Time For A Quick One - An Alpine Swift Over Llandudno 18 May 2020




An Alpine Swift not todays bird sadly it was to fast, this one was in Georgia April 2019.



Since lockdown, still in place here in Wales, we have spent a lot of time scanning the skies over Llandudno and beyound, I mean a lot of time. It has had a few rewards with no less than six sightings of Ospreys in April and some nice bits including Hobby, Arctic Tern and Whimbrel the advantage of living on a peninsula with an amazing panoramic view. Today we noticed a lot of Barn Swallows moving north so kept even more of an eye to the sky than usual but nothing by lunch time. Then boom! An Alpine Swift swept low over the roofs of Llandudnno so we were looking down on it at first!! Luckly the massive swift came back for a second pass to convince us we had not imagined it. A milk chocolate coloured swift with a pure white belly seperated from the white throat by a narrow brown bar and huge! The Alpine Swift was pretty close and againist the roofs so a wonderful first view, luckily we have seen many of these superb birds on our travels so it was instantly recognisable.

Our friend Marc Hughes was nearby and was soon on to the Alpine Swift so good for someone else to see it, horrible when you see a rare bird and can't share it. Marc was quick off the mark dashing to the site immediatley and his quick thinking was rewarded with two sightings of the giant swift, the second was it heading off west over the Great Orme and that proved to be the last sighting, up to 4.30pm at least. We walked the southern side of the Great Orme in the hope that the Alpine Swift might return but no luck, lots of House Martins and Swalllows feeding here but just one Common Swift seen. Earlier in the day there had been at least eight Common Swifts feeding over the town, will they return to roost? Maybe the Alpine Swift could follow them back? We will be looking...

Please check back soon for lots more bird blogs and photographs, thank you!





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