April 2012

What do the birds know?

by ollie on April 27, 2012

An early morning bird language session at Steward Wood.

This is my favourite time of year for so many reasons. The return of the sun brings warmer weather and more daylight hours (which gives me lots more time to catch up with those gardening and forestry tasks). The plants are beginning to spring up out of the earth, many of which are edible and the buds are beginning to swell on the trees that will soon come out into leaf, changing the whole appearance of the woodlands around us, as the bare trees become a sea of green. Generally, it is an easier time to be outdoors, connecting to the natural world. [click to continue…]

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When is an Owl not an Owl?

by ollie on April 9, 2012

Tawny Owl (Strix aluco)

Tawny Owl (Strix aluco)

It is not that common to hear a Tawny Owl in the daytime here at the woods, but over the last month or so we have been noticing more frequent calls in the daylight hours. This makes some sense as they are nesting around this time, and therefore need to hunt more often to feed their young. Also, as the sun returns and the days get longer they have less hours of darkness to hunt in. [click to continue…]

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