Leg deformities in Chaffinches

During my visit to Nant yr Arian a few weeks ago a male Chaffinch appeared and landed on the fence beside the visitor cafe. It was immediately obvious that this bird had significant deformities of both legs. Male chaffinch with enlarged, pale and scaly legs. This scaly, warty appearance is caused by either mites, which…

The Kite cafe

A couple of weeks ago we visited one of my favourite locations, Bwlch Nant yr Arian, a nature reserve a few miles from Aberystwyth. Not only is this a beautiful location to escape to, but a fantastic area to see one of our most stunning birds, the majestic Red Kite. Red Kites were once persecuted…