Friday, July 05, 2013

Anglesey 29/30 June 2013

We watched the Lions match in Patrick's bar in Bangor. So that's Englishmen in an Irish Bar in Wales! Only a Scottish angle missing, though actually that was true of the Lions team too...

After the match, we drove up to Holyhead and did a 20km hike to the North East, round North and South Stack. The cliff scenery excellent and a great set of birds too. Orchids, Pinks, Scabious and lots of other flowers.

Chough, Carrion Crow, Rook, Jackdaw, Hooded Crow, Magpie, Raven, Oystercatcher, Canada Goose, Kestrel, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, House Sparrow, Whinchat, Stonechat, Razorbill, Guillemot, Gannet, GBB Gull, Kittiwake, Herring Gull, Manx Shearwater*, Shag, Grasshopper Warbler*, Linnet, Woodpigeon, Whitethroat, Sandwich Tern, Swallow, Goldfinch, Wren, Grey Heron, Black Headed Gull, Blackbird 34.

On Sunday we headed up to Lynas point having heard report of a Common Rosefinch* by the cattle grid. We found a cattle grid and a birder was there who had been looking for 30m without success. I looked the bird up on my iphone app and played its song so that we would know what to listen out for. Amazingly, a reply came immediately from a bush and up popped the the little guy! We had a decent view; notched finchy tail but no pink is apparently a youngster.

Walking on to the lighthouse, we added Black Guillemot, and later House Martin. Off the point there were Gannets diving and Shearwaters shearing, as well as Porpoises and Seals.