Monday, 2 January 2023

Penzance, Newlyn, Drift Res and Bartinney Downs, West Cornwall, UK.

A day around several sites to the West of Lynn and Steve's.
Ebird List for Drift.

The Rocks between Penzance Harbour and Jubilee Pool.
We started the day list in the garden over breakfast, species included Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Carrion Crow (Corneja Negra / Corvus corone), Rook (Graja / Corvus frugilegus), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Pied Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla yarrellii), Long-tailed (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus), Great (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Coal (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater) and Blue Tit (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus), European Herring Gull (Gaviota Argéntea Europea / Larus argentatus) and Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus).
Sanderling (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba) and Purple Sandpipers (Correlimos Oscuro / Calidris maritima).

Mounts Bay.

Steve and I headed out for the coast and our first site which was over looking the rocks between Penzance Harbour and Jubilee Pools, here we had good views of Sanderling (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba), Ruddy Turnstone (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres), Purple Sandpiper (Correlimos Oscuro / Calidris maritima), Eurasian Oystercatcher (Ostrero Euroasiatico / Haematopus ostralegus), Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Grande / Charadrius hiaticula), Great Black-backed Gull (Gavión Atlántico / Larus marinus), Rock Pipit (Bisbita Costero / Anthus petrosus) and a female Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros).
Great Black-backed Gull (Gavión Atlántico / Larus marinus) 1st Winter.
Great Black-backed Gull (Gavión Atlántico / Larus marinus) 1st Winter.
Great Black-backed Gull (Gavión Atlántico / Larus marinus) Adult.
Great Black-backed Gull (Gavión Atlántico / Larus marinus)Adult.
We moved just down the road to Newlyn Harbour where we were hoping for a couple of White-winged Gulls but we were unlucky, however we did see several really nice
Great Black-backed Gulls (Gavión Atlántico / Larus marinus) which are a favorite of mine.
Kittiwake (Gaviota Tridáctila / Rissa tridactyla).
Kittiwake (Gaviota Tridáctila / Rissa tridactyla).
Kittiwake (Gaviota Tridáctila / Rissa tridactyla).
Kittiwake (Gaviota Tridáctila / Rissa tridactyla).
Kittiwake (Gaviota Tridáctila / Rissa tridactyla).
We also had
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus), European Herring Gull, Black-headed Gull (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Mediterranean Gull (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus) and another very smart looking gull, an adult Kittiwake (Gaviota Tridáctila / Rissa tridactyla), Ruddy Turnstone and another female type Black Redstart before we headed off to Drift Res.
Ruddy Turnstone (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres).
We parked above the Res and the first thing we saw was a Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo) sat on a wooden pole, so we approached and it allowed us to get some nice pictures.
Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo).
Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo).
We then dropped down to the Res and walked out to the Hide, on the way we put up at least 3
Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago) from along the track and also saw a few Fieldfare (Zorzal Real / Turdus pilaris), Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus), Dunnock (Acentor Común / Prunella modularis), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita) and Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax).
Canada Geese (Barnacla Canadiense /Branta canadensis).
Canada Geese (Barnacla Canadiense /Branta canadensis).
Canada Geese (Barnacla Canadiense /Branta canadensis).
Canada Geese (Barnacla Canadiense /Branta canadensis).
From the hide we had good views of Canada Geese (Barnacla Canadiense /Branta canadensis), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Tufted Duck (Porrón Monudo / Aythya fuligula), Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), good number of Common Gulls (Gaviota Cana / Larus canus) and a couple more Meds.
Common Gull (Gaviota Cana / Larus canus) and Black-headed Gull (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus).

Common Gull (Gaviota Cana / Larus canus).

Common Gull (Gaviota Cana / Larus canus).

1st winter female Peregrine Falcon (Halcón Peregrino / Falco peregrinus).

1st winter female Peregrine Falcon (Halcón Peregrino / Falco peregrinus).

As we were watching the Gulls out on the water a huge 1st winter female
Peregrine Falcon (Halcón Peregrino / Falco peregrinus) ripped in and tried to take one of the Common Gulls off the surface but found it too heavy and dropped it straight away and shot off up the Res and away.
View from the hide.
View from the hide.
As we walked back to the car Steve picked up 3 very distant Egrets up in a muddy field amongst a herd of Cattle, from the distance we were away I was quiet sure from the look of them and where they were they would be
Western Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis) but when we reached the car park there were a few guys there with a scope and they assured us they were actually 3 Little Egrets (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta) acting totally out of character.
Longships Lighthouse from Bartinney Down.
A view of the Isles of Scilly from Bartinney Down.
Our last stop of the day was at Bartinney Down where we saw 2 more Buzzards,
Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Common Starling (Estornino Pinto / Sturnus vulgaris), Golden Plover (Chorlito Dorado Europeo / Pluvialis apricaia) and Common Kestrel.
 

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