A Beautiful Sunny Day Best Of Anglesey Birdwatching Trips Tour 14 January 2022

Pale-bellied Brent Geese were enjoyed at two sites on this fantastic day.

Alan picked up Dilwyn at Llandudno West Shore at 8am and they headed for Anglesey, it was a beautiful winter’s day – calm and clear. First stop on Anglesey was near Valley where a Cattle Egret had been seen a few days previously, so worth a check, but two Little Egrets were with the cows no Cattle Egret. Nice views of a Redwing in the hedge here was lovely to enjoy in the morning sunshine. Nearby the flooded field held Shoveler and Wigeon looking superb in the perfect light.

Next to Beddmanarch Bay where the tide was in and the water like a millpond allowing views of at least four Slavonian Grebes, always great to see these scarce winter visitors. Lots more birds here too and Goldeneye, Red-breasted Mergansers, Pale-bellied Brent Geese, Great Crested Grebes all enjoyed.

Red breasted Merganser drake

Drake Red-breasted Merganser are stunning birds and in sunshine even better!

A very short drive to Holyhead Harbour where again the conditions were perfect and after some scanning the target bird was found – Black Guillemot. These scarce birds make the harbour their home but can be elusive – it is a huge harbour. More Red-breasted Mergansers and Great Crested Grebes showed very well along with two Shags one of which already complete with breeding plumage crest. Two more Black Guillemots popped up and nice to compare the various stages of moult from winter towards breeding plumage.

Male Stonechat showed off at RSPB South Stack and then seen again several times during the day.

At RSPB South Stack the views were stunning and it was wonderful to see Common Guillemots back on the breeding cliffs already. As these auks were enjoyed harbour porpoises surfaced just beyond the cliffs near the lighthouse. But unusually no sign of the resident Red-billed Chough sadly, though lots of exciting birds to enjoy – two Peregrine Falcons, Kestrel, Fulmars and Stonechats.

Down to a rocky bay and here the sun was a problem as the light was in the eyes of the birders. Despite the poor light six Purple Sandpipers and two Ringed Plovers were seen on the seaweed covered rocks where a Little Egret fished the rock pools. An early, and delicious, lunch went down well after the early start then back to the birds. On the Inland Sea there were masses of birds on the exposed mudflats and through the telescope great views were had in the glorious weather. Hundreds of Northern Lapwings were here and amongst them many Dunlin and a small flock of Black-tailed Godwits. Two Mediterranean Gulls, an adult and a first-winter bird, stood with Black-headed Gulls. Out on the water Goldeneye were diving along with Red-breasted Mergansers and a lovely flock of Pale-bellied Brent Geese floated about.

South then towards Aberffraw and again masses of Lapwings were fantastic see along with super views of Fieldfares and Redwings and a marvellous Merlin on a fence post. At the lake it was wonderful to find two Whooper Swans looking beautiful in the sun Goosanders were here too along with Tufted Duck, Gadwall and Teal. On the nearby fields even more Lapwings and amongst them Golden Plover and a nice surprise of a single Red-legged Partridge first we have seen for ages on Anglesey.

Malltraeth village next where not many birds to see but they did add a Greenshank in the river channel before moving on to nearby Newbrough Forest for a change of habitat. Around the forest car park lots of birds and some seeds put out soon had them all around Alan and Dilwyn one Robin even feeding from the hand so lovely. Just time for one more site and the day ended at RSPB Cors Ddyga where the late afternoon was so beautiful. Lots and lots of birds on the flooded fields here including wonderful views of Northern Pintail, Wigeon, Shoveler and Teal their colours glowing in the low sun, perfect. A big flock of Black-tailed Godwits dropped in and so much closer the ones seen earlier on the Inland Sea. A fantastic male Marsh Harrier floated high over the marsh soon followed by a huge slow flapping Great Egret these were just wonderful sightings to end an amazing day.

A super day with over 80 species of birds enjoyed in stunning winter weather.

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