Some Exploring Birdwatching And A Bit Of Culture In North Wales 29 July 2020

Wonderful to see Spotted Flycatchers with recently fledged young.

As we look forward to starting our Birdwatching Trips tours again we were contacted by some guests who are coming in September for a three day custom trip. They are staying in a self-catering cottage in the Conwy Valley and asked if we knew of it. By a strange coincidence friends of ours had stayed in the very cottage only the previous week and gave it glowing reviews. But we had never been seen it nor were we sure exactly where it was, what better excuse did we need to do some exploring?

A minor road, a very narrow one, climbed up from the valley floor and through woodland past a stream to reach the cottage. Certainly a rural setting and plenty of birds in the trees around the area so pretty good for our guests if a little out of the way for pick-ups and drop offs. So now we were out and in exploring mode we thought we would look for an ancient burial chamber further south. So lots more very narrow lanes and a good bit of time in reverse gear going backwards to find passing places, always amazing how people who drive these tiny lanes just can’t reverse!

We parked in a small hamlet and walked along a narrow lane seeing lovely Common Redstarts and then a Red Kite soaring almost right overhead. Luckily there was a helpful sign pointing to the burial chamber as it was not visible from the road. A track took us past two sheep farms then across two fields to reach the historic site. It was a pretty impressive chamber with some huge rocks moved to construct it. It is amazing that we have lived in North Wales all these years and still finding new places to enjoy close to home. The views from the site were spectacular with the whole of Snowdonia and more before us, sadly it was rather hazy so the landscape photos were poor, just have to go back on a clear day. But there were birds about a family of Spotted Flycatchers were feeding along the edge of a patch of willows and nearby more Common Redstarts. A large dark Peregrine Falcon cruised effortlessly over the area and was followed by a beautiful Red Kite both wow birds for sure. Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Linnet, Reed Bunting and Willow Warbler all seen here not bad for an historical site. Walking back to the car a beautiful male Common Redstart showed well – what a stunner!

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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