The coldest day

Last week in the UK we endured freezing temperatures with thermometers dropping as low as minus 10 degrees here in Wales, certainly the coldest I have known it to be in the twelve years we have lived here. Whilst it may have been uncomfortable and inconvenient for us, spare a thought for our wildlife struggling…

A focus on frost

The UK is currently in the midst of winter, and as a cold front descends from the north temperatures have barely risen above freezing for days, dropping as low as minus 6 degrees celsius overnight here in our little welsh village. Brrr! A brief flurry of snow fell a few days ago and since then…

The show must go on

I knew tonight would be my last opportunity to see the starlings this year due to work commitments tying up most of my evenings, and the season drawing to a rapid close. As the days grow longer and with Spring just around the corner, numbers have already begun to drop off as the winter migrants…

Capturing the moment

Having been feeling rather under the weather for the past week or so, a tempting sunset and the promise of starlings felt like the perfect antidote to cheer me up. I opted to use my wide angle lens in anticipation of some impressive skies and Aberystwyth once again delivered one of it’s spectacular sunsets. The…

Forecast: Cloudy with a chance of starlings

With much of the UK enjoying a little snow this week, here in Aberystwyth there was, as usual not a flake to be seen! Whilst there was no flurry of snowflakes to enjoy, yesterday evening we were treated instead to a blizzard of birds, as the local starlings made their nightly commute to the pier…

Sighting: Grey Phalarope

Sadly there was no sign of the elusive otter at Tanybwlch beach this morning. Instead a tiny Grey Phalarope was causing quite the stir, attracting a small but enthusiastic crowd of local birdwatchers armed with scopes, binoculars and some rather impressive camera gear! Whilst it may not have looked particularly out of place, this bird…

Spring Equinox

Today marks the spring equinox, the start of astrological Spring. As we bid farewell to the cold, dark days of winter and welcome instead the warmth and colours of the new season, we also bid a fond farewell to the starlings. The murmurations of starlings here in Aberystwyth have entertained and enthralled us all winter…

Winter waders

Winter is a great time to see migrant birds here on the coast of Aberystwyth. Birds such as turnstones who arrive here from their homes in the northern Canada and Greenland, to enjoy the relative warmth of our shores until spring returns to the Arctic Circle. A turnstone in winter/non-breeding plumage I don’t have to…

Aftermath

WARNING: Graphic content As storm ciara swept across the UK, bringing with her gale force winds and lashing rain we at least were able to cosy up indoors in safety and warmth. But spare a thought for all the wildlife who had no choice but to tough it out and battle the conditions. As the…

Plunging temperatures

Yesterday was the coldest night of the year so far. Here on the Welsh coast in Aberystwyth we are protected from much of the coldest weather by a warming breeze coming from the sea, even so last night’s temperatures plunged to well below zero. Beneath a clear cloudless sky the scene was set for a…

A frosty start…

Whilst I am not a fan of the long, dark & cold days of winter I do love those occasional bright mornings where the sun is shining yet the air is still bitingly cold. It is both invigorating and beautiful and creates the perfect conditions for frost to form. As the ground temperature drops below…

Calm after the storm

Warning: Graphic content! As a cold front nicknamed ‘the beast from the east’ continues to bring freezing temperatures and blizzards to the UK, all around the country birds struggle to cling onto life in these treacherous conditions. This extreme weather has brought many surprising species out of their rural habitats, into out towns and rural…