The Thrill Of The Open Road As We Escape From Llandudno 5 February 2021

RSPB Conwy Sept

The view across the Conwy Estuary to the mountains of Snowdonia beyound.

A red letter day we got to drive the car a very rare event in lockdown! A friend is shielding from the virus, unable to go out, and needed medicine delivering so of course we were very happy to help and have the excuse to venture away from Llandudno all be it briefly. It was a lovely sunny morning with a clear blue sky, the colour so bright without much air pollution in lockdown. Driving over to Conwy to pick up the medicine there were plenty of Common Redshank and some Shelduck on the Conwy Estuary and Conwy Castle looking magnificent against the blue sky, we miss these sites.

Medicine collected we headed back over the Conwy Estuary and then turned south and soon reached a viewpoint overlooking RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve. It was a beautiful morning with blue sky and sunshine and there were plenty of birds on the lagoons below. It was so nice to see Tufted Duck, Pochard, Gadwall, Shoveler and many more all species we never see on the Great Orme. Out on the adjacent estuary there were plenty of Common Redshank and Eurasian Curlew and two Little Egrets.

Tufted Duck Gwent

Lockdown has certainly taught us to appreciate all our birds - thrilled to see a Tufted Duck!

Further south down the Conwy Valley another quick stop at a usually peaceful spot where we hoped to have a walk but sadly today no peace here. The local framer had a generator running to power his sheep shearing gear! Shearing sheep in February with bitter cold weather forecast? Well yes but when we looked closer the sheep were only having a trim around the back end! We assume this was to make lambing easier? Not see this happening before. With all the noise there were no birds about in the immediate area but we did watch a beautiful Red Kite drift across the blue sky with a back drop of the mountains of Snowdonia. It was nice to Rooks here too another species absent from the Great Orme peninsula most of the year.

Siskin on feeder

Lovely to enjoy watching Siskins up close.

At our friends house we had a lovely chat from well over two meters apart in her garden which has well stocked bird feeders which were alive with Great, Blue and Coal Tits and lovely Siskins. A Great spotted Woodpecker put in an appearance and a Mistle Thrush sang high up in leafless oak tree – really lovely and so nice to catch up with friends!

Then it was back to Llandudno and lockdown but it had been a real tonic to have a change of scenery and talk to people!

Of course a wonderful way to see more birds is to join one of our Birdwatching Trips and learn a lot about the birds you are enjoying too. We have tours suitable for all from beginners to experienced birders that are seeking particular species. Just drop us a line here and we can arrange a perfect custom tour for you!

We look forward to enjoying wonderful birds with you as soon as it is safe.

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