looking east from Lizard Point
Thankfully, only about ten minutes into the sea-watch I picked up a pale phase POMARINE SKUA passing the point not too far out to sea. Most of the ID features were clearly visible and the full spoon made the bird that more attractive! A little further into the watch I picked up a second skua, this time a nice Bonxie, and a nice brute of a bird too as it even chased one of the Gannets briefly before moving westwards. Plenty of commoner seabirds were also passing the point, including Manx Shearwaters, Kittiwakes, Fulmars, and a nice sum. plum. Great Northern Diver.
The rest of our time was spent watching the pair of Choughs feeding in the cattle field just behind the nest site. On one feeding excursion, the pair made an incredibly close swoop past me, barely a meter from my head as they made their way back to the nest! My first Green-veined White of the year was an additional bonus and a Raven was also of note. A Garden Tiger caterpillar also crossed the path in front of us at considerable speed.
pair of Choughs at the southerly point. Feeding in the field directly north of the nest site
Green-veined White on the wing
Garden Tiger caterpillar
Finally, yet another large invertebrate species, this time a Drinker moth caterpillar
Drinker moth caterpillar