Unfortunately, the Hayle trip had to be canceled but instead a small group of us keen birders decided to look for the Dippers on the local stream before heading off down towards Penryn Estuary. Sadly, despite some effort wandering up and downstream we didn't connect with any. Next, a bit of a walk down to the estuary where we were mildly rewarded with a couple of waders including Greenshank, Redshank, numerous Curlew and a flock of Turnstone. A coupe of Little Egrets were also dotted around, including two on the farmland. After some time of scanning the estuary, Lawrence suddenly realised there was a rather confiding drake Red-breasted Merganser swimming upstream which we had somehow overlooked. Other species of note included 1 Grey Wagtail and a couple of Little Grebes in the distance.
I stopped of briefly by myself at the river again and sure enough both Dippers were still bobbing away happily a little further upstream than usual.