Best Of North Wales Five Day Tour Day Two 3 March 2019

Greenshank feeding

A beautiful Greenshank rushes through the shallow waters.

Our first full day of the five day “Best of North Wales” Birdwatching Trip and it dawn with heavy rain, not good! We tried to see a few birds from the front of the hotel but hard going. We all tucked into a great breakfast before boarding the minibus with the rain coming down hard. We drove north up to the coast and visited Aber Ogwen, the mouth of the Ogwen river where a hide overlooks the estuary on one side and a shallow pool behind the hide, ideal for a wet morning. We had timed our visit to coincide with the falling tide so lots of birds were coming in to feed close to our position. Flocks of Redshank and Dunlin dropped in and allowed us super views, amongst them five gorgeous Greenshank strode through the shallow waters. Out in the bay Goldeneye dived and Wigeon floated on the sheltered water as the rain came down. Plenty to see on the pool side too, Little Egrets showed well along with Moorhens and the feeders here were busy with Coal, Blue and Great Tits along with Nuthatch and a nice surprise of two Siskins.

Little Grebe Oct

Little Grebes were diving for fish in the river channel.

Back on the estuary side three Black-tailed Godwits dropped in and showed really well, great to see them stood with Curlew and Redshank for comparison. Ruth then spotted a Dipper! A very unexpected bird here this dapper bird was on the bank of the river and was collecting nest material. Little Grebes were also feeding in the river channel here and five Teal were picked out. So many birds in view at once!

Eider 2 Ythan

A drake Eider duck such handsome birds and good numbers enjoyed today.

With the rain still coming down we moved to the beach and scanned over the Menai Straits, Great crested Grebes and Shelduck were offshore and Alan found a single Slavonian Grebe. This diminutive scarce bird was on the sea next to a female Goldeneye, handy for scale.

East along the coast to Llanfairfechan, where the rain eased to drizzle, and we enjoyed a hot drink and the loos. The sea was calm and we scanned offshore, plenty of birds here and we watched Red-throated Divers, Great crested Grebes, Eiders, Razorbills and Common Scoter. More waders on the beach here too with Turnstones and Dunlin were feeding amongst the rocks at the stream mouth.

We enjoyed a lovely lunch at Glan Conwy as the rain continued to team down. The afternoon was spent at RSPB Conwy where the hides provided much needed shelter from the pouring rain and lagoons provided lots of birds. One of the first birds we watched was a Sand Martin, so good to see this newly arrived migrant. The Sand Martin swept back and forth over the first lagoon looking for insects in the heavy rain. More signs of Spring were at least three Chiffchaff feeding in the reeds around the lagoons, poor birds; we felt for them trying to feed in the heavy rain.

There were still winter birds here too, March is such an exciting month with a real mix of winter, resident and summer birds all possible to enjoy. Goldeneye, Pochard and Wigeon were all on the lagoons and we had great views through the Leica telescopes. Common Snipe were on the islands in the pools and again the telescopes allowed wonderful views of these beautiful birds. Both Great crested and Little Grebes were diving for fish in the second lagoon.

With no let-up in the rain we headed back to the hotel to dry out and to enjoy another wonderful meal. When we did the check list, in the bar, folks were pleasantly surprised that we had enjoyed 75 species of birds despite the weather being so awful, just shows the birds are still out there!

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….

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