Of Legs Rain Ducks And Waders A Busy Saturday 19 February 2022




A Spotted Redshank was one of the highlights of a lovely guided walk at RSPB Conwy.



A very wet Saturday morning saw us heading east towards Cheshire to call in at Focal Point Optics for some much needed TLC for our collection of tripods. As we are out birding most days our kit has a very tough life and it is good to take care of it and nowhere better than Focal Point Optics to get the very best care and advice. We met Yvonne and as always a warm welcome and big smiles so lovely to work with folks that really understand customer care. Yvonne soon had her tool kit out and worked away bringing our rather worn and limp tripods back to their former glory – so much better! We also ordered a new tripod head for a spare pair of legs we have and this particular combination should work really well for travelling. We also looked at very expensive telescopes and were very tempted indeed! Always new products coming on the market and it is great to be able to test them before buying, Focal Point have a huge range of binoculars and telescopes if you are thinking of buying pop over and try before you buy. It was also great to catch with Yvonne and hear all about her recent birding adventures including trips to the Isle of Mull and The Cairngorms. Huge thanks for helping us out with our tripod issues and we will back soon for sure! Check out their website here...

https://www.focalpointopticsltd.com/

It was then back west, in the pouring rain, to do a guided walk at RSPB Conwy and thankfully just before the meeting time of 1.30pm the rain stopped, whew! We met Ray and Gaynor in the reserve car park and chatted away right from the start and learned both were very new to bird watching. A half day walk here at RSPB Conwy is an ideal way to get started in bird watching and we love to share our passion for birds with everyone be it beginner or expert. We had timed the walk to coincide with high tide so that there would be lots of birds roosting on the lagoons, pushed off the adjacent estuary.

We did a lovely circular walk of the reserve, on easy flat trails, that not only allows great bird watching but stunning views down the Conwy Valley towards Snowdonia and across to Conwy Castle not many reserves can compete on setting. We enjoyed a wonderful array of birds on and around the lagoons including eleven species of ducks a very impressive number of ducks in a one place! Pride of place went to a smart drake Greater Scaup – a bird more usually seen on the sea rather than a freshwater lagoon. It was nice be able to compare the Scaup with the similar Tufted Ducks nearby a great help to learning how to identify this scarce visitor. Smart looking drake Pochard, punk-haired Red-breasted Mergansers, a single Goosander, beautiful Eurasian Teal, a single dapper looking drake Eurasian Wigeon added to the duck list. Plenty of Little Grebes here too doing what they do, diving the second you point one out.

Waders were also very well represented with lots of Eurasian Curlew and Common Redshank roosting on the islands in the lagoons. Careful scanning of the Redshank flocks provided a nice selection of “bonus” birds with Dunlin, six Greenshank – great count for February – two Knot and best of all a pale Spotted Redshank all enjoyed through the Leica telescopes. Add to these a hiding Common Snipe well spotted by Ruth and a lovely flock of Northern Lapwings it really was a great time to visit the reserve.

Huge thanks to Ray and Gaynor for their lovely company we hope they will keep on enjoying birds and perhaps join us again.

We would love to put together a custom Birdwatching Trips tour perfect for you please just drop us a line and we can do the rest…

info@birdwatchingtrips.co.uk

We look forward to enjoying great birds and wildlife with you soon.





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