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September 2018

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Male blackcap in hawthorn bush

Migrant search on Anglesey

Before going to the Park we stopped off at the old 'fish quay' in Holyhead harbour to look for the Black Guillemots and we weren't disappointed, with distant but good views of a number of birds in their winter plumage together with great views of a number of Shags. On arrival at this beautiful Country Park we were struck by the variety of habitates present with scrub, fresh water ponds, open rough grassland, quarry cliff faces and the sea all in evidence. Almost immediately we heard the call of a Buzzard and saw a bird gliding effortlessly on the thermals created by the quarry cliff face. This wasn't the only bird to do so, 2 Clough came along the quarry face playing in the thermals and calling to each other. The rain had by now started in earnest but this seemed to bring down some migrating birds with Chiffchaff and Blackcap being seen or heard in the scrub. In the rough fields close to the seashore we encountered a family of Stonechat together with small flocks of Linnet, feeding on the seeds from the rough grasses. On the shore a lovely Rock Pipit was a really welcome treat for us as it fed amongst the rocks and out a sea there was a good passage of Gannet, Fulmar and Manx Shearwater. Back to the centre and some lovely food / hot drink in the cafe .... a real jewel in the crown at this lovely location. Although we didn't see the migrants we expected, and on another day we could have seen lots of birds but that's birdwatching for you. However, we all agreed that the Breakwater Country Park, near Holyhead, Anglesey really is worth another visit !