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Buff-breasted Sandpipers and more with The Biggest Twitch

We enjoyed a wonderful day guiding on Anglesey, with Chris and Mel from Cambridge. Not only did we have fantastic birds but also enjoyed lots of laughs along the way.

The day began in the Conwy valley. We then had a quick look at RSPB Conwy before heading over to the island of Anglesey. First stop was at Malltraeth where we enjoyed great views of a storm-driven Grey Phalarope on the estuary. A short drive took us to Llyn Coron where we were very fortunate indeed to enjoy brilliant views of a hunting Marsh Harrier, a rare bird in these parts. At RSPB South Stack we soaked up the spectacular scenery and marvelled at the flying skills of the local Chough. We also met up with keen local birder, Ken Croft, who was just setting off to search a nearby headland for migrants.

We headed north to Cemlyn Bay and were just about to do a seawatch when Alan's mobile rang. It was Ken. He had amazing news: he had just discovered not one but two Buff-breasted Sandpipers on The Range, the headland just south of South Stack, and what's more, these beautiful rarities from North America were showing well. All thoughts of seawatching were abandoned as we dashed off to join Ken on The Range. Thankfully the sandpipers were still pottering about amongst the heather just a few yards in front of Ken and we all enjoyed wonderful views in the late afternoon sun. Ken headed off and left us soaking up the views and taking photos and video. No sooner had Ken gone than a Lapland Bunting flew in onto the headland, another wonderful rarity. What a day!

Many thanks to Chris and Mel for making the day so much fun, and we look forward to birding with them again.

Buff breasted Sandpiper 1

Buff-breasted Sandpiper shows off in the sunshine

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Although very confiding, the two Buff-breasted Sandpipers were constantly on the move!

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We spent ages enjoying these gorgeous North American rarities: Buff-breasted Sandpipers are a real delight

Chris was able to use his new video camera, a present from Mel, to capture some stunning images: here's a link to a short video of the Buff-Breasted Sandpipers.


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