Thursday, 21 October 2010

Wednesday 20th October - Inner Marsh Farm & Anglesey

After visiting Westport, we headed off to Inner Marsh Farm to see the WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN that had been present there since 14th October. However, there had been no reports of it still being present by the time we arrived, and our suspicions were confirmed when we asked the Permit Checker at the top. We decided to carry on down to the hide though, which was full. So we stood for quite a while at the back, bending down to peer through the flaps. Eventually, we managed to get a seat just as a helicopter buzz overhead, reducing the waders present considerably. A Spotted Redshank and Greenshank both showed well, but were asleep for most of the time. After about an hour, we decided to head off. Just as we were parking up we received news that a GLOSSY IBIS had been found on Anglesey. This was just too hard to resist as I, like several of the Clayheads have a soft spot for Anglesey (Forster's, Bridled & Sooty Tern, Green Heron, Isabelline Wheatear, Black Lark...the list goes on) and this was another rare to add to my list. We headed across North Wales and soon came to Anglesey. At the third attempt, we found the flooded fields south of Llyn Traffwll, just SE of the Valley RSPB reserve. On the first scan, there was no sign, and it looked like it was going to be one of those days again. A second, harder look revealed the 1w Glossy Ibis in the cattle field at the back of the flooded area. Just as I had phone Dag at Birdnet to update him, it was chased off by a Raven and flew off. I watched it drop behind a large hedge, and so we headed off. I spoke to another couple of birders who had just turned up, and we went in search of it, but there was only a farm behind the hedge. I drove down the lane a little bit further and saw three other birders hurrying down a lane. I jumped out of the car and ran after them to tell then where the Ibis had flown to, only to be told they had just received a call to say it was down this lane. How fast news travels these days! We walked down the lane and had better views of the Ibis.

Flushed with success, we headed off on a whirlwind tour of Anglesey, stopping off at South Stack for the Chough, and check of the harbour and fish quay saw no BLACK GUILLEMOTS, but Beddmanarch Bay had Red-breasted Merganser and Grey Plover.

Above - two Chough in the grounds of the lighthouse - honest

South Stack - only 45hrs to travel from Ness Point in Suffolk (the furthest east point in Britain to South Stack)