It's not everyday you come back from Barcelona and find a Hoopoe on your patch especially after not seeing one in Barcelona! The bird was favouring the small inlet area that feeds into the main river, just south of Rhyl cycling club. To begin with, it was very flighty and at times, wasn't seen for a good while. Eventually after 45 minutes or so, it showed itself and all the birders that had arrived got to see it.
Zac H and Ros G made it down in good time to see it and Zac managed a decent shot
|Hoopoe - Rhyl (River Clwyd) Taken by Zac Hinchcliffe|
It appeared to be quite a pale bird. Maybe a first winter bird? Eastern races are suppose to be paler too... A superb bird for North Wales and of course the patch list!
This lovely adult winter Med Gull was also on the river just before I found the Hoopoe
...and working back in time even more, a lovely Grey Phalarope has been present on the pool at Gronnant. Luckily it's stayed a few days to allow me some good views this morning... It was firstly reported as a Red-Necked but was later re-identified as a Grey.