8 cygnets with adult pair of Mute Swans
The point was a little more productive with 3 Whimbrel flying into the bay and a Wheatear was at the watchpoint. 2 2ndCY Mediterranean Gulls also flew west past the point (a rather unseasonal record) as did a constant flow of Gannets, some in parties of ten or more. In fact almost all the passage involved birds heading westwards into the wind including a total of at least 47+ Manx Shearwaters, passing through in a slow trickle of mostly single figure flocks. A few groups of Fulmar were also noted occasionally and one even ventured right over the top of the headland affording excellent views. As always one of the bigger highlights was a stunning summer plumage Great Northern Diver lingering close offshore. Other species of note included a regular passage of auks flying westwards and a single Guillemot resting on the sea close to the point.
view from Pendennis Point
sum. plum. Great Northern Diver off Pendennis Point
At an undisclosed woodland site in Falmouth I was interrupted by a "squawking" noise that I could not recognise. I had little clue as to what it was so staking it out seemed the only option. As I ventured closer I suddenly realised it was in fact a Tawny Owl chick! This was certainly a nice surprise and I spent some time watching it call before it fell asleep.
Tawny Owl chick!
I left it in peace and headed for the docks where a large assemblage of gulls had congregated. It seemed an unseasonal gulling session was in store. I had only just started grilling my first gulls when I came across a rather dark backed individual. The legs were also concerning and taking a quick glance at all the features I came to the hasty conclusion that it may be a YELLOW-LEGGED GULL! It was at this exact moment that Dan pulled up behind me but it seemed the gull had just vanished! Thankfully, after a short search we refound the bird and together studied it intently. This could be a new Falmouth patch tick for the both of us! It seemed to fit most categories well for michahellis including the obviously bright yellow legs, dark mantle and unnotched tertials but the thin bill was definitely our largest concern. Below are a selection of some of the better photos I achieved, unfortunately no open wing shots.
[Edit] It seems all the comments I've got on Bird Forum are pro Yellow-legged!
3cy Yellow-legged Gull
compare grey shade of mantle with neighbouring GBBG and HG
unnotched tertials (with pale fringes)
Yet another brief visit to the woodland to show Dan the chick, we refound not one but 2 Tawny Owl chicks!
both of the Tawny Owl chicks