Day Two Of Gentle Birdwatching Here In North Wales Anglesey This Time




Snow Buntings were requested today and luckily they showed off very well indeed!



We picked up our friend from her hotel in Llandudno at 9.15am and set out on day two of a special three days of “gentle birdwatching” to help her recover from a tough time recently. Seeing a Fulmar and two Red-billed Chough over the hotel car-park was a good start to the day!

Luckily the weather was so much better than day one and we were soon on Anglesey and ready to enjoy great birds.

Some birds are so special that they are well worth making an effort to find them and our friend had requested that if possible a Snow Bunting would be lovely to see. As luck would have it three of these wonderful birds had been found at Holyhead on Anglesey so that is where we went first.



The mile long breakwater on the west side of Holyhead Harbour does not look the most obvious place to look for small birds but here is where the Snow Buntings had been seen but we knew they could be elusive from previous visits. It was a little breezy as we walked out towards the stony area where the birds had been seen and scanned ahead of us, not a bird. We walked, we scanned, we walked, and we scanned but not a bunting to be seen. Two more birdwatchers arrived but four more eyes did not produce the birds. We do not like missing birds and distracted our friend with the Sir David Attenborough ship that was docked in the harbour and she was impressed with this. But we weren’t giving up just yet and at last Alan spotted the Snow Buntings ahead of us, whew! We moved forward and enjoyed wonderful views of these so beautiful birds as they fed amongst the rocks just wonderful! These delightful birds posed for us and we were able to share them with the other two birdwatchers and three more that arrived as we were watching them – always lovely to share great birds. In the harbour we watched a Black Guillemot diving for fish amongst the boats, though white guillemot would be a better name in December as the bird was in winter plumage. As we walked back to the car a Bullfinch and a Song Thrush posed for us, such beautiful birds and always bring a smile to the face, birds really are brilliant and so good for us!

A short drive took us to Beddmanarch Bay where we set up the Leica telescopes and scanned the bay. A lot of birds here with waders, geese and ducks to enjoy and further out in the bay we were lucky to pick out three Slavonian Grebes, scarce winter visitors here. It was great to look through the flocks of waders picking out the different species by not only their plumage but by structure and feeding habits, we all agreed the Grey Plover were wonderful.

Red breasted Merganser drake

A drake Red-breasted Merganser such a wonderful bird - libary photo.



Another very short drive and we reached the Inland Sea where it was rather windy so we did not linger very long but time enough to see some great birds. The wintering flock of seven or was it eight Greater Scaup were still here along with Red-breasted Mergansers, Goldeneye and Pintail. Almost time for lunch but we had time to watch a Purple Sandpiper on nearby rocks keeping out of that wind. We all enjoyed a lovely lunch at Catch 22 restaurant in Valley where the staff are always so cheerful.

Just down the road from Valley we stopped at a small wetland and had super views of a Green Sandpiper feeding in a pool a lovely wader and a great bird to see in December on Anglesey.

Next we stop to watch a huge flock of Golden Plover in roadside fields and what a wonderful sight they made. Such gorgeous birds and to see them on mass so close was just so lovely. Lots of Lapwings here too, again a real joy to watch these such stunning birds feeding in the fields alongside the plovers. A short stop at Malltraeth and we watched a Greenshank striding through the shallow water of the river channel and fluffy Little Grebes were diving for fish further along the river.

In nearby Newbrough Forest we enjoyed an enchanting encounter with a beautiful red squirrel we watched for ages and it was in such great condition complete with bushy tail and ear-tufts a real highlight of the day. Then the rain came in cutting our planned visit to RSPB Cors Ddyga short but we still enjoyed plenty of birds before hurrying back to the shelter of the car. A really lovely day full of great birds and lots of laughs at a very gentle pace – just what was asked for.

Come and join us for a “Tour for Two” – very small group just two guests with two guides, 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 or as long a tour as you wish. Our recent Tours for Two have visited the Highlands of Scotland, North Wales, Norfolk and the Yorkshire coast and we are planning many more! Let us know where you would like to go and we can put together a proposal perfect for you.

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….

info@birdwatchingtrips.co.uk

We look forward to enjoying wonderful birds in beautiful places with you soon!





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