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February 2013

Sunday, 17 February 2013

White sand, blue sky .... a beach on a Greek Island .... no Morfa Harlech

White sand, blue sky .... a beach on a Greek Island .... no Morfa Harlech

A first for the Group and it proved to be a beautiful day out. For once the weather co-operated with blue sky, very little wind making it a day to remember. The shallow bay waters still had a swell to them,despite the gentle breeze, making birds disappear and then re-appear with an almost magical quality. Lots of Common Scoter fed in the bay and with them at least 4 Slavonian Grebe but all proved difficult to get good views of as they bobbed up and down in the swell. A distant but easily recognisable Great Northern Diver floated in on the tide amongst the many Great Crested Grebe that winter in the bay. No small birds were evident on the beach or the dunes but 4 Ravens did provide some entertainment as they chased off a Buzzard that had wandered too close. On our way back we tried for the Hawfinch on the Conway valley but missed them but did have 3 Red Kite as a consolation prize ! A final stop at Flint Castle for the Twite proved unsuccessful but we decided we'd probably arrived too late ...... a bird too far ?