6 April 2020 Groundhog Day Bird Blog Update Llandudno Wales

Curlew Norfolk 2016 1

Not this one, I don't have a photo of a Curlew in flight, yet.

So another day in Corona virus lockdown UK, folks are told by the Government and Police to stay home except for essential journeys and for a once a day exercise close to home. Sadly many fools are still traveling about like it is a Bank Holiday – it is not, stay at home save lives. The message is simple.

Chough pair flight Gt Orme

Wonderful to watch Chough from our window here in Llandudno.

The morning started well with a bit of early “window watch” and soon produced a good window bird with a Curlew flying east over Llandudno. The Curlew was soon followed by three ducks but too far away to ID for sure, likely Teal, frustrating. Then nine House Martins were in the air close to the flat and came right past the window, brilliant, first of the year. Then it all stopped, lots of scanning but nothing more of note. Late morning had another go and timed it perfectly as a pair of Chough soared in front of the cliffs of the Great Orme looking wonderful in the sunshine. Scanning the bay it was good to see the pair of Common Eider were still present diving on the calm sea with a gang of Herring Gulls in close attendance. No raptors at all seen today from the window, first blank day of lockdown.

Daily exercise walk was taken in the afternoon along the east side of the Great Orme in warm sunshine with spectacular views. The pair of Eider were just below the cliffs and we had great views, nearby three Shag dived for fish. Chough flew along the cliffs where a Peregrine peered down at us. Offshore a few Gannets and Kittiwakes were passing and a lovely male Stonechat posed on the stonewall, not bad for a short walk.

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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