Tagged with: Birds

130 posts about Birds on this blog

  1. Osprey chick ringers

    Thursday 1 July 2010, 11:27

    Martin Aaron Martin Aaron

    We recently announced the exciting news that the third Glaslyn chick had hatched. How time flies? (excuse the pun)

    I'm pleased to report that all three chicks are all doing well and were recently ringed.

    Qualified ringers from the BTO climbed the 80 foot tree to the nest site and carefully lowered each...

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  2. Whose a pretty boy then?

    Wednesday 23 June 2010, 12:02

    Martin Aaron Martin Aaron

    A trip to Flint Castle to photograph burnett moths turned into something a little more unusual for Jeff Cohen.

    Walking back to his car, Jeff was amazed to see what he believes to be a colourful, red rumped parakeet perched up in the trees - not your average species for North Wales.

    These birds originate...

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  3. Rare bird ruffles a few feathers

    Wednesday 9 June 2010, 13:36

    Martin Aaron Martin Aaron

    A little bird has had 'twitchers' all over Wales in flap recently.

    Hundreds of people have gathered on the Blorenge, near Abergavenny, to see a marmora's warbler, from the Mediterranean islands.

    Ornithologist and former RSPB site manager Alan Davies saw the warbler after setting off from home in Llandudno...

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  4. Blue tit rescue

    Thursday 3 June 2010, 12:07

    Martin Aaron Martin Aaron

    It's heart warming to know that you're all doing your bit to look after our wildlife here in Wales. Here are two stories that have come in recently regarding blue tit chicks.

    Rachel Dicker e-mailed us to tell us all about a stranded bird she recently rescued:

    "This is a picture of a baby blue tit we found...

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  5. Make your nature count

    Thursday 3 June 2010, 11:10

    Martin Aaron Martin Aaron

    Thousands of you will be joining in this week to take part in the RSPB garden wildlife survey which runs from 5-13 June.

    The RSPB is keen to find out as much as they can about mammals such as moles, badgers, foxes as well as birds to build up an accurate picture of what is visiting our gardens at this...

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  6. Chick number 3 hatches

    Tuesday 1 June 2010, 12:35

    Martin Aaron Martin Aaron

    Ceri Mair Thomas has e-mailed over the latest news from the RSPB Glaslyn Osprey Project:

    The third osprey chick hatched at 7pm on Wednesday, 19 May, after 4 hours of the first signs of hatching.

    The chicks are all doing well and growing fast and the youngest and oldest are easily identifiable as the first...

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  7. Choughed with dung

    Tuesday 18 May 2010, 11:22

    Martin Aaron Martin Aaron

    RSPB Assistant warden, Lisa Morgan has just sent in her May report from Ramsey Island via a passing guillemot:

    "Chough are one of our most important breeding birds on Ramsey. With a limited distribution around our west coast, they cling to Celtic shorelines, with up to 300 pairs in Wales, representing...

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  8. Two osprey chicks hatch

    Monday 17 May 2010, 18:10

    Martin Aaron Martin Aaron

    Exciting news just in from the RSPB:

    The Glaslyn osprey pair's first chick hatched on Saturday 15 May at 11.27am, watched by a crowd of eager onlookers in the visitor centre.

    The second egg hatched this morning at 8.05am, this time with just Project Officer, Geraint Williams and volunteer Margaret Williams...

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  9. Swan tackles large eel

    Friday 14 May 2010, 10:24

    Martin Aaron Martin Aaron

    Now here's something you don't see everyday...

    Roving wildlife photographer Mike Davies has been keeping an eye on a pair of nesting swans on the Neath canal for a few weeks now.

    In this shot taken yesterday, the female swan can be seen on the nest inspecting her eight eggs:

    Mike was out and about early...

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  10. Sign of the times

    Wednesday 5 May 2010, 11:29

    Martin Aaron Martin Aaron

    Gale - a regular from our Flickr group has recently made an unusual discovery.

    She was out walking and spotted an old road sign by the side of a quiet country lane. Curiosity got the better of her and she lifted it up...

    Now you'd normally expect to find a load of beetles and worms or perhaps a slow worm...

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  11. Your tern to help

    Tuesday 4 May 2010, 15:12

    Martin Aaron Martin Aaron

    Ever fancied doing a spot of wildlife volunteering? Now's your chance, as the rare sandwich tern colony at Cemlyn Bay, Anglesey need your help.

    An informal volunteer training session will give you a unique opportunity to meet wardens, and learn how you can help protect the terns.

    Sandwich tern by Ben Stammers...

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  12. Scoter around Camarthen Bay

    Thursday 29 April 2010, 14:50

    Martin Aaron Martin Aaron

    Common Scoter sea ducks came in their droves to Carmarthen Bay this winter, smashing previously recorded numbers. There are usually around 20,000 birds in the Bay but this winter it was an astonishing 43,000!

    The numbers, revealed by the Countryside Council for Wales, were recorded as part of the Countryside...

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  13. Lovely tits spotted

    Tuesday 27 April 2010, 17:19

    Martin Aaron Martin Aaron

    A pair of birds - whose nearest relatives live in the high-altitude bamboo forests of Asia - have been found at RSPB Conwy nature reserve in Llandudno Junction.

    Two bearded tits were found in the reedbeds at the reserve yesterday afternoon by local birdwatchers Alex Humprheys-Jones and Julian Wheldrake...

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  14. Slow mow

    Thursday 22 April 2010, 15:25

    Martin Aaron Martin Aaron

    Now here's something we can all willingly help out with this summer.

    Not only does it give nature a helping hand - it also gives 'the mowers' amongst us a very good excuse not to mow the lawns quite so often! ;)

    RSPB Cymru are asking us not to mow our lawns quite so much and to spare a thought for the...

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  15. If you go down to the woods...

    Monday 12 April 2010, 16:33

    Martin Aaron Martin Aaron

    Today, you're sure of a big surprise.

    Eiona Roberts from our Flickr group certainly had one, when she heard a strange bird call coming from the woods.


    Having successfully tracked the call, she stumbled across a large guinea fowl sat on a fence between some houses and Glyncollen woods, just north of Swansea...

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  16. Backyard raptor kill

    Monday 12 April 2010, 15:00

    Martin Aaron Martin Aaron

    Graham and Dot Roberts from Pembroke Dock have just e-mailed in these shots of a sparrowhawk catching it's prey on their back lawn.

    In this case, dinner was a pigeon, which seems to be a particular favourite of these predators. Perhaps it's the French influence?


    It just goes to show though, that you don...

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  17. Don't look up!

    Friday 9 April 2010, 15:43

    Martin Aaron Martin Aaron

    The fastest bird on the planet is probably marking you out as 'potential prey' from high above, especially if you're shopping near the Capitol shopping centre ;)

    The peregrine falcons are back - nesting on the clock tower at Cardiff City Hall again for the fourth year running.

    These amazing falcons can...

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  18. Glaslyn osprey lay first egg

    Friday 9 April 2010, 10:34

    Martin Aaron Martin Aaron

    If they'd just been a few days earlier I could have had a witty strap line about Easter eggs but never mind, it's still great news!

    The first egg was spotted yesterday morning and the RSPB are expecting another two eggs to be laid over the next few days.

    Osprey image courtesy of RSPB:

    The eggs will be...

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  19. Your first swallow of the year

    Thursday 8 April 2010, 14:21

    Martin Aaron Martin Aaron

    They're out there... swooping into farmers barns and out buildings as we speak, buzzing along cricket pitches and showing off their latest aerial displays - learnt on the wing in Africa.

    So have you seen your first swallow of 2010? If so, have you managed to capture one on camera yet?

    Not sure what to...

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  20. Crossbill country

    Tuesday 6 April 2010, 15:46

    Martin Aaron Martin Aaron

    These photos have just arrived in our Flickr group and feature a resident but rarely seen species in Wales - crossbill.

    Crossbill are a chunky member of the finch family and as the name suggests, have a bill that crosses over at the end.

    They are normally found in pine forests, flitting from cone to cone...

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