Today marks the Spring Equinox, officially the first day of spring and where both day and night are equal 12 hours in length. In contrast to yesterday’s icy chill, today is much more pleasant and for the first time, it really does feel as though Spring is in the air.
Rather than venture down into the harbour as usual, I decided today was a good day to explore another part of the patch, Plascrug ditch, a small stream lined by woodland, tucked away in the very centre of Aberystwyth.
It was a somewhat quiet day in terms of bird life, with little activity in the trees apart from a few passing blue tits and crows cawing overhead.
At ground however there was a hive of activity with many birds taking advantage of the soft ground to forage for worms. By far the most commonly seen birds here are the blackbirds.
The females are fairly drab, brown birds with an orange beak and orange ring around the eye.
As the female hunted for worms, a jet black male scurried nervously across the ground with wings held low in typical blackbird posture.
Song Thrushes also inhabit the area, although they tend to be more skittish than the blackbirds. This beautiful individual did allow me one close up shot before it disappeared into the trees.
Nearby a beautiful orange breasted robin emerged from the undergrowth, nervously hopping about the ground in search of insects and seeds.
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