Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Ryan's Field, Hayle Estuary, Carnsew Pool, Copperhouse Creek and back again and Jubilee Pool, Penzance, Cornwall, Britain.

Big day in Pastyland, no chance of a dip but will they be as good as I remember ?????
Trip to Uk, Day Twenty Four.
 
Male Eurasian Wigeon (Sibón Europeo / Anas penelope) with three Eurasian Teal (Cerceta Común / Anas crecca).
We made our way over to the North coast and towards the town of Hayle, one of my regular birding spots 20 years ago when Jayne and I used to be down in Cornwall at every oppotunty. 
Two Male and a Female Eurasian Wigeon (Sibón Europeo / Anas penelope).

Steve parked by Ryan's Field and we walked out to the hide but it was rather quiet as it was low tide so I guess most species had moved out to feed, however we did see half a dozen or so Bar-tailed Godwits (Aguja Colipinta / Limosa lapponica), Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata), Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus), Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta), Black-headed (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus) and Herring Gull (Gaviota Argéntea Europea / Larus argentatus).
We left the hide and took the track to the road, on the way we saw a really nice flock of feeding Siskin (Lúgano / Carduelis spinus) in a small Alder tree as well as Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula) and Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes) in the Brambles.
Pale-bellied Brent Geese (Barnacla Carinegra / Branta bernicla hrota).
We crossed B3301 and spent a while scanning through the birds out on the estuary, Eurasian Wigeon (Sibón Europeo / Anas penelope) and Eurasian Teal (Cerceta Común / Anas crecca) were by far the commomest species there but as we scanned we also found a smart Pale-bellied Brent Geese (Barnacla Carinegra / Branta bernicla hrota), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Shelduck (Tarro Blanco / Tadoma tadorna), Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), Common Redshank (Archibebe Común / Tringa totanus), Eurasian CurlewEurasian Oystercatcher (Ostrero Euroasiatico / Haematopus ostralegus), Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina), Grey Plover (Chorlito Gris / Pluvialis squatarola), Black-headed, Mediterranean (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus), Herring, Lesser (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus) and Great Black-backed Gull (Gavión Atlántico / Larus marinus) and both Meadow (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis) and Rock Pipit (Bisbita Costero / Anthus petrosus).
Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta).
A little further along the road we crossed the road again and looking into Ryan's field from the opposite side finding a group of Black-tailed Godwits (Aguja Colinegra / Limosa limosa), Carrion Crow (Corneja Negra / Corvus corone) and a Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea).
Greenshank (Archibebe Claro / Tringa nebularia).
Greenshank (Archibebe Claro / Tringa nebularia).
We walked on and the took a track out onto the bar which makes Carnsew Pool a pool and followed it right around to the far end, on the way we had nice views of Dunlin, Eurasian Curlew, Grey Plover, Great Cormorant,
Shag (Cormorán Mondudo / Phalacrocorax aristotelis), Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Little Egret, Eurasian Wigeon, Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata) and on the grass areas at the far end a few Rook (Graja / Corvus frugilegus) which allowed Steve and I to get a few shots.
Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata).
Rook (Graja / Corvus frugilegus).
Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata).
Next came the main event of the day, a visit to Philps Pasty shop which only disappointed in one repect as they didn't have any Large Beef Cornish Pasties left so I had to make do with a medium.
I did mean to take a shot of the Pasty but By the time I remember it had gone.
We got the Pasties and a pack of Saffron Buns and walked down to the next part of Copperhouse Creek where we sat on a wall in a nice spot and waited for them to cool slightly before tucking in but had a Saffron Bun as a starter to keep us going.
Ruddy Turnstone (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres).
Ruddy Turnstone (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres).
I am very pleased to report that yes they are still as good as I remember and probably tasted even better as it had been so long since my last one, which was probably 2001 / 2 when Jayne and I did a trip to the Scillies.
Shags (Cormorán Mondudo / Phalacrocorax aristotelis).
Once we had eaten we retraced our steps alon the Estuary back to the car and then went down the road to Penzance to check the rocks around Jubilee Pool, an open air swimming pool made for hardier people than me in October.
Shags (Cormorán Mondudo / Phalacrocorax aristotelis), Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo) and a Black-headed Gull (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus) with St Michaels Mount in the back ground.
We parked and checked the rocky beach around the out side of the pool where we found several Ruddy Turnstones (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres), Shag, Great Cormorant, Northern Gannet (Alcatraz Atlántico / Morus bassanus) and all 5 Gulls you would most expect.
We took some shots of the Turnstones before having a coffee in the swimming pool bar and then headed back to the house after another very nice day.

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