Anglesey On Day Two Of Best Of North Wales Tour With Iolo Williams

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First stop today was Beddmanarch Bay where it was sunny but windy highlights here included – two Kingfishers one posing for ages at close range in the sun, Grey Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit, Knot, big flocks of Dunlin and a breeding plumaged Black Guillemot. Holyhead Harbour – fantastic close views of a Great Northern Diver, a very unseasonal Common Sandpiper many thanks to our great friend Ken Croft for putting us on to this unexpected bird, five Black Guillemots, Common Guillemot, 2 Red-throated Diver, Shags and Rock Pipit.

At RSPB South Stack it was bright but blowing a gale so we didn’t stay long – two Red-billed Chough showed off riding the wind just wonderful.

Treaddur Bay – superb views of four Purple Sandpipers along with Ruddy Turnstones and Ringed Plover. A lovely lunch was enjoyed here too.

Back to Beddmanarch Bay briefly for close up views of an adult Mediterranean Gull.

Fields north-east of Valley held a Cattle Egret, a great bird to see, with a gang of Little Egrets.

Next a woodland area where we had a enchanting encounter with red squirrels at least five of these beautiful animals at point blank range! Just a fantastic experience. Woodland birds here included drumming Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Nuthatches, Treecreepers, Jays and Long-tailed Tits.

Time for one last stop at RSPB Cors Ddyga where after some searching we located the reported European White-fronted Goose with a flock of Pink-footed Geese. Also on the reserve Black-tailed Godwits, Lapwings, Snipe, Pintail, Reed Bunting and Stonechat.

What a wonderful day two of this five day tour come and join us!

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