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By now, in previous years, we would already have been in the Lakeside hide for two weeks, introducing friends old and new to the nesting peregrines. This year, for obvious reasons, we have so far been unable to get up there. The road around the lake is still partially closed because of fallen trees...
10 Apr 2013
This very dry spring has already seen the water level in the lake drop startlingly low. Is it going to be a "village year", when the foundations of the drowned buildings of old Llanwddyn see the sunlight again? Despite the drought and the cold start, the Vyrnwy peregrines have so far...
11 Jul 2010
Lessons learned from peregrine watching
Don't put your camera on a round spike in loose ground where high winds are likely - or even a stiff breeze. Don't mount your telescopes on a shelf that wobbles whenever somebody leans on it (especially children). Very important - don't make notes on a pocket voice recorder and leave them...
3 Jul 2010
The good news, or the bad news?
The good news, or the bad news? Some choice items in both categories today (Sunday 20th June). Bad first. The brilliant little camera that has been giving us a view directly into the nest for the last week started to swing round on its mounting a couple of days ago, and today, in quite a stiff...
21 Jun 2010
Peregrines in glorious colour!
When we started this Peregrine Watch Date With Nature thing back in late March, it was always our intention to get tv pictures in front of the public. We fitted out the hide with a big flat screen, we set up a box outside for a propane-powered generator, and we put a radio aerial outside to pick...
15 Jun 2010
Have they - or haven't they?!
We think - we may be wrong, but we don't think so - we think, we are fairly certain, the peregrines have hatched their first chick. This morning (Tuesday, 25th) the activity was intense up there on the ledge, with both parent birds in attendance most of the morning, and, thrillingly, around...
26 May 2010
All is well with the peregrines. We watched a changeover yesterday in mid-afternoon, which was the first real action all day and gave some visitors a really good view of the off-duty bird sitting nearby. The nesting site is concealed behind a hedge of heather on a high ledge, so most sightings...
17 May 2010
Latest from CatinTheHat at DWN site
Another Monday in the Lakeside Hide: While we're waiting for the peregrines to hatch, there's nothing much happening on the cliff. A couple of times a day we see the parent bird fly off the ledge, circle round a few times, maybe rest for a while in a tree and then fly back to the ledge...
12 May 2010
Latest update from the Front Line!
Our correspondent, Graham, has revealed himself as “CatinTheHat”, in future to be known as our Roving Reporter! He reports from the Date with Nature site as follows:- “The peregrines are keeping a very low profile but there is no doubt they are present and paired. Today's...
2 May 2010
News from the "Front Line"
Our most excellent volunteer Graham reports from the Date with Nature site:- “There's a pair of goosanders at the top of the lake. While I was idling the morning away waiting for peregrines to show, I saw something I haven't seen before, namely the female goosander entering and leaving...
27 Apr 2010
Ups and Downs!
Monday and a beautiful day again. There have been some ups and downs over the weekend, however far more ups! We have welcomed to the reserve RSPB Local Groups; firstly on Saturday the Cheshire Group led by Paul Grimmett. As I was welcoming them in car park, the shout went up “Red Kite!”...
26 Apr 2010
Well the fabulous weather continues. This morning crossing the dam on the way to work the lake was flat calm and like a mirror. The forecast is good, so why not visit this weekend? On the bird front the Peregrines are still putting on a show, two pairs for a time today. Also Ravens showing well from...
23 Apr 2010
Welcome to Lake Vyrnwy Blog.
This is the first blog from Lake Vyrnwy, so here goes! For those of you that don’t know us, the reserve is situated in the Berwyn Mountains, just east of Snowdonia, the boundary of which adjoins the reserve. Lake Vyrnwy reserve is huge! It extends to some 25,500 acres, approx 7 miles...
8 Apr 2010
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