Lapland Bunting Showed Off Very Well On The Great Orme North Wales

This wonderful Lapland Bunting showed off on the Great Orme today.

Some birds occur in the same places at the same time of year, luckily, one of these is the Lapland Bunting a pretty scarce bird in the UK. We are very lucky where we live in North Wales as one of the Lapland Buntings favour stop offs on migration is the Great Orme, the limestone headland on the north side of Llandudno our home town. Each September, just about, a few of these buntings that breed in the Arctic stop off on their way south and if we are lucky we get to see one.

This morning we had a call to say local birder Peter Allderson had found a Lapland Bunting on the limestone pavement area of the Great Orme, bang on time! Always a thrill to see one these scarce birds so close to home, so we hurried out and drove around the headland to reach the limestone pavement. We walked up the slope, left of the car park, towards the summit area where Peter had seen the bird. Reaching the crest of the hill a few Meadow Pipits were feeding on the short grass but no bunting. We walked over the rise and could see two birders ahead of us, Peter and fellow local Ray, they were looking back towards us and obviously watching something! We scanned the grass between us and them at first seeing only Meadow Pipits then we picked out the Lapland Bunting, whew! This stocky finch-like bird was creeping about in some heather so not easy to see at first but it moved out on to short grass and we could see it much better.

Alan creeps up on the Lapland Bunting, slowly. slowly does it.

As the Lapland Bunting was moving towards us we sat down and waited to see how close it might come, Peter and Ray came around to join us. Two Wheatears were also feeing in the area, such lovely birds even though regular here in September. Suddenly the bunting was flying, and calling a lovely rolling “tttrrrrrrr” and it flew low past us. We followed its flight and luckily it soon landed again on a slope of short grass and broken rocks. We slowly moved after it and managed to creep up pretty close and settled down to watch this lovely bird feeding contently. It is always lovely when a bird is so confiding and we soaked up the close views of the subtle little bird.

Huge thanks to Peter for finding the bird, putting out the news and then staying with it so others could share this wonderful Lapland Bunting. Hopefully lots more good birds to come this month. If you would like to join one of our exciting Birdwatching Trips tours please email us here and we can make all the arragements….

We would love to share great birds with you! Small groups, amazing birds, wildlife and scenery and a lot of fun.

Always great to see the feral goats along the cliffs of the Great Orme.

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