Spring Arrivals

Signs of spring are coming thick and fast at Ynys-hir, and earlier this year than previous years.  I will update this post as more sightings come in!  So far we have:

 

Birds:

Chiffchaff - lots and lots of them!

Sand martin

Wheatear

Pied flycatcher - arrived 10 days earlier than last year

Swallow

 

Winter visitors still here (but may be gone soon!):

White fronted goose

Goldeneye

Hen harrier

Merlin

Grey plover

Dunlin

Bar-tailed godwit

Curlew

Spotted redshank

Black-headed gull

Common gull

Redwing

 

Butterflies:

Brimstone

Comma

Peacock

Small tortoiseshell

 

And of course the species that are here all year round are feeling the delights of spring.  The lapwing are doing their display flights and we’ve had a spate of otter sightings.

  • News just in - one redstart and lots of willow warblers seen but not singing yet.

    We have also had a couple of sightings of a grass snake this week, sunning itself by the boardwalk.

  • In reply to Bryony:

    A beautiful sunny day at Ynys-hir today with a few more spring arrivals to add to the list.

    Grasshopper warbler seen from the boardwalk

    tree pipit near Ynys Edwin ridge

    wood warbler

     

  • In reply to Bryony:

    The reserve seems full of birds this morning.  Many willow warblers, chiffchaffs and blackcaps singing.  There are redstarts and wheatear here also.

    New arrivals include garden warbler and two ospreys on the estuary.

  • In reply to Cathy:

    This morning we heard our first cuckoo of the year!

    Also now arrived are sedge warblers, reed warblers and whitethroats.

    Most of the winter visitors have left now but the Greenland white fronted geese are still here.

  • In reply to Cathy:

    The spotted flycatchers have arrived on the reserve, they're very early, we don't normally see them until May!

  • In reply to Cathy:

    That's a very early arrival :)

    It's both what you do and the way that you do it!

    You cannot fly like an eagle with the wings of a wren.
    William Henry Hudson (1841 - 1922)

  • In reply to mpiekp:

    I think all of our summer residents have now arrived including wood warblers, winchats, house martins and swifts. 

  • In reply to Cathy:

    Yep, your on my todo list :)

    It's both what you do and the way that you do it!

    You cannot fly like an eagle with the wings of a wren.
    William Henry Hudson (1841 - 1922)