Chough at the southerly point
Moving on around the coastal footpath other species of note included a Buzzard (my first at the site in the past week of watching it), an Oak Eggar moth caterpillar and 4 Grey Seals basking on the rocks and wailing. Also rather unexpected where a flock of c.40 Common Scoters passing the headland westwards and a regular trickle of Guillemots passing through the area.
views from St Michaels Mount!
For the second part of the day, I took the train to Penzance, the bus to Marazion and finally the boat over to St Michaels Mount where my friends and I had planned a day out. As the train pulled into Perranwell, I saw my first Orangetip of the year from the train window. I didn't get much time for birding but I squeezed in a quick visit to Marazion Marsh in the hope of connecting with the long-staying Purple Heron. An hours frantic running around the place was unsurprisingly fruitless but I did find 2 Wheatear, 2 singing Cetti's Warblers (one individual showing relatively well), and a mixed flock of Sanderling and Dunlin numbering around 70birds. Ringed Plover and Sandwich Terns fishing offshore were also of note as well as a single Curlew and 4 Whimbrel in flight over the beach.