Wonderful Variety Of Habitats Brings Wonderful Birds Day Four 15 September 2020

A Spotted Flycatcher was a surprise addition to our very impressive bird list.

Day four of our five day Best of North Wales tour. A beautiful morning clear sky and not a hint of a breeze, we met at 6.45am for the regular pre-breakfast walk from the hotel. Mist was hovering over the river and tumbling over the ridge on the east side of the Conwy Valley in the distance. A Dipper was again the star bird on the walk and we had super views of this special bird. The Green Sandpiper was again on the small pool opposite the hotel along with a Moorhen – a bird we don’t often see on our walks from the hotel

A wonderful breakfast was enjoyed before we set off again this time north to Caerhun Church overlooking the Conwy River and even as we drove along the lane to this beautiful spot we could see there were plenty of birds about. As we stood and scanned the area Ruth spotted a movement in one of the yew trees but the bird darted out of sight, Ruth thought it looked like a Spotted Flycatcher a very scarce bird here. We waited and sure enough out popped a lovely Spotted Flycatcher which posed for us all to enjoy. Then Michael spotted a pipit flying and landing in one of the yew trees and we were amazed to see it was a Tree Pipit another passage migrant here like the Flycatcher – so lucky to see these two species in the same unlikely location.

We then moved on to the Gwydir Forest where the sun was really warm under the clear blue sky. Three Jays were bouncing around on the grass below us and we watched a Goldcrest feeding in the pines along with Coal Tits. Suddenly a raptor was whizzing towards us, a Hobby! This superb bird flew low right over us giving us a clear view, talk about right place right time.

Ring Ouzel male May 2015

Any day that you see a Ring Ouzel is a good day for sure!

We then headed into the mountains and we tried a new area for Ring Ouzel, one we thought looked good a few days ago, set up the scopes and scanned the rugged terrain. In moments Elizabeth excitedly called out “Got one!” and she had an amazing bit of spotting. The Ring Ouzel was feeding in a rowan tree and was partly hidden by the leaves but luckily as we watched this fine male moved onto an open branch and just posed for us front on showing off that beautiful white crescent on his chest. A second Ring Ouzel was in the same rowan tree but this one was much harder to see. The scenery was just breath-taking with the bluest sky above and lovely warm sunshine and Ring Ouzels too!

Chough June 2015 1

Watching wonderful Red-billed Chough in the sunshine now that's just brilliant.

We drove to a favourite spot with even better views of the mountains all around us and enjoyed our delicious picnic lunch on our folding chairs in the sunshine, just as we imagined it would be! Our eating was interrupted by a gang of nine Chough landing on the slope behind us. These wonderful crows looked fantastic in the bright sunshine with their blood-red bills and legs and a glossy green sheen to their feathers looking simply fantastic and even more so in this stunning location.

A complete change of scenery and habitat after lunch as we dropped down to sea-level and onto Anglesey and to Penmon Point still in glorious sunshine. The roadside pool just before the Priory at Penmon held a large flock of Curlew and amongst them a single Bar-tailed Godwit and six Black-tailed Godwit. Stopping at the wonderful Priory we had a look around and checked the trees for migrants but no luck though a Treecreeper was lovely to see. We then drove the short distance to Penmon Point that overlooks Puffin Island. It was mad busy with people, cars all over the place and lots of boats in the channel between the point and the island not ideal for seeing birds. The scenery was stunning and with some scanning we did see some birds including Common Guillemot – new for the trip – Razorbills, Gannets and an Eider. A cuppa at the Pilot Café went down very well before we headed back to Trefriw and the Princes Arms Hotel for another superb dinner together.

Some lovely feedback from Noreen who was one of the four guests on this tour...

"I just wanted to say thank you for the super trip. It must have been a worry for you but I think it went very well. I just hope you will be able to continue running your lovely trips now. I absolutely loved every minute. We went to some gorgeous places and saw some super birds (and mammals!!!) I still think my favourite was the ring ouzel because I had wanted to see one for so long. The red backed shrike came a close second though. It’s fun going on a twitch!!!

The other part of the holiday which was lovely for me was being in great company and eating sociably. I felt very relaxed the whole time.

I do hope I will be able to join you on another trip soon."

We are so lucky to have so many species and habitats within easy reach here in North Wales 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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