I started off at Penmon Point this morning with the intention of birding my way slowly up Anglesey's east coast. However, the Point was very quiet, with a late House Martin the highlight. On returning to the car news that Ken had a Barred Warbler showing well at Breakwater CP had me changing my plans and heading NW.
The bird hadn't been seen for half an hour or so when I arrived so I decided to check the Hawthorns where Ken had first found it (as he drove past!). It wasn't long before I clocked it sat out in the sunshine preening and I waved everyone over. The bird then showed well on and off as it fed in the Hawthorns and Ivy, occasionally sitting out in the open to preen and look around - great to see a few familiar faces (and meet some new ones) enjoying the good views!
On the way back I decided to call in to see the Lapland Buntings on the Great Orme. These were easy enough to pin down by heading towards the small group of assembled birders! Two birds showed on and off but were fairly elusive as they scuttled mouse-like through the grass and occasionally had a fly around.
Pics below (I'm sure there are much better to come!)