Back To The Great Orme This Time In Sunshine 24 March 2021

Lapland Buntings blend in with their chosen habitat so well

Another early morning visit to the limestone pavement area of the Great Orme headland here in Llandudno but despite the blue sky there was a real cold wind blowing. A walk around the area produced a few migrants but nowhere near as much movement as the previous day, see last blog. Luckily the two Lapland Buntings were still in their favoured spot and it was great to soak up the views in the much improved light, way too many photos taken. On the sheltered slope below the cairn four stunning male Northern Wheatears were feeding amongst the rocks and looking good in the spring sunshine. Local birder Mervyn joined me for a walk around the area and we watched a few Meadow Pipits, Goldfinches and Pied Wagtails head west over the headland but much reduced numbers on yesterday. One flock of about 25 Woodpigeons swept low west but these were the only ones we saw what a difference a day makes. We enjoyed numerous sightings of the local Peregrine Falcon pair hunting over the limestone pavement but again no kill seen.

But luckily they are also very confiding if you let them move towards where you are keeping low.

At the cliff top near the lighthouse there were lots of Kittiwakes to see and small numbers of Razorbills and Common Guillemots were on the water and a few Gannets powered past. While watching a Gannet pass close to the cliffs we saw a lone Greylag Goose also flying past, a weird sight indeed and a new bird for the Great Orme 2021 year list!

Lovely vies of Red-billed Chough were enjoyed in the sunshine including a flock of eleven birds – perhaps non-breeders? Stonechat flitted about on a sheltered spot as a beautiful flock of Goldfinches skimmed low over the pavement. We headed back to enjoy more views of the confiding Lapland Buntings and met up with Marc, again, and Tom also here enjoying the birds and beautiful views.

Amazing to think in a few weeks time these small birds will be nesting on the Tundra way above the Arctic Circle.

Back home it looks as though the local Ravens may have chicks in their untidy stick nest on the cliff visible from our window – great news – and Fulmars whizzed back and forth from the same rock face.

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!

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

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