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Birding the Uplands

The weather didn't bode well, but the rainbow certainly pointed to a good treasure of birds at RSPB Conwy to start our day.


Conwy Castle looked dramatic in the odd early morning light.

Conwy Castle

We were in sunshine, but there was bad weather all around us.

Stormy Estuary

On the hilltops, the clouds were low, but birders never let bad weather get in the way of a good bird! There's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing, and we were rewarded for our effort with great views of Whinchat.


Huge pylons (sorry that's towers if you're working for EA Technology) strode across the open hilltops


But the hills still looked magnificent with the heather in bloom, especially when the sun came out

Heather hillsides

Swallows were gathering in numbers on the wires ahead of their autumn migration


More autumn colours in the Gwydyr Forest

Llyn Sarnae

But once more back down in the Conwy Valley, we were rewarded with blue skies reflected in the water, while a Red Kite soared overhead, a dramatic end to our birding day.

Conwy Valley

Many thanks to Jane, Sue and Nick for their wonderful company, we hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did, despite the weather!

If you'd like to join us for a great birding day out, check out our fixed departure tours on Guided Birdwatching Trips in North Wales or email us on for more details. We look forward to sharing the best of North Wales birdwatching with you!


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