What Do We Do When We Are Not Guiding Go Birdwatching Of Course

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A second-summer Mediterranean Gull looking very smart indeed.

After two days of solid admin, and still plenty to do, it was time to grab the binoculars and make the most of a calm morning with a high tide. We are so lucky here in North Wales that we have so many places to go birding, after a little debate we decided on Llanfairfechan. Driving west a short way along the North Wales coast we soon reached Morfa Madryn Nature Reserve just west of the village. As we got out of the car a party of Long-tailed Tits fed in the oak trees above us nice.

We walked out to the saltmarsh to view the high tide roost, plenty of birds here, mostly Black-headed Gulls. Setting up the Leica telescopes we carefully scanned the flock, Ruth soon picked out a fine adult breeding plumaged Mediterranean Gull, a real looker. Then Ruth found a second adult Med Gull and we totalled five in the end. Plenty of Sandwich Terns amongst the gulls, and it was good to see plenty of juveniles accompanying the shaggy-crested adults. Common Gulls and Herring Gulls made up the numbers providing a great spectacle and noise.

Plenty of waders here too, a flock of Curlew were roosting beyond the gulls and terns. A big flock of Oystercatchers were resting on the shingle spit and a single Bar-tailed Godwit flew in to join them. As we watched these birds we saw a Yellow Wagtail feeding on a short grass area with Pied Wagtails. Yellow Wagtails are scarce visitors to North Wales so great to see, especially in July.

Walking further west we visited the hide at the west end of the pools behind the beach. Here plenty more waders were roosting, Curlews mostly but amongst them two Bar-tailed Godwits and two Whimbrel. With more careful looking we picked out two Ringed Plover, a smart breeding plumaged Dunlin, Redshanks and Lapwings. A Sedge Warbler sang from the brambles and a Skylark from above the grassland, a great place to be especially at high-tide.

On the way back to Llandudno we took a walk on Conwy Mountain, west of Conwy town. This area of heather, gorse and scrub looked great in the sunshine and there were plenty of birds to enjoy. A family party of Chough were feeding on the slope above us and making lots of noise. Stonechats were very easy to see with several families were watched, along with at least four Common Redstarts, Common Whitethroats, Blackcaps and Willow Warblers. The heather looked wonderful, a purple carpet and the views across to the island of Anglesey were wonderful.

Time for a quick look over the Conwy Estuary and RSPB Conwy from the viewpoint north of Glan Conwy. A nice flock of thirteen Black-tailed Godwits were feeding on the mudflats where also a single Whimbrel and sixty Curlew. On the reserve Ruth picked out a Common Sandpiper amongst a gang of Common Redshank. A Little Grebe, Tufted Duck, Mute Swans and Cormorants were all new for our day list.

A great selection of birds and habitats all within a few miles of our home here in Llandudno. Come and join us in September for our five day “Best of North Wales Tour” where we visit a wide range of habitats enjoying over 120 species of birds at a pace that gives us plenty of time to really enjoy the birds. The tour is based at a lovely country hotel with lots of birds around the hotel, great food throughout too! For all the details or to book your place please email us.

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We look forward to enjoying wonderful birds and great fun with you soon!

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