May 2022

19th. I walked from Trevescan to Nanjizel, on to Land's End and back to Trevescan. There were some great arable weeds at the start of the walk - corn marigolds, cornflowers, wild turnip, field pansy, and what looked like sand pansy. Presumably these have been sown intentionally, especially as the last species is extinct in Cornwall?

Corn marigolds

Corn marigolds

Cornflower

Cornflower

Wild Turnip

Field Pansy

Sand Pansy?

Nanjizel-Land's End

Sea beet is in flower.

Sea beet

Corvids on the walk - chough and jackdaw.

Chough

Jackdaw

Longships lighthouse.

Longships lighthouse

Towards Longships

In the evening a bottlenose dolphin was my third cetacean species of the week in St Ives bay (I missed the minke whale again).

Bottlenose Dolphin

Bottlenose Dolphin

18th. A female red-breasted merganser was an unexpected visitor and showed well off Bamaluz point.

Red-breasted merganser

Red-breasted merganser

Red-breasted merganser

In the evening a harbour porpoise came into the Bay.

Harbour porpoise

17th. I caught up with the long-staying third-year male Montagu's harrier on Bosporthennis Moor, the second I've seen in the UK following a male at Crook's Peak in the Mendips many years ago. I returned on 19th, but it flew off high soon after 09.00h after showing well, and presumably has now moved on. I also walked up to Mulfra Quoit on 19th.

Bosporthennis Common

Mulfra Quoit

Montagu's harrier

Montagu's harrier

Montagu's harrier

The Risso's dolphins were still in the Bay, and I saw one from the bedroom window!

16th. There's a pod of Risso's dolphins in St Ives Bay - the first I've seen here. there are at least 4, including a young one. One individual is old and very white. Another is heavily scarred and probably a male. The scars arise from fights, or maybe interactions with squid that they eat. The skin doesn’t repigment, and the scars may be signals to other males to reduce conflict.

Risso's dolphin

Risso's dolphin

Risso's dolphin

One individual was breaching and splashing offshore.

Risso's dolphin

Gannet

Four painted ladies, a wheatear and 4 swifts on the Island too.

15th-20th. I was in Cornwall, and the long days give some time to get out and about. A good place to recuperate, and I now have energy levels back to normal.

14th. First swifts of the year - 4 over the garden in Bishopston. Back to the Forest of Dean, this time around Crabtree Hill. A nice singing male redstart, lots of willow warblers, and 2 fallow deer. There was at least one distant singing tree pipit, and the Merlin app detected a wood warbler but we didn't register it.

Redstart

Redstart

Redstart

8th. An evening walk at Nagshead RSPB, Forest of Dean. A pair of redstarts (female below), singing pied flycatcher, tree creeper and calling siskins.

Redstart

Redstart

Pied flycatcher

7th. Green-winged orchids looking good at Ashton Court, including some light pink and white varieties.

Green-winged orchids

Green-winged orchid

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