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February 2014

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Male goldeneye

Lovely weather, lovely people and lovely birds !

A hardy (or some would say foolhardy!) band of intrepid birders from the group braved the strong winds and driving rain to go sea watching off the North Wales coast. It wasn't easy ... it was hard enough just keeping still in the wind let alone identifying the birds in the rough seas! Literally thousand upon thousands of Common Scoter swam, flew and 'bobbed up and down' out at sea. Despite our best efforts, we couldn't find the Surf Scoter amongst them. Plenty of Great Crested Grebe with the odd Red Throated Diver and Guillemot put in an appearance either swimming or flying by. A Fulmar battling its way through the strong winds made a welcome appearance. On the beach Ringed Plover, Turnstone and 10 Sanderling sheltered from the winds. So did we .... but in the Cafe ! Suitably refreshed we dashed down to Conway RSPB and had great views of a pair of Scaup; Pochard, Goldeneye, Teal, a pair of Gadwall, 8 Snipe; 12+ Red Breasted merganser and 2 lovely Bullfinch. Finally, with the weather getting better, we made our way down the Conway Valley looking for the Hawfinch but although they had been seen earlier in the day it was not to be for us ! However, we did get unexpected views of a Red Kite and Raven to round off a good (if somewhat windswept and wet) days birding.