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The Best of North Wales in the sunshine

The warmest day of the year so far, the day dawned calm and still, perfect conditions for early birding on the Great Orme. The seabird colony on the cliffs was a hive of activity with Kittiwakes, Razorbills, Common Guillemots, Cormorants, Shags and Fulmars plus great views of Black Guillemots on the water.

Alan Penny and Alan Great Orme

Alan, Penny and Alan on the Great Orme

Around the limestone pavement we enjoyed numerous Wheatears, a migrant Common Whitethroat lurking in the sparse bushes, a Chough cruised past just over our heads plus two male Yellow Wagtails looking simply glorious in the sunshine!

We headed south down the Conwy Valley stopping several times to bird along the way. A real unexpected bonus was a very close up view of two Hawfinches, giving us scope-filling views in the sunshine.

After an early and delicious lunch at Ty Hyll/The Ugly House we took a walk along a quiet country lane where we watched the fly-catching antics of a pair of Pied Flycatchers and admired the colours of a male Redstart while being serenaded by a Tree Pipit.

Snowdon Sunshine

Snowdonia National Park in the sunshine

After driving through the stunning scenery of Snowdonia being able to see every detail of the mountain in the clear sunshine, we finished our birdwatching day at RSPB Conwy. From the first screen, two Little Ringed Plovers showed very well.

Little Ringed Plover

Little Ringed Plover on the edge of the island

Canada Goose vs Little Ringed Plover

David and Goliath, Little Ringed Plover stands its ground as a family party of Canada Geese threaten to come too close.

In the bushes we caught up with Common and Lesser Whitethroats, Blackcap and a pair of Bullfinches.

Conwy RSPB May

Incredible light conditions at RSPB Conwy, no photoshop work involved here, honest!

All in all, it was a wonderful day's birding in the sunshine with Alan and Penny, and we look forward to more birding adventures to come.

To book a daytrip or longer birdwatching holiday or for more information please email us on We look forward to hearing from you!

Apologies for the lack of blogs recently, but we've been out guiding every day. However, we've got plenty of photos to share so do check back for new photoblogs coming soon!


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