Thursday, 31 January 2013

Godrevy (31st January)

After lecture today I bypassed the stream that runs past the campus on my way back to my flat, and am happy to report that both Dippers were still presnt!

 Carbis Bay

From the afternoon onwards, my course took me to the north coast of Cornwall, where we were kept busy with recording as many species of plant and animal as possible.  Obviously, this meant birding but a fair degree of plant ID was also squeezed in.  As well as sampling some rather disgusting mustard/petrol tasting Scurvy Grass, the group of us moved on further around the coastline to record Ravens, Gannets, Razorbills and Fulmars all in fairly good numbers.  A Kestrel also impressed the crowds by flying meters above our heads and best of all one of the lectures called a CHOUGH which came to land on the cliff edge giving good views as it probed through the thin soil.  Just below it was a colony of Grey Seals.

 Chough on the north coast!

 Grey Seal Colony


We watched these for some time before moving on to the small coastal brackish lagoons back near the car park where we noted 1 Curlew, 2 Shelduck, 1 Buzzard, more Stonechats, and a large mixed flock of Golden Plover and Lapwing at the brow of the hill.

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