Kite Land

Ystwyth Trail, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales

The Ystwyth River is one of two rivers which flow out of the harbour at Aberystwyth.

It was a chilly start with a cold wind blowing across the seafront, the main aim of the walk was to attempt to see the Otter, Lutra lutra which has been hanging around in the harbour recently but sadly I had no luck. On the other hand I did see a wealth of bird life.

The first attraction was a pair of Stonechats, Saxicola rubicola (2) which were busy feeding close to the beach. A pair of Oystercatchers, Haematopus ostralegus were also feeding on the far side of the river.

Further on large flocks of Starlings, Sturnus vulgaris (5) were feeding in the sheep fields, as were a few Red Kites, Milvus milvus (3)(4) and a pair of Common Buzzards, Buteo buteo, it is likely they were feeding on earthworms and other insects. A single Magpie, Pica pica (9) was busy feeding but took flight a mobbed a kite when it strayed too close.

A few very early spring flowers were already in bloom, a small patch of Snowdrops, Galanthus nivalis (8) and a large bank of Butterbur, Petasites hybridus (7) , it seems way to early for these to be in flower already but it seems spring is coming.