Horrendous Weather Does Not Stop The Birds Completely 5 February 2022

Black Guillemot

Black Guillemots are such smart birds in their breeding plumage.

We met our friends Steven and Julie at 9.30am at Llanfairfechan the idea had been to enjoy some local birding and catch up after not seeing them for so long. Unfortunately the weather was terrible with gale force winds that you could hardly stand up in let alone see birds.

Pale-bellied Brent Geese are an increasing winter visitor to the coasts of North Wales.

We opted for a drive around south-east Anglesey and a long pub lunch but of course we managed to see a few birds. Near Beaumaris we scanned the Menai Straits and watched flocks of Oystercatchers being pushed up the beach by the rising tide. Offshore here we spotted a gang of Goldeneye and close to them a smart breeding plumaged Black Guillemot. Further east a pool in a wet field provided close views of roosting Curlew and Redshank with a few Teal. Beyond these birds it was lovely to watch a flock of ninety one Brent Geese, not often we see these winter visitors on fields they usually prefer to feed along the shoreline. We picked out one dark-bellied Brent amongst the flock of Pale-bellied birds; the pale-bellied is the usual race that winters in North Wales, coming from Arctic Canada the dark-bellied birds breed in Siberia. Ruth then spotted a Great Northern Diver on the sea on the opposite side of the road and this big diver showed well. Several Common Eider were offshore here to along with Shags and another Black Guillemot bouncing around in the choppy sea.

At nearby Penmon Point the wind was wild but a lot of birds were feeding in the tide race here – lots of Shags, many Common Guillemots, some Razorbills and another Black Guillemot. It was great to see three Kittiwakes amongst the gulls over the rough water a new bird for our 2022 year lists.

We enjoyed a lovely and very long pub lunch at Red Wharf Bay where flocks of Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Ruddy Turnstone all roosted on a shingle spit. Not bad for such a terrible day of weather and so lovely to catch up with Steven and Julie.

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