A tale of nature, wildlife and birding from Cheshire, North Wales and across the globe....

A tale of nature, wildlife and birding from Cheshire, North Wales and across the globe....

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Lapland Bunting showing well at Cemlyn Bay, Anglesey

The Lapland Bunting at Cemlyn Bay on Anglesey had been showing really well for several days last week, so me and Alex decided to take a trip across to try and catch up with this confiding individual. Having seen a group of Lapland Buntings on the Great Orme in Llandudno a few autumns prior, but with them often staying quite hidden in the grass, I was keen to drop in on this particular bird as it had been allowing views of just a few feet away.

Sure enough, after a short wait, the bird flew in from the east and began feeding on the sprinkling of seed that remained on the path, allowing truly amazing views at just a metre away and providing some fantastic photo opportunities!
Lapland Bunting, Anglesey

Lapland Bunting, Anglesey

Lapland Bunting, Anglesey

Lapland Bunting, Anglesey
This individual was particularly great to see as it was nearing breeding plumage – being far more bright and colourful than the autumn birds I’ve seen before with the bold black markings on the chest and the gorgeous rustic reds on the neck really standing out.
Lapland Bunting, Anglesey

Lapland Bunting, Anglesey

Lapland Bunting, Anglesey
It was great to finally catch up with a Lapland Bunting at Cemlyn, after dipping a small flock that frequented the area nearly 4 years ago, with just some Barnacle Geese in one of the fields for consolation!
Lapland Bunting, Anglesey


Lapland Bunting, Anglesey
For anyone going, (it was still reported up to Tuesday) the bird is just a short walk from the car park near to the tern viewing area, a few metres up on the track that heads north and towards the sea.  It seems to favour the grassy patch and section of footpath near the old tumbling down buildings, just where the path turns left next to the wall by the fields. 
Lapland Bunting, Anglesey


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