Best Of Anglesey Custom Tour 16 August 2021 Starting At Red Wharf Bay

Seeing Bar-tailed Godwits is always fantastic these are real globe-trotting migrants.

We love running our custom day trips, and tours, as we can offer a tailor made experience to our guests. Ian and Diane booked a Best of Anglesey tour and as they were staying on the island we arranged to pick them up from their holiday cottage so no driving for them. It was a beautiful place overlooking Red Wharf Bay on the east coast of Anglesey with Little Egrets, Oystercatchers and Curlew visible from the garden what a great start. A short drive north took us to Traeth Dulas – a small estuary – where we were soon enjoying lots of birds in the lovely weather. Ringed Plover and Dunlin fed on the mud close to our position and so good enjoy frame filling views in the telescopes. Further out a lone Bar-tailed Godwit probed that long beak into the mud; it was a juvenile bird newly arrived from Arctic Canada a mind-blowing journey.

At Cemlyn we watched Manx Shearwaters whizz past the beach along with Gannets and waders here included a Golden Plover and beautiful Ruddy Turnstones along the tideline with Rock Pipits for company. Good to see Sandwich, Common and Arctic Terns still present here and as we were leaving a Green Sandpiper flew low west over the lagoon – nice bonus bird.

Beddmanarch Bay produced great views of Mediterranean Gulls and a glimpse of the crowds of people that are on Anglesey at the moment – we have never seen North Wales anything like as busy as this August. At Holyhead we watched Black Guillemots in a variety of plumages some juvenile birds and some adults in various stages of moult out of their breeding plumage. We enjoyed a lovely lunch at The Sea Shanty café before trying to visit RSPB South Stack but it was total chaos with nowhere to park so just a quick look at the view then out of their!

Luckily RSPB Valley Lakes was much more peaceful and we enjoyed a walk out to the viewpoint overlooking the reed fringed lake. Good selection of ducks here including juvenile Pochard – a rare breeding bird in the UK. Final birding stop of the day was at RSPB Cors Ddyga where we still added new birds to the impressive day list including Common Swift and Common Snipe.

A really great fun day and we do hope we can enjoy more birds with Ian and Diane in the future. Of course a wonderful way to see more birds is to join one of our Birdwatching Trips and learn a lot about the birds you are enjoying too. We have tours suitable for all from beginners to experienced birders that are seeking particular species. Just drop us a line here and we can arrange a perfect custom tour for you!

We look forward to enjoying wonderful birds with you soon.

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