Best Of North Wales Custom Day Trip 4 September 2021

Great Orme

The Great Orme at Llandudno the perfect place to start a Birdwatching Trips tour.

Alan met Pat and Cath at Llandudno West Shore at 8.30am sadly Jo who had arranged the day was unable to join in, hopefully another time. Pat and Cath were both fairly new to bird watching so time was taken and being careful not to overload them with so many sightings.

Lovely views of Stonechats were enjoyed on this custom day trip.

It was a beautiful day and within a few minutes the three were enjoying birds on the Great Orme. Some of the roads were closed on the headland due a vintage car rally so a change of route was called for, parking above the Copper Mines they walked out to the limestone pavement area rather than following the Marine Drive around the headland. Stonechats showed off nicely and a large flock of Goldfinches added a riot of colour and wonderful noise. A Meadow Pipit posed on a bramble bush and allowed great looks in the telescope, often a bird on the move so great to have a proper look.

Out on the limestone pavement more Stonechats showed off and three Red-billed Chough were feeding near the lighthouse always a thrill to see these wonderful members of the corvid family.

Common Snipe BMW 1

Common Snipe are always a delight to see and we enjoyed super views.

Next stop was at RSPB Conwy where a coffee was enjoyed out in the warm sunshine before heading off to look at the lagoons. Lots of birds here and it was a case of where to look first! Some of the highlights included – a Spotted Redshank roosting amongst a big flock of Common Redshank, beautiful views of Lapwings and Common Snipe looking stunning in the sunshine, a great selection of ducks and unusually here a Coal Tit.

A short drive south took them to a beautiful 13th century church overlooking the Conwy River where a rather late picnic lunch was enjoyed in the sunshine. Goosanders were feeding in the river and Mistle Thrushes were in the trees.

On again to Trefriw and a lovely walk by a fast flowing stream to a waterfall where a Grey Wagtail fed amongst the boulders but no Dipper on this occasion. From here a scenic drive through the mountains of Snowdonia with Snowdon itself visible in the beautiful clear conditions. A stop in the Nant Ffrancon Valley provided more views of Stonechat and fly over Ravens and gorgeous scenery all around.

Of course a wonderful way to see more birds is to join one of our Birdwatching Trips and learn a lot about the birds you are enjoying too. We have tours suitable for all from beginners to experienced birders that are seeking particular species. Just drop us a line here and we can arrange a perfect custom tour for you!

We look forward to enjoying wonderful birds with you soon.

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