19th February – North Wales by the snow!‏

Posted: March 3, 2012 in Bird Watching, Rochdale, Rossendale, Twitching
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A full squad of the A team, in Bob`s car, set of to see some of the more unusual species to be encountered in Wales. A quick discussion on what provisions we have. This included 4 pies, and 2 pasties (Ste K.), and Chris having stolen some chocalate money from his young one – Shame on you Chris.  We had planned the trip to coincide with the “good” weather that had been predicted, don’t listen to all you are told! Instead of a nice day we had to get through snow, blizzards and later a nice sunny day when we got back into England. Our first stop was Rhos point for Purple Sandpiper, we dont have a good record here and that didn’t change. At Tal-Y-Cafn bridge the normal Common Sandpiper wasn’t seen, but a Treecreeper was not seen by all of us. Surely our luck would change at Llanbedr-Y-Cenin with the Hawfinch`s, all we got after a 10 minute search was a blizzard heading our way along the Conway valley, a hasty retreat to the car and a reappraisal needed. We called in at Llanfairfechan as the tide began to go out all we got was blasted with cold air. Not what you would call a very successful morning!

At The Spinnies, Aber Ogwen the weather and our luck began to change. A Water Rail showed quite well for all apart from Steve B who had to hang on and wait for it to reappear and missed a Goldcrest ! We met up with an friend of ours from the Wirral (posh Liverpool) who we had not seen for a while and he pointed out a few Slavonian Grebe in the estuary and we showed him the Tundra Bean Goose. A Greenshank and Spotted Redshank were also seen at this lovely reserve. We called in at Llandulas and were rewarded withe vast amounts of Common Scoter, but, try as we may we couldn’t pick out a single Vevet Scoter with any degree of certainty. We ventured onto the Wirral and soon found a few Bewick`s Swans in the company of both of their other swan cousin`s. At Parkgate the Spoonbill and a Great White Egret both gave themselves up very easily, but not so the White Fronted Geese at Inner Marsh Farm, maybe if we would have gone to the new reserve we might have seen them. After we got over the morning the afternoon got better and around 7 – 10 year ticks were seen.Bring on spring.

Regards,

Ozzy

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