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Cheers Henry!

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PM sent Joe.

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Hi, does anybody know a good spot for birding in Cornwall near to Newquay. I'm going down with the family, but should have a bit of time early morning to go somewhere.
Many thanks,
Joe

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Just back from a week in Cornwall and delighted to say that we were successful in spotting our main target for the week: chough (first time for us).

But topping that, while visiting Heligan we stumbled upon our first 'proper' twitch: a Green Heron that was showing brilliantly by the main pond. Able to get some great views from the multiple telescopes set up around it.

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Yes Henry I was quite happy with the Great Shearwater - found it myself and confirmed by the Leeds birders and others present - one of 3 lifers for me today - the others being Sooty Shearwater and Storm Petrel biggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

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Big well done with the Great Shear Sid! A tricky beast to see in the British isles without a spot of seawatching in Cornwall, but what a wonderful bird.
Henry.

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In Cornwall today I too visited Gwennap Head at Porthgwarra and found Common Scoter (1), Shag (several about), Manx Shearwater (minimum 10), Raven (3), Sooty Shearwater (1), Storm Petrel (minimum 8), Great Skua (1), Great Shearwater (1) and numerous Kittiwake, Fulmar and Gannet. Very windy on that exposed headland for 5 hours but good fun with assembled crowd of birders. Not such an extensive list as yours Pete but I was very happy thanks to yourself and before I came down to Cornwall to Henry C for the tips.

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Just got back from my annual pilgrimage to the Mecca of seawatching,and although it was poor by Cornish standards I still managed to see:-
Great Shearwater (1)
Cory's (1)
Balearic Shearwater(20+)
Sooty Shearwater(15+)
Storm Petrel(40+)
Bonxie(12)
Arctic Skua(3)
Plus all the usual suspects like Manxies,Fulmars,Kittiwakes etc.We also had good views of Nightjar that breed down there,few Med Gullsetc.
We also saw about a dozen Basking Sharks,several Sunfish,Harbour Porpoises,and the what was probably the highlight for me,a pod of 140 Common Dolphins just a few hundred yards offshore from Porthgwarra.

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