Purple Sandpiper

January Birding

For most birders that first outing of the new year is always extra special. It doesn’t matter what one might see from Robins and House Sparrows through to Golden Eagles or Firecrests, all species carry with them an additional excitement factor of being “first for the year”. When else for Read more…

View from Ynys-Hir

Aberystwyth and Ynys-Hir

It seems that we may be in for a spot of winter weather after all if the last week is anything to go by. Both Thursday and Friday saw good levels of snowfall across the Brecon Beacons and let me assure you that there’s nothing quite so frustrating as sitting Read more…

Starling Murmuration, Aberystwyth

Murmurings in Aberystwyth

A couple of weeks ago it was time for our annual trip to Aberystwyth which for once coincided with a gloriously sunny day. First stop, as usual, was the Castle for a brief walk along the promenade before moving onto Tanybwlch beach. From my five years spent at university here Read more…

Turnstones and Ringed Plovers, Aberystwyth

Early Morning Aberystwyth

On Sunday we were out early to make best use of the relatively bright sky and a distinct lack of people. Almost immediately we found a Purple Sandpiper perched halfway down the sea wall in what turned out to be quite a precarious position. I didn’t even have chance to Read more…

Starling Murmuration, Aberystwyth Pier

Whooper Swans, Otters and Starlings

This weekend was our annual trip to Aberystwyth and following last weeks slightly “twitchy” behaviour, the plan was to simply visit a few favourite sites and see what was about. First stop was Dryslwyn bridge where we were greeted by an over flying Peregrine Falcon and the sounds of calling Read more…