Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Weeks Holiday

It was the annual family break and this year we headed off to deepest darkest Wales staying not too far away from Porthmadog at Tyddyn Mawr a nice quite place and was just what we needed to unwind from the stresses of work, not a great deal of wildlife was seen from the cottage but we did see Raven, Meadow Pipit, and Grey Wagtail plus House Martin and Swallows were nesting on the cottage and feeding in the fields beside the cottage.

Our main birding day was spent on Anglesey firstly calling at Holyhead Fish Quay were we saw 6 - 8 Black Guillemots plus a seal which had caught a flat fish of some type.

We then headed up to South Stack and picked up the usual sea birds here Razor Bill, Guillemot, Puffin plus Raven, Chough and a Peregrine which was perched up on the cliff along with Linnet, Rock Pipit and Stone Chat around the cliff paths plus Cockchafer, I did spot from the tower briefly a Harbour Porpoise but when I say briefly I do mean briefly.

From here it was our final birding spot of the day Cemlyn Bay for the Tern colonies, we were not lucky enough to see any Roseate Terns but the sound, sight and smell really does hit all of your senses and is always a fantastic place to call in on.

The next bird of any note we saw was by chance we stopped to photograph the river near Beddgelert and we came across a very showy Common Sandpiper calling along the river plus a couple of Grey Wagtails.

And finally the view from our cottage, the weather Gods were even kind to us, we found on our last day a great village called Aberdaron with just off shore the St Tudwal's Island which looked to hold some nice sea birds but we didn't get to explore here much as we just wanted to chill out and enjoy the Sun and Gem wanted to play on the beach, but there's always another year.

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