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Animal of the Month

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Welcome to Animal of the Month for June 2015. Every month, we will announce our favourite animal that has been featured on the blog at some point during the month.

Which animal has been our favourite this month?

Contenders
Sedge Warbler
Reed Bunting
Linnet
Kestrel
Jackdaw

Winner: Sedge Warbler
This month's winner was seen on one of the very first days of the month, and it gave us some beautiful images and footage of it singing. The Sedge Warbler encounter was very special, and probably the closest I have ever got to a warbler. Therefore, this month, I feel that the AotM is the Sedge Warbler




Wildlife on our Doorsteps

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On this blog, I usually write about trips elsewhere, whether that in the UK or abroad, but today I am going to write about wildlife closer to home. We don't have to travel very far to see brilliant wildlife. Just sitting in your garden or taking a stroll around the local park can produce some great sightings of animals, and is also a great way to start wildlife watching.


So yesterday I took a short stroll down to my local park, which is only a few minutes away. It is relatively small but, like most parks, is very green and wildlife-friendly. There are lots of trees and flowering plants, which are all great places for nature to live. One of the most frequently seen birds in gardens and parks is the Blackbird, and I certainly didn't miss these. Within a minute or so of entering the park, I had already come across a group of five blackbirds hopping around on the floor. One of the great things about garden and urban birds is that they're relatively tame, and I was able to get m…

An Evening at Papercourt

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After a long day at school, and a very hot day in Surrey, I decided an evening trip to Papercourt would be a great way to finish the week. Papercourt looked wonderful in the evening light, with the green of summer everywhere, and birdsong filling the air. It looked promising.




As we began to walk around, the sound of Starlings became more and more prominent, until we saw a small flock of them flying over the main lake, and landing in a nearby tree. There were probably around 40-50 individuals in the flock, and they were making a right racket as the flew around the reserve. Starlings are commonly found in flocks, and are renowned for the seemingly constant noise they make, so this was no exception. Unfortunately, Starlings are officially on the Red List, though this is due to declines elsewhere, as they are still common garden birds in this country. It was a great start to the walk.


Around half way round our circuit of the reserve, I spotted a Kestrel sat on a nearby pylon. The evening li…

Britain's National Bird: The Robin!

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After months of voting, the Robin has swooped in and grabbed the title as Britain's National Bird.


In total, over 224,000 (0.35% of the population) people cast their vote and had their say as to what our nation's national bird should be and the results were as follows:
1. Robin - 34% 
2. Barn owl - 12% 
3. Blackbird - 11% 
4. Wren - 9% 
5. Red kite - 6%
6. Kingfisher - 6% 
7. Mute swan - 6% 
8. Blue tit - 6% 
9. Hen harrier - 5% 
10. Puffin - 5% 

As you can see from the results above, the Robin won by quite a large margin, and ,to be honest, I always thought the Robin would win overall. It is certainly a symbol of Britain. The vast majority of the British population would be able to identify one, and they are a common sight in our gardens. But I do also agree with what Chris Packham said on Springwatch Unsprung last night. The USA has the Bald Eagle, a grand, powerful bird, and Germany has the Golden Eagle. And then there is Britain with its little Robin. The Barn Owl or the Hen Harrier w…

Sedge Warblers and Reed Buntings

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Whilst in the Alkborough area last weekend, we took the chance to visit the beautiful Alkborough Flats reserve to see what was around. We had only been to the flats a couple of times at this time of year, so it was a great opportunity to see how the flats had changed since our last visit in October.

The area looks very different to how it did in the autumn. For starters, reeds now cover the majority of the area, and all the plants are out again, making the whole place look richer, and more colourful. Unfortunately, this also means more cover for the birds in the reeds and bushes, so spotting was going to be trickier than usual. Or so we thought.

As we walked down the main path, we came across one bird after another, with each one being sat just off the side of the path. Reed Buntings were frequently sat very close to us, allowing us to see their normally unnotced colouring up close. I never realised how wonderful these little birds are until I saw so many last weekend.



As well as the Ree…