Best Of Anglesey Birdwatching Trips Tour 8 October 2019

We enjoyed watching Gannets in the sunshine over the rough Anglesey seas.

We picked up Sean at 6am from his lovely B&B here in Llandudno, The Stella Guest House, Church Walks, Llandudno, and headed for Anglesey. The early start was called for as Sean had wanted to do some sea-watching, looking for migrant seabirds, and early morning is often the best time to see seabirds passing. Arriving at Cemlyn on the north coast of Anglesey we walked out to the beach and settled in with telescopes trained on the water. The wind however was not really in our favour, a west-south-west strong wind pushing birds offshore rather than onshore. But we scanned and scanned in the hope something would come close enough to see but rewards were slim, nice views of Gannets, a few dozen Razorbills and a few Kittiwakes passed west. Of course there were other birds here to entertain us, Turnstones and Oystercatchers on the seaweed covered rocks just below us, a juvenile Peregrine tore along the beach, a Stonechat posed on the fence and both Cormorants and Shags were feeding in the choppy waters. A lovely flock of Golden Plover swirled around and over us several times. It was time to admit that the seabirds were not passing in numbers this morning and we headed back to the car for very welcome hot chocolate!

Spotted Redshank

Spotted Redshank, a scarce bird here in North Wales, always great to see.

We then had a look around Cemlyn Lagoon and the surrounding fields and scrub enjoying lots of birds. A Spotted Redshank was roosting at the west end of the islands in the lagoon with Common Redshank, a Common Snipe, Lapwing and the Golden Plover flock, an adult Mediterranean Gull was on the rocks here. Reed Buntings were in the bushes but no other migrants could be found despite a good look, those westerly winds not helping. A Kingfisher was a lovely splash of colour perched on the wall by the sluice.

Brent Geese x 4

Pale-bellied Brent Geese, amazing to think these birds arrived from Arctic Canada.

Moving on we headed for Beddmanarch Bay and here the tide was just dropping, ideal for seeing lots of birds. Added bonus was the burger van for a very tasty sausage bap! Pale-bellied Brent Geese, newly arrived from Arctic Canada, flew in landed very close – such lovely birds. Plenty of waders here too including Bar-tailed Godwits also from Arctic Canada, mind-blowing journeys these birds make. Refueled we headed the short distance to RSPB South Stack where the sun still shone, despite a poor weather forecast, and again tried some sea-watching. With the winds still in the west-south-west we thought birds might be passing this western facing headland, they weren’t! A few Gannets and Razorbills and one lovely breeding plumaged Red-throated Diver past and that was it. We did enjoy superb eye-to-eye views of a pair of Chough as they “played” in the wind just a few feet away, magical encounter. We then moved down to Soldier’s Point, Holyhead where we were out of the wind and searched for migrants, not many birds here but we did find a late Willow Warbler, a particularly yellow one, Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests.

Next stop was at Malltraeth and the bridge here that overlooks the Cefni Estuary and the Cefni River, still sunny but the wind had really picked up, near gale force! Lots of Wigeon here and amongst them a gang of Pintail, a Goosander was in the river channel and waders included Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Bar-tailed Godwit.

In nearby Newbrough Forest we were out of the wind and enjoyed lots of birds here, common woodland species including great looks at Goldcrests. A beautiful red squirrel posed for us in the autumn sunshine always a thrill to see. The pool here gave us our first Gadwall of the day.

Back on the mainland we made a brief stop at Aber Ogwen to scan the mudflats on the incoming tide. There were masses of birds here, hundreds and hundreds of Wigeon and huge distant flocks of gulls, mostly Herring Gulls. Careful scanning with the telescopes added new birds to our impressive day list, a flock of Knot flew in and landed on the edge of the rising tide, Black-tailed Godwit fed next to Bar-tailed Godwit, a Greenshank strode through the river channel, Eider were loafing on the sandbanks and Red-breasted Mergansers dived for fish offshore, a brilliant hit of birds!

Time to squeeze in one last quick stop on the way back to Llandudno, the viewpoint overlooking RSPB Conwy where again the telescopes came in very useful as we enjoyed seeing Tufted Duck, Pochard and Shoveler, these three ducks took our species total to a very pleasing 81 birds for the day!

Back in Llandudno we all tucked into the best fish and chips anywhere, in our honest opinion, and raised a cup of tea to a great Birdwatching Trips day on Anglesey, and more! We would love you to join us for a day out or perhaps one of our longer trips? Please email here and we can make all the arrangements for you….

We look forward to enjoying lots of wonderful birds, beautiful scenery, lots of fun and great food with you soon!

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