A quick trip to North Wales on the penultimate day of 2016. The BLACK-THROATED THRUSH at St Asaph hadn't really been showing until 1100ish so we headed up to Anglesey for first light. We were soon watching five Cattle Egrets and four Little Egrets feeding in a field inland from Malltreath.
We knew time was tight, so a quick check of Beddmanarch Bay saw just the one Slavonian Grebe and a Great Northern Diver. On the Inland Sea we found another GND, a few PB Brent Geese but no SCAUP.
We then headed back down the A55 to St Asaph and eventually after one missed sighting, we found ourselves stood behind the chapel staring at a berry tree. We only had to wait 45 minutes or so before the female Black-throated Thrush flew back in, showing well but briefly.
And folks, at 14:30hrs on New Years Eve, I'm fairly confident in saying that's it. Its been an unforgettable year in lots of ways.
We've made the decision to take it easy next year, do less birding and more walking across fields looking at scenery.
Only joking. 2017 starts on Anglesey at first light......Bring it on baby.
Good night xxx