Saturday, 27 December 2014

Cornwall + Scilly - 11.10.14

Firecrest (courtesy of Brendon Fagan) and Common Tern
Richard's Pipit

We were up and out of the hotel early so we could get in a bit of birding before our flight. First stop again was the Hayle Estuary. 2 Common Sandpiper and a fairly late Common Tern were seen and then from the road looking over onto Ryan's Field I picked up a stonking male Firecrest that was in with a tit flock feeding in roadside Tamarisks. Once the others had got good views Ricky found a Whimbrel on the field which was a bonus year tick! A quick visit to Marazion Marsh produced nothing more than a Little Egret and a couple of Snipe.

We then headed to Lands End airport for our flight over the Scilly. Just a couple of days before I'd found out that Paul Frost and Chris Sharp (whose blog is in my blog list) were on the same flight as us for their first visit to the islands! Once on the islands we dumped our stuff in the flat and headed up to the health centre where after a short wait we had good views of the long staying Barred Warbler. News then broke of a Tawny Pipit on St.Agnes. As Steve needed it we decided to get the afternoon boat over but unfortunately for Steve the bird turned out to be a Richard's Pipit but it was a good bird to see anyway and became my 200th specie for the year.

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