Friday, 4 January 2013
As I was not due back in work until 7th Dad, Al and I decided on a day out to Anglesey and the North Wales Coast line around Llanfaifechan. A total of 76 Species were seen. The day began at first light in the Fish Quay Holyhead where all the usual suspects were seen including 3 Great Northern Diver and Black Guillemot. We had one very unusual sighting there - a pair of Chough feeding on the tall wall covered in grass. Other birds of note on the Principality were Long-tailed Duck, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon (male), 200 Brent Geese, Slavonian Grebe and a flock of 11 Grey Plover.
Next stop was Rhos-on-Sea for the Purple Sandpiper which we found without any problem. After lunch and a short sea watching session at Llanfairfechan, we headed to the nearby RSPB Reserve at Conwy. We had a pleasent couple of hours on the reserve rounding the day off nicely when I located one of the Firecrest. A fantastic splash of colour to end a fantastic days birding.