It was a bit of a needle in a haystack job as they skulked in the vegetation and appeared to be as eager to fly as Jack Snipe, so unless you 'stood' on one, you weren't going to see one. We had 3 birds in flight but these were lost to view.
A little later, a bird called and we followed it and saw the area it had landed. Chris warned me that views might only be brief and obstructed. I saw a large bird wandering on some grass about 25ft away...bins up...LAPLAND BUNTING! A lifer.
Incredibly, the bird let us walk round it to better light and then sat there posing for us at about 20ft distance for at least 3 minutes! Incredible! It decided to fly off calling and being a very very educational and enjoyable bird.
Lapland Bunting - Great Orme. (These photos were taken with a Samsung Wave mobile phone...that's how cooperative it was!!!)
As we walked back down the Orme (easier than walking up!) we decided that we would stop off at Conwy RSPB for the 1st winter Grey Phalarope. It wasn't showing as well as Chris Bridge had observed the day before, but it performed well for us during our short stay at the reserve and was a nice year tick (2nd Phalarope in a week!)