A Moor, A Mere, A Marsh And A Lot More Birdwatching Trips 13 March 2020



Stonechat male Gt Orme winter

Great to see Stonechats back up on the moors, Spring is coming!



We met up with regular guests Andrew and Bryan on the evening of the 12th March and enjoyed a lovely meal and planned their three day custom Birdwatching Trips tour with us. There was a lot to be seen and it was going to be great fun sharing all the birds with two enthusiastic birders!

Black Grouse Mark March 2017

No better way to start a Birdwatching Trips tour than with beautiful Black Grouse.



It was soon 5am on Friday the 13th of March and we all hoped the day would not prove unlucky! An hour later we had no fears, we were watching sixteen males Black Grouse displaying so close, a magical experience as the light came up over the moor. Their bubbling calls where loud in the still air and they put on a superb performance, what a start to the three day tour. Further over the moors we enjoyed the most spectacular views of Red Grouse any of us could remember, not often we see them this well and this close! We could even see the feathered legs and feet another wonderful moment. Stonechats were back on the moor a sure sign Spring is coming and Meadow Pipits were displaying all over the place. A hot drink and biscuits were very welcome it was cold up there and we watched Siskins, Coal Tits, Mistle Thrushes and a fly-over Common Crossbill as we warmed up. In the valley below we enjoyed great views of Dippers, all spotted by Andrew, one of his favourite species. Nice to see Stock Doves here too along with two male Bullfinch, Grey Wagtail and our first Buzzards of the day.

Pink Footed Geese Arrive

Amazing to see so many Pink-footed Geese wintering on the Dee Estuary, a recent development.



We tucked into a wonderful cooked breakfast, both Andrew and Bryan opting for the “full Welsh” and they were certainly full afterwards. Then a short drive to RSPB Burton Mere where we very quickly added so many birds to the trip list in the warm Spring sunshine, a different world down here. A Cattle Egret was where we expected it to be in a field with cattle where it fed with six Little Egrets and a Great Egret posed close to the Reception Hide. Avocets were all over the main lagoon some thirty of these beautiful waders, we also enjoyed Black-tailed Godwits, masses of Pink-footed Geese and a Marsh Harrier.

Down at nearby Burton Marsh we watched a distant Merlin on a post and two more Marsh Harriers with thousands more Pink-footed Geese out in the distance. Much closer we watched Reed Buntings, Skylarks and Linnets in the sunshine before heading back to North Wales.


Super views of Purple Sandpipers on a very luck Friday the 13th.



The weather turned quickly and the rain poured down so we had a coffee at Colwyn Bay and amazingly the rain had stopped. Offshore we watched Common Scoter and a fly-by Red-breasted Merganser. Nearby we looked for Purple Sandpiper and immediately saw them! Roosting on the rocks right below us as we stepped onto the prom! The views of the scarce waders were just superb probably the best ever! A little further along the coast we picked out three Red-throated Divers and with the telescopes we had super views. We could also see some distant Fulmars on the cliffs, good birds just kept coming!

Just time for one last site and we stopped at the lay-by overlooking RSPB Conwy where we added lots more birds to our already impressive day list, 83 species enjoyed and some really wonderful views of the special birds. Do come and join our tours we know you will love them!

Puffin

First Puffin of the year back on Anglesey today! Come and see them on our tours.



We are so lucky to have so many species and habitats within easy reach here in North Wales we would love you to join us for one of our five day Best of North Wales tours. We expect to enjoy over 120 species during these bird filled tours and stay at a lovely hotel and enjoy great food.

We have one space, due to a cancellation, on our five day Best of North Wales tour 21 -25 March 2020 based at a lovely hotel in Trefriw, Conwy Valley. Lots of birds, superb scenery, great food and lots of fun await you. Come and join us!

We would love you to join us on our Birdwatching Trips, please see our tours pages and 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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