East Meets West

The Siberian airmass arrived on the very Western edge of Wales this week, bringing with it snows, ice, and thousands upon thousands of birds we rarely see in such numbers. Redwing, lapwing, fieldfare and golden plover driven to the edge of the country in search of food and shelter from the storm.

So for the first time in years not only were there thousands of unusual birds on the beach, there was snow too!

This is the same beach (Marloes Sands, photo Mike Alexander) in summer…….


About Mike Howe

I am an ecologist and a composer of guitar based instrumental melodies signed to the Real Music label in California. I like to write about my work, music and nature conservation and how it all comes together. I try not to write about things I don't know much about.
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12 Responses to East Meets West

  1. Jo Woolf says:

    Wow, dramatic images, Mike! The atmosphere after the snow has been quite eerie, too.

  2. Beautiful but so cold. I feel sorry for the many small animals (especially birds) that suffer during this time. I sure hope warmer weather moves in soon.

  3. Pat says:

    Wow! Thanks for the photos, I’ve been hearing about the “Beast from the East.” I hope you warm up soon. And those birds get back to where they belong.

  4. Leya says:

    Beautiful beach – and I prefer the summer one. Interesting with the birds – are people helping to feed them?

  5. Gallivanta says:

    Oh, it’s the summer scene for me. Hope the snow lets up and signs of spring are with you soon.

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