Sunday, 24 October 2021

Travelling down to Cornwall, Dozmary Pool and Pendeen, Cornwall, Britain.

A few long over due days with good friends Lynn and Steve in Cornwall.
Trip to Uk, Day Twenty Two.
 
Brown Shrike (Alcaudón pardo / Lanius cristatus).

Lynn and Steve had travelled up from Cornwall a couple of days earlier to be at the Memorial for Jayne yesterday, so I was going to meet them on the way down as they were starting off from Cannock and I went across country to avoid the M6.
Brown Shrike (Alcaudón pardo / Lanius cristatus).
Through messages we managed to sort out that we would be at Taunton Dean services about the same time and as it worked out I got there about 20 minutes before they arrived so I got a coffee and once Lynn and Steve were there I had another before we headed off South again to our next stop which was at Dozmay Pool where I was hoping to see some of the four reported Ring-necked Ducks (Porrón acollarado / Aythya collaris).
Brown Shrike (Alcaudón pardo / Lanius cristatus).
On the way I picked up Carrion Crow (Corneja Negra / Corvus corone), Rook (Graja / Corvus frugilegus), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica) and Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo) and at the pool we soon found all 4 Ring-necked Ducks as well as Tufted Duck (Porrón Monudo / Aythya fuligula), Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata), Herring (Gaviota Argéntea Europea / Larus argentatus) and Black-headed Gull (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula) and Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata).
Brown Shrike (Alcaudón pardo / Lanius cristatus).
Again we continued on to Lynn and Steve's place where we parked my motor up and after a drink we headed straight out for my fourth lifer of the trip, a very smart Brown Shrike (Alcaudón pardo / Lanius cristatus) which had been along the lane down to Pendeen for a few days. We arrived at the spot and the Shrike was UTB within just a few minutes and we had good views through the scope but it was a bit distant so it was record shots only again.
Brown Shrike (Alcaudón pardo / Lanius cristatus) through the scope.
In the same area we also saw Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax) and a very distant Northern Gannet (Alcatraz Atlántico / Morus bassanus).
Brown Shrike (Alcaudón pardo / Lanius cristatus) through the scope.
We headed back to the house where we saw a few bits in the garden including Rook, Jackdaw, Robin,
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs) and a couple of flyover Siskins (Lúgano / Carduelis spinus).

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