I woke up early in preparation to leave for Loe Pool but accidentally fell asleep again. Thankfully I woke up an hour later, still relatively early although it was beginning to get light. The long bike ride was certainly worth it in the end, as was wading through the muddy footpath as the first bird I raised my bins to on the Pool was a 1st-win. drake RING-NECKED DUCK Athya collaris! Having connected with the target bird for the day within seconds of arrival I now had the rest of the day free for some casual birding (I love it when twitches are that easy). I hung around for a while watching it, digiscoped it, took field sketches and notes before moving on. The second bird of note for the day was a very close flypast Water Rail Rallus aquaticus which past only a few meters away as I was watching the american.
1st-win. drake Ring-necked Duck
just a glimpse of the underside
Loe Pool, from Porthleven Sands
triple rainbow, probably not visible in pic unfortunately
some moree stunnin coastline, all on the doorstep
Finally, whilst bent over unlocking my bike I felt the wind pick up, oblivious to what was happening, I looked up to realised the cause for the fresh breeze was infact due to large swathes of Stralings Sturnus vulgaris flying low over my head towards the Marazion Marsh roost site, a brilliant way to end the day with one of natures miracles.
(Just got an e-mail from Dave Parker from the CBWPS saying that someone else also found the Yellow-browed Warbler at Loe Pool (most likely before I got it) so unfortunately I might not be able to count it as a self-found, shame)