The train ride down on the 10th January produced good views as usual across the beautiful Dawlish Warren section of the railway. Notable birds seen from the train include Red-breasted Mergansers on the tidal creeks at Dawlish, a Common Sandpiper and Black-tailed Godwits.
The following day provided me with a last opportunity to check the Falmouth coastline before lectures started again in earnest. From Swanpool, Matt and I walked back eastwards towards Pendennis, first picking up the long-staying 1st winter Long-tailed Duck at Swanpool and 2 Slavonian Grebes off Castle Beach. Other species of note included a close in Black-throated Diver off Swanpool Beach, 20 Turnstone, a mixed Rock Pipits and Meadow Pipits flock numbering 20+ birds at Swanpool Point and 4+ Mediterranean Gulls (3 adults and a 1st winter). From Pendennis I noted 6+ Great Northern Divers. Here, I met up with Dan before heading to Gorrangorras where we had good views of the overwintering Yellow-browed Warbler at the sewage works.
Bissom Sewage Works