March Is A Wonderful Time For Enjoying Birds In North Wales Join US

March is an exciting month with a wonderful mix of birds including Ring Ouzel.

March is a really exciting month to be out and about in North Wales so much bird activity going on and a really exciting mix of species to enjoy. Perhaps the best month to seek out some of this beautiful areas special birds, Goshawk are displaying making them easier to see than at other times, Black Grouse too are in full lekking mode and it is not quite so early to be up to see them, Hawfinch are very active and with bare trees a little easier to spot! Ring Ouzels with be returning to the mountains and the first birds back are often on the lower slopes giving you a better chance to enjoy these cross between a vicar and Blackbird! Wheatears and Chiffchaffs will also be coming in and the first Sandwich Terns are likely. Bird song will be increasing by the day, no better way to start your birding than listening to a chorus of Blackbirds and Song Thrushes right outside your hotel. Or perhaps a Skylark pouring its song down from high above on the moors having just watched the fantastic Black Grouse doing their stuff, lifts the spirts and makes you smile, birds are good for us.

This beautiful Slavonian Grebe was photographed on Anglesey by Martin Jones.

But there is a lot more, in March are winter birds are still with us so a great time to enjoy Great Northern and Red-throated Divers, Slavonian Grebes and vast flocks of Common Scoter on the sea. We may be lucky and find a rarity such as a Surf Scoter amongst its common cousins; lots of birds are on the move at this time! Winter wildfowl and waders will still be present so lovely to look for Purple Sandpipers and a host of other exciting species.

March is a great time to see Common Crossbills with their young.

In the uplands Common Crossbills will have recently fledged young, early nesters these tough birds, making them easier to find than at other times of year. A Great Grey Shrike is wintering here and these wonderful birds usually remain on their wintering grounds into April, even singing before they leave some years. Birds of prey will be busy displaying so a great time to see them in action along with Ravens and Dippers in these beautiful uplands.

It has been a very good winter for Short-eared Owls most should remain well into March.

A visit to the Dee Estuary in March is always very rewarding with waders, wildfowl and raptors all present. Hen Harriers, Marsh Harriers, Merlins and Short-eared Owls will still be on their winter quarters and a thrill to search for over the vast marshes. Pink-footed Geese and thousands of ducks will still be in situ too and of course all in their very best plumage ahead of the coming breeding season. Egrets will be here too, and it is possible to see three species on the Dee Estuary, Great White, Little and Cattle Egret all present usually. Avocets will be back on the lagoons along with big flocks of Black-tailed Godwits, turning red with breeding plumage, amongst these we can look for Ruff, Spotted Redshank and other waders.

Iceland Gull Pensarn March 16 3

March is a great time to find rare gulls, an Iceland Gull like this one perhaps.

March is great for gulls to with many birds moving north and a chance of something scarce amongst them. Mediterranean Gulls are expected these days, not so long ago a rarity here, and there is the chance of a Glaucous or Iceland being seen too, exciting time to be out! We are so lucky to have so many birds and habitats within easy reach here in North Wales. In a five day trip you should enjoy at least 120 species of birds!

We have two spaces, due to a cancellation, on our five day Best of North Wales tour 21 -25 March 2020 based at a lovely hotel in Trefriw, Conwy Valley. Lots of birds, superb scenery, great food and lots of fun await you. Come and join us!

We would love you to join us on our Birdwatching Trips, please see our tours pages and 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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