Chough in Birdwatching Magazine and in your binoculars!

Ruth's article on Chough in Birdwatching Magazine

It's always an exciting moment when the latest edition of Birdwatching Magazine drops through your letterbox, or appears on your iPad if you're more electronically inclined. There's always plenty to read in this magazine, which has the largest distribution of any birdwatching-related magazine in the UK. And it's even more exciting if you're one of the regular contributors, like Ruth. The text for the articles has to be submitted in advance, and it's always a thrill to see your own words in print. How will it read and how will the pages look? What photos will they use?

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Red-billed Chough in North Wales, living up to its name!

The latest edition for April features plenty of articles about migration with tips and tricks on where to go and what to look for at this exciting time of year as migrant birds start to arrive here. However, we sure you'll agree that Ruth's article really stands out, and not just for the vivid blue background and fantastic Chough photographs. This month Ruth wrote about one of our locals, the fantastic Chough, a resident species which we're lucky enough to see regularly on our local patch, although nationally they are a scarce species, restricted to the Celtic fringes of the country. These wonderful corvids are superb aerial masters and seem to love playing on the blustery currents around the limestone headland of Great Orme's Head, Llandudno, probably a good thing given the galeforce winds we're experiencing at the moment! These charismatic Chough are often heard before they're seen, as their distinctive 'cheough' call carries on the breeze before they swoop into view, soaring and plummeting on the air currents before plonking themselves down on the sheep-nibbled grass. On the ground, they stride around purposefully on sturdy blood-red legs, plunging their colour-matched blood-red decurved bills into piles of dung looking for tasty larvae to eat.

Join us as we look for Chough on our Best of North Wales Birdwatching Trip with Birdwatching Magazine

April's edition of Birdwatching Magazine is even more exciting for us as it also features on Page 65 our Best of North Wales Birdwatching Trip on Monday 9th to Friday 13th September 2019 which we're offering in conjunction with Birdwatching Magazine. It's an exciting time of year to be birdwatching in North Wales as autumn migration will be in full swing, so anything can (and often does!) turn up at this wonderful time of year. Of course we will be enjoying our resident birds as well, and high on the list will be those wonderful characters, the Chough!

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Chough photographed in September!

If you'd like to enjoy a Chough encounter, come and join us as we look for Chough and more on our September Birdwatching Trip. More details of the tour are on our webpage here: Missing Link

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