Early Morning The Great Orme Llandudno In Glorious Weather 30 August 2020

A beautiful sunny and calm morning here in Llandudno, North Wales so headed up the Great Orme for an early walk. Already there were plenty of people about spilling out of hotels to have their first fag of the day and planning which pubs to visit! This is August in Llandudno it is the same every year when a certain type of tourist visits they seem much more interested in beer and chips rather than the beautiful scenery and wildlife. Somehow after the long months of lockdown, when Llandudno was a ghost town, these visitors seemed even more out of place than usual here. To add to that feeling a new fish and chip mobile thing had appeared by the pier, this thing is shaped like a lighthouse and covered in lights not really in keeping with Llandudno’s strap-line of “Queen of Welsh Resorts”. If folks want chips, beer and kiss me quick experience fine, go to Rhyl or Colwyn Bay no problem. Llandudno has always tried to be a different type of resort and surely good that North Wales can offer variety? Let’s not all end up as the lowest common denominator.

Almost a good photo of one of the Chough this morning!

Anyway, on to the Great Orme and soon the majority of beer and chips folks were left behind. A Peregrine Falcon looked down from the cliffs above and looked wonderful in the sunshine. Loud calls drew attention to a Chough swooping along the cliff top in that wonderful undulating style they have and we noticed a second bird on the grass slope below the first. This second Chough allowed us to get very close indeed as it fed just below the Marine Drive but it proved almost impossible to photograph as it was long grass, behind a rock, turned away or any one of other excuses for not getting that killer photo, very frustrating!

Further around the headland we saw three gulls flying west high above the Marine Drive as we watched they tumbled down to sea-level and we could see they were all juvenile Mediterranean Gulls great record. Also offshore were a few Gannets, Fulmars, Razorbills and the always present Cormorants and Shags.

Just one of the many Stonechats enjoyed on the Great Orme today.

We checked the bushes between Pink Farm and the Cemetery but migrants were very thin on the ground indeed! A Common Whitethroat showed well, next a juvenile Willow Warbler, perhaps bird of the morning was a smart Lesser Whitethroat at the back of the Cemetery feeding out in the sunshine not often they show like this bird, three Northern Wheatears here were lovely to see in the warm sunshine. Five Common Buzzards soared above us perhaps some of them migrants passing south? We also watched a Sparrowhawk and a Kestrel and a stoat shot past in a flash of brown and white. Lots of Stonechats showed off in the calm conditions with at least seven in the Cemetery alone. We headed back to town and into the Bank Holiday crowds looking for chips and beer!

A juvenile Common Buzzard over the Great Orme one of five birds in the air together.

We are so lucky to have so many species and habitats within easy reach here in North Wales, and once the world returns to normal, we would love you to join us for one of our Best of North Wales Birdwatching Trips days out. We expect to enjoy a lot of birds during these relaxed pace tours and we can tailor make the day to suit you.

We would love you to join us on our Birdwatching Trips in the future just drop us a line to arrange a custom tour and please see our tours pages for set departure trips. 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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