First Time Out For Ages A Sunny Day On Anglesey North Wales

South Stack view

Always wonderful to visit RSPB South Stack at anytime of year.

After both being stuck down with flu early in the New Year it was great to finally get out and see some birds! We headed for the Isle of Anglesey, not far west along the North Wales coast, and soon reach our first birding stop. The marshes here were alive with wildfowl and the morning sun lit them up, just so beautiful. We soaked up the views of Eurasian Wigeon, Teal and Shoveler. Common Snipe, Common Redshank and beautiful Northern Lapwings all glowed in the sun. A Merlin flew across the marsh, always a thrill to see and a male Reed Bunting posed on the top of a fence. Great to catch up with other local birders enjoying this spectacular winter day.

Next stop a shallow bay just as the tide was rising, perfect, pushing the huge number of birds closer. Waders here were looking great in the sunshine and we watched Grey Plover, Ringed Plover, Knot, Dunlin, Oystercatcher, Curlew and Bar-tailed Godwit. Large flocks of Pale-bellied Brent Geese were also being pushed towards by the flooding tide. Out on the water we picked out smart Red-breasted Mergansers and Goldeneye, then three Slavonian Grebes, great to see these scarce winter visitors. Another chance to catch up with other local birdres too, having been confided to our sick beds it was so good to see people and birds!

Short eared Owl Dee Jan 1

At RSPB South Stack we enjoyed wonderful views of Red-billed Chough looking wonderful in the sunshine, so glossy! Of course the scenery here is amazing especialy on a clear crisp winter day, just wow! Then a lovely lunch bfore heading south. After a short wait a large bird floated over the long grass, just what we had hoped for - Short-eared Owl! What a beautiful, magical bird! The owl hunted over the grass and braken and at one point passed right next to our car! Breath-taking stuff and shows that if you are patient birds show well. It was sad to see at least six people walking across the area trying to flush owls from the grassland, why? What gives these idiots to disturb these lovely birds? Five of these men, yes all men, had cameras. Had these people stayed on the roadside where we were watching from our car they would have had wonderful views of the owls! We watched at least four birds, flying and on the ground, often very close, without any disturbance to any owls or other wildlife. Please enjoy wildlife but please put the wildlife first, always!

Nest stop a freshwater lake, which has been poor on our last few visits so we almost didn't go, but with birding it is always worth a look. Three Goosander were lovely to see in the sunshine but not a lot else of the water. Greylag Geese were feeding on the shoreline and just as we were about to leave we noticed a goose amongst the Greylags with a white forehead! Grabbing the scope we quickly saw this was a Greenland White-fronted Goose! A great bird to find, sadly a species in steep decline. As we watched we saw another of these beautiful geese and another and another! Nineteen of these wonderful birds were amongst their cousins showing nicely in the sunshine! Wow! We can't remember seeing this many in north Wales before. Then the geese all had their heads up, Ruth spotted a Marsh Harrier above the geese, wow, another great bird to see here! What a day!

We watched a huge flock of Golden Plover and a mass of beautiful Pintail before heading for home very happy with our first post flu birding!

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