20 April 2020 Groundhog Day Bird Blog More Migrants Llandudno Wales




A wonderful species to see from our flat window today - Arctic Tern.



The day began slowly, a lot of scanning but just three Barn Swallows north over the rooftops of Llandudno, a few distant Common Buzzards the only raptors before lunch. Another sunny day but a stiff east-north-east wind kept it pretty chilly. Just after lunch a glance out of the window was well timed as seven Whimbrel flew low east over the town and dropped towards the beach. A great record from the flat window and encouraged us to head out for our walk.


Wonderful close views of Stonechats are one of the many highlights on our walks.



We reverted to the norm today and turned right on our daily exercise walk. No sooner had we stepped into the street we could see Sandwich Terns in the bay east of Llandudno Pier – good start. Down near the pier we counted seventeen of these black-billed terns feeding in the bay making their distinctive grating calls. The sea was pretty choppy but we picked out two Black Guillemots, a Common Guillemot and a Shag. Three Turnstones were busy feeding on the legs of the pier, well looking for food on the legs! As we reached the cliffs a Peregrine Falcon cruised along the top of the limestone crag, always a thrill to see. Fulmars whizzed back and forth and a Rock Pipit posed on the wall as Stonechats scolded us with their “tac, tac” calls.

At the corner we stopped and scanned the sea, at first little seemed to be moving but then a Sandwich Tern flew east and a Gannet just appeared flying west, how did it get so close without us seeing it coming? More Gannets, ones, twos the two groups of four followed by more singles. Gannets are amazing seabirds and we enjoyed super views as they flew just below us all heading west. Next a Common Gull flew east and followed by a first-summer Mediterranean Gull a lovely surprise. We turned for home very well pleased.

Back at base it was operation get Gannet from the window, but no, the Gannets were not passing. Early evening another try and more birds were moving with Sandwich Terns, Kittiwakes and Fulmars all being blown into the bay and the evening sun picking them out against the dark blue sea. Then at last a Gannet, yes, what a wonderful bird to see from the window! Like buses Gannets come along together and soon we had seen six of these huge ocean wanders. But even better was to come – three pale birds were flying low east over the town, terns, but not Sandwich these, dark with long trailing tails, Arctic Terns! Wow! Stunning to see these amazing long distance migrants from our flat window here in Llandudno. You just have to keep looking at this time of year you just never know.

News from our friends across North Wales today…

James – Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Common Whitethroat near Wrexham

David – 41 Whimbrel on Nefyn Golf Course

John D – Lesser Whitethroat Amlwch

Per Steve – Common Tern Celmlyn Lagoon

Jon – 12 Brent Geese Beaumaris

Tony – Common Redstart Henllan

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….

info@birdwatchingtrips.co.uk

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



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