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WOOD MICE: SILENT FORAGERS

Wood mouse on the way to Su Gorropu, Sardinia,...

The wood mouse is one of our commonest wild animals, yet it rarely attracts our attention as it scuttles noiselessly through the undergrowth in search of seeds and insects. The wood mouse can easily be distinguished from the house mouse … Continue reading

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Woodland Hawks: Sparrowhawk and GosHawk

Male Sparrowhawk with his House Sparrow kill: ...

These two hawks – the supreme predators of our woodlands – are swift, silent and deadly in the hunt, specialising in the techniques of close encounter and surprise attack. The sparrowhawk is well distributed throughout our more heavily wooded counties … Continue reading

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Birdwatching: The Acorn Loving Jay

Jays, our most handsome and distinctive members of the crow family, are shy birds and you never find them far away from trees. In autumn they are busy collecting acorns. The jay belongs to the crow family, but it has … Continue reading

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Woodland Drummer Birds

Male Great Spotted Woodpecker, (Dendrocopos major)

You can tell a spotted woodpecker by its frenzied activity even before you come close enough to recognise its brilliant colouring. Its persistent drumming against wood to attract a mate and proclaim territory is unique among British birds. The great … Continue reading

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The Green ‘Yaffle’

Adult green woodpecker feeding a juvenile.

The green woodpecker is the largest of our three British species of woodpeckers, and the most colourful. Unlike the two smaller species it is not a frequent drummer, but you can recognise its call among the trees for it sounds … Continue reading

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Woodland Nuthatch

Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europaea) on bird fee...

Nuthatches look like small woodpeckers but, unlike them, can walk down trees head first, and instead of chiselling out grubs, they hunt for insects and split open nuts. Although superficially similar to our wood-peckers in its choice of habitat and … Continue reading

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Birds: Tree Trunk Climbers

Short-toed Treecreeper, an occasional visitor.

The treecreeper can be seen in woodland, spiralling up tree trunks and clinging to the bark with sharp claws. It pauses to seize insects with its fine, down-curved beak. The birdwatcher’s first impression of a treecreeper is of a small, … Continue reading

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BIRDS: WARBLERS OF THE TREE CROWN

Three warblers of the leafy treetops come to Britain in the summer to breed. They are the willow warbler, the wood warbler and the chiff-chaff. Three species of leaf warbler are found in Britain and Ireland: the willow warbler, the … Continue reading

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THE PIED FLYCATCHER

In the western oakwoods of Wales, the pied flycatcher is a familiar breeding species, and often it is the commonest bird there during the summer. But it is slowly expanding its range, especially with the help of extensive nestboxing schemes. … Continue reading

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MARSH TIT, WILLOW TIT

Marsh and willow tits are so similar that they were not recognised as distinct species until 1900. Stuffed museum specimens showed the willow tit wasn’t a newcomer – it just hadn’t been identified before. The most fascinating thing about marsh … Continue reading

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