I have just got back from a day on Anglesey with my mate John Small. Unfortunately I forgot to take the camera with me so I have no pretty pictures to show you.
We started out by driving along the northern side of Anglesey first calling in at Traeth Dulas where we were fortunate to find several Sandwich Terns amongst the Blackheaded Gull and a Common Sandpiper. We then decided to find a promontory to do try some seawatching. Rather than go to the usual sites at Wylfa Head or Point Lynas which has access problems we headed for Llanbadrig Head which is near Caemaes Bay. This proved to be an excellent spot where we picked up a number of interesting bird, Fulmers nested on the cliffs, Manx Shearwater flew past and thousands of Guillemot’s where either on the sea or the cliff of middle Mouse (a small island). The best bird we found though came as a real shock because swimming in the sheltered bay was a winter plumage Red Throated Diver! Quite why it was there we do not know but hopefully it is not a sign that winter is approaching
Our next site was the reserve at Cemlyn where we we able to catch up with the breeding Terns. It was really good to see that the Terns are doing really well this year. We also saw a large creche of Red Breasted Merganser Chicks 31 bird in all being supervised by one adult. (Obviously bird don’t have to deal with safeguarding policies, but then again how was one adult going to protect all those youngsters from a predator.)
On the way home we called at two lakes, at the second one Llyn Cefni we found a Spotted Flycatcher, the first one I had seen this year in britain, although I did see plenty on holiday.