Last Day Of Our Five Day Best Of North Wales Birdwatching Trips Tour 16 September 2020

Swallow on post adult

Lovely to have super views of Swallows at Caerhun Church.

As usual our day began with the optional early morning walk by the River Conwy and another beautiful day it was, calm with mist over the hills around the valley. A female Mandarin was on the river, a scarce bird here and a real bonus to pick up so early in the morning. A Jay allowed amazing prolonged views on a fence such stunning birds when seen well like this one.

After a super breakfast we headed north up the Conwy Valley and called in again at Caerhun Church where the mist had come much lower down into the valley though the area around the church itself was clear. Plenty of birds here as so often and we had good looks at Nuthatch, Mistle Thrush and amazingly our first Pheasant of the trip on day five, guess most have been shot? Lovely to see plenty of Swallows and House Martins still here – best make the most of them they will soon be gone.

A Bar-tailed Godwit joined the high tide roost at RSPB Conwy.

We then moved north to the viewpoint overlooking RSPB Conwy where we added lots of birds as the tide was flooding the saltmarsh and pushing birds closer to our position. A Great White Egret strode through the shallow waters and plenty of Little Egrets here too and a Kingfisher zoomed past below us. Roosting waders on the reserve included a Spotted Redshank, a Knot, a Bar-tailed Godwit, four Greenshank and hundreds of Common Redshank.

We then headed for the Great Orme at Llandudno but as we approached the headland we could see it was shrouded in mist, not good. Stopping near Llandudno Pier and watched a flock of 48 Turnstones roosting on the rocks just a few meters below us – wonderful views. Stopping at the start of the Marine Drive the mist was half way down the cliffs but we had a scan of the calm sea and managed to have good views of Razorbills and Shags and less good views of a flock of Common Scoter flying through the mist. Then Alan managed to pick out three Black Guillemots on the edge of the mist but it was a bit of a struggle to see much detail. Beaten by the mist we moved on and enjoyed a cuppa at The Rest and Be Thankful café half way along the Marine Drive.

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A Goldcrest was a nice surprise at RSPB Conwy in the sunshine.

The mist had not lifted at all so we decided to head down to RSPB Conwy for closer looks at the roosting waders over the high tide. The reserve was clear of fog and we had great views of a Garganey on the first lagoon along with three Great White Egrets roosting and Common Snipe. On the deep lagoon we saw a Curlew Sandpiper amongst the Common Redshank flock and lots of gulls and wildfowl here. A Goldcrest was in the willows by the Bridge Pond where a Cetti’s Warbler sang loudly but unseen.

Back to the Princes Arms Hotel in Trefriw for a lovely lunch where the tour concluded, but still time to add one more species to the impressive total – two Sparrowhawks fighting up in the blue sky watched from the lunch table! Huge thanks to Elizabeth and Michael, John and Noreen for their lovely happy company. It really was a super fun tour and very relaxed and full of laughs and great birds just as a bird tour should be! Many thanks to Lindsay and Ann at the Princes Arms Hotel for their superb hospitality and wonderful food as always. Looking forward to our next Best of North Wales Birdwatching Trips five day tour, why not come and join us?

We are so lucky to have so many species and habitats within easy reach here in North Wales 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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