A Wonderful Day On Our Best Of Anglesey Birdwatching Trips Tour 30 July 2022

Ring necked Duck close up

A drake Ring-necked Duck was wonderful to see, not quite like this one sadly -library pic.

We picked up Jane and Graham at their holiday accommodation on Anglesey at 9.30am, as agreed, for their custom tour for two of the island. Jane and Graham have been on our tours before, North Wales, Norfolk, and Yorkshire to name three so it was meeting up with old friends, so lovely.

As the couple had been on Anglesey before with us, we had planned a route with a mix of new places and some old favourites. First stop was an estuary on the east side of Anglesey and despite some light rain it proved a wonderful start to the day. Even before leaving the 4x4, we were all watching a Greenshank feeding in a small pool along with four Common Redshank. Braving the light rain, we jumped out and scanned the estuary – Curlew, Common Sandpipers, a Dunlin and Oystercatchers all showed well in the scopes. Then Ruth spotted a Hooded Crow, a rare visitor to North Wales, on the mudflats wow! The two telescopes were soon on this unusual corvid, and we all had great views. On the river channel a female, Red-breasted Merganser was “shepherding” two juveniles upstream and again frame filling views were enjoyed.

We then drove north to Paris Mountain to marvel at the amazing ancient copper mine – once the largest in the world – an impressive and colourful huge hole in the ground. It damp and windy here so few birds but a juvenile Willow Warbler was the only bird of note. Next, we stopped overlooking Bull Bay but again it was damp and windy but we did see Shags over the water and Common Whitethroat, Stonechat and Chiffchaff in the bushes bordering the car-park.

On again to Cemlyn Lagoon and better weather, thankfully, we set up the scopes overlooking the lagoon and enjoyed watching Sandwich, Common and Arctic Terns and comparing their plumages. Great to all three species still present at the breeding colony at the end of July. We watched Curlew, Oystercatchers, Redshank and Little Egrets here. A look at Cemlyn Bay produced Ruddy Turnstone, three Common Ringed Plover and a distant Black Guillemot.

The morning had flown by and we headed for Catch 22 at Valley for a really delicious meal. Next stop was at nearby RSPB Valley Lakes where it was now warm and dry so much nicer. Lots of birds on the lake but we had come here to look for one particular bird, a drake Ring-necked Duck a rare visitor from North America. We soon picked out the “yank” amongst our Tufted Duck, but it has to said it wasn’t a looker. Ducks at this time of year are moult so look a former shadow of their usual smart plumages. It was the same for the drake Ring-necked Duck rather grotty shades of grey, black and brown but the bill still had the distinctive patterning, and the head shape was different to the Tufted Ducks alongside it.

We also enjoyed watching Pochard, Gadwall, Great Crested Grebes, Sand Martins and Graham spotted a pair of Reed Buntings close to the track that allowed us wonderful close views as they fed on grass seeds.

Next, we visited RSPB Cors Ddyga where the lack of rain recently meant very little water on the wet grassland areas. We did a very young Little Ringed Plover only the second breeding record for the island of Anglesey – first at same site in 2021. A Marsh Harrier showed briefly, and it was great to see Common Swifts whizz over the marsh.

All too soon it was time to head back to drop off Jane and Graham another lovely day with lovely people and some super birds! We look forward to more adventures together!

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