Groundhog Day Lockdown Birding Blogs From Llandudno Wales 5 April 2020

Bangor Harbour Mar Osprey

So very lucky today to see an Osprey from our living room window in Llandudno.

Anyone else finding one day is very like another day? The famous Bill Murray film “Groundhog Day” where he wakes up to experience the same day as the day before over and over again comes to mind. Of course we are very lucky indeed to live here at the north end of Llandudno, a small seaside town on the North Wales coast as we have the headland of The Great Orme right outside our front door and we have a stunning view from our fourth floor flat across the town, the bay and the mountains of Snowdonia beyond. These two things allow us to enjoy some wonderful birds each day.

So a quick summary of the last few “Groundhog Day” activities here in Llandudno rather than bore you with a detailed account of each day which as you might have already gathered is very similar to the last or next day! We take our once daily exercise on foot, we haven’t used the car for ages, by walking on the adjacent Great Orme, a local nature reserve with limestone cliffs, limestone pavement, sheep pasture and scrub. It also has amazing views across North Wales and out to sea so an ideal place to see birds and wildlife.

Chough are seen on every walk, so wonderful to see these red-billed, red-legged members of the crow family so close to home. We think at least three pairs are in residence and it is superb to see them bouncing through the sky on their broad wings and giving their wonderful “cheeow” calls. We have seen them collecting nest material, being chased by a Peregrine, mobbing a perched Peregrine, feeding on the grass areas and perched along the cliffs, every sighting enjoyed. We do love our Welsh Chough.

The Peregrine Falcons are also a daily sighting on our once a day walks and provide a real thrill when they take to the air. An intruder female was around the cliffs and “our” male tried to drive her away but she landed on the cliff. Reinforcements soon arrived as “our” female came to help and the intruder was chased out over the sea. At one point the intruder turned on the male and we thought for a moment he was going to be caught but again “our” female intervened and the intruder finally headed off across Llandudno, whew! This encounter was wonderful to watch and we could see why the Peregrine Falcon is the fastest bird on the planet, like watching a “dog-fight” between fighter-jets!

Black Guillemot

Black Guillemots are also seen on most of our walks and great to be able to report that one pair are taking a keen interest in a hole in the cliff! We await developments with great interest. It is lovely to be able to enjoy such super views of these handsome Auks; it is possible to look straight down on them from the coast road. Very few migrants yet but hopefully the southerly winds forecast will bring a rush of new arrivals. We did enjoy watching two beautiful male Northern Wheatears on the limestone pavement area and a lot more Meadow Pipits are now on the headland. A few singing Chiffchaffs were lovely to hear too but it looks like our Black Redstart seems to have moved on. We were very lucky to have an Osprey fly over Llandudno, today 5th April, which we saw from our window! Thanks to the local Herring Gulls for the early warning alarm calls! Amazing to think that Alan travelled all the way to the Highlands of Scotland, to RSPB Loch Garten, to see Britain’s only breeding pair as a kid and now we see one from our living room window!

Window birding in these lockdown days has been pretty good, even if we would much prefer to be out, with not only the Osprey but Common Buzzards, Peregrines, Kestrels and Sparrowhawks all enjoyed. Three Sand Martins flew past the window on 4th April and a pair of Common Eider were new for our window list the same day! With migration picking up by the day who knows what next? Keep looking up!

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!

Contact us

* * *



Our Tweets

This site uses cookies to store information on your computer. See our Cookie Policy for further details on how to block cookies.
I am happy with this


What is a Cookie

A cookie, also known as an HTTP cookie, web cookie, or browser cookie, is a piece of data stored by a website within a browser, and then subsequently sent back to the same website by the browser. Cookies were designed to be a reliable mechanism for websites to remember things that a browser had done there in the past, which can include having clicked particular buttons, logging in, or having read pages on that site months or years ago.

NOTE : It does not know who you are or look at any of your personal files on your computer.

Why we use them

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, your computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don’t need to do it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there’s enough capacity to ensure they are fast
  • analysing anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with our website so we can make them better

You can manage these small files and learn more about them from the article, Internet Browser cookies- what they are and how to manage them

Learn how to remove cookies set on your device

There are two types of cookie you may encounter when using our site :

First party cookies

These are our own cookies, controlled by us and used to provide information about usage of our site.

We use cookies in several places – we’ve listed each of them below with more details about why we use them and how long they will last.

Third party cookies

These are cookies found in other companies’ internet tools which we are using to enhance our site, for example Facebook or Twitter have their own cookies, which are controlled by them.

We do not control the dissemination of these cookies. You should check the third party websites for more information about these.

Log files

Log files allow us to record visitors’ use of the site. The CMS puts together log file information from all our visitors, which we use to make improvements to the layout of the site and to the information in it, based on the way that visitors move around it. Log files do not contain any personal information about you. If you receive the HTML-formatted version of a newsletter, your opening of the newsletter email is notified to us and saved. Your clicks on links in the newsletter are also saved. These and the open statistics are used in aggregate form to give us an indication of the popularity of the content and to help us make decisions about future content and formatting.