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Bristol and Avon Bird

Sightings

Cornwall 2014

Cornwall 13th - 16th September 2014

Saturday 13th September

We went to Cornwall for a couple of days as we haven't been there for 11 years and for Dad's birthday. We stopped at St. Agnes and saw two Northern Wheatears by the roadside. We had a brief look around before driving around to Chapel Porth to look at the old tin mines. We then went to Porthtowan to see how much it's changed since 2003. Quite a bit, was the answer. We to went Hayle RSPB but the tide was out so there wasn’t many birds in front of the hide. We saw a Kingfisher perched on the telegraph wires and it flashed past a couple of times. There is a lot of building going on in Hayle and we couldn’t get to Carnsew Pool so we went for a look at Copperhouse Creek where we saw an obliging Little Egret, Redshanks and a Oystercatcher. We drove further up the road and we saw a small flock of Common Sandpipers foraging on the estuary. Never seen so many at one time. There was also a Curlew. We then headed into Redruth to go the restuarant we always used to eat at, but it had gone a bit upmarket for us. We decided to just get some chips for tea before going to our B&B near Truro.

Sunday 14th September

The B&B was lovely, with Peacocks and Guinea Fowl in the garden. We headed to the Lizard to look for Cornish Choughs and we started at Kynance Cove to have a look around. We didn't see any Choughs but we saw some Meadow Pipits along the way and the scenery was lovely. We drove up to Lizard Point to see we would have any luck there. We saw a Grey Seal swimming lazily in the bay, it even enjoyed having a snooze at one point. There were a few Turnstones on the beach so I went down for a closer look and a Rock Pipit was foraging in the seaweed. Suddenly we heard the Choughs fly over which Mum and Dad saw [but I missed them the first time round.] We went back up to the watchpoint and sat there having a cup of tea. The Choughs flew around a few more times and went into the crevice that they nested. These were my first Cornish Choughs I've seen! On the way back to the car park we saw a Juvenile Raven perched on the cliff having a good preen. We headed to the RSPB Marazion Marsh to look for the Pectoral Sandpiper which is regular vagrant from Amercia. This was a Juvenile and hid much of the time in the reeds but it gradually ventured out slightly. Unfortunately, being late in the day the light was awful. Still, I was quite pleased with seeing one and I got a few pictures of it. On the way back through the marsh there was a Male Southern Hawker roosting on a twig. We checked the beach for any more Autumn waders that might have come in. There was a small flock of Sanderlings feeding along the edge of the waves. These delightful Waders must have a lot of energy as they keep running back and forth like clockwork toys. Marazion Beach stands in the shadow of St Michael's Mount. The causeway to St Michael's Mounts is only visible at low tide. On the way back to the car we spotted a 2nd Winter Mediterranean Gull with the Black - headed Gulls. The 2nd year is made easier by the fact it has black and white tail marks. We made our way back to the B&B for the night.


Monday 15th September

We started at Hayle RSPB looking over Ryan's Field as it was high tide. A Common Sandpiper foraged along the bank in front of the hide. We saw the Kingfisher perched on the wire and judging by the orange base to the mandible showed that it was a Female. After a while it flew off but there were still a few birds about including Black - tailed Godwits and Ruff. We continued on our way to Lands End and as we were passing through through Marazion, we stopped to have another look at the Pectoral Sandpiper but it was much more hidden feeding with a Dunlin. Unfortunately it didn't venture out into the open that day. We went to Porthgwarra to look around. There were plenty of Gannets flying past and diving but not much else, probably because of the high wind. A few Shags flew past the headland and a Wheatear was on the cliff, perhaps waiting for the winds to change before heading to Afrcia. We then went to Cape Cornwall where we hoped we would see more Choughs. There weren't any sadly but did have a Hobby flying around a couple of times. Also another Falcon, a Kestrel. We didn't see a single Peregrine Falcon down here, which was unusual. Like the Wheatears, the Hobby will be heading south to Africa as soon as the winds change. We saw some Ravens flying past. A family of Meadow Pipits were foraging around the area for insects and a Red Admiral was feeding on some dung. We saw plenty of Stonechats around. There were a few Males, Juveniles and Females. Also en route to Africa was a Juvenile Whinchat which was present with the Stonechats. We saw the Whinchat again perched on a Cow Parsley. It then dropped down as the Hobby swooped past again. While I was by the wall taking photos of the Whinchat and Hobby I noticed a black and orange insect. It was a Ichneumon Wasp. It was the first time I had ever seen one and reminded me a little of a Sand Wasp, same family group. We finished the day at Bottalick where there are disused mine shafts dotted around the area. There were a lot more Wheatear waiting to head across the Channel. I saw a Juvenile perched on a Cow Parsley with a bit of it's downy Juvenile plumage still sticking out of the back. A little Wren popped out on top of a bush briefly. Then we made our way back to the B&B.

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Tuesday 16th September

Our final day in Cornwall began in Hayle at Ryan's Field. A Grey Heron & Black - headed Gull was wading in front of the hide as the tide rose up. Suddenley a Male Kingfisher flew past and landed on a post in front of the hide. The Male has an all dark bill compared to the Female. A couple of Grey Herons flew past the hide inculding a Sub Adult bird. Once the tide was in the other Grey Herons and Little Egrets waited on the salt marsh near Lelant Saltings Station. We walked to the wall barrier between the estuary and Ryan's Field having been giving the tip off about a Curlew Sandpiper. We didn't see it but saw a Little Stint foraging right along the edge of Ryan's Field. Two Kingfishers were sitting on the bank on the far side. We walked back to the hide for the last look around. The Kingfisher returned to the post in front but the sky was bright and not good photographic conditon. We went for a cup of tea before heading to Marazion for the final time. The Pectoral Sandpiper wasn't there that time in the marsh as the RSPB volunteers were busy working in the area. We went to look for the Sanderlings again on the beach. They were very flighty and didn't stay in one place for long. In the the end they all flew further up the coast. There was also a Wheatear and a Ringed Plover. We saw a small wader fly towards the bridge over Red River. We saw it emerge from under the bridge and wondered if it was the Pect. However, Pectoral Sandpipers have yellow legs, this wader had black legs and white braces down the back. We decided that this must be a Juvenile Little Stint. It took no notice of us at all. We had a wonderful weekend and the weather wasn't too bad either (not like the Cornish weather we remember!)



Northern Wheatear [Female]

Chapel Porth

Porthtowan

Oystercatcher [Winter]

Little Egret

Cornish Chough

Kynance Cove

Meadow Pipit

Lizard Point

Grey Seal

Rock Pipit

Turnstone

Watching Choughs from the cafe

Cornish Chough

Southern Hawker [Male]

Dunlin [Juvenile]

Mediterranean Gull [2nd Winter]

Pectoral Sandpiper [Juvenile]

Sanderling [Winter]

Marazion Beach with St Michael’s Mount in the background

Northern Wheatear [Female]

Gannet

Shags

Hobby

Kestrel

Ravens

Whinchat [Juvenile]

Bottalick

Meadow Pipit

Whinchat [Juvenile]

Stonechat [Juvenile]

View from Cape Cornwall headland

Northern Wheatear [Female]

Northern Wheatear [Juvenile]

Kingfisher [Male]

Grey Heron [Sub Adult]

Kingfisher [Male]

Ringed Plover [Juvenile]

Sanderling [Winter]

Hayle Cafe

Hayle Cafe

Little Stint [Juvenile]

Little Stint [Juvenile]

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