A Day On Anglesey Watching Waders Of All Shapes And Sizes 2 September 2019

Cemlyn Lagoon

Cemlyn Lagoon a wonderful place to watch birds all year round.

We picked up Keith and Charles at the Empire Hotel here in Llnadudno and then Eddie from the Station Hotel in Llandudno Junction and then all headed for Anglesey. A bright if blustery morning and we soon reached Beddmanarch Bay on the north-west corner of Anglesey. The tide was pretty far out at this large shallow bay but was coming in. The mudflats held lots of waders if rather distant, but through the telescopes we could work our way through the feeding birds. Lots of Curlew and Oystercatchers were easy to identify but smaller species needed a more careful look, Dunlin, Knot, Common Redshank, Bar-tailed Godwit, Grey Plover and a nice record of two Sanderling a species not often seen here were all enjoyed as the tide pushed the birds closer. Five Pintail and three Teal fed amongst a small flock of Mallard and several Little Egrets flapped past.

Wheatear Holme Sept

Always lovely to see migrant Wheatears such beautiful birds.

Next we headed north to Cemlyn Lagoon and walked past the west end of the lagoon, out onto the headland and then back across fields to a lane and back to the car, a lovely circular walk and mostly in sunshine. On the lagoon we watched Red-breasted Mergansers and Little Egrets and a single Wigeon. Out on the headland we enjoyed spotting more waders on the beach where they blended in with the pebbles and seaweed. Turnstones showed well, then five Ringed Plover, four Sanderling dropped in nice and close and we enjoyed super looks at the pale shorebirds. Offshore we watched Gannets, Cormorants, Shags and Sandwich Terns passing over the blue sea and Atlantic grey seals floated in a sheltered bay. As we walked across a grass field Eddie spotted a bird on the ground ahead with a white bottom, a Wheatear! We looked and not one but four of the beautiful birds were feeding in the cattle pasture here and we enjoyed lovely views. A Golden Plover circled over the field but sadly didn’t land such a gorgeous bird. Further along on the beach we had a lovely view of a Knot all the way from Arctic Canada. Walking back to the car along the lane we enjoyed watching Swallows hawking over the fields and Goldfinches and Linnets flew over along with a Common Gull and a first-winter Mediterranean Gull. A great place Cemlyn.

Mediterranean Gull

We enjoyed lovely views of Mediterranean Gulls at Beddmanarch Bay.

Time for lunch and we returned to Beddmanarch Bay and the café here, the tide was now high so no waders but three Mediterranean Gulls were with a small flock of Black-headed Gulls close to the car park. Lunch done we moved on to Llyn Penrhyn where the weather was going downhill cool wind a grey sky. Very few birds on this usually productive lake, perhaps it had been disturbed? We did see Great crested Grebes and Coots but little else. At nearby Llyn Traffwll Alan set up the scope and soon found the bird he had hoped to see, a Spoonbill! Our great friend Ken Croft had seen this rare bird earlier and had shared the news. The bird was distant but everyone got to see this most unexpected bird. The weather looked grim and a few spots of rain began so we changed plan and headed for the mainland and Aber Ogwen where a hide might provide shelter. This was a good move as not long in the hide the rain swept in from Anglesey but we stayed dry. Plenty of birds to enjoy here with lots of Little Egrets, Eider ducks, more Red-breasted Mergansers, Goosanders, Greenshanks and close views of beautiful Great crested Grebes. Birds were also coming to the feeders close to the hide and it was great to watch a female Siskin amongst the “garden” birds here.

Time for one last site and we called in at RSPB Conwy where the rain had stopped luckily. We walked down to the Tal-y-Fan hide and enjoyed plenty of birds here. Three juvenile Black-tailed Godwits were great to see and yet another wader for our impressive list. Tufted Duck, Gadwall and Shoveler were all new as were the Little Grebes that showed off close to the hide. A Water Rail skulked in the edge of the reeds right of the hide and everyone got to see it with hard looking. The feeders on the reserve added male Bullfinch and Greenfinch to our list of over seventy species for the day.

A really good fun day with a super selection of birds with resident, migrant and winter birds all in the mix, we hope we can enjoy lots more birds with Keith, Charles and Eddie again. We would love you to join us on our Birdwatching Trips, please see our tours pages and if you have any questions at all please fire away here….


We look forward to enjoying wonderful birds in beautiful places with you soon!

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