Sunday, 30 July 2017

Birding In Newquay

Sat 29 July
A short break combining relatives with splendid scenery and some decent birding. Only 2 Buzzard seen on the way down a far cry from the day I once saw c19 of them. On arrival it was a stair rod job so no evening session.
Today Sun 30 was a bright sunny day with a wind that brought the surfers out in masses and the tourists wearing cheap sunglasses. (ZZ Top song)
Common Scoter.

A dark bird was offshore but came close enough for some reasonable photos. According to a local family it ranged from Cormorant, a Bird to Puffin. I'm pleased to say it was a splendid drake
5/6 Fulmar were gliding around the cliffs as were 5 Gannet one of the latter diving steeply a couple of times.

There were many Herring & c9 GBB Gulls plus 4/5 LBBG. One GBBG was bearing ring Green L91 on it's right leg which I'll pursue later.

A few Cormorant were seen along with a squadron of Oystercatcher & a dozen Turnstone.
Passerines: 6 Stonechat, Dunnock, 2 Blackbird, 5 Rock & 2 Meadow Pipit, c20 Linnet, few Linnet, 2 Pied Wagtail.
A Kestrel also clocked along with a few Swallows & House Martins.
TBC - photos.