A Rosy Start To March With A Quick Visit To Anglesey 1 March 2020

First-winter Rose-coloured Starling showed well in the March sunshine.

The "Rosy" Starling first dropped down to the back of the garden.

Alan picked up Jayne in Llanfairfechan and then headed over to Anglesey to look for a Rose-coloured Starling that had been located in a garden in Llanfaethlu, not far from Cemlyn. It was bright, if cold morning, and it was so nice to see sunshine and no rain. Another birder was in the village looking into a garden where fat-feeders were attracting Starlings. The other chap had not seen the first-winter Rose-coloured Starling but another birder had seen it before he arrived. So Alan and Jayne were hopeful that it would return to the feeders. Within a minute a “brown” Starling flew into a tall tree at the back of the garden, Rose-coloured Starling! This rare visitor dropped down to the ground at the back of the garden by a bin and gas bottle and was lost to view. The birds head popped up and down and occasionally showed in the sunshine. Then it was flying again, it landed below the feeders and it looked like it would show well.

The Rose-coloured Starling climbed through the fence and was lost to view.

But the Rosy Starling had other ideas and climbed through the fence and out of sight. Moving along the road a few yards they could see the bird again but looking through a hedge and hard to see the bird clearly. Luckily the rarity soon returned to the original garden and really showed off in the sunshine. It did not go on the feeders but fed on the ground beneath the feeders and then further out on the lawn, super views of an interesting bird. We had seen a juvenile Rose-coloured Starling at nearby Cemlyn in the autumn so wondered if this could be the same bird. Had it spent the whole winter here in the village, certainly the locals said it had been here “ages”. Very happy with these wonderful views Alan and Jayne moved on.

Wonderful views of the first-winter Rose-coloured Starling a super bird for Anglesey.

Common Starlings are always worth watching especially in sunshine, wow!

At nearby Valley the flooded field was full of birds and the light was great, Wigeon, Teal and Shoveler all looked stunning in the sun. Five Black-tailed Godwits were feeding at the edge of the flood with Common Redshank.

Lovely close views, in sunshine, of Pale-bellied Brent Geese at Beddmanarch Bay.

On again a mile to Beddmanarch Bay where the car park at Penrhos Coastal Park was closed and barrier and a barrier was across the entrance. Alan parked at the barrier where a great view of the bay was possible and the scopes were set up. Pale-bellied Brent Geese were feeding on the mudflats very close to where Alan and Jayne watched from. A smart adult Mediterranean Gull was on the beach with Black-headed Gulls, really close. Scanning the bay a Slavonian Grebe was diving mid bay along with Great Crested Grebes and a Shag but the strong winds made the waters choppy. It was great to catch up with great friend Ken Croft here and nice to meet Phil how has a caravan on the island. A second beautiful adult Mediterranean Gull flew in and joined the first, very smart birds indeed and lovely to hear them calling. Ringed Plover and Dunlin scurried about on the mudflats where Oystercatchers and Curlew fed more sedately.

One of two stunning Mediterranean Gulls that gave wonderful views on the edge of the tide.

A great morning with lovely views of the main target bird the first-winter Rose-coloured Starling and lots more birds.

Hawfinch Roy de Hass

March is a great time of year to look for Hawfinch, above, Goshawk and Black Grouse.

We are so lucky to have so many birds and habitats within easy reach here in North Wales. In a five day trip you should enjoy at least 120 species of birds!

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….


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

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