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Saturday 30th.

Polgigga (Bosistow Lane area).
- Turtle Dove went AWOL again
- Firecrest 1
- Spotted Flycatcher 2
- Blackcap 1 female type
- Chiffchaff 1
- Willow Warbler 1
- Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
- Sparrowhawk 1
- lots of Goldcrest

Hayle.
- Cattle Egret 1 on Ryan's Field
- Kingfisher 2
- Ruff 6
- Knot 2
- Plus usual Godwits etc
Nice to speak to the family in the hide with their 2 little daughters, 1 of whom ID'd the Cattle Egret immediately when we pointed it out that there was a rare one present.

Porth Chapel (St.Agnes) Seawatch.
- Great Skua 1
- Manx Shearwater 3
- Rock Pipit 2
...infact Rock Pipit we saw almost everywhere including Hayle, Marazion, Pendeen, Penzance, Porthgwarra, and St.Marys.

An enjoyable visit to Cornwall as always for me, and I hope the lads enjoyed it, I hope they got the essence of birding down there and picked up on a little bit of what I know from my visits year after year.
Nice to see Paul Semmens on the Scillonian III again, and also Mark Halliday, local Hayle birder and Guller.

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Friday 29th.

Pendeen Watch.
Only Seabirds seen here were Gannets.
- Chough 2
- Raven 1
- Firecrest 1 heard and possibly seen flitting around in roadside hedge on the road down to the Lighthouse.

Sennon.
- American Golden plover 1
- Dotterel 1 together in ploughed field
- Mediterranean Gull 1

Hayle.
- Grey Plover 1
- Mediterranean Gull 5
- Sandwich Tern 1 juv
- Kingfisher 1
- Grey Wagtail 1
- Usual Little Egrets and much the same Waders as always

Marazion.
- Wheatear 1 really orange individual on the beach
- Cetti's Warbler 2 (1 on Longrock Pool, 1 on reserve, more heard)
- Stonechat 3
- Chiffchaff 1
- Common Buzzard 3 circling

Polgigga (Bosistow Lane area).
- No sign of the Turtle Dove

Porthgwarra (late on)
- European Storm Petrel 1 danced right across the Cove from the cafe
- Balearic Shearwater 1
- Manx Shearwater 1
- Chough 2
...and a small Warbler heard calling and chattering softly in the bushes just passed the toilet block towards 50ft cover but didn't get a good view of the bird.

Mousehole / St.Clements Isle.
- Great Skua 1 flew passed, didn't bother the Gulls
- Whimbrel 7

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Thursday 28th.

Madron (nr Penzance).
- Firecrest 3 minimum
A nice surprise as we were leaving the accommodation on the farm en-route to Penzance dock for our Scillies trip. Firstly 2 birds together in the hedges and then a 3rd bird was calling which we connected with.

Scillonian III (both Journeys)
- Great Skua 3
- Sabines Gull 1 juv
- Balearic Shearwater 2
- Manx Shearwater 2
- Sooty Shearwater 1
- Black Tern 1
- Arctic Tern 1 juv
- Eider Drake 1
- Yellow-legged Gull 1 juv (possible)

St.Marys (Isles of Scilly)
- Wryneck 1 close up
- American Golden Plover 1
- Dunlin 1 with the Plover
- Greenshank 5
- Stonechat 2
...and 4 or 5 interesting Wheatear on the Airfield ???



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Wednesday 27th.
A total washout but it didn't stop us.

Porthgwarra.
- Sooty Shearwater 1
- Manx Shearwater 1
- Chough 2
- Rock Pipit 2
- Stonechat 1

RSPB Hayle.
- Curlew Sandpiper 2
- Little Stint 4
(Also a 5th dubious one that will probably remain a Little Stint see images)
- Bar-tailed Godwit 20+
- Ruff 10
- Knot 5
- Sparrowhawk 2
- plus usuals


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A few days in Cornwall with Simon Gough and Chris Chandler.
Early morning dash and we spent the day birding before going to our accommodation.

Tuesday 26th Sept.
Davidstowe Airfield.
- Buff-breasted Sandpiper 2
- Dunlin 2
- Ringed Plover 2
- Wheatear 1
- Raven 1

Crowdy Reservoir
- Spotted Sandpiper 1
- Common Sandpiper 1
- Hobby 1
- Peregrine 1
- Sparrowhawk 1
- Common Buzzard 1
- Kestrel 1

RSPB Hayle
- Great Egret 1
- Mediterranean Gulls incl 2 ringed birds
- Bar-tailed Godwits plenty
- Black-tailed Godwits 5
- Whimbrels & Curlews
- Ruff 3
- Kingfisher 1
- Plus the usual array of birds associated with Hayle



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The holiday is now coming towards its proper end, my penultimate full day, Tuesday, was spent within a few miles of the B&B, but hot and sunny didn't really bode well for interesting birds. First port of call was Stithians Reservoir just 5 miles away as the crow flies, and crows were just about all I saw. Actually a Green Sandpiper was new in and a distant long-billed small wader that I picked up caused a little excitement but when we got closer it was a Dunlin! A Common Snipe & a Little Egret were the only other birds I noted. The rest of the day was spent down the Lizard at Windmill Farm & Kynance Cove but a Stonechat was the highlight so it shows how quiet it was! Warm & sunny was nice for the tourists but not birdy, so I just enjoyed it and relaxed by the beach!!

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The last post should have said Sunday 17th not Saturday of course, I can't edit posts on this phone though! The next day, Monday 18th started off at Pendeen Watch for another seawatch seeing as how the day before's had gone so well. Most birds were a long way out but the highlight was an adult pale morph Pomerine Skua. Even at a distance I could see that this was a large Skua, especially as it was harassing a Gannet!! Other sightings included a Grey Phalarope, 2 Little Gulls, 2 Common Scoter, 3 Razorbill, 5 Puffin, 150+Manx Shearwater, 100+Kittiwake, Rock Pipit, 5 Raven and a Chough. Again I did a three hour watch as yesterday. The rest of the day was spent at Hayle Estuary RSPB. A juvenile Med Gull and 50+Bar-tailed Godwits were nice to see. As were 3 Greenshank, 4 Sandwich Tern, a Dunlin, 10 Black-tailed Godwit and the now run of the mill double-figure count of Little Egrets.



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My next day, yesterday, Saturday 17th, was spent at 2 locations. First of all I met up with mate & warden of Windmill Farm NE, Dougy, to have a scoot around his reserve. It was very quiet with 2 Golden Plovers & 6 Wheatears being the highlights. A couple of Wheatears were of the Greenland race & were stunning though. Lots of Chiffchaffs were present as well as a Goldcrest. Next I did a 3 hour seawatch off Lizard Point. This proved to be very productive despite winds being light. The two undoubted highlights were a Leach's Petrel and a juvenile Sabine's Gull, the latter picked up as a feeding raft of Gulls were attracted to fish driven to the surface by a small pod of Bottlenose Dolphins. 3 Puffins and a Guillemot were seen as well as 50 Manx Shearwaters, 5 Kittiwakes & 100 Gannets. A flyover Yellow Wagtail was another bird of note. This just goes to show not to give up on a seawatch if conditions look less than ideal. In Cornwall at the moment the birds are still out there and not going to disappear overnight!

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Well! My holiday got a reprieve, I was sent back to Cornwall to finish the hol on my own by Carys who stayed in Cardiff to look after her mum & dad. So on Saturday 16th I restarted in Cornwall at the B&B near Helston, our regular place. Where else to start but Helston Boating Lake where a Grey Phalarope had dropped in and was showing really well on he smallest partition of the lake. With only half a day & a bad back I only did this one site, but it was still a nice start to my unexpected holiday reprieve!

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Highlights of a weeks holiday in Cornwall, Not a Birding holiday just a few stolen moments away from the family.

Newquay - Watergate Bay Area, Aug 6th
Fulmar 10+
Stonechat 15+
Corn Bunting
Linnet several big feeding flock
Wheatear
Peregrine

Pendeen - Aug 9th, 12.00 - 16.00
Cory's Shearwater 2
Manx Shearwater 300+
Arctic Skua (Dark morph)
Fulmar 20+
Gannet 50+
Shag 11
Auk Sp 2
Rock Pipit 3


Porthgwarra - Gwennap Head, Aug 10th 7.00 - 10.00
Great Shearwater 1
Cory's Shearwater 3
Sooty Shearwater 4
Balearic Shearwater 1
Manx Shearwater 100's
Fulmar
Gannet
Whimbrel over calling
Rock Pipit 2
Wheatear

Penzance - Mini Pelargic on board Mermaid 2, Aug 10th 17.00 - 21.00
Great Shearwater 9
Sooty Shearwater 12
Balearic Shearwater 5
Manx Shearwater 100's
European Storm Petrel 18, feeding flocks of 10 & 8
Great Skua 2
Gannet 100+
Fulmar 30+

Dolphin 20+
Minke Whale

Well worth 25.00 of anyone's money, If the opportunity presents I'd highly recommend going on one of these pelargic trips, These birds are not being observed at usual seawatching range but very close range 15 to 50 meters, If your really fortunate Wilson's Storm Petrels are being seen on a regular basis.











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Didn't get chance to review my week in Cornwall as we spent most of the day travelling after being stuck in Bodmin roadworks and the fact I was on a plane to Cyprus on the Sunday with the Gf.
A brilliant week, weather better than was forecast, 3 hot sunny days, 2 warm / mixed days, 2 atrocious windy and rainy days. The wind however was present most of the week and put paid to our annual Scillies trip, locals had been correct with the advice to forget the Scillonian crossing for that week, apparently the deck was 'Green' everyday as the poor boat was tossed from pillar to post each day.

That said, I did get a cracking Seabird Lifer, 18 of them to be correct, in the European Storm Petrels.
Manx Shearwaters were seen in crazy numbers and nice to get fairly good views (albeit a bit distant) of Balearic's too, only having seen 1 before at Flamborough last year.
Nice to get the traditional Green Woodpecker on my mates Ludgvan lawn, and I was also a bit peeved that the small Falcon at Predannack Airfield area was probably a Red-footed Falcon as one was reported the day I was there and subsequently many times since. Always the way!
One last thing, nice to be back in touch with the guys from Sennon Cove Birding and CWBPS who used some of my sightings info and photos on their site, non-rarities I might add otherwise they would've been on here first.
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Friday 9th June.
Another warm sunny day despite the forecast, only bit of poor weather was last 30 mins of a seawatch in Newquay around 8pm so can't complain at all.

Coverack.
Great Northern Diver in adult summer plumage reported last night for the 1st time (apparently there last 3 days). It was reported in the bay, I checked both bays but there was no sign and subsequently no reports today.

Goonhilly.
I came back through Goonhilly Downs and Predannack Airfield. I had a good scan over the grasslands for Cuckoos or Raptors, plenty of Sand Martin and Swift over Croft Pascoe Pool and then a brief distant view of a small falcon towards the airfield, presumably a Kestrel. Apart from that it was just Linnet, Meadow Pipit and Skylark.

Pendeen Lighthouse.
- Manx Shearwater 1,100 in just under 8 minutes.
I gave up trying to count them at that point as they were streaming through at a ridiculous rate and showed no sign of stopping, and that was only the birds I had in my scope field of view.
A local birder I spoke to later put my mind at rest I wasn't seeing things as big numbers had been seen all week at the main seawatch spots.

Towan Head, Newquay. (6.15pm - 7.50pm)
- European Storm Petrel 12
- Rock Pipit 2
I didn't manage a single record shot of the Storm Petrels, trying to get a shot of a tiny bird dancing over the choppy waves whilst stood on a windy headland made for a difficult subject.

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Thursday 8th June.
Raining early morning, but soon cleared to sunshine with dull patches but still warm.

Longrock Pool
- Swift 2

Pendeen Lighthouse.
- Balearic Shearwater 1, seems the odd few are flying through now
- Manx Shearwater c20, big difference to yesterday's numbers
- Bottlenose Dolphin, a pod of c10 between Lighthouse and 3 Rock Reef

Hayle
- Whimbrel 1 catching Crabs (Ryan's Field)
- Reed Warbler 3 (in reeds behind RF hide)
- Curlew 3 (Lelant Water)

Porthgwarra
- Chough 3
- Raven 1
- Stonechat 2
- usual decent numbers of Seabirds

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Wednesday 7th June

Winds were almost down to a gentle breeze compared to yesterday and it brightened up nicely mid-morning. After a few important matters to sort out regarding my mates property and my travel documents for next week...we decided on another visit to Pendeen.

Pendeen Lighthouse. (1 and half hrs early afternoon)
- European Storm Petrel 1 very briefly but I lost it
- Balearic Shearwater 1
- Manx Shearwater possibly near 1000 again?
- Cuckoo 1 probable female on Lighthouse rocks
- Raven 3
- good numbers of usual Seabirds around

Cot Valley.
Quick stop at the coastal rocks produced...
- Chough 2
- Raven 1
- Manx Shearwater 1
- House Martin 2
- Sand Martin 1


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Tuesday 6th June.
Gale force winds all day long but strangely a very warm sunny day behind the ferocious gales.
Of note ... we were warned by a few locals we know, one has a boat and the others follow the Cornish weather reports religiously, that doing a Scillies trip this week would not be advisable or at least not for the faint hearted due to the exceptional windy conditions.
Incidentally they also told us a recent safety and structural inspection on The Scillonian III has seen its passenger capacity reduced and an advisory to lower the travelling speed.

Porthgwarra (early afternoon).
- Balearic Shearwater 2
Stood out against the Manx Shearwater (100's)
- Chough 3
- Garden Warbler singing in 60ft Cover

Best mate was doing the Cubert 5km Run in Newquay this evening so I snatched the chance to give Towan Head in Newquay a try...and what a try it was!

Towan Head 6.45pm - 8pm
- European Storm Petrel 5 LIFER
Unbelievable really, I shocked myself getting onto my first ever as the diabolical gales were making it hard to stand still and there were so many birds around it was difficult to keep track of everything. Views didn't last long as it disappeared behind the swell and that was it.
But another 4 has totally made my day!

Also...
- Great Skua 1 huge individual flew passed
- Rock Pipit 2 (1 within a few feet) the
- Manx Shearwater ??? Possibly up near a 1000 or more
(7-8000 reported on CWBPS today)

Lots of the usual birds around
- Kittiwake / Fulmar / Shag / Gannet / Auks (Raz/Guil)



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Monday 5th June.
Strong winds and torrential rain all day long over most of the far SW Peninsula.

Afternoon visit to Pendeen.
Stood near Pendeen Lighthouse and gave it half an hour or so in gale force winds and driving heavy rain and in the end had to give up as I was soaked to the bone! But it wasn't a wasted effort...

- Manx Shearwater 6
- Sooty Shearwater 1 (Evidently larger and appeared all dark due to conditions)
- Fulmar 10
- few Kittiwakes through inc 2 juv
- Shag 3
- Gannet constantly through
- Rock Pipit 1
- and a group of around 6 Bottlenose Dolphins with possibly 1 Common Dolphin

Newlyn Harbour / Sandy Cove.
- European Storm Petrel seen this morning but only seabirds seen by us was a few Gannet and a Manx Shearwater.

Ludgvan.
- a cracking Green Woodpecker spent a good 10 minutes on the lawn feeding after the rain had subsided a little around late teatime.

Incidentally to give you an idea of the ferocity of the weather, we called to Newlyn Lidl to buy some supplies. The power kept tripping in-store, lights going out etc and the manager came over to say if it persisted then they would evacuate and close the store as a safety precaution. As we drove home along the front, the waves were crashing over the road throwing debris everywhere.
An assessment will be made as to tomorrow's antics since much the same weather has been predicted.

-- Edited by Rob Creek on Tuesday 6th of June 2017 09:36:23 AM

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Sunday 4th June.

Kynance Cove (Lizard), hot and sunny again.
Just under 4.5 miles walking done around this varied habitat including the cliffs coastal path then onto the heathland and Gorse downs.

Birds of note...
- Cuckoo 1
- Sedge Warbler 1
- Stonechat 4 (inc 1 juv)
- Whitethroat very abundant on the downs
- plenty of Meadow Pipit, Skylark and Linnet too
- Fulmar 1 the only seabird seen

Hayle (Lelant).
- Wigeon 1 (possibly imm fem)
- Little Egret 8+

Longrock Pool.
- Swift 2

LATE NEWS RECEIVED YESTERDAY EVENING. A 2nd cy Red-footed Falcon was seen during the afternoon in the Windmill Farm area of the Lizard not far from where we were. Great!

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Saturday 3rd June.

Myself and best pal Stephen Ellison arrived last night / early hours for a week's holiday before I go to Cyprus with the Gf the week after.

Land's End. (A very hot Land's End today)
We walked a couple of miles of the coastal path eastwards towards Porthgwarra and back.

- Chough 5
A pair of adults on the hill near the cliff edge feeding, most likely on ants as there were lots about.
Then another 2 adults flew over us giving it the acrobatic flight. Then a little further round the coastal path a juvenile / imm bird flew passed clearly having a yellowish orange bill rather than the bright red one.

Other birds...
- Manx Shearwater single group passed c250-300
- Gannet
- Guillemot
- Razorbill
- Kittiwake
- Fulmar
- Shag
- Great Black-backed Gull
- Wheatear 1
- Stonechat 1 family + few singles
- Whitethroat 3
- lots of Linnet
- Common Buzzard 1

(Some of the Seabirds and Gulls had chicks and juvs, inaccessible on rock islands I might add, and interestingly some species we don't normally see in good numbers like we did today so that was a welcome sight.
Basically we visit some well known and trusted sites every year and so walk some of the same paths passed the same cliffs, heaths etc and it just seemed a lot busier with birds than last few years, example 20+ Fulmar in an hour or so as opposed to only a few in roughly same area last year. )

Hayle ... Ryan's Field and Lelant.
- No sign of the Temminck's Stint.
- Whimbrel 3
- Curlew 2
- Oystercatcher 2

Marazion / Long Rock Pool
- Reed Warbler 2
- Cetti's Warbler heard only
- Little Grebe 1



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Saturday 25th March.

Longrock Pool / Marazion.
- 1 Mediterranean Gull on the Pool
- 1 Siberian Chiffchaff close up and singing poolside
- 1 Chiffchaff
- 1 Cetti's Warbler
- 1 drake Velvet Scoter still offshore
- 1 Black-throated Diver distant offshore
- 2 Shag offshore
- 2 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin and 1 Swallow over the pool

Hayle mid-afternoon high tide.
Ryan's Field.
- 2 Spoonbill
- 2 Little Egret
- 2 Oystercatcher
The local birders in the hide were amazed when I pointed out there were infact 2 Spoonbill and that the one they missed was the closest bird to the hide.

Hayle Lelant / Old Quayhouse.
- 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls
- 1 juv Iceland Gull still
- 16 Bar-tailed Godwits
- 3 Black-tailed Godwits still
- 8 Grey Plover
- 6 Dunlin

St.Erth.
A quick trip round the corner after hearing of 2 Cattle Egret in the Tredrea Lane area revealed 2 Little Egret feeding in the field around the cattle.
- 1 Ruff also in the field them.

Helston.
Twice I went to Helston boating lake to try for the Boneaparte's Gull including Friday early afternoon and early Sunday morning. It wasn't seen from Wednesday apparently but then late news on Saturday reported it being present at the lake on 'Friday afternoon' and then Hayle Estuary, the latter sighting eventually being re-identified as a Kittiwake. Well it certainly wasn't there whilst I was there, infact no small Gulls were present at all on the boating lake, the only bird of note being a Herring Gull with a long bill with vicious curve to it. If it was there then it obviously came in later!

All in all a good trip with a self-found Lifer in the Hudsonian Whimbrel the highlight, lots of good birds including usual big numbers of Teal and Wigeon, and stacks of Curlew.
Also
- 1 Barn Owl (over the A30 Bodmin)
- 1 Green Woodpecker (behind mates bungalow at
- and a Badger crossed infront of our car nearby at...would you believe, Badger's Cross.




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A few days with best mate and another pal to do a few jobs on his property. Travelled down Thursday night, arrived early hours Friday morning, came home Sunday.
I did manage a bit of birding which proved successful.

Friday 24th March
Marazion and Longrock Pool.
- 1 Siberian Chiffchaff (singing aswell)
- 2 Common Chiffchaff
- 1 Cetti's Warbler
- 1 Water Rail
- 1 drake Velvet Scoter offshore with 2 Common Scoter

Hayle Estuary - Old Quayhouse Pub.
100's of Gulls to sift through.
- 1 Iceland Gull juv
- 1 Yellow-legged Gull 2nd W / 3rd CY?
- 1 Greenshank

Hayle Estuary - Ryan's Field.
- 2 Spoonbill (1 imm / 1 adult)
- 19 Bar-tailed Godwit
- 3 Black-tailed Godwit (summer plum)

Perranuthnoe Boat Cove.
- 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel
Thought I'd try my luck here whilst in the area and shocked myself by finding it. It hadn't been seen in ages so I was made up.
- 3 Black-throated Diver offshore







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Sunday 4th September

Hudsonian Whimbrel at Boat Cove


Monday 5th September

Buff-breasted Sandpiper Marazion Beach
Dalmatian Pelican Loe Pool
Adult Mediterranean Gull & 18 Little Egrets on Hayle Estuary


Tuesday 6th September - Wednesday 7th September

Cliff Swallow, Lesser Yellowlegs, Temminck's Stint & Whinchat on Saint Mary's on the Isles of Scilly




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Our final day today started again at Helston Loe where the Dalmatian Pelican was still in residence, I could then get the news out as folk are still travelling to see it. Yesterday we met a couple from Bristol who had travelled down specially! The Common Sandpiper was still present too as well as the first Grey Wagtail of the trip. The latter being significant as it meant that on this trip we had logged Grey Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, White Wagtail and Citrine Wagtail!

Next we headed to Stithians Reservoir, a full 4 miles from the B&B!! Here we saw 2 Wood Sandpipers at the Carnmenellis Causeway end of the water as well as a couple of Curlew. I also picked up a juvenile Peregrine which a local patchwatcher there told me was locally scarce & he was really pleased with my observation! At the Golden Lion Causeway nothing much other than a Common Snipe.

Finally we popped to Hayle Estuary RSPB for the end of the day and high tide. On Ryan's Field a couple of Greenshank and 5 Black-tailed Godwits were seen, with two Little Egrets too. Over on the other side down from the Old Quay House Inn we saw 8 more Greenshanks, 14 more Little Egrets and a smattering of Redshanks, Teal, Wigeon and the commoner gull species.

Sad to say, that was that, end of holiday! But fabulous memories, great weather and some good self-finds, can't complain one bit!!



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A bit of a delay in reports due to my phone going on the blink & a minor bout of food poisoning!

The 29th didn't bring much new, only a Yellow Wagtail and a White Wagtail at Lizard Point. A Whinchat nearby was one of many seen on this holiday!

On Tuesday 30th we headed down to Helston Loe and only 3mls from our B&B we were watching the Dalmatian Pelican again as it relocated to this new pool in it's travels. Spending all day there we watched it feed actively and I got some really close photos by hunkering down behind a reedbed since the bird is incredibly wary of people. Also present were a Common Sandpiper and Green Wooppecker. Later in the day we walked round to Loe Bar which divides the Loe from the sea and saw yet another Whinchat as well as a Kingfisher.

Again another fabulous day in the warm sunshine and only a few miles away from where we were staying, result!!!



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Our first dull day weatherwise, but certainly not birdwise!

We headed down The Lizard again as this area tends to be our 'patch' when we stay here. First of all we walked out to Church Cove from Lizard village and round the coastpath towards Lizard Head. At first all was quiet with little of interest either onshore or offshore. We headed inland at Bass Point as we could see bird movement in the hedges and fields here. First of all we picked up a Whinchat and at least three Wheatears, a good sign. More mundane stuff included a big flock of Linnets and several Meadow Pipits. Next we scanned the hedges and after seeing a Robin, three Dunnocks and a Common Whitethroat we could hardly believe our eyes as we found our second Wryneck in two days! Unfortunatly just as I was about to digiscope it a car drove along the track and flushed it, the only car we saw in 2 hours on that track, sods law or what?! Still it was a lovely find and showed fabulously in the scope. Later, speaking to a local birder, we found out that where we had found it was known by birders as Wryneck Gully, but he'd never seen one there! Later we also saw a Lesser Whitethroat in the same hedge, another nice bird.

Next we acted on a text from the local grapevine and headed to the Lizard Lighthouse. Here we spent a good while staring at the tamarisks with no joy. Finally just as we were about to give up we saw our quarry, a cracking Icterine Warbler, a real rarity in Cornwall, so a very good bird indeed. As quickly as it showed it was gone but the mini twitch of local birders assembled there all got on to it, so all were very happy. A reported Ortolan Bunting nearby didn't prove to be so obliging and we had to give up on that one in favour of a date at our 'local' Cornwall Pub which had a music festival & barbecue on, a great way to end another fabulous day!



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Another great day in Cornwall, hot & sunny again too!

Started off at Lizard Point for a wee seawatch as the winds were in the correct direction albeit too weak for a good passage. Lots of Gannets and 25 Manx Shearwaters were seen but the best bird was a single Balearic Shearwater. A Raven also flew over but no Choughs this time!

We later met up with old friend, Dougy, warden at Windmill Farm NR and headed to the migrant hotspot locally known as Soapy Cove (Soap Rock on OS Maps). Signs were good as we started seeing Wheatears and Whinchats, with totals of 5 and 6 respectively. A migrant Sedge Warbler was also picked up, but the best bird was a fabulous self-found Wryneck. What a result, we were all elated by our find, which we all saw simultaneously and so could all say that we had found it!!!

We then headed back to Windmill Farm NR where several Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs were seen to end a fabulous day.



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Today started with a short trip over to Polgigga. We parked up & walked the short distance to Raftra Farm where within 10 mins we were watching a cracking first winter Citrine Wagtail down to about 5m. This was a fabulous opportunity & I got some cracking shots of it In the sunshine.

Then we headed to Windmill Farm NE on The Lizard, our adopted local patch. Here it was quiet with 10 Stonechats, all 3 hirundines & Whitethroats being the main birds seen. We will be back tomorrow with our friend, Dougy, who is the warden at Windmill so maybe a longer visit will turn up a goodie!



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Our first week of Cornwall being almost up and finally finding some wifi, I decided might post what I've seen.
We stopped of for the Dalmatian pelican on our way down and with a bit of help from some locals found it sat in the middle of the creek, 4 black tailed godwits and a whimbrel were also around.
On Tuesday we decided we would go for the booted warbler at porthgwarra which was seen darting from bush to bush but never really gave good views.
Today we spent the morning in the hide at Hayley estury where we had great views of greenshanks and common sandpipers. Hyena spent the afternoon sea watching off st Ives where I saw 5 ocean sunfish, many kittiwakes and Mediterranean gulls, 1 yellow wagtail flew over and 1 Arctic Skua flew through heading west.

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Yesterday had our first full day in Cornwall. First call was Restronguet Creek. We drove down the tiny lanes to Point and parked at the quayside, having been here on previous holidays we knew where we were going and so made it with ease. Immediately on walking out to scan the water I picked up a huge white bird, halfway across the creek, the long-staying Dalmatian Pelican! With vital statistics of 6 feet long & an 11 foot wingspan it was hard to miss!! I took lots of shots of this fabulous creature & let lots of locals look through my scope. Many said that this gave them their best views that they had had of this bird - amazing given the number of birders through here!

Next we took the quaint King Harry Ferry over to the Roseland Peninsula. Here we mainly spent our time rock-pooling but had a nice fly past adult Mediterranean Gull and a fishing Sandwich Tern. Later we headed to a private site and watched double figure numbers of adult and juvenile Cirl Buntings, a glorious sight in Cornwall.



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Yesterday on our first half day of our Cornwall holiday we nipped the few miles down the road from the B&B to Perranuthnoe and parked up in the village. We then walked the short distance down to Boat Cove where the first and closest bird we saw was the long-staying Hudsonian Whimbrel. With a stunningly bright head pattern it was unmistakable but it was still nice to see it fly. Showing the plain back & lacking the white as seen on UK Whimbrel. A few locals joined us and advised against going into the cove onto the rocks as the bird flushes quite easily, so we took reasonable shots from a distance. Other birds seen were Curlews, Oystercatchers and Shags.

Next stop was Pendeen Watch even though the winds were wrong, but they are forecast the same all holiday so why not? Lots of Manx Shearwaters streamed past as well as lots of Gannets. Other than that just Fulmars, a Wheatear, 2 Stonechats and a friendly Rock Pipit!



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Cornwall Trip (Again?) Sunday 7th August 2016

After lasts weeks trip to dip the Dalmatian Pelican I did not think that I would be going back again so soon. With the bird seemingly settling down again in West Cornwall, it do no harm to have another go would it? A little persuasion was not needed from Mark K, so we met in Milnrow at 3am on Sunday morning, with Mark K, Nige S, Bob K and myself making up the team. As usual lots of roadworks hampered our progress through the night, but as dawn broke we had made good time. About 25 miles from Restronguet Point near Truro, we got the news that the pelican was still present, a few extra mph was gained and after negotiating, pushbikes, farm machinery etc we reached the creek. After a few quick scans of the area the bird was picked up by Nige S, it was sat on top of a buoy and looked quite comfortable. We drove a little bit closer to the bird and managed to get some nice pictures. The local people in this part of England are really friendly and as we chatted and showed them pictures, the bird stretched its wings and dropped into the water and began swimming about, eventually out of site, what a bird it is and well worth the effort to see it. Bob K managed to wade in the creek as the tide went out, whilst Nige showed me a very strange looking jellyfish. Ready to move on. Time will tell if the great men of the B.O.U will accept the pelican onto the British List.

A Hudsonian Whimbrel has been around Perranuthnoe, near Penzance for a while, so we gave it a go. A lovely place with a few Whimbrel, but not the American version, that we would have liked to see. Mark K ended up on the rocky beach trying to photograph a likely candidate and staggered us by beating us back to the path after being 50 feet below us, how did he do that? A few Buzzard and a couple of Raven kept us entertained also stunning views of St Michaels Mount on a lovely sunny day.

Final stop was Porthgwarra for a spot of sea watching. Its about 24 years since I have been there, but the bird watching was almost just as good as last time. In the 1 hours we were there we saw: - 400+ Manx Shearwater, 6 Balearic Shearwater, 200+ Gannets, 5 Fulmar, 1 Sandwich Tern, all heading west. I was lucky enough to pick up the fin of a Minke Whale as it swam past, a very enjoyable sea watch in great conditions. It was commented on about how many birds we would have seen at Flamborough Head!

We had all enjoyed ourselves so much that we had not looked at the time, so, we had to forgo calling for the Cirl Bunting in Devon. The journey home was long but with us all sharing the driving was manageable. When the first sign for Manchester was seen the rain began to pour down, we reached Milnrow by 11pm having travelled in excess of 800 miles. Great trip with some cracking birds seen.

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Dalmatian Pelican still present early morning in Restronguet Creek

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Friday 10th June

Mid-morning visit to Mousehole, sightings from the harbour car park.
- Manx Shearwater 21 past together
- Guillemot 1
- Razorbill 2

Actually on St.Clements Isle.
Of note...
- Great Black-backed Gull c25+
- Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
- Herring Gull c25-30
- Little Egret 1 (precariously walking over the jagged rocks)
- few Shag & Cormorant

Zennor.
Quick stop for a coffee near the bottom edge of the moors.
- Raven 3 massive individuals
- Meadow Pipit
- Skylark
...Cuckoo heard on the drive over the moors near Gear Hill and Trewey Hill.

St.Ives (The Island)...very quiet!
- Rock Pipit 2 (1 constantly singing)
- Meadow Pipit 1 landed briefly on rocks
- Kittiwake 3
- Shag 5
- Guillemot 3
- Linnet 2 near the Lookout Tower

Drove back over the top of the moors again between Gear Hill and Trewey Hill and picked up on 2 Cuckoo, 1 male flying low over the heath and a female flying in the opposite direction being pursued by a probable Meadow Pipit. Male heard singing shortly after.




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Thursday 9th June.

Porthgwarra, late lunchtime.
Fairly quiet again, as it has been all week, of note...
- Chough 4 (2 ad, 2 juv)
- Great Black-backed Gull 1
- Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
- Manx Shearwater 1
- Shag 2
- Razorbill 2
- Gannet 20+
- Linnet 2
- Rock Pipit singing for ages on a rock
- Meadow Pipit 2
- Skylark 1

Ludgvan.
- Goldcrest 1 in bushes in the driveway at teatime


Evening visit to Goonhilly Downs / Croft Pascoe.
- Cuckoo 1 seen, 3 heard together
- Tawny Owl 1 seen, more heard
- Nightjar heard only
- Woodcock heard only
- Meadow Pipit plenty around
- Skylark 1

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Wednesday 8th June.

Scillonian III crossing, Penzance to St.Mary's and return.
Nice to meet wildlife guide Paul Semmens again.
- Mute Swan 2 far out in Penzance Bay
- Manx Shearwater est 75-100
- Great Skua 2 together
- Gannet lots
- Fulmar 6
- Guillemot c25-30
- Razorbill 3
- Great Black-backed Gull 2
- Puffin 2 (approaching St.Mary's)
- Shag 1 fishing in bay off Porth Hellick Downs
- Cuckoo 1, heard then seen in flight near Porth Hellick
- Lesser Redpoll 2
- Song Thrush & Blackbird everywhere
- Risso's Dolphin 2, LIFER!!! showed well, got an ID shot too
- Sunfish 1 LIFER
- Harbour Porpoise 3, 1 chasing a large fish
- Common Dolphin pod c75-80, put on a fantastic show
- Bottlenose Dolphin 1 with the Common's
- Kittiwakes and Gannets lots with the Dolphin pod, they'd obviously found a large shoal of fish.
- Common Dolphin, smaller pod later seen between Penzance and Mount's Bay.

Paul Semmens had a Storm Petrel but I was on the opposite side deck so by the time he'd shouted to me I'd missed it. 1 passenger said he'd seen some Balearic Shearwaters, I didn't see any myself though.


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Tuesday 7th June.

Trip over to Kynance Cove on the Lizard, really dense sea fog over most of the southern peninsula!
Of note...
- Stonechat central (15+??)
- Meadow Pipit
- Skylark
- Fulmar
- Common Buzzard 2, 1 being mobbed by Jackdaws

St.Just in Roseland and then Porthscatho.
Both RSPB sites, we were hoping for good views of the Cirl Buntings but only a glimpse of a female in a hedge. I thought we would do better than this considering how much area we covered,


Dropped my mate off for a 5 mile run in Newquay and carried on to Holywell Bay, the sea mist came in immediately and I was grounded to the nature reserve car park.
Of note..
- Raven 2
- Kestel 1
- Chiffchaff 2
- Willow Warbler 1
- Whitethroat 1




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Porthgwarra.
Day started off nice and sunny but soon turned to overcast and gloomy, a slight sea mist was present and quite strong winds were building. There was a distinct lack of bird activity too and as a result of all that we gave it a couple of hours before we headed back. Frustrating really as Porthgwarra is usually busy with bird life even at this time of year.

Of note...
- Chough 1
- Raven 2
- Swift 6
- Shag 1
- Fulmar 4
- Gannet 1
- Stonechat 3
- Whitethroat 2
- Meadow Pipit 2
- Linnet 2
- Cuckoo heard distantly towards the inland heath


Long Rock Pool & Marazion Marsh, early pm visit.
Of note...
- Cetti's Warbler 2 pairs
1 pr at Long Rock Pool, 1 pr Marazion Marsh, all 4 birds seen but the singing male at Marazion showed particularly well.
- Reed Warbler 4
1 pr obviously feeding nestlings with billful's of insects at Long Rock, 1 other bird foraging nearby and kept flying back further away into the reeds away from the first pair, then another bird at Marazion also feeding chicks somewhere deep in the marsh.
- Sedge Warbler 1 heard then seen briefly
- Whitethroat 1
- Little Egret 1
- Grey Heron 2



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Started our Oldham Birder's 'Tour of English Counties' weekend with an early morning visit to Drift reservoir before moving on to East Anglia. Great atmospheric views of the Dalmatian Pelican in the 5 a.m. mist, initially on its' favourite perch on the north-east arm, where it soon began to fish, before flying around to the other arm to continue fishing. A stand-off with a Grey Heron was over a perching place on a spit was a good reminder of the bird's size which made it visible from the carpark by the time the mist had cleared.

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Sunday 5th June

Ludgvan (Churchtown).
- cracking Green Woodpecker on the lawn this morning.


Sennon Cove coast path to Lands End and back.
- Great Black-backed Gull 1
- Guillemot
- Razorbill
- Fulmar
- Gannet
- Shag 15+
- Peregrine 1
- Common Buzzard 3
- Stonechat 2
- Whitethroat
- Skylark
- Linnet
- Meadow Pipit
- House Martins around Sennon cliffs


RSPB Hayle (Ryan's Field)
- immature Spoonbill showing well
- Little Egret 20+
- Grey Heron 1
- Curlew 4
- Whimbrel 1
- Peregrine 1 over the hide
- Kingfisher 1

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A week in Cornwall with best pal Stephen Ellison.

Saturday 4th June.

Porthgwarra. (RSPB now involved more heavily here and various paths closed off)
Nice to meet John Barber and wife here.

- Dalmatian Pelican (Lifer...if eventually accepted?)
Seen circling up in the clouds towards the Lands End complex as viewed from the Porthgwarra Lookout. The bird kept disappearing in the heat haze but did eventually circle over us ONCE and drifted off back towards Lands End.

Other birds of note...
- Chough 2
- Shag colony of around 20+
- Manx Shearwater 9
- Razorbill 3
- Gannet
- Fulmar
- Sparrowhawk 1 female
- Whitethroat 5
- Stonechat family
- Linnet
- Meadow Pipit

Drift Reservoir.
- Dalmatian Pelican
Fantastic close up views of this spectacular bird. Constantly catching fish etc in the North East Arm of the res.
Also of note...
- Great Crested Grebe 1
- Chiffchaff 2
- Bullfinch 3
- Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 flew across the road out

RSPB Hayle.
- Spoonbill 1 (immature bird)
I picked it up on Ryan's Field and then it flew over the road to Lelant Saltings behind the Old Quay House, showed well albeit asleep most of the time.
- Little Egret 10+
- Oystercatcher family

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Just back from a week in the Padstowe area followed by a week at Penzance.

Highlights were:-
Shorteared Owl at Pentire Point
Cuckoo and Dipper on Bodmin Moor
Manx Shearwater from boat over to Scillies
Chough at the Lizard
Pomerine Skua whilst watching a play at Minack open air theatre.
Dalmatian Pelican at Drift Reservoir immediately followed by Black Kite on top of telegraph pole up the valley.

All in all a great holiday with fine weather and some unexpected birds.
Plus a weasel, roe deer and a fox.

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We are off to Padstow for a week on the 4th June just wondering if anyone knows of any decent spots to go in Cornwall any help/advice welcome many thanks Steve and Shirley

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Coastal path from Newquay to Porth Bridge and former iron-age settlement.

Fulmars and Herring Gulls nesting along the cliffs. Rock Pipits abundant, even in the lawns.

House Sparrows, Wrens and Dunnocks in the cliff-top scrub/brambles, with a single male Redstart on one larger bush.

2 Ravens, 2 Kestrels and 1 Curlew.

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Quick stop at Hayle Lelant Saltings this morning 10.15 - 10.30 am

- Spoonbill 2, both birds up close feeding at the side of the road at the Hayle village end of the Saltings.
Excellent views of them sifting through the muddy channels and then tossing their head back to swallow their catch.
- Little Egret 3
- Grey Heron 2
Pretty much as it was yesterday with Wildfowl numbers.
- Shelduck
- Eurasian Wigeon
- Eurasian Teal
- Curlew 2
- Redshank lots
- Lapwing lots
- Great Black-backed Gulls in big numbers this morning
- Other usual Gulls and Corvids present
- female Bullfinch over whilst I was in the Old Quayhouse pub car park

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Another flying visit with Stephen Ellison, arrived 1am Saturday early hours, going back home tomorrow morning giving us just today (and maybe a quick Hayle stop tomorrow morning) for a bit of birding.

This morning in absolutely atrocious conditions and constant severe gales.

Marazion and Long Rock Pool...(in approx 30 mins)
- Little Grebe 3
- Moorhen 3
- Grey Heron 2
- Little Egret 1
- Oystercatcher 1
- Fieldfare approx 30-40 in one group over the marsh
- Gannet 3 over Marazion bay
- No sign of any reported Diver species, could've moved round to Penzance, Newlyn, or even could've been out of sight round St.Micheal's Mount.

RSPB Hayle...(in approx 1 hour)
Rammed with birds!!!

- Spoonbill 2 - mainly resting but occasionally putting heads up to give a nice profile. Viewed fairly close in from the back end of The Old Quayhouse car park, probably out of view from the main road A30 lay-by where birders sometimes gather.
- Grey Heron 3
- Little Egret 5
- Common Buzzard 1
- Lapwing a few 100
- Curlew well over 100
- Redshank lots
- Black-tailed Godwit 1 on its own
- Eurasian Wigeon absolutely everywhere, well up in the 100's
- Eurasian Teal probably around a couple 100
- Canada Goose including 3 or 4 hybrids
- Greylag Goose 1 only
- Shelduck
- Meadow Pipits
- few small Finch flocks seemingly mainly Goldfinch
- Lots of Gulls including...
Great Black-backed
Lesser Black-backed
Herring
Black-headed

...all the usual Corvids around and even more of the fore-mentioned species further out over Lelant Saltings

Quick look around Jubilee Pool near Penzance front...
- Shag 2 swimming out in the bay, constantly diving but then both flew off towards Marazion.
- lots of Gannet out to sea
- no sign of any Divers, probably further round other way past Marazion


Quick stop at Mousehole...
- Rock Pipit 2 feeding around the harbour car park up close
- Gannet plenty feeding out to sea
- usual Gull roost on St.Clements Isle just out from the harbour.
(1 Gull in particular seen worth checking)

Porthgwarra...
Literally a few minutes stop as the weather was ridiculously bad. Freezing cold, gale force winds, pouring-driving rain so just a few birds seen from the car.
- Fieldfare
- Blackbird
- Robin
- Dunnock
- Meadow Pipit
- Goldfinch flock
- female Stonechat

- Few Common Buzzard and 2 Raven seen on the drive from Porthgwarra over Zennor down to St.Ives.


St.Ives (a sea watch around The Rock)...
Once again in terrible conditions (for us but not for the birds we expected to see)

- Shag at least 15 including some juveniles about
- Cormorant only around 4 or 5
- Fulmar constantly seen flying through around the Rock
- Kittiwake again constantly seen, mainly juv and 1st winters, few winter adults around too
- Herring Gull lots
- Great Black-backed Gull few patrolling around
- Mediterranean Gull 2 low over the Rock
- Rock Pipit 1 near the Rock NCI lookout
- Auk types : unidentified Guillemots or/and Razorbills
- possible Great Skua, could've been large juv Gull, poor vis due to sea spray and poor light
- Plovers (Golden??) approx 30 over, No sign of underarm black auxiliaries but needs verifying due to poor conditions
- a few really small Gulls far our, not sure of species (could be Black-headed) due to quality of visibility and light
- Grey Wagtail 1 low flyover on our way out of St.Ives town centre.

A few Grey Seals were seen throughout the day to add to a cracking day's birding, was hoping for a Leach's Storm Petrel Lifer and maybe a Diver or 2, but not to be for us!
Another visit to Hayle in the morning is destined as it is literally 10 minutes away on the A30 journey home



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Thanks for that Doc. I've always been like that, admit if I'm wrong, and this time I was.

I'm pretty sure knowing what I know now, that the Pipit was a Meadow Pipit. I only doubted my own identification partly because another species was reported (which I had absolutely no idea about when I first saw it) and also because it just happened to be close in plumage colour to what was reported. It seemed to fit, if that makes sense.
But I've had it before where a Meadow Pipit with a green hue has caught my eye, but that's all it's been, a Meadow Pipit.

As for the Alba Wagtails, again, knowing what I know now, and reading a few online articles on how to separate Alba and Yarrellii, I don't think I'll ever be able to safely call it between them!

The Ring-billed Gull was me picking the wrong photo, but there was indeed one at Hayle, and is still there this week.
Cheers

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Wow Rob, huge respect for the last post. It takes a big man to admit to mistakes, and we all make them in our hobby, all the time. Birding is a learning game & we never ever stop, no matter how long we've been at it. This forum is a great resource and a brilliant place to bounce ID issues & opinions off other birders and get to the bottom of any ID problems we may have. Great to have Ian there at the helm to help & lots of other experienced & imformed birders to help too. Unlike other forums we all feel that we can post here without being judged & getting our heads bitten off as would happen in some other bird sites out there. Long may this continue, a great resource full of great folk smile



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I think it's only right that I make this comment with regards to my sightings post below, mainly after some valuable advice from Ian.

Firstly to the Olive-backed Pipit at Nanjizal.
I should've stuck with my original gut feeling and trusted my own instinct in that it does appear that the bird I saw, and probably the same bird that only a few people saw that day, was a Meadow Pipit.

Secondly to the White Wagtails that were seen, mainly at Land's End.
Again after some expert advice from Ian, I will have to admit that they could quite easily have been and in all honesty were likely to be Pied Wagtails, the time of year and moult plumage rendering them exceptionally difficult to separate.

Lastly, I thought I'd got this wrong too, the Ring-billed Gull at RSPB Hayle Lelant.
I'd only gone and sent the wrong photo to Ian, of the look-alike Herring Gull that was hanging about that day. I wouldn't mind, but I knew it was a Herring Gull
Not to worry though, as the Ring-billed Gull has been confirmed with the correct photo.

Many thanks
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36 hour flying visit to Cornwall with best mate Stephen Ellison, arrived late Friday night, back Sunday afternoon.

No 3G and poor phone signal down there yet again meant relying on any local birders who might be present and the few texts that managed to get through with online info so thanks to Simon Gough for that.

Notable flyovers/heard on long traffic ridden journey down (and back) and between sites
- Jay 4
- Raven 5
- Rook and Jackdaw in the 100's
- Cormorant 1
- Common Buzzard 10+
- Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
- Tawny Owls heard near mates bungalow on arrival

Saturday 10th October.
Nice to meet locals Dave and his group who we bumped into at 3 sites, Porthgwarra, Cot Valley and RSPB Hayle Estuary.

Porthgwarra ... bit quiet usually more birds
- Swallow 2 on wires at Roskestal Farm entrance
- Siskin 1 female (well spotted Steve) in a small flock of 4 Great Tit, 1 Blue Tit, and 2 Chaffinch also at the farm gates
- Chough 2
- Raven 1
- Gannets out to sea
- Cormorant 3
- Shag 2 on the rocks
- Shearwater 1 far out, unidentified
- Stonechat 2 (m+f)
- Meadow Pipit - lots
- White Wagtail - few about
- Kestrel 1
- Sparrowhawk 1 being harass by 2 Magpies


Nanjizal.
Faraway Cottage, private roads so public access on foot only, 1.2 mile walk from car.
- Common Gulls feeding along side Black-headed Gulls
- Skylark 30+
- Meadow Pipit 5

- Richard's Pipit 1 Lifer (not good view, mainly silhouette)
Noticeably different flying around and appeared to hover which drew our attention to it, it then started calling as it flew over us, I played its call on the Collins app to try and match it and the bird came over again calling and a bit of a hover to investigate but it was mainly silhouette views unfortunately.

- Olive-backed Pipit 1 Lifer
Didn't know it was that at first but it was kind of confirmed later by others.
Noticed this Pipit in one of the fields near Faraway Cottage, it had a greener tinge to it than the few Meadow Pipits with it, and also showed strong facial markings giving it a slightly different appearance, but I just put it down to variation of a Meadow Pipit. I lost it in one of the furrows in the uneven field. I mentioned it to Dave and his group at another site and their reply was ... nice one mate you got the Olive-backed Pipit, that was the first we knew that one had been sighted.

- Goldcrest 3
- Firecrest heard only in deep hedge thicket in at least 4 different locations along the path to the cottage
- possible Blackcap heard with faint short bursts of calling.


Land's End.
- Meadow Pipit - few around

- Richard's Pipit 1
Seen near the sallows at Greeb Farm and crafts centre, this bird was flying around and doing a bit of a glide and hover like the bird at Nanjizal, I played the call again and the same thing happened, it flew over calling but again brief silhouette views before flying over the visitor complex out of sight. I thought this could've been the same bird but local birder Dave later told me there were 2 birds seen that day. He told me that they'd had a flyover at the complex, we didn't see them at Land's End but we put 2 and 2 together that they'd probably seen the bird we'd seen flying over the complex from the other direction.

- Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling 1
Lifer for me in juvenile form, only ever had the Burnley adult. I clocked a pale bird fly over the Land's End signpost photo point with some Starlings but Steve got it in full view first.
It was scampering around in and out of view behind fences but then it flew over the roof into the main complex and was running around our feet picking up bits of food below the outdoor picnic benches. I was struggling to get a good shot as it was so close running through my legs under the bench then flew onto the next bench then back over to us. What a cracking bird!

- Northern Wheatear 3
- Stonechat 3
- White Wagtail probably around 10, maybe more
- Skylark few over
- Goldfinch around 20 over
- Raven 1 flying around fairly close to us
- Merlin 1 female, great view patrolling the cliffs, great spot by Steve
- Common Buzzard 1 also on the scout
- Sparrowhawk 1 over Greeb Farm crafts centre pursued by Jackdaws
- Gannets lots out to sea
- Shag few out on the little rocky outcrops just off the coast


Cot Valley.
- Common Rosefinch 1 juvenile, a Lifer again!
We'd found out about the Rosefinch from a couple at Land's End whilst sat watching the Rose-coloured Starling. We'd pulled up along the valley road down to the coast where a few birders had gathered (including Dave and pals) and we were soon onto it as it flew into full view in a space between the branches, a cracking juvenile showing the wing bars and it's unusual front heavy head with large bill almost moulded onto its face. It showed for about a minute, some people couldn't see it but we were only too happy to point it out to them.

Also in the immediate area...
- Yellow-browed Warblers - heard only
- Goldcrest 3
- Chiffchaff 2
- Nuthatch 1
- Coal Tit 1
- Long-tailed Tit small group

A walk down to the coast produced...
- Kestrel being mobbed by Jackdaw
- Chough 1 flying near the cliffs, calling
- Rock Pipit 2
- Yellow Wagtail 1
- White and Pied Wagtail small group together
- Northern Wheatear 3 again


Long Rock Pool near Marazion.
Of note...
- Goldeneye 1
- Little Grebe 1
- Water Rail heard only



RSPB Hayle (Lelant Water) ... Always productive, love this place
- Spoonbill 1
Juvenile but unsure of exact age, had a creamy pink bill and black primary tips, spent a lot of time sleeping but was treated to some spectacular views when it was up. Not that far from the car park of the Old Quayhouse, a line of birders were on Hayle Rd which was much further away on the other side of the estuary so they might not even have seen it.

- Ring-billed Gull 1, Not the same bird I saw in June so I'm told
- Mediterranean Gull 5 juvenile
- Black-headed Gull all over the site
- Herring Gull 1 looking like a Ring-billed, it fooled me at first
- Great Black-backed Gull
- Lesser Black-backed Gull
- Mute Swan 3
- Brent Goose (pale-bellied) 1
- Greylag Goose 1 only
- Shelduck few around
- Pintail 2 female
- Wigeon and Teal in the 100's
- Little Egret 10+
- Grey Heron 6
- Greenshank 4
- Redshank lots of them
- Lapwing
- Dunlin 5
- Curlew lots
- Oystercatcher 3
- Ringed Plover small group
- Raven 1 over
- Grey Wagtail on Old Quayhouse roof
- Meadow Pipit
- Pied Wagtail

As we pulled up near the bungalow at Ludgvan, a Sparrowhawk came racing passed the car keeping low then last second shot up to the bird feeders in a garden on the corner and came away with a bird, couldn't make out what it was it was all over quickly.


A belting day with some top sightings, plenty of usuals seen too including Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove and Carrion Crow.

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Just back from my (almost) annual trip to Lands End area ,unfortunately probably the quietest time I've ever experienced down there.A couple of reasonable sea-watches made up a bit for the lack of rare passerines.
Birds seen on two visits to Pendeen in reasonable N.W. winds included:

1 Cory's Shearwater
140 + Balearic Shearwaters
40 + Sooty Shearwaters
5 Storm Petrels
1 spooned up Pomerine Skua
1 Long Tailed Skua
20 + Arctic Skuas
30 + Bonxies
4 Grey Phalaropes
plus plenty of Auks,Gannets,Kittiwakes etc.

On the passerine front the only decent bird was a juv. Red Backed Shrike about 200yds from where I was staying.Good nos. of common migrants about still,Chiffchaffs,Blackcaps,Whitethroat,Willow Warbler,Spotted Flycatchers,plus singles of Pied Flycatcher and Redstart.
A couple of Garganey at Marazion,and a few common waders at Hayle Estuary inc. Ruff,Grey Plover,Black and Bar Tailed Godwits,etc plus the usual Little Egrets and wildfowl more or less completed the trip list.At least the Pasties were as good as ever

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On way home from Cornwall so just got time to round up the sightings before I take over the driving.

A great week with some good birds seen (84 species) and some good birds dipped on too!
Lots of Common Buzzard seen whilst travelling between sites, and plenty of Common Swift, Swallow, and House Martin also, but not a single Sand Martin. Lots of usuals around including Wildfowl, Corvids, Garden Birds etc, and we could've seen some Rock Dove but as has been pointed out to me before it is difficult to assess if they are pure or a hybrid with Feral Pigeon so I've not counted them.
Any misidentifications will be updated as soon as possible and there will be a post on Other Wildlife as soon as I can.

Of note... I forgot to mention an adult Great Skua (a Lifer for me in that I've only ever seen the cracking Juvenile at Audenshaw Res) that flew infront of us on the Scillonian on Wednesday, it wasn't hanging around though and just kept going low flying over the water at speed.
I've just seen that yet more European Bee-eaters have turned up in Cornwall, incidentally in St.Buryan where there was sightings during the week, and just to annoy me, a Squacco Heron has decided to turn up at RSPB Marazion today which is literally 2 miles from where we were staying SOD'S LAW !!!

-- Edited by Rob Creek on Saturday 6th of June 2015 01:58:04 PM

-- Edited by Rob Creek on Saturday 6th of June 2015 07:39:30 PM

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