Monday, 25 October 2021

North Cornwall Coast, Cornwall, Britain.

Walking along parts of the Cornish Coastal foot path looking for Chough.
Trip to Uk, Day Twenty Three.
 
Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo).
The first birding of the day was done in Lynn and Steve's garden where we started the day list off with Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Rook (Graja / Corvus frugilegus), Carrion Crow (Corneja Negra / Corvus corone), Pied Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla yarrellii), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Nuthatch (Trepador Azul / Sitta europaea), Blue (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus) and Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major) and Herring Gull (Gaviota Argéntea Europea / Larus argentatus) in the back garden.
Atlantic Grey Seal (Halichoerus grypus).
As we were loading up ready to head out I also added Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes), Song Thrush (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos) and 40 or so flyover Redwing (Zorzal Alirrojo / Turdus illacus).
Herring Gull (Gaviota Argéntea Europea / Larus argentatus) adult.
After a shortish drive we arrived out on the coast just a little way South-west of Porthtowan where we did a short bit of the coastal foot path and found Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Northern Gannet (Alcatraz Atlántico / Morus bassanus), Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), Lesser (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus) and Great Black-backed Gull (Gavión Atlántico / Larus marinus), on a pool in Sallys Bottom a Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus) and out to sea a bobbing Atlantic Grey Seal (Halichoerus grypus).
Wheal Coates.
Wheal Coates.
We returned to the care and moved a short way North to Chapel Porth beach where we parked and then walked out to Wheal Coates, in the carpark we had the first of a few quite tame Rock Pipits (Bisbita Costero / Anthus petrosus) which are one of my favourate species.
Steve and Lynn near Wheal Coates.

Steve and Myself at Wheal Coates.

We did the walk out along the coast to Wheal Coates which is quite a stunning spot where we spent a while taking photographs before returning to the car park for a second dose of Rock Pipit photography and Lunch sat on the wall above the beach. 
Rock Pipit (Bisbita Costero / Anthus petrosus).
Rock Pipit (Bisbita Costero / Anthus petrosus).
Rock Pipit (Bisbita Costero / Anthus petrosus).
Rock Pipit (Bisbita Costero / Anthus petrosus).
Rock Pipit (Bisbita Costero / Anthus petrosus).
There were quite a few people of the beach but the Pipits performed well and from time to time stood still long enough for me to get some shots, by far the best so far of this species for me.
Parasol Mushroom (Macrolepiota procera).
Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus).
Fox Moth (Macrothylacia rubi).
We again returned to the car and then did a bit of a drive down to Kynance Cove on the Western side of the Lizard still searching for the Cornish Chough. We again parked in the National Trust car park and then went for a walk along the coast.
Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo).
We first walked down to a point where you could see down into the cove but then went South as we were checking the grassy slopes for Red-billed Chough (Chova Piquirroja / Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) a bird I had long wanted to see in the county as the species had not recolonized when I used to regularly visit.
Looking down into a busy Kynace Cove, so we went the other way.
Pentreath Beach.
We soon found the first of quite a few Fox Moth (Macrothylacia rubi) Catapillars,  Parasol Mushroom (Macrolepiota procera) and before too long a very noisy pair of Chough came over us calling, a great moment, we also saw Sea Campion (Silene uniflora) and Sea Thrift (Armeria maritima) before we reached the car and headed to Helston boating lake to see what was on the water.
Red-billed Chough (Chova Piquirroja / Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax).
Red-billed Chough (Chova Piquirroja / Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax).
We walked the full loop of the pool seeing a very smart but so I am told a plastic Ferruginous Duck (Porrón Pardo / Aythya nyroca), Tufted Duck (Porrón Monudo / Aythya fuligula), Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Canada Geese (Barnacla Canadiense /Branta canadensis), Mute Swan (Cisne Vulgar / Cygnus olor), Black-headed (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus) and Herring Gulls of different ages.
Ferruginous Duck (Porrón Pardo / Aythya nyroca) male.
Tufted Duck (Porrón Monudo / Aythya fuligula) Male.
Canada Goose (Barnacla Canadiense /Branta canadensis).
Herring Gull (Gaviota Argéntea Europea / Larus argentatus).
Herring Gull (Gaviota Argéntea Europea / Larus argentatus).

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