A Fantastic Best Of North Wales Tour 26 February to 2 Marsh 2022

Hawfinch Roy de Hass

A real wow bird to kick of the Best of North Wales Tour - Hawfinch.

Day One. We started our latest five day Best of North Wales tour at mid-day on the 26th February 2022 at the Princes Arms Hotel in the Conwy Valley. We met up with Alison, Angela, Gill, Keith, John and Nigel and started seeing birds at once. A beautiful Red Kite soared right overhead in the sunshine making a lovely start to the trip. After a delicious lunch we took a short drive to look for a special bird – Hawfinch. We scanned the trees but no sign of any of these big beaked finches so we scanned some more. Then just as we were thinking maybe we should move on there was a stunning male Hawfinch! A real wow bird and luckily this monster finch allowed good views on the ground. Lovely views were enjoyed of these most colourful birds as in the end we enjoyed at least nine of the fantastic finches – on the ground, in the trees and in flight. What a thrilling start to our tour!

Another wonderful bird soon followed - juvenile Iceland Gull.

We then headed to the coast and the Little Orme where a short walk took us to a bay overlooking an Atlantic grey seal colony. We had wonderful views of these big mammals but the main reason we had come to this spot was to see a juvenile Iceland Gull, and there it was, at the water’s edge and showing very well indeed! We all soaked up the frame filling views of this rare visitor from Greenland and Arctic Canada, they don’t breed in Iceland, seeing the bird on the beach and in flight a gorgeous gull. We also enjoyed watching Northern Fulmars and Common Guillemots here. Scanning the bay to the east of the Little Orme we picked out a pair of Common Eider and two Grey Plover both good records here.

We ended the afternoon with a visit to RSPB Conwy in the sunshine and enjoyed lots of birds. The stars here were a pair of Greater Scaup, a species usually seen on the sea rather than freshwater so great to have super views of these scarce birds. Lovely to watch Northern Lapwings in the beautiful light too always a real favourite bird with us these birds.

Back at the hotel we enjoyed a wonderful dinner and looked forward to dat two… We would love to put together a custom Birdwatching Trips tour perfect for you please just drop us a line and we can do the rest…


We look forward to enjoying great birds and wildlife with you soon.

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