Something Stoataly Different On The Great Orme Today 24 June 2020

This lovely juvenile Pied Wagtail posed in the sunshine today.

A beautiful summer’s day with blue sky, calm sea and very warm sunshine as we headed out for yet another lockdown walk on the Great Orme. Today we drove up onto the headland and parked above the cemetery and then followed the path alongside the stone wall that borders the limestone pavement and makes a great circular walk of several miles. The views were wonderful over the millpond like sea and not a cloud in the sky and Linnets, Meadow Pipits and Stonechats all showed off within the first few minutes. A Common Buzzard soared slowly over the cemetery in the still air and Common Swifts whizzed over, looking jet black against the so blue sky.

In the sheep fields a large gang of Common Starling were feeding around the feet of the grazing animals. We checked through carefully but no pink ones amongst them, but with a flock of this size we will keep checking them for Rose-coloured Starlings with their common cousins. A few stunted hawthorn bushes growing alongside the wall here are always worth checking and today juvenile Pied Wagtail, Stonechat and a Great Tit were feeding here. Then two birds flew up from the side of the path ahead of us and over the wall towards the bushes, even with this brief view easy to identify – Common Redstarts. The lovely bright orange tails a real give away they flicked over the wall, luckily one of these gorgeous Robin sized birds fed below the hawthorn trees and we could see it a scaly juvenile bird. Distinctive calls made us look up and there was a Curlew flying high above calling away in the still air just wonderful.

If you look really carefully you can just see some stoats a long way off sadly.

Out on the limestone pavement movement caught the eye and what? Hard to believe our eyes a many headed large stoat was moving across the limestone pavement at speed, it took a moment to realise it was a family of stoats on the move! Wow! An amazing sight as all five animals became one running so close they were touching each other. The family moved as one animal amazing to watch it really did look like one big many headed stoat! Hard to make out just how many animals in the tangle of bodies and heads but we think it was one adult and four well grown young. Always something new to see in the countryside you just have to keep looking.

Sadly just to far away for a really nice photo but hope you get the idea.

The stoats melted into the gorse and we carried on following the walk out towards the high point of the limestone pavement. A lovely juvenile Northern Wheatear jumped up on the wall then flew down to hop about on the rocks of the pavement. Like the Common Redstarts a sure that Autumn is already under way in the world of birds. The views from the high point were spectacular over to Anglesey and Snowdonia and on the calm sea we could make out flocks of Common Scoter. Distinctive calls drew our attention to a family of Chough on the grass slope below us. The two juveniles begging for food from the adults lovely to see them breeding here successfully. In the field opposite where we watched the Chough we picked out three Rooks amongst the feeding Jackdaws and Carrion Crows only our second sighting of Rook in over three months of lockdown! We continued past the Copper Mines and back to the car above the cemetery adding Common Whitethroat, Common Kestrel and House Martin to the day list but it was probably now too hot for much bird activity.

A Great Orme rarity during lockdown only our second sightings of Rooks.

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.

Anyone know the identity of this green "bug" on the gorse today? Many thanks.

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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