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September 2016

Saturday, 17 September 2016

It's birding Jim, but not as we know it ....

It's birding Jim, but not as we know it ....

This trip to North Wales was all about waders. We hoped to catch up with Purple Sandpiper which winter on Rhos Point but alas we were too early in the season. Not to worry, we still managed to catch up with Razorbill, Guillemot ;a few Gannet offshore and a small mix of waders including Turnstone, Oystercatcher and Redshank. On the rocks just off Rhos Point a good number of Sandwich Tern rested over the tide. Large numbers of gulls also rested on the beach but these were the commoner Black Headed, Herring, Lesser Black-backed and Greater Black-backed Gulls. The odd Linnet and Pied Wagtail could be found feeding amongst the weeds on the shingle shore. After a refreshing cup of tea we thought we'd chance our arm at Conwy RSPB ... and what a good decision that proved to be ! Whilst looking at the various commoner birds on offer - Little Egret, Gadwall, Teal etc... a Great White Egret flew in. Excellent views were gained by all and a superb comparison of size could be made when it walked up to a Little Egret. A last cup of tea cup before we travelled home. The day could have been a 'damp squid' but for the Egret at Conwy !!