Last Day Of July Summer Weather Autumn Birds Great Orme North Wales



Great Orme

With the weather forecast predicting a very hot day we decided to head for a walk early on the 31st July. Well the forecast was right it was very hot indeed even early morning and the short walk down to the pier at Llandudno was very warm even so early! At the pier we peered over the wall and right below us were six Ruddy Turnstones amazing these “winter” birds are back already the last ones we saw were in June! So these amazing global travellers have only been absent for a few week, no doubt the birds that lingered into June were different to these birds we were watching today? Ruddy Turnstones must be one of the species we have seen in most countries of the world we have visited from landlocked Uganda, The Galapagos Islands of Ecuador, Japan and so many other places, wonderful birds.

Along the Marine Drive a Peregrine Falcon repeatedly called from the cliffs but we could just not spot it! Very frustrating and we had given up and walked away when the female falcon suddenly flew off the rock face and climbed and circled then landed back on the cliff, this time in full view. A pair of Chough swept over calling and as usual seeming to fly for fun and certainly entertained us with their antics.


This lovely male Stonechat showed off on the path up from Marine Drive today.



We slogged up the hill from the Marine Drive and it was tough going in the heat so we were glad to pause to watch a lovely juvenile Willow Warbler in the brambles. As so often, stop for one bird and see more birds, a Chiffchaff was just below the Willow Warbler, a Common Whitethroat on the opposite side of the path, a family of Stonechats and a flock of Goldfinches all seen from one spot. Reaching the top of the climb pause for breath and more birds to enjoy with a lovely juvenile Northern Wheatear on the fence amongst a flock of Goldfinches and amazing to see how big the Wheatear looked!


This juvenile Willow Warbler was playing hide and seek in a hawthorn bush.



We took the path through Pink Farm towards the cemetery but few birds here as it was so hot now. A Common Redstart showed briefly as did two Lesser Whitethroats another bright juvenile Willow Warbler showed off in a hawthorn bush looking so yellow below in the bright sunshine. A Common Buzzard was on a fence post mobbed by Herring Gulls looking fed up with the unwanted attention.


A beautiful show of wild flowers on the Great Orme today here a patch of self-heal.



Passing the cemetery a Mistle Thrush showed off standing upright on a grave and a beautiful male Linnet fed with his mate and young on a path. Then we took the path alongside the stonewall that boarders the limestone pavement on top of the headland. It was even hotter maybe around 28C? So perhaps not surprising that there was not a huge amount of bird life about on the limestone pavement area. A few hawthorn bushes by the wall held two juvenile Common Redstarts such amazingly bright red tails as they chased each other around the bushes wonderful birds. At least ten Common Wheatears were out on the limestone pavement along with more Stonechats and Meadow Pipits amongst a carpet of wildflowers under the clear blue sky. A female Sparrowhawk flapped slowly by scattering small birds before it and flushing a large flock of Starlings from the adjacent sheep fields. Heading back to Llandudno a Kestrel flew past us as we admired the stunning views across Conwy Bay to Snowdonia and Anglesey what a wonderful spot to have so close to home.


One of two Common Redstarts seen today in the bushes by the wall alongside the limestone pavement.




One of at least ten Northern Wheatears on the headland today - Autumn migration is under way!



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….

info@birdwatchingtrips.co.uk

We look forward to enjoying wonderful birds in beautiful places with you soon!





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