Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Nature Notes: Birds and Apples

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A male eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus). We occasionally see him and his mate in the backyard. The magpies were not amused and tried to mob him, but he returned when they had flown off.

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A Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)

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Tea crabapples (Malus hupehensis), a tree often planted for its beautiful flowers and fruit. Like all crabapple species, the fruit is edible, but often too sour to be eaten. But it's great for apple sauce and jelly and the leaves can be made into tea.

Nature Notes is hosted by Michelle at Rambling Woods

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