Everything has it's beauty, but not everyone sees it. - Confucius
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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'


Coal Tit


A bashful looking Greenfinch


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.






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.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

March winds and April showers

Well, today we've got both here in north Wales.

Strong winds, and set to get stronger, and some pretty heavy rain moving across the country.

We arrived a few days ago, just before the snow came.

Distant snow covered mountains

Had a few days off and on with some light snow showers, but nothing too serious; yet.
Some pretty good sunrises too.

I've managed one trip out in-between the rough weather, to a favourite location, Loggerheads Country Park. Always a good spot for Dippers, which I did manage to find eventually, plus a few Grey Wagtails.

Probably the best sighting so far though, was an early morning walk with the dogs around the fields as it was getting light, and a distant Barn Owl hunting, after an evening of heavy rain.

The first one I've seen in all the time I've been visiting here.

Plenty of the usuals and regulars though.


House Sparrow

Coal Tit

and of course Whisky.

He's been having the time of his life, with the freedom to run in the fields, with his brother, Thistle, and the other residents, Bud and Ellie.

And I'm pleased that he's remembered that the sheep and chickens are not there to be chased.

Enjoy your day.