A Walk On The Great Orme Llandudno Under Grey Skies 27 August 2020

Goldfinch RSPB Conwy

Always beautiful to see Goldfinches and a big flock even better!

Another visit to the “local patch” the Great Orme at Llandudno and it has to be said there were not that many birds about today. Maybe the grey sky that threatened rain was keeping the birds out of sight? Walking the path from the half-way tram station, past Pink Farm, to the cemetery very few birds were showing but of course there some birds. Swallows were feeding over the fields and a big flock of Goldfinches were feeding on thistle heads by the path and looked lovely as they lifted off and landed again. Two Chiffchaffs were feeding in the bushes here too.

In the cemetery there were a few more birds with at least six Chiffchaffs and a Coal Tit – first one of these this autumn so a sign a few birds are moving. Then a pale bird flashed across the hawthorns and luckily landed in view, a Spotted Flycatcher. A lovely bird and a scarce one here on autumn migration, the flycatcher posed in full view as they often do, if only more birds would be this co-operative!

Today's Spotted Flycatcher on the Great Orme in rather grey light.

Walking around the Copper Mine and adjacent nature reserve added very little but a Great spotted Woodpecker was nice to see. Driving back towards Llandudno along the Marine Drive there were Gannets fishing off shore near the lighthouse so stopped to watch these fantastic birds. As so often when you stop to look at one thing you see others! There were also Sandwich Terns, Kittiwakes and Razorbills feeding here and the sea was flat calm being sheltered by the huge cliffs. A pod of at least eight harbour porpoises were just off shore breaking the calm waters with their backs, small dorsal fins and rarely showing head or tail unlike bottle-nosed dolphins that also occur here at time. A single Common Scoter flew west and a lone Curlew flew east. Loud wailing noises drew attention to a gang of 16 Atlantic grey seals hauled out on the rocks below the lighthouse, fantastic sound. Heading back home a male Wheatear popped by the Marine Drive a lovely looking bird to finish on.

Late afternoon we met up with our friend Holly at RSPB Conwy and enjoyed a good selection of birds on the lagoons. Plenty of waders despite the tide still being well out, three Greenshank, a Common Sandpiper, a Black-tailed Godwit, a Common Sandpiper and nine Dunlin were the pick. A Great White Egret lurked on the first lagoon often hidden behind one of the islands. On the deep lagoon a Pochard, first of the autumn, and a Great Crested Grebe were of note. Two Kingfishers whizzed around the lagoons chasing each other. A lone a Swift was hawking insects over the reserve, maybe the last we see?

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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