Best Of North Wales Five Day Tour Day One 2 March 2019

Black Guillemot

Black Guillemot one of our "most wanted" species during Best of North Wales tour.

We always love putting together of “Best of North Wales” five day Birdwatching Trips as there is so much to see here! Each month sees changes in the birds we encounter so each tour is unique but always full of wonderful birds in beautiful scenery.

We met our guests, Ray, Val, Paul, Wilf and Brian and Rita at our base for the five days the lovely Princes Arms Hotel in the Conwy valley. The hotel makes the perfect base for our five day tours as it is within easy reach of the birdwatching hot-spots we visit. The hotel also has wonderful food, a warm welcome and birds on the doorstep.

The birdwatching literally began immediately as the hotel overlooks the Conwy River and valley, Buzzards were overhead and Long-tailed Tits were on the bird feeders, a Red Kite drifted over the ridge opposite the hotel – great start!

We enjoyed a lovely lunch before heading out on our first of many birdwatching trips. The weather however was far from ideal with gale force winds making it tricky to stand up let alone see birds! Our first stop was at a beautiful 13th century church overlooking the Conwy River but sadly the gale force winds meant few birds were on show so we quickly moved on.

Fulmar orme

We enjoyed super views of Fulmars on the Great Orme at Llandudno.

At the Great Orme, Llandudno, we were at last sheltered from the gale and could enjoy some great birds. Turnstone were feeding here on the rocks as Fulmars swept overhead and attempted to land on the ledges, always funny to watch their comical landings, crashing on to the cliffs. A Peregrine Falcon posed for us, and we all enjoyed wonderful looks at the fastest bird in the world through the Leica telescopes. A large group of Atlantic grey seals were hauled out on their usual beach but sadly, due to the strong winds no auks were on the cliffs where they had been only two days previously. But all was not lost, on the sea we picked out a handsome Black Guillemot and as we watched this auk we saw three more! Wonderful to see these breeding plumaged birds in the sheltered bay here. Ruth then spotted two Chough sheltering on the cliff just above us, and luckily these lovely corvids stayed in view allowing us all to enjoy them. Two of our top target birds enjoyed on our first outing!

Moving further east along the North Wales coast we enjoyed close looks at Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Oystercatchers before heading back to the hotel with the wind still at gale force. Despite the weather we had enjoyed over fifty species of birds during our first afternoon. We all enjoyed a wonderful meal in the evening, always great to finish a day’s birding with good food! Check back soon for more blogs about our Best of North Wales Birdwatching Trips. Our next one, in May, is already fully booked but we do have space on our September tour – peak migration time!

Come and experience North Wales for yourself and enjoy the wonderful variety of birds, the beautiful scenery, great food and great fun!

We would love you to join us on our Birdwatching Trips please email us here to book your tour or for more information….

We look forward to sharing amazing birds and wildlife with you soon!

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