Saturday, 9 July 2011

Anglesey Visit

Been a couple of years since Lesley and me did any birding on Anglesey, and then it was only South Stack (not that is a bad place), but there is far more places to visit on the island. So with a good forecast off we went.
First port of call was Cemlyn Bay, firstly the sat nav didn't think the place existed and the road signs only helped off the main A5025 thus we firstly did a circuit from one end of the lane to the other second time we found the right lane to go down to the car park.
A great spot just tricky to find anyone would think us English aren't welcome (only joking) just by the car park were two Red Breasted Merganser hunting in the lagoon.
After walking along the shingle beach which Lesley being 8 months pregnant was finding tricky we got to the Tern colony as per last week at Gronant a noisy place, we were soon were enjoying watching Tern after Tern flying in with fish. Artic, Sandwich with the old Common for good measure. Even had a few Artic Terns right by where we were walking.
Among the Sea Kale was a very showy Meadow Pipit.
Feeding on the rock spit where a few Terns were resting up were a few Ringed Plover and Oystercatcher.
Round the corner a group of hauled up Seals were calling and a Linnet and White Throat were added to the list.
On the way back to the car all of the Terns were put up with the culprit being a Peregrine.

Female Red Breasted Merganser Cemlyn Bay
Meadow Pipit Cemlyn Bay

Juvenile Artic Tern Cemlyn Bay calling for it's parents

View of Cemlyn Bay

Sandwich Tern Cemlyn Bay

Sandwich Tern Cemlyn Bay with lunch

Adult Sandwich Tern Cemlyn Bay

Adult Sandwich Tern starting to molt into winter colours

Sandwich Tern

Pair of Oystercatcher
Common Tern Cemlyn Bay

Artic Tern young and parent bird
From here it was on to Holyhead harbour to hopefully see Black Guillemot around the Fish Harbour area, these would be lifers for Lesley and me.
After parking up we soon saw two just off the break water soon followed by quite a few more which flew into the harbour in total 8 birds were seen, they even seemed to be nesting in the break water.

Black Guillemots Holyhead Fish Quay

Before moving on managed a quick shot of Thunder Bird 57316 in plain Arriva Train Wales Blue stabled up by Holyhead station.

57316 Holyhead.

From here our final port of call for the day was South Stack for a Chough year tick. Parking up by the cafe we soon heard a Chough calling and eventually saw 6 birds. Also seen were Razorbill, Guillemots, Puffin, Herring and Lesser Black Backed Gulls. On the heath area on the cliff top were a few Stone Chats just to nicely round off the days sightings.

Chough South Stack

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