A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To RSPB Conwy 26 June 2020



RSPB Conwy reflections

I had been to Rhos-on-Sea in another vein attempt to see the beautiful Rose-coloured Starling we enjoyed a few days, scroll down to blog, but sadly no sign.

Now that we are allowed to drive a whole five miles from home I could take in the viewpoint overlooking RSPB Conwy on the way home and still not be more than five miles from Llandudno.

The route from Rhos-on-Sea took me through Penrhyn Bay and it was very hot indeed, 32C, by the car temperature gauge and the window were open to let in some breeze. As I passed the school I had a real shock a bird flew in through the window and struck me on the side of the head! Shocked to say the least I could not stop at once as a car was close behind me. It was quite a thud when the bird struck and I feared the poor creature would be dead. A short distance along the road was a lay-by and I could pull over and collect my wits after quite a shock. I gingerly open the back door expecting to see a dead bird on the back seat but no, nothing not even a feather? Had it found its way into the boot? Being a hatch back it would be possible with the speed of the car and bouncing off my head. Searched the boot, no bird, searched the car again, no bird, this was weird. I began to think maybe it wasn’t a bird? Had something been thrown up from the road and hit me? But even so where had it gone? I was driving around 25 miles per hour and the side of my head was well inside the car an object hitting it would surely remain inside? Well apparently not.

Stopping over-looking RSPB Conwy there were plenty of birds on the lagoons, the reserve is closed of course due to lockdown with the Corona virus. But it was great to see ducks, geese, gulls, grebes, Coots and Moorhens all in short supply on the Great Orme. But the views were distant and the heat haze bad due to the soaring temperatures. Before heading for home had another look around the car but again no sign of the flying object.

Back home and busy working on the computer so hot indoors so decided to have a break and pop out to the shops for a few essentials, tonic for G&T’s, and got as far as the front door. A girl was stood on the doorstep and immediately asked “Is that your car?” Pointing to my car, I had that sick feeling in my stomach expecting the next words to be “Sorry I just crashed into it” but no! What she did say was a shock though “there is a bird inside your car!”


The House Sparrow AKA known as the stow-away bird from now on!



She was right too, a House Sparrow was flying about inside the locked car, bonkers! Can only assume the bird had been stunned and falling under one of the seats was hidden from view only to come round after I got home. The poor juvenile House Sparrow was flying back and forth inside the car looking for a way out. I dashed back inside grabbed the car keys and opened the driver’s door, the bird just looked at me, ok back door open, no not coming out, ran round opened passenger door, now three doors wide open and thankfully off it went across the road and into a garden, whew! Hopefully the poor little House Sparrow will be none the worse for its adventure usually we take people in our car to see birds, not birds to see people!

Many thanks to the folks who noticed the plight of the bird and got in touch to help it, there are lovely people out there.

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!





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