Bird Walk at Bodnant

Bodnant Group

Becky explaining about bird behaviour to the group at Bodnant NT

Today with our great friend Becky we led a Bird Walk at Bodnant Garden NT. There's always plenty to see at these beautiful gardens, a mixture of formal planting and more natural woodland gardens offering plenty of different habitat. Plenty of regular garden birds around the feeders including Coal Tit, Song Thrush, Nuthatch, and a very agitated Pheasant who had taken a particular shine to one of the National Trust staff members and who was following her around the gardens, a Pheasant who thinks he's a rogue Capercaillie perhaps?

Bodnant river

The landscaping becomes more naturalised lower down in the dell

We'd all been enjoying views of a pair of Goldcrests in the yew trees when a distinctive 'wet tick' call stopped us in our tracks. That sounded just like a Hawfinch and scanning the branches we spotted a handsome male Hawfinch sitting up in full view. As we pointed out this thick-necked, heavy-billed finch to the group, it and three other Hawfinches flew right over our heads, amazing!

Bodnant waterfall

Great place to look for Grey Wagtails

Down by the stream we saw a pair smart Grey Wagtails pottering along a shingle spit before flying up to a patch of moss-covered wall where they probed all the nooks and crannies, looking for a prospective nest site perhaps?

If you'd like to join one of these special bird walks at Bodnant Garden NT in the future, take a look at their events page on Booking essential.

Or if you'd like a full day's guided birdwatching around North Wales, please take a look at our Best of North Wales Daytrips page on Very Best of North Wales Daytrip. We look forward to sharing great birds with you!

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