Everything has it's beauty, but not everyone sees it. - Confucius
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Friday, 22 April 2016

Potpourri 2




Tying up the loose ends.





Stoat











Red-breasted Merganser male











Goosander female










Lapwing












Grey Wagtail














 Rhiwargor Falls












Lake Vyrnwy









Little Egret












Catkins












Oystercatchers













 Willow Warbler





and I'll end on one of the boy





 Whisky






Enjoy your day



Thursday, 7 April 2016

Seven days of April



In between the showers, hail and snow, there has been some sunshine.




And some lovely sunrises.





A quick visit to the Dyfi Osprey Project, to see one of the first Ospreys to turn up.




The most recent news from there is that the two regulars, Glesni and Monty, have now taken their places on the nest.










Just a few of the Guillemots at South Stack.







Plenty of Razorbills too.





A Sparrowhawk gave me a nice fly over while I was there.








Amongst the other birds there, was a large flock of Linnets.







A couple of miles round the coast is a place called Breakwater Country Park. It's a lovely walk along the cliff tops to Holyhead, and always something to see.




My first Willow Warbler of the year, and in the same place that I saw one this time last year.









Pied Wagtail




After a few hours exploring, it was time to start thinking about heading back; but I had to stop off at McDonalds, in Holyhead.
Not for a burger, but to see a bird I've not seen for a good few years.




 Hooded Crow.


Apparently, he's been here foraging in the bins at McDonalds for a few weeks now.




Glad I stopped off to see him.





While we've been here, another of Whisky's brothers has visited for a few days, so I'll finish with a picture of them.



 Obi, Thistle and Whisky.




Enjoy the rest of your day.



Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Still here



It will soon be April, and the eagerly awaited new arrivals will soon be dropping onto our shores.
A few have made a start already; I saw my first Sand Martin of the year on 23rd March at Ynys-hir, and a couple of Ospreys have been sighted here in Wales in the last few days.


For now though, here's a selection of some of the birds that are here now.






A pair of Siskins doing a 'food pass'







Yellowhammer








Coal Tit










Stonechat










A bashful looking Greenfinch









Redshank










Little Grebe




and finally a relaxed Whisky, enjoying a bit of sun in-between the showers.










Enjoy the rest of your day.




Friday, 18 March 2016

From Wales



We've had a few good days with the weather here for a change, which has meant I've been able to get out with the camera.



A couple of favourite places on the north coast to visit when I'm here are Rhos-on-sea, and Gronant beach.


Rhos-non-sea is usually good for Purple Sandpipers at this time of the year, and the day I visited, I wasn't disappointed.









Best time to visit to look for these beauties is when the tide is in, as they huddle on the rocks.









The tide also brings a few Turnstone up onto the rocks too.








Gronant beach is best visited when the tide is out, in my opinion.




Ringed Plover




I also managed to get fairly close to a few Dunlin on the beach.








Gronant beach is probably most famous for its Little Tern colony, the best time to see these is May onwards.
I like to visit here any time of the year though; always something to see.





South Stack, on Anglesey, is also another favourite, with the seabird colonies, and the Chough.










The birds around the cottage have not been a disappointment either.




Treecreeper









Siskin







Goldfinch







Yellowhammer








Chaffinch





Whisky has had a great time too.






Even more so when one of his other brothers came to stay for a couple of days.




 That's Whisky, Obi at the front, and Thistle.






It's all about having fun.




A couple of the ponies at RSPB Conwy having some fun too












Something to crow about



And finally, some sunrises to remember.






Enjoy your day.