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Friday, September 11, 2020

Anglesey & Snowdonia, September 2020

A much-needed getaway with the Mrs to North Wales - specifically Anglesey, and a static caravan air BnB in the middle of a field, in the middle of the island. Perfect; as was the trip, with the best part of five days in this genuinely stunning, beautiful part of the world. We spent much of it exploring the island - secluded beaches and bays, neolithic and medieval sites, abandoned Victorian brick and porcelain Works and other random places of interest - as well as two leisurely, long, oooh-and-aaah soundtracked drives through Snowdonia and a sunny day at Portmeirion.

Birding wasn't a priority for the trip (and, dare I say it, it was all the better for it) but I had the optics at hand for any collateral, which included wonderful views of up to 26 Chough at South Stack, tame and entertaining Ravens there and across the island, and Greenland Wheatears (again there and scattered around the coast).

A tip off from a local birder (cheers Andrew!) about a Rosy Starling hanging out with a Starling flock on the coastal path in the north of the island came good almost instantly, and we enjoyed a close-up show before moving on to more secluded bays and burial chambers....