A Very Hot Walk On The Great Orme At Llandudno North Wales 12 August 2020

So lovely to watch these Barn Swallows so close in the sunshine, enjoy them while we can.

Another very hot and humid day here in North Wales with light winds and blue skies so a walk on the Great Orme early before the heat built up was the order of the day. We took the walk around the stonewall that borders the limestone pavement area, some three miles, and a beautiful path that is easy walking. A flock of Barn Swallows were skimming over a bracken covered slope below the path and the landing on the telegraph wire above us a wonderful sight but also means they will soon be leaving us sadly.

This Common Redstart had taken up tempary home in a patch of gorse.

Not many migrants on the headland today but as always plenty to see, a lovely moulting male Common Redstart posed in the morning sunshine in a patch of gorse, Willow Warblers moved through the scattered hawthorn bushes and even along the stonewall and Northern Wheatears showed off beautifully.

Northern Wheatears do not often pose like this beauty did today.

Chough were about on the limestone pavement, in the sheep fields and flying over giving their lovey “cheeow” calls always a thrill to see and hear. A large female Sparrowhawk was on a boulder in the field and a Kestrel flew over the grassland flushing a flock of Common Starlings and a big gang of Goldfinches.

The carpets of wildflowers were breath-taking under the blue sky we are so lucky to have all this just minutes from our front door. From the north end of the limestone pavement we could look across Conwy Bay to Anglesey. There masses of birds feeding on the calm sea, at first we saw bright white Gannets and Kittiwakes then we realised there were thousands of Manx Shearwaters on the sea too! We have never seen anything like this number on the water here before a fantastic spectacle. The birds were a long away but still impressive by their sheer numbers.

Heading back we were surprised to see another juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker out on the limestone pavement where no trees to be seen, we saw one a few days ago. It was now very hot and little bird activity was noted on the return leg but the views were stunning. The Great Orme really is great!

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….


We look forward to enjoying wonderful birds in beautiful places with you soon!

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