Mon 3rd - Thu 6th June 2024

It was so good to be back in South Wales after a 5 year absence and we kicked off our tour with a visit to the fantastic Newport Wetlands RSPB reserve where we had great views of several EURASIAN BITTERN, hunting EURASIAN HOBBY and orchids including BEE, COMMON SPOTTED & SOUTHERN MARSH.

We spent the following day on Skomer Island, home to hundreds of thousands of seabirds and we weren’t disappointed! The close-up views of ATLANTIC PUFFINS, NORTHERN FULMAR, COMMON GUILLEMOTS & RAZORBILLS were second to none plus the supporting cast of RED-BILLED CHOUGHS, PEREGRINE FALCON, several SHORT-EARED OWLS, NORTHERN WHEATEARS and lots more that the time just flew by.

Our third day saw a change of scenery when we birded some lovely valleys and forests not far from our base. Highlights here included WILLOW TIT, RED CROSSBILL, SPOTTED FLYCATCHER, GREY WAGTAIL, WHITE-THROATED DIPPER, COMMON KINGFISHER, WILLOW WARBLER, RED KITE, TREE PIPIT, NORTHERN RAVEN, EURASIAN NUTHATCH and MARSH TIT.

Our evening was spent out on the sea around Skomer Island where seabirds were again very much in evidence and we had fantastic sightings of MANX SHEARWATERS as they gathered offshore before returning to the island as it got dark to avoid predators such as GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL.

After leaving Wales we broke our journey east with a visit to the Forest of Dean and enjoyed good sightings of EUROPEAN PIED FLYCATCHERS, COMMON REDSTARTS, EURASIAN TREECREEPER and much more which rounded off the tour very nicely indeed!

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