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October 2019

Sunday, 13 October 2019

We're singing in the rain !

We're singing in the rain !

After a wet journey from Wirral we called into Conwy RSPB, which was quite atmospheric with the mist rising off the hills surrounding the reserve. Waders a plenty with 2 Spotted Redshank amongst the good numbers of Snipe, Curlew, Redshank, Lapwing and Oystercatchers roosting on the lagoons. A nice variety of duck could be found with Pochard, Tufted Duck, Gadwall and Red breasted Mergansers all being present with 6+ Little Grebe. After a suitable 'comfort break' involving coffee and Bacon butties we set off to Llanfairfechan for the tide. Visibility was never good but, at times, was dreadful with the rain squalls. The Dipper and Grey Wagtail on the river didn't seem to be bothered by the increasing intensity of the rain. After finding shelter, we were able to watch the sea relatively free from the effects of the rain and soon found several hundred Common Scoter, 17+ Eiders, 15+ Great crested Grebe, 1 Red throated Diver, 6 Red breasted Merganser and a flock of 25+ Wigeon on the sea. An adult Gannet provided us with a superb flying display as it circled around over the sea between us and Puffin Island. Closer to us, Turnstone and Ringed Plover fed on the rocks where the waves lapped onto the shore. We were lucky that the shelter on the promenade was free otherwise we would have got very wet !! After drying out at the local cafe .... an exercise that involved more food and drink ..... we set off in the rain back to Wirral.