Three Day Custom Tour For Two North Wales 12 to 14 August 2021

It was wonderful to enjoy Arctic (here), Common and Sandwich Terns on the three day tour.

Don and Clive had been on our tours before so it was meeting up with friends and we were looking forward three days enjoying great birds. With three full days of birding we had time to explore the very best North Wales, and a little beyond, had to offer. One day was spent exploring the island of Anglesey, day two was spent along the North Wales coast between the Great Orme and Bangor and day three was a request day for Don and we ventured over the border into Cheshire via the moors of north-east Wales.

Our Anglesey day produced a wonderful selection of birds including super views of Red-billed Chough, Manx Shearwaters, Black Guillemots, Kittiwakes, Mediterranean Gulls, Sandwich, Common and Arctic Terns and Sanderling. Our North Wales coast day again produced super birds in beautiful scenery and some of the highlights included Common Eider, Whimbrel, Spotted Redshank, Red-billed Chough, Peregrines, Fulmar, Stonechats and more. We also met up with Don and Clive for a lovely meal in the evening at The St. George Hotel where the guys were staying – huge thanks for treating us.

Red Grouse taken by Don on the Three Day Custom Tour - Best of North Wales.

Day three and Don had a few request species – Red Grouse, we hoped to find on the moors, Yellow Wagtail a hole in Don’s year list, and if possible a trip to Frodsham in Cheshire to see the Long-billed Dowitcher – a rare visitor from North America. Of course as a custom trip we were very happy to try our best with these three “target species”. Up on the moors we were amazed to almost immediately see Red Grouse and enjoyed wonderful close views and Don and Clive both took super pictures. We also enjoyed great views of Whinchats and saw a Merlin zoom over the heather – great start to the day. Then down to Frodsham Marsh and despite some light rain we quickly picked out the breeding plumaged Long-billed Dowitcher amongst masses of waders on the pool here. This rather snipe-like wader was busy feeding in the shallow water pushing its long straight bill down into the mud. Hundreds of Black-tailed Godwits here along with Ruff, a Spotted Redshank and a single Bar-tailed Godwit all on the same pool a wonderful sight. A male Marsh Harrier hunted over the adjacent fields and Stock Doves were amongst the Wood Pigeons a really great place though not as scenic as the Welsh sites we had visited. On the nearby Dee Estuary we found target number three – Yellow Wagtail – with three of these lovely birds feeding in sheep fields and Don took some super photos. A quick stop at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands added more birds including Green Sandpiper and Little Ringed Plover then back over the border to Wales.

One of the Yellow Wagtails not often you see one on the back of a sheep - photo by Don.

A really great fun three days with lots of laughs and lots of great birds we look forward to Don and Clive joining us again soon.

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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