Monday, 16 January 2017

Eastern Anglesey Update

I went down the east coast of Anglesey on Sunday morning with Tony. Here's a summary of the birds we had and a few counts Tony had a few days previous.
At Moelfre there were 2 Purple Sandpipers showing well with up-to 24 Turnstones. 165 Cormorants were on the island. On the surrounding sea there were 400 Auks, 9 Gannets, 21 Kittiwakes, 2 Porpoises, 3 Red throated Divers and a Great Northern Diver.
At Lligwy Tony had 25 Red throated Divers, 8 GN Divers, 400 Auks, 30 Cormorants, 20 Great Crested Grebes, 15 Red breasted Mergansers and 9 Sanderling.
At Dulas there were 6 Jack Snipe and 10 Common Snipe, 110 Curlew, 24 Redshanks, 26 Shellducks, 250 Wigeon, 24 Brents, 3 Greenshank and a Kingfisher.
At Red Warf Bay there were loads of Snipe in a small area surveyed. 275 Common and at least 8 Jack Snipe. We also saw a Water Rail, 15 Knot, Greenshanks, 8 Rock Pipits  and c.10 Brents. 
Today Tony had 2 Cattle Egrets at Pont Marquis and a 1st winter Marsh Harrier on Malltraeth RSPB reserve.


  1. just auks ,not the actual species

  2. Cheers Paul :-) Hi Willie THOM, Tony counted c.400 Auks, I must confess I didn't, but there was a good count at approximately ironically 90% Guillemots and 10% Razorbills (I say ironically as I always tend to feel there are more Razorbills around Anglesey in the winter but I suppose our seasons are all over the place at the moment) from what I recollect. There were no Black Guillemots, Puffins, Little Auks and sadly no Great Auks. Thank you for pointing out the error of my ways so next time I feel I should opt for for Guillebills instead of the all encompassing Auks :-)

  3. Stephen l had two Great Northern Diver feeding off Llandwyn Island today plus numerous Shag and Cormorant. Also a dozen Turnstone and two purple sandpiper.

  4. Hi Stephen, l am impressed with the quality of your bird photography and wonder which camera and lense do you use? I am learning the trade and whilst my Canon 80d plus Sigma 150/600 has produced some decent results, it is a heavy beast to carry around. Cheers