Day Three Of Four Day Best Of Wales Custom Tour 14 February 2024




The Great Orme really was great on this mornings visit - Razorbill just one of the many species enjoyed.



We again picked up Peter and Margret from their Llandudno Hotel and within a few minutes we were on the Great Orme, the headland on the north side of the town. Fulmars swept back and forth above us, and even occasionally below us, offshore we picked out five Black Guillemots, Common Guillemots, a Razorbill and a Red-throated Diver. Loud calls had us turning our attention back to the cliffs, a pair of Peregrines were on the move! The female was carrying prey and male attempted to take it from her talons, but she was having none of that! The male landed on the cliffs above us allowing wonderful views as he shrieked his anger. Two Red-billed Chough showed well low down on the cliff, and we enjoyed seeing Rock Pipits and a handsome drake Eider all within a few hundred yards!

A little further along the headland we enjoyed a wonderful encounter with a pair of Ravens. These huge corvids are very intelligent birds and at least one of the pair now recognises us and comes to check us out, of course this isn’t some bird friendship we have struck up with a wild Raven, there is method in the birds’ interest. We feed the Raven and the has learnt this and now come down and looks expectantly in the hope for food. From our point of view, it is wonderful as the Raven comes to within a few yards and allows such magnificent views, so both parties benefit from the “relationship” and it is wonderful to share with our guests. Two more Chough swept along the cliffs as we marvelled at the Ravens.

Further around the headland again we were thrilled to watch seventy Atlantic grey seals hauled out on the beach below us, amazing variety of sizes and colours amongst the herd. On the cliffs we had super views of Common Guillemot, Razorbills, Shags, Kittiwakes and four more Black Guillemots – the Great Orme really was great on this occasion!

Next, we called in at RSPB Conwy for a welcome hot drink and the loo! We added some birds from the coffee shop window including Little Grebe, Wigeon and Tufted Duck. We then headed south down the Conwy Valley where the wind was strong with rain threating, not ideal for seeing Hawfinch. Sadly, but not unexpectedly give the wind, we didn’t see any Hawfinch. Not many birds about at all but Nuthatch, Red Kite and Kestrel were all lovely to watch. We then headed for lunch before continuing back north.

We made a quick stop at the viewpoint overlooking RSPB Conwy seeing lots of ducks and waders roosting on the reserve over the high tide. Great to see five Greenshank here amongst the other waders, a scarce bird on the reserve. A gang of nine Common Pochard also good see here.

We drove west to Aber Ogwen and were surprised to see the road to the beach car park flooded! These high tides are amazing, the huge tide had also pushed lots of birds into the field behind the beach. Hundreds of birds here – Curlew, Oystercatchers, Black-tailed Godwits, so many Redshank, Dunlin, and a huge flock of Common Gulls, a wonderful sight. We walked to the hide that overlooks the estuary and the pool and here we were out of the wind and the showers that rattled through, ideal. We had timed our visit perfectly as the tide was just dropping and birds were flying in to feed on the newly exposed mud. Lots of Redshank and amongst them seven Greenshank, hundreds of Dunlin, Curlew and Oystercatchers. Goldeneye, a new bird for the trip, dived just offshore along with Great Crested Grebes, Red-breasted Mergansers and Shelduck. It was wonderful seeing so much activity so close to the hide and being out of the wind and rain! Another lovely day.

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