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18th May 2021 – Anglesey

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.

South Stack lighthouse and cliffs
Auks on South Stack cliffs
Guillemots
Wheatear
Rock pipit
Chough
Chough in flight
Choughs with their red bills and legs
Whitethroat
Stonechat

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.

I wouldn’t like to try to count the terns
A small section of the tern colony
Sandwhich tern
Comic tern (the term used when you are not sure if its a common tern or an arctic tern)
Arctic tern
Sea campion

On the way back we stopped again near Penmon Point to see eider, oystercatchers and sand martin.

Eider ducks
Sand Martin

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