Well That Is It It Is Autumn Already In The Bird World 18 June 2020

Todays juvenile Common Redstart feeding near the Copper Mine on the Great Orme.

Things move quickly in the world of birds and no sooner has Spring sprung then Autumn is beginning! Last week Spotted Flycatchers and the last few Northern Wheatears were moving north and stopping off to refuel on the Great Orme at Llandudno. Today we had a lovely surprise with a smart juvenile Common Redstart, on the headland, feeding along the fence near the Copper Mine. As far as we know Common Redstarts do not breed on the Great Orme and this year with lockdown we have spent a huge amount of time up there and feel sure we would have seen birds if they were nesting. So it seems very likely that this beautiful juvenile Common Redstart had travelled to reach the Great Orme, how far we will never know but it is a sign that the breeding season for some birds is coming to an end and the juveniles are at least dispersing if not actually setting off on their Autumn migration just yet.

A lovely red fox showed off calming walking down the farm track above Pink Farm and then on seeing us moved off towards the ski slope, a beautiful animal. Three Mistle Thrushes, also near the Copper Mines were great to see and a Peregrine cruised along the cliff tops and landed on a high rock while a Buzzard soared slowly on the muggy air. The Lesser Whitethroat sang again near Powell’s Well where a juvenile Blackcap showed well on a fence wire.

Curlew May 2015

It is rather sad to see Eurasian Curlew back on the estuaries in June - failed breeders.

There are other signs of the coming Autumn too we saw three Curlews on the Conwy Estuary two days ago most likely failed breeding birds returning to their wintering grounds. Elsewhere in the UK returning Spotted Redshanks and Green Sandpipers are arriving, likely female birds that have left their mates to rear their young in the Arctic.

Rose coloured Starling best one

Keep looking for amazing Rose-coloured Starlings they can turn up anywhere!

Rose-coloured Starlings continue to be found across the UK and we are still hopefully we may find one here in Llandudno. One of these beautiful pink and black rarities was seen at Cemaes on Anglesey yesterday and two days prior to that a Rose-coloured Starling was at Parys Mountain also on Anglesey. Another great record from Anglesey today when our friend Ken Croft counted a staggering 44, yes you read that right 44, Black Guillemots at Holyhead. As far as we know a record count of this scarce breeding species in Wales, wonderful.

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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