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Saturday, 11 February 2017

The wonders of Wales !

The wonders of Wales !

The welsh weather threw everything at us but we perservered and won the day ..... a bit like the England rugby team ! First port of call was Old Colwyn to look through 2,500 Common Scoter for the very rare Surf Scoter that had been reported earlier but alas we couldn't find it, although a view of a Velvet Scoter by one member of the group went some way to reduce our disappointment. Close inshore we discovered a Long tailed Duck and male Scaup, both of which were very nice to see. Cold and tired from being buffeted by the wind we retreated to Conwy RSPB for a deserved cup of tea and some hot food. Suitably refreshed, we went round the reserve and came across 'displaying' Red Breasted Merganser; plenty of Wigeon, Goldeneye, Gadwall and Teal plus a very confiding Water Pipit feeding on one of the islands and a pair of Bull Finch on the feeder. Not finished for the day, we braved the worsening weather and went up the Conwy valley to obtain excellent views of a number of Hawfinch plus a Red Kite and Redpoll. We ended the day with a flurry (...... a bit like the England rugby team !! ) with 10 Waxwing in a tree in Heswall. What a day and it just goes to show what a 'never say die' attitude can achieve !