THE warmth of the sun today not only quickly cleared the frost, but also encouraged the birds to sing their territorial songs - an early hint of spring. In an urban garden north of London, I heard 2 male dunnocks singing to each other, a rasping greenfinch, blue tits and a robin. I am sure that there were others but I fell back to sleep!
On Saturday starlings and a song thrush were loud and clear in the south west
What have you heard so far this year...?
...gosh I nearly forgot to mention...
Yesterday my neighbour very excitedly regaled me with the tale of a loud banging at his french windows early in the morning (1am?). He was really surprised to see a badger up against the glass! I was thrilled. We have had one night where badger type holes appeared in the garden, and on Friday I found that something strong had tried to dig under the shed. I assumed that it was a neighbour's dog or an urban fox - but I guess not. So tonight I have trained a remote camera on the spot and will check to see if our guest reappears...
Sunday, 17 February 2013
Sunday, 3 February 2013
This cartoon has been copied from the Guardian and is by Stephen Collins. The original is at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/cartoon/2013/jan/26/2# and was picked up by another blogger http://wildnatureblog.wordpress.com/.