Top 10 UK Birds

Hello! Today I want to introduce you to some of my favourite bird species. Birds are just the most fascinating things to watch and ever since my parents put a bird feeder in their garden I’ve learnt a lot about the different bird species. So without further a do here are 10 of my favourites!

  1. Barn Owl (Tyto alba) – Barn Owls are my favourite owl, aside from being the most beautiful owl they are also impressive hunters with incredible hearing. This hearing means they can catch prey with sound alone! Barn owl hovering
  2. Robin (Erithacus rubecula) –  Male robins can actually be quite an aggressive and territorial bird with other birds which can lead to fatalities. Over winter each robin will have a territory of approximately half a hectare. Robin on flower pot
  3. Buzzard (Buteo buteo) – These birds are one of the most widespread in the UK and can live up to 12 years old. They are an amazing bird of prey and if ever you get a chance to see them hunting its well worth a watch!Buzzard in flight head on
  4. Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) – These little pond dwelling birds hold a special place in my heart because the lake at Bath Spa University had loads of them. They were the first bird species I could properly identify. I mean it also helps that they are adorable! Image result for moorhen
  5. Swan (Cygnus olor) – I feel like this list wouldn’t be complete without Swans. Again there was a resident pair at Bath Spa Uni that had signets ever year. They were very protective of their nests as swans are and I once had to run defence for my friend who was working on the lake and distract the swan!Mute swan swimming
  6. Crow (Corvus corone) – I have had my issues with crows in the past but they still are incredibly intelligent animals! They can recognise faces and even hold grudges! Image result for carrion crow
  7. House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) – Sparrow populations have declined by up to 62% in the last 25 years and now they are on the IUCN red list. House sparrow (female)
  8. Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) – These are undeniably one of the most stunning bird species on this list and can be seen almost everywhere in the UK apart from the very north and west of Scotland.Image result
  9. White-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)- This is the largest UK bird species and went extinct in the 20th century from hunting and egg-collecting but has since been reintroduced. They are truly fantastic birds of prey and stunning to watch. Image result for white tailed eagle uk
  10. Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) – Another beautiful little bird that are a delight to sit and watch. In the winter they have family flocks that can be up to 20 birds in size!

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Hope you’ve enjoyed this little foray into the avian world! What’s your favourite bird let me know in the comments!

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The 2015 Business Meeting

Hello everyone and welcome to the 2015 business meeting. Hope you all brought pens and paper and tea, coffee and cake will be at the end. Okay I’m only kidding but before I leave on my Christmas break I wanted to reflect on ThatBiologist this year!

I technically started this blog in December 2014 with my post Welcomes and Introductions. And although I did start my 6 in 60 series in January, my studies and third year research really did take over for the bulk of this year but I graduated with a 2:1 in Biology in July and a first in my dissertation piece. So things really picked up here in September with a regular schedule. It does make me really happy writing about topics that I love to write about two/ three times a week.

So down to the numbers. Although they don’t mean all that much to me it is nice to know that someone reads my blog posts. So far I’ve had 190 visitors to my place on the internet with 478 views this year! Thats crazy when I think about how much of the internet takes our attention away *cough cough* social media. But then speaking of social media, this year I started a facebook page and a twitter for ThatBiologist.

So on to the favourites! I got the most views this year on my post “A short history of Poison Hemlock” which sparked off the rest of a very fun series The Poisons Collection. But in terms of my favourites well here are my top 3.

My top spot goes to Harry Potter and the Kingdom of Plants – considering this was the second favourite in terms of views this year I’m glad you all liked it too! I loved writing my presentation at university and I’m so glad I got to include it here!

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My second favourite is a piece that didn’t really get much attention views wise but like I said the numbers don’t mean that much to me, just as long as I’m writing content that makes me happy and thats the Fish With A Lung. I thought it’s such an interesting creature and I’m really happy with the way this blog came out.

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My third favourite was from the poisons collection series. It was about the plant lily of the valley and was entitled The Poisons Collection: What do Breaking Bad, Christianity and Wills n Kate have in common?. I love writing about popular culture when it collides with the scientific world and this one was such a fun piece to write.

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My hopes for the future are just to build up a following for my writing and build the community of That Biologist. I’d like to run some competitions next year and get some guest writers on here. As well as producing new series for me to write.

Thank you for hearing me ramble on about my blog. I hope you all have a lovely holiday.

Thanks

Laura