Corvid not covid

Sunday March 29th: Isolation Day 6 Almost a week into our new life of uncertainty and restriction and the boredom and monotony is beginning to set in. Fortunately the sun is still shining enabling me to get out briefly each day for my daily dose of nature therapy. Whilst being limited to just one small…

Fallen leaves

When it comes to the seasons I can never quite decide whether I prefer spring or autumn, however there is something about the cold, crisp air of a sunny autumn morning and the golden hues taking over the natural world which I find particularly appealing. Today a carpet of fallen autumn leaves provided a beautiful…

Nature’s architects: Part 1

Spring is a busy time of year for Britain’s birds as they begin to construct their nests ready to safely incubate their eggs and rear their chicks in the weeks to come. It often isn’t hard to find signs of nesting activity and once you start looking you can spot birds gathering nesting materials everywhere….

Bird Behaviour: Food sharing

Many species of bird will share food with each other, a behaviour known as allo-feeding. This most commonly occurs between parents feeding their chicks however it is also seen among adults, particularly during the breeding season and as part of courtship behaviour. But why should a bird waste energy feeding it’s partner who is more…

Happy Valentine’s Day

Did you know jackdaws are one of the few birds which truly mate for life? Jackdaws form pairs as young birds and will then remain together for all of their lives in a partnership sometimes referred to as a ‘marriage’. The couple will travel and feed together, and both birds are responsible for raising their…

A wild Jackdaw chase

For several weeks now I have been following a flock of Jackdaws who regularly visit the area around the harbour in search of food. Although these birds are always a favourite of mine, I am particularly interested in them at this time of year as this is the time when their youngsters fledge and join…

The drought continues

Another week and still there is no let up in the suffocating heat, and rain remains a distant memory here in Aberystwyth. The grass overlooking the harbour outside has been scorched and bleached a harsh shade of yellow by the burning sun and drought. The baked banks overlooking the water created a new backdrop on…

A furry find

It was a relatively quiet day today, with deep blue sky and dazzling sunshine but little in the way of bird activity or things to photograph. I was getting ready to call it a day and head home when a Jackdaw landing in the grass a short distance away caught my attention. It immediately began…

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…

Opportunists

Whilst gulls are are well known for their sometimes unsavoury habit of scavenging from our waste, they are in fact highly opportunistic feeders with a varied diet ranging from fish to insects, worms, crustaceans, molluscs and even other small birds and their eggs. High tide in the harbour provides the resident Herring Gulls with a…

Jackdaw juvenile

Today was my first encounter with a charming juvenile Jackdaw who had appeared in the flock who regular patrol the harbour edges for food. It appeared to have fledged very recently and was smaller and more delicately built than the adults, the young also have bright blue eyes (which change to brown and then finally…