Rose-Coloured Starling

Rose-Coloured Starling

Monday, 26 March 2012

Game on!

A very early start on Saturday morning, saw myself travelling up towards Llandegla in the hope to see the Black grouse up there. As I arrived, I could hear the fantastic calls of the grouse and it didn't take long to locate the birds from a distance. Soon after the Sun rose and being literally in the middle of nowhere was fantastic.
Black Grouse
Red Grouse called occassionally from the undergrowth but trying to pick one out was literally a needle in a haystack. After a couple of hours, I headed down to the nearby larch plantation to whereby the Great Grey Shrike had been seen from and luckily enough the bird appeared from about 2 miles away on top of a small tree and showed off for a few minutes.
Suberb views of the Great Grey Shrike
From here, a couple of Black Grouse flew over giving superb views and a Green woodpecker called nearby... this sparked a hunt down of a red grouse. I stopped randomly in the car, red grouse were calling from pretty much everywhere but couldn't track one down until I came across an odd looking grassy stump, one of which with a red grouse hiding behind.
The elusive Red Grouse
What a fantastic morning, couldn't have asked for anything better. A couple of hours sleep and then I took a trip to the great orme in llandudno... Tourists everywhere!!! Oh dear, were the first thoughts, I didn't think i'd see a bird never mind what i'd hoped to see. I walked over towards the limestone pavement and luckily and suprisingly struck red or black, with a superb stunning male Black Redstart. This lovely little migrant was feeding on the wall giving decent views.. then the inevitable happened. Two old ladies managed to flush the bird to the other side of the field. Nevermind.. soon after, chiffchaffs, wheatears, meadow pipits, stonechats and a possible willow warbler were all added to the day list. Goldcrests were also about in force showing off their little yellow crowns. No sign of the two ring ouzels though!

All in all, a fabulous days birding in North Wales.

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