Lockdown Bird Blog 2 April 2020 Back To The Great Orme Llandudno





So the lockdown continues and so does our routine, a walk once a day. Disappointing to see many more cars moving around Llandudno than in recent days, are folks getting stir crazy and moving about more? I hope not, we need to stay home to stay safe. Maybe the Llandudno goats, an internet sensation, have made people frightened to walk the streets?

Walking from home to Llandudno Pier only takes a few minutes and here Turnstones were feeding on the legs of the pier, not eating the legs but searching for food on the legs, as it was low tide. Out in the bay a Black Guillemot was bobbing about in the swell, this bird would have been visible from the living room window, project for later. Shags and Cormorants were also in the bay diving for fish and of course the local Herring Gulls ever present in Llandudno.


Love the beady eye of the Jackdaw they look like they are up to something!



Walking out on to the headland of the Great Orme it was heartening to see a chap filling a bird feeder by the toll house, he said “birds still need feeding” top man. Two Chough swooped over the cliffs ahead and were joined by lots of Jackdaws their smaller cousins. These Jackdaws were flying up to their cliff hole nest with beaks full of sheep’s wool looking like they had white beards very funny. Then we realised where all the wool was coming from, a sheep at the base of the cliff had four, yes four, Jackdaws on its back pulling out beak-full of wool, so funny to watch! The poor sheep was looking rather perplexed, if that is possible, but did not move the crows on.

No sign of the previous days Little Egret in the tidal pools below the cliffs, a rare visitor to the headland so not surprised it had moved on. A pair of huge Great black backed Gulls were on the beach and a Shag balanced on a rock just offshore. High above a Peregrine Falcon peered down and then looked away as if to say “not interested” so lucky to have these amazing birds so close to home. Twice this super raptor took to the air and passed right above allowing superb looks.


Male Stonechats on the Great Orme are rapidly gaining their smart breeding plumage.



Rock Pipits showed off feeding on the undisturbed road and a pair of Stonechats perched on a bramble bush above them. Two more Chough flew over and switch backed and dived down to the cliff below the road, they always look as though they fly for the pure joy of it.

At the beach we peered down and could see a good collection of Atlantic grey seals hauled out looking very relaxed on the pebbles. A count revealed 31 today down on the last count of an impressive 73. Leaving the seals to continue their slumber we headed up hill and through the cemetery. It was windy and very few birds were about at all, a few Meadow Pipits pottered about amongst the headstones and Chaffinch and a lone Great Tit were in the hawthorns, none of the hoped for migrants.

At the Copper Mine the wind was even stronger and not surprisingly the recent Black Redstart was nowhere to be seen, hopefully just keeping its head down rather than gone. A Great spotted Woodpecker was in the adjacent trees but the wind sent us back down the slope and into Llandudno and home.

Birds from the window today included a first for our flat list with two Golden Plover flying west over the town! Three Sparrowhawks were all in view together and two were displaying right over the town, lovely to see. Lucky we have such an extensive view from the from the fourth floor!

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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