Lock Down Birding Continues And a Rare Excursion Out Of Llandudno 28 May 2020




Mediterranean Gull - this one an adult photographed in Colwyn Bay, Wales.



Just after posting yesterday’s bird blog, see below, more scanning from our Llandudno window produced two more interesting sightings. Two “smaller” as in smaller than the resident Herring Gulls, were seen flying slowly east over the roof tops, grabbing the binoculars we could see they were Mediterranean Gulls! A rare bird from the window and a late date, 27 May, for them to be in this area. Llandudno being on a narrow peninsula birds do take a short cut over the town from one beach to the other rather than fly all the way around the Great Orme, a saving of several miles of flight. Both the Mediterranean Gulls were first summer birds so too young to breed this year.

More scanning and we picked up a Peregrine Falcon a good way off to the south flying slowly towards us, as the raptor came closer we could see it was carrying prey and seemed to be struggling and loosing height. We will the Peregrine to keep going on the way back to the nest with young chicks waiting to be fed. But the flacon was slowing down and we were worried it would not make it, tension mounted as the bird got closer and the wing-beats weaker. Then we were amazed to see a second Peregrine come in from the direction of the nest and grab the prey from below! Both birds were holding the prey and they began to fall towards the ground we held our breath. Then they separated and the new bird, larger, the female of the pair, had the prey and zoomed off to feed the young followed by the seemingly exhausted male. We hoped he would be ok. An amazing bit of behaviour to witness, presumably the female had also noticed, like we did, that the male was really struggling to make it home with the “shopping”.

As we were getting ready to head this morning a message from our friend Marc alerted us to a Little Egret flying over Llandudno, straight to the window but no sign sadly. We do see Little Egrets now and then and have a few during lockdown so not too bad a miss. While scanning for the egret a Grey Heron flapped over, rarer than Little Egret as a window bird! Then three geese appeared flying fairly low west over the town, Greylag Geese a new species for our lockdown list, many thanks Marc for getting us to the window at the right time. We then took one of our shorter walks on the Great Orme it was beautiful sunny and really warm. Chough were swooping through the blue sky calling wildly and we were thrilled to see the Peregrine Falcons. A lot of calling from the cliff, sounded as if the young falcons were hungry and the female soon came carrying prey. The noise increased dramatically as she the hungry beaks, we could see the chicks and were surprised to see just how well grown they were. They were well feathered and should fledge any day now hopefully. As we watched breakfast time for the chicks the male passed over the cliff top and looked ok thankfully.

Three Black Guillemots were on the calm sea and great to be able to see their scarlet feet and legs. We then hiked up to Pink Farm and then turned back to Llandudno down past the ski slope, the views on this return route were superb back to the Little Orme and Snowdonia in the distance. Wheatear, Stonechats and Common Whitethroats all showed well.



Then great excitement our friend ours is isolating and asked if we could collect prescription for from Conwy and drop it off in Trefriw in the Conwy Valley, of course!! We would be delighted, a legitimate reason to have a drive and a change of scenery. It felt very odd to be getting in the car and driving after so many weeks in lockdown. In Conwy there were a lot of people about and a queue had formed outside the chemist. A chap on the pavement was wearing a mask and we watched in horror as he pulled the mask from his face and let out an enormous sneeze and put his mask back on! We did our delivery and great to see our friends in Trefriw even if only from a safe distance in their garden. As we drove back towards home we saw more friends sitting out I front of their hotel, The Princes Arms in Trefriw, we stopped and joined Lindsay and Anne for a socially distanced cup of tea and had a real good catch up and lots of laughs. Then back to Llandudno a very different day from our usual lockdown routine and really fun!

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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