A Birthday Treat For Roy Best Of Anglesey Day Trip 23 August 2021




Red-billed Chough was high on Roy's wanted list for his birthday birding day.



Alan met Roy and his son Andrew at the Premier Inn at Llandudno Junction at 7.15am – as a custom tour we can be very flexible on start and finish times. The day had been arranged as a birthday treat for Roy and Andrew got to come along too. Alan had suggested an early start as the guys were very keen birders and hoped to include some sea-watching during the day.

Wheatear Holme Sept

Northern Wheatear just one of the many migrant birds enjoyed on this exciting tour.



First stop RSPB South Stack on Anglesey and one of the main target birds for the day – Red-billed Chough seen at once! Not only seen but fantastic views were enjoyed of these wonderful members of the crow family and the weather was beautiful what a start. Scanning offshore produced a few birds despite the mill pond like sea conditions – Gannets, Manx Shearwaters, Kittiwakes and a long line of Common Scoter. Andrew was keen to see Ravens and after a few looks at birds in flight one landed on the cliff top and showed very well, perfect. It was also lovely to see migrant Northern Wheatears along the cliff top path – migration happening right here.

A short drive to Holyhead Harbour and rather distant views of Black Guillemots were had out in the bay, but they were there and another target bird for the day in the bag. Then a flash of colour drew everyone’s attention amazingly a Kingfisher was zooming around the harbour in the sunshine. First time we have seen a Kingfisher here in summer and what a beauty it was even perching on a rope briefly before zooming on! A real bonus bird. Driving towards the next stop Alan spotted a large white bird circling above the road near the old aluminium works just outside Holyhead it was a Spoonbill crazy! Luckily Roy and Andrew were straight on to it and everyone watched as it moved off south-west leaving three stunned birders.

Spoonbill flight port 1

A bird we certainly did not expect to see on this tour - Eurasian Spoonbill.



At Beddmanarch Bay Mediterranean Gull was quickly added to the impressive list of birds enjoyed. Next it was a quick visit to the local shop, in Valley village, to stock up on supplies to keep everyone going through the day, then up to Cemlyn Lagoon on the north coast of Anglesey. Even before reaching the lagoon Andrew spotted a large raptor low over a field on the right, blimey a Marsh Harrier! This was another really great bird and especially at this location what a day this was fast becoming. Cemlyn produced a great variety of birds but these were rather eclipsed by the sighting of Risso’s Dolphins offshore huge marine mammals and rare off the coast here.

RSPB Valley Lakes was the next venue and yet again an unexpected sighting – seven Greenshank were resting on a rock above the lake. The lake here has no muddy margins for waders to feed just reeds all the way around so waders are very rare here. Great Crested Grebes, Little Grebes, Tufted Duck and Pochard were all new for the day list at the lake.

At RSPB Cors Ddyga the luck finally ran out a little and very few birds were on the marsh at all. But that did allow time to fit in an “unscheduled” stop at Aber Ogwen near Bangor on the mainland and even though the day had totalled a super variety of species more were to come. Scanning the estuary as the tide dropped new birds came fast adding Bar-tailed Godwit, Common Eider, Goosander, Shelduck, Common Gull and Great Tit, the last one on the feeders.

What a fantastic day full of surprises and all enjoyed with great company we looked forward to the next trip with Roy and Andrew very much indeed.

Of course a wonderful way to see more birds is to join one of our Birdwatching Trips and learn a lot about the birds you are enjoying too. We have tours suitable for all from beginners to experienced birders that are seeking particular species. Just drop us a line here and we can arrange a perfect custom tour for you!

info@birdwatchingtrips.co.uk

We look forward to enjoying wonderful birds with you soon.





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