Please Read This Feedback About A Birdwatching Trips North Wales Tour March 2020

Monday 2 March 2020 Peter and John's Birdwatching Trips Day Out by Peter.

The day began with some amazing views of Chough just minutes from the hotel.

If the coronavirus is reminding Michael Gove that having experts around can be helpful at times, then a day out in Wales in early March with Alan and Ruth proves that, in some important areas of life like birdwatching, experts make all the difference to the scale of the experience and the level of enjoyment. Minutes after being collected from our hotel in Llandudno, still glowing with the nostalgia of meeting up with fried bread at breakfast after a gap of many years, we were stopping along the coast road around the Great Orme and being transferred to another world as two pairs of choughs provided instant close-up entertainment – visual and aural – for fully half-an-hour.

Soon into the drama came a peregrine falcon – our closest ever encounter with this beautiful stunning bird, standing close on a rock for a long lingering telescope view before putting on its full flying display for us (in apparent harmony with the first RAF flyovers of the day). The only brief worry for Ruth came as the peregrine appeared to go for the choughs, but nothing happened today at least and we all relaxed.

The very showy Rose-coloured Starling enjoyed by Peter and John on our tour.

On to the twitching component of the day – a rose-coloured starling had been reported on garden feeders in a small village on Anglesey. Given that the last time I was out with Alan and Ruth in North Wales coincided with the visit of a rare booted warbler to the Great Orme, I am suddenly feeling a bit talismanic (or it might be the fried bread). And there it was, after a wait of a few minutes, a bird that had strayed far from home but found friends among its British starling relatives. Not yet rose-coloured, it looks rather bland next to the magnificent colours of those relatives, but very good to watch and see. And as it diverts on its own to another garden bird table, we are treated to the picture of the day – the house-owner mowing his lawn with muffs over his ears, oblivious to the rarity on his feeder and to the small group of onlookers gazing at them both through bionoculars and telescopes.

On round the west coast of the island, stopping and spotting all the way, all the while with just the right amount of information and education and fun from our two guides – such a great way to learn, not just what birds we are looking at but what these birds are all about – how they live and evolve, and how changes in our world are affecting them.

A stop for lunch at a brilliantly quirky boat-themed café on the beachside, where Alan can indulge his curiosity and disbelief at my order of a cauliflower curry for lunch when there are fishcakes to be had as an alternative. And finally to the coup de grace of the day, as the sun is beginning to dim and we watch a haunting short-eared owl, keeping its watch-out with regular head-turns before displaying its delicate, awesomely beautiful flight, like a piece of ancient parchment floating purposefully through the air. Magical.

We are dropped in Beaumaris where we will start our walk the next day. On our own, everywhere seems a little less alive to the birdlife – it is as if Alan and Ruth have been conjuring up the theatre and the drama we have been privileged to observe this day just gone.

My mate John was on his first trip out with Alan and Ruth, a present for his 70th birthday, combined with a couple of days afterwards tramping the Anglesey Coastal Path. So I was a little nervous – but I needn’t have been. On the following days of walking, John would suddenly stop and say “That was an incredible day out, wasn’t it? I just didn’t realise that you could get so much out of the surroundings for so much of the time”. And that is why Alan and Ruth are so good – that world around gets magically transformed into endless birding interest and excitement. Thank you! Peter C.

Puffin July 2017 2

We might be lucky to see the first returning Puffins on Anglesey during our March tour.

We are so lucky to have so many species and habitats within easy reach here in North Wales we would love you to join us for one of our five day Best of North Wales tours. We expect to enjoy over 120 species during these bird filled tours and stay at a lovely hotel and enjoy great food.

We have one space, 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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