10 April Groundhog Day With Swallows Bird Blog Llandudno Wales

Ravens are wonderful birds and we always love to watch them on the Great Orme.

Another day in lockdown Britain and nothing much has changed, not even the weather very unusual for the UK. A high pressure system is sitting over much of the country allowing warm, calm weather which would normally be ideal for birdwatching and leading tours. But in lockdown we are only allowed one exercise walk a day locally, no driving around seeing birds. It is tough not being able to roam free but by staying in and keeping away from other people we can all help slow the spread of this terrible virus that is killing so many people. If we slow the spread then our heroic NHS have a better chance to cope. If the hospitals are overrun with new patients then they can no longer provide good care and there will not be enough critical care beds for those that need them. So please hang in there and stay at home, save lives and take some of the pressure off the NHS, thank you.

We took our exercise walk early this morning thinking being a Bank Holiday Good Friday more folks might be out and about and we wanted to avoid as many as possible. It was pretty much Groundhog Day again, Turnstones were on the pier just where we expected them, out in the bay a distant Red-throated Diver first for a few days and a single Sandwich Tern dived for fish. The sea was pretty calm thanks to that high pressure system and we picked out both Black and Common Guillemots.

At the cliffs both Peregrine and Kestrel were in view against the clear blue sky and a pair of Chough peered down at us from their ledge. Fulmars whizzed back and forth as Rock Pipits and Stonechat flicked around the boulders below. Just offshore three more Black Guillemots bobbed like piebald corks on the blue water they were joined by three Mallard as a Little Egret paddled in the shallows stabbing fish. Further out Gannets were passing all moving west today, Shags and Cormorants dived for fish. Yes, the world had not changed here.

Further on we watched another pair of Chough swooping through the still air with such easy and we were sure they were thinking “look at us!” Ravens “cronked” overhead and Alan replied with his best Raven impersonation and the Ravens turned around came back over “cronked” again and flew off in disgust at having being fooled. Atlantic grey seal were offshore but not one on the beach where up to seventy had been hauled out last week, somethings do change.

Barn Swallow 1

Barn Swallow another of those wonderful birds that always lifts the spirts!

In a patch of scrub we finally saw our first Willow Warbler of the year, a close view of this silent migrant, we also recorded Chiffchaff, Blackcap and were thrilled to see two Barn Swallows fly over in the sunshine, a sure sign spring is well and truly here. On a grass area above the cemetery we watched five beautiful Northern Wheatears hopping about in the now very warm sunshine before we turned for home.

News from friends across North Wales today tells of more migration with the highlight being five Garganey being seen at Porthmadog by Elfyn. Yellow Wagtail on the Little Orme seen by Marc, a great Anglesey record of a Hawfinch at Cemaes by Steve, Common Redstart at Llanrwst seen by Dylan, Common Whitethroat at Rhiw found by Ben, two Common Sandpipers at Rhyl seen by Bob, so keep looking wherever you are! Migrants are arriving and passing over so we can all enjoy these wonderful travellers as they reach our shores.

We are so lucky to have so many species and habitats within easy reach here in North Wales, and once the world returns to normal, we would love you to join us for one of our Best of North Wales Birdwatching Trips days out. We expect to enjoy a lot of birds during these relaxed pace tours and we can tailor make the day to suit you. We would love you to join us on our Birdwatching Trips in the future just drop us a line to arrange a custom tour and please see our tours pages for set departure trips. If you have any questions at all please fire away here….


We look forward to enjoying wonderful birds in beautiful places with you soon!

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