More Signs That Spring Is Not So Far Away Great Orme 3 February 2021

Black Guillemot

What handsome birds Black Guillemots are in their breeding plumage.

Another day and another walk at the Great Orme, Llandudno, this time down to the pier to start with and eleven Common Redshank were roosting on the rocks just below us and Ruddy Turnstones were flying in to join their cousins for the high roost. The Turnstones were very noisy today with lots of calling as they jostled for position just above the waves on the rocks.

Out in the bay it was lovely to see four breeding plumaged Black Guillemots on the calm sea first we have seen here in their breeding plumage this year very smart looking birds indeed. Another reminder that spring is indeed on its way though of course still plenty of winter to come with the weather forecast warning of very cold weather coming at the weekend. Red-throated Diver, Great Crested Grebe and Shag all out in the bay between the pier and the Little Orme too.

Along the Marine Drive plenty of Northern Fulmars were on the ledges and whizzing back and forth overhead, they do love to come to the cliffs on calm days. Above these stiff-winged seabirds the female Peregrine Falcon sat looking out to sea perhaps hoping a nice sized bird would make the mistake of flying across that huge canvas of sky and water and become lunch?

Turnstone 1

Ruddy Turnstone are really globe trotters and we are so lucky to have so close to home.

Rock Pipits were feeing on the grass slope below the Marine Drive and a Grey Heron roosted on a cliff ledge not far above the incoming tide looking like a pile of discarded grey cloth amazing how herons can do “dishevelled” so well.

At the cove a gang of Atlantic grey seals were being pushed back towards the base of the cliff by the fast advancing tide and so funny to watch these big animals shuffle further and further up the beach often groaning in disgust at the cold water reaching their flippers. Offshore here were lots of auks far out over the sea mostly likely the majority were Common Guillemots but way too far to tell from Razorbills. A single Common Scoter flew west and two harbour porpoises showed briefly.

Walking back a wonderful pair of Red-billed Chough showed just to swoop really means – pulling their wings back and falling out of the sky calling loudly only to climb steeply back and repeat before landing on the cliff, wow! The whoosh of wings overhead announced a Raven and we looked up to see this huge crow flying along carrying a good sized stick back to a nest nearby. This a second pair on the headland as the ones above our street were also busy at their nest as we reached our door. A short walk but lots to enjoy and as always birds and nature had made us feel so much better.

Some news from our friends across North Wales today….

Rose-coloured Starling, Black Redstart seen at Amlwch, Anglesey – John D

Cattle Egret and Green Sandpiper Valley, Anglesey Norman

Long-tailed Duck Four Mile Bridge, Anglesey - Norman

Four Purple Sandpiper Treaddur Bay, Anglesey - Norman

Two Slavonian Grebes Beddmanarch Bay, Anglesey – Norman

Jack Snipe and Hooded Crow The Range, Anglesey – Ken

Iceland Gull, Scaup Rhyl, Denbighshire - John R

Of course a wonderful way to see more birds is to join one of our Birdwatching Trips and learn a lot about the birds you are enjoying too. We have tours suitable for all from beginners to experienced birders that are seeking particular species. Just drop us a line here and we can arrange a perfect custom tour for you!

We look forward to enjoying wonderful birds with you as soon as it is safe.

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