Sunday, September 24, 2006

Cornwall Holiday - Day Five

Day five started with a trip down to the Lizard which we'd both been keenly anticipating for its birding opportunities and in particular reports of an Aquatic Warbler 2 days previously. On the way down we stopped off at Poldhu Cove.

There was a lot of bird activity in the reed beds by the car park. Heading out to the beach this Robin got very close, taking insects from the path around our feet then popping up to sing literally a few feet away. He was a very bold Robin:

It was remarkable how clear the day was just a mile or so north of Lizard Point. We decided to walk around the cove area towards the church and loop back to the car and encountered these Stonechats:

Lizard Point however was deeply blanketed in a combination of fog and sea mist such that you could see barely 10 metres and all you could hear was the intermitent hoot of the fog horn. We turned tail and headed back in-land.

Halfway up the lizard coast between Lizard Point and Culdrose is Gunwalloe, which is a very pleasant spot as you can see from this snap below. We encountered Wheatear, Linnet and a significant number of Barn Swallows either around the hedgerows leading to the cove or perched in numbers on a rock looking out to sea, which is something I really didn't expect to see. My guess is the wind direction and strength was putting them off starting their mammoth journey.

We decided to head from Poldhu Cove up to Truro and to follow the River Fal in-land. We stopped a short way along the road to observe the Curlews and gulls in the river estuary and this White Wagtail was hopping along the path by the car. I followed him and grabbed a snap as he hopped on to the roof of a nearby house.

Finally we headed on again, this time to Par Pool, which was over-run with Canada Geese and Mute Swans. There were a couple of Herons and Cormorants but they were highly outnumbered. There's a patch of rough land between the pool and the beach however which was teeming with tits and finches. These Long-tailed Tits did their usual trick of following us from where we'd been watching them all the way to the edge of the trees:

They are the most inquisitive birds.


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