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Friday, January 4th 2013

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On Mooney this afternoon

We received an interesting e-mail recently from MOONEY listener Neil Lucey.   Neil runs the Gougane Barra Hotel in West Cork.    He is a big nature lover and was out walking on New Years Day and spotted frog spawn in a pool in his local Coillte forest.  See the attached picture. Is this the earliest appearance of frogspawn on record? Eanna and the team discuss.

Another interesting picture was taken in the UK of an unusual red Robin, with a curious white streak beneath its beak. It was almost like a "Santa" robin. What causes these aberrations in the plumage of birds? Tim Harrison is the Abnormal Plumage Survey coordinator  at the British Trust for Ornithology, and he will join Derek, Niall Hatch from Birdwatch Ireland, and the rest of the panel to shed some light.

The MOONEY smartphone app is still available for FREE download. And this week’s article has been written by Eanna ni Lamhna. It's about Barnacle geese. Download the app and get the entire story for FREE!


Mooney's Money Question:

True or False: "HE" is the chemical element symbol for Helium.



K Club Wedding Competition

About 22,000 couples get married in Ireland every year – and here on Mooney we’re going to make 2013 lucky for some with a fantastic wedding competition we’re going to be running in January in conjunction with the RTÉ Guide and The K Club! To find out more, tune in, and get a copy of the RTÉ Guide, on January 14th!

The Island Landscape

RTÉ Television, in association with Mooney, is currently producing a major new documentary series on the history of the Irish landscape. The series will tell the story of how our landscape was created after the last major climatic event – the end of the last Ice Age, over ten thousand years ago.  And we want your help! Would you like to contribute video towards the TV series? Click here to find out what we're looking for!

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