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May 2014

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Island of Anglesey adventure !

Island of Anglesey adventure !

The Group hired a boat on two consecutive days to sail around the south side of Anglesey up to South Stack. The first group did well in the windier weather with Arctic Skua, lots of Gannet and Manx Shearwaters plus good numbers of Guillemot, Razorbill and Shag. On the second and calmer days there were no Shearwaters and Gannet only in very small numbers. However, 2 Black Guillemot proved very obliging, a Great Northern Diver also swam past the boat and we did bump into 2 Puffin at the base of the cliffs at South Stack. Peregrine, Chough (up to 7) and Raven could be seen flying around the Stack. The cliff face also held two Rock Pipit, although we never managed to get close enough to get very good views. There were a few Sandwich terns and the odd Common tern fishing at the mouth of the straits as we came back to port. Both days proved excellent and were very much enjoyed!

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Male redstart perched on branch

Ynys-Hir

Always a popular place, Ynys-hir made famous by Spring Watch, came up trumps again. As we arrived the sun was pleasantly warm and the birds singing. A distant Cuckoo was heard calling and the trees surrounding the visitors centre were alive with tits, finches and Willow Warblers - but unlike our last visit no Wood Warbler ! The feeders outside the centre gave great views of Siskin and Great Spotted Woodpecker - just the thing whilst having a nice cup of tea ! We ventured off into the broad leaf wood to find Pied Flycatchers and Redstarts aplenty. One very obliging pair of Pied Flycatchers had taken up residence in a nest box next to a hide ... best views ever of male Pied Flycatcher. We eventually caught up with a pair of Spotted Flycatchers and did hear a distant Wood Warbler. A few Buzzards overhead and a Raven being chased by some crows, added to the day. The new board walk across teh 'bog' produced Sedge Warblers; Whitethroat and Reed Buntings. Rather a surprising find was a Goosander on the river and a Whimbrel on the bank. Ynys-Hir is a really special place - not only is the birding good but the scenery is spectacular!