A Great Day Out With Great Company On Anglesey North Wales 12 December 2020

We again enjoyed wonderful views of Snow Buntings on Anglesey a real joy.

We met Nick and Eirlys and headed over to Anglesey for the day, first stop was RSPB Valley Lakes where we quickly enjoyed plenty of birds. Despite the grey gloomy light we could see Pochard, Tufted Duck and Goldeneye on the water. These were just the birds we had hoped to enjoy as we would not be visiting any other sites where we would be likely to see these diving ducks. A Goldcrest showed off in the willow bushes by the car a nice bonus bird.

Lovely to watch a Grey Wagtail feeding close to two Green Sandpipers.

At a nearby flooded field we enjoyed wonderful views of two Green Sandpipers, very scarce winter visitors to North Wales. The light was now so much better with sun breaking through the clouds and it was lovely to soak up the views of these dapper waders and a beautiful Grey Wagtail dropped in and joined them.

A few minutes later we were at Beddmanarch Bay and enjoying lots of birds in sunshine. Lots of Pale-bellied Brent Geese here and hundreds of waders including Grey Plover, Knot and Bar-tailed Godwits and through the Leica scopes we had super frame filling looks. Further out in the bay we picked out a Slavonian Grebe, always a lovely bird to find, amongst a small group of Great Crested Grebes. This was quickly followed by a wonderful Great Northern Diver what a wonderful spot this is.

Next stop Holyhead Harbour, via a comfort stop always important to include on a day’s birding, and we walked out onto the breakwater. Luckily we quickly found the four Snow Buntings and enjoyed enchanting views of these Arctic breeding birds. Nick was able to take some wonderful photographs of these so beautiful and confiding birds. Several Rock Pipits were here too but no sign of a hoped for Black Guillemot, potentially a new bird for Nick and Eirlys, despite a lot of scanning of the harbour. We did enjoy watching both Kittiwakes and Common Gulls feeding over the choppy sea on the west side of the breakwater.

Not to be beaten we moved around to the other side of Holyhead Harbour and quickly found a lovely Black Guillemot showing well! Wonderful to watch this bird diving for fish, each time it dived underwater it showed off its scarlet red feet and legs. Nick was able to take some great photos and we picked up two more of these scarce birds as we watched the first great birding. A flock of some seventy Ringed Plover flew in and landed on the rocks to the west and we also enjoyed great looks at Shags here and a single Razorbill further offshore.

The nearby Inland Sea next we had rather distant views of seven Great Scaup on the far side of this tidal water that is almost completely land-locked – hence the name. At Valley we enjoyed a lovely lunch at Catch 22 restaurant always great to enjoy good food and great birds on a day out.

After lunch we headed south and watched a fantastic flock of Golden Plover near Aberffraw magical to see so many of these beautiful waders swirling through the sky. On again to nearby Malltraeth and we watched a Greenshank in the river channel and Little Grebes on the estuary along with lots of Pintail and Wigeon and unexpectedly a flock of Common Snipe on a rocky spit.

At Newbrough Forest a mammal stole the show when a beautiful red squirrel really showed off for us and Nick was able to take some brilliant photos. Of course we did enjoy birds here too including Nuthatch, Great spotted Woodpecker and Coal Tit.

Just time for one more stop before heading back to Llandudno – at Cors Ddyga – and it proved very good indeed! A Merlin came zooming towards us and amazingly shot over our heads and landed on a fence post allowing fantastic views in the telescopes, wow! Lots of ducks here on the flooded fields and we watched two Marsh Harriers float over the area as the light faded but still time to add new birds for the day with a Goosander and amazingly our first Grey Heron and Canada Geese of the day! One last sight before we headed back to the car a vast flock of Starlings over the reed-beds just wow! What a brilliant day and well over eighty species of birds enjoyed including some very memorable sightings indeed. Huge thanks to Nick and Eirlys for their company.

Come and join us for a “Tour for Two” – very small group just two guests with two guides, tailor made itinerary, low risk in these COVID-19 times and of course lots of birds and an excellent chance of enjoying them all. Do drop us a line and we can make all the arrangements be it a day trip, two days, three day or as long a tour as you wish. Our recent Tours for Two have visited the Highlands of Scotland, North Wales, Norfolk and the Yorkshire coast and we are planning many more! Let us know where you would like to go and we can put together a proposal perfect for you.

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 Best of North Wales Birdwatching Trips days out. We expect to enjoy a lot of birds during these relaxed pace tours and we can tailor make the day to suit you.

We would love you to join us on our Birdwatching Trips in the future just drop us a line to arrange a custom tour and please see our tours pages for set departure trips. 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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