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More of The Best of North Wales

Conwy Valley

We again guided our "Best of North Wales Tour" today; changing the route a little from yesterday we based today's tour around the Conwy Valley area.

At RSPB Conwy we enjoyed a great selection of birds including a real surprise a male Yellow Wagtail, a scarce visitor here particularly in June. Wildfowl included drake Wigeon, Teal and Gadwall. A flock of 40 Redshank was a very high count for June. Four Bullfinch were a delight to watch as they fed at close range, stunning birds.

Bullfinches Conwy

At the coast we watched breeding Fulmars, frame-filling views, along with lots of other seabirds. Two groups of Chough swept, tumbled and rode the up-drafts above the cliffs, two of these red-billed crows posed on the rock face.

Then inland and up in altitude and it was not long before we were watching a lovely male Ring Ouzel posing on a stone wall. This striking mountain thrush was in the mood to show off and we soaked up prolonged views. Other highlights in the uplands included Whinchat, Stonechat, Skylarks, Cuckoo and Yellowhammer.

A short drive and another complete change of habitat as we visited an upland forest area. A pair of Redstarts were wonderful to watch feeding along a fence line, showing well on the posts. As we watched these gorgeous birds, a Tree Pipit sang and both Goldcrest and Coal Tit were in nearby trees, while Buzzard soared overhead.

We enjoyed our lunch outside in hot sunshine and as we ate, we watched a Jay at close quarters. After lunch we walked through a lovely open woodland seeing Pied Flycatchers feeding fledged young, a gang of noisy Nuthatches, a Garden Warbler and another Jay.

A fast-flowing river next and here we soon found both Dipper and Grey Wagtail. The Dipper was feeding on the opposite side of the narrow river and showed off amazingly well, with scope-filling views for ages!

Snowdonia view

Back up on the hilltops and we were thrilled to watch, and listen to, displaying Curlews and we enjoyed superb views of a hunting Red Kite in the afternoon sun, wow! Still time for some more mouth-watering views of Redstarts before heading back to RSPB Conwy where our exciting day came to an end.

Come and join us soon for the very best in birdwatching, simply drop us a line on to book your tour or for more details. Many of our tours are custom trips put together just the way you want, so please ask for a day that would be ideal for you.

We look forward to enjoying lots of great birds with you soon!


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