Lock Down Birding Continues Here In Llandudno North Wales 29 May 2020

This goat was in the street right outside our front door in Llandudno.

Another beautiful day here in Llandudno with clear blue sky and light easterly winds so an early start for a long walk on the Great Orme. Out at 5.30am and greeted by a goat in the street right outside the front door. Our Llandudno goats have become social media stars during lockdown and always fun to see them in the streets here.

Llandudno's Herring Gulls are finding life hard without tourists and fast food remains.

These two Red-billed Chough passed low overhead along the Marine Drive.

Down to the pier and then along the Marie Drive with the temperature rising nicely a stunning morning. One of the juvenile Peregrine Falcons was visible on the nest and an adult was sat on the cliff above. A Red-billed Chough swept in and landed at the base of the cliff looking wonderful in the sunshine. Fulmars, Common Whitethroat, Stonechat, Rock Pipit and Linnet all showed off and two Black Guillemots bobbed about on the blue sea close to the cliffs. Then another pair of Chough floated up from below the Marine Drive and passed close overhead a wonderful sight.

This wonderful fox was a real thrill to watch this morning in the early sun.

Taking the path steep uphill towards Pink Farm certainly got the heart rate up and at the crest of the hill something caught the eye. A beautiful fox was walking calmly through a flock of sheep and it was lovely to see how the sheep totally ignored the fox despite being within a few feet of each other. The sheep did not feel threatened at all, had it been a dog in the field with the sheep would have been in panic. The fox crossed the path ahead and allowed a lovely view of this stunning animal.

The rabbits were very relaxed on the Great Orme this morning enjoying the sun.

Taking the path from Pink Farm towards the cemetery a gang of rabbits were enjoying the sunshine and fun to watch them relaxing. While watching the rabbits a bird flew in to the hedge behind – a lovely Spotted Flycatcher. If it had not been for the rabbits probably would have missed the flycatcher. Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap and Chiffchaff all sang from the scrub near Powell’s Well.

Plenty of Meadow Pipits were feeding their young this morning.

The cemetery had plenty of recently fledged birds but no migrants were on show. So I continued on up to the limestone pavement area following the wall. Another Spotted Flycatcher was in the hawthorn bushes alongside the stone-wall and showed off nicely. Two lovely Northern Wheatears were out on the limestone pavement and two real surprises – a Grey Heron flew east and then nine Greylag Geese flew north-west both very unusual species here. Next a male Peregrine tore across the blue sky at breath taking speed as it chased a Collared Dove, the falcon was closing fast and it look curtains for the dove but the chase took both birds behind a ridge so maybe the dove was lucky? The views from the limestone pavement were superb it was so clear.

This Common Buzzard was being mobbed by this Carrion Crow.

Following the wall back to the Copper Mines a Common Buzzard was hanging in the air and a grumpy Carrion Crow decided to mob the raptor. More Stonechats, a single Northern Wheatear and a noisy gang of Goldfinch were all lovely to see. Then it was back down the steep hill, following the tram lines back into Llandudno. A message from Tom, our friend, told of a Red Kite flying west over Penrhyn Bay to the east of us. A few minutes of scanning from the window and we saw our second ever Red Kite from the house hot on the heels of the first ever! Crazy after fifteen years looking for them two in a week that is one of the many wonderful things about birdwatching – expect the un-expected!

Bird News from our friends across North Wales....

Male Red-backed Shrike Cemaes, Anglesey Steve C

Greenish Warbler and Woodchat Shrike on Bardsey Island Steve S

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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