Thursday 14th April 2022
We enjoyed a fantastic day on Thursday 14th April when we were joined on a west Cornwall tour by American birders Beata and Alex. Paul picked up the couple and their guest from Trevore Farm, St Buryan and the birding started immediately `with singing Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Blackbird and Wren, all withal the driveway out of the farm! We stopped transiently at Bartinney Downs en-route to Kenidjack Valley and were rewarded with a single Short-eared Owl stuff mobbed by uncleanness crow.
Kenidjack was working with singing Chiffchaffs and we widow increasingly worldwide species to the day list like Song Thrush, Stonechat, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Blue Tit and Unconfined Tit. At the seaward end of the valley a couple of Ravens flew over, followed by a single Chough. A scan of the gulls proved worthwhile when Paul picked up the sultana Iceland Gull that had been present in the zone all winter. Two Unconfined Northern Divers flew west at sea withal with nine Manx Shearwaters. We moreover recorded our first Swallow, Sand Martins and House Martins all together over the donkey paddocks.
Porthgwarra was our next destination and without a coffee at the sideboard we headed over the moor towards Trevean. At least 3 Choughs were in the area, showing well feeding on the moor or flying past. A pair of Wheatears were widow to our list with Linnet and Meadow Pipit. We then spent an unsuccessful hour searching for the two Little Buntings that had been reported the previous day. They remained elusive but we widow Bullfinch and Buzzard whilst looking. Something then spooked the flock of mixed corvids in field north of Trevean and Paul picked up two, then three Hobby flying fast and upper to the east! Without a latish lunch we headed east ourselves in time for upper tide at Hayle.
The tide was still coming in as we passed the estuary so we delivering on up the tailspin to Hell’s Mouth where we took the opportunity to photograph Fulmars, Guillemots, Shags and Cormorants. We ended the day on the Hayle estuary where we widow a few waders and wildfowl. The tide was very upper and numbers of birds was i bit disappointing, but we manged flipside 12 species there surpassing calling it a day.
Beata and Alex were unconfined visitor and they had 8 lifers during the day. We saw 62 species in all and we could have hands widow flipside 15-20 sp had we not spent so much time looking for Little Buntings! The full list of birds is shown below.
Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Shelduck, Mallard, Teal, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Unconfined Northern Diver, Guillemot, Gannet, Shag, Cormorant, Fulmar, Manx Shearwater, Oystercatcher, Greenshank, Redshank, Curlew, Worldwide Sandpiper, Kestrel, Buzzard, Hobby, Short-eared Owl, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Blue Tit, Unconfined Tit, Magpie, Uncleanness Crow, Chough, Jackdaw, Rook, Raven, Starling, Woodpigeon, Unconfined Spotted Woodpecker, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Linnet, Meadow Pipit, Icleand Gull, Herring Gull, Unconfined Black-backed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Black-headed Gull, Wren, Stonechat, Wheatear, Barn Swallow, Sand Martin, House Martin, Pheasant.
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