A bird in the hand - in pictures

A viewer in Birchington sent these fabulous pictures of an unusual guest for dinner...

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Winter wildlife: your pictures

Yesterday we showed you a picture sent in by a viewer of a robin eating out of his hand.

We asked you to send in your pictures of winter wildlife as well. So here's a selection of them.

Lynne Jefford's picture shows a feeding blue tit in her Southampton garden Credit: Lynne Jefford
And more birds from Lynne's garden Credit: Lynne Jefford
A moody picture of flooded fields in Winchester Credit: Linda Holtby
Finally, Gary Denton's French Mastiff Ozzy from Berkshire looks like he's had a little too much Christmas spirit Credit: Gary Denton
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Flu cases continue to increase

Latest figures from the Health Protection Agency inidcate that the number of flu cases is continuing to increase.

Several indicators include GP consultation rates, the proportion of calls to NHS Direct and new admissions to intensive care of high dependency units.

Flu activity continuing to increase.

Children aged five to 14 in particular have been the group most affected by flu so far this season.

Dr Richard Pebody, head of seasonal flu surveillance at the HPA said: “Vaccination against flu is still the most effective way of preventing the virus in people who are in an ‘at risk’ group, as they are more vulnerable to developing complications from flu.

"This includes people with underlying conditions such as heart problems, diabetes, lung, liver or renal diseases and those with weakened immune systems, as well as older people and pregnant women."


An unusual dinner guest

A Robin eats from a viewer's hand Credit: John Lavery
A Robin eats from a viewer's hand Credit: John Lavery

Viewer John Lavery sent these incredible pictures of a robin - named Rudy - eating from his hand on Christmas Day, in Birchington, Kent.

Send your pics to meridiantonight@itv.com

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