Monday, 2 February 2015

Cornish Pastific Diver etc - 31st Jan/1st Feb 2015

1st winter drake King Eider
Pacific Diver, Penzance

winter Water Pipit
adult Yellow-legged Gull
male Cirl Bunting
female Cirl Bunting

Adult winter Bonaparte's Gull.

Excellent weekend away in the South West with Matt, Scott and Liam. We stayed in St. Ives at Liam's apartment, which was a great base and a really top night out in a beautiful town. The main target of the weekend was Pacific Diver which has been pretty reliable in Penzance. We found it in less than 15 minutes of being onsite which we were thrilled by! We had visions of being there at 3pm on Sunday reluctantly leaving having still not seen it.
We also saw the 1st winter King Eider near Falmouth which is only my second and a great Cornish record! We ended Saturday at Hayle having fantastic views of the Water Pipit and then the gull roost, which produced an adult Yellow-legged Gull and at least one hybrid Herring x LBBG. 
Sunday started slowly (the aforementioned good night out....) but we headed to look for the Devon Penduline Tits, but no sign sadly. Onto Broadsands and I managed to see my first UK Cirl Buntings which are WELL overdue! Stunning birds and such a shame they aren't more widespread.
Finally, we went to Dawlish Warren, where we picked up the adult Bonaparte's Gull within about five minutes, which was's a very big place and it's one small gull! We had great views in great light and at a stunning location.
All in all, a fantastic weekend with three great mates. 'Ideal'!

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