Up the Great Orme before 6am and it calm and mild, had rained over night so hopes were high with a southerly airflow. Parking above the cemetry I headed for the limestone pavement, following the wall.
A few Wheatears moved ahead of me and small numers of Siskin and Redpoll headed north overhead. A Garden Warbler was in the hawthorns along with a Sedge Warbler and a scatter of Willow Warbler and a Chiffchaff.
Reaching the pavement I walked across to the area above the lighthouse, two Ring Ouzel shot across in front of me! Luckily they landed near the concrete road. Near the car park I met Ivan and got him on the Ouzels and we watched them a Short eared Owl floated over the gorse and rocks mobbed by Jackdaws, a lovely bird, very pale.
I headed back to the wall, fly over Yellow Wagtail and Tree Pipits. Just before the valley, near hamburger rock, a female Pied Flyctacher was in the hawthorns, rare bird here. Dave Nivert and friend arrived and Ivan joined us to see the flycatcher. I continued on my way and soon heard a Dotterel calling and it swept over heading for the pavements! I legged it back and was glad that the others had picked it up.
At the cemetry Spotted Flycatcher and by the car a cracking male Whinchat, a great morning in the "back garden"!
A call from Glyn had us hurring down to RSPB Conwy to enjoy a beautiful breeding plumaged Spotted Redshank best we have seen - even the legs were jet black! Also a Ruff and a Greenshank here.
Then headed for Cemlyn but heavy rain put a downer on birding here. Highlights were 2 Yellow Wagtails, lots of waders and second summer Med Gull. Good numbers of Arctic Terns are now back.
Alan and Ruth