Tag Archives: mistletoe

Are blackcaps outstaying their welcome?

The blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) is a pretty little bird. It used to be a summer visitor here in Britain, but now its habits are changing. More and more blackcaps are overwintering here. Maybe it’s because of climate change. Maybe it’s … Continue reading

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Mistletoe Down Under

You may recall what I wrote about mistletoe. Today, my fellow blogger manuelinor at Ecology is Not a Dirty Word tells us about Mistletoe Magic from an Australian perspective. I like what manuelinor says about mistletoe as a keystone species, … Continue reading

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Swaddling clothes, gold, frankincense and myrrh

Myths about the birth of Jesus say that ‘three wise men’ visited him as he lay, ‘wrapped in swaddling clothes,’ in a manger in Bethlehem. The myths say that the wise men gave him ‘gold, frankincense and myrrh’. Swaddling means … Continue reading

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Mistletoe

At this time of year in Britain, people hang branches of mistletoe and kiss each other under them. At other times, most people barely look at this semi-parasitic plant but it’s there. It grows on trees and takes nutrients from … Continue reading

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