A Rosy Raptor Day In North Wales Day Two Best of North Wales 10 September

Cemlyn Lagoon

Cemlyn Lagoon, Anglesey always great birds and often a surprise!

Day two of our five day best of North Wales tour started with a pre-breakfast walk by the Conwy River in front of the hotel and a Dipper showed off very well indeed. A lovely breakfast then we headed out but only got as far as the car-park, Ruth spotted a Hobby above us, a really scarce bird here and everyone had a good look as the beautiful falcon flew west.

On to Anglesey we made a "pit stop" for the loo at Beddmanarch Bay and enjoyed great views of two adult Mediterranean Gulls. Up at Cemlyn Lagoon on the north coast of the island we enjoyed a lovely circular walk in the sunshine and enjoyed a lot of birds. A Kingfisher posed for us and we felt guilty at moving on when it was still showing so well!

Birdbox Kingfisher Lackford Lakes

We did well for waders too with great views of Greenshank, Ringed Plover, Turnstone, Whimbrel and best of all gorgeous Golden Plover looking fantastic in the sunshine - a flock of twenty-two. Walking across some rough fields we were enjoying a lot of birds including Wheatear, Stonechat, Common Whitethroat, Linnets, three Chough and more when we saw a flock of Starlings. Yesterday there had been a report of a "possible" Rose-coloured Starling in this area so we had a look through the telescopes at the flock and Jill said "there is a pale one", panic, quick let's see, and yes there was a juvenile Rose-coloured Starling on the bell-tower of the old church near Tyn Llan Farm! Amazing, a really rare bird here in North Wales, luckily this fawn-coloured star was happy to sit there long enough for us all to have a good look as Alan broadcast the news to other birders. As we walked back to the car our friend Martin Jones arrived and hurried off to look for the rarity. Martin relocated the bird and was able to obtain some great photos, well done Martin.

Rose-coloured Starling, photo by Martin Jones

We also found a lovely juvenile Curlew Sandpiper at Malltraeth and enjoyed great views of some mammals today - Atlantic grey seal, a very confiding stoat and two lovely red squirrels. And if that wasn't enough just before getting back to the hotel we jammed in on a superb female Goshawk which all enjoyed in the scope as it circled over the valley, just a fantstic end to a superb day!

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