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  • Recent Sightings

    Wonderful Wood warblers

    In the last week the woods have really began to sing with the sound of wood warblers - very heart warming for the winter Interns - Phil and Darran and our regular Tuesday Volunteers who spent many hours well, days even, out in the woods clearing the bramble...
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    RSPB Ynys-hir Spring arrivals and sightings

    It's that time of year when birds leave us and birds arrive, everything getting ready for the breeding season, so here are some highlights from the last week or two? Arrivals, chiff chaff here by the end of March, lesser spotted woodpeckers out...
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    Spotting Spring Arrivals

    We are just at the beginning of the best time to see our key woodland species, knowing a little bit about the habitats these birds use and their behaviour can be the key to getting to see them. Below I will go through some of the best places to spot one...
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    Nest Box Spring Clean

    Did you know, we have just over 300 nest boxes at Ynys-hir for our small birds? In the past few weeks we’ve been busy cleaning out all boxes and mending any problems before the birds start surveying for potential nest sites in the coming weeks....
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    Greenland White Fronted Geese

    My intention was to write a blog all about the wonders of the Greenland White Fronted Goose, their journey from their breeding grounds on the low arctic tundra of Western Greenland to the Celtic fringes of Britain via southern Iceland. And trust me they...
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    Ringing the changes

    Seasons have shifted and there any many changes to report on at Ynys-hir since the last blog. Firstly, August saw the welcoming of 3 interns for their 9 month posting; Darran, Philippa and Naomi. All will be working on site creating homes for nature and...
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    Sunny days

    It's that time of year when the woods go fairly quiet for birds. Pied flycatchers have fledged and dispersed into the top canopy making them almost impossible to spot., and it's a similar story for the redstarts. Yet there is still plenty of wildlife...
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    A royal visit...

    First off, apologies for the delay in this posting, it would have been sooner but we've spent a couple of weeks without internet after the gales. As it is, June is the beginning of the silly season for birdwatchers with many of the spring migrants...
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    Migrant birds and bony plants...

    With the increase in temperature, most of the regular migrants have been accounted for over the past month, including pied flycatcher, redstart, whitethroat, cuckoo, sedge warbler, grasshopper warbler, garden warbler, and swallow among others. The reserve...
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    Spring arrivals

    A wealth of sightings for you as Spring gleefully unravels it's way into the seasonal procession. We seem to be hearing more and more singing chiffchaffs on a daily basis, and the reserve has also recorded it's first wheatears and sand martins...
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    Storm Doris and the approaching Spring

    Ynys-hir has had it's fair share of the recent gull activity in the county, with a 1st winter glaucous gull on the 26th, as well as first winter and adult little gulls on the 23rd, which associated with the black headed gulls and fed on the river...
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    Show the love

    A scattering of interesting sightings over the past few weeks, including an unconfirmed report of a great grey shrike near Domen Las, flyover crossbills near the visitor centre on the 2nd, and a brambling on the 7th near the feeders. Of particular note...
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    Big Garden Birdwatch

    Welcome back, and a happy new year to all! January again, and time for another Big Garden Birdwatch. This year it runs from the 28th-30th January, and you can register to take part - as well as find all the information you need - on the RSPB's website...
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    Mixed seasons....

    Mid-December and the weather has become truly unseasonal. Whilst many winter visitors remain on the reserve, the milder conditions mean my walks home are accompanied by bats. Lake Vyrnwy has been reporting them as well, and I recently saw some active...
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    Recent sightings 16/11/2016

    The woodlands at Ynys-hir have looked spectacularly autumnal over the past couple of weeks as the leaves turn, a much appreciated dash of colour as we wait for temperatures to drop and bring in large numbers of wintering wildfowl and waders. Sightings...
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    Recent sightings 27/10/16

    No doubt many of you will be aware of a red breasted goose on the reserve recently, which continues to be present at the time of writing. Having appeared to arrive with the feral Barnacles from Cumbria, it seems unlikely to be a wild bird. WeBS count...
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    Breakwater hide closure

    The following message is from Dave Anning, site manager. I am sad to say that we have had to close the Breakwater hide at RSPB Ynys-hir. We appreciate that this hide is very popular with local bird watchers and the decision to close it was not taken...
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    Recent sightings 12/10/2016

    October began with an astonishingly insightful fungi walk on the 2 nd , lead by Ray Woods. Although unfortunately not many fungi were located (general consensus seems to be that this year will prove a poor one for seeing fruiting bodies), we did find...
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    The Cwm yr Esgob oak

    Before the next recent sightings entry, a shameless plug. The Cwm yr Esgob oak, at RSPB Carngafallt, Rhayader, has been nominated for the Woodland Trust Wales' Tree of the Year Award. It is a wonderful tree, thought to be at least half a century old...
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    Recent sightings 26/09/16

    Ceredigion Moths were back with us on the 11th this month, trapping some of the more autumnal species such as pink-barred sallow, centre-barred sallow, and frosted orange, which gave a seasonal feel to the session. Other species included; copper underwing...
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    Recent sightings: August 2016

    Hello all, Welcome back to the Ynys-hir recent sightings blog. Over the next 10 months Ryan and I (the new residential interns) will aim to provide fortnightly updates on wildlife activity at the reserve. We start with the Big Wild Sleep Out event...
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    New life bursting forth...

    It's the time of year when everywhere around the reserve springs into life! Seasonal highlights include the migrant songbirds which have been wonderfully active, giving visitors great views. After their unexplained absence last year wood warblers...
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    A confusion of Seasons!

    As I write this up it is on a day when we have seen everything from hail, snow and now sunshine, truly a mixed bag of weather for the end of April. It is also an interesting time for the birds, we now have all the expected summer migrants here (including...
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    Visitor Centre

    Just to let you know, our Visitor Center will be closed for 2 days, Tuesday November 3rd and Wednesday November 4th 2015. Don't let that put you off a visit, the reserve will be open as usual - well worth a visit, stunning at the moment, and as...
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    Autumn High Tides - Come and see the Waders!

    RSPB Ynys-hir: Autumn high tides over the last couple of days and the first of the Wetland Bird Surveys (WEBS) Dave our Site manager has the reserve section to count and here are some of his highlights seen from Ynys Feurig hide where we have recently...