Amazing Things You Can See On The Great Orme Llandudno During Lockdown May 2020

Chough can be tricky to photograph despite the fact we see them most days!

More of a photo blog for you today for a change to hightlight some of the sights we have encountered on our daily exercise walks here in Llandudno on the North Wales coast. We have this amazing thing the Great Orme right behind where we live and are so lucky to be able to walk out of the door and explore it. The limestone headland sticks out into the Irish Sea above Llandudno and affords us spectacular views all around, we see the Isle of Man, the hills of Cumbria, Anglesey, Snowdonia and the Conwy Valley - well on a clear day! By getting up early we have enjoyed some wonderful sun rises over Llandudno Pier and then taking the Marine Drive have walked to the limestone pavement area at the far end of the headland and then back into Llandudno over the top, a superb walk that can provide some good birds and more!

Windmills, love them or hate them, they make a dawn sky dramatic!

Bottle-nosed dolphins passing the Great Orme, rubbish photo, but hopefully you can make them out?

This Raven flew in landed on the wall not far ahead of us this morning.

The sharp eyed Raven had spotted a "road-kill" rabbit, in lockdown on a "closed" road!

Poor old Jackdaw never had a chance as the Raven carried the dead rabbit away to feast on.

Further along the Marine Drive this morning this Song Thrush was about to feed young.

Another shocker of a photo, sorry, this male Yellow Wagtail was the migrant highlight today.

Not so many migrant birds on the Great Orme this morning but the lovely Yellow Wagtail, pictured above, was a great sight! Yellow Wagtails are scarce migrants here in North Wales so a thrill to see on the local patch, it was very mobile so tricky to get a good photo of. In the bushes near the Copper Mine we watched a Long-tailed Tit yesterday and it was funny to see how bent the birds tail was. When incubating the eggs in their wonderful dome shaped nests the long tail gets bent and takes a while to straighten out again.

Long-tailed Tit on the Great Orme hopefully you see the bent tail.

Not everything is nice, this very strange assortment of rubbish dumped in a car park.

We will never understand why anyone would drive up on to the Great Orme, even more so now having passed "Road Closed" signs, and dump rubbish! It is totally sickening to see this beautiful area used as a dumping ground. This particular lot of waste is pretty unusual, an onion, some vegatble skins, a plastic bottle of window cleaning stuff and a childs exercise book packed with sums - perhaps homework? A real detective story here for sure, but nothing to trace the fool that threw it here sadly.

Some excitment last night when we spotted our first Common Swift of 2020 and lockdown over the rooftops of Llandudno. Always a real thrill to see Swifts back from their wintering quarters in Africa a sign summer is coming. We look forward to hearing their wonderful screams as they power over the town they seem so glad to be alive somehow?

The Government is due to make an annoucement on the Lockdown situation on the 7th May but the death rate is still very high here in the Uk so we are not optomistic about any big changes. So looks like more Groundhog Days ahead for a while longer yet. Sorry but more Great Orme blogs can be expected but we will mix it up with some blasts from the past too.

News from our friends across North Wales....

David - at lease 95 Whimbrel Porthdinllain Golf Course, Gwynedd

Steve - 5 Spotted Flycatcher at Bardsey Island Bird Observatory, Gwynedd.

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