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December 2014

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Penmon Point, Anglesey

Penmon Point, Anglesey

The rain lashed down as we headed to Anglesey but as we arrived on the island the sun came out and remained so for the rest of the day. It was cold in the brisk wind but when we sheltered the weather was pleasant for the time of year. The plentiful berries in the trees and shrubs provided food for Redwing, Starling, Blackbirds and Song Thrush. Up to 3 Bullfinch and a female Blackcap in the scrub amongst the commoner Blue and Great Tits gave us something interesting to look at. A Snipe flushed, zig zagging away from us was an unusual find. 2 Peregrine dived at a pigeon over the water and then came over our heads providing excellent views. Onwards down to the shore to enable us to do a seawatch. There was quite a swell which made birding challenging but we did have up to 3 Red Throated Diver; a distant view of a Great Northern Diver; good numbers of Shag, Cormorant and Great Crested Grebe. Very few ducks but what we did see was nice - up to 4 Eider plus a number of Red Breasted Merganser. Plenty of Guillemot, the odd Razorbill and up to 4 Black Guillemot in their winter plumage. Flying above Puffin Island Raven and up to 12 Chough frolicked in the turbulence caused by the wind coming up against the cliffs. Passerines on the point consisted of a number of Meadow Pipit and 2 Stonechat. A quick stop at the cafe to 'restock' and then a leisurely walk back to the cars. Lovely walk in beautiful surroundings - at least one member of the group fell head over heels with the place !