Notes on nature

Wildlife

Wildlife
We're about more than just birds (though obviously we like them a lot).

Notes on nature

We love nature... from every little bug on a blade of grass to birds, butterflies, otters and oaks!
  • Who's hiding under Santa's hat?

    It just wouldn't be Christmas without a quiz, would it?

    We've got five pictures below, all you need to do is work out who is hiding under Santa's hat. When you have send us an email to enews@rspb.org.uk by 9 January with your five answers and we'll enter you into a prize draw to win a bird table from our shop, worth £79.99! Full terms and conditions are at the bottom of the page.

    Good luck!

    Mystery bird 1

    Mystery bird 1

    Mystery bird 2

    Mystery bird 2

    Mystery bird 3

    Mystery bird 3

    Mystery bird 4

    Mystery bird 4

    Mystery bird 5

    Mystery bird 5

    Terms and conditions

    • The winners will receive a Country Barn Bird Table from the RSPB shop (as detailed above).
    • If for any reason we cannot offer the prize stipulated, the RSPB will supply an alternative for the same value.
    • Entries must be received by 9 January 2014
    • Prizewinners will be drawn at random from all correct entries on 12 January 2014
    • Winners will be notified within two weeks
    • Any entry which is incomplete, illegible or late will be deemed invalid in the sole discretion of the RSPB
    • This is open to UK residents only
    • There is no cash alternative to the competition prize
    • Prizes will be delivered within 28 days of the closing date
    • The results, winner's name and county will be published on the RSPB website
    • The Editor's decision on all matters affecting this competition is final and legally binding. No correspondence regarding the results will be entered into
    • Any RSPB members/supporters can enter, however, RSPB staff or their immediate family, including volunteers are excluded.
    • Any winner who has not responded to notification within 21 days will forfeit their prize; a replacement winner will be selected from the other correct entrants.
    • Entrants under the age of 18 years need to have parent or guardian consent to enter.

  • Monday's magic moment: a touch of gold

    Goldcrest. Image by Steve Round (www.rspb-images.com)

    Tiny. Minute. Small.

    Describe its size how you will, but goldcrests pull in a crowd. I was helping out at a bird ringing demonstration this weekend, and the goldcrests were the star attraction.

    For some of the satisfied punters it was the first time they'd seen a goldcrest, let alone up so close. They vie with firecrests for the UK's smallest bird and the ones we caught weighed in at around five grams.

    Five grams!

    Just think, that's less than the weight of a pound coin! And some goldcrests take on a perilous crossing of the North Sea, leaving Scandinavia and crossing to the UK. Don't you think that it's amazing that a bird so small can make that journey?

    This image is by Steve Round from our RSPB Images library. Did you know you can buy all our images as prints or canvasses

  • Monday's magic moment: pitchoo!

    Pitchoo! Pitchoo!

    That's the call of the marsh tit, the star of this week's Monday magic moment. It looks very, very similar to its relative, the willow tit, but the marsh tit's sneezing call can be a giveaway clue to its identity.

    At this time of year, marsh tits and other woodland birds are making the most of the seeds and nuts on offer. Marsh tits' brains are specially developed to help them remember where they've hidden their food!

    You can buy any photo from RSPB Images as a print or canvas.