Monday, 4 January 2016

New Year Greetings

January  - a head start.

"January sees the early starters in the breeding race begin to sing.  In my garden, robins lead the way: sometimes uttering their sweet deliberate and tuneful song on New Year's Day itself.  During mild winters, robins are joined by a chorus of other garden birds, each determined to get a head start on their rivals.  So great tits sing their brash 'tea-cher, tea-cher' from the bare branches of the apple trees, while goldfinches twitter in the hawthorn hedge.

Winter robin  Charles Tunnicliffe

Finches  Charles Tunnicliffe

Later in the year, as spring finally takes hold, these early birds will be joined by new arrivals: the migrants currently spending our winter thousands of miles away in Africa.  And day by day, week by week and month by month, other creatures will emerge: insects and mammals, reptiles and amphibians, and the panoply of wild flowers that will grace the parish fields and byways all summer long."

Wild Hares and Hummingbirds  Stephen Moss

[and see the Charles Tunnicliffe Society]

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