Cold and Windy in Cornwall

Nothing  new seen on the early morning dog walk. Then it was off to Newlyn, Mousehole and Penzance. A bracing walk at Mousehole with sightings of Turnstones, Cormorants and Gulls followed by the nicest Fish Pie I have ever had at Pam’s Pantry.  Then it was on to Penzance where my son was catching a train home. He came down with us for a short stay. Wife and daughter headed for the shops and I headed for the sea wall to look for the Black Redstarts that have been around for a few days. Unlike me, they were sensible enough to be keeping out of the wind and weren’t showing. I did manage to add Black-headed Gull to the trip list though. More luck at the Jubilee Pool with great views of four Purple Sandpipers and a couple of Rock Pipits. Taking advantage of the extra hour of light this evening we drove to Cape Cornwall for a walk. There were several each of Rock and Meadow Pipits here along with single Pied Wagtail and  Raven. On the climb up to the monument a Peregrine drifted over, another first for the year. This or others were seen twice more. At the top it was an effort to stand up the wind was so strong. Out to sea were plenty of gulls and a couple of Cormorants. The hoped for Chough were nowhere to be seen.

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