|Taken on the 'point & shoot' from the van window....wish they were all this easy!|
|American Golden Plover|
|We were invited into the NCI Coastwatch lookout|
|Walking West from St Ives|
|This nice moth decided to have a rest on my mug handle|
|A Bar-headed Goose on the Hayle Estuary|
|The Hayle Estuary|
|Ryan's Field from the hide|
|The Lesser Yellowlegs site in Copperhouse Creek...it was on the furthest tip of the grass|
On Tuesday I thought I'd try some seawtaching from the Island in St Ives. It's not actually an Island, but a small headland where the local seawtaching spot is directly below the Coastwatch lookout. The Coastwatch volunteers have the best seawtaching spot on the coast.....dry, warm, unobstructed view, tea...and apparently quite a few of the Coastwatchers are also birders! Luckily there was a Northwest wind, which is the best one to bring birds into the bay. I was on my own cowering below the lookout, and at first it was quite quiet. Then suddenly the bay was full of birds. I'm really out of practice... but still managed to see 8 Balearic Shearwater (a Lifer), 2 Great Skuas, 2 Arctic/Pom Skuas (I couldn't figure out which they were), a Great Northern Diver, and loads of Kittiwakes, Gannets & Med Gulls.
After a few hours I was frozen (what idiot goes birding in November without gloves?) so headed back to the flat to defrost, then set off to Drift Reservoir & Marazion Marsh where I found nothing of note. I went back to the Island for about 3.30pm, where there were now several birders who had seen lots. In hindsight, I should have just stayed there all day. I still picked up a few extra birds, 2 Red-throated Divers, 2 more Great Northern Divers, and another Balearic Shearwater. A Grey Phalarope & a Pom Skua went past as well, but I didn't get on them. Best of all though were the Bottlenosed Dolphins in the bay. There were about 8 of them putting on a fantastic display, surfing & repeatedly jumping out of the water, sometimes quite close by.
|Perfect seawtaching weather!|
|View across the bay....|
|...with various weather!|
Thursday was my last day of birding, so I headed down to The Lizard in search of Cornish Chough, which I last saw in 2004 after a trip to the Scillies. The weather couldn't have been worse - the wind was blowing so hard that I struggled to stand up at times; the rain soaked my bins. I made it along the cliffs to Kynance Cove, which is supposed to be the stretch with the best chance of seeing Chough, but I didn't see a single one. Not surprising really, they're probably far more sensible than me & tucked up in some nice sheltered dry warm spot somewhere. Still, it was good exercise with great views - well, what I could see through the rain anyway.
|View West from The Lizard|
|Buildings at Lizard Point....through a wet lens!|