Best Of Anglesey Birdwatching Trips Day Tour 6 October 2019

Cemlyn Lagoon

Cemlyn on the north coast of Anglesey is always a wonderful place to see birds.

We met first Jayne and then Janice at Llanfairfechan, as Llandudno was very busy with traffic from the Wales Rally, and immediately saw some great birds. Janice had found a Dipper in the stream at the west end of the promenade and we had great views of this dapper bird and it was joined by a Grey Wagtail and a Grey Heron. On the beach Jayne spotted seven Ringed Plover amongst the flock of Oystercatchers and offshore we saw Gannets and Common Scoter. A Dark-bellied Brent Goose flew west along the shoreline, a scarce bird here in North Wales we usually see Pale-bellied birds.

Brent Geese Beddmanarch

Pale-bellied Brent Geese from Arctic Canada winter on Anglesey.

We then headed over to Anglesey and our first stop was at Beddmanarch Bay, good birds and a loo! Pale-bellied Brent Geese were feeding close to our viewpoint along with plenty of Wigeon allowing super views in the autumn sunshine. Waders here included Dunlin and Bar-tailed Godwits and in the bay Great crested Grebes were diving for food.

Stonechat male Gt Orme winter

Stonchats showed really well at Cemlyn in the brambles by the beach.

A short drive took us to Cemlyn on the north coast of Anglesey, always a lot to see here, and we were soon watching Red-breasted Mergansers in the lagoon and waders and gulls. Walking out to the beach we stopped to watch Turnstones, Oystercatchers and a single Dunlin before scanning the rough sea. At first it seemed not much was moving but patience was rewarded, plenty of Gannets, hundreds of Razorbills and small numbers of Kittiwakes all flying west offshore. Then Alan picked out a smart juvenile Sabine’s Gull flying low over the waves, luckily in a patch of sunshine so easy to see the brown, black and white wing pattern. As we all watched this rare bird move past our position on the beach it was overtaken by an Arctic Skua! A Red-throated Diver flew west close in allowing us a good look before the watering eyes had had enough of sea-watching in the gale! Other birds around Cemlyn included a flock of beautiful Golden Plover, a Greenshank, three Chough, Peregrine, Stonechats and Rock Pipit.

Goldcrest Great Orme Oct 2016 1

Goldcrest, Britain's smallest bird, are always a joy to see.

We enjoyed a lovely lunch and then headed for Soldiers Point, Holyhead where we hoped to find some migrants. Not many about in the strong winds sadly but we did have great views of Goldcrests and a Chiffchaff. In the harbour here a winter-plumaged Black Guillemot showed off and a Kingfisher on the rocks was lovely to see. From here we went to Llyn Penrhyn where very few birds were on this normally busy lake, we did eventually find Shoveler, Pochard and Tufted Duck and also saw our first Meadow Pipit of the day! At nearby Llyn Traffwll we found our first Coot of the day, where were all the water birds? Very odd.

We headed back to the mainland and back to Llanfairfechan and had another look offshore before saying our goodbyes. A breeding plumaged Red-throated Diver was close inshore and Janice even managed a few photos, never easy on the sea. Flocks of Common Scoter were also on the choppy sea here. It had been a great day with an impressive 76 species enjoyed and a lot of laughing!

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