A Visitor From Siberia Arrives Close To Home In North Wales

Yellow browed Warbler Norfolk Oct 2017 1

A tiny Yellow-browed Warbler all the way from Siberia, a wonderful bird.

We are very lucky to live right next to the Great Orme, a wonderful limestone headland here on the North Wales coast. This headland attracts migrant birds sometimes and this morning conditions looked good with calm winds and overcast skies.

Just five minutes from our Llandudno home we can be on the headland looking for birds. There were plenty of birds to be enjoyed this morning – Stonechats were showing off on the brambles, a gang of Mistle Thrushes rattled from the ash trees, a big gang of Long-tailed Tits moved through the bushes and traveling with them were a Chiffchaff, Goldcrests and a Coal Tit, all lovely to see but not the scarce migrants hoped for.

Moving towards the cemetery two Redwings were in the hawthorn hedge and more Goldcrests were moving through the bushes. A big mixed flock of Greenfinches and Goldfinches lined the telegraph lines. A Great spotted Woodpecker was a nice sight and Ravens flew over.

Then a phone call from local birder Peter Alderson livened the morning up, Pete had just found a Yellow-browed Warbler only a few hundred yards away! This tiny warbler had found its way to the Great Orme, North Wales, all the way from Siberia! Luckily the warbler stayed put and after a bit of searching this lovely bird popped out of its favoured sycamore tree and landed in a small bush by “Pink Farm” not far from the halfway tram station on the Great Orme. The views here were wonderful with the warbler at more or less eye-level in great light, fantastic! The Yellow-browed Warbler then moved back to the large sycamore and we could enjoy the underside of the bird.

A wonderful bird to see so close to home and again underlines what a super place the Great Orme is to enjoy birds. We love living here.

Thornham dawn

Thornham Harbour at first light always a wonderful place to look for birds.

Now packing our bags for our next Birdwatching Trips tour to Norfolk, early start tomorrow, for a five day trip. This time we staying at a lovely hotel close to RSPB Titchwell and Thornham Harbour both ideal locations for some optional pre-breakfast birdwatching. It will be interesting to see how many species we can see at each site before breakfast, Titchwell is usually packed with birds so Thornham will have to be very good to come close. We will also visit Cley Norfolk Wildlife Trust Reserve, Holkham Woods, Kelling and many other locations to enjoy the fantastic variety of birds on offer here in October. And who knows perhaps we can find a rarity or two….

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….


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

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