Our next destination, Hayle Estuary, rewarded us with yet more excellent views of the BLACK-WINGED STILT from the causeway. Whilst stood on the causeway, another birder approached us and pointed down to the nearby bank exclaiming something along the lines of "that isn't a Wood Sand is it?" Sure enough the bird wasn't a Wood Sand but in fact a stunning juvenile LESSER YELLOWLEGS! We had only just set eyes on it, rattled of a couple digiscope pics and pointed out a couple features in favour of this species before it flew in the direction of Lelant Saltings Station where it was lost to view.
We left shortly afterwards as Brendan wanted to head back to the caravan site. We made a brief stop at Treen first and whilst I scanned the fields for the recent Richard's Pipit (to no avail), the other connected with 2 YBWs near St Levan. All I managed was a calling Whimbrel. Back at the caravan site, Chris, Paul and I scanned the surrounding heathland and were rewarded with 2 Whinchats, 2 Ravens and 2 Stonechats.
Chris and I lost the vote to head for Pendeen and instead we all retraced our steps back to Hayle were we reconnected with the Lesser Yellowlegs and Black-winged Stilt (both showing exceptionally well!) A couple other highlights including Little Stint, 2 Lapwing, 1 Brent Goose, 2 Raven, 1 juv. Ruff a lingering Osprey and my personal highlight and Cornish Tick ..........STOCK DOVE!
good views of the Lesser Yellowlegs (digiscoped)
I was kindly given a lift back to Falmouth and en route made a short stop at Marazion for a casual walk along the beach and scan of the marsh. I picked out a Whinchat on the marsh, 4 Turnstone on the beach and 2 Sandwich Terns offshore but a Snipe was the only other species of note. Quite a few Pied Wagtails were also assembled on the beach before flying across the road to the marsh were they went to roost.
Many thanks to the chaps from Herts for offering me a lift, it was great to catch up with you. Good luck with the rest of your Cornwall visit!