Swallow ID Parade

Not too long ago I blogged about the arrival of swallows at Cardiff Riding School. I’ve studied this population since 2006 and in 2007 began to ring them; as well as being fitted with a BTO metal ring they also get a unique combination of colour rings so that they can be recognised in the field without the need to re-catch them.…

Best laid plans…

Not too long ago I wrote about my very meagre attempts to give starlings a helping hand on my local patch. Five boxes, built with the aim of providing nesting sites for starlings, were erected and fingers were crossed. Things became really exciting when a male starling was heard singing above one of the boxes. Recently…

The Swallows’ Return

Since April 1st, as I have done for the past eight years, I’ve been making daily visits to the Cardiff Riding School on the lookout for returning swallows. In 2006 I started studying this population of migrants; nest recording and ringing, and of course occasionally collecting poo. I saw my first at the site for…

Redwing Retreat

One of things I like most about the arrival of autumn and winter is the anticipation of the influx of redwings. That first ‘seep! seep!’ on a cold, crisp autumn evening is to me almost, just almost, as thrilling as seeing the first swallow or swift of the year on a sunny day. Then over the…