Rhiw Natural History




Andrew Clarke


February 2007

Saturday 3rd February 2007

Today saw me continue with some gorse clearance in fantastic sunshine and blue skies. Another Small Tortoiseshell/Iār Fach Amryliw and the first Bumblebee/Gwenynen of the year was in the yard with a Green Woodpecker/Cnocell Werdd calling from Tyddyn Meirion and a Siskin/Pila Gwerdd overhead.


Sunday 4th February

There was a light overnight frost but as soon as the sun came up the temperature increased rapidly. Visibility was superb with a dusting of high cloud.

Working outside again highlights included three Siskin/ Pila Gwerdd, 12 Linnet/Llinos, 120 Fieldfare/Socan Eira, eight Chough/Brān Goesgoch by the old manganese mines, two Raven/Cigfran and a Green Woodpecker/Cnocell Werdd.


Monday 5th February 

I walked around Mynydd y Graig with a freezing NE blowing. The highlight (virtually the only bird!) was one Stonechat/Clochdar y Cerrig.


Tuesday 6th February

A light dusting of snow on the fields of Lleyn today.


Thursday 8th February

Awoke to a proper snowfall and wandered out around Mynydd y Graig with the odd shower of snow falling. Very little in the way of bird activity was noted, with just the odd Wren/Dryw about.


Friday 9th February

I counted six Lapwing/Cornchwiglen on snow covered fields by Rhoshirwaun.



Sunday 18th February

A group of birding friends visited wanting to catch up with the local Little Owls/Tylluan Fach. We gathered at dusk at the T junction below Bryn Tirion on the way down to Ty Croes Bach and eventually enjoyed fine views of at least three birds including a mating pair on one of the fences.

The rest of the month has been a blur of work and often bad weather resulting in little time for getting out…



Tuesday 20th February

Visiting birder Colin Shields reports two Yellowhammer/Bras Melyn beside farmstead below Mynydd Mawr, Uwchmynydd.

Porth Oer/Whispering Sands- several Fulmar/Aderyn-Drycin y Graig.

Small bat/yslum around Plas-yn-Rhiw this evening.



Friday 23rd February


More from Colin:

Mynydd Mawr, Uwchmynydd

25+ Chough/Brān Goesgoch



The picture above was taken by Mrs Shields – many thanks.


Two Great Spotted Woodpeckers/Cnocell Fraith Fwyaf



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