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Yes, I'm Special!

Our robin cocks its head to watch the window feeder being filled with its favourite suet pellets, as if to say "what am I doing looking for scraps down here in the snow, hurry up and give me my lunch!"

#wildlife #wildbirds #robins #warwickshire #december2017
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So Special

All birds are special, but for me two of the standouts are swans, and of course, robins. This image from late spring kept coming up in my mind when asked to post "A Photograph You Are Proud Of" for today's #joinindaily theme, by +Johnny Wills

#wildlife #wildbirds #warwickshire #may2017
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Memory Test

Squirrels are actually quite good at remembering where they buried their nuts, as are jays. Having your nuts stolen by a neighbour is an altogether different problem!

#wildlife #squirrels #warwickshire #december2017
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Did Someone Mention Fish?

We watched this heron standing motionless for several minutes as it stared into the water, looking for a fish to catch...until it was distracted by +Johnny Wills​ mentioning "Fish Eaters" as today's #joinindaily theme. #justfofun

#wildlife #wildbirds #warwickshire #november2017
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First Winter

A young blackbird, still showing some juvenile feathers, and looking a little grumpy as the temperature start to fall. Hope you're finding plenty of berries!

#wildlife #wildbirds #warwickshire #december2017
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Singing A Seasonal Song

The robin is one of the few birds in the UK to sing all year round. The autumn song starts after it moults in the summer, and can seem quite melancholy. This song is used to hold its territory through the winter, before the lengthening days trigger the change to its spring song. That song is much more upbeat and strident...time to find a mate!

#wildlife #warwickshire #december2016
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Koniks

Maybe best described as "semi-feral", Konik horses are being used at a variety of wetland sites in the UK to help control the habitats and stop them from becoming overgrown with willow and alder scrub. These tough little horses will graze the margins of the water and preserve the balance of plants. Koniks are related to the wild Tarpan horse which was once common across Europe and Asia, although it died out here around 4,000 years ago.
We saw this small herd at Middleton Lakes, and we know there's a herd of Longhorn cattle there too, but we've yet to catch up with them.

#wildlife #warwickshire #september2017
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Stability Control

All birds have claws and use them for a variety of different purposes. For this coal tit, its hooked claws help it to grip small twigs and branches when hopping around in the trees, or in this case to hang on to the perch on a bird feeder. Though its head is partly hidden in the feeder, its feet make it my choice for today's #joinindaily theme of "Hooks", by +Johnny Wills #justforfun

#wildlife #wildbirds #warwickshire #september2017
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Not You Again?!

Caught in the act maybe? This squirrel certainly has a bit of a startled look on its face...hiding something?

#wildlife #squirrels #warwickshire #november2017
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Who Ate All The Berries?!

A slightly guilty looking blackbird, that's who. Time to find another hawthorn tree, methinks.

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