Hoping for a Blue Tit

This morning I went for a five mile walk along the coast path from our cottage near Sennen to Cape Cornwall. House Sparrows and Starlings were the first birds seen followed by a couple of Wrens along the walled track to the cliffs. A scan of the sea found a single auk, four Sandwich Terns and a few Gannets. Off of Gwynver beach was (as I cannot find a collective noun for them) a flotilla of Shags which were patrolling just outside of the surf line. They were hard to count as they were continually diving but there were at least fifty-five. On the rocks here were the first two of six Wheatear seen on the walk. Also the first of many Stonechats  and a Chiffchaff. A little further along a couple of Rock Pipits flew up in front of me and a Raven flew over. Other than singing Dunnocks, and marauding Great Black-backed Gulls the next couple of miles gave more of the same. I noticed that the Sandwich Terns were regularly plunge diving but not once did I see a Gannet do the same. A Fulmar glided past and a Buzzard was noted sitting on a fence post. The distinctive call of a Chough was heard and two were seen soaring and tumbling in the wind. The contrast of strong cold wind on the high points and warm calm condition lower down was very noticeable. Layers were a must at one extreme but at the other, shorts and a t-shirt would have been fine. A Blackcap seen at the bottom of the Cot Valley was, I think my first of the year. After being picked up from Cape Cornwall and having lunch we drove to Sennen Cove and then walked to Lands End and Back. Very few birds at all, only a single Wheatear was noteworthy. Chinese take-away was the choice of meal tonight so I drove to St Just to get it. While it was being prepared I spent half-an -hour or so in the Cot Valley. One of the premier birding spots in Cornwall. For me this evening the list comprised of, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Robin, Blackbird and Wood Pigeon. Not even a Blue Tit. I am yet to see one on this trip! However, no complaints, we are having a great time. Final bird of the day was an unexpected addition, a Snipe flushed from a field margin during a post Chinese twilight dog walk.

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