Archives for March 2009
Wales' only pair of breeding ospreys have just returned to their familiar stomping ground for the fifth year running.
Following a 3,000 mile journey from their wintering ground in west Africa, the male landed safely back at Glaslyn last Saturday with the female following on a day later.
Hides really show you Welsh wildlife at its best: close-up and in great variety.
Last weekend I biked up to Forest Farm nature reserve in Cardiff and spent a good couple of hours in their two hides. Tucked right under the M4, Forest Farm is a strange place for wildlife but it runs close to the River Taff and has a good spread of birds and other species in its woodland and pond habitats.
Craig Smith, a volunteer warden at Marchwiel Marsh, near Wrexham, got in touch after filming the birds' display earlier this month.
The reasons for these spectacular cloud-like gatherings which can involve hundreds of thousands of birds, have yet to be established for certain although it's believed the behaviour is intended to confuse predators.
Want to see more starlings?
- Watch an archive clip from BBC Wales Nature of a sea of starlings flocking together on Aberystwyth peer.
- View an archive clip from BBC Wales Nature of a wheeling flock of starlings at Newport Wetlands.
We'd love to hear from you if you've spotted starlings flocking in your area. You can also upload pictures or videos via the BBC Wales Nature Flickr group.
Did you know that when it comes to wild and wacky courtship displays, Wales is a little-known hot-bed? And we're not talking about St Mary's Street on a Saturday night here.
It's the black grouse mating season and Coed Llandegla Forest in Denbighshire is one of the few places in the UK where you can get to see the beautiful glossy black birds strutting their stuff close up.