Custom Day Trip Best Of North Wales 5 September 2021

We enjoyed wonderful views of Red-billed Chough on the Great Orme.

Jilly had arranged a custom Birdwatching Trips day tour for Craig and we met them at their lovely hotel just outside Llandudno at 9.30am, being a custom tour we are very flexible on how the day goes. Even in the hotel grounds there were birds with Nuthatch, Jay and Coal Tit enjoyed.

A few minutes’ drive and we were all on the Great Orme in glorious sunshine and feeling very warm already. Stonechats were one of the first birds to pop up and we enjoyed wonderful close views. Then a Peregrine Falcon was spotted high on the cliff and superb views through the telescopes were enjoyed. To see this awesome bird of prey in such a beautiful place and in perfect weather was a wonderful start to Craig and Jilly’s day. Fulmars whizzed about and some flew very close indeed along with sightings of both Cormorants and Shags.

Brilliant to see migration under way at the moment - a Northern Wheatear heading south.

Up on the limestone pavement area of the Great Orme the views across Snowdonia and Anglesey were stunning such a glorious day. A pair of Red-billed Chough fed on the short turf near the small parking area and we all soaked up the frame filling views of these fantastic birds. Then a Northern Wheatear popped up right in front of us and allowed super views.

Next stop RSPB Conwy and a coffee enjoyed in the glorious sunshine as we chatted about the birds enjoyed so far. A great selection of birds on the reserve including some really super birds – a juvenile Little Stint, all the way from Siberia, a Garganey a rare migrant duck and the long staying Spotted Redshank all enjoyed. It was great fun working through the waders and ducks and picking out each species and getting to know the ID features for each. We also watched migrant hawker dragonflies mating at the bridge pond amazing views through the Leica telescope allowing every detail to be “enjoyed”.

We had a lovely lunch at nearby Snowdonia Nurseries many thanks to Giles and Jilly for treating us so very kind. After the delicious if rather late lunch we headed down to Caerhun Churchyard where the sun still shone and it was hot. Craig spotted a beautiful Red Kite soaring against the dark trees of the hillside opposite and looking just beautiful in the sunshine. Red Kites are still scarce enough in this area to stop us in our tracks and stand and stare at these most handsome raptors. A gang of Goosanders were fishing in the river below the church and one even climbing out onto a sandbank allowing us to see its “comedy” orange legs and feet.

Further down the Conwy Valley we had a walk to a waterfall but few birds on show though Craig and Alan did see a Grey Wagtail that somehow melted away before Jilly and Ruth saw it. With day drawing to a close there was just time for a very welcome ice-cream by the Conwy River at Tu Hwnt I’r Bont tearoom and as we all enjoyed the cooling effect a handsome Grey Wagtail appeared on the opposite bank of the river and everyone enjoyed this splendid bird. A really lovely gentle paced tour with lovely people and we do hope we can enjoy more birds with Craig and Jilly.

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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