Day Two Custom North Wales Birdwatching Trips Three Day Tour



Gannet July 2017 2

Lovely to see the first Gannets of the year back off the North Wales coast.



We picked up Barry and Wendy at The Empire Hotel, here in Llandudno, at 8.15am and were soon on the Great Orme. Red-throated Divers were again offshore and we enjoyed great views of our first Gannets of the year flying near the pier. Chough and Fulmars were again showing off for us a really wonderful way to start any birdwatching day.

Goldcrest Norfolk Oct 4

Always lovely to enjoy close views of our smallest bird - Goldcrest.



We headed down to RSPB Conwy where the weather was far from great, a howling gale and heavy showers. But at least the hides here provided shelter and there were plenty of birds on the lagoons. Gadwall, Wigeon, Teal and Shoveler all fed in the shallows with Pochard, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye and Red-breasted Merganser in the deeper lagoon. A single Black-tailed Godwit was very close to the Carneddau hide where beautiful Lapwing sheltered amongst the rocks. We enjoyed lovely views of Goldcrests and Bullfinch in the scrub and a welcome hot chocolate in the café.

We drove further down the Conwy Valley to a viewpoint overlooking the Conwy River, again the weather was grim. But we did have brief views of two Hawfinch amongst some yew trees here. Good to see Lesser black backed Gulls amongst the other gulls on the river a sure sign Spring is not that far away. A Red Kite drifted over the tree tops and a Redwing showed at the very top of an oak tree.

Further south Barry spotted a Sparrowhawk flying over the road, Alan looked and saw a Goshawk! Barry shouted on Sparrowhawk, Alan shouted that is a female Goshawk! Amazingly they were both right! A Sparrowhawk was flying fairly low along the fence alongside the road and a huge Goshawk was slowing flapping over above us! Wow! We shot down the road and found a safe place to park and tumbled out in time to enjoy a great view of the muscular Goshawk flapping just above the ridge above the road – what a thrill to see this awesome raptor, a new bird for Barry’s 2020 list too.

We checked the stream where had enjoyed wonderful views of a pair of Dipper displaying a few days previously, sadly no sign of them this time. It began to pour with rain so we retreated to the car and headed further south. At the next stop the rain lashed down but we braved the elements to see some Redwings! Then as we headed back to the car, very wet indeed, two Hawfinches whizzed past and appeared to land in trees beyond the car. We followed them and got some more flight views of these chunky finches but they were not in the mood to show that day.

Siskin on feeder Garten

Lovely to watch Siskins as we enjoyed our lunch in the dry and warm cafe.



A late lunch at Llyn Brenig and we watched the busy feeders here as we ate. A cloud of Siskins were swarming around the feeders, wonderful to watch. Amongst the green and yellow we picked out several Lesser Redpoll and a single Coal Tit. A Common Crossbill flew past but sadly didn’t stop. Lunch done and two more year ticks under the belt we tried to find some more cooperative Crossbills but no luck in the torrential rain. The rain then turned to snow so we decided to head back to the coast in the hope of better weather.

It was brighter on the coast but still a gale force wind! We watched large flocks of Common Scoter bouncing around on the sea and amongst them Red-breasted Mergansers, Great Crested Grebes and Red-throated Divers. A flock of Turnstones whizzed by with the wind behind them but it wasn’t fun birding in that wind. One last stop produced a beautiful adult Mediterranean Gull in near full-breeding plumage – great bird to finish on.

That evening we met up with Jayne, another very regular guest on our tours, a great friend of Barry and Wendy’s. We all enjoyed a lot of laughs and a lovely meal. Jayne and Barry both excited about our upcoming Birdwatching Trips tour to North-East India where a huge number of mouth-watering birds and superb mammals await. If you would like more details on this small group tour with the very best guides please drop us a line, only a maximum six guests on the trip.

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….

info@birdwatchingtrips.co.uk

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





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