Best Of Anglesey Tour For Two Day Two Of Two 27 September 2020

Glossy Ibis Cley 2

We searched hard for a Glossy Ibis on Anglesey today

Day two of our “Tour for Two” custom birdwatching tour for Sarah and Bryce and we headed for Anglesey. We met Sarah and Bryce at Llanfairfechan where they could leave their car safely as they were heading off to Cheshire at the end of the day. Great advantage of custom tours is that we can be very flexible with arrangements and this meeting point saved driving back into Llandudno at the end of the day.

As we crossed the Menai Straits onto Anglesey we saw a Peregrine Falcon, great start to our Anglesey day. A short drive took us to RSPB Cors Ddyga where two Glossy Ibis had been seen recently and always a great place to enjoy lots of birds. It was a beautiful morning with clear blue sky and sunshine perfect for birdwatching and we were soon seeing lots of wildfowl and so many Common Snipe on the wet fields of the reserve. A Skylark sang above us no doubt enjoying the spring like weather as we worked our way through Pintail, Teal, Gadwall, Wigeon and Shoveler and kept seeing more and more Common Snipe. A Marsh Harrier floated over the back of the flooded area and a Great white Egret strode around in a marshy area with three Grey Herons and two Little Egrets, but no sign of the Glossy Ibis. At the river we scanned the channel and watched a Goosander and a lovely Grey Wagtail and then Sarah spotted a Kingfisher zooming past us, luckily it came back and gave us and another flash of blue and orange. Lots of birds were here around the bridge including Reed Buntings, Goldfinches, Linnet, Swallows, two Jays and a huge female Peregrine that landed on a fence post in the sunshine. But no Glossy Ibis.

We began walking back towards the car still scanning the wet fields and then Bryce spotted a Glossy Ibis flying low over the rushes but if dropped out of sight almost at once, luckily Ruth managed to get onto to before it was swallowed up by the tall vegetation, brilliant but frustrating! We scanned and scanned but could not relocate the Ibis despite the fact that a number of people were now looking. Bryce volunteered to head off to the other side of the marsh to see if the bird was visible from there and we wished him good luck. We kept scanning but no sign then we saw Bryce waving and rushed around to join him. We could hardly believe our eyes the Glossy Ibis was really close to the path feeding away totally unconcerned and we had wonderful views. Even at the close range the Ibis could vanish behind a clump of rushes only to pop out the other side. The sunshine really allowed the “glossy” of the ibis to be seen with iridescent green on the back, the head was mottled brown suggesting a juvenile bird. It was wonderful to watch the Ibis probing in the marsh with that “Curlew-like” bill and it seemed to finding plenty of food. It had taken a while but it was well worth waiting for such wonderful views as these.

We enjoyed super views of this Glossy Ibis today, eventually!

Next we visited Beddmanarch Bay where the tide was just dropping, exposing the mudflats and perfect timing to see birds here. We immediately saw many Pale-bellied Brent Geese looking superb in the sunshine and around them fed waders. The telescopes allowed super views of Curlew, Oystercatchers, Common Redshank, Bar-tailed Godwits, Knot and Dunlin. A smart adult Mediterranean Gull was on the tideline very close to our viewpoint. Out in the bay plenty of Great Crested Grebes were loafing on the flat calm sea.

Beautiful at Malltreath Cob Pool this afternoon with the mountains in the distance.

Lunch was the next stop at Catch 22 in Valley and what a lovely meal we all enjoyed many thanks to Sarah and Bryce for treating us, so kind. The sun still shone all afternoon and we headed down to Malltraeth where we walked along the Cob Embankment overlooking the Cefni Estuary and the Cob Pool. Out on the estuary we watched Little Grebes diving in the river channel and six Ringed Plover on the mud along with Curlew, Oystercatchers and Redshank, two Common Gulls were amongst gulls resting on the sands. On the pool we enjoyed great views of Pintail in the glorious light along with a Wigeon, Teal, Common Snipe and Common Redshank. We saw two Kestrels here and three Common Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk, several Ravens and a big flock of Linnets. As we walked back to the car another Kingfisher flew over the river such stunning colours in the sunshine.

Back at Llanfairfechan we spent some time scanning the wonderfully calm sea and picked out some great birds including Red-throated Divers, Razorbills, Common Scoter, Eider and Shags all new for the day. Turnstone fed amongst lots of Oystercatchers on the beach just in front of us. A lovely end to the two day “Tour for Two” with Sarah and Bryce and we really hope we can enjoy lots more birds with them both in the future.

Come and join us for a “Tour for Two” – small group, tailor made itinerary, low risk in these COVID-19 times and of course lots of birds and an excellent chance of enjoying them all. Do drop us a line and we can make all the arrangements be it a day trip, two days, three day as long a tour as you wish.

We are so lucky to have so many species and habitats within easy reach here in North Wales 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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