21/04/2013 Aberdaron

Subalpine Warbler: There are some days you just have to remember, for the times when birding doesn't go as well as you hope, when you dip on a bird or find yourself standing in the rain and think 'why am I here' was it worth while, well I will think back on today's great birding and say it's always worth while.

First Scott and I started our day at Cemlyn Bay to search for the Golden Oriole and we were very lucky as as soon as we arrived we saw it from the car.
Then we made our way up down to Aberdaron and randomly bumped in to Eddie, Phil and Andy from the North Wales Birding Forum. These awesome guys directed us straight to the Sub-Alp Warbler.

This little beauty was showing incredibly well just after the rain stopped and I got some nice shots of it bathing and perching in the shrubs.

Woodchat Shrike: By the time we got our fill of the Sub-Alp and moved on in search of the Shrike the sun well and truly had his hat on and with new vigor we set off.

And once again we struck luck and saw the bird within minutes of leaving the car!
The bird was happily feeding in the farm fields on flies and beetles and was not shy, we saw it up on the telegraph wire, on the road, on the fence and all within a few feet of us. Karen an RSPB Vol also spotted a second Woodchat Shrike a bit further down the road, but we never saw this one.

Three NEW UK LIFERS and great birds to TICK!

A day not to forget!