Birds and castles in Wales

We spent the morning walking around the RSPB Reserve in Conwy, Wales looking for birds brave enough to come out in 35 mph winds on a cloudy day.  There were a surprising number that did — about 57 species in fact.  The darlings of the day, however, were the Robins and Blue Tits.

They are brave and adventurous and will eat mealworms from your hand.  There was some courtship feeding going on, but I couldn't snap the shutter fast enough.

European Robins are brave and adventurous and will eat mealworms from your hand. There was some courtship feeding going on, but I couldn’t snap the shutter fast enough.

Did I mention that they are really cute?

Did I mention that they are really cute?

A distant relative of our Chickadee, but so much prettier.

A distant relative of our Chickadee, but so much prettier.

The afternoon was spent walking through the lovely burg of Conwy, a completely walled city on the north coast of Wales, built in the late 1200s by Edward I, as part of his conquest of Wales. The castle and surrounding walls are in remarkable shape, considering their 800 year age.

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A part of the walled portion of the Conwy and its castle in the far distance.

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Looking across the bay at the Great Orme, a giant limestone bluff that backs the beach town of Llandudno, where we’re currently staying.  The yellow flowers on the hillside are gorse, a thorny evergreen shrub in the pea family.

spring flowers against the castle wall

spring flowers (not gorse) against the castle wall

6 thoughts on “Birds and castles in Wales

  1. Lovely to see your photos! Takes me back. We went to the castle and the town, but did not see the RSPB bird reserve. I think English (or in this case , Welsh) robins are very cute.

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