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  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 8th-13th December 2014

    Hi, After nearly a month’s absence, the return of 26 Greenland White-Fronted Geese to the reserve was a real highlight this week. The flock sighted on the saltings from Poggles bench (Wetland Trail, 13th) showed well in the winter sunshine. However, where they have been feeding over the past...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 1st-7th December 2014

    Hi, Finally catching a glimpse of an Ynys-hir otter has to my personal highlight on the reserve this week. The otter, viewed from both the Domen Las and Marian Mawr Hides, was busy foraging on the estuary and successfully caught atleast one big flat fish whilst I was watching, excellent stuff! ...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 9th-15th November 2014

    Hi, We’ve just had another fantastic week on the reserve with the key sightings being a fine drake Green-winged Teal (Ynys Feurig Hide, daily since its discovery on the 11 th ), two Otter (Domen Las Hide,10 th ) and a big bull Grey Seal (Domen Las Hide, 12 th ). This Green-winged Teal...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 2nd-8th November 2014

    Hi, The spectacle of thousands of wetland birds feeding and roosting on the Breakwater field over high tide has to be one of the main highlights over the past week. With the high tides being over five metres most of the saltmarsh was inundated with seawater pushing the estuary birds over the railway...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 25th October- 1st November 2014

    Hi, The Dyfi Estuary plays host to the only regular wintering flock of Greenland White-Fronted Geese in the whole of Wales and England, therefore news of our first returning birds, ten on the 28 th October, was a real highlight on the reserve this week. The geese were sighted regularly throughout...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 4th-10th October 2014

    Hi, A combination of sporadic heavy showers, strong gusts and the month’s highest tides always had the potential to spice things up on the reserve. They certainly did when 3x juvenile Arctic Terns were spotted from the Breakwater Hide (6 th ). The reserve also played host to some late passage...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 20th-26th September 2014

    Hi, A Great White Egret first seen from the Domen Las Hide on the 21 st takes the accolade of top sighting this week. The bird roamed widely across the reserve however seemed to favour the saltmarsh for foraging. With any luck the egret may prolong its stay into next week where visitors should look...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 13th-19th September 2014

    Hi, The run of fantastic weather continued for yet another week, however winter wildfowl continued to filter onto the reserve with Wigeon peaking at 249 (Domen Las Hide, 14th) and Pintail 22 (Domen Las Hide, 17 th ). Teal are now frequent on most of the reserve’s water bodies including birds...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 6th-12th September 2014

    Hi, Highlight of the week had to be the high tides and the thousands of birds which followed the sea water towards the Breakwater, Saltings and Domen Las Hides. The big high tides also coincide with the monthly WeBS Counts on the reserve, in which every individual wetland bird is recorded, providing...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 1st-5th September 2014

    Hello, As this is my first blog for Ynys-hir I thought it would probably be best to begin by introducing myself. My name is Adam and I’m one of two conservation interns who have recently migrated down from the uplands of RSPB Lake Vyrnwy . Over the next six months I’m hoping to write regular...
  • Blog Post: They are still here!

    The barnacle geese are still here at Ynys-hir on the Dyfi Estuary. Last week we had a maximum count of the winter with 322. At high tide, about 100 were close to the Saltings hide and at least eight had colour rings from when we caught them in November. In the next month they will be off, but where to...
  • Blog Post: Where do you go to my lovely?

    On Tuesday BTO ringers from the SCAN ringing group and RSPB staff at Ynys-hir caught and ringed 25 barnacle geese from our increasing winter flock. Barnacle geese breed in Greenland and Svalbard with small populations in Finland and Denmark, a large proportion of these winter in Britain and Ireland...
  • Blog Post: Todays sightings

    A count of wildfowl on the reserve today came up with some really interesting totals: 320 mallards, 937 teals, 266 wigeons, 59 pintails, 21 shovellers, 294 barnacle geese, 115 curlews, 134 oystercatchers, three greenshanks, 134 lapwings, two black-tailed godwits and 300 golden plovers. Other birds include...
  • Blog Post: This weeks birds...

    A busy week for birds. Highlights include a female merlin, a female hen harrier, 300+ barnacle geese, c50 pintail, c300 wigeon, c300 teal, the first goldeneye of the autumn, 20 grey plovers, a ruff, two curlew sandpipers and three black tailed godwits. The best hide has been the new Ynys-Feurig hide...
  • Blog Post: The redwings have arrived!

    A quick look around the Saltings hide was well worth it with incredable views of barnacle geese. Overhead about a hundred redwings flew over, all heading westward-autumn has truely arrived!
  • Blog Post: Update on Winter Visitors

    We have had some interesting visitors in the past couple of weeks worthy of note. Jack Snipe, Glossy Ibis, Ruff, Black Tailed Godwits, about 30 Lapwings and 150 Teal. Also recent sightings include Otters, Kingfisher Water Rail Spotted Crake and Curlew. So you can see there is a lot of winter interest...
  • Blog Post: Inspiring artwork at Ynys-hir

    Local artist Chris Wallbank has done some incredible illustrations of birds and scenery at Ynys-hir. My favourite is the barnacle geese at Spring tide. They look amazing! Check out his blog http://cwallbank.blogspot.com
  • Blog Post: Signs of spring

    With slightly warmer weather, though still a rather chilly easterly wind, a few migrants have started to appear. The first sand martins were seen last Saturday and a few chiffchaffs have started to sing around the reserve. A pipistrelle bat was seen this lunch-time near the new boardwalk and butterflies...
  • Blog Post: The first day of winter

    Now the clocks have changed the dark, gloomy late afternoons and evenings of winter are upon us. Wader numbers on the lowland wet grassland are increasing with over 1400 golden plover and 1500 lapwing daily with smaller numbers of curlew and redshank feeding in the wetter areas. Birds of prey are now...