Top 10 UK Birds

Top 10s

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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6 in 60: Number 16 – It’s Christmas!!!!


Hello! It’s December! I can finally start getting excited about Christmas!!! I’ve got loads of Christmas stuff going on this week so I can’t not write about that this week, without further a do here is 6 scientific things about Christmas!!!!

  1. One idea behind the Christmas star is that it was actually a supernova. Due to the bright light given by an exploding star meant that it could be visible during the day or night.
  2. Robins the typical Christmas bird are one of the only birds to keep singing through out the winter.
  3. Whether you like Brussels sprouts might be down to your gene, some research has suggested that those who like the green vegetable (of the devil – just my opinion) have one version of the gene where those who don’t like them have another version.
  4. It wasn’t until the Victorian era that we started giving gifts at Christmas time, before that it was a New years tradition.
  5. Although it seems impossible now, the Thames river did used to freeze. The last time it froze over was 1814 and fairs for the Christmas period popped up on the river itself.
  6. For Santa Claus to give all of us our Christmas presents he will be travelling at 10,703,437.5km/hr, or about 1,800 miles per second all night. This is also without stops for the milk and cookie/mince pies.

I hope this made you feel all things festive and there will be more festive 6 in 60s next week!

The Sources

The first fact and third fact comes from the chronicle but I’ve also seen it be written in other places. Here is the link for the second fact from the RSPB. The fourth fact (admittedly not very scientific I just thought it was interesting)  comes from live science. The fifth one came from me searching around a bit but here’s an article from the dreaded daily mail about the fairs. The telegraph did a great article on santa claus a couple of years a go which is where I got the 6th fact from.

ThatBiologist Everywhere!