Day Three Of Custom North Wales Birdwatching Trips Tour 7 March 2020

So lucky to have Chough here in Llandudno so close to home!

We collected Tony and Eva from their Llandudno Hotel at 8am and again headed for the nearby Great Orme but this time to the Copper Mines near the summit. A Black Redstart had been reported at the mine workings the previous day and we thought it was worth a look, sadly no sign of this scarce bird. We did enjoy lovely views of four Chough, always a thrill to see and close up views of Stonechats around the mine.

Pochard drake Welney

A drake Pochard on choppy water, we saw a lot of choppy water.

We then drove south and stopped at the viewpoint overlooking RSPB Conwy where our high-powered telescopes really came in to their own. Lots of birds were visible from this elevated position and we quickly added a great variety of birds to our day list. With a bit of scanning and persistence everybody got to see the constantly diving Pochard, new bird for the trip, and nice to see Great Crested Grebe back on the lagoons here a summer visitor to the reserve.

Further down the Conwy Valley we visited a small village where Eva enjoyed exploring the ancient church. We all enjoyed views of at least three Hawfinches too, even getting one beautiful male in the scope, wow! Redwings and a pair of Mistle Thrush showed off here and it was good to be out of the wind and in some sunshine, it had been very cold and windy up to now.

Grey Wagtails are really beautiful birds always worth stopping to watch.

Further south we watched a lovely pair of Grey Wagtails by a fast flowing stream but sadly no Dipper on this occasion. Next stop was a welcome coffee as it was now raining and the sun had long gone replaced with a bitter wind. The feeders at the café were busy but no new birds for the day list.

Driving through Snowdonia the best of the scenery was hidden beneath low cloud and rain so we opted to head back to the coast, you have to be flexible when birding! After a great lunch we headed for Dinas Dinlle, west of Caernarfon but the weather was even worse! The gale force wind made it hard to stand up let alone see birds, but we kept at it and did see three Barnacle Geese and a lovely flock of Golden Plover on the wet fields here.

At nearby Foryd Bay the wind was still gale force but at least we could watch some birds from the shelter of the car here. Close views of Greenshank feeding in the low water channels and lots of Pale-bellied Brent Geese fed close to the coast road along with Oystercatchers, Turnstones, Ringed Plover and Curlew. Red-breasted Mergansers, Shags and Great Crested Grebes rode the waves in the Menai Strait but it was tough in the gale. Time for one more stop on the way back to Llandudno, Aber Ogwen, slightly sheltered here but the tide was a very long way out. We did enjoy watching a flock of some three hundred Knot wheeling over the mudflats putting on a great show! Goldeneye were diving in the river channel and lots of Redshank fed on the mudflats but we soon decided to head for home. Over seventy species of birds enjoyed despite some terrible weather!

In the evening we all enjoyed a lovely meal at The Empire Hotel in Llandudno, many thanks Tony and Eva not only for the beautiful meal but for their great company over the three day tour. We look forward to enjoying lots more birds together.

March is a great time to look for Ring Ouzel, above, Hawfinch, Goshawk and more!

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 five day Best of North Wales tours. We expect to enjoy over 120 species during these bird filled tours and stay at a lovely hotel and enjoy great food.

We have one space, due to a cancellation, on our five day Best of North Wales tour 21 -25 March 2020 based at a lovely hotel in Trefriw, Conwy Valley. Lots of birds, superb scenery, great food and lots of fun await you. Come and join us!

We would love you to join us on our Birdwatching Trips, please see our tours pages and 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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