Lovely Feedback About A Two Day Custom Tour In North Wales With Birdwatching Trips




Red-billed Chough were just one of the many highlights of this custom tour for two.



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Many thanks for this lovely, detailed email of our fabulous two day guided birdwatching tour.

My husband always arranges some great birthday presents for me but he truly excelled himself this year! We knew you would be experts in the field but your choice of sites, welcoming, friendly manner, patience and sense of humour were greatly appreciated.

I was thrilled by the amount of birds we managed to see and also enjoyed learning about the wild flowers and occasional moth and butterfly we saw.

We both feel as though we learned a huge amount. It’s very difficult to pick out highlights when we were so fortunate to see so much, but it was wonderful to see the choughs at South Stack, the three types of tern so busy at Cemlyn Lagoon and the Green Sandpiper and Yellow Wagtails at RSPB Conwy.

Your choice of cafés for lunch on both days was excellent-thank you so much for treating us to coffee on both days and to lunch at Catch 22.

Thank you too for recommending the Princes Arms- Lindsay is such a friendly host and Ann cooks great food. The cooked breakfast did indeed keep us going until our dinner with friends! We enjoyed being able to watch Herons, Little Egrets and Red Kites from the bedroom and by the river and were able to identify Chiffchaffs on our final morning, thanks to your tuition.

We both thoroughly enjoyed your company and look forward to other birding adventures with you in future. We shall certainly recommend you to friends and family.



And here are the highlights from that two day North Wales Birdwatching Trips Tour



It was wonderful to see how much wildlife there is here in North Wales in July a month considered by some to be “not the best” but we certainly proved it is wonderful!

As promised a review of the two days with highlights and places…

Tuesday 19th July Ruth and Alan arrived at Pinces Arms Hotel and we spent some time admiring the view from the hotel and enjoyed wonderful views of a juvenile Red Kite.

A short drive north took us to the Great Orme at Llandudno, taking the Marine Drive anti-clockwise around the headland from Llandudno Pier. Lots to see here with Red-billed Chough, Black Guillemots, Fulmars, Kittiwakes, Shags and Cormorants. Other wildlife included Atlantic grey seals, fragrant orchids and butterwort – a carnivorous plant.

At RSPB Conwy we visited two hides over looking the lagoons, where the water was very low indeed, and enjoyed a lot of birds. Highlights here included two great records for the reserve two Yellow Wagtails and a Green Sandpiper – both species passage migrants autumn already. It was incredibly hot!

We then headed west and enjoyed a lovely lunch at Aber Falls Distillery – many thanks for treating us.

Aber Ogwen just east of Bangor was the next port of call, where the Ogwen river flows into the Menai Straits. A lovely hide provides great views of a shallow pool on one side and views over the estuary on the opposite side. The feeders were busy with birds including Siskin, Coal Tit and Great Spotted Woodpecker. Around the pool we enjoyed watching Little Grebes and tree full of Little Egrets. Out on the estuary where lots of Common Eider, some Goosander, Shelduck and most unexpectedly a flock of 21 Greenshank a very high count of this scarce wader.

We then drove the scenic route back to the hotel through the mountains of Snowdonia and even Snowdon itself was clear of cloud so a very scenic route indeed.

Wednesday 20th July Alan arrived at the hotel at 8.30am and a short drive took us to the Conwy Estuary overlooking Conwy Castle. The tide was a good way out but we did enjoy watching two Great Egrets towering over their little cousins.

We then headed over to Anglesey and to RSPB South Stack where we enjoyed superb views of multiple Red-billed Chough which seemed to follow us around! A juvenile Peregrine Falcon posed for us a cliff and through the telescope we could see every feather detail of this wonderful bird of prey. Later we had more distant views of an adult Peregrine and seabirds here included Gannets, Manx Shearwaters, Fulmars and Razorbill. A cuppa at the café also went down well.

A short drive took us to Holyhead Harbour where we were soon enjoying wonderful views of Black Guillemots with at least five birds seen, such dapper seabirds.

At nearby Valley we enjoyed a lovely lunch at Catch 22 bistro – always a hit.

Then we headed north to Cemlyn Lagoon where we walked along the shingle ridge and had the most amazing views of Arctic, Common and Sandwich Terns including birds feeding their recently fledged young. We were also lucky to see a young Mediterranean Gull on the water here and great views of a Kittiwake, Oystercatchers and Little Egrets. But it was the Arctic Terns so close on the shingle right next to us that stole the show.

We then walked out onto the headland at Cemlyn where we watched Atlantic grey seals, Manx Shearwaters and more Gannets.

Then back through Snowdonia, though lower clouds on this occasion, to the hotel to conclude the tour.



We love putting together custom tours that can be tailormade so if this sounds ideal for you, please drop us a line here and we can help...

info@birdwatchingtrips.co.uk

We look forward to planning the perfect custom Birdwatching Trips Tour just for you.





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