More Groundhog Day Birdwatching On The Great Orme And A Good Bird

View from the Great Orme towards Conwy this morning - 1 June 2020.

Quick round up of the last few days, no change. The walks on the Great Orme continue everyday mixing it up between long tramps right around the headland, shorter walks on the Marine Drive from the pier and longish walks on the west side to the old gun emplacements. Very few migrants birds now as the Spring movement comes to an end. Small numbers of Northern Wheatears and a few Spotted Flycatchers show it’s not quite done yet.

The first-summer male Black Redstart on the Great Orme this morning singing.

Ruth found a Black Redstart at Pink Farm yesterday, 31 May, but sadly it was not seen again that day, a late date here. Luckily today, 1 June, I relocated the first-summer male Black Redstart on the house above Pink Farm, not far from the half-way tram station. This lovely songster was using telegraph poles as song posts to broadcast his message. Occasionally the bird dropped to the ground to grab an insect then back up to sing away. The bird was a bit far away for photos but did manage a few record shots. Local birder Peter also saw the bird later and as I headed for home it was great to see Tom, Caroline and their young son Levi all enjoying the Black Redstart. Young Levi is a really keen birder and was thrilled to see the Black Redstart, a new species for him, so good to see his enthusiasm for birds.

The Peregrine Falcon youngsters are ready to fledge and we expect them to take their maiden flight any moment! We have enjoyed superb views of the magnificent raptors this year we are not usually around locally to see the breeding season play out like this. The Chough pairs are also busy feeding young though no fledglings seen yet but again should be any day.

This beautiful red fox allowed lovely views in the early morning light.

We have had some wonderful mammal sightings too with beautiful foxes seen a number of times. Lovely to watch one calmly walking amongst a flock of sheep the sheep totally ignoring the fox as it passed between them. It would have been very different if a dog had been in the field the sheep would have been terrified. Even more exciting was the sighting of three badgers so wonderful to see these beautiful animals so close to home.

Here in Wales the lockdown “officially” is still very much in force though looking around you would be hard put to believe it is? People all over the place and in groups and visiting Llandudno from all over the place this is insane behaviour. The UK Government has lost control and the public are making up their own rules to suit themselves. This is not surprising as a senior government advisor was found to have left his home and driven hundreds of miles to be near family members and then went out for a drive while he was there! To make matters much worse this very senior advisor to the government then came up with the most bizarre excuses why he had done this. Would you really drive to a beauty spot in order to test your eyesight to see if you could drive safely? Especially with your wife and young child in the car with you given that said wife can drive? Of course you would not! We are being taken for fools by a government that has run the National Health Service into the ground and as a result of this and the mishandling of the pandemic are responsible for thousands of unnecessary deaths.

From today, 1st June, in Wales we are allowed to drive five miles from home but I already know of numerous breaches of this and its only day one! The government really have lost control and in my opinion have two choices, one come back with a really tough lockdown policy enforced that would stop the spread of the virus or two lift the lockdown today and hope for the best. This total mess we have now with England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales all doing something different is not working! What a mess, people are moving between the areas and potentially spreading the virus due to the woolly advice and the fact that the government’s own senior advisor put two fingers up to the British public and when caught out could not even manage an apology. Any additional deaths that results are on their hands.

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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