Tag: birds

10/05/19. Meadow above Aulus-les-Bains

Beautiful secluded meadow near Ustou, above Aulus-les-Bains; late afternoon.  I sat at the edge of a boggy corner of this meadow and listened to the bees and other insects together with lots of birds. This is a short excerpt from the hour I spent there.   Unfortunately, there were also lots of plane noises, and ...

15/06/19. Guillemots at Stack Rocks and Green Bridge of Wales

This beautiful spot is on the coastal path, and access by car is limited because you must travel through the army tank training grounds near Merrion, Pembrokeshire.   The setting is spectacular, and just a few yards from the car park you encounter the series of stacks (large, freestanding rock pillars formed from former “bridges” ...

24/02/19. Titley Pool late Winter chorus

It was a cold frosty misty morning at Titley Pool; a nice quiet Sunday with less traffic noise on the nearby Presteigne-Kington road than a weekday.   The earlier sunrise, today at 7:15am, also helps because people are still asleep.  Recorded on the bank of the pool, near the bird hide. I recorded the sounds ...

11/02/19. Burfa Bog Dawn Chorus

Burfa Bog is a small nature reserve in Powys, owned and managed by the Radnorshire Wildlife Trust.  It’s about 5 miles from where I live.  It encompasses an old motte and bailey castle mound, and a few acres of stream, bog, tussocky grassland and woodland.   It is a lovely place to hear the strengthening ...

15/05/18. Skokholm: Chattering Guillemots on the cliffs of North Gully.

Skokholm is home to about two thousand Guillemots.  With their erect stance and funny waddle on land these lovely birds almost look like penguins from a distance.  They collect themselves in tight groups in precarious positions on the rocks and cliffs.  From a distance it looks as though they have pasted themselves onto the sheer ...

20/05/18. Skokholm: The Well, the Stream and the Sedge Warblers

The island is well provided with fresh water by a well located halfway between the cottage and the dock.   In this space there is also small pond surrounded by reeds and some small tree cover, and from this pond issues a stream flowing down into South Haven below.   This is one of the ...

06/05/18. Sandscale Haws. Searching for Natterjack Toads.

I’ve known about Sandscale Haws for a while; I visited the first time last year, and my arrival was timed precisely for the most amazing rain and windstorm.  The new carpark was not yet complete; there was no-one about, and it was almost dark.  But, I walked into the rain through some short sand-dunes to ...