Thursday, 22 May 2014

Falmouth Patch (11th May)

I was out birding this morning from 6am until 9:20.

Seawatching from the Hooked Cafe was a bit intermittent this morning as I even had a wander up to the golf course but kept an eye on the sea most of the time. 1 diver sp. flew west into Helford Passage followed by 2 Shelduck (a good patch bird). A partially leucistic male Blackbird on the golf course was about the only species I encountered along with the occasional Swallow heading west and 3 Swifts over Swanpool.

Heavy bands of rain were moving through which pushed a batch of Manx Shearwaters westwards in front of it, along with some Kittiwakes, but by the time Dan arrived and we headed around to Pendennis there were none moving but I got onto about 5 Great Northern Divers from the point.

2 Whitethroats were also singing at the point and a John St Ledger.

Went down to the coast again c.4pm for a short seawatch from Swanpool Point.  No Manxies what so ever! A very distant sum plum Great Northern Diver and some Gannets diving close off Gylly beach were about the only highlights.  Swallows were hawking along the tideline and 3 Swifts flew over and 1 Green Woodpecker in the cemetery.

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