Best Of Anglesey Birdwatching Trip 5 June 2018



Black Guillemot

We enjoyed super views of dapper Black Guillemots on this tour.



We met Keelan at RSPB Conwy at 8am and popped over to Conwy to pick up Roy and Carol from the Castle Hotel where they were staying. Crossing the Menai Straits we were soon on Anglesey at our first stop, RSPB Malltraeth Marsh. It was a glorious day with clear blue sky and no wind, ideal to enjoy the birds of this stunning island. The wet fields of the reserve held plenty of Lapwings many of which had well grown chicks, wonderful to see this wader doing so well here. A small flock of breeding plumaged Black-tailed Godwits added a splash of colour as did a fine drake Wigeon. We then picked out a real surprise a female Garganey, a rare bird on Anglesey, and a thrill to see. Skylarks sang against the blue above us, Swifts zoomed past and a male Reed Bunting posed on a small hawthorn bush. Curlews called from a rush filled field and after some scanning we saw this long-billed wader creeping through the vegetation. A Cetti’s Warbler sang from deep in bushes back at the car park.

Holyhead Harbour next and we quickly found our main target bird here, Black Guillemot, in fact at least three of these dapper auks showed off. A Shag posed with three Cormorants making a nice comparison. An Arctic Tern was an unusual sight here.

South Stack June Roy Carol Keelan

Carol, Roy and Keelan taking the spectacular sights at RSPB South Stack.



Just up the road we visited RSPB South Stack, still enjoying wonderful sunshine, and walked down to the cliff tops overlooking the seabird city. What a wonderful place to enjoy amazing birds. The cliffs were crowded with Common Guillemots and many Razorbills too. Fulmars were nesting here too amongst many Herring Gulls. A Rock Pipit showed off doing his parachute display flight right in front of us. A wonderful pair of Chough swooped in and landed almost at our feet, just superb views in the sunshine. Puffins bobbed about on the water and it was nice to share these with some passers-by, everyone wants to see a Puffin. Gannets were feeding just offshore always great to watch these seabirds in action. Not only great birds here, the endemic plant the Spatulate Fleawort, a lovely bright yellow flower, was in bloom amazing to think it occurs nowhere else in the world.

A lovely lunch in Treaddur Bay and then we headed north to Cemlyn Lagoon. As always plenty to see here and we watched three species of terns on the lagoon in the warm afternoon sun. Sandwich Terns were nesting amongst the Black-headed Gulls, and both Common and Arctic Terns were on the shingle beach below the colony. A small group of Dunlin were feeding around the islands in their smart breeding plumage, complete with black-bellies. A large family of recently hatched Shelduck ducklings were on the pool near the bridge and it was fun watching these balls of fluff diving underwater. We had super views of both Common and Lesser Whitethroat in the scrub at the east end of the lagoon. We even managed to have both species of whitethroat in the same binocular view, not often do we see that.

RSPB Valley Wetlands was the next location and as we neared the lake we were treated to a low fly past by the RAF Red Arrows! Wow! Nice bonus. Back to flying things with feathers – lots of birds on the lake to enjoy. Great crested Grebes were showing off and also calling not a particularly nice call. Tufted Ducks were all over the place and it was lovely to see two broods of Pochard young, a rare breeding bird in Wales. Cetti’s Warblers again sang from cover but not one showed, as usual with this skulking bird. Also Reed and Sedge Warblers sang from the reed-beds where Reed Buntings dashed about. Shoveler and Gadwall added to the scene and a pair of Great black backed Gulls had small chicks on a rock island.

We headed back to the mainland and made one last stop at Aber Ogwen near Bangor. The tide was high but we still added a few birds including Eider and a late Whimbrel that flew around the bay with a flock of Curlew.

A great day enjoying the very best of Anglesey, huge thanks to Keelan, Roy and Carol for their company, we hope to enjoy more birds with you soon!

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