Early Morning Visit To RSPB Conwy Produces Lots Of Birds 28 August 2020

Four Great White Egrets today at RSPB Conwy with one Little Egret in the middle.

A grey early morning with drizzle did not looking good for the planned visit to the Great Orme so a change of plan and down to RSPB Conwy. Arriving at the reserve, parking by the estuary the reserve car park still shut, the drizzle was now rain but luckily flat calm. Waterproofs on and headed for the viewing screen off the board walk where large white birds were in the lagoon in front. Four Great White Egrets were in the shallow pool and showing very well despite the rain, amazing to think that only a few years ago these were very rare birds here in North Wales. Four Little Egrets were also here and great to see their big cousins towering over them. Movement in the reeds just below the viewing screen and a Water Rail walked into view on the mud, wow, first one seen since before Lock-down in March. Three Shoveler were feeding actively in the pool along with Gadwall and Teal.

This Lapwing was close to the Tal-y-Fan hide at RSPB Conwy this morning.

Walking towards the Tal-y-Fan hide a small flock of birds were feeding in the scrub including a Lesser Redpoll, unusual here, four Chiffchaffs and two Long-tailed Tits. From the hide great views of Lapwing really close and lots of Pied Wagtails, also Little Grebes, Moorhens, Coots and Tufted Duck. A single Black-tailed Godwit probed the wet mud around one of the islands in the lagoon. A loud burst of song gave away an unseen Cetti’s Warbler behind the hide first here for a long time. On to the Carneddau Hide and a Common Sandpiper was on the nearest island and Swallows, House Martins and Sand Martins were all feeding low over the water.

Taking the path towards the south end of the reserve another feeding flock of small birds were in the brambles and willow trees. Another one of those “more you look more you see” moments as more birds popped up into view the longer you looked at the bushes. Plenty of Blackcaps here feeding on blackberries and at least five Chiffchaffs, several Dunnocks, Robins, a male Bullfinch, two Greenfinch, three Common Whitethroats and best of all a Garden Warbler, only the second one seen this year!

Reaching the south end of the reserve the view opens up over the Conwy Estuary, and on a clear day the mountains of Snowdonia lost in low cloud today. The tide was dropping exposing a large mudflat with plenty of birds feeding and roosting here. Some two hundred Common Redshank were scattered over the wet mud and amongst them two Knot and thirteen Dunlin. Nine Sandwich Terns were on the mud amongst lots of Black-headed Gulls and on the saltmarsh a big flock of Curlew with one Whimbrel amongst them. Walking back north towards the car, with the estuary on the left, the four Great White Egrets were feeding in the shallow waters and lovely to see three of them with Conwy Castle as a back drop.

The circular walk of the reserve, mostly in light rain, had produced an impressive total of 52 bird species.

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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