What a great morning on the Great Orme - perfectly still, bright sunshine and birds on the move.
A Richard's Pipit showed well by the car park at 8.45am, coming in off the sea and landing by the enclosure, before being driven off by Meadow Pipits. It was last seen flying down towards the Marine Drive. At least one Lapland Bunting was hanging around and was even seen on the ground by the small quarry. Two Snow Buntings flew over early morning, and one of these or a different bird showed well at the cairn late morning. Two White fronted Geese flew in off the sea (Pete A), while a Short eared Owl was also seen mid morning. Finches were constantly on the move, with Chaffinch, Greenfinch, siskin and Goldfinch on the move and a few Reed bunting wisth them too. Two Brambling and an impressive 60+ Crossbills were also amongst them.
This week has seen a trickle of birds through the Orme with a single Snow Bunting on wednesday afternoon and a Firecrest on Tuesday. The decent passage of Crossbill has continued with up to 26 seen each day. A fine flock of 25 Chough was present yesterday and are presumed part of the 'super' flock that has been seen on Conwy Mountain this past week.