From Kelvin Jones, BTO Wales Development Officer -
Once again this spring we are planning on holding some member and
volunteer days at various venues around Wales. These will be relaxed
events where we will update participants on BTO’s activities across
Wales, provide some free training, a friendly quiz, and (weather
permitting) a bit of birding. They are open to all existing members and
volunteers and anybody new who wants to get involved with the BTO for
the first time.
Saturday 24th March, Dyfi Osprey Centre, Machynlleth
Sunday 25th March, RSPB Conwy.
Saturday 14th April, Pembrey Church Hall, Pembrey, Carmarthenshire
Saturday 21st April, Chirk Castle, Chirk
All events start at 10am and tea and coffee will be available from 9:30am. Bring suitable clothing for an outdoor walk.
Further details and bookings please contact your Regional Representative or the BTO Cymru office. Prior booking essential to make sure we have enough tea and coffee.
Dyfi. Moira Convery, Jane Kelsall, Rob Morton
RSPB Conwy Mel ab Owian, Geoff Gibbs
Pembrey Terry Wells Dan Rouse
Chirk Castle Anne Brenchley Jane Hemming, Jane Kelsall
Sunday, March 18, 2018
We haven't heard a chiffchaff singing yet this year, but yesterday we had brief glimpses of one flitting from tree to tree in the garden, and this afternoon we were surprised when a small bird sped into a clump of rushes in the semi-frozen Guilsfield Arm of the Mont Canal. It was hidden from sight for several moments, and we imagined it was probably a wren, but when it emerged it was obviously a warbler, which from then on was constantly on the move, pecking fairly frantically at anything which might have been on the icy water surface. It seemed unaware of us, intent only on finding food - which surely must be in very short supply in these conditions. We can only hope it survives - and that the bitter cold doesn't prove too much for it.
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Just a reminder that there is a meeting of the Bird Group on Wednesday 21st March 2018 at the Methodist Church Hall, Welshpool at
The speaker is Gordon Forest who will be talking to us about the Upton Warren Bird Reserve.
Everyone is welcome - £2.50 to include home-made refreshments.
Hope to see you there.
Friday, March 16, 2018
Thursday, March 15, 2018
This morning the air was full of birdsong - chaffinches, song and mistle thrushes, blackbirds, wrens, robins, blue and great tits, and several dunnocks, each offering their particular song and suggesting that spring isn't too far away. The sun shone, and I thought I heard snatches of another distant song we've not really heard over the winter, and one which always brightens the day - within minutes a stunning male yellowhammer appeared on the hedge beside me, surprisingly unconcerned and almost seeming to pose for photos as it sang. As if that wasn't treat enough, the bubbling song of a curlew took me by complete surprise, and made the day doubly good, as it flew over and away across the Wern fields.
We arrived home to find another surprise - pair of red-legged partridge in the garden, plus a brambling and reed bunting amongst the siskins and goldfinches. Here's hoping that if we have another taste of winter over the next few days, it doesn't last long!
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Not the best picture sadly but I managed to grab my camera and get a quick snap - this was swimming very happily on our wildlife pond at the weekend. It got disturbed by 2 ducks who spooked it so this is the best pic, but it's the first time we've had a cormorant visit in the 12 years we've been here so delighted. Crossing fingers and toes it comes back as was such a beautiful bird!
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Having rarely seen more than a couple of siskins in the garden over a number of years, we've been surprised this winter to see numbers increasing, and today we reached what for us was a record - 40+ on the feeders/ground/adjacent tree at the same time. They wouldn't all fit easily onto one photo, but managed to get 16 of them, taken through the window. We haven't been able to find a collective noun for siskins, but Steve suggested a 'flittering', which did seem to match their graceful but energetic movements and aerobatics.