FLIGHTS OF FANCY Paul Thomas, Mail cartoonist and birder Despite the winter chill, our feathered friends can be a great consolation. The robin, one of the few birds whose song can be heard in January, is the star of many a garden — but my favourite is the redwing, a winter-visiting thrush from Scandinavia. If you take a trip to the supermarket, you may well be rewarded by the sight of a flock of the much more exotic waxwing (above) feasting on cotoneaster berries, which tend to grow around car parks. Keep an eye out for the nuthatch, the only bird that can walk down rather than up a tree trunk, thanks to the ways the claws on its feet are arranged. But perhaps the star attraction is the green woodpecker, famed for its ‘laugh’. If that doesn’t lighten your mood in lockdown, nothing will! The robin, one of the few birds whose song can be heard in January, is the star of many a garden — but my favourite is the redwing (pictured), a winter-visiting thrush from Scandinavia TOP TELLY TREATS Christopher Stevens, Mail TV reviewer Here comes Lockdown Season 3. The good news is that, by telly tradition,… Read full this story
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