300,000 34,000 334 Of April 2020 Groundhog Day Bird Blog Llandudno Wales

Lovely to enjoy Red-billed Chough everyday on our exercise walk from home.

As you might expect with a Groundhog Day series of blogs each day is pretty similar, who knew? So we have had a lovely break with the Costa Rica blogs by Ivan and Rose, don’t panic one more to come very soon. Just wanted to give you a quick update on the Groundhog Day situation in short no change.

Our daily walks have been taken on a daily basis; the Great Orme here in Llandudno continues to be just that, great. The pair of Peregrines is still on the cliffs, still eating feral pigeons and thrilling us with their amazing flying displays. We have at least three pairs of Red-billed Chough on the headland and like the falcons seen daily with several sightings from our window. Black Guillemots are still on the blue sea below the cliffs, Fulmars whizz above them, and lots of Kittiwakes now back at their cliff nest sites. Stonechats, Rock Pipits and Pied Wagtails are all nest building along our walk and wonderful to watch, Goldfinches seem particularly abundant and great to see at least two displaying male Greenfinch.

Ring Ouzel have been daily sightings on the Great Orme with upto four birds.

Migration has been rather slow but four Ring Ouzel all together near the Copper Mines for three days were wonderful to see. Wheatears and Chiffchaff are daily seen but only a few Swallows and Sand Martins. Sandwich Terns are offshore, highest count nine so far, a Red throated Diver three days ago may well be the last. A drake Common Scoter seen from the window was a nice record, good to have the scope handy at all times. Other “window” highlights have included two Jays, another Little Egret, a Mallard and House Martins. And our third Osprey of the spring from the window late afternoon today, 15th April.

The UK remains in Lockdown and will do so for at least another three weeks it seems; those walls are looking very attractive for climbing! We are allowed our daily exercise walk, as long as we avoid other folks, and we are very thankful for this, mental health would be severely tested if we lose that. It is permitted to go out for “essential” shopping too so Alan braved Llandudno M&S. The staff at the store were operating a queuing system with two metre square to stand in while you waited to be called in store, great idea. Once in the store however there were a good few people in there and tricky to keep two metres apart. What was much more worrying was the shoppers that picked up items from the shelves read the labels and then put them back on the shelf! Do not do this if you have the virus you will spread it. Pick it then buy it and take it home!

The mostly beautiful weather continues here in North Wales and across most of the UK leading some fools to think it is ok to go to the beach, the park or the lake for BBQ parties – it is not! Stay Home Save Lives the message is very simple.

New from our friends from across North Wales for 15 April 2020

Marc on the Little Orme – Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Tree Pipit, 3 Common Crossbill.

Be at Rhiw – singing Iberian Chiffchaff mega bird and a brilliant find!

Gareth in Nant Ffrancon Valley – Ring Ouzel and Common Redstart.

John at Amlwch – Garden Warbler, Whimbrel.

Steve on Bradsey Island – Wryneck

Norman at the Inland Sea – Slavonian Grebe, Common Tern.

Please check back soon so part four of the Costa Rica blog series, thank you!

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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