Whooper Swan with Mute Swans at Helston boating Pond
Next stop, Loe Pool, were we spent a little longer than intended walking around the perimeter of the lake. 2 Dunlin in the far northern corner, a very showy Cetti's Warbler and I saw my first REED WARBLERS of the year. Also of note, were 130+ Swallows mingled with the odd Sand Martin (fresh arrivals in the drizzle), 2 Sanderling on the beach and a Wheatear.
Moving on down to the Lizard, we stopped just before reaching Lizard Village, where we located a singing Grasshopper Warbler showing very well down to a couple meters!
Grasshopper Warbler reeling
Dinker moth caterpillar
Our intention, once arriving at the Lizard was to do a little sea-watching so we sat ourselves down at Bass Point logging the passage past the headland. Unfortunately, it seemed we had chosen the wrong spot as Lizard Point was getting a far better passage just under a mile further around the point! Anyway, we were still content with the 400+ Manx Shearwaters (no Balearic's amongst them unfortunately), my first BONXIE of the year and plenty of Guillemots and Razorbills. Dan also pointed out 2 Great Northern Divers on the sea and a further 3 Whimbrel flew past. A ringed Chough was a nice surprise during our sea-watching session as it came to land infront of us, always a nice Lizard specialty and a welcome sight.
the east coast of the Lizard peninsula
Chough at Bass Point
We made one final stop on the way back Croft Pascoe Pool where I heard another singing Grasshopper Warbler. Unfortunately, this one decided to remain in cover as it was beginning to rain more heavily now. A pair of Stonechats singing nearby were also a pleasant sight.