21 April 2020 Groundhog Day Bird Blog Good Birds Again Llandudno Wales

Osprey project

Join us this evening for a live question and answer session for Glaslyn Wildlife Osprey Project.

Another beautiful day here in North Wales, but still with a stiff east-north-east wind keeping the temperatures down despite the sunshine. Window Watch early morning was fairly slow, two Shelduck flew east, three Swallows north along with three Meadow Pipits and numerous “small birds” to high or too far away to ID. A Peregrine cruised over the roof tops against the orange dawn sky but headed back to the cliffs empty taloned.

Stoat b

Stoats are wonderful members of the weasel tribe and are always fun to watch.

We took our daily exercise walk and headed down to the pier here in Llandudno, a gang of Turnstones were roosting on the rocks here and we enjoyed really close views, two birds coming into their beautiful breeding plumage. The wind was pretty strong down here and the waves crashed against the sea-wall, nothing visible offshore. Walking beneath the cliffs very few birds were about, guess they were not impressed by the wind either. Rock Pipits, Goldfinches, Linnets, Pied Wagtails and Stonechats were all logged but nothing was posing today. At the corner we stood in the cold wind and scanned offshore, a few distant Gannets, Fulmars and Kittiwakes passed before we headed for the cemetery and the hope of shelter. It was indeed sheltered here but again few birds, a lone Wheatear hopped about on the grass amongst the headstones. A blur of movement caught our eye as a Stoat flashed through the graves and vanished down a hole. A few minutes later we saw a Stoat again, same animal perhaps, and this time we had wonderful long views as it peered at us from amongst the gravestone and enchanting animal and amazingly fast! It would pop out, have a look, vanish in a blink of an eye and then pop out yards away to stare at us, not quite sure what we were?

Walking up the slope above the cemetery the peace of the morning was shattered by a very loud car engine as a Subaru car came hurtling around the corner, good job no one had been in the road, the driver was an idiot! The car then turned off the tarmac and sped along the track towards the limestone pavement, passing the “no vehicle access” sign and created a cloud of dust and three stone up into the air. It was soon roaring back having realised that the track soon became impassable, so not a local car then? It then screamed off towards Marine Drive, we shouldn’t judge a book by the cover or indeed a driver by the car but in this occasion we were pretty sure the occupants were not here for the wildlife! North Wales Police have the details and hopefully we be having a word.

At the Copper Mines we scanned the fields and scrub but no sign of any Ring Ouzels sadly but a male Common Redstart flew across our field of view and darted behind a bank. We moved closer and carefully scanned and re-scanned the area but no sign of the handsome migrant. Then we saw him, way over to the left on the edge of a hawthorn bush, how did he get there? But we soaked up the views of the beautiful bird in the warm sunshine and out of the wind here, perhaps the Redstart appreciated that too? A Willow Warbler shared the same bush this is an area to keep a careful eye on for sure.

Back home more window watch birding and good to see Barn Swallows moving north over the town but little else. Then mid-afternoon a small raptor was seen over the south side of town, a falcon, but behaviour was odd, backwards and forwards over the same big area high up in the blue sky. After watching it for several minutes we were pretty sure what it was but risked switching from binoculars to scope for a better view. Of course at that moment the falcon vanished against the hillside, the law of sod, but luckily it was soon back in its favoured patch of sky and the scope views confirmed it as a Hobby! A super record and a new bird for our window list, this lovely falcon stayed in the area for some fifteen minutes before drifting slowly west, what a thrill to see a Hobby from our own living room! Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Sandwich Tern and a flock of Black-headed Gulls were the other highlights from the window by 4.30pm.

Are you on Facebook? If so join us this evening, Tuesday 21 April, at 7pm we will be doing a live question & answer session for Porthmadog Osprey project, here in North Wales. This is the site where the very first Welsh breeding Ospreys, in modern times, were discovered back in 2004 and the site has been occupied every year since.

Visit their Facebook page “@GlaslynWildlife” and please join us! If you can't please message us questions ready for the evening, some great ones in already! Happy to have a go at any questions but bird related would be good. Join in at 7pm this evening see you there.

Whinchat male May 2015

Whinchats are another of the migrant birds arriving, hopefully we will catch up with one soon.

News from our friends across North Wales…

Marc – 2 Ring Ouzel, 2 Common Crossbill, Sedge Warbler Little Orme.

Via Steve – Osprey at Llyn Alaw on Anglesey

Alex – Whinchat, Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat Saltney by the River Dee.

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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