Our annual trip to the “sunny” isle will be remembered by those in attendance, not for a bird, but the site of a beautifully marked Adder not 4 feet from us as we watched the seabird colony at South Stack, Holyhead. It was on view for about 2 minutes and for the lads who remembered the Korean war it was the first time any of us had ever seen this species! After adding Puffin, Rock Pipit, Chough and distant Manx Shearwater`s we had a walk around and watched lots of Silver Studded Blue Butterflies, again a new species for most of us. A trip into Holyhead harbour revealed a couple of Black Guillemot`s. Now my favourite part of the trip Cemlyn Bay for a look at the tern colony that has been there ever since adam was a lad. Lots of Sandwich, Common and a few Arctic Terns are in the colony. They are all enjoying a good breeding year with 500 chicks having hatched already. A Roseate Tern had been seen for the last couple of days and it was eventually picked out in amongst the masses and showed really well,what a cracker! We called in at Llanfairfechan on the way home not really expecting to see any Common Scoter but a small flock of about 80 birds lingered not far from the wind farm turbines, these monstrosities are not nice but they are good for picking birds out and for giving directions onto birds though! Memorable day.

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