Turnstone Town

After a slightly more pleasant day weatherwise yesterday, the cold wind returned with a vengeance today. We started in Penzance again with at least sixty Turnstones on their favourite boat in the harbour. We then went to the Cabin Cafe at Perranuthnoe for a light lunch. It was then back to Marazion where my wife and daughter went off to St Michaels Mount and me and the dog headed west on the coast path. I had a brief look at the RSPB reserve on the way past but it was pretty quiet with five Sand Martins, three Little Egrets and a couple of Oystercatchers the best birds. Carrying on along, what is certainly not the most scenic stretch of the Coast Path with only gulls and corvids for company I headed for Penzance. Nearing the station I started to look for Black Redstart. Amazingly one popped up on the rocks of the sea wall and even stayed long enough for me to get a couple of pictures. It then disappeared from view and despite hanging around for another ten minutes or so it didn’t reappear. This birding lark is all down to timing and luck! The next stretch alongside the harbour is Turnstone Town with more than a hundred seen. It seems that every small bit of shingle or rock has a least a couple on it. Three Purple Sandpipers were seen on the rocks by the Jubilee Pool. The pool, unsurprisingly had a couple of Turnstones wandering around by the changing areas. Towards the west end of the beach I had a nice surprise with a group of ten Brent Geese. In and around Newlyn Harbour were Turnstones, Oystercatcers, Mute Swan and plenty of gulls. Unfortunately no sign of any of the Mediterranean variety. Out of Newlyn towards Mousehole I gave Mounts bay a good scan but no sign of any divers. My wife picked me up at Mousehole and we headed back to the cottage. We made a quick stop at Porthcurno for a walk down to the beach. Another of Cornwall’s top birding spots. Today it produced Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Dunnock, Wren, Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon and Jackdaw!  We are off home tomorrow and you may have noticed that I still haven’t found a Cornish Blue Tit!! Incidentally I have taken some pictures and will download them onto the blog at home.

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