Tuesday 22 February 2022

BIKING BIRDER VI 2022 February 15th Back to Newport Wetlands RSPB Reserve and off to Cardiff.


Donations : Acorns


Many thanks to . . . 

Stuart Green, Judith Geraghty, Brenda Campbell, Paul Moseley, Alison Everett, Bill Urwin, Lee & Cathy Gregory, Sean (Liverpool), Lindsey Moore, Anonymous, Lindsey Barthorpe, Julie, Sue, Julie (Upton Warren), Ian "Seagulls" Morris, Larraine Tayleure, Andrew Bayes, Andy Pitt,Andrea, P & P, Moira, Jackie Griffiths, Bob, Keep U, Rosie, Jayne Grosvenor, Jane & Andy Revell, Louise, Stuart Griffiths, M & D Shaw, Dave & Sue White, Janette Lowndes, Bart, Lise Hanson, Maria Hill, Phil V, Chris Elmer, Sue Murphy, Nicky, John Hague, Mike, Kimberley Bills, Norma Hines, Rob Gilbert, Julia, Colin Graham, Sarah Moreton, Lizzy, Lisa Hillier, Rob Leech, &P.

And also many thanks to the person from Llandudno who sent money directly to Acorns Children's Hospice, stating 'The Biking Birder' in the letter. Brilliant! Thanks. 

Acorns Children's Hospice 

Total so far . . . 

£944 plus gift aid


Donations : RSPB


Many thanks to . . . 

Stuart Green, Judith Geraghty, Lynn, Bill Urwin, Lee & Cathy Gregory, Sean (Liverpool), Lindsey Moore, Julia, Nicky M, Karen and Richard Blackburn, Paul Moseley, Susan, Jim Royer, Anonymous, Foz, anonymous, Phil (Upton Warren), Dad and RSPB Badges sold, P & P, Moira, Jill from Dorking, Nicky M, Terri Akers, Anne Beckett, Maria Hill, Mark Carter, P

Gary's RSPB Justgiving page link

Total so far . . . 

£520 plus gift aid


          Awake early in my cosy sleeping bag, atop a fully inflated inflatable mattress, the puncture repair patch has worked and after a night disturbed by a Barn Owl sitting atop the bird hide accommodation hissing away.
          Rain is pouring and a fresh breeze is in my face as I search around the nearby fields and the reserve for any geese. Maybe the Tundra Bean Goose seen recently is still around.
          It isn't so I cycle to Newport Wetlands and getting wetter, I head to the extensive reedbeds, the coastal path and then the bird hide where I watch as a couple of Little Grebes come close.
          With heavy rain and a strong westerly gale, I stay in the bird hide and see a Cormorant land on the long rectangular pool, dive and come up with a large flatfish that takes moments to disappear down its gullet.
           To the RSPB Visitors Centre for coffee and a fantastic chat with the effervescent Christine. Christine is a sparkling character and should become a member of the RSPB Sunshine 'Meet & Greet' personal. Listening to her and watching her expansive movements as she describes her kayaking adventures with her husband, kayaking holidays in Scotland, Cornwall and Pembrokeshire, is an absolute delight! 
          I sit in the cafe area of the RSPB centre and count every bird that comes in front of me, either on the pool, on the feeders and bird table or pass in flight.

Photos taken yesterday. Too wet today!

          25 bird species in an hour and all from one spot. I place the list onto eBird later . . . 

          The rest of my day is spent cycling in the rain and wind, heading towards Cardiff by a number of back roads and cycle paths. 

I need to see some donations for the charities! 


Charity Pledges 

These are the names of people who have made a pledge to pay so much per bird species seen at the end of the year to either one of the charities I am supporting or to both.

Jane Graham, Suzi Scarlett, Lee Dark, Mary & Brian Prescott, Joshua Prescott, Rebecca Prescott and Les Oxley-Stoker, Donna Prescott. 

Massive thanks to everyone who has either made a donation or made a pledge.


If anyone would like to make a pledge, say 1p for every bird specie I see this year, with the thought that I think I will see around 280-90 different species, then please message me. It would be fabulous to hear from you. Thanks.


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