Trip report- mid and north Wales

14th May 2013
Dates: 11th to 13th May 2013

Destination: mid and north Wales



Purpose of trip:

The purpose of my trip was my annual visit to the region to see bird species that are not found on a regular basis in Essex or East Anglia, particularly summer migrants.

Primary target areas:

The primary target areas for birdwatching were:

Dinas RSPB reserve, Carmarthenshire

Ynys-hir RSPB reserve, Ceredigion

Nant Ffrancon valley, Snowdonia, Gwynedd

South Stack RSPB reserve, Anglesey

Conwy RSPB reserve, Conwy

Getting there and getting around:

I rented a car for the whole trip.

On the 11th May, I stayed at the Royal Oak Inn in Rhandirmwyn.

On the 12th May, I stayed at the Swallow Falls Hotel in Betws-y-Coed.

Weather:

The weather was mostly very sunny albeit rather chilly in the wind and there were also some heavy rain showers.

Highlights:

The following summarises the notable bird species seen on my trip, many of which were first records for 2013.

Dinas RSPB reserve: Pied Flycatcher, Common Redstart, Wood Warbler, Tree Pipit, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Swallow, Sand Martin, Cuckoo (heard only), Marsh Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Great Spotted Woodpecker

Rhandirmwyn to Tregaron: Whinchat, Wheatear, Stonechat, Common Sandpiper, Red Kite, Common Buzzard

Borth: Manx Shearwater, Gannet, Kittiwake, Oysterctacher, Cormorant

Ynyslas: Little Egret, Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher, Sandwich Tern, Shelduck

Ynys-hir RSPB reserve: Pied Flycatcher, Common Redstart, Wood Warbler, Garden Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Swallow, House Martin, Sand Martin, Swift, Siskin, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Little Egret

Aber Ogwen: Gannet, Sandwich Tern, Red-breasted Merganser, Eider, Shelduck, Little Egret, Great Crested Grebe

Holyhead: Black Guillemot

South Stack RSPB reserve: Chough, Raven, Hooded Crow, Puffin, Guillemot, Razorbill, Kittiwake

Beddmanarch Bay: Whimbrel, Knot, Dunlin, Bar-tailed Godwit, Oystercatcher, Curlew, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Red-breasted Merganser, Shelduck, Cormorant

Nant Ffrancon valley: Wheatear, Common Redstart, Common Buzzard, Raven

Penmaenmawr: Gannet, Fulmar

Conwy RSPB reserve: Dunlin, Little Egret, Red-breasted Merganser, Shelduck, Sandwich Tern, White Wagtail, Swallow, House Martin, Swift

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