The Best Of North Wales Birdwatching Trip 3 April 2018



Glaucous Gull Mull 2016 2

Glaucous Gull was a new bird for Trevor and Jan on todays trip.



A super day guiding Trevor and Jan around North Wales today taking in a wide variety of habitats from coastal headland, beach, mountains, back to headlands and saltmarsh. This is why North Wales makes such an amazing place to visit, so many habitats, providing homes for so many birds, in a small area!

The headland of the Great Orme here in Llandudno was a wonderful place to start the day and we enjoyed superb close views of Chough, four Black Guillemots, Common Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes, a magnificent Peregrine, Wheatears and Stonechat.

A little way east along the coast we quickly found the hoped for Glaucous Gull and enjoyed great views alongside Herring Gulls, a brute of a bird. Offshore here a big flock of Common Scoter close in and super views of them through the Leica telescopes. Nearby Red-throated Divers and more Common Scoter including one drake that came ashore on the beach, sadly perhaps unwell?

Up in the hills a male Ring Ouzel was singing from the crags and Ravens cronked overhead. But the weather was closing in so we headed back to the coast. Great views of Eider just offshore in the sunshine along with Goldeneye and Red-breasted Mergansers. A rather late lunch was enjoyed in a great pub and then back out again. A Chiffchaff right above our heads was great to see and a large female Sparrowhawk posed for us. More Eider and more Black Guillemots and then four Sandwich Terns - our first of the year!

Time for one last stop on the way back to Llandudno and we enjoyed Goldcrest and Coal Tit around the car-park before watching a lovely pair of Goosander on the edge of the saltmarsh where lots of waders were feeding out on the mud. A great day with so many different habitats and lots of wonderful birds!

Come and join us soon for your special Birdwatching Trip.





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