Male Snow Bunting today at St Gothian Sands NR (c) Paul Freestone

There’s always one common species that avoids your new year list. 2015 sees Coot topping the list! Usually a regular on my Gwithian patch, they seem to have gone from there! Anyway, worth another try, so me and the girls decided on a Sunday walk on the beach and around the ponds at St Gothian Sands to try and rectify this and for Erin to ‘tick’ Snow Bunting. The place was plagued with dog walkers and all the car parks were full with Surfers vans! Still we managed to find a parking space and headed over to the reserve. The ponds yielded zero Coot and the Snow Buntings were nowhere to be seen no doubt flushed by the dogs running everywhere! We decided to head for the beach for the girls to have a run around and walked over to the dunes. Two Rock Pipits and Pied Wagtails flew ahead of us and landed before flushing again with two other birds. The call was unmistakable and Erin got her birds! Superb male and female Snow Buntings!

A couple of Great Northern Divers were offshore with plenty of Shag, Gannet and a few Cormorant. The only year tick was Kittiwake, of which there were over 60 feeding offshore. And just beyond the line of surfers, a pod of ten Common Dolphin swam west much to the delight of the girls!

Dolphins and surfers!