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February 2016

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Male wigeon swimming

Byddwn yn ôl!

Always a popular trip, this year's North Wales coastal bird watch wasn't a disappointment. The number of Buzzards seen from the road on the trip into Wales was astounding .... what a comeback this species has made! Our first stop was Pensarn to watch for sea duck as the tide came in. Although there was little wind the sea, surprisingly, still had a bit of a swell. Hundreds of Common Scoter drifted in with the tide - bobbing up and down in the swell - but despite our frequent scanning of the flocks we couldn't find any rarer species. Good numbers of Great Crested Grebe could also be seen on the sea, some in splendid summer plumage whilst others still in their 'drabber' winter ones. No sign of the Snow Bunting flock on the beach although a moment of panic was caused by a mixed flock of Linnet and Greenfinch flying past. After refreshments at the café we proceeded to Conwy RSPB to see if we could see the Firecrest. Sadly this bird eluded us (although it was reported from the reserve later that day!) and we had to be content with great views of Bullfinch, Siskin, Long tailed Tit and a single Goldcrest. Plenty of ducks on the pools with Tufted Duck, Shoveller, Pochard, Red-breasted Merganser and Wigeon being the 'best of the bunch'. Plenty of Curlew and at least 3 Snipe completed the birds seen at the reserve. Our final stop was down the Conwy Valley looking for Hawfinch - which some of the group had fleeting glimpses of - but any disappointment was negated by brilliant views of a pair of Red Kite, a Raven and Peregrine. We'll be back !