Five Days Back To Back Birdwatching Trips in North Wales June 2019



Puffin

Visiting North Wales between mid-April and early July Puffin is a must see bird.



It has been a very busy week at Birdwatching Trips with five day trips, back to back here in North Wales. We really love sharing our beautiful home and the wonderful birds and scenery here with our guests. North Wales is a relatively compact area, easily reached for most parts of the UK, just three hours by train from London, so makes the perfect location for a day trip or short break.

North Wales has a surprisingly diverse array of habitats for a small area and along with these varied habitats comes an amazing selection of birds year round. During the last five days we have enjoyed birds in the mountains of the Snowdonia National Park, in the upland forests, wooded valleys, freshwater marshes and lakes, towering sea-cliffs, brackish-lagoons and open beaches. Not many areas of this size and accessibility can offer such variety of habitats.

Ring Ouzel male May 2015

Ring Ouzels can be seen in the mountains of North Wales March to October.



In the mountains we were thrilled to watch Hen Harriers floating over the moors, a male even perched on a post for us and we watched a female mob a Red Kite over a heather clad hillside, never to be forgotten encounters with this most beautiful, and sadly rare, raptor. Ring Ouzels are also tough to find but we were thrilled to see these mountain thrushes in spectacular scenery. Beautiful Whinchats sang from small rowan trees in the sunshine, another species in steep decline but hanging on here in North Wales.

Lower down we enjoyed Common Redstarts along the woodland edge, and a lovely Spotted Flycatcher getting harder and harder to find these days. Nuthatches, Great spotted Woodpeckers and a chance sighting of a Marsh Tit were all enjoyed in the woodlands.

A long staying Savi’s Warbler, a very rare visitor to Wales, had taken up temporary residence in a marsh on Anglesey. It was wonderful to share this strange sounding warbler with our guests and thanks to our excellent telescopes we not see this songster really well. The same area gave us great looks at Marsh Harriers, singing Skylarks, Long-tailed Tits, Cetti’s and Sedge Warblers a wonderful sight. At another nature reserve we were very lucky to have prolonged close views of two Kingfisher, real jewel of birds. Here too we encountered some early returning migrants, only June, with three Greenshank and a small flock of Common Gulls.

Chough 2

Red-billed Chough make the beautiful sea-cliffs of Anglesey their home.



The Isle of Anglesey provided fantastic seabird viewing, a shallow lagoon on the north coast is home to a busy tern colony. The majority of the terns here are very noisy Sandwich Terns but also Common and Arctic Terns too and a few Mediterranean Gulls. It is a wonderful experience to watch all the coming and goings at this busy colony and we spent a long time soaking up the sights and sounds. Not far away the towering sea-cliffs at RSPB South Stack were another fantastic treat for our guests and us, so many birds here. Common Guillemots thronged the ledges along with hundreds of Razorbills, small numbers of Atlantic Puffins were enjoyed here, everyone loves Puffins! Again our superb telescopes came into their own here allowing frame filling views of the clowns of the sea. Red-billed Chough are another highlight here and we enjoyed eye-level views of these charismatic birds. Offshore Manx Shearwaters were seen on the water rafting and also skimming low over the waves.

We also enjoyed super birds close to our home in Llandudno by visiting the Great Orme, a limestone headland, with sea-cliffs. Here we were thrilled by Peregrine Falcons, tearing through the air, Chough swooping over the cliffs, masses of seabirds including super views of Black Guillemots and Fulmars. Stonechats and Rock Pipits gave us their best views here on the headland too.

North Wales has so much to offer, year round, and we would love to share all the very best birds with you! Please drop us a line here and we can put together the perfect trip for you!

info@birdwatchingtrips.co.uk

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





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