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8th April

This morning was fresh, fairly warm and sunny, perfect for a walk along part of the long promenade that runs almost the full length of  the bay. The bay itself is defined by the promontories of the Little Orme at one end and  Rhos point at the other; I walked from Penrhyn Bay back towards Rhos, with the Little Orme behind me.

The Little Orme

Penrhyn Bay has a small sandy beach that soon peters out into a stony one. A high sea wall reinforced by a continuous pile of large boulders on its seaward side gives protection against flooding during winter storms. I walked along the raised promenade until I reached another sea-break, a long finger of boulders built out into the sea. I had spotted a couple of Terns patrolling the sea close inshore, and then a solitary bird standing on the rocks that I suspected was an Oystercatcher, confirmed as I got closer, and went down onto the beach to see what else may be there.

Sandwich Tern flying against a background of wind turbines

The Oystercatcher was joined by a Tern

As I approached the breakwater there was a dark shape swimming away to open water. A couple walking a dog informed me I’d just missed seeing a seal that had been hauled out on the rocks, no doubt disturbed by them. The Oystercatcher remained though and was joined briefly by a Tern before it resumed its hunting.

Dives are fast and purposeful

The dives terminate in a large but neat splash

Crows visit the seashore to search  for accessible food, probably picking up freshly-dead crabs or open shellfish.

There were a few other birds at the end of the breakwater, a Ringed Plover, a couple of Starlings and another Oystercatcher.

Oystercatchers are present here in large numbers, most feed in groups of varying sizes at low tides at the sea edge on the extensive mussel beds, but lone individuals often turn up in places such as this too.

Finally –  a Herring Gull in a natural situation, searching rock pools for food.

Herring Gull – Larus Argentus