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The holly tree in our garden has been a hive of activity recently, alive with birds making the most of the berries and, holding their own among the usual garden gangs, was a flock of redwings – one of our less common visitors.High key portrait of a Redwing eating berries in a holly tree

It has the dubious honour of appearing on the IUCN Red List. Created by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, this list identifies ‘near threatened’ species; their population having declined by more than 30% in the last ten years the redwing is considered to be at risk of extinction in the near future.

On a more cheerful note – this time last year I was lucky enough to spot a few tiny goldcrests ….

Goldcrest in a holly tree with berries

…. re-posted for no other reason than I like the photograph! 🙂

‘Tis the season of goodwill so here’s to a little more peace and understanding in this mixed up world ….

(All images are copyright to Noeline Smith)