Monday, 26 August 2013

Cornwall 2013 - day 1

Just back from a weekend away the boys down to sunny, and relatively birdless Cornwall.

As we approached Pendeen carpark early on Saturday, a couple of Badgers jogged down the road in front of the car. A great start to the trip. On to the sea watch and plenty of Manx's and Gannets passing close by, but no repeat of lest weekends Tropicbird - and everyone was keeping an eye on those birds passing close in. Some 8 Sooty Shearwaters and a couple of Balearics were mixed in with the Manx's. Several Arctic Skua's and Bonxies also kept us entertained. Several Grey Seals, 2 Sunfish and a Basking shark (only seen by myself) where the non avian highlights.
From there it was over to Marazion, to twitch the 1st winter Citrine Wagtail, which was duly found on the beach, and was as underwelming as only a 1st winter Citrine Wag can be. Butterflies, however were bit more colourful with Clouded Yellow, Red Admiral, Small Tortioseshell, Common Blue and Wall all noted.
Next up a wander along Cot Valley, where Butterflies stole the show with all of the above plus Peacock and Painted Lady. Avian highlights were a fly over by 10 Chough - a significant proportion of the English population.
Off then to the B&B to check in - and surprise, surprise, I got the dates right and the rooms were awaiting up.

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