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June 2015

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Puffin perched on rock, Isle of May

Anglesey weaves its magic again !

Even the drizzle that met us on our way did not dampen our enthusiasm as we approached the lovely island of Anglesey. As so often happens the weather cleared as we crossed onto the island. First stop was Cemlyn Bay for the sight, sound and smell of the tern colony. Noisy Sandwich terns flew over our heads to and from the colony. Arctic and Common tern sat on various rocks and posts giving us all a great opportunity of comparing these often difficult to distinguish species. A family of Ringed Plover of the on the shingle ridge provided proof that the terns weren't the only birds breeding here. Strangest sight was a Hare which chose to swim across a seawater filled gully rather than run across the concrete bridge! Gannet and Manx Shearwater flew past as we did a quick sea watch from the headland. Next stop was the Fish Quay at Holyhead for Black Guillemot and Shag. Then on to South Stack for literally thousands of Guillemot and Razorbill plus Kittiwake; Fulmar : 5 Puffin; at least 2 Chough and a single Rock Pipit. Suitably refreshed from the cafe we ventured forth to the Valley Lakes for Reed and Cettis Warbler. All in all a great days birding !