Friday 11 July 2008

Anglesey – 4th to 6th July 2008

We decided to take a break from East Anglian birding and head of for a weekend in Anglesey with the object of getting some closer views of seabirds that only manage a fly by whilst we sea watch for hours in the Autumn of Norfolk.
Being totally honest we were not disappointed and from the very start hit great views of Black Guillemot at Fedw Fawr along with Gannet, Kittiwake, Shag and Rock Pipit. The next day we headed for the South Stack and had good views of Guillemots and Razorbill in high numbers both fishing and settling on the rock face. It was a bit more of a challenge to find Puffin but eventually we had one in the water and one on the cliff face. Other notes were Chough and Raven.
In land we headed for Coedydd Aber National Nature Reserve and had a fleeting glimpse of Dipper along with Grey Wagtail, Siskin, Tawny Owl and Redstart. Finally back to the South Stack both evenings for views of high numbers of Manx Shearwaters passing by. Life bird count: 372 Year bird count: 224 Month bird count: 77