Best Of North Wales Birdwatching Trips Tour 14 to 18 September 2019



Snowdonia

We began our second September five day best of North Wales tour at the Princes Arms hotel with a lovely lunch on 14th September. After our meal we drove the short distance north to RSPB Conwy where we spent most of the afternoon watching waders and wildfowl. We were very lucky to find a Spotted Redshank roosting amongst a large flock of Common Redshank and also enjoyed wonderful views of Common Snipe in the sunshine. On the way back to hotel we stopped at a beautiful 13th century church overlooking the Conwy River and picked up a real bonus bird in the shape of a Yellow-legged Gull on the sandbanks. Also unusual here were two Greenshank feeding in the river channel and everyone agreed it was a super location to see birds.

Spotted Redshank Sept Titchwell 1

A Spotted Redshank was a nice surprise at RSPB Conwy.



The 15th of September dawn grey with heavy drizzle, yuck, but we enjoyed a wonderful breakfast before heading for Anglesey. It poured with rain as we drove across the island but luckily when we arrived at our first stop it had almost stopped. The weather slowly got better and better as the day went on and we enjoyed lots of great birds. Anglesey specials, Black Guillemot and Chough, both showed nicely, the Chough so, so well! We also picked up two great birds at Llyn Maelog, a freshwater lake, with Black-necked Grebe and a Greater Scaup both showing very well indeed!

On the 16th we headed east and visited the Dee Estuary, in the morning we went to RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, Burton Marsh and Parkgate Marsh then after lunch Flint Castle on the Welsh shore of the estuary. As always at the wonderful birding area we enjoyed a lot of birds both quantity and quality. A few of the highlights included two lovely Little Stints showing off in the sunshine, Green Sandpiper and Ruffs, flocks of Pink-footed Geese, Great white Egrets, a Hobby posing on a post, Marsh Harriers hunting the saltmarsh and masses of waders and wildfowl a superb day!

Ring Ouzel male May 2015

Always a thrill to see a Ring Ouzel and six even better!



On the 17th we stayed closer to our base and explored the Snowdonia National Park and had a real stroke of luck, a flock of six Ring Ouzels!! These mountain thrushes are never easy to find so to see six together in September here high in the mountains was just wonderful. We then visited Penmon Point on Anglesey for a complete change of scenery and birds and included a visit to the historic Penmon Priory where we watched Goldcrests and Chiffchaff in the willows. After lunch we returned to the mainland where we watched a Dipper in the River Ogwen then superb views of Kingfisher. Lots of wildfowl and waders too including Greenshank and Common Eider.

Our last morning, the 18th, was spent on the Great Orme at Llandudno where we enjoyed breath-taking views of Peregrines, a Whimbrel, Common Guillemot, Razorbill, Chough and much more. Then back to the hotel for a lovely lunch to conclude our wonderful five days best of North Wales tour. Huge thanks to Norman and Margret, Ray, Mark, Don and Helen such a lovely group.

We would love you to join us on one of our wonderful Birdwatching Trips tours, lots of birds, lots of fun, small groups, great food and lovely places to stay, we know you will love every minute. Please see our tours pages or drop us a line here for more details….

info@birdwatchingtrips.co.uk

We look forward to enjoying wonderful birds with you soon!





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