8 April Groundhog Day With Photos Bird Blog Llandudno Wales

The view from the hill just behind our home in Llandudno, beautiful.

Another day here in lockdown birding world and the skies over Llandudno fairly empty, so far, two female Sparrowhawks were sparring over the roof tops, a Goldfinch sang from a TV aerial so lovely to hear in the town, and of course we can hear so much more bird song and calls now that Llandudno is in lockdown and so little traffic. No sign of the Eider Ducks in the bay despite a flat calm sea making for ideal viewing, with the scope on maximum zoom it is possible to see Kittiwakes, Cormorants and Shags coming and going to the cliffs of the Little Orme, so lucky to have this panoramic view from the fourth floor flat. We don’t have any garden but can watch breeding seabirds, anyone want to swap a Bullfinch for a Kittiwake?

The first of our two male Ring Ouzels on the Great Orme 7 April 2020.

Second of our two Ring Ouzels enjoyed yesterday a short walk from home.

With no end in sight to the lockdown it is very strange not knowing when we can get back to work. This is by far our busiest time of year and we rely heavily on our Spring busy spell to help us get through the year, very worrying times indeed. But on the bright side we do not have the virus, and none of our families or close friends has it so that is wonderful. We hope that everyone follows the guidelines and stays home and saves lives. It is worrying when we hear stories, yesterday, of people traveling from the English Midlands to go to the beach in North Wales! Stupid and putting lives at risk just stay at home!

It was great to see plenty of Wheatears on the Great Orme yesterday, interesting plumage this one.

A male Wheatear posing on the Great Orme yesterday in the lovely sunshine.

Another plus of the lockdown is that we are, very slowly, catching up with photo editing from previous Birdwatching Trips; watch this space for photos from our recent and not so recent travels. Today we thought we would share a few images from our daily exercise walks here in Llandudno, all taken in the last few days, hope you enjoy them. We look forward to being able to share all our wonderful wildlife with you before too long. Keep positive, and keep looking up migration is happening right now everywhere!

One of the famous Great Orme goats having a "hair cut" by the local Jackdaws.

The local Jackdaws are very busy nest building and often look really funny with bills full!

This drake Mallard was "self-isolating" on the Great Orme, a rare bird here!

While writing this blog I wandered over to the window for a scan and amazingly timed it to see two Common Crossbill flying west over the town! Crossbills have been seen daily over the nearby Little Orme by our great friend Marc Hughes this week so great to see two here.

Update 4pm from window watch - a Common Gull flew west over Llandudno, two Black-headed Gulls flew east, a Great Crested Grebe could be seen in the bay off North Shore. Good sightings of raptors with two sightings of a pair of Peregrines hunting - just superb, a Kestrel flew towards the Great Orme, three Common Buzzards seen soaring in the distance, Sparrowhawks very active with six sightings.

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!

The lighthouse on the Great Orme at Llandudno, Conwy, Wales April 2020.

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