The mild weather of November continued into December with no negative temperatures. December was wetter with about 50 per cent more rain than November.
Tag: bird notes
Brent geese nest on the boggy Arctic tundra, where the severe climate allows them only about two months of good weather in which to raise a family. By September, they are leaving their breeding grounds, and heading for their wintering areas where they spend the winter feeding on eelgrass in estuaries and on crops in adjoining fields.
August was a little cooler and much wetter than the very dry July. The mean temperature was one degree lower, and the rainfall was five times as much, all at the beginning of the month.
Yellowhammers used to be familiar birds on Arran throughout the year. During the breeding season the distinctive song of the stunning male, sounding like ‘a little bit of bread and no cheeeeese’, was a feature of many hedgerows throughout the island and in the winter, flocks fed in stubble fields.