A Rather Damp Morning Birding In North Wales 28 July 2019

Tern flock Cemlyn

An early start and we left Llandudno, on a dry if very dull morning, for Anglesey for some birding on this lovely island. For a change we took the east coast route up the island instead of the main A55 straight across, this takes us past Traeth Dulas a small estuary on the east coast of Anglesey. This is a spot we don’t often visit so called in for quick scan of the sands and river channel. Not many birds about but nice to see two broods of Red-breasted Mergansers and five Little Egrets. A scan through the scattered flock of feeding Curlew produced one Whimbrel. A Red-legged Partridge crept alongside the lane on the way back to the main road a species we don’t often see in North Wales. At Bull Bay, on the North coast of Anglesey the road runs along the coast and a lay-by gives a good view over the sea. A short sea-watch produced a few Gannets all moving west but nothing else so time to move on.

At Cemlyn Bay it was pretty windy and spots of rain in the air, but surprisingly still about 150 Sandwich Terns on the lagoon, most have usually left the breeding colony by now. Setting up the telescope great views of these large pale terns with black mustard dipped bills were enjoyed. Good to see plenty of juvenile birds amongst the adults, these young being very noisy demanding more food! A single Arctic Tern and three Common Terns were also still around the rocks at the east end of the main island.

Also around the lagoon were four more Red-breasted Mergansers, eight Little Egrets, Curlews, Oystercatchers and Common Redshank. A Sedge Warbler showed very by the bridge on the west side where a gang of Linnets came down to the lane for grit.

Walking out on to the headland, west of the lagoon, a good stiff onshore breeze made it chilly but promised some seabirds, never trust a stiff breeze! Despite a good long scan over the choppy grey water hardly a bird past, eight Manx Shearwater, very distant, and eleven Gannets along with some of the Sandwich Terns back and forth to the lagoon. Heading back to the car-park the rain began, at least it had waited until the towel was thrown in on the sea-watching.

A quick look at Beddmanarch Bay, where the rain was yet to arrive, two smart adult Mediterranean Gulls showing off, not a lot else tide too high.

Back to the mainland, where no rain just gloom, and arrived at Aber Ogwen just as the tide was dropping, perfect timing. Hundreds of Black-headed Gulls feeding along the tide line but could not find a Mediterranean Gull, strange given so many about at the moment. Plenty of Common Redshank, Curlew and Oystercatchers here and amongst them five Whimbrel, nine Black-tailed Godwits and a single Greenshank this bird often calling its distinctive “tu, tu, tu” call, lovely to hear.

In the water plenty to see with at least thirty Goosander, thirteen Common Eider and six adult Great crested Grebes. Two Grey Wagtails added a splash of colour and some twenty Little Egrets were present. Time to head for home as the rain again came, heavy this time.

If you are looking for a short break this Autumn our North Wales tour might be of interest. We have a great selection of birds and habitats all within a few miles of our home here in Llandudno. Come and join us in September for our five day “Best of North Wales Tour” where we visit a wide range of habitats enjoying over 120 species of birds at a pace that gives us plenty of time to really enjoy the birds. The tour is based at a lovely country hotel with lots of birds around the hotel, great food throughout too! For all the details or to book your place please email us.

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