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Back in North Wales just in time!

Following eight days of wonderful guiding in Norfolk we were back in Llandudno, North Wales late on Saturday night. Any thoughts of a lie in on Sunday morning were quickly put out of our minds when we caught up with the local bird news. Not one, but two very good birds were just along the coast! So an early start saw us out in the heavy rain by the River Clwyd south of Rhyl. After a little confusion over the directions, and a great view of a Dipper, we found the right creek. Luckily, finder Alex Jones, Raplph and Hazel Morris were already on site and were watching the Hoopoe!

Hoopoe Rhyl Oct 1

This exciting rarity had chosen a pretty grotty creek on the south side of Rhyl, on the east bank of the River Clwyd. but the bird was lovely. It was a little distant feeding on an earth bank but views through the scopes were just brilliant in the morning sun, thankfully the rain had stopped.

Hoopoe Rhyl Oct 2

More birders arrived to enjoy this great bird and it was good to catch up with John Roberts and Kev Smith. The Hoopoe would fly up and then land again with its amazing crest fully raised giving it a very comical look. A local Magpie seemed to take exception to the Hoopoe and would chase the visitor about.

Hoopoe Rhyl Oct 4 flight

Hoopoe Rhyl Oct 4 flight 2

Having feasted our eyes on the Hoopoe it was time to look for the second rare bird. We soon arrived at Gronant and walked through the dunes to a pool. Straight away we saw the Grey Phalarope on the water, doing what phalaropes do, spinning round and round.

G Phalarope Gronant Oct 1

This amazing bird allowed us superb views in the sun as it fed non-stop in the dune pool. A tiny wader that thinks it is a duck, swimming not wading.

G Phalarope Gronant Oct 2

G Phalarope Gronant Oct 4

We were back again today, Monday, with Adrian and Ruth a lovely couple from Essex. Sadly the Hoopoe had moved on but the Grey Phalarope was still on it's pool spinning away, always clock-wise. We also saw a drake Surf Scoter just along the coast at Llysfaen and were wowed by a Sparrowhawk attacking the Starling roost at RSPB Conwy. A great day despite some pretty grim weather, just goes to show the birds are there you just need the right kit!

We have space on our "Best of Anglesey Tour" on Saturday 9th November, a great chance to enjoy winter divers, grebes, waders, wildfowl, Black Guillemots, Chough and more!

To book your place or for details of all our tours please just drop us a line


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