post on here to moan about some brain dead comedy ect...all is forgiven when I can watch a programme as glorious as this.

    Well done all concerned....see, you CAN do it.

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    Posted by deansay (U5811575) on Thursday, 3rd October 2013

    Utterly wonderful, the BBC doing what it does best.The camera work was breath taking, the voice over clear and not intrusive, as was the music that accompanied it, not to loud.Just a joy to watch! 
    Sorry, but I only 50% agree.

    As far as quality goes, this programme is the most incredible contradiction.

    The photography is absolutely superb.

    The narration is appallingly facile and obvious. I doubt if there is more than 5% of it that all primary school children don't already know. What on earth is the point of it?

    It would have been better to show the whole thing with no commentary at all, like the excellent French 'Winged Migration' of 12 years ago very nearly did. 


    I take it you won't be watching the rest of the series then Geometry-Man? smiley - erm Sorry but I totally disagree and think you're nit-picking for the sake of it.I've lived in the country for years and still haven't known about some of the things in this programme and I bet school children would love it.I hope it's repeated at an earlier time for them to watch. 

    I might watch it with the sound off. 
    smiley - laugh

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    Posted by pedrokelly (U1360661) on Thursday, 3rd October 2013

    The BBC does these sorts of programmes superbly and I really looked forward to this. And perhaps it was because of my high expectations that I felt a little let down by it.

    I don't have a problem with a narration, but this one did annoy me. Can't put my finger on it, but rather than guide me through what was happening on screen, it distracted me. Perhaps they were trying too hard for the 'choclolately, velvetley' voice over to go with the fantastic pictures that they forgot what a narrator is for.

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    Posted by elwoodeneye (U10727501) on Thursday, 3rd October 2013

    Utterly wonderful, the BBC doing what it does best.The camera work was breath taking, the voice over clear and not intrusive, as was the music that accompanied it, not to loud.Just a joy to watch!  agree hollybeau , a lovely programme to watch , well done BBC

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    Posted by beerhead (U15819967) on Thursday, 3rd October 2013

    Can't deny the quality but would rather watch something more lively on a week day evening. Show it again on a Sunday afternoon maybe.

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    Posted by billy_bumble (U14467942) on Thursday, 3rd October 2013

    The BBC does these sorts of programmes superbly and I really looked forward to this. And perhaps it was because of my high expectations that I felt a little let down by it.

    I don't have a problem with a narration, but this one did annoy me. Can't put my finger on it, but rather than guide me through what was happening on screen, it distracted me. Perhaps they were trying too hard for the 'choclolately, velvetley' voice over to go with the fantastic pictures that they forgot what a narrator is for. 
    I agree with this

    This was indeed a superb programme and I am looking forward to the rest of the series

    But Fiennes' voice is monotonous and boring and I thought let the production down badly

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    Posted by Calendula (U2331338) on Thursday, 3rd October 2013

    I wanted to like this - I really did - but I, afraid I'm with those who found the narration soporific, repetitive and dull. When you could hear it over the soupy background music. What's Lily Allen got to do with the British countryside? And frost crystals DON'T creak and groan when freezing or thawing - at least not loudly enough for humans to hear.

    I thought the use of both slow-mo and speeded up-mo far too over done. The flocks of wading birds (didn't get the name) would have been magnificent in real-time, but instead we got then wizzing about the sky too fast to see.

    Maybe if it gets a few Brits who think the countryside begins and ends with their local city park out into the real thing it might be worthwhile. Just don't come and spoil my bit.

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    Posted by germinator hebdo (U13411914) on Thursday, 3rd October 2013

    'The Great English Year' for Primary schoolchildren?
    www.telegraph.co.uk/...

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    Posted by hollybeau (U13700692) on Thursday, 3rd October 2013

    Germ I couldn't give a fiddle what some journo in the Telegraph thought of it, I loved the programme and congratulate the BBC in this instance.smiley - ok

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    Posted by laughinsam (U11244950) on Thursday, 3rd October 2013

    I really enjoyed this. Particularly the excellent narration which I felt contributed to the general ambience of the programme.

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    Posted by DizzyLizzy (U1312492) on Thursday, 3rd October 2013

    Utterly wonderful, the BBC doing what it does best.The camera work was breath taking, the voice over clear and not intrusive, as was the music that accompanied it, not to loud.Just a joy to watch!  Guaranteed appearance on POV this Sunday Holly! smiley - laugh

    I only saw the second half but quite enjoyed the footage. Have to agree that the script was a bit dumbed down, but we're kind of used to that aren't we?

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    Posted by lucy (U14792533) on Thursday, 3rd October 2013

    A joy from start to finish.

    smiley - bubbly 
    I totally agree and look forward to more.
    Wildlife cameramen [or camera people smiley - erm ] are to be applauded for their patience and skill.

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    Posted by deansay (U5811575) on Thursday, 3rd October 2013

    Utterly wonderful, the BBC doing what it does best.The camera work was breath taking, the voice over clear and not intrusive, as was the music that accompanied it, not to loud.Just a joy to watch!  Guaranteed appearance on POV this Sunday Holly! smiley - laugh
     


    Agreed smiley - ok smiley - biggrin

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    Posted by pedrokelly (U1360661) on Thursday, 3rd October 2013

    'The Great English Year' for Primary schoolchildren?
    www.telegraph.co.uk/... 
    To be fair, it did give a brief mention to the north of Scotland. But it was brief.

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    Posted by Johnap (U1989184) on Thursday, 3rd October 2013

    This was the BBC at its best. Well done.

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    Posted by hollybeau (U13700692) on Thursday, 3rd October 2013

    Utterly wonderful, the BBC doing what it does best.The camera work was breath taking, the voice over clear and not intrusive, as was the music that accompanied it, not to loud.Just a joy to watch!  Guaranteed appearance on POV this Sunday Holly! smiley - laugh
     


    Agreed smiley - ok smiley - biggrin 


    To be honest I was gobsmacked no one had started a thread on this programme, I was so excited after watching it and couldn't wait to post but nowhere to post on it.smiley - erm

    I won't hold my breath on the POV mention but thanks for the vote of confidence Dizzy and Deansay.smiley - smiley

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    Posted by the_cleaner (U3423083) on Thursday, 3rd October 2013

    I really enjoyed this. Particularly the excellent narration which I felt contributed to the general ambience of the programme.  Couldn't fault the narration too.smiley - cool

    But I'm guessing if David Attenborough said the same words, there would be universal praise for it on here.smiley - erm

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    Posted by Geometry_Man (U12739007) on Thursday, 3rd October 2013

    I really enjoyed this. Particularly the excellent narration which I felt contributed to the general ambience of the programme.  Couldn't fault the narration too.smiley - cool

    But I'm guessing if David Attenborough said the same words, there would be universal praise for it on here.smiley - erm 

    I think we can be sure that Sir David would never have agreed to come out with that stuff.

    Anyway it's not really his sort of programme, being mainly visual and not informative.

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    Posted by ashleyhr (U14203741) on Sunday, 6th October 2013

    Yes, wonderful.

    I look forward to seeing the slime mould later in the series. (Yes, really.)

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    Posted by i_amMarieAntoinette (U8354069) on Monday, 7th October 2013

    I loved this - the photography was stunning.

    One thing appalled me though - the viewers were told the exact location of some sites - particularly the site where a lot of birds of prey are. Although they're protected by law - a lot of people take it upon themselves to steal eggs or kill them. Telling viewers where the birds were was very foolish indeed.

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    Posted by hollybeau (U13700692) on Monday, 7th October 2013

    I loved this - the photography was stunning.

    One thing appalled me though - the viewers were told the exact location of some sites - particularly the site where a lot of birds of prey are. Although they're protected by law - a lot of people take it upon themselves to steal eggs or kill them. Telling viewers where the birds were was very foolish indeed. 


    Good point Marie, I wondered about that myself.smiley - erm

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    Posted by Geometry_Man (U12739007) on Tuesday, 8th October 2013

    Germ I couldn't give a fiddle what some journo in the Telegraph thought of it, I loved the programme and congratulate the BBC in this instance.smiley - ok 
    Sorry to keep on about it, but as well as Adrian Michaels of the Telegraph, we now have Alison Graham's main article in today's Radio Times attacking the narration.

    The article, headed "Silence is Golden. Lovely pictures speak for themselves - ditch the yak track", isn't available online as far as I can find.

    Her complaint is that the commentary is bulbous and overblown. Describing it as "aural buttercream" she gives lots of examples and includes the statement "A nature documentary as lovely as 'The Great British Year' doesn't need a blowsy accompaniment to its sharply beautiful photography, which is a feast in itself".

    I totally agree.

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    Posted by hollybeau (U13700692) on Wednesday, 9th October 2013

    Germ I couldn't give a fiddle what some journo in the Telegraph thought of it, I loved the programme and congratulate the BBC in this instance.smiley - ok 
    Sorry to keep on about it, but as well as Adrian Michaels of the Telegraph, we now have Alison Graham's main article in today's Radio Times attacking the narration.

    The article, headed "Silence is Golden. Lovely pictures speak for themselves - ditch the yak track", isn't available online as far as I can find.

    Her complaint is that the commentary is bulbous and overblown. Describing it as "aural buttercream" she gives lots of examples and includes the statement "A nature documentary as lovely as 'The Great British Year' doesn't need a blowsy accompaniment to its sharply beautiful photography, which is a feast in itself".

    I totally agree. 


    You're entitled to your opinion Geometry_Man, no need to apologise but it can't be changed now even if we wished it so, turn the sound off and watch it in the quiet if it urks you so much.smiley - ok

    On again tonight at 9.pm.

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    Posted by ashleyhr (U14203741) on Wednesday, 9th October 2013

    erks

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    Posted by FleetingEileenM (U14106338) on Wednesday, 9th October 2013

    The filming was stunningly beautiful so all praise for that. The commentary would make it suitable for showing to primary school children who would learn a lot and perhaps develop a real interest in their natural surroundings.

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    Posted by hollybeau (U13700692) on Wednesday, 9th October 2013

    erks 

    Ooops.smiley - blush The Hollyism strikes again.smiley - doh

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    Posted by Geometry_Man (U12739007) on Wednesday, 9th October 2013

    erks 

    Ooops.smiley - blush The Hollyism strikes again.smiley - doh 

    Actually, irks.

    (& definitely not orks or arks).

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    Posted by hollybeau (U13700692) on Wednesday, 9th October 2013

    Thanks Geometry_Man I shall be irked no more.smiley - winkeye

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    Posted by ashleyhr (U14203741) on Wednesday, 9th October 2013

    Not till 10.35 pm on BBC One Wales - despite their website's homepage suggesting otherwise. (Ironically that unhelpfulness by Cardiff bigwigs would have suited me as I'm in England but busy just now so will await Sunday's repeat.)

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    Posted by ashleyhr (U14203741) on Wednesday, 9th October 2013

    Just read the preceding.

    Yes, you are correct. And BBC Wales are irksome. smiley - smiley

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    Posted by Geometry_Man (U12739007) on Wednesday, 9th October 2013

    The photography was excellent again, including some delightful sequences.

    The narration contained a bit more useful information than before, but otherwise... well, I'll just say it achieved the same standard as last week.

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    Posted by Chrissy (U14921689) on Wednesday, 9th October 2013

    The BBC does these sorts of programmes superbly and I really looked forward to this. And perhaps it was because of my high expectations that I felt a little let down by it.

    I don't have a problem with a narration, but this one did annoy me. Can't put my finger on it, but rather than guide me through what was happening on screen, it distracted me. Perhaps they were trying too hard for the 'choclolately, velvetley' voice over to go with the fantastic pictures that they forgot what a narrator is for. 
    A programme worthy of congratulations to the BBC for the brilliant camera work. However, I would criticise the choice of narrator for this, extremely nasal and not particularly easy to pick up at times - but at least he didn't have a pronounced accent which is unusual these days. And, the usual complaint, rather too much background music; when will they learn??!!

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    Posted by hollybeau (U13700692) on Wednesday, 9th October 2013

    The photography was excellent again, including some delightful sequences.

    The narration contained a bit more useful information than before, but otherwise... well, I'll just say it achieved the same standard as last week. 


    Praise indeed from you Geometry_Man, I found the narration very informative this week and I'm an avid nature watcher.smiley - ok

    Of course I knew about the male sea horses carrying their babies but millions don't and it was told in a very simple but factual way and was delightful on the eye.In fact this series so far hasn't failed to delight and I congratulate the brilliant cameramen and crew for their skill, dedication and patience.smiley - magic

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    Posted by BrightYangThing (U14627705) on Wednesday, 9th October 2013

    Absolutely Hollybeau.
    Just loving this. Stunning photography, rather liking the lack sparsity of detail, allowing the pictures to tell the story. And Joseph Ffiennes voice over fits well for me. Just a touch of light and shade at the right times in voice.

    This is something to wallow in, gasp at, chuckle over rather than concentrate on detail.

    Having just fledged our youngest, OH and I did turn to each other and give thanks that there are no hungry predators lying in wait as they fly the nest!

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    Posted by hollybeau (U13700692) on Wednesday, 9th October 2013

    Absolutely Hollybeau.
    Just loving this. Stunning photography, rather liking the lack sparsity of detail, allowing the pictures to tell the story. And Joseph Ffiennes voice over fits well for me. Just a touch of light and shade at the right times in voice.

    This is something to wallow in, gasp at, chuckle over rather than concentrate on detail.

    Having just fledged our youngest, OH and I did turn to each other and give thanks that there are no hungry predators lying in wait as they fly the nest! 


    Know exactly what you mean BrightYangThing, ours went a good while ago but we still worry about them, suppose that's what makes us different from our animal counterparts, you never stop worrying.smiley - laugh

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    Posted by Calendula (U2331338) on Thursday, 10th October 2013

    The filming was stunningly beautiful so all praise for that. The commentary would make it suitable for showing to primary school children who would learn a lot and perhaps develop a real interest in their natural surroundings.  Exactly - primary school children; not intelligent, questioning adults. So why not show it at 5pm on CBBC?

    Another soupy, superficial affair. Any number of dancing mayflies don't make up for the lightweight nonsense of a narration. No more for me.

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    Posted by Ken Smart (U1158196) on Thursday, 10th October 2013

    I agree with so many, that the photography is beautiful, but the narration leaves much to be desired. The usage of the 'fast forward' sequences were overdone as well. The tailpiece informing us of the trials and tribulations of filming a nature programme such as this was very interesting, and I can only admire the patience of all those involved. Looking forward to the final couple of programmes.

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    Posted by deansay (U5811575) on Thursday, 10th October 2013

    It was again beautifully filmed, and I know the seasons of 2012 were all over the place but I still found the cut off date for Spring strange, namely Midsummers day!!

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    Posted by Geometry_Man (U12739007) on Thursday, 10th October 2013

    It was again beautifully filmed, and I know the seasons of 2012 were all over the place but I still found the cut off date for Spring strange, namely Midsummers day!!  I've never understood that. Should be called Startsummers Day.

    In my book, summer begins promptly on 1st. June.

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    Posted by the_cleaner (U3423083) on Thursday, 10th October 2013

    Amazing Mayflies and the Ducklings, being protected by Mum - sadly not successfully.smiley - yikes

    Narration just right from JF.smiley - cool


    And the Bats looked stunning over the water.smiley - bat

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    Posted by FleetingEileenM (U14106338) on Thursday, 10th October 2013

    Another beautiful programme. The narration is simplistic but I don't mind that. Actually I did learn something. I didn't know that maturing oak leaves become poisonous so that the caterpillars feeding on them have to have their innards removed by adult blue tits before the young are fed them.

    I find these programmes very calming and they don't linger too long on any one aspect which is why I think they would be ideal to show to primary school children, especially any with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Some sort of follow-up practical project could be arranged.

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    Posted by Geometry_Man (U12739007) on Thursday, 10th October 2013

    I didn't know that maturing oak leaves become poisonous so that the caterpillars feeding on them have to have their innards removed by adult  
    Yes, that was one of the things I didn't know, and I've been looking it up.

    Apparently it's tannins in the oak leaves that become more and more concentrated as the season progresses. They're not exactly poisonous, but do inhibit growth so the chicks develop better without them.

    The oak tree produces them as a defence against caterpillars - it stunts their growth too - which is why they (the caterpillars) gamble on as early a start as possible when the leaves first open.

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