If You Are A Birdwatcher It Is Good To Be An Optimist At RSPB Conwy

Conwy RSPB

Being a birdwatcher you head out on each birdwatching day with optimism looking forward to the birds you are about to enjoy and that is just one of the many things we enjoy about our passion for birds.

Today we led a guided walk at RSPB Conwy, here in North Wales, for a lovely group of ladies, the Dyffryn Conwy Optimists. The nine ladies met in the car park at the nature reserve at 10am and we all headed for the coffee shop, a great way to start, with hot dinks all round and lots chat. It has to said very few birds were in view from the café but two distant Little Egrets were joined along with the dinks.

Lapwing male 2

Always lovely to watch Lapwings surely one our most beautiful waders?

Heading out onto the reserve the threatening grey skies had brightened and our waterproofs were not needed at all, the ladies had chanced it without coats and over trousers good to be optimistic! At the Tal-y-Fan hide we had great views over the two lagoons that form the major part of this reserve. Two beautiful juvenile Black-tailed Godwits were feeding in the shallow water right of the hide, two Common Snipe showed off on the bank of one of the islands where more Little Egrets roosted. A good selection of ducks were close to the hide and we were able to compare Teal, Shoveler, Mallard and Gadwall. Two Lapwings were lovely to see here, such beautiful waders.

We moved on to the Carneddau Hide and here a lot of birds were roosting on the lagoon over the hide tide which had flooded the adjacent Conwy Estuary. Some 200 Common Redshank were crammed onto the end of an island, looking for all the world like rocks until seen through the telescopes. Amongst the shoulder to shoulder Redshank were more Black-tailed Godwits and a single Dunlin a tiny wader often hidden amongst the taller birds. Lots of Oystercatchers here two and as we watched these lovely black and white, orange-billed birds began to fly out towards the estuary, the tide was dropping. More ducks here with a gang of Tufted Ducks loafing on the water and we again watched Shoveler and Gadwall.

Walking on we reached a screen that allowed us much closer views of the roosting Redshank and we picked out another Common Snipe, Lapwings and Little Grebes. Some of the group were lucky to see a pair of Chough fly over and others a Sparrowhawk whizz across the path.

Curlew Thornham

Lots of Curlew were on the saltmarsh as the tide dropped allowing great views.

In the willows boardering the path we had brief views of Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Common Whitethroat. We then reached the estuary and here the path followed the shoreline north allowing wonderful views of the estuary, Conwy Valley, mountains of Snowdonia National Park and the medevil Castle at Conwy town, spectacular! We enjoyed more birds here of course including Shelduck, Grey Heron, lots of Curlews and a single Whimbrel that showed off close to the path.

Our lovely group of Dyffryn Conwy Optimists at RSPB Conwy.

Back at the car-park we drove the short distance to Tal Goed Nursery and the lovely café there for lunch and lots more laughs and chats. It had been a really lovely guided walk with lovely people and we certainly felt optimistic at the end! We hope we can enjoy more birds with these lovely ladies in the future, many thanks to all for making the day so much fun.

We would love you to join us on our Birdwatching Trips, please see our tours pages and 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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