Posted by: mynaturaldiary | December 21, 2008

Winter Solstice

At the winter solstice, it gets dark here at our latitude at 4pm, and light again at 8am, so we have close to 16 hours of darkness.

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As the chart above shows, at the winter solstice the sun is always low in the sky. With little heat, the weather has been cold, freezing frosts and occasional bursts of snow. However, we look forward in the chart above for the sun to climb in the sky until we reach the summer again; the dance of sunlight and heat when nature spawns.

I try to place extra food out at Cafe Twitch to counteract the cold; ‘quantitative easing’ in the contemporary parlance of the politicians. Here’s some of the latest action as nature takes up the offer.

First a male Blackbird, skipping across the frosty grass.

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Blackbird (Turdus merula)

I love the way the yellow rim around his eye accenuates his gaze.

Greenfinches feed on the sunflower seeds.

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Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris).

On the ground, looking for spare seeds from the feeder above is a Collared Dove.

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Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)

Next a rarer visitor, a Dunnock.

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Dunnock (Prunella modularis)

Not be confused with a Wren because of its grey throat!

Even the Chaffinches get in on the feeding scene.

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Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)

Finally, what English Yuletide post would be complete without picures of a Robin?

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Robin (Erithacus rubecula)


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