A Real Mix Of Habitats And Birds For Day Five Of Five North Wales 22 April 2021

RSPB Conwy Sept

A wonderful viewpoint to start day five of five bird filled days in North Wales.

An 8am start from Llandudno and our first stop was for some “speed birding” from the viewpoint overlooking RSPB Conwy. It is amazing how many species of birds you can see from this one spot that gives a panoramic view over the reserve and adjacent Conwy Estuary. Plenty of birds on the lagoons including the long staying pair of Eurasian Wigeon with both Whimbrel and Eurasian Curlew on the estuary.

We are so lucky here that we can enjoy so many birds in beautiful places - Stonechat.

Next we headed up, very steeply, in the hills where it was cold but beautiful under the clear blue sky, all around stunning views of some of Wales’s highest mountains. The cold temperatures were keeping bird activity to a minimum but we did dig out Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Stonechat and Reed Bunting. Then Ruth spotted a beautiful Hen Harrier floating over the heather just wow! Always such a thrill to see this so beautiful, but sadly much persecuted, bird of prey and especially in this most stunning setting. Luckily the immature male harrier was in the mood to show off and we drank in the prolonged views as he hunted back and forth over the heather such a special encounter. As it warmed up, a little, Skylarks began to sing and it was so wonderful to listen to their beautiful songs in this magical spot. The Hen Harrier reappeared and we enjoyed more views of this so special bird in this most stunning location.

Pied Flycatcher 2 male April 2015

April is such an exciting time of year with so many migrants arriving - Pied Flycatcher.

Next we headed for an area of upland forest and within moments of getting out of the 4x4 we were watching a Tree Pipit – great to see these migrants back despite the cold weather. Also in the forest we watched Common Redstart, Lesser Redpoll and Siskin. On again to an area of mixed woodland where we had great looks at Pied Flycatchers but only glimpses of a very shy singing Wood Warbler again it was cold here. A take-away hot chocolate and cake went down very well indeed.

Deeper into the mountains again and we soon found the hoped for Ring Ouzels, two birds feeding above us on a grass slope and a wonderful male really close just below. This Ring Ouzel really showed off and we watched it for a long time feeding along a damp ditch – perhaps attracted here by the dampness as the ground all around was bone dry with hardly any rain in April. A pair of Red-billed Chough wheeled over the hillside and we had brief views of two Twite – very rare birds these days in the hills of North Wales.

Sedge Warbler

Lovely to hear so much bird song in the sunshine at Cors Ddyga - Sedge Warbler.

We then headed north on to the Isle of Anglesey and to RSPB Cors Ddyga where we took a trail west of the car park. Here it was warmer in the sunshine out of the wind and there was plenty of bird song. We saw our first Sedge Warbler of the year quickly followed by our first Grasshopper Warbler which amazingly allowed us good views in the telescopes. We also had superb views of a stunning male Marsh Harrier so close! We then took the main track down towards the river and enjoyed beautiful Golden Plover in the wet fields – looking amazing in their breeding plumage. Also here we watched Lapwing chicks, balls of fluff on legs, so cute.

Back on the mainland we stopped overlooking the Ogwen Estuary and even though the tide was far out we enjoyed some great birds. Two Pale-bellied Brent Geese flew in and landed at the water’s edge and Common Eider showed nicely. Plenty of Whimbrel here feeding on the exposed mudflats along with smaller numbers of Eurasian Curlew. Back to Llandudno we decided to finish off the day with a drive around the Great Orme – always well worthwhile for the stunning coastal scenery and the birds. This boosted our day list with even more new birds as we watched Fulmars, Kittiwakes, Razorbills and Common Guillemots and wonderful Gannets gliding low over the blue sea. This brought our day total to a very impressive 89 species of bird and we hadn’t ventured far from Llandudno at all. North Wales has an amazing array of birds and habitats in a small area, come and see them!

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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