Out and about today

Wildlife

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Out and about today

  • A few hours spent at my local Reserve, but this time with the local birding group so had someone to lead us around.

    Beautiful to see all the Flag Iris here

    Flight of Godwit

    The lad that was leading us was very happy to see the Godwit and said how the local Lapwing had been sending them away, so when they landed he was hoping they would have chance to feed and not be harassed by them, but I see in this photo that they had already been spotted.

    Not a good pic of a male Shoveler, his missus was behind him but didn't get near enough for this photo.

    Back home I spotted my first young sparrow of the season

    First youngster for me so I had to put it in.   Back to the Reserve.   Apparently two years ago there were only a couple of Lapwing breeding, now there are 70 pairs, so it is a habitat that is working and they are doing their best to keep it that way.   We saw (from a distance) a young Kestrel peeping out of it's nest in a tower, no photos, maybe another time when it has grown.   The box I had seen a few weeks ago we didn't get to see today, we went a different way around so don't know if that one is still around.  

    I have put a couple of Dragonflies on the other thread so that's all for now,

    Gaynor

  • I looks like a nice reserve, Gaynor, especially with all those Flag Irises in bloom. It's always helpful to have someone to guide you on these visits.

    Good to see the Godwits. Do they breed there or are they still on their way to Iceland?

    BTW the duck is a male Tufted Duck not a Shoveler.

  • Thanks TJ, or heck I'll never get my head around these wading birds!!  Apparently the Godwits were on their way to Iceland, I think they have had a few in trying to feed but they have been seen off by the Lapwing.   Shame, there seems to be plenty of room for all:-)

  • Looks lovely and peaceful Gaynor -like the photo of the Lapwing eyeing up the Godwits,always fascinating to see how smaller birds take on the bigger ones when they have young to protect! I remember watching an Oystercatcher last year constantly ward off gulls and even took on the local buzzard. Nice to see the young spadger too,hope you get to see the Kestrel in it's tower again

    Jayne

  • Thanks Jayne, it is a lovely Reserve, only been open two years really so good to see it is a Wetland being looked after so well.

  • What a lovely wildlife area Gaynor and your photos give a good feel for the area.    I love the Lapwing spying on the B-t-Godwits in readiness for chasing them away  lol

  • The irises do add a splash of colour to a wetland reserve. I think Lapwings will chase just about anything at this time of year, no matter whether the threat is real or imagined … fun to watch but perhaps not so for those being constantly harassed!

  • Thanks Hazy and Nigel, it is a lovely area, and I forgot to say we heard (didn't see) a Cettis's Warbler, I haven't heard one before so a first for me, loud distinctive call it has so I know what to listen for next time.   Also we heard the Bittern boom, one male and two female there we were told, didn't get close but even against the wind the boom was audible.  

    The Godwits only wanted to have a feed before they travelled on, shame the Lapwing felt intimidated and ganged up on them each time they arrived.

  • Gaynor, a lovely set of photos, which reserve is it?

  • Hi Mike, the reserve is called Cors Ddyga, just outside Llangefni, used to be Malltraeth reserve but two years ago it opened up another section of land which is easily reached from the other side.  Well worth a visit.

  • gaynorsl

    Hi Mike, the reserve is called Cors Ddyga, just outside Llangefni, used to be Malltraeth reserve but two years ago it opened up another section of land which is easily reached from the other side.  Well worth a visit.

    Next time I'm in N Wales, I'll have to have a visit, esp as it's close to the A55

  • gaynorsl

    Hi Mike, the reserve is called Cors Ddyga, just outside Llangefni, used to be Malltraeth reserve but two years ago it opened up another section of land which is easily reached from the other side.  Well worth a visit.

    Gaynor, just to let you know, we had a long weekend in N Wales, and I paid a visit to Cors Ddyga. I didn't pick the most ideal day, though there was a lot of activity, just not clear enough to photograph.

    However, I did manage to get some piccies, which I'll share once I've finished sorting the good from the bad.

    While over that way, I also had a nosey at Valley Wetlands, somewhere you could (I did) drive past easily. Sadly that too wasn't on the most photogenic day, but again, there was a lot of activity.

    I did get dive bombed by a gull, which I believe was dive bombing any one walking the path near the first lake, so I would guess it was protecting its nest.

  • Nice one Mike, glad you found the Reserve even if the weather was iffy.  Look forward to your photos.