Great Orme Llandudno Early Morning Walk 4 September 2020

It was a good morning for seeing Chough on the Great Orme, Llandudno.

Another visit to the “local patch” of the Great Orme just a few minutes from the front door and it was great to see Turnstones climbing about on the legs of the pier. On the very first section of cliffs, along the Marine Drive, the juvenile male Peregrine was on the skyline catching the morning sun. Just a bit further along and loud calls drew attention to a Chough wheeling around the cliff face wonderful to hear. At that moment a couple approach and as they had binoculars I pointed out the Chough. They thrilled as this was a bird they had hoped to see on their visit to North Wales and luckily the Chough landed in view and posed for them. Next the adult female Peregrine zoomed along the cliffs and landed above the Marine Drive allowing super views. Stonechats and Rock Pipits showed off along the cliffs as Fulmars glided back and forth to the limestone cliffs.

Looking out over the sea, from further along the road proved surprisingly productive given the light winds. Plenty of Gannets were moving west some nice and close always wonderful to watch. Kittiwakes were also passing west in small numbers but mostly well offshore and a few small flocks of Sandwich Terns hurried west. A lone first-winter Mediterranean Gull came past just below the cliffs giving a great view of this smart bird. Six Common Scoter whizzed west low over the sea and on the water were Razorbills, Shags, Cormorants all fairly close giving good views.

Hiking up to Pink Farm there were very few birds about but a small passage of Swallows, all heading south unsurprisingly, and amongst them two House Martins and a single Sand Martin. In the scrub between Pink Farm and the cemetery the best I could manage was two Blackcaps and two Chiffchaffs, very poor for early September. A pair of Chough flew low overhead calling always lifts the spirts seeing these special birds.

Time to head for home and another, or perhaps the same, pair of Chough flew over near the Copper Mines so a good day for Chough if not migrants!

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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