mistle thrush

Low Notes

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Tuesday 11th January 2000

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hazel catkins CATKINS have opened on Hazels at the foot of Storrs Hill. It may be the warmth of the south-facing slope that has brought them on ahead of others in the local woods and hedges, which still have their catkins tight shut. But, also, this may be a slightly different variety of hazel. They were planted about ten years ago as part of a landscaping project.

kingfisher A Kestrel hovers over the crest of the hill. I'm surprised to see so much Gorse in flower on the slope below.

coal tit In our back garden, a Coal Tit returns repeatedly to the peanut feeder.

The Kingfisher follows its regular beat along the canal bank.

mistle thrush At the marshy field we hear birdsong. A Mistle Thrush is singing, not from a branch or post, as you might expect, but from the ground in the middle of an expanse of grass. It flies off with its mate.

Richard Bell
Richard Bell,
wildlife illustrator

E-mail; 'richard@daelnet.co.uk'

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