Roadside Birding Produces Some Quality Birds North Wales 15 July 2020



Great white Egret Conwy 1

A Great White Egret photographed at RSPB Conwy this species in increasing in the UK.



A mercy mission today delivering medicine to a friend who is shielding through the pandemic as immune system is weak. This really brings home what the Covid 19 virus means to some people, it is very scary. Sure we moan about the lockdown restricting our work and play but we don’t live in fear everyday like those that are shielding do! Months without meeting up with friends or family and being frightened to go out in case you fall seriously ill are a lot of stress to live with. Makes us grateful for our own good health for sure.

So medicine delivered there was a little time for some bird watching on the way home. Sadly the weather was rubbish, low cloud and thick drizzle so any thoughts of looking for Hen Harriers or other upland species was a none starter. But the route home did pass a lay-by overlooking RSPB Conwy and the adjacent Conwy Estuary.

Luckily the weather had improved a little by the time the lay-by was reached and it was low cloud but the drizzle had all but stopped. The view from this point is very impressive, even on a dull grey day, the RSPB Conwy reserve lays below, beyond that the Conwy Estuary and beyond that Conwy Castle. On a clear day you add to that the mountains of Snowdonia and the Great Orme to the north. Scanning the lagoons on the reserve produced plenty of birds, a flock of seventy Common Redshank and with the telescope it was possible to pick out four Greenshank amongst their smaller cousins. Greenshank are fairly unusual at RSPB Conwy so four together in July, early autumn, was a great record. A single Common Sandpiper was also around the islands in the lagoon.

Scanning the adjacent Conwy Estuary there were plenty of Little Egrets feeding in the channels along with a few Grey Herons. On the mudflats Curlew were loafing about with a few feeding on the wet mud a single Whimbrel was also probing for food here. Loud calls drew attention to a Kingfisher whizzing below the lay-by and onto the reserve but sadly did not land in view. Just about to head for home and had one last scan of the estuary and was very pleased to see not one but two Great White Egrets in one of the nearer channels! These big white herons with yellow bills had been hidden by trees in the foreground but had now moved further along the channel to be visible. Great White Egrets are still scarce in North Wales so seeing two together was really nice. This elegant species is increasing fast in the UK, I remember driving all the way to Cornwall in south west England to see my first ever UK one back in July 1989! I could have saved the time and petrol money and seen them on the local estuary all be it over thirty years later!


Come and join in with Hen Harrier Day Wales at noon on Saturday 12th July free all welcome!



Oh and don’t forget Hen Harrier Day Wales on 18th July at 12 noon streamed live on Facebook and free for everyone to join in! Please get involved and make some noise for our wildlife. End the illegal killing of our “protected” birds.

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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