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Wildlife Walk 26/02/2021

Image of the day: A mid-air Red Squirrel Squabble!


The forecast in Bangor was a gentle breeze of 14mph, with 10°C and Sun.


However, while walking through NWWT Ethinog, under light cloud cover, the windchill fell to 7°C.

Much of Ethinog was still very muddy however, the reserve was quiet with just a few magpies. There were some catkins hanging over the footpath.

Once I crossed the Menai bridge into Menai bridge town, I walked to Coed Cyrnol to catch-up with the Red squirrels, which I hadn't seen since autumn last year.

There's a squirrel feeder which you can see from the footpath, but every time I've walked past it in the past, I have seen no squirrels there.


However, today there was already one in the box, and another one came and went for it!



I then walked around the usual upper and lower sections of the wood via the footpath and saw a Jay, a Great spotted woodpecker and many Robins and Blackbirds.



After around half an hour, I walked to Church island and had close views of male and female Teal.



Along the strandline, there was also Greenshank, Redshank, Curlew, Shelduck and Oystercatcher.



Shortly after, two Buzzards flew over the woods, being mobbed by Jackdaws and Gulls.



Then from the South West, three Ravens also flew over the woods and were calling. I had hoped that they would perform they're barrel rolling courtship display - but not today.




On my way back, I saw my first Bee and Red Admiral Butterfly of the year on some of the ornamental Crocuses.




Before I arrived back at my accommodation, I had a very brief view of a Mouse. It's not the first time I've seen one around that area, but after waiting for a bit, it didn't reappear.


Final Thoughts

All in all, a successful trip for wildlife, and a nice walk in good weather



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