A Grand Tour Of Anglesey Birdwatching Trips Tour 5 March 2020




This beaitiful male Snow Bunting really showed off on todays Anglesey tour.



We met Tony and Eva at their Llandudno hotel at 8am and even from the hotel car park we watched Fulmars on the cliffs above us. The plan was to spend the bulk of the day on Anglesey where an amazing array of birds had been seen recently, this was the first of a three day custom tour.

First stop was a Llanfairfechan, on our route to Anglesey, and we almost at once saw a flock of 23 Pale-bellied Brent Geese on the shore near the stream outflow. We enjoyed great views of these winter visitors from Arctic Canada and Greenland as they fed along the tideline, not a regular site for Brent Geese here. Turnstones were feeding here too along with Curlew, Oystercatcher and Redshank. Just offshore we spotted a Slavonian Grebe, a real surprise to see this scarce bird so close in. Through the telescopes we enjoyed super views of this lovely small grebe.



On to Anglesey where our first stop was at Red Wharf Bay, on the east coast, where we hoped to see a Snow Bunting. Plenty of waders on the exposed mudflats and we had great views of Dunlin, Ringed Plover and a lone Greenshank. We soon found the beautiful male Snow Bunting on an area of shingle and showing well in the sunshine. The views were just stunning of this winter visitor as it fed amongst the stones and on a grass area unconcerned by our presence. It was so good to be out enjoying birds in sunshine without a gale force wind.

A short drive north took us to Benllech where we again hoped to see a scarce bird, a drake Velvet Scoter, never easy to see in North Wales. The sea was a little choppy but we soon found the Velvet Scoter in company of a single Common Scoter fairly close to the beach. The telescopes allowed great views of this black duck with white eye make-up and a big white flash in the wing, visible when it shuffled its feathers. Another super bird for Tony and Eva to enjoy on their first day of their three day custom Birdwatching Trips tour here in North Wales. We also enjoyed at least three Black Guillemots offshore here, including one in full breeding plumage. More Common Scoter were further offshore along with a pair of Common Eider, a Shag and Great Crested Grebes. A flock of Pale-bellied Brent Geese were on the beach but sad to see them chased off by a dog as the owner just watched. At Bull Bay we stopped for a coffee overlooking the blue sea and cliffs, here we watched a pair of Chough, a bird our guests really wanted, close views of Ravens, a Red-throated Diver and a Common Guillemot – not bad for coffee break!

At Cemlyn Lagoon we walked along the shingle ridge in the lovely sunshine and soon found the hoped for Long-tailed Ducks on the calm waters of the pool. We had wonderful views of these female ducks seeing every detail in the telescopes. We also saw a big flock of Golden Plover and a Greenshank on the lagoon and in the adjacent bay a pair of Red-breasted Merganser.


Todays photo of the first-winter Rose-coloured Starling sun-bathing.



On again and back to the hamlet of Llanfaethlu where we almost immediately saw the first-winter Rose-coloured Starling in a bare tree, brilliant! Yet another wonderful bird on this amazing tour and Tony and Eva were very happy indeed. The Rosy Starling showed off sunning itself and preening allowing plenty of photos. We chatted with the friendly locals and spent some money in the village shop, always nice to support communities that have good birds! We also tried to make a donation towards bird food to the owner of the garden where the rarity often fed on the fat-balls but the chap would have none it, what a lovely chap. We will drop some fat-balls off on our next visit when he not looking!

We enjoyed a lovely lunch at the nearby Black Lion pub and were made very welcome by the lovely staff and tucked into lovely food. We will be back here for sure, such great customer service.

The flooded field at Valley again held a nice selection of birds and we enjoyed lovely views in the sunshine. Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler and Gadwall were all watched feeding around the pool.


Some birds are really extra special and Short-eared Owls are one such bird.



Driving south we visited a heath and almost at once saw two Short-eared Owls fighting in the air! The owls were lost to view almost as quickly as they appeared but we waited. Our patience was rewarded and we enjoyed the most fantastic views of these most beautiful birds. The Short-eared Owls hunted back and forth in front of us, as we watched from the 4x4 and sometimes engaged in battles in mid-air, but never easy to photograph they move so fast! We all left breathless by the prolonged close views of the owls, this sighting alone would have made it a special day!

At a lake we again had good luck with seeing four Scaup, two drakes and two females, showing well on the clam water. Scaup are scarce winter visitors here in North Wales and usually on saltwater so great to see four together. We also had super views of three Goosander here.

Just time for a quick look at Malltraeth before we headed for home, a lovely flock of Pintail and big flock of Golden Plover was a fitting end to a super bird filled day. Tony and Eva had certainly had a wonderful start to their custom tour.

We are so lucky to have so many species and habitats within easy reach here in North Wales we would love you to join us for one of our five day Best of North Wales tours. We expect to enjoy over 120 species during these bird filled tours and stay at a lovely hotel and enjoy great food.

We have two spaces, due to a cancellation, on our five day Best of North Wales tour 21 -25 March 2020 based at a lovely hotel in Trefriw, Conwy Valley. Lots of birds, superb scenery, great food and lots of fun await you. Come and join us!

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….

info@birdwatchingtrips.co.uk

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





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