Anglesey Coast Path From Cemlyn To Carmel Head And Back 3 August 2020

Arctic Terns are superb birds and to see them breeding here in North Wales is wonderful.

A bright dry day so we headed for one of our favourite places, Cemlyn Lagoon on the north coast of Anglesey, for a walk. Parking on the west side of the lagoon gives a wonderful panoramic view over the pool and the islands where there is a large, and noisy, tern colony. The conditions were perfect for viewing the terns with a bright overcast sky, in bright sunshine the terns can look a little bleached out, today the subtle shades of grey, black and white were clear to pick out. Hundreds of terns were on the islands and it was wonderful to scan through them with the telescopes. Through these high powered amazingly high quality optics we could see every detail right down to the black tip to the orange/red bills of the Common Terns. Sandwich, Common and Arctic Terns were all here and after a lot of careful scanning we pick out a beautiful adult Roseate Tern a rare bird here and in world terms. The Roseate Tern was slightly larger than a Common Tern but smaller than a Sandwich Tern, a pale bird with lovely long tail streamers and an all-black bill, we were delighted to see this wonderful bird.

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Common Redshank in the lagoon at Cemlyn, Anglesey.

Of course there were other birds on and around the lagoon and it was hard to get started on our walk as we kept seeing new species. A Common Sandpiper flew low over the water on bowed wings, a flock of Common Redshank rested in the shelter of a wall, Oystercatchers were amongst the terns, four Red-breasted Mergansers dived for fish out in the open water and around the edges Little Egrets and Grey Herons stalked for prey.

At last we dragged ourselves away and set off on our walk, first taking a narrow lane west from the lagoon that runs parallel to the coast path. This lane has patches of trees and bushes that look ideal for holding exciting migrant birds, alas today the bushes only held a few Common Whitethroats, but we will be back later in the Autumn to look again. Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel were seen as the walked west along with Stonechat, Linnet and Raven. It was so peaceful here we only saw two cars and no one else on foot.

We then turned north and joined the Anglesey coast path and continued west following this rocky shoreline with views across the islands of The Skerries a beautiful walk. A large flock of Linnets, some 80 birds, was wonderful to see, largest flock we have encountered locally for a long time. Rock Pipits did what they do, skipping from rock to rock along the tideline where they were joined by Pied Wagtails. A young drake Common Eider loafed on the blue water just offshore not a common sight along this stretch of coast.

Finding a sheltered spot in the lovely sunshine, clouds now gone, we had a bite to eat and took in the wonderful views. A juvenile Peregrine Falcon passed really low overhead, a Whimbrel landed on a rock just offshore, further out a few Gannets were passing along with terns from nearby Cemlyn.

We then followed the coast path east towards Cemlyn again enjoying beautiful coastal views and lots of wildflowers. Three more Whimbrel were on the rocky shore along with a Ringed Plover and more Oystercatchers, a gang of Atlantic grey seals were resting in one of the sheltered bays. A beautiful juvenile Northern Wheatear posed on a fence as we neared Cemlyn one of the few migrant birds noted.

Back at Cemlyn Lagoon we again enjoyed watched the terns on the islands before setting off back to Llandudno. A lovely walk in a beautiful place and one we are sure to repeat as the autumn goes on.

We are so lucky to have so many species and habitats within easy reach here in North Wales, and once the world returns to normal, 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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