Offa’s Hike

Just a few lines from North Wales, sadly no photos as I forgot my card reader and anyway, the interweb is down at The Overlook Hotel. That should be Bron-y-Bryn but looking at the tacky Xmas lights, it’s the sort of place that could send you mad!

Yesterday’s incessant rain washed out a trip to the high tide roost to Point of Ayr. We did go but everything got soaked.

This morning, Leigh and I met up with ‘Biggest Twitcher’ Alan Davies at Rhyl Marine Lake where the Great Northern Diver was doing its best battleship impression. A few Goldeneye and Red-breasted Merganser too in the gloom.

On to Kinmel Bay to seen the Snow Bunting before the ringers started netting them and a drop in at the Mercury Enterprise Park gave us a bonus Short-eared Owl hunting after two days of hard conditions.

Short-eared Owl

Our final stop was RSPB Conwy where we were given a bit of info on our quarry. Passing the spot four times we were gripped off when Bob was seen back at the spot and showed us gripping shots of Firecrest. Leigh and I did manage brief views but Alan and now Ruth dipped out. Our final, final spot was the coffee shop for a welcome round of Mochas and Hot Chocolates.

An enjoyable morning all round.

Conwy Castle


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