Llandudno: Springing to life…

Great day spent catching up with Luke on April 5th in North Wales at the Great Orme and RSPB Conwy. Starting the day off at the reserve with Marc Hughes, migrants included Common Sandpiper, Ruff, Sand Martin, Redwing and a scattering of Common Chiffchaff round the reserve, with a very obliging bird showing ‘pollen horns’.

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Common Chiffchaff (Phyllosopus collybita); showing ‘pollen horns’ at base of bill – Image by Luke Anderson.
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Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Whilst on move to the Orme a pair of Red-billed Chough passed over Deganwy station with out on the sea: Red-throated Diver (10), Great Northern Diver (1), Red-breasted Merganser (2, pair) and Common Scoter (5,000c). At the base of the Orme a pair of winter plumaged Red-throated Divers provided good views along with 6 Great Crested Grebe and a pair of Common Guillemot; in the limited time we had at the Orme we had our first Tree Pipit of the year, Barn Swallow (3) and a pair of Peregrine Falcon including a beast of an adult female with a Eurasian Woodcock in the talons!

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Red-throated Diver (Gavia stellata)
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Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus); massive adult female with Eurasian Woodcock in talons!
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