Groundhog Day On The Great Orme North Wales 31 August 2020

This mornings sunrise over Llandudno Pier - a beautiful start to the day.

Another early start for a walk on the “local patch” the Great Orme to be out before the Bank Holiday Monday crowds over ran the area. A Peregrine Falcon was the very first bird seen followed by Turnstones on the pier and Oystercatchers on the beach east of the pier. At the start of the Marine Drive it was disappointing to see ten cars and camper vans parked overnight, no overnight parking is allowed here! Dread to think where all these “campers” are going to the toilet there are no facilities nearby. Further along the Marine Drive a gang of men were fishing from the rocks at Pigeon Cove, I use the word gang as they had all come together and were not local and almost certainly not fishing for recreation. This is an increasing trend in North Wales with these gangs plundering the North Wales coast for seafood to sell in restaurants.

This Chough showed off this morning on the cliffs above Marine Drive.

Back to birds and two pairs of Chough showed well on the cliffs above the Marine Drive such wonderful birds to have this close to home. A group of seven Common Scoter flew west past the headland and a few distant Gannets were offshore. Rock Pipits showed off on the low wall alongside the Marine Drive.

Taking the steep path up from the coast road to Pink Farm there were very few birds about at all, a lone Stonechat, three Meadow Pipits and a fly over Swallow were the best. The path from the farm to the cemetery was equally devoid of birds a single Chiffchaff and a flock of Goldfinches the “highlights” but in the cemetery there were a few more birds with three Common Whitethroats and a lovely Lesser Whitethroat, presumably the bird seen here yesterday, lots more Goldfinches, Greenfinches, two Chiffchaffs and Song Thrushes so at least birds to keep you looking. Nice to catch up with Marc Hughes here who had just returned from a trip to Mid-Wales where yesterday he and another friend, Arfon Williams, had counted 1,089 Mediterranean Gulls just south of Aberystwth, and yes that is correct a staggering 1,089 of these once rare gulls! Heading back to Llandudno there were very few birds to see but a lot of people now out enjoying the sunshine, cars, camper vans, motorbikes, mountain bikes, dogs galore time for home!

This cheeky Jackdaw came for a look at the camera this morning!

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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