RSPB Cymru Reserves Roadtrip (22nd-24th July 2011) Part Two

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We set out from staying the night in Colwn Bay early the next morning and headed to Anglesey, stopping briefly firstly to take a photo of the Menai then secondly at Llanfairpwllgwyngyll:

RSPB South Stack cliffs were stunning and the weather was well and truly on our side this time!

Stone Chats and the like were plentiful and we saw Choughs within ten minutes of arrival.

After visiting Ellin’s Tower, we found out that the seabirds had left the Tuesday before, so where the cliffs had been swarming with a couple of thousand birds only days before they were now empty.

We managed to see the last three puffins swimming in the bay through a scope, and they left that afternoon while we were there.

After walking the cliffs we carried on up to the headlands and then slowly made our way back to the car.
I really enjoyed South Stack but it was a shame we hadn’t seen it quite at it’s most impressive. A trip for another time!

Our next destination was RSPB Valley Wetlands which wasn’t too far away. This was a very pretty reserve and there were plenty of birds such as Little Grebe, Cormorant, Heron, and the usual fleeting glances of various Warblers.

From there we drove to Malltraeth,



and spent some time before driving down to stay in a B&B just outside of Porthmadog in the picturesque Borth-y-Gest.

Part three to come!

Next stop Ynys-Hir!

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6 Aug, 2011
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mike said:

I have spent so much time in that area it is like a second home - almost bought a place at Harlech - thanks for the memories,

6 Aug, 2011
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aster said:

Beautiful and much better weather for you. Such a shame you missed the many seabirds but as you say it's an excuse for a return visit :)

6 Aug, 2011
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jane said:

Great to see all the fabulous views...such a relaxing and peaceful place to visit.You both look totally chilled out so that says it all..:o) Love that perky robin pic ! Many thanks for sharing part 2 of your trip and looking forward to the next leg !

6 Aug, 2011
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robashfield said:

Great blog Robbie( love the bird in pic 2!! lol) Looks like you had a great time & great weather.Looking forward to part 3!

6 Aug, 2011
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saucy said:

Great follow up blog. Fabulous pictures and so glad the weather was better for you.

7 Aug, 2011
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eje said:

Fabulous blog again Robbie,I remember Anglesey well and South Stack,one lasting memory I have is releasing a lamb that had got it's head stuck in some fencing,but that was many years ago now and I am a bit old in the tooth (dentures) to drive all that way again.Thanks for the memories.

7 Aug, 2011
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david said:

Another wonderful report on your trip, Robbie. Stunning settings and bird pics. :-)

7 Aug, 2011
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bonkersbon said:

More stunning images Robbie an area not familiar with so always good to see new birding locations and spotting a Chough would surely help to ease the lack of seabirds .. great photos looking forward to P3.

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