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.

Turnstone Bangor 2

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….

info@birdwatchingtrips.co.uk

We look forward to enjoying wonderful birds in beautiful places with you soon!





Contact us


* * *

*


Submit

Our Tweets


This site uses cookies to store information on your computer. See our Cookie Policy for further details on how to block cookies.
I am happy with this
 

Cookies

What is a Cookie

A cookie, also known as an HTTP cookie, web cookie, or browser cookie, is a piece of data stored by a website within a browser, and then subsequently sent back to the same website by the browser. Cookies were designed to be a reliable mechanism for websites to remember things that a browser had done there in the past, which can include having clicked particular buttons, logging in, or having read pages on that site months or years ago.

NOTE : It does not know who you are or look at any of your personal files on your computer.

Why we use them

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, your computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don’t need to do it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there’s enough capacity to ensure they are fast
  • analysing anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with our website so we can make them better

You can manage these small files and learn more about them from the article, Internet Browser cookies- what they are and how to manage them

Learn how to remove cookies set on your device

There are two types of cookie you may encounter when using our site :

First party cookies

These are our own cookies, controlled by us and used to provide information about usage of our site.

We use cookies in several places – we’ve listed each of them below with more details about why we use them and how long they will last.

Third party cookies

These are cookies found in other companies’ internet tools which we are using to enhance our site, for example Facebook or Twitter have their own cookies, which are controlled by them.

We do not control the dissemination of these cookies. You should check the third party websites for more information about these.

Log files

Log files allow us to record visitors’ use of the site. The CMS puts together log file information from all our visitors, which we use to make improvements to the layout of the site and to the information in it, based on the way that visitors move around it. Log files do not contain any personal information about you. If you receive the HTML-formatted version of a newsletter, your opening of the newsletter email is notified to us and saved. Your clicks on links in the newsletter are also saved. These and the open statistics are used in aggregate form to give us an indication of the popularity of the content and to help us make decisions about future content and formatting.


<