Early February But Things Are Beginning To Look A Lot Like Spring

One of our Great Orme Common Ravens they are big birds for sure!

It is only the 4th of February 2021 but watching the local pair of Ravens here in Llandudno they seem to be happy it is spring already. Over recent days their untidy stick nest high on the crag above our house has been refurbished and is looking cosy. Yesterday we were watching these huge corvids from our window, one bird stood on the pile of sticks that is their impressive nest and the second bird flying in front of the cliff, the second bird then landed on the nest, the first bird departed, number two walked onto the nest and settled down with just the tip of that diamond-shaped tail now visible. Hmmm had they laid eggs already it seemed to early? This morning more watching from the living room and sure enough one Raven arrived on the lip of the nest second bird got up and flew off; new arrival settled on to the nest, they must have eggs! Wonderful to know the bird breeding season is under way already. Luckily Ravens are tough birds and hopefully should be able to withstand the forecast cold weather coming this weekend as it has been so very mild here last few days.

Pied Wagtail Aberdaron

Pied Wagtails might be fairly common but they always make you smile when you see one,

A different walk today and headed east, away from the Great Orme, I know radical but sometimes you just have to be! Walking along the promenade towards the Little Orme there were few birds and lots of people and dogs a Pied Wagtail and Herring Gulls the only birds early on. Scanning offshore “our” Great Northern Diver was offshore along with a few Shags and surprisingly four Common Scoter near the diver we don’t often see these sea-ducks on the sea in the bay here.

Nice to see Linnets today but sadly outside our Great Orme local patch so no additions to the list.

At the east end of all the hotels on the seafront at Llandudno is Bodafon Fields – just that some fields grazed by sheep – and we took a track that runs towards a farm across the fields. Again not many birds about but three Linnets were nice to see and a mix flock of Oystercatchers and Curlew were using the area as a high tide roost. A flock of Black-headed Gulls moved around the fields and a single Common Gull with them, and then a pair of Stonechats popped up a fence just ahead of us and allowed lovely views always wonderful to see these charismatic birds. Then back home for a cuppa.

Of course a wonderful way to see more birds is to join one of our Birdwatching Trips and learn a lot about the birds you are enjoying too. We have tours suitable for all from beginners to experienced birders that are seeking particular species. Just drop us a line here and we can arrange a perfect custom tour for you!


We look forward to enjoying wonderful birds with you as soon as it is safe.

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