A Wonderful Custom Birdwatching Trips Tour Here In North Wales 7 May 2021



Pied Flycatcher 2 male April 2015

We enjoyed superb views of Pied Flycatcher on this custom tour for Phil and Gail.



We met Phil and Gail at the viewpoint overlooking RSPB Conwy at 8am and looked forward to a bird filled day together. Still using two cars due to COVID-19 restrictions it is not quite our usual tours yet but it is so wonderful to be able to welcome guests back and Phil and Gail are always great fun to enjoy a day with. The birds came think and fast right from the word go as we looked over the reserve and the adjacent Conwy Estuary. Just below us we enjoyed wonderful views of three Common Sandpipers and were delighted to see a Whimbrel drop in right next to the sandpipers. On the lagoon we watched Red-breasted Mergansers displaying and chasing each other along with a host of other birds.

We then headed south and to a beautiful woodland where we had located a Pied Flycatchers nest a few days earlier and luckily the birds were still busy constructing their home. We watched these lovely birds back and forth to their nest for ages and Phil took some super photos. Amazingly from the very same spot we watched a gorgeous Wood Warbler collecting nest material from the woodland floor what a treat.

Common Redstart male 1 Trev

A male Common Redstart is such a special bird and it was wonderful to share Gail's delight at seeing one.



A short drive took us to an area of fields and scattered trees where we watched, and listened to, a displaying Tree Pipit a wonderful sight and sound. Gail had mentioned that she would real love to see a Redstart and we had watched a stunning male here just a few days earlier so hoped we could find him again. It was cold here and not many birds were singing but after a while we heard the lovely song of a Redstart coming from a line of trees ahead. We scanned and scanned and then there was the beautiful male Redstart high in an oak tree. We quickly had this most handsome bird in the scope and Gail was able to soak up views of this amazing bird, whew.

Phil and Gail had also asked to visit Anglesey on their custom day so we headed north through the mountains and over the Menai Straits onto the island. First stop was at Holyhead Harbour where we watched a rather distant Black Guillemot but a distant one is so much better than none.

South Stack cliffs windy 2

RSPB South Stack was next where we enjoyed our picnic lunch in some sunshine though it was still cool in the northerly winds not really feeling like May at all. At the cliffs we again enjoyed the fantastic spectacle of the seabird colony including Puffins so wonderful to see. We also enjoyed wonderful views of Chough and so much more.

Then we headed over to Cemlyn Lagoon where we enjoyed lovely views of the tern colony with Sandwich, Arctic and Common Terns all enjoyed. After enjoying the terns we walked out to the headland and watched Atlantic grey seals on the rocks and Gannets passing offshore.

We then down to Cors Ddyga marsh and a lot of birds at this wonderful reserve. Golden Plover were still on the wet fields a bird that would have normally departed north by now but kept back by the cold northerly winds. Wonderful to see Lapwing breeding here on the specially managed fields the RSPB is amazing at creating habitat for birds.

As always time had flown by when watching birds with great company and we said goodbye to Phil and Gail after a really lovely fun day. We do hope we can enjoy many more birds together soon.

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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