Day Five Into The Hills With Iolo Williams Best Of North Wales 23 February 2023

This photo sums up the trip perfectly - big smiles and cake - with Chough just out of shot!

Day five of our wonderful Best of North Wales Tour with Iolo Williams and the time had just flown by! Wonderful company, amazing wildlife, delicious food, and lots of laughs – a perfect trip. But could we finish on another high on our last morning?

Well, we started well with a short pre-breakfast walk by the Conwy River seeing a drake Mandarin and Kingfisher whizz past. Breakfast was certainly a highlight too, delicious food enjoyed with beautiful views across the Conwy Valley.

We headed south into the uplands of North Wales, another change of habitat a trade mark of our five day tours each day is very different from the others. First stop was a stunning viewpoint overlooking the whole of Snowdonia – a vast vista with so many snow-capped peaks – jaw dropping scenery.

Then up to an area of conifer forest and another fantastic viewpoint. Here scanned the vast sky for raptors and we didn’t have to wait long for the shout “Goshawk!”. We were so lucky, again, enjoying prolonged views of two of these powerful hawks over the forest, awesome birds and we always get a huge thrill seeing them and sharing them with others.

A short drive took us to another area of the forest where we walked by a small lake, it was sheltered here and sun felt warm, lovely. It was not long before we heard the distinctive calls of Common Crossbills – “chup, chup” from the trees around us. After some searching and brief views one of these large finches perched on top of a tree and posed for us all. Wonderful views through the telescopes and we even see that crossed bill, not often the views are that good! Siskins here too and a Goldcrest sang from the larches. Sadly it was time to head back to the hotel.

We enjoyed a lovely lunch before everyone made their way home – what a wonderful trip it had been. So many laughs, so much wildlife and such great food! Huge thanks to Peter and Marged, Konrad, Helen, Rachel, and Suz for being such great company and being so much fun we really hope we can enjoy more adventures with them all in the future. A huge thanks to everyone at the Princes Arms Hotel, Trefriw for another wonderful stay and to Emily our driver for getting us about safely and spotting great birds!

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