When you see one, then you see loads! Of Coots that is. Helston Boating Lake and Swanpool at Falmouth came up trumps with my bogey bird eventually! The former site also provided me with Shoveler and the long staying Whooper Swan. The Falmouth area is always good for Grebes in winter so I caught up with a Slav Grebe of Castle Beach and a single Black-necked off Feock. There have been up to 50 birds at this site in recent weeks but I could only find the one! A Common Sandpiper in a puddle in the boatyard there was an unexpected bonus!
Two Common Gulls were new at Stithians followed by Razorbill and Guillemot offshore at Gwithian. A short walk at Lelant produced brief views of Firecrest for the patch but star birds of the day were two Pintail on the main estuary at high tide. I didn’t see this species at all last year on patch!
A second visit to Helston Boating Lake to catch up with the RING-BILLED GULL was worth it. The bird showed well and settled just long enough for a photo before being flushed by walkers. A very showy Firecrest was having a battle with a Goldcrest near the water wheel, but was too quick to catch with the camera! There were a couple of colour ringed Gulls too including the juv Herring Gull below. I’ll try and find out where that came from!
So the Cornwall Year list stands at 115 species up to the 6th January. The Hayle Patchwork Challenge stands at 58 species which is 2 more than this time last year. The Gwithian patch is doing much better! At this time last year I had only seen 24 species. This year I’ve already recorded 45 species. Lets hope the spring is kind down here!! Anyway, I’m likely to get a job change very soon, so the birding might have to take a back seat for a while!!