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February 2007

Sunday, 18 February 2007

Male goldeneye

An excellent days birding in North Wales!

What an excellent days birding the group had in North Wales. Wonderfully sunny weather, brilliant birds and a friendly group of bird watchers all made for a great day. We "kicked off" with a sea watch over the high tide at Llanfairfechan. We were given the opportunity of comparing the many red throated divers off shore with a single great northern diver that made a welcome, if somewhat brief, appearance. The common scoters spent much of their time far out but the black scoter (the American version of our common scoter) came in closer giving us brilliant views. Eiders, red breasted merganser, great crested grebe and razorbills also all put in an appearance. All together a very good mornings birding.

Moving on to the Conwy RSPB reserve for lunch we saw several buzzards lazily soaring overhead in the termals created by the winter sun. On the pools were colourful goldeneye, pochard, tufted duck, wigeon together with little grebe and snipe.

Our last port of call was further inland along the Conwy valley when, in the fading winter sun, the group was treated to viewing the spectacular Hawfinch. Some had fleeting views but others were treated to super close views of up to 5 birds. Lucky devils!