Commic Tern drawing, seen only as a flypast in Carbis Bay
The Hayle was next, species of note, mostly waders included Bar-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Lapwing, Redshank and Grey Plover. I also picked out a Mediterranean Gull out amongst the Black-headed Gulls, 2 Gadwall with the 100's of Wigeon and finally a drake Shoveler. Several Little Egrets were also feeding in the creeks and finally 2 redhead Goosanders in one of the further channels. The next stop, briefly near the middle of the bay in the hope of relocating the commic tern but all I could find was a single Stonechat on the dunes. A final stop for the day at Marazion, for the evening Bittern roost. First up was a wander along the beach were and had excellent views of a dozens of Sanderling, 6 Grey Plover, Dunlins, Turnstones, Redshanks, and a Purple Sandpiper all in a feeding frenzy literally at my feet. Out in Little London bay, were at least 6 Great Northern Divers and probable Black-throated amongst them, although this was too distant for certain ID. Also in the vicinity were a few Meadow Pipits on the beach and a single Mediterranean Gull. Back at Marazion Marsh, I got news of a birder in Penzance who had been watching a distant probable Pacific Diver! Since I had already scanned the bay between the Mount and Longrock without success I decided to spend the time focusing on the marsh instead. During the wait, several thousand Starlings flew over the marsh in a south easterly direction, heading for Loe Pool. Only a small group split of from the majority and decided to roost at Marazion but they were still rather flighty by the time I left and they may have moved on with the majority to Loe Pool. A single Water Rail was rather brave in venturing out of the reed bed and I watched 2 Bitterns fly across the reedbed, a nice ending to an overly productive day. It was also a great opportunity to get to know west Penwith a little better so it was nice to visit a few new sites including St Ives, St Just and Treen Common.