WALES – BIRDING THE COAST & VALLEYS

Tue 9th - Sat 13th May 2023

It was great to head back to Wales after a break for a few years and we certainly had a great time.

Our first couple of days in Mid-Wales produced lots of singing COMMON REDSTARTS, EUROPEAN PIED FLYCATCHERS, WOOD & WILLOW WARBLERS, displaying TREE PIPITS and the added bonus of a day-flying TAWNY OWL. You can’t head to this area without a visit to a Red Kite feeding station and we were treated to the fabulous display of up to 350 RED KITES right in front of us at close range!

We then moved north to Anglesey which was a complete contrast of habitats and birding highlights included SANDWICH, ARCTIC, COMMON and a single ROSEATE TERN plus wonderful summer plumaged DUNLIN and a moulting AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER.

The rocky coastline produced several RED-BILLED CHOUGH plus ATLANTIC PUFFIN, COMMON GUILLEMOT, RAZORBILL, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE and nice views of BLACK GUILLEMOT. Offshore we found MANX SHEARWATER and NORTHERN GANNETS.

Other birds and wildlife of note included RED SQUIRRELS, ATLANTIC GREY SEAL, GREAT EGRET, PINK-FOOTED GEESE, booming GREAT BITTERN, WESTERN MARSH HARRIER and lots more.

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