Best Of North Wales Tour For Two Sarah And Bryce 26 September 2020

A pair of Chough got the tour off to a wonderful start this morning.

Pre-breakfast birding got the “Tour for Two” Birdwatching Trips two day custom tour for Sarah and Bryce underway picking them up from their Llandudno B&B at 7.15am. Just a few minutes later we were watching a flock of Turnstones on wave splashed rocks, a strong northerly wind was whipping up the sea. Just around the corner a pair of Chough put on an amazing display swooping in the wind, calling loudly, landing so close to us, just magical to see. A pair of Stonechats gave wonderful views here too and Rock Pipits were watched down to a few feet, perhaps the strong wind making them reluctant to fly? We tried some sea-watching but the wind made it hard to hold the binoculars steady enough to see, though we did spot two Red-throated Divers, four Gannets and three groups of Common Scoter. Back to the B&B for a lovely breakfast and to warm up that northerly wind was cold.

Lapwing among the many birds we enjoyed at RSPB Conwy.

Out again and we were soon at RSPB Conwy where we enjoyed a circular walk of the reserve and enjoyed lots of birds in the now much warmer conditions. Common Snipe were showing really well along with a Black-tailed Godwit from the viewing screen. On the deep lagoon two lovely pale looking Spotted Redshank were roosting in a flock of Common Redshank, Lapwing and Dunlin, nearby a Greenshank stood alone. Out on the estuary we watched a Great White Egret and plenty of Little Egrets, a Red-breasted Merganser, two Bar-tailed Godwit and a flock of Wigeon.

Next we headed south into the Conwy Valley where the wind again made birding pretty tough but we still enjoyed great birds. A Red Kite circled low showing off that beautiful fox red tail, lots of Mistle Thrushes about and we enjoyed super prolonged views of a Dipper by a beautiful stream where a Grey Wagtail added a splash of colour. Lunch was taken at a nearby café where we were able to sit outside and watch House Martins and a Buzzard.

Then into the mountains for another change of habitat and a Goosander on a cold looking lake was nice to see. Setting up the telescopes at one of our regular spots Ruth soon picked out a Ring Ouzel in a rowan tree! Much joy followed as this was a species Sarah and Bryce had hoped to see today. Luckily this “mountain Blackbird” just sat near the top of the tree posing for us and just as we were about to leave a second Ring Ouzel joined it, brilliant! Nearby we watched five Chough feeding on a grassy hillside and marvelled at the stunning scenery all around us.

Back down to the coast but the wind was even stronger than this morning making birding very tough indeed. There were lots of birds out on the mudflats and sea but getting good views was very tough looking straight into the wind. Masses of Wigeon, thousands of Oystercatchers and a flock of Eider were enjoyed before we headed back to Llandudno well pleased with day one of our two day “Tour for Two”.

Come and join us for a “Tour for Two” – small group, tailor made itinerary, low risk in these COVID-19 times and of course lots of birds and an excellent chance of enjoying them all. Do drop us a line and we can make all the arrangements be it a day trip, two days, three day as long a tour as you wish.

We are so lucky to have so many species and habitats within easy reach here in North Wales we would love you to join us for one of our Best of North Wales Birdwatching Trips days out. We expect to enjoy a lot of birds during these relaxed pace tours and we can tailor make the day to suit you.

We would love you to join us on our Birdwatching Trips in the future just drop us a line to arrange a custom tour and please see our tours pages for set departure trips. If you have any questions at all please fire away here….

We look forward to enjoying wonderful birds in beautiful places with you soon!

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