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.


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


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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