Great birds Great Orme
The Great Orme headland a magnet for migrants, sometimes.
Better day on the local patch, Great Orme, Llandudno. Less wind allowed more birds to show and be heard. Lots of Goldcrests new in and a number of Coal Tits. Flock of Greenfinches were on the move with Goldfiches adding colour to these gangs. A Great spotted Woodpecker was ususual sight here - flying low over a bracken covered slope. Four Swallows paused on their journeys to hawk for insects over the cemetry. A lovely Redstart showed very well on the road below the cemetry, shivering its orange tail in the sunshine. Blackcap and Garden Warbler were feeding on blackberries on the slope above the cemetry. Waves of Goldcrest hurridly worked through the Sycamores, keen to feed and put weight on.
Lots of migrant Robins were enjoying the sunshine
Out on the limestone pavement area at least four Stonechats zipped from bush to rock to bush. A beautiful juvenile Whinchat had found a sheltered spot and allowed wonderful close views of this late migrant. A flash of orange gave away the presence of Black Redstart feeding on the limestone pavement, and at times chased by the resident Stonechats. A Lapland Bunting flew up from the pavement but was soon lost to view.
Ravens called overhead and two Kestrels hunted over the headland, a Meadow Pipits rushed about all over the place. Even out on the exposed limestone pavements there were still Goldcrest in the patches of gorse.