Bird Watching (UK) - - World War I Centenary -

1 You may be lured by the nearby wa­ter, but spend a lit­tle time in the wood­lands. When you hear a Nuthatch nois­ily call­ing it is worth re­call­ing that this bird did not breed on An­gle­sey un­til about 1910. Much the same can be said of the Great Spot­ted Wood­pecker, which has thrived in re­cent decades. The lit­tle tree mouse, the Treecreeper, also oc­curs, though is un­ob­tru­sive when com­pared to ei­ther of its noisy neigh­bours.

2 Ynys Well­tog is where Lit­tle Egrets first nested and must not be over­looked. Sight­ing a King­fisher al­ways brings that ex­tra tin­gle of ex­cite­ment to any bird-watch­ing day, and is al­ways pos­si­ble on this sec­tion of the Me­nai Strait es­pe­cially in win­ter.

3 Waders like Curlew, Dun­lin, Oys­ter­catcher and Redshank are likely along the wa­ters edge while at pas­sage times your at­ten­tion may well be drawn by the call of a Com­mon Sand­piper, per­haps head­ing for its up­land breed­ing grounds, a short dis­tance away in Snow­do­nia.

4 Lit­tle Grebes, Wigeon, Teal and Red-breasted Mer­gansers are present through­out the win­ter, while do not for­get to scan the bridges for a sight­ing of a Pere­grine and or Raven.

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