A Superb Custom Half Day Birdwatching Trip In North Wales

Fulmar Great Orme

The Great Orme, Llandudno is a wonderful place to see Fulmars.

We picked up Walt and Carol at their hotel in Conwy at 8.15am and headed for the Great Orme, Llandudno. Walt and Carol had a very busy visit to the UK, over here from the USA, and persuaded us to run a half day tour for them, something we don’t usually do!

Within minutes of arriving at the headland we were watching Fulmars just above us, Stonechats, Shags and a very obliging Peregrine Falcon peering down at us from the cliff top, super views through the telescopes. Next we had wonderful views of a pair of Chough, this was the most wanted species for our American guests so they were delighted with such close views.

Chough SS 140315 2

We are so lucky having Chough breeding on the headland here in Llandudno.

Offshore a mass of birds were feeding, a real frenzy of activity, hundreds of auks, gulls, Shags, Cormorants and Gannets were fishing on and over the flat calm sea an amazing sight.

Two handsome Black Guillemots showed off and we enjoyed super views of the breeding birds on the cliffs. Both Razorbills and Common Guillemots side by side were great to compare, lots of Kittiwakes and more Shags and Cormorants. A Raven landed above the busy seabird colony and another pair of Chough showed off – a wonderful start to our half day.

Sedge Warbler

Warblers were a real feature at RSPB Conwy - Sedge Warbler here.

Next we visited nearby RSPB Conwy for a complete change of habitat and another huge hit of new birds. On the estuary we enjoyed watching Whimbrel, Little Egrets and Shelduck. A hot drink in the coffee shop was welcome, it was pretty chilly for May, though dry and calm perfect for seeing birds. From the coffee shop we watched Shoveler, Coot, Moorhen, Little Grebe and both Reed and Sedge Warblers. We then explored the reserve enjoying many new birds for our very impressive list. Waders were well represented with Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel and Oyestercatcher all showing well. Warblers were on show too, we had amazing views of a singing Lesser Whitethroat and also enjoyed Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff. Swifts zoomed over the lagoons along with Swallows, House and Sand Martins. A beautiful Red Kite drifted slowly over, where to look next!

All to soon it was time to take Walt and Carol back to their hotel in Conwy after a lovely bird filled morning. We were also able to help them with the planning for the rest of their holiday. Lovely people who we hope we can enjoy more birds with one day.

Some the highlight birds we enjoyed on this half day tour included… Little Grebe, Fulmar, Gannet, Shag, Little Egret, Shelduck, Gadwall, Shoveler, Red Kite, Peregrine, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Common Sandpiper, Kittiwake, Sandwich Tern, Common Guillemot, Razorbill, Black Guillemot, Swift, Rock Pipit, Stonechat, Wheatear, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chough, Raven, Linnet, Reed Bunting, over 70 species of birds enjoyed in five hours!

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We look forward to enjoying wonderful birds like these with you soon!

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