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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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30 March, 2015

Song Thrush: the herald of spring | Nature Notes from Dorset

Even before we get to the shortest day in mid-winter and when all birds, other than the robin, are quiet somehow the song thrush (Turdus philomelos) will be able to tell better times are ahead. It will perch high in a tree and proclaim to anyone who will listen that the darkening days are almost behind and the corner towards spring is about to be turned. The robin is the sole singer (or is it the 'soul' singer with that plaintiff winter song?) for the previous three months but gradually the song thrush joins in. With its clear melodious phrases it is a true herald of the coming of spring.

Read more: Song Thrush: the herald of spring | Nature Notes from Dorset