A Walk At RSPB Conwy North Wales At High Tide On 6 July 2020

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Little Egret one of the first birds we enjoyed on our walk around the reserve.

We met up with Jean and Alex at RSPB Conwy for a lovely walk around this reserve alongside the Conwy Estuary here in North Wales. This Jean and Alex’s first time ever going birdwatching so it was lovely to be on hand to help them identify the birds we were enjoying. Our plan was not to overload them with too much information, not sure if we succeeded though! Birds are brilliant and it is hard not to go on and on about just how brilliant they are.

At the first viewing screen, off the boardwalk, we enjoyed lovely views of Little Egrets some with their beautiful breeding plumes, fine white feathers that once cost these birds their lives as these ornate feathers were used to decorate hats. How crazy was that? Killing beautiful birds to make a hat, thankfully these birds are now protected and their numbers are increasing rapidly so more people can enjoy them.


Wonderful views of Moorhens from the Tal-y-Fan Hide.

From the Tal-y-Fan Hide, the hide still closed due to Covid, but the open area here still gives wonderful views, we enjoyed more Little Egrets and a family of Moorhens with still fluffy young. A Teal, our smallest species of duck, was close to the hide and as we watched the bird opened one of its wings and flashed a beautiful green panel, Teal green! A real wow moment as the colour was revealed such a wonderful splash of colour on this otherwise brown duck.

Moving on to the Carneddau Hide we had lovely views of Little Grebes and Pied Wagtails along with close views of Oystercatchers. Great to see a young family here enjoying the reserve and looking at the wildlife, hope for the future.

We continued along the trail to reach the viewing screen at the south end of the reserve where we watched a flock of Common Redshank at close range. More waders were flying about as the tide was pushing birds off the adjacent estuary onto the reserve to roost. Five Greenshank circled low over the lagoon calling their wonderful “tu, tu, tu” calls and a single Dunlin join them. A Tufted Duck was on one of the close island and the bright yellow eye really stood out through the telescope.

As we neared the estuary we came across a feeding flock of small birds in the willows by the path. Very difficult to see these birds as they were moving so quickly around the dense patch of willows, not great for beginners to see details of each bird. But we did see Common Redstart, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff.

At the estuary the tide was almost full in and a small area of saltmarsh was right in front of us. Here a crowd of Curlew were being closer and closer by the rising waters. Amongst the Curlew we picked out three Whimbrel – smaller and darker than their larger cousins and through the telescope we could see the lovely crown striped of the Whimbrel. Also wonderful close views of Cormorants here including one bird drying its wings on a post. Nearby a Red-breasted Merganser saw up river and again we enjoyed really close views of this fish-eating duck. In the distance we picked out two huge Great White Egrets roosting on a saltmarsh to the south towering over the Little Egrets next to them.

We then walked along the estuary track and back to the car park to complete a lovely circular walk around the reserve. We hoped we hadn’t overloaded Jean and Alex’s brain with birds and look forward to enjoying more birds with them again in the future.

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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