Monday, 2 May 2016

Anglesey 23rd - 30th April 2016

A week long break on Anglesey coincided with an unkind jet stream that resulted in a blast of cold arctic air. Fortunately the worst of the heavy and occasionally wintry showers missed us and the chill from moderate to strong north-westerly wind was partially offset by plenty of glorious sunshine. It wasn't a birding trip as such but I still got quite a few hours in, especially first thing in the morning, and you always have to carry bins or camera with you, don't you.

The breakwater at Holyhead certainly served its purpose in the face of a strong north-westerly.
The sea didn't seem to be particularly rough so it would be interesting to see what it is like during a big storm.
This is one of two Black Guillemots that were taking advantage of calmer conditions behind the breakwater
An Oystercatcher viewed from the living room window. This was one of a pair holding territory by the cottage that we stayed in, near Church Bay.
There were good numbers of Whimbrel around. Up to 39 commuted between the fields and the shore near the cottage.
Up to 70 did the same just a couple of kilometers down the coast .
There was a good scattering of Rock Pipits as you would expect.
Back near the cottage a pair of Stonechats were busily feeding young in the nest.
There were a few Wheatears passing through (mostly large Greenland birds).

Another Wheatear gets a bit of shelter from that cold north-westerly wind.
The barbed wire fence makes this photo for me.
While your not guaranteed to get good weather on Anglesey you would be unlucky not to see Choughs along any suitable stretch of coast.

This pair frequented the cliffs and clifftop pasture close to the cottage and coastal footpath. The male displays with quivering outstretched wings to a rather disinterested looking female.
She continued to feed and he continued to work those wings as they made their way along the bank. This was followed by a bit of an aerial display.
So the island wasn't lifting with migrants, as it could have been in late April, but it was still a good a week and a change of scenery that has set me up for several weeks of watching Starlings for my RAS project. In fact I started as soon as I got home and logged sightings of 34 colour-ringed Starlings coming to the fat cakes; I also caught and colour-ringed another three.

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