I spent the day on Angelsey with John today. We began by driving along the Menai Straits to Penmon point as we approached the point itself we found a field with 50 plus white wagtails in Along with a few Meadow Pipits and a good number of Greylag Geese. We then drove up to the point itself stopping to listen for migrants on the way. We did here several Chiffchaff and had good views of Blackcap. At the point itself we found many Eider mainly males with just three females. There were lots of Guillemots and Razorbills and the rocks but no puffins could be found We did spot kittiwakes and Fulmer among the gulls however and had a long distance gannet.
After a spot of lunch we drove around to Cemlyn looking for Terns. We had a good look at the islands in the main lagoon but could only find Sandwich Terns amongst the Black Headed Gulls. 8 Black tail Godwits were stood in the pool on the main island.
We then walked onto the headland were we found several waders including Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Turnstones. It was at this point that we had one of the highlights of the day as a Grasshopper Warbler started reeling from the scrub, but unlike the birds I heard last week this one was sat up on top showing off to us! As we walked further around we then heard a calling Wimbrel, looking up we watch two birds land amongst the rocks and we were able to get great views.
Our final stop was to a site neither of us had visited before the Fish Quay at Holyhead Harbour where i was told you can get good views of Black Guillemots. We finally found the place after going on several detours around the town immediately we saw Wheatear hopping around and then I spotted a Common Sandpiper trying to get some sleep, eventually as we were about the give up and go home I spotted a distant black coloured bird with white on its wings. It was our target bird, the scope was soon set up and we enjoyed very good views of the bird as it drifted out to see on the tide.
It was a good day with 50+ species seen.