The way ahead from Llanfairfechan.
Still heading towards Aber Ogwen.
Just showing it was a "Dipper" day.
Spot the bird - not by sight, but by its song.
The singing bird - a Songthrush.
A few of the many Oystercatchers seen today.
A few of the many Wigeon seen today.
Walk stats: Distance: 10.1 miles. Climb: 150'.
Time: 5 hours 8 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.5 m.p.h. Overall walking average: 2.0 m.p.h. (Quicker for those that didn't stop to talk to other walkers and birdwatchers!)
Group: Martyn, Mike, Celia and Roger.
We arrived at Llanfairfechan to find it bathed in warm sunshine and bright blue skies - it could have been a shorts day!
This was one of the best weather days we have had for this on a Winter walk. It just made you feel good to be out. Whilst the birds never came that close, despite high tide being around 13-00, but we did see a fair few. Celia's bird of he day was the singing Song thrush, Roger's was the Little egret and mine was the Dipper, although the Brent geese came a close second.
Lunch was taken at Aber Ogwen, where picnic benches provided suitable perches for us, with a view over the sea towards Puffin Island and inland towards Penrhyn Castle.
Overall the bird count was good, but we didn't see a Turnstone!
Birds seen or heard today included: Song thrush, Little egret, Dipper, Mute swan, Black-headed gull, Herring gull, Oystercatcher, European robin, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Wigeon, Common teal, Moorhen, Common starling, Eurasian curlew, Shelduck, Common redshank, Dunlin. Brent goose, Goldfinch, Merganser, Common blackbird, Mallard, Pintail and Lapwing.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Blue bell Inn at Halkyn where Fenynfoel and Bass brews were on offer and both went down well, and even better Roger chatted to the barman in Welsh.