A Custom Day Birdwatching Trips Best Of North Wales Day Trip 12 May 2021

Pied Flycatcher 1 male April 2015

We are so fortunate to have Pied Flycatchers breeding here in North Wales such wonderful birds.

We met up with Mike and Rachel, so lovely to see them again, at 8.30am on Llandudno West Shore ready for their custom day trip. Mike and Rachel has asked if we could look for Goshawk and warblers and that is a great advantage of a custom day we can tailor the day to be perfect for you.

Well the weather wasn’t perfect sadly, at our first stop a beautiful woodland, the heavens opened and it poured with rain. But we carried on and despite the awful conditions enjoyed lovely views of a pair of Pied Flycatchers at close range. We looked for Wood Warblers but not even a sound of one let alone a sighting and we retreated to the warmth and dryness of the car.

Wood Warbler Debbie 2

Wood Warblers can be tricky to see but such stunning birds when you do catch up with one.

At our next stop the rain had all but stopped and we soon heard a Wood Warbler giving its distinctive “trembling” song. We scanned the trees but just could not see the little songster. We moved position several times as the warbler continued to sing intermittently but no sighting. Then at last Ruth spotted the bird a Wood Warbler slightly further into the wood than it had sounded and we all enjoy good views of this gorgeous bird, lemon yellow on the throat, clean bright white below and beautiful green above a real stunner.

Next stop and we had barely got out of the car when we saw two large raptors soaring, surely not? But yes they were – two Goshawks a male and female – what amazing timing. Luckily these powerful hawks stayed in view for several minutes even though fairly distant what a thrill and one of Mike and Rachel’s hoped to see birds just brilliant. But better was soon to come, after watching several soaring Common Buzzards we picked up another large raptor flying just above tree top height this time a female Goshawk and so much closer than the previous sighting! We had a fantastic view of this awesome raptor as flapped slowly and powerfully over the forest leaving us all elated. But we were not done yet! A few minutes later an immature female Goshawk soared up over the trees and was mobbed by a Raven – wonderful to compare these species side by side female Goshawks are huge! The Raven pursued the Goshawk over the forest but suddenly the hawk turned and attacked the Raven, wow, the corvid soon fled and the Goshawk lazily moved off across the trees what a thrilling encounter to watch!

Osprey juv Sept 1

Our Birdwatching Trips often turn up something surprising and this time it was two Ospreys!

Hard to beat such an amazing experience but we continued through the forest enjoying wonderful views of Lesser Redpolls and Siskins before turning for home. We then had another amazing slice of luck we jammed in on a pair of Ospreys – what a day for birds of prey! We watched as these two superb birds hunted for fish over an upland lake but neither made a dive before heading away over the moorland leaving us elated – again! We saw a breeding plumaged Dunlin here very rare breeding birds in Wales so we hoped it had a mate nearby.

As we drove back to Llandudno we had one more lovely moment seeing three Curlew on an area of damp moorland – again a sadly rare sight in the uplands of Wales these days. It was a pure joy to watch and to listen to these so beautiful birds in a stunning landscape and a perfect end to Mike and Rachel’s custom Birdwatching Trips tour. We look forward to enjoying lots more wonderful birds with them both soon.

Of course a wonderful way to see more birds is to join one of our Birdwatching Trips and learn a lot about the birds you are enjoying too. We have tours suitable for all from beginners to experienced birders that are seeking particular species. Just drop us a line here and we can arrange a perfect custom tour for you!


We look forward to enjoying wonderful birds with you as soon as it is safe.

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