Our last day in Anglesey and its been heavy rain and winds; hence the run of blog posts. However we did get out for an hour in the morning and went for a short walk (and a coffee) at Penmon Point. Despite the foul weather I did get a few of photos including a curlew and some eider duck.
We started the day with a visit to another RSPB reserve at Cors Ddyga (also known as Malltraeth Marsh). For our walk around the reserve the weather was very dismal and it was difficult to photograph. However, we did get good views of lapwing displaying. There were also greylag geese, we heard lots of warblers and I saw my first swift of the year.
Fortunately the weather improved greatly and we had a splendid lunch on the terrace of the Oystercatcher at Rhosneigr in a beautiful setting in the dunes.
To walk off our lunch we had a walk along the pathway which runs between the Malltraeth Estuary and a lagoon where we saw sedge warblers and linnets.
On the way back we stopped again to photograph the amazingly photogenic Menai Straight.
We drove across the Island of Anglesey and on to Holy Island to visit the RSPB reserve of South Stack Cliffs, a journey of less than an hour from Beaumaris.
We spent some time photographing the cliffs famous for the big colonies of guillemots, razorbills and puffins (but I could only really make out the guillemots). We then climbed up to the RSPB café for a coffee and then further on up for even more splendid views of the lighthouse. Fortunately the lighthouse was closed due to Covid-19 restrictions and so we were spared the 400 hundred or so steps. Besides the auks there were lots of small birds for us to see including wheatear, whitethroat, stonechat, rock pipits and the much larger choughs, the rarest member of the crow family.
As we were so close to Cemlyn Bay we could resist returning to see the tern colonies. I gather thousands more had arrived since our first visit a few days ago.
On the way back we stopped again near Penmon Point to see eider, oystercatchers and sand martin.
With so much to do here in Anglesey I missed a blog for Sunday which I am now publishing out of sequence. We did a circular walk through Newborough Forest on the south west coast of Anglesey in the morning. Although there were duckboards through some sections, it was very boggy and we often had difficulty keeping our footing. We then moved a little further along the coast and walked through the dunes at Aberffraw which was a more pleasant experience. The flora was particularly interesting. It’s amazing how many of these plants have names associated with birds. On our return we spent a little while wandering around the pleasant seaside town of Beaumaris where we are staying and I took a few more bird photos experimenting with a wide angle lens.
Wanting to pack as much as possible into our stay in Anglesey we were the first to arrive at the National Trust estate of Plas Newydd. The house is still not open but we were able to enjoy the stunning views over the Menai Strait, the Faenol and Snowdonia as we walked around the beautiful grounds even though the weather was still rather dismal.
After our visit we made our way to the Cefni reservoir just north of Llangefni, the county council seat of Anglesey. The weather brightened up and we had a lovely walk around the reservoir hearing wonderful birdsong and seeing butterflies and an interesting array of flora. On the water there were great crested grebe and we even saw a goldcrest which landed so close in front of us that I didn’t really manage to focus on it.
On our way home we visited Penmon Point where there are good views of Puffin Island. We saw all sorts of bird life here including eider ducks, oystercatchers, sandwich terns and the superb spectacle of 2 gannets diving in a nearby bay.