A Lovely Bird Drops In At RSPB Conwy A Great Little Local Twitch 22 August




The juvenile Black Tern over RSPB Conwy today, thanks Levi for the message, a great bird.



With force southerly winds battering the west side of the UK we hoped some birds might be blown in. A message from Levi, Tom and Caroline told us of their exciting find – a Black Tern! This scarce visitor to North Wales was feeding over the deep lagoon at RSPB Conwy but much to the horror of the watchers a juvenile Peregrine Falcon chased the Black Tern! Would it end in disaster for the poor young tern? Luckily the inexperienced falcon fluffed his lines and the Black Tern gave the raptor the slip. But the tern was then lost to view. As Black Terns are so scarce in North Wales it was worth popping down to have a look even though it seemed the bird may have moved on, understandable given the encounter with the Peregrine. At the reserve the staff recounted the tail of the Peregrine attack and confirmed no more sightings had been reported of the tern. Arriving at the Tal-y-Fan hide and looking across the deep lagoon there was the juvenile Black Tern! Brilliant it was so good to see this small delicate tern picking insects from the surface of the water and bouncing through the wind torn sky. Back and forwards over the same patch of water the Black Tern fed and then suddenly it was gone, where did it go?





A large flock of Common Redshank were roosting on a small island to the left of the hide and amongst them a pale Spotted Redshank and three beautiful Black-tailed Godwits. Seven Greenshank flew in, circled low over the water and then landed on another of the islands and were followed by a single Whimbrel. Out in the distance three Great White Egrets sought shelter from the gale on the east bank of the Conwy Estuary and nearby 47 Little Egrets stood hunched against the southerly wind.





Then the Black Tern was back hawking over the same area and after another feed it landed near some Curlew and Oystercatchers roosting on the edge of an island and the tern looked tiny next to these waders. It was great to be able to point out the Black Tern to a number of other visitors, sharing good birds is always fun.



Please check our earlier blog, from today, with lots of great memories from Bird Fairs past.

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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