Cornwall concluded

Semipalmated Sandpiper – seen here with Dunlin – on the Hayle estuary

With constant sunshine and unseasonably warm weather we’ve had a fabulous week birding here in the Cornish valleys. Although migrant passerines have been very few and far between, with the help of an occasional sea-watch and spending time studying the comings and goings on the Hayle estuary, we’ve managed to accumulate a reasonable list. Personally I’ve seen 109 species since we arrived, missing only a couple of things seen by other members of our party. The undoubted highlight has been daily views of the Semipalmated Sandpiper, but raptors have also been a real feature including: Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Merlin, Buzzard, Hen Harrier and Short-eared Owl. A second Siberian Chiffchaff – yesterday at Porthgwarra – with a late Yellow Wagtail, a couple of Black Redstart and that obliging Snow Bunting making for a reasonable supporting cast of ‘bush birds’. All three egrets at Drift, providing a backdrop for the Black-necked Grebe, also deserve a mention. There are few better places to spend an autumn week birding – we’ll be back.

Our second Sibe Chiffchaff of the week
A nice late Yellow Wagtail in the early morning sun at Land’s End
One of at least four Short-eared Owl at a site near the airport
A lone Merlin looking for passing migrants, which – apart from Meadow Pipits – where very thin on the ground

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One comment on “Cornwall concluded

  1. […] valleys birding week, including this nice Short-eared Owl – one of four seen. You can see it here if you’re interested. Local blogging will resume […]

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