Cornwall Trip (Again?) Sunday 7th August 2016

Posted: September 7, 2016 in Bird Watching, Twitching, Uncategorized
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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 Michael’s Mount on a lovely sunny day.

Final stop was Porthgwarra for a spot of sea watching. It’s about 24 years since I have been there, but the bird watching was almost just as good as last time. In the 1 ½ 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.

Dave O.


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