Scots Pine Update Pinus Sylvestris


This tree was completely re-wired at the back end of last year and re-potted in mid march. It has recovered well and is putting on new growth and the new candles are growing steadily. I took the opportunity to get a few shots of it in the sunlight today.

The detail isn’t great but you can see the new candles which are quite narrow and about 3/4 inch long.

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Readers report on robin, purple martin that stand out from other members of their flocks

Our Fine Feathered Friends

Albino-Swallow Photo by Jean Potter • Two barn swallows in typical plumage perch on a wire with an albino individual.

Birds of a feather, as the old saying goes, tend to flock together, but what happens when a member of the flock stands out from the rest? Although conventional wisdom mandates that being conspicuous is not helpful for most wild creatures, some of them can’t help but get attention. Different readers have brought to my attention some birds at their homes that instantly stood out.

Sara and Ed Gschwind, residents of Bristol, Tennessee, have been keeping tabs on an American robin in their yard that is showing an extensive amount of white feathers in its plumage. For the most part, this particular robin has a white head, largely white wings and extensive white in the typically red breast. “My 88-year-old mother, Nora Rockett, suggested I send a photo to you,” Sara…

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