North Wales - Elegant Tern
A five hour drive is 'just up the road' for a lot of twitchers but for me, driving these kind of distances always feels like a massive effort. Having been encouraged to go and see the elegant tern, a day-trip to Anglesey is the kind of madness that birders are quite familiar with.
But this turned out to be a belter of a day. The elegant tern wasn't easy to connect with, hiding behind vegetation for periods particularly after the spectacular eruption of terns from the colony.
A really fantastic site though with large numbers of sandwich tern, and nice to see plenty of arctic tern with common tern there. A peregrine made an appearance late morning and a red-breasted merganser flew past.
Lunch in Holyhead late and a quick scan of the harbour revealed an adult black guillemot on the sea.