A Special Three Day Best Of North Wales Birdwatching Trip May 2019 Part One

Razorbill Bempton

Razorbill just one of so many seabirds we enjoyed on this special tour.

We picked up Sonia, Judy and Aeron from their Llandudno hotel at 6.30am on the 12th May for the first of a three day custom tour. Within minutes we were watching a pair of Chough on the Great Orme, the headland that overlooks Llandudno. We had Fulmars above our heads and a Wren sang in the sunshine. Further around the headland we watched migrant Northern Wheatears, Meadow Pipits, Linnets and marvelled at a Peregrine Falcon in the sun. Then it was back to the hotel for a very welcome breakfast.

We then headed over to the island of Anglesey where we first stopped at Beddmanarch Bay where we watched Sandwich and Arctic Terns fishing and a beautiful pair of Great crested Grebes. Alan took a phone call from our great friend Ken, local birder, and heard news of a Dotterel on a nearby headland. We decided to stick with plan A and drove to RSPB South Stack to see the breeding seabirds before the reserve got too busy. A great move, we had the cliff top viewpoint to ourselves when we arrived. We soon spotted our most wanted bird, Puffin, on the calm sea below the cliffs, just wonderful. The cliffs were busy with Razorbills, Common Guillemots, Fulmars and gulls and we had good looks at Chough.

We met up with Ken at South Stack and he kindly offered to take us to look for the Dotterel on the nearby headland. Walking out onto the heath it was a beautiful morning, sunshine, clear blue sky and warm, Skylarks and Meadow Pipits sang and Stonechats sat up on the gorse. Ken soon relocated the Dotterel not far from where he had last seen it early morning. We had good views of this lovely wader, we didn’t approach to closely as there were breeding birds in the grass here. More Chough showed off here and we looked at some of the special plants that grow here including the rare and endemic spatulate fleawort.

Black Guillemot

We enjoyed wonderful views of Black Guillemots in the sunshine.

A short drive to Holyhead Harbour and we were soon enjoying superb views of handsome Black Guillemots. These black and white auks, with the most scarlet legs, entertained us diving in the clear water where we could see them “flying” underwater using their wings to propel themselves after fish, a real treat. We enjoyed a lovely café lunch before driving to the north of Anglesey and to Cemlyn Lagoon. The sunshine was still shining and was a beautiful afternoon to enjoy this wonderful area. We parked overlooking the lagoon and watched Sandwich, Common and Arctic Terns, amongst these were Golden Plover, Knot, Dunlin and Mediterranean Gulls wonderful birds. We walked out onto the shingle beach so we could enjoy wonderful views of the nesting terns and saw Ringed Plover and more Dunlin on the beach.

Tern dread Cemlyn

Great to see so many birds at Cemlyn Lagoon - always a super place to visit.

We also had a look out to sea but with the weather so good few birds were passing. We see Whimbrel and Curlew and some Atlantic grey seals.

Just time for one last place, we called in at RSPB Valley Wetlands where we soon saw our main target bird here, Pochard. We also watched Great crested Grebes, Coots and Tufted Ducks and listened to a Cetti’s Warbler blast out his song.

A wonderful day spent in beautiful places, in glorious weather with so many great birds! To be continued…..

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