The darker side of ducks

For all creatures no matter how great or small, their primary aim in life is to survive long enough to reproduce and pass on their genes to the next generation. This instinct can result in some startling behaviour as demonstrated with the local mallard population here in Aberystwyth. Mallards are very common birds and often…

The chase

The mallard ducks’ elaborate courtship displays may now be coming to an end, but the drama is far from over! As the females prepare to lay their eggs in the coming weeks, the males are fiercely protective of their partners, keen to ensure that he alone mates with her and fathers her offspring. This pair…

Express yourself

Noisy, animated, intelligent and occasionally quarrelsome jackdaws are real characters of the bird world, making their presence felt wherever they go with their distinct ‘chack’ call which cuts through the air.   The Jackdaws’ bright blue eyes are particularly striking and looking into them you really feel as though you are being watched by a…

Big Garden Bird Watch

The RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch is the world’s largest bird survey, held every winter in the UK. With over half a million participants it provides vital information on the population of some of our favourite garden birds. Here are last years results As you can see last year the most seen bird was the…

Gulls behaving badly

With their ear splitting calls, quarrelsome nature and less than savoury table manors it’s easy to see why the Herring Gull has earned a bad reputation as an urban menace, somewhat unfairly in my opinion. Gull are in fact highly opportunistic, adaptable and very intelligent birds , with complex social lives. Now that the nesting…