A Wonderful Array Of Birds All Enjoyed Within Ten Miles Of Home 18 April 2021





As we get closer to the time when, we hope, we can resume our Birdwatching Trips guided tours we have been out and about here in North Wales checking some of the wonderful places and birds. With the weather forecast showing settled dry weather we took full advantage and enjoyed five great days out seeing an amazing selection of species and enjoying some of the very best scenery North Wales to offer. The first of the five days we enjoyed was 18th April….

The day began very well watching almost ready to fledge Raven chicks on their stick nest high on the cliff above our street! Next to the big black corvids a pair of Northern Fulmars were on a ledge catching the first rays of the morning sun.

At Llandudno Pier we were able to watch Ruddy Turnstones on the legs of this Victorian structure and Fulmars sweeping back and forth at the nearby cliffs and then a fly past by a very speedy Peregrine Falcon. Up on to the Great Orme and plenty of Northern Wheatears looking so beautiful in the morning sunshine and a lovely male Ring Ouzel was wonderful to see hopping about on a grass slope near the summit. We met a couple nearby who were hoping to see Red-billed Chough so we suggested some areas where they could look.

Razorbill Bempton

We are so lucky to have a seabird colony just minutes from home - Razorbill.



At the seabird cliffs we had amazing views of ten Black Guillemots on the calm sea just below us – such smart birds with their black and white plumage and scarlet red legs and feet. Lots of Common Guillemots here too and plenty of Razorbills, flocks of Black-legged Kittiwakes wheeled over the sea close to the towering rock faces calling their name over and over. Both Cormorants and Shags were busy nest building on the cliffs and Gannets powered past but by far the most unusual sight of the morning was a pair of Gadwall flying east past the cliffs – our first ever sighting of this species on the Great Orme!

Up on the limestone pavement area of the Great Orme very few migrant birds about but a few Wheatears were lovely to see and great looks at Stonechats always wonderful and a Peregrine circled over the area. We did watch a superb Red-billed Chough feeding at close range and luckily we spotted the couple who we had met earlier and ran over to tell them about the bird, they were able to join us and see their “most wanted” bird so lovely to share great birds.



Next we drove a few miles south down the Conwy Valley where we were very lucky to see a colourful male Hawfinch – only brief views but any view of a Hawfinch is always welcome. It was lovely to see Barn Swallows back at their nesting sites and we watched many Common Buzzards soaring in the sunshine and two beautiful Red Kites. A pair of Stock Doves was a nice addition to our growing day list.

Next stop was at RSPB Conwy where we enjoyed a great walk in the warm sunshine under clear blue skies. Plenty to see and the star birds here were two breeding plumaged Spotted Redshank roosting with a small group of Common Redshank in front of the Carneddau hide. We also watched Common Sandpiper here along with a pair of Eurasian Wigeon. On the adjacent Conwy Estuary we had super views of four Whimbrel and a gang of White Wagtails. A really great day all within just a few miles of home and an impressive list of 82 species enjoyed! All in superb weather and beautiful scenery it is easy to see why North Wales is the perfect place for our Birdwatching Trips tours.

Of course a wonderful way to see more birds is to join one of our Birdwatching Trips and learn a lot about the birds you are enjoying too. We have tours suitable for all from beginners to experienced birders that are seeking particular species. Just drop us a line here and we can arrange a perfect custom tour for you!

info@birdwatchingtrips.co.uk

We look forward to enjoying wonderful birds with you as soon as it is safe.



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