March 2020

31st. Iceland gull, glaucous gull, 2 Sandwich tern from the window today.

The view from the bedroom was great for birdwatching. Here's the view across to Porthkidney Sands and St Uny's Church.

View

30th. Great northern diver, 2 common scoter, 5 Sandwich tern, 4+ dolphin sp.from the window.

29th. Black-throated diver, 2 common scoter, 4 Sandwich tern and 2 common dolphin leaping seen from the bedroom window.

28th. 1 red-throated diver, 5 common scoter, 3 Sandwich tern from bedroom window.

22nd. At least 2 black redstarts on the Island, and one on the roof of the Beer and Bird in town. Nothing of note at Cape Cornwall.

black redstart

21st. Hayle Estuary - the first wheatear of the year. A moulting Slavonian grebe on Carnsew Pool, with 2 red-breasted mergansers. and there was a mixed flock of bar-tailed (16) and black-tailed godwits at Ryan's Field. A strange-looking teal with a weird head pattern also there. We watched the purple sandpipers (8 visible) at high tide next to the Jubilee Pool at Penzance. Two eider in Newlyn Harbour. A wheatear, 10 sand martins and a water pipit were at Marazion Marsh, and another wheatear at Trencrom Hill.

purple sandpiper

purple sandpiper

On 20th I travelled with Adrian Woodhall to St Ives for some weekend birding. Adrian left on 22nd, and Hetty and Martha arrived. The country went into lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic on 23rd, so we stayed in Cornwall for 3 months! The initial stages of lockdown involved one exercise trip daily, though we were spoilt for choice with walks from St Ives.

15th. The short-eared owl at Aust Warth.

short-eared owl

short-eared owl

short-eared owl

short-eared owl

short-eared owl

short-eared owl

Then rainbow and sunset in the Avon Gorge.

Clifton rainbow

Clifton rainbow

gulls in gorge

14th - as Britain gets affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, we headed to the Forest of Dean - photographs of coal tit, nuthatch and robin from Speech House, mandarin at Cannop Ponds. No goshawks at New Fancy.

coal tit

coal tit

robin

nuthatch

mandarins

1st - Chew Valley Lake. Marsh harrier and great white egret at Heron's Green. The ringed yellow-legged gull is present, and consorting with a lesser black-backed gull. The bird was first seen at Chew on July 25th 2016, and ringed at Sempech, Switzerland on May 25th 2016 as a chick. 

yellow-legged gull

yellow-legged gull

yellow-legged gull

yellow-legged gull

A barn owl flew around the pond side.

barn owl

barn owl

barn owl

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