South Stack

Our stay on Anglesey was in a self catering cottage on a working farm called Parc Yr Odyn on the east coast at Pentraeth, they also offer a Bed and Breakfast facility at the Farmhouse [Official Website]. We had the pleasure of the Dairy Cottage which we found meet our needs comfortably [read more on my B&B tab]. Saturday the 2nd saw us heading off to South Stack in better weather than yesterdays rain showers, the day turned out sunny but windy. We parked in the bottom car park and headed off towards Ellin Tower finding a few Wheatears on the way through only to find the Tower was shut but found the cafe was open, which is now run by the RSPB, they do a great chocolate cake and coffee, it was with the great help of the assistants that we located the Choughs quite easily and had great views of the birds passing by with nesting material along the cliff top. We had a good look around finding more Wheatears they were now moving thru in good numbers seeming to be in every field we looked in, Pied Wagtails, a couple of Willow Warblers, Stonechats, Meadow Pipits, Swallows, the familiar sound of Ravens overhead giving off their deep crronk crronk calls, a pair of Peregrines buzzing the cliff tops searching for the next meal, Gannets passing by low over the sea, Herring Gulls in abundance, Linnets  moving thru in small flocks, what a day, we decided  to finish off our time at South Stack with another coffee, cake??

On then to Cemlyn Bay near Wylfa Power Station to finish the day off, here we saw Buzzard and  Little Egret as we approached the bay, we found more Wheatears in the field, Sand Martins and Swallows moving thru, we did find a handful of Sandwich Terns in the bay giving themselves away by their familiar call. Red Breasted Mergansers in the bay along with Oystercatchers and Redshanks, in the sheltered bay Lapwings, Golden Plovers, Pied Wagtails, Shelduck and Mallards

Male Stonechat

 

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