9 April Groundhog Day With Terns Bird Blog Llandudno Wales

The view from our fourth floor flat in Llandudno, Wales this morning.

A beautiful sunrise over the bay to the east of Llandudno was spectacular and a lovely start to another day in lockdown Britain. The virus continues to spread and claim lives so no prospect of easing up on the current restrictions on movement and socialising, can’t believe I just wrote that! Like some line from a Sci-fi horror film yet this is the reality in modern Britain, all because some folks far away to the east ate wildlife that should never have been eaten by humans, madness. Yet here we are living in fear of catching the virus and unable to work, see friends and only allowed out for exercise once a day, we would never imagined this even a few weeks ago. But lucky for us we have birds to help keep us sane, very important in these strange times it would be very easy to fall into depression and despair but birds can and do lift the spirts and give hope. This morning with the sky “on fire” with orange it was exhilarating to watch a Peregrine hunting against that dawn sky. The falcon tore across the orange canvas and plunged down amongst the rooftops of Llandudno to rise carrying a heavy pay-load, a feral pigeon, breakfast for this king of the raptors. What an amazing experience to see the fastest bird in the world in action from our window.

As the light came up a message from our friend Marc, he could see Sandwich Terns from his position on the Little Orme across the bay from us. Grabbing the telescope nine Canada Geese were flying across the bay! Not a bird we see very often from our window, better still seven Sandwich Terns were diving for fish over the calm bay, first for the year and wonderful to see from the living room. A few Kittiwakes were also feeding with the terns in the bay and lots of Cormorants on the cliffs beyond. A Shelduck flew east, another good window bird, Kestrel and Buzzard also seen over the roof tops of Llandudno.

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The legs of Llandudno Pier are a great place to find Turnstones.

Encouraged by “window-watch” we took our Groundhog Day exercise walk up the Great Orme. It was indeed a bit of a Groundhog Day, Turnstones where they should be on the pier, Choughs, Peregrines, Black Guillemots, Fulmars, Ravens and Rock Pipits all on the cliffs where we expected them. Two Sparrowhawks soared over the cliffs and at one point we had them, two Chough and a Peregrine in the sky together. Stonechats were on their usual bramble patches and plenty of Goldfinches about as usual, nice to Linnets and Greenfinches too. We watched a Raven feasting on a rabbit carcass unconcerned by us staring at him. Two Sand Martins were lovely to see flying low over the headland. Usual suspects off-shore with Gannets, Kittiwakes, Shags, Cormorants, Razorbills and Common Guillemots all present and correct.

A lovely walk in warm sunshine and so lovely to see our local bird life all doing so well on our doorstep, we are so lucky to live in such a wonderful place.

Back home postie had delivered the latest issue of Birdwatching Magazine and great to see Ruth’s article about Rose-coloured Starlings in this packed issue. Do get your hands on a copy if you can a great way to keep up with the birding world even if we can’t get out as much as usual to enjoy it.

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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