It Is Baby Bird Time Of Year And The Great Orme Is No Exception 8 June 2020

The female Peregrine Flacon flies towards the nest with prey for two hungry youngsters.

Some wonderful news to share today, our local pair of Peregrine Falcons have fledged two young! It was been one of the highlights of lockdown that we have been able to watch the breeding season play out this year. So often we are away from Llandudno a lot and we miss much of the soap opera that is a Peregrine breeding season. Perhaps due to the lack of people about due to lockdown the falcons chose a lower ledge than usual to nest, this made the viewing much better than usual. It has been so good to watch all the drama at close range from the Marine Drive without disturbing the birds. Some of the action was breath-taking with the adult Peregrines out doing the best aerobatic display teams with their stunt flying. Once the young were a decent size we could see them moving about on the nest and the adults were both working hard hunting the feral pigeons, we are so lucky to see them from our window tearing over the roofs of Llandudno in pursuit of prey. Also this year our friend Marc was able to obtain some good photos of the male falcon on the cliff and in the photos was a darvic ring, red with white letters, and Marc worked out it looked “XX” and made some enquires. Amazingly Marc was able to find that “our” male Peregrine had been ringed as a nestling in Bolton, Great Manchester, England on 13th June in 2013 one of three chicks by Craig Bell – many thanks to Craig for sharing the information with Marc. The letters on the red ring actually read “KX” so easily mistaken for “XX” this was the time the letter “K” was used in order not to cause confusion!

We are so lucky to have breeding Peregrines and Chough so very close to home.

Further around the Marine Drive loud calling drew attention to a family of Chough, two adults and two juveniles on the cliff above the road. Wonderful to see these great corvids with new youngsters, with the weather being so dry in April and May we had been worried the Chough might not be able to find enough food, insects and grubs, in the dry hard ground.

It seems to be a bumper year for Goldfinches locally with many sightings on each walk.

Lots of other juvenile birds on the headland today and so good to see all these young birds out and about. So many Goldfinches in particular and their calls are a constant companion on the Great Orme at the moment. Also really good to see families of Song Thrushes a species that has declined great in this area. Are we seeing a comeback from this much loved bird?

Hopefully 2020 will not only be remembered for lockdown and the tragic deaths of over 40,000 people from the Covid 19 virus but also for a good breeding season for our birds.

Today a worldwide poll showed the UK in joint bottom place along with Mexico as the countries with the lowest approval rating over the way the virus is being handled. When you see that over 40,000 people have lost their lives to the virus it is easy to see why the people of the UK are angry and dismayed at the way our Government has handled the pandemic. They should hang their heads in shame, so many lives lost when if a lockdown had been put in place earlier they would have been saved. The huge crowds at sporting events should have been banned and a track and trace system that actually worked put in place quickly surely the death toll would have been so much lower?

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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