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On the Wild Side.

Ben Waddams writes in ” The Journal ” about wildlife around Shropshire and the Welsh borders. This post is about the wildfowl  during the winter months.

Winter can be the most beautiful time of the year in these areas but difficult for wildlife, whether it is very cold or very mild. But generally speaking what can one see and do during the winter months that perhaps you can’t at other times of the year.?

Well with a county blessed by some fine watercourses, January is a great month for ducks,geese and swans Wildfowl are both numerous and the drakes are in their brightest and best plumage of the year.. Huge flocks of migratory geese are a common sight in some coastal areas but there are treats to savour inland too. Whooper swans are regularly seen at places such as Venus Pool now and an early start can be both exciting and beautiful to behold.

For some of our less common ducks, including, pintail, goldeneye,, long-tailed duck,  red-breasted merganser and goosander, the Severn and the meres as well as other ponds and lakes can be a magnet for few individuals. When  snow falls it provides a wonderful opportunity to study animal tracks, frost can also turn up a few pretty prints. It may not be the most welcome substance, but mud is easy to come by at this time of the year, and badger, deer fox and even otter evidence can be observed, or even better, plaster casted.  Rooks, jackdaws, carrion crow and ravens gather at communal roosts. Their aerial acrobats at dusk may not be on the same scale as a starling murmuration but can be almost as spectacular.

Courtesy Ben Waddams.

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Badger.

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Pintail Duck

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Golden eye Duck.

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Red Breasted Merganser.

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Whopper Swan

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Young Deer.

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Beautiful Fox.

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Spotted Woodpecker.

 

Great- spotted woodpeckers begin drumming on dead wood  as part of their territorial display. A morning walk through a quiet oak woodland is almost guaranteed to produce a sighting or hearing. Another famouse bird to start its courtship in winter is the tawny owl. These fabulous birds of prey are at their noisiest  from December and can be tracked down on a moonlit night by listening for their various calls.

To attract the aforementioned species to your garden, why not make your own bird feeder or buy one. Either way feeding garden birds at this time of year can make a real difference to their survival. Most garden birds are insectivores but, for obvious reasons , have to switch their diet in the winter. Having seeds and nuts  readily available for them in your garden is a great help.

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Tawny Owl. Courtesy of the RSPB.

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

English Professor Reveals The Possible Location Of King Arthur’s Camelot

English Professor Reveals The Possible Location Of King Arthur’s Camelot King Arthur and his famed stronghold of Camelot – both of these entities tread the fine line between legend and actual…

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Posted by on February 20, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Ancient jars found in Judea reveal Earth’s magnetic field is fluctuating not diminishing

via Ancient jars found in Judea reveal Earth’s magnetic field is fluctuating, not diminishing – The Archaeology News Network

This is an unusual post for me but most interesting.

 

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Footprints in Time

Thousands of years ago, our ancestors went for a walk and left their footprints behind…… In South Wales there are many seaside sites where both footprints and plant remains have been pr…

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An interesting post for those who would like to take part.

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Archaeology and Science annual: the Decipherment of Supersyllabograms in Linear B, the last & most formidable frontier in the decipherment of Mycenaean Linear B

Archaeology and Science annual: the Decipherment of Supersyllabograms in Linear B, the last & most formidable frontier in the decipherment of Mycenaean Linear B: For the past 65 years since Mic…

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FOR THOSE OF YOU WISHING TO FOLLOW RICHARD VALLANCE BLOG PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK ABBOVE.

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

ARCHAEOLOGISTS find more DEAD SEA SCROLLS.

via Archaeologists find 12th Dead Sea Scrolls Cave – The Archaeology News Network

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

9 new Minoan Linear A words under U-WI, all of but 1 of which are probably of proto-Greek origin

9 new Minoan Linear A words under U-WI, all of but 1 of which are probably of proto-Greek origin: The 9 new Minoan Linear A words under U-WI are all probably of proto-Greek origin. As for those ter…

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HERE IS A VERY INTERESTING POST FROM RICHARD VALLANCE WHO HAS BEEN WORKING ON THE ” LINEAR A ”  ANCIENT SCRIPTS. Click on the link to read the original post.

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2017 in Uncategorized

 
 
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